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The Phils end up a run short in the ninth inning, as they lose to the Royals, 9-8.

Philadelphia_PhilliesThe Phils end up a run short of their second straight walk-off win, as they lose to the Royals, 9-8.

The Phils took the lead in the bottom of the first as, win runners on the corners, and with nobody out, Chase Utley hits an RBI single, knocking in Ben Revere, who had started off the Phils’ half of the first with a single, then moved up to third base on Jimmy Rollins’ single, giving the Phils a 1-0 lead, while sending Rollins, who had just singled, over to third. Two batters later, after Ryan Howard had struck out for the inning’s first out, Michael Young gives the Phils a 2-0 lead with an RBI single, easily scoring Rollins, while sending Utley up to second base. The Phils them made it a 3-0 lead as Dom Brown hits an RBI single, knocking in Utley, while sending Young over to third base. The Phils then took a 4-0 lead as Erik Kratz hits a sacrifice fly to right, scoring Young. The Royals would get on the scoreboard in the top of the third as, with two men on, and with one man out, Alcides Escobar hits an RBI double, knocking in Chris Getz, who had got on base with a lead-off bunt single, beating Howard’s attempt to tag him out, then moved up to second base on Alex Gordon’s walk, making it a 4-1 Phils’ lead, while sending Gordon, who had just walked, over to third base. The Royal then cut the Phils’ lead down to 4-2 as Billy Butler hits an RBI ground out, 6-3, scoring Gordon. The Royal would take the lead in the top of the fifth as, with the bases loaded, via a lead-off double by Getz, a single by Gordon, sending Getz to third, and a walk to Escobar, moving Gordon up to second base, and with one man out, Butler hits a flyball to left center field which was originally called a double, as it bounce off of the wall, scoring Getz, Gordon and Escobar, giving the Royals a 5-4 lead, before it was reviewed and declared a grand-slam home run, as it had originally left the field and then bounced back in, giving Butler his first home run of the season, and his first career grand-slam home run, giving the Royals a 6-4 lead. The Royals increased their lead in the top of the six as, with the bases once again loaded, via a single by James Shields, a double by Gordon, sending Shields to third base, and a walk by Escobar, and with two men out, Butler hits a two-run single, scoring Shields and Gordon, giving the Royals an 8-4 lead, while sending Escobar on to third base. The Royals added an insurance run in the top of the eighth as, with a man on second, and with one man out, Gordon hits an RBI single, knocking in Jarrod Dyson, who had just doubled, giving the Royals a 9-4 lead. The Phils started a rally in the bottom of the ninth as, with two men on, and with one man out, Rollins hits a three-run home run, his first home run of the season, knocking in Ezequiel Carrera, who had started the inning off with a walk, then stopped at second base on Revere’s single, and Revere, who had just singled, cutting the Royals’ lead down to 9-7. Four batters later, with two men on, and now with two men out, the Phils made it a 9-8 Royals’ lead as pinch-hitter Laynce Nix hits an RBI single, knocking in Howard, who had earlier singled, then stopped at second base on Young’s single, while sending Young, who had just singled, up to second base. The Phils then had a chance to win the game as, with Kratz’s batting, Kelvin Herrera threw a wild pitch, allowing Young to reach third base, and Nix to stop at second base. But, the Phils would be denied as Herrera would strike out Kratz’s for the game’s final out.

Cole Hamels (0-2, 10.97) took the lost as he pitched five and two-thirds innings, giving up eight runs on nine hits and four walks, while striking out only two. Chad Durbin pitched an inning and a third, giving up a hit and a walk, while striking out two. Jeremy Horst pitched an inning, giving up a run on two hits. Phillippe Aumont pitched a scoreless inning, giving up a hit and two walks, while striking out two. James Shields (1-1, 3.75) got the win as he went six innings, giving up four runs on ten hits, while striking out eight. Tim Collins pitched two 1-2-3 innings, striking out four. J.C. Gutierrez pitched a third of an inning, giving up three runs on two hits and a walk, striking out a batter. Greg Holland collected his first hold of the year as he pitched a third of an inning, giving up a run on two hits. Kelvin Herrera received his first save of the season as he pitched a third of an inning, giving up a hit and a wild pitch, while striking out a batter.

The Phils had fifteen hits in the game, with Michael Young (3 Singles, Double, RBI) leading the team with four hits, followed by Ben Revere (Singles) with three hits and Jimmy Rollins (Single, Home Run, 3 RBIs) and Chase Utley (Singles, RBI) with two hits each. Ryan Howard (Single), Dom Brown (Single, RBI), John Mayberry, Jr. (Double) and pinch-hitter Laynce Nix (Single, RBI) had the other four Phils’ hits. Erik Kratz brought in the final Phil’s run with a sacrifice fly. The Phils also had a walk (Ezequiel Carerra) and a stolen base (Revere (3)) in the game, as the offense let Shields off the hook after the first inning, spoiling several scoring opportunities in the middle innings.

