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The Phils win in extra-innings in walk-off fashion as Jimmy Rollins hits a two-out home run as they defeat the Marlins, 5-4.

Philadelphia_PhilliesThe Phils defeat the Marlins in walk-off fashion on Jimmy Rollins’ two-out solo home run in the bottom of the tenth, winning, 5-4.

The Phils took the lead in the bottom of the first as, with a man on second, and with no one out, Jimmy Rollins hits an RBI single, knocking in Tony Gwynn, Jr., who had started the inning off with a double, giving the Phils a 1-0 lead. The Phils then took a 2-0 lead as the still red-hot Chase Utley followed with an RBI double, knocking in Rollins. The Marlins got a run back in the top of the second as, with the bases loaded, via a lead-off walk by Jarrod Saltalmacchia, a single by Adeiny Hechavarria, with Saltalmacchia stopping at second base, and an infield single by Christian Yelich, moving up both runners, and with two men out, Saltalmacchia would score on a missed catch fielding error by first baseman Ryan Howard on Marcell Ozuna’s grounder to shortstop Rollins, making it a 2-1 Phils’ lead, while Hechavarria would stop at third base, and Yelich would move up to second base, as Ozuna would be safe at first. The Phils would increase their lead in the bottom of the third as, with a runner on second, and with one man out, Utley hits an RBI double, his second double of the ballgame, knocking in Gwynn, who had started the inning off with a single, then moved up to second base on Rollins’ ground out, 4-3, giving the Phils a 3-1 lead. The Phils then made it a 4-1 lead as Howard followed with an RBI single, knocking in Utley. The Marlins would get a run back in the top of the fifth as, with one man out, Giancarlo Stanton hits a solo home run, his third home run of the year, making it a 4-2 Phils’ lead. The Marlins then tied the game up at four-all in the top of the seventh as, with one man on, and with no one out, Stanton hits a two-run home run, his fourth home run of the season and his second home run of the game, knocking in Ozuna, who had started the inning off with a single. The Phils would win the game in the bottom of the tenth as, with two men out, Rollins hits a walk-off solo home run, his second home run of the season, giving the Phils a 5-4 walk-off win.

Jonathan Pettibone received a no-decision as he went five innings, giving up two runs, only one of which was earned, on eight hits and a walk, while striking out five. Justin De Fratus blew his first save of the season as he pitched an inning, plus two batters, as he gave up two runs on three hits, as he struck out a batter. Mario Hollands pitched an inning, as he gave up a hit. Antonio Bastardo and Jonathan Papelbon combined for two scoreless innings as they gave up a hit (Papelbon) and two walks (one walk each), between them, while striking out one (Papelbon). B.J. Rosenberg (1-0, 0.00) got the win as he pitched a 1-2-3 inning, striking out a batter. Nathan Eovaldi also received a no-decision as he went six and a third innings as he gave up four runs on seven hits, while striking out five. A.J. Ramos pitched two-thirds of an inning, giving up a walk. Mike Dunn and Carlos Marmol combined for two scoreless innings, giving up a hit (Dunn) and a walk (Marmol), between them, while striking out three (Marmol). Dan Jennings (0-1, 1.80) took the lost as he went two-thirds of an inning, giving up a run on a hit, a walk-off home run.

The Phils had nine hits in the game, with Rollins leading the ballclub with three hits, two singles and a solo home run, knocking in two runs, followed by Tony Gwynn, Jr. (Single, Double), Utley (Doubles, 2 RBIs) with two hits each. Ryan Howard (Single, RBI) and Carlos Ruiz (Single) had the other two Phils’ hit. The Phils also had two walks (Ruiz, Freddy Galvis) and a stolen base (Ruiz (1)) in the game, as well as a man caught stealing (Ruiz), while the defense committed an error (Howard) and an outfield assist (Gwynn) and performed a doubleplay.

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

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

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

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

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

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

The Phils lose two straight games as their starters gets clobbered by the Red Sox’s offense as they lose by the scores of 7-5 and 5-1.

The Phils’ winning streak ends at six wins in a row as they get beaten by the BoSox’s offense for two straight games, losing by the scores of 7-5 and 5-1.

In Saturday’s game, the Red Sox took the lead in the first as Mike Aviles started the game off with a lead-off home run, his seventh home run of the season, giving the Red Sox’s a 1-0 lead. The Red Sox added to their lead in the second as, with two men on, and with nobody out, Jarrod Saltalmacchia, who had started the inning off with a single, and then stopped at third base on Ryan Sweeney’s double, would score on Phils’ starter Joe Blanton’s missed catch error on a throw to first by second baseman Freddy Galvis on Daniel Nava’s ground ball, giving the BoSox a 2-0 lead, while sending Sweeney, who had earlier doubled, up to third base, while Nava would be safe at first on the error. The Red Sox then made it a 3-0 lead as Jon Lester hits into a 4-6-3 doubleplay, wiping out Nava at second base for the inning’s first out, while Sweeney would score. The Phils would get a run back in the third as, with one man on, and with two men out, Shane Victorino hits an RBI double, knocking in John Mayberry, Jr., who had just singled, making it a 3-1 Red Sox’s lead. The Red Sox then increased their lead in the fourth as Will Middlebrooks started off the inning with a lead-off home run, his fifth home run of the year, giving the BoSox a 4-1 lead.  The Red Sox then made it a 5-1 lead as Saltalmacchia followed with a solo home run of his own, his sixth home run of the season. The Phils got one of the runs back in their half of the fourth as, with a runner on second, and with one man out, Hector Luna hits an RBI single, knocking in Carlos Ruiz, who had been hit by the pitch, then moved up to second base on Ty Wigginton’s ground out, 5-3, making it a 5-2 Red Sox’s lead. The Phils would cut the Red Sox’s lead down to 5-4 a batter later as Galvis hits a two-run home run, his third home run of the season, scoring Luna. The Red Sox would increase their lead again in the fifth as, with a man on first, and with nobody out, David Ortiz hits a two-run home run, his ninth home run of the season, scoring Dustin Pedroia, who had started the inning off with a single, giving the BoSox a 7-4 lead. The Phils would cut the lead down to 7-5 in the eighth as, with runners on second and third, and with two men out, Jimmy Rollins hits an RBI infield single, scoring Wigginton, who had started the inning off with a single, stopped at second base on Luna’s single, then moved up to third on Galvis’ fly out to center, while sending Luna, who had earlier singled, and had moved up to second base on Galvis’ fly out, over to third base. That would end up being the final score as Alfredo Aceves would pitch a four-out save, his ninth save of the season.

Joe Blanton (4-4, 3.74) took the lost as he went four and one-third innings, giving up seven runs on nine hits, as he struck out four. Raul Valdes, Joe Savery and Jose Contreras would combine for four and two-thirds scoreless innings, giving up just two hits (Valdes (1), Savery (1)) between them, while striking out four (Valdes (2), Savery (1), Contreras (1)). Jon Lester (3-3, 3.95) got the win as he went six innings, giving up four runs on eight hits and a walk, while striking out three. Vicente Padilla recorded his seven hold of the season as he pitched an inning and a third, giving up a run on four hits, while striking out a batter. Rich Hill recorded his second hold of the year as he pitched a third of an inning, getting out the only man that he would face. Alfredo Aceves recorded his ninth save of the year as he went an inning and a third, giving up three hits and a walk, while striking out a batter.

The Phils had fifteen hits in the game, getting most of them late in the ballgame, but being unable to get that must needed key hit. John Mayberry, Jr. (Singles), Shane Victorino (2 Singles, Double, RBI) and Hector Luna (Singles, RBI) all lead the ballclub with three hits each. Ty Wigginton (Singles) and Freddy Galvis (Single, Home Run, 2 RBIs) followed with two hits each. Jimmy Rollins (Single, RBI) and Hunter Pence (Single), had the other two Phils’ hits. The Phils also had two walks and a stolen base (Rollins (9)) in the game.