The Phils (2-4, 4th) start a three-games series with the Mets (4-2, T-2) starting with a night game tonight. The game will be played at Citizens Bank Park and is to begin at 7:05 pm. The Phils will send to the mound Roy Halladay (0-1, 13.50), who is coming off a stinker against the Braves on April 3, as he went only three and a third innings, giving up five runs on six hits and three walks, while striking out nine, in the Phils’ 9-2 lost. He will be trying to rebound from the lost. The Mets will counter with Matt Harvey (1-0, 0.00) who is coming off a win against the Padres on April 3, as he threw seven shut-out innings, giving up just a hit and two walks, while striking out ten, in the Mets’ 8-4 win. He will be out to increase his record to 2-0. The Phils will be trying to prove that they are better than they have looked so far, while hoping that Doc will regain his 2010-11 form.

Jim Thome’s ninth-inning home run gives the Phils a walk-off win as they defeat the Rays, 7-6.

A ninth-inning lead-off home run by pinch hitter Jim Thome gives the Phils a walk-off victory as they defeat the Rays, 7-6.

The Rays took the lead in the second as, with two men on, and with 0ne man out, Jeff Keppinger hits a two-run double, knocking in Ben Zobrist, who had earlier singled, then moved up to second base on Jose Lobaton’s walk, and Lobaton, who had just walked, giving the Rays a 2-0 lead, before moving up to third base on second baseman Michael Martinez’s throwing error. The Rays then took a 3-0 lead as, two batters later, Keppinger scored on James Shield’s ground out, 6-3, while Elliot Johnson, who has just walked, moved up to second base. The Phils got two runs back in the third as, with a man on first, and with nobody out, Jimmy Rollins hits a two-run home run, his sixth home run of the year, knocking in Kyle Kendrick, who had started the inning off with a walk, making it a 3-2 Rays’ lead. The Phils then took the lead in the fourth as, with two men on, and with two men out, Juan Pierre hits a three-run home run, his first home run of the season, knocking in pinch hitter Mike Fontenot, who had earlier singled, then moved up to third base on Rollins’ single, and Rollins, who had just singled, then moved up to second base on the throw to third base. giving the Phils a 5-3 lead. The Phils added to their lead in the seventh as, with a man on second, and with one man out. Carlos Ruiz hits an RBI single, knocking in Pierre, who had earlier reached base on second baseman Zobrist’s throwing error, moving up to second base, then stole third base, giving the Phils a 6-3 lead. The Rays would get a run back in the eighth as, with the bases loaded on singles by Zobrist, Lobaton and Keppinger, and with one man out, Sean Rodriguez hits an RBI single, scoring Zobrist, making it a 6-4 Phils’ lead, while sending Lobaton up to third base and Keppinger to second base, leaving the bases loaded. The Rays then made it a 6-5 Phils’ lead in the ninth as, with two men on, and with two men out, Keppinger hits an RBI single, knocking in Hideki Matsui, who had earlier singled, then moved up to second base on Zobrist’s ground out, 1-3, while sending pinch runner Chris Archer, who was pinch running for Lobaton, who had earlier walked, on to third base. The Rays then tied the game up at six-all as Brooks Conrad hits an RBI single, knocking in Archer, while sending Keppinger up to third base. The Phils won the game in their half of the ninth as pinch hitter Jim Thome hits a lead-off home run, his fifth home run of the year, giving the Phils a 7-6 walk-off win.

Kyle Kendrick received a no-decision as he pitched four innings, giving up three runs, only two of which were earned, on six hits and three walks, while striking out six. Raul Valdes pitched two scoreless innings, giving up a hit, while striking out four. Chad Qualls collected his twelfth hold of the season as he pitched two-thirds of an inning, getting out both men whom he would face. Antonio Bastardo received his fourteenth hold of the year as he pitched an inning and a third, giving up a run on four hits, while striking out two. Jonathan Papelbon blew his first save opportunity of the season before getting the win (2-2, 2.83) as he pitched an inning, giving up two runs on three hits and a walk, while he struck out two.  James Shields also received a no-decision as he went five innings, giving up five runs on seven hits and a walk, while striking out seven. J.P. Howell pitched a scoreless inning. Brandon Gomes pitched an inning, giving up an unearned run on a hit. Jake McGee took the lost (2-2, 1.88) as he pitched an inning, plus one batter, giving up a run on a hit.