In Sunday’s game, the Red Sox took a quick 1-0 lead as Mike Aviles started the game off with a lead-off home run, his eighth home run of the season. The BoSox then took a 2-0 lead in the second as, with two men on, and with two men out, Aviles hits an RBI single, knocking in Marlon Byrd, who had earlier singled, then stopped at second base on Josh Beckett’s bunt force out, 1-5, wiping out at third base Daniel Nava, who had earlier walked, then stopped at second base on Byrd’s single, while sending Beckett, who had just bunted into a force out, up to second base. The Red Sox then made it a 5-0 lead in the third as, with two men on, and with one man out, Jarrod Saltalmacchia hits a three-run home run, his seventh home run of the year, scoring Adrian Gonzalez, who had earlier singled, then would stop at third base on Will Middlebrooks’ double, and Middlebrooks, who had just doubled. The Phils would finally get onto the scoreboard in the eighth as, with runners on the corners, and with one man out, Juan Pierre hits a sacrifice fly, scoring pinch hitter Pete Orr, who has earlier doubled, then stopped at third base on Jimmy Rollins’ single, making it a 5-1 Red Sox lead. That would end up being the final score as Alfredo Aceves would throw a 1-2-3 ninth.

Cliff Lee (0-2, 2.66) took the lost as he threw seven innings, giving up five runs on nine hits and a walk, while striking out six. Jake Diekman and Chad Qualls would throw a pair of 1-2-3 innings, striking out four batters (Diekman (3), Qualls (1)) between them. Josh Beckett (4-4, 4.38) got the win as he went seven and two-thirds innings, giving up a run on seven hits and two walks, while striking out five. Vicente Padilla collected his eighth hold of the season as he pitched a third of an inning, giving up a walk. Alfredo Aceves pitched a 1-2-3 inning, striking out a batter.

The Phils had seven hits in the ballgame, with Hunter Pence leading the team with two hits, both singles. Jimmy Rollins (Single), Shane Victorino (Single), Freddy Galvis (Single), Cliff Lee (Double) and pinch hitter Pete Orr (Double), had the other five Phils’ hits, which would include several infield singles. Juan Pierre would knock in the Phil’s only run with a sacrifice fly, as the Phils would for the second straight game squander a number of scoring opportunities to get back into the ballgame. The Phils’ offense also had three walks and a stolen base (Victorino (13)) in the ballgame.

The Phils (21-21, 5th) will now start a three-game series with the Nationals (24-17, 2nd), with the first game being played tonight, weather permitting. The game is to be played at Citizens Bank Park, and is to start at 7:05 pm EDT. The Phils will send to the mound Kyle Kendrick (0-3, 5.96), who is coming off a no-decision against the Cubs on May 16, as he went six innings, giving up two runs, only one of which was earned, on three hits, while striking out four, in the Phils’ 9-2 rout. He will be going for his first win as a starter. The Nats will counter with Gio Gonzalez (5-1, 2.22), who is coming off a win against the Pirates on May 16, as he threw seven innings, giving up three runs on four hits and two walks, while striking out ten, in the Nats’ 7-4 win. He will be going for his sixth win of the year. The Phils will be trying to rebound from their bad weekend.

Spring Training: Phils bats are kept quiet as they are blanked by the BoSox, 6-0.

The Phils are unable to produce any offense as they are shutout by the Red Sox, 6-0.

The BoSox took a quick 1-0 lead in the first as, with one man out, Dustin Pedroia hits a solo home run, his second home run of the spring. The Red Sox added to their lead in the second as, with runners on the corners, and with nobody out, Jarrod Saltalamacchia, who had started the inning off with a single, and then went to third on Ryan Sweeney’s single, would score on Jimmy Rollins’ force attempt throwing error to second base as he tried to force out Sweeney on Jose Iglesias’ grounder, giving the Red Sox a 2-0 lead, while allowing Sweeney, who had earlier singled, to be safe at second base, while Iglesias would be safe at first on the error. The BoSox then made it a 3-0 lead in the fifth as, with one man on, and with two men out, David Ortiz hits an RBI single, knocking in Lars Anderson, who had earlier doubled. The Red Sox then took a commanding 5-0 lead as Cody Ross hits a two-run home run, his third home run of the spring. The Red Sox then made it a 6-0 lead in the ninth as Mauro Gomez hits a lead-off home run, his second home run of the spring. That would end up being the final score as Ross Ohlendorf got Hector Luna to hit into a 6-4-3 doubleplay, wiping out Pete Orr, who had just singled, at second base, to end the ballgame.