The Phils had nine hits in the game, with Jimmy Rollins (Single, Home Runs, 2 RBIs), Juan Pierre (Single, Home Run, 3 RBIs) and Carlos Ruiz (Singles, RBI) all leading the team with two hits each. Ty Wigginton (Single), pinch hitter Mike Fontenot (Single) and pinch hitter Jim Thome (Home Run, RBI) had the other three Phils’ hits. The Phils also had a walk and two stolen bases (Pierre (15 & 16)) in the game.

The Phils (34-38, 4th NL East) will continue their interleague game series with the Rays (38-32, 3rd AL East) with a day/night doubleheader, with the first game presently in progress.

A pair of two-run home runs by the Rockies help prevent the sweep as the Phils lose, 4-1.

A couple of two-runs bombs by the Rockies help keep the Phils from completeing the sweep, as the Phils lose, 4-1.

The Phils took a quick 1-0 lead in the first as Jimmy Rollins hits a lead-off home run, his fifth home run of the season, and his 39th career lead-off home run. The score would remain 1-0 Phils until the seventh when, with one man on, and with two men out, Chris Nelson hits a two-run home run, his fifth home run of the year, knocking in Tyler Colvin, who had earlier doubled, giving the Rockies a 2-1 lead. The Rockies increased their lead in the ninth as, with a runner on first, and with two men out, Wilin Rosario hits a two-run home run, his eleventh home run of the year, scoring pinch hitter Todd Helton, who had earlier walked, giving the Rockies a 4-1 lead. That would end up being the final score as Rafeal Bentoncourt recorded his eleventh save of the season as he threw a 1-2-3 ninth.

Vance Worley (3-4, 2.78) took the lost as he pitched seven innings, giving up two runs on four hits and two walks, while striking out two. Chad Qualls pitched a third of an inning, giving up two hits. Jake Diekman pitched an inning, giving up a run on a walk, while striking out a batter. Michael Schwimer pitched two-thirds of an inning, giving up a run on a hit, while striking out a batter. Jeff Francis received a no-decision as he went five innings, giving up a run on six hits, while he struck out three. Josh Roenicke (2-0, 2.76) got the win as he went an inning and a third, giving up a hit, while striking out a batter. Rex Brothers received his sixth hold of the year as he pitched two-thirds of an inning, getting out both men that he would face. Matt Belisle collected his eight hold of the season as he threw a scoreless inning, giving up a hit. Rafael Betancourt received his eleventh save of the year by pitching a 1-2-3 inning, striking out two.

The Phils had eight hits in the game, with John Mayberry, Jr. leading the team with two hits, a single and a double. Jimmy Rollins (Home Run, RBI), Juan Pierre (Single), Hunter Pence (Single), Shane Victorino (Single), pinch hitter Ty Wigginton (Double) and pinch hitter Mike Fontenot (Single), had the other six Phils’ hits, as the offense went back to being unable to get a key hit with men in scoring position.

The Phils (33-38, 5th NL East) resumes interleague play with a series with the Rays (38-31, 3rd AL East) with a night game tonight, depending on the weather. The Phils will send to the mount Cliff Lee (0-3, 3.64), who is coming off a no-decision against the Blue Jays on June 16, as he went seven innings, giving up five run on twelve hits and a walk, while striking out three, in the Phils’ 6-5 extra-innings lost. Lee continues to look for his first win of 2012, hoping that he’ll get it this time. The Rays will counter with James Shields (4-4, 4.16), who is coming off a no-decision against the Marlins on June 16, as he threw seven and two-thirds innings, giving up three unearned runs on nine hits and a walk, while striking out five, in the Rays’ 4-3 extra-innings lost. He’ll be out to improve his record. The Phils will be trying to give Lee his first win of 2012.

 

The Phils fall behind early before they lose to the Rays, 4-1.

The Phils fall behind early in the game before they finally fall to the Rays, 4-1.

The Rays took a 1-0 lead in the bottom of the first as, with a runner on second, and with two men out, Manny Ramirez hits an RBI double, knocking in Johnny Damon, who had earlier doubled. The Ray then doubled their lead in the fourth as Evan Longoria hits a lead-off home run, his first home run of the spring, making it a 2-0 Rays’ lead. Three batters later, with a man on second, and with one man out, B.J. Upton hits an RBI single, scoring Ramirez, who had earlier singled, then went to second on a David Herndon wild pitch, giving the Rays a 3-0 lead, before Upton is thrown out at second base, trying to stretch it for a double, 7-4, for the second out of the inning. The Rays made it 4-0 in the eighth as, with a runner on second, and with two men out, Anthony Scelfo hits an RBI double, knocking in Justin Ruggiano, who had earlier singled. The Phils finally got on the board in the ninth as, with the bases loaded, via a single by Delwyn Young, who then moved up to second base on a pass ball by Kelly Shoppach, and walks by Ben Francisco and pinch hitter Tagg Bozied, which moved both Young and Francisco up a base, and with one man out, Erik Kratz hits an RBI infield single, scoring Young, making it a 4-1 Rays lead, while moving Francisco up to third base, and Bozied up to second base. But that would be the final score as Cesar Cabral would end the game by getting the next two batters out.

Roy Oswalt (0-2, 4.61) took the lost as he pitched three innings plus two batters, giving up three runs on four hits, while striking out four. David Herndon then followed with two scoreless innings, giving up a hit and a walk, while striking out two. Scott Mathieson and Antonio Bastardo combined for two scoreless innings, giving up a hit (Bastardo) and three walks (Mathieson) between them. Ryan Madson pitched an inning, as he gave up a run on three hits. James Shields (1-0, 1.88) got the win as he pitched seven shut out innings, giving up just four hits and a walk, while he struck out four. Andy Sonnanstine recorded his first hold of the spring, as he pitched a scoreless inning, striking out a batter. Cesar Cabral then pitched an inning, giving up a run on two hits and two walks, while striking out a batter.

The Phils had six hits in the game, with Michael Matinez leading the team with two hits, both singles. Jimmy Rollins (Double), Delwyn Young (Single), Pete Orr (Triple) and Erik Kratz (Single, RBI), had the other four Phils’ hits.

The Phils’ Grapefruit League record is now 17-10.

2008 World Series: Game 2: Inability to knock in men in scoring position do in the Phillies as they fall to the Rays, 4-2. Series come to Philadelphia tied at a game apiece.

The inability to knock in runs with men in scoring position in the first seven innings would waste a good effort by Brett Myers as the Phillies would lose to the Rays, 4-3. The lost would tie the series up at a win apiece as the series will now come to Philadelphia for three games. The Rays would score first in the first, as Carlos Pena would hit a RBI ground out, 6-3, scoring Akinori Iwamura, who has earlier walked and would go to third on B.J. Upton’s single, giving the Rays a 1-0 lead. An Evan Longoria ground out, also 6-3, would make it 2-0 Rays, as it would score Upton, who has singled, would go to second on Jayson Werth’s fielding error as he would take his eye off the ball as he looked to see what Iwamura was going to do on the single, and has moved up to third on Pena’s earlier ground out. The Phillies would threaten to come back in the second as they would put runners on third and second via a double (Ryan Howard), a walk (Pat Burrell) and a wild pitch, with only one out, but Rays’ starter James Shields would get out of the inning by first striking out Greg Dobbs looking and then getting Pedro Feliz out on a liner to center field. The Rays would add to their lead in the second, as, with the bases loaded via a single (Dioner Navarro), a walk (Rocco Baldelli (on what should have been strike three swinging since he had swung through the pitch and was originally called out by the home plate umpire Kerwin Danley, but who would then reverse his call after calling for help from the first base umpire Fieldin Culbreth, who would claim that there was actually no swing by Baldelli)) and a second single (Jason Bartlett), and two men out, Upton would hit a RBI single to right, scoring Navarro, making it 3-0 Rays. But, the following runner, Baldelli, would then be tagged out at home plate as Werth would throw a strike to Carlos Ruiz, who would then block the plate and successfully tag out Baldelli to end the inning. The Phillies would threaten again in the third as they would put a runner on third (Ruiz) via a double and a Jimmy Rollins’ ground out, 4-3. But, they would once again be left empty handed as Shields would get out of the inning by first striking out Werth swinging and then getting Utley to ground out, 4-3. The Phillies would try once again to score a run in the fourth, as they would put runners on the corners via a single to Howard and a single to Shane Victorino, which would send Howard on to third base, as it would go off of Rays’ first baseman Pena’s glove, saving a run for the moment. But once again the Phillies would be unable to score as Shields would strike out Dobbs again, this time swinging, for the inning’s second out, and then get Feliz to this time ground out, 5-3, ending the inning. The Rays would add a fourth run in their half of the fourth, as with runners on the corners and one out, Bartlett would knock in Cliff Floyd, who has earlier singled, moved to second on Navarro’s single and then moved on to third on Baldelli’s force out, cutting down Navarro at second, using a safety squeeze for out number two, 1-3. Brett Myers would then end the inning by getting Iwamura to ground out, 4-3. After that Myers would then gain control of the Rays during his last three innings of work, only giving up a walk and a single. Meanwhile, the Phillies would continue to threaten to score. They would get runners on first and second in the fifth, via a walk (Ruiz, who would then be forced out at second on a grounder by Rollins, 3-6) and a single (Werth), with one man out. But the inning would end as Werth would commit a base running blunder by straying too far off of first base on a Chase Utley fly out to right field, as he is quickly doubled up on a throw from Rays’ right fielder Baldelli to Pena. The Philles would try once more in the sixth, getting two men on via singles to Victornio and Dobbs, with the later’s hit sending Victornio to third, with two men out. But the inning would end as Rays’ reliever Dan Wheeler, pitching in relief of Shields, would get Feliz to once more ground out, this time a 5-4 force out as Dobbs is wiped out at second base. The Phillies would go at it again as they would put runners on second (Ruiz (walk and stolen base)) and first (Utley (walk)) with two men out. But Rays’ closer David Price would end the inning by striking out Howard looking. The Phillies would finally score a run in the eighth, as, with two men out, Eric Bruntlett would hit a pinch hit solo home run, cutting the Rays’ lead down to 4-1. After J.C. Romero would come in and pitch a 1-2-3 bottom of the eighth, the Phillies would make one more attempt to get back into the game in the top of the ninth. Ruiz would start off the inning with a double. Rollins, on a 0-1 pitch from Price, would get part of his uniform hit by Price’s pitch. But, home plate umpire Kerwin Danley would instead claim that Rollins wasn’t touched by the pitch. Rollins, after getting the count full, would then pop up to second for the inning’s first out. Werth would then follow with a sharp grounder to Rays’ third baseman Longoria, who would be unable to play the ball, as it would bounce off of his glove and head towards center field, allowing Ruiz to score, making it 4-2 Ray, and Werth to reach first on the error. But, Price would then end the Phillies’ hopes as he would strike out Utley swinging and then get Howard to ground out to first base to end the game.