Joe Blanton (0-1, 4.80) took the lost as he went five innings, giving up five runs on seven hits, while striking out five. Hector Neris and Chad Qualls combined for two scoreless innings, giving up a hit (Neris) and a walk (Neris), while striking out three (Neris (2), Qualls (1)) between them. Tyson Brummett pitched one and two-thirds innings, giving up a run on two hits. Lisalverto Bonilla pitched a third of an inning, giving up a hit. Jon Lester (2-1, 3.50) got the win as he pitched seven shutout innings, giving up just two hits, while striking out ten. Matt Albers and Ross Ohlendorf combined for two scoreless innings, giving up a hit (Ohlendorf), while striking out a batter (Albers) between them.

The Phils had just three hits in the game, a single by Pete Orr, a single by Lou Montanez and a double by Freddy Galvis, as they were kept off balanced by starter Jon Lester for seven innings, before he gave the ball to the BoSox’s bullpen.

The Phils (10-13) next spring training game will be tomorrow afternoon at Bright House Field in Clearwater against the Pirates (8-13). The game is to start at 1:05 pm EDT.

The Phils defeat the Red Sox in spring training, 2-0.

In the first spring training game between the two teams that most people expect to be facing each other in the World Series, the Phils defeat the Red Sox, 2-0.

In the top of the second, the Phils took the lead as Jeff Larish hits a one-out, two-run double, knocking in Ben Francisco, who had earlier got on base with a single, then moved up to second base on a Stolmy Pimentel’s balk, then moved on to third on a John Mayberry, Jr., single, and Mayberry, Jr., who had earlier singled. That would be all the scoring in the game, as Phils’ starter, Cole Hamels, threw four scoreless innings, although running into a bit of trouble in the third as he gave up a lead-off double to Mike Cameron (which turned out to be the only Red Sox’s hit), before moving to third on a 5-3 ground out by Jarrod Saltalamacchia. But, after walking Lars Anderson to put runners on first and third, with one out, Hamel would leave Cameron on third by getting Marco Scutaro to foul out to the cather for the inning’s second out, and then Dustin Pedroia to ground out, 5-3, to end the inning. The next two Phils’ pitchers, Scott Mathieson and Michael Stutes, would both pitch two scoreless innings, as the Red Sox would either hit into first pitch outs, or strikeout looking or swinging on three pitches. The Red Sox would make one last threat in the ninth, with Juan Perez on the mound, as with one out, Michael Martinez would commit a pair of errors, with the first one being a fielding error which allows Oscar Tejeda to reach first base. Then, after Ryan Kalish walks on four pitches, moving Tejeda to second base, Martinez commits his second error of the inning, as he commits a force out error on a Yamaico Navarro grounder, allowing Tejeda to reach third, and Kalish to move up to second base, while Navarro would reach first on the play, loading the bases. But, Perez would then get out of the inning, as he would first get pinch hitter Daniel Nava to foul out to the thrid baseman for the second out, before ending the game by striking out Josh Reddick on three pitches.

Cole Hamels gets the win (1-0, 0.00 ERA) as he pitches four shut out innings, giving up just one hit, while striking out three and walking one. Scott Mathieson and Michael Stutes both followed with two scoreless innings, as they both record a hold, as they combine for four strike outs (two each) while walking only one batter (Mathieson). Juan Perez receive the save as he pitches a scoreless inning, giving up a walk, while striking out a batter. Stolmy Pimentel took the lost (0-1, 9.00) as he pitches two innings, giving up two runs on three hits and a walk, while striking out one. Dan Wheeler, Andrew Miller, Bobby Jenks, Jason Rice, Rich Hill, Michael Bowden and Blake Maxwell each pitch a scoreless inning, as they combine to give up four hits (Wheeler (2), Miller (1), Jenks (1)) and three walks (Rice (1), Bowden (2)), while combining for six strike outs (Miller (1), Rice (2), Hill (1), Bowden (1), Maxwell (1)). Phils pitching had an easy time, as the BoSox hitters were very aggressive at the plate, hitting into a lot of one pitch outs.

The Phils had seven hits in the game, with Ben Francisco leading the team with two hits, both singles, as he increases his spring training batting average to .375, as he scores one of the two Phils’ runs. Shane Victorino follows with a double, Ross Gload, with a single, John Mayberry, Jr., also with a single, as he scores the other Phil run, Jeff Larish, who hit a two-run double, and Dane Sardinha, who had a single. Dom Brown is still struggling at the plate, as he went 0 for 3, with a walk, as he struck out once.

The Phils, with the win, now have a 3-3 grapefruit league spring training record, as they snap a two-game losing streak.

The Phillies hang on to win as they give Hamels his eighth victory as they defeat the Rangers, 8-6.

The Phillies hang on to give Cole Hamels his eighth win of the season, as the bats decided to wake up to defeat the Rangers, 8-6. It wouldn’t look like the Phillies would actually win the game at first as Michael Young would go deep on Hamels in the first inning, hitting his seventh home run of the year, knocking in Ian Kinsler, who has earlier singled, to give the Rangers a quick 2-0 lead. But then the Phillies would for the next two innings erupt on their former teammate Vicente Padilla for six runs. It would start in the second inning, when, with one out, Ryan Howard would get on base with a walk. Greg Dobbs and Pedro Feliz would then both follow with singles, soon loading the bases. Jayson Werth would then follow them with a two-run RBI single, scoring both Howard and Dobbs and sending Feliz to third, tying the score at two. Then, with Chris Coste batting, Padilla would uncork a wild pitch, scoring Feliz, and giving the Phillies a 3-2 lead. The Phillies would then add on to their lead in the third, when, once again with one out, Chase Utley would hit his National League home run lead tying twenty-third home run of the year, a solo shot, giving the Phillies a 4-2 lead. Two batters later, with Pat Burrell on first base via a walk, Howard would hit his twentieth home run of the year, a two-run shot, scoring Burrell, to make it 6-2 Phillies. The Rangers would try to come back in the fifth, when, with one out, and a runner on first, Jarrod Saltalamacchia would hit a RBI double, scoring Brandon Boggs, who has earlier reached base on a Utley’s throwing error after a force out, moving to second base on the error, cutting the Phillies’ lead to 6-3. One out later Saltalamacchia would score on a RBI single by Kinster, to make it 6-4 Phillies. The Phillies would get a run back in the sixth when Jimmy Rollins would hit a RBI triple, scoring Coste, who has earlier reached base on a single, to give the Phillies a 7-4 lead. Rollins would then be thrown out at the plate, from Josh Hamilton to Kinsler to Saltalamacchia, when he tried to turn his triple into an inside the park home run, thus ending the inning. The Phillies would add one more run in the seventh, when Utley would hit a RBI double, scoring Shane Victorino, who has gotten on base with a lead off bunt single, making it an 8-4 Phillies’ lead. The Rangers would cut the Phillies’ lead in the eighth, when with Chad Durbin pitching in relief of Hamels, with two men out and the bases loaded, he would give up an RBI single to Max Ramirez, scoring Josh Hamilton, who has reached base earlier on a single, making it 8-5 Phils. Durbin would then be replaced by J.C. Romero. He would shortly walk Boggs, forcing in Milton Bradley, who has earlier singled, to make it an 8-6 Phillies’ lead. He would then buckle under and strike out Saltalamacchia to end the threat. Then in the ninth, Brad Lidge would come in to pitch, and later, with two men on and one out, he would strike out both Hamilton and Bradley to end the game and record his nineteenth save in nineteen tries.

Cole Hamels would get the win, going seven innings, giving up four earned runs on six hits and striking out eight. His record is now 8-5 with an ERA of 3.38. Chad Durbin would pitch two-thirds of an inning, giving up two earned runs on four hits. J.C. Romero would pitch a third of an inning, giving up no runs on no hits, walking a batter and striking out a batter. Brad Lidge would pitch the ninth, recording his nineteenth save, as he gave up no runs on two hits. Vicente Padilla would get the lost while getting hammered by the Phils, pitching six innings as he gives up seven earned runs on seven hits. His record is now 10-4 with an ERA of 4.13. Joaquin Benoit would pitch two innings of relief, giving up an earned run on two hits. Luis Mendoza would pitch a scoreless inning, giving up only one hit.