Brett Myers would get the lost as he would pitch seven innings, giving up four runs, only three of which were earned, on seven hits and three walks, while strking out two. His series’ record is now 0-1 with a 3.86 ERA. J.C. Romero would pitch a 1-2-3 inning, striking out one. James Shields would get the win as he would pitch a superb five and two-thirds inning, giving up no earned runs on seven hits and two walks, while striking out four. His series’ record is now 1-0 with an 0.00 ERA. Dan Wheeler would pitch a scoreless inning of relief, giving up no hits and a walk, while striking out two. David Price would pitch two and a third innings of relief, giving up two runs, only one of which was earned, on two hits and a walk, while striking out two.

The Phillies’ season long achillies’ heel, being unable to knock in runners in scoring position, would hurt the Phils with avengence last night, as they would end up leaving eleven men on base, being unable to knock in runners in the second, third, fourth, fifth, sixth, and seventh innings, especially with less than two outs, because of the batters’ inability to either get a key hit, hit the ball to the right side, or to just hit the ball deep into the outfield for a sacrifice fly. This would end up ruining a somewhat good performance by Brett Myers who, despite giving up four runs, might not have given up that many runs if not for Jayson Werth’s fielding error in the first inning, allowing B.J. Upton to reach second, and the yes it’s a swing, wait a minute it wasn’t a swing call by home plate umpire Kerwin Danley, in the second. If not for that boot and that bad call by the umpire, the game might have been a lot closer, even with the Phillies’ offense inability to score a run in the first seven innings. If there is any silver lining in this lost, it is that Ryan Howard might have finally gotten out of his slump, as he would go 2 for 5 with a double and a single, although he would also strike out in one at-bat with men in scoring position. At least he was able to hit the ball last night, unlike the first game. Anyway, the Phillies will now head for home, having left Tampa Bay with a spilt, and now preparing to defeat the Rays in three straight games at home in what will obviously be a very noisy Citizens Bank Park.

The third game of the 2008 World Series will be played tomorrow night in Citizens Bank Park. The game is scheduled to start at 8:22 pm Easten time. The Phillies starter with be Jamie Moyer (0-0, -.–), who will be coming off a bad start against the Dodgers on October 12 in Game 3 of the National League Championship Series, where he was only able to pitch an inning and a third, as he gave up six earned runs on six hits, while striking out two, in the Phillies’ 7-2 lost. In the post-season, he has a record of 0-2 with an ERA of 13.50, as he pitched only five and one-third innings, giving up eight earned runs on ten hits and three walks, while striking only five. His regular season record was 16-7 with a 3.71 ERA in thirty-three starts, as he would give up 85 runs, 81 of which were earned on 199 hits and 62 walks, while striking out 123 batters in 196 and one-third innings of work. Moyer will be trying to regain his late season form, going through a large number of innings while giving up very few runs, hoping to give the Phillies a 2-1 series lead over the much younger Rays, planning to use his experience against their youth. The Rays will counter with Matt Garza (0-0, -.–), who will be coming off a victory against the Red Sox on October 19, as he would pitch seven strong innings, giving up only one earned run on two hits and three walks, while striking out nine, in the Rays’ 3-1 win over the Red Sox, clinching the pennant and winning himself the American League Championship Series MVP. In the post-season, Garza’s record is 2-1 with an ERA of 3.32, as he would pitch nineteen innings, giving up seven earned runs on fifteen hits and ten walks, while striking out eighteen. During the regular season, his record was 11-9 with an ERA of 3.70 in thirty starts, as he gave up 83 runs, 76 of which were earned on 170 hits and 59 walks, while he struck out 128 batters in 184 and two-thirds innings. He will try to be as dominant against the Phillies’ batters as he was in his two starts against the Red Sox.