The bats, at least for this game, seems to have woken up, knocking in eight runs, although the batters are still going after early pitches or pitches way out of the strike zone. Utley is once more on a tear since breaking his 0 for several days ago, but is still taking the collar with men in scoring position. Hopefully this will be the precursor of a resurfacing of the Phillies’ dangerous offense.

The Phillies (44-38) will face the Rangers (41-41, 3rd American League West) for the rubber match of their weekend series. The game will be played at Rangers Park in Arlington, and will start at 6:05 pm Eastern (5:05 pm Central). The Phillies’ starter will be the veteran Jamie Moyer (7-5, 4.09), who is coming off a hard lost against the A’s on June 24, where he would pitch well until the seventh inning, going six and two-third innings, giving up three earned runs on five hits, in the Phillies’ 5-2 lost. Career wise, he is 4-5 with a 5.50 ERA in thirteen starts at Rangers Park. Like Cole Hamels on Saturday, he will be trying for his eighth victory of the year while hoping that he can help lead the Phils to their first series victory since their sweep of the Braves at Atlanta. He will be opposed by rookie starter Eric Hurley (0-1, 4.24), who is coming off his first career start at the hand of the Astros on June 24, where he went six innings, giving up two earned runs on six hits, in the Rangers’ 4-3 lost. In three career starts, he has a lost and two no-decisions. He will be trying for his first career win while hoping that the Phillies’ bats have not come back from the dead.

The Phillies’ lead are now back to two, four and four games ahead of the Marlins, the Braves and the Mets respectively, who have all lost their games. The Phillies will conclude interleague play tomorrow night, before having an off-day on Monday, before starting a three games series with the Atlanta Braves in Hot-lanta, hoping to face the Braves with a reignited offense.

The Phillies fall to the Rangers, 8-7, as Myers self-destruct after being given a four run lead.

The Phillies have now lost two games in a row as Brett Myers pitches himself out of the starting rotation after being unable to get anyone out in the bottom of the third inning as the Phillies lose to the lowly Rangers, 8-7. The Rangers would take the lead in the first as Ian Kinsler hits a solo home run off of Myers’ second pitch, his thirteenth home run of the season, to give the Rangers a 1-0 lead. Myers would seem to have settle down after that, while the Phillies were able to score some runs off of Rangers’ starter, Kason Gabber, in the top of the third. The inning would begin with Gabber being unable to find the strike zone, as he walks Eric Bruntlett. Jayson Werth would then get on base via a fielding error by Gabber, which would send Bruntlett to second base. Chase Utley would then get the second walk of the inning, loading the bases. Jimmy Rollins then follows with a ground out, shortstop to first, which would score Bruntlett, tying the ballgame at one apiece, while moving both Werth and Utley up a base. Pat Burrell is then intentionally walked by Gabber to reload the bases for him to face Ryan Howard. Howard would go down swinging for out number two. Pedro Feliz would then pick him out by hitting a grand slammer off of Gabber, his ninth home run of the year, scoring Werth, Utley and Burrell, while giving the Phillies what should have been a lights out 5-1 lead. The Phillies’ inning would then end with Shane Victorino grounding out. After being given such a big lead, most pitchers would then buckle down and go after the hitters. But that did not happen with Brett “I don’t like leads” Myers, as he would proceed to have a melt down on the mound in the bottom half of the third. Kinsler would greet him with a double, soon to be followed by an infield single for Michael Young. Josh Hamilton would then get an infield single off of Myers’ glove, loading the bases, with nobody out. Myers would then proceed to walk Milton Bradley, scoring Kinsler, and cutting the Phils’ lead down to 5-2. A second straight walk to David Murphy, which would score Hamilton with the Rangers’ third run of the night, would be enough for Charlie Manuel to watch as he comes out to replace a struggling Myers with Clay Condrey, and leave the bases loaded, as the Phillies now lead 5-3. Condrey would get Marlon Byrd to ground into a 5-4-3 double play to get two quick outs, while Hamilton scores on the play, to cut the lead down to 5-4 Phillies, with a runner on third, giving the Phils a chance to get out of the inning with the lead. But it was not to be, as Condrey would give up a two-run home run to rookie Chris Davis, the first home run of his career, to give the lead back to the Rangers, 6-5. The inning would finally end with Jarrod Saltalamacchia lining out to left. In the fourth, the Phillies would tie the game, as Chris Coste hits a lead off home run, his seventh of the year. The Rangers would retake the lead in the fifth, when, with one out, Bradley would hit a home run off of the foul pole for his sixteenth home run of the year. At this point, both teams’ bullpens would keep the game close until the bottom of the eighth, when, with Rudy Seanez pitching in relief of J.C. Romero, he would give up a RBI sacrifice fly to Hamilton, scoring Kinsler, who has earlier walked, and has moved to third on Young’s double, giving the Rangers an 8-6 lead. That would be the different, as, with the Rangers’ closer C.J. Wilson pitching in the ninth, he would give up a solo home run to Werth, leading off the inning, to make it an 8-7 Rangers’ lead. After getting the next two Phils’ batters out, Wilson would give up a double to Burrell and then a single to Howard, which moved pinch runner Geoff Jenkins to third, who was held there by the third base coach, instead of taking a chance of sending him home, since the ball has rolled off of shortstop Young’s glove, to tie the game. Instead, Wilson would finally end the game by getting Greg Dobbs to ground out, recording his seventeenth save of the year.