The key for the Phillies tomorrow will be for Jamie Moyer to regain his regular form, using his experience and his wit against a bunch of young guns who will probably be expecting to feast on his slow stuff. If he does, the Rays’ batters will be in for a long night. At the same time, the Phillies’ offense needs to rebound and starts knocking in runners in key situations by using both patient and strategic hitting. They may be force to have to use plays like the suicide and safety squeeze, like the Rays did in the fourth inning last night, to push runs across the plate when they have less than two men outs and a runner on third. It might look cheap, but if it’ll help to jump start the offense, then they should use it. Another key is once again for Jimmy Rollins to get on base in anyway he can, and for him to stop swinging at high fastballs. If that would require him to change his stance, then change his stance. At the moment, he is not catching up with those pitches. And lastly, Ryan Howard needs to continue what he did last night, as he is way over due for an offensive break out. He can only be held down for so long before he start to make someone pay for it. Hopefully, it’ll be the Rays and the payback will start tomorrow night.

GO PHILLIES!!!

2008 World Series: Game 2: Hoping that the second half Brett Myers will still be the man pitching in Tampa Bay as the Phillies prepare to take a 2 games to none lead into Philadelphia.

The 2008 World Series will continue with the series’ second game, which will be played later today at Tropicana Field. The game will begin at 8:29 pm Easten time. The Phillies will send to the mound Brett Myers (0-0, -.–), who is coming off his victory in the National League Championship Series over the Dodgers on October 10, where he would go five innings, giving up five earned runs on six hits and four walks, while striking out six, in the Phillies’ 8-5 win, thanks in part to his going 3 for 3 at the plate, knocking in three runs and scoring two. His post-season record is 2-0 with a 5.25 ERA, as he has pitched twelve innings, giving up seven earned runs on eight hits and seven walks, while striking out ten. During the regular season, Brett’s record was 10-13 with a 4.55 ERA, as he pitched in thirty games, giving up 103 runs, 96 of which were earned, on 197 hits and 65 walks, while striking out 163 batters in 190 innings of work. But, he was a much better pitcher in the second half, after his return from a minor league reassignment to clear out his head, as he would go 7-4 with two no-decisions. Myers will be pitching his first start on the road during the post-season, and hoping to stake the Phillies to a 2-0 lead in the series, while hoping to avoid a repeat of his last road start back on September 19 against the Marlins where he got bombed for ten earned runs. The Rays will be countering with James Shields (0-0, -.–), who is coming off his second straight bad start in the American League Championship Series against the Red Sox on October 18, as he would go five and two-third innings, giving up four runs, three of which were earned, on nine hits and three walks, while striking out three, in the Rays’ 4-2 lost. In the post-season, his record is 1-2 in three starts, as he would pitch ninteen and a third innings, giving up nine runs, eight of which were earned, on twenty-one hits and six walks, while striking out thirteen. His regular season record was 14-8 with a 3.56 ERA, as he would pitch in 33 games, going 215 innings, giving up 94 runs, 85 of which were earned, on 208 hits and 40 walks, while striking out 160. Shields will be going out to even the series at a game a piece, while trying to avoid getting hurt for the third straight game in the post-season.

The Phillies will once again be trying to be patient with another Rays’ starter who have had even worst recent luck in the post-season than has last night’s starter Scott Kazmir before striking the major blow, while hoping that Myers will be able to do well on the road for at least this game, before heading back home to the friendly confines of Citizens Bank Park and its very loud, screaming fans. The keys to this game will be trying to get Jimmy Rollins and Ryan Howard into get themselves into the game, especially Howard, who at the moment is hurting the Phillies’ cause more than helping it with his bat. Howard needs to follow Phillies’ manager Charlie Manuel’s advice of trying to just relax and let the ball come to him. Very good advice, as he is at the moment swinging at too many bad pitches that are out of the strike zone. And the only reason opposing pitchers are doing it is because of his swing and misses. Ryan need to make a quick mental adjustment, and not swung at the junk, especially when it is way out of the strike zone, forcing opposing pitchers to throw balls that will be more towards the center of the plate which he should be able to handle. For Rollins, he seems to be swinging at high stuff, especially after getting behind in the count. Sadly, JayRo may have to start swinging early in the count again to stop this, as he is right now taking too many strikes that seems to either go down the middle of the plate or hit the corner away from him. I know I would normally be the first one to say don’t swing early Jimmy, but if opposing pitchers are going to throw stuff like that early in the count, Jimmy may have to swing at them, unless he is completely sure that they will end up being balls. I guess it’s time for certain Phillies’ batters to start making the opposing team’s pitchers suffer for their post-season miseries.

2008 World Series: Game 1: The Phillies takes a 1-0 lead behind the strong pitching of Cole Hamels and two shut out innings from the bullpen as they defeated the Rays, 3-2.

Seven strong innings from Cole Hamels and two shut out innings from Ryan Madson and Brad Lidge would be the difference as the Phillies would hang on to defeat the Rays, 3-2, to take the first game of the World Series. The Phils would jump into the lead in the top of the first, when, with a runner on first and one man out, Chase Utley would hit a two-run home run into the right field seats, scoring Jayson Werth, who has earlier walked, to give the Phillies a 2-0 lead. The Phillies would threaten to increase their lead in the second, when, with the bases loaded via a single (Shane Victorino) and two walks (Pedro Feliz and Carlos Ruiz) and with one man out, Victorino would try to score on a shallow fly ball to left center field by Jimmy Rollins that was caught by Rays’ centerfielder B.J. Upton for the inning’s second out. Victornio, who would later admit that he ran home on a miscommunication with third base coach Steve Smith, who was telling him not to go home, would be tagged out at home plate by Rays’ catcher Dioner Navarro for the inning’s final out. In the top of the third, the Phillies would threaten to score again after Werth would reach third base via a lead-off double and a Utley ground out, 4-3, for the inning’s first out. But Rays’ starter Scott Kazmir would get out of the inning by getting first Ryan Howard and then Pat Burrell to strike out swinging. The Rays would then mount a threat of their own in their half of the third as they would load up the bases with only one out via two singles (Ben Zobrist and Akinori Iwamura) and a walk (Jason Bartlett). But Cole Hamels would end the threat by getting Upton to ground into a 5-4-3 double play on a sharp grounder hit to Feliz. The Phillies would finally add another run in the fourth as, with runners on second and third and one man out, Victorino, who has earlier singled, would move to second on Feliz’s single, and who would both move up a base on Chris Coste’s ground out to first, would cross the plate on Ruiz’s ground out, 6-3, giving the Phillies a 3-0 lead. The Rays would finally get on the scoreboard as, with two outs, Carl Crawford would hit a solo home run on a Hamels’ curveball, cutting the Phils’ lead down to 3-1. The Rays would then cut the Phils’ lead down further in the fifth, as, with a runner on second and two men out, Iwamura would hit a RBI double, scoring Bartlett, who has earlier walked and then stole second, to make it a 3-2 Phillies’ lead. Hamels would then end the inning by getting Upton to foul out to Howard, who would make a spectular catch just inside the stands behind the first base foul line. The Rays would try to threaten again in the sixth as Howard would boot Carlos Pena’s ground ball for a fielding error. But, when Pena tried to steal second, he would be picked off by Hamels, who would throw over to Howard, who would then throw to Rollins, would would just barely tag out Pena for the inning’s first out, although the Rays’ bench would claim that Hamels had actually balked, a claim that first base umpire Kerwin Danley would ignore. Hamels would then proceed to strike out Evan Longoria and then get Crawford to ground out, 4-3, to end the inning. The Phillies would make another threat to score an extra run in the seventh, as, with runners on third (Utley (single, stolen base and wild pitch (J.P. Howell)) and first (Burrell (walk), who was then replaced by pinch runner Eric Bruntlett) and two outs, Rays’ reliever Grant Balfour, the second Rays’ reliever for the inning, would end the inning by striking out Victornio. Hamels’ seventh would be an easy eleven-pitch 1-2-3 inning. After the Phillies would go down 1-2-3 in the top of the eighth, Ryan Madson would come out in relief of Hamels and proceed to pitch a 1-2-3 inning of his own. In the Phillies’ ninth, the Phils would make one final attempt to get an insurance run as they would get runners on second (Werth (ground-rule double) and first (Utley (intentional walk)) and one out. But, the Rays would get out of the inning as first Howard would strike out looking and then Bruntlett would pop out to the second baseman. The Phillies would then hand the ball over to Brad Lidge to close it. Lidge would proceed to strike out Pena and Longoria on seven pitches before ending the game by getting Crawford to foul out to Feliz for the final out, recording the save.

Cole Hamels would get the win as he would pitch seven strong innings, giving up two earned runs on five hits and two walks, while striking out five. His record in the series is now 1-0 with a 2.57 ERA and a 4-0 record in the post-season. Ryan Madson would pitch a 1-2-3 inning, striking out one. Brad Lidge would also pitch a 1-2-3 inning, striking out two, as he would record his fifth save in the post-season and his forty-sixth save in forty-six tries. Scott Kazmir would receive the lost as he pitches six innings, giving up three earned runs on six hits and four walks, while striking out four. His series record is 0-1 with an ERA of 4.50. J.P. Howell, Grant Balfour, Trever Miller and Dan Wheeler would combine for three scoreless innings, giving up two hits (Howell and Balfour one hit apiece) and two walks (Howell and Balfour would each give up a walk), while striking out five (Howell and Balfour two each and Miller one).

The Phillies would win last night’s game thanks to the bullpen shutting down the Rays’ offense in the last two innings, while Cole Hamels, Ryan Madson and Brad Lidge would combine to get the last eleven Ray batters out, after Hamels had picked off Carlos Pena trying to steal second in the sixth inning. Speaking of the pick off, Rays’ manager Joe Maddon and the Rays’ bench all thought that Hamels had balked before he threw to first base after Pena had started to run towards second base. The first base umpire, Kerwin Danley, would ignore their argument, but before the start of the Phillies’ seventh, home plate umpire Tim Welke told Maddon that he would look into the matter. Quite frankly, I don’t know what the point of all this is. If it was a balk, Danley should’ve called it right then and there. I just hope this wasn’t an attempt by Maddon to influence things later in the series as it could backfire on his team since the umpires could decide to look closely at the pitchers of both teams when their pitchers throw towards first when there is someone on base who is a basestealing threat. I guess time will tell. Meanwhile, the Phillies offense would once again in the post-season be unable to hit an early knockout blow against their opponent as they would leave eleven men on base, thanks mainly to Ryan Howard being unable to stop chasing junk out of the strike zone. Hey big guy, lay off the junk pitches will you? As long as you keep swinging at them, they’re going to keep throwing them to you. Please follow Charlie Manuel’s advice, just relax at the plate and let the ball come to you. Even if it means hitting into an out, it’ll at least be a lot better than being made to look like a fool with your constant swing and misses at off-speed junk.

The 2008 World Series continues tonight with the series’ second game, being played tonight at Tropicana Field. The game will begin at 8:29 pm Easten time. The Phillies will send to the mound Brett Myers (0-0, -.–), who is coming off his victory over the Dodgers on October 10, where he went five innings, giving up five earned runs on six hits and four walks, while striking out six, in the Phillies’ 8-5 win, thanks in part to his going 3 for 3 at the plate, knocking in three runs and scoring two. His post-season record is 2-0 with a 5.25 ERA, as he pitched twelve innings, giving up seven earned runs on eight hits and seven walks, while striking out ten. During the regular season, his record was 10-13 with a 4.55 ERA, as he pitched in thirty games, giving up 103 runs, 96 of which were earned, on 197 hits and 65 walks, while striking out 163 batters in 190 innings of work. But, he was a better pitcher in the second half, after his return from a minor league reassignment, as he would go 7-4 with two no-decisions. Myers will be pitching his first start on the road during the post-season, and hoping to stake the Phillies to a 2-0 lead in the series, while hoping to avoid a repeat of his last road start back on September 19 against the Marlins where he got bombed for ten earned runs. The Rays will be countering with James Shields (0-0, -.–), who is coming off his second straight bad start in the ALCS against the Red Sox on October 18, as he would last just five and two-third innings, giving up four runs, three of which were earned, on nine hits and three walks, while striking out three, in the Rays’ 4-2 lost. In the post-season, his record is 1-2 in three starts, as he would pitch ninteen and a third innings, giving up nine runs, eight of which were earned, on twenty-one hits and six walks, while striking out thirteen. His regular season record was 14-8 with a 3.56 ERA, as he would pitch in 33 games, going 215 innings, giving up 94 runs, 85 of which were earned, on 208 hits and 40 walks, while striking out 160. Shields will be going out to even the series at a game a piece, while trying to avoid getting hurt for the third straight game in the post-season. The Phillies will once again be trying to be patient with another Rays’ starter who have had even worst recent luck in the post-season than has last night’s starter Kazmir before striking the major blow, while hoping that Myers will be able to do well on the road for at least this game, before heading back home to the friendly confines of Citizens Bank Park and its very loud, screaming fans.

GO PHILLIES!!!

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