Brett Myers gets a no-decision as he self-destructs on the mound after pitching only two innings plus five batters, giving up five earned runs on five hits and walking two batters, which would end up being costly. This performance would appear to have finally taken Myers out of the starting rotation as Manuel has finally lost his patience with him. The questions now are, what are the Phillies going to do with Myers and how will this affect both the rotation and the bullpen? Clay Condrey would take the lost as he pitches two and two-thirds innings, giving up two earned runs on five hits. His record is now 1-1 with a ERA of 4.36. Ryan Madson would go an inning and a third, giving up only one hit. J.C. Romero woud follow him with a scoreless, hitting inning. Rudy Seanez would pitch an inning, giving up an earned run on one hit. Kason Gabbard would also pitch a no-decision, as he pitches only three and a third inning, giving up six runs, only one of which would be earned, on only four hits. Josh Rupe would get the win as he goes two and a third innings, giving up no runs on no hits. His record is now 3-1 with a 3.43 ERA. Frank Francisco would pitch a scoreless, hitless inning and a third. Eddie Guardado would pitch a hittless, scoreless inning as well. C.J. Wilson would pitch the ninth, giving up a run on three hits, recording his seventeenth save of the year.

The Phillies’ offense, inspite of actually scoring some runs, is still mired in its collective slump, as almost all of their runs would come in via the long ball, as the batters are still swinging at the pitcher’s junk, thus getting themselves out. To this problem is now added the confusion that will be caused by Myers’ final meltdown on the mound in the third inning after being given a four run lead thanks to Feliz’s earlier grand slam. No one at this point knows what is going on inside Myers’ head, as Manuel will now have to decide who to use in place of Myers for his upcoming start against the Braves in Atlanta next week, as well as for him to determine what to do now with both the rotation and the bullpen in general since it is obvious that unless the Phillies can bring up someone from within their farm system, the replacement starter will have to come from the bullpen (probably Chad Durbin), and no one knows if Myers will be working from within the bullpen, and how that will affect the rest of the National League leading bullpen. Thank you Brett Myers for creating this situation. I hope that you are proud of yourself.

The final interleague series between the Phillies (43-38) and the Rangers (41-40, 3rd American League West) will continue in Arlington, at the Rangers Ballpark in Arlington. The game will begin at 8:05 pm Eastern (7:05 pm Central). The Phillies will be sending to the mound their ace Cole Hamels (7-5, 3.27) to end their present slide. He is coming off a recent lost against the Angels on June 22, as he would pitch seven innings, giving up only three earned runs on six hits, in the Phillies’  3-2 lost. He will be trying once again for his eighth victory while trying to avoid getting hit in this hitters’ friendly park. He will be counter by former-Phil Vicente Padilla (10-3, 3.74), who is coming off a win against the Nationals on June 22, as he pitched seven innings, giving up three earned runs on five hits, in the Rangers’ 5-3 win. This will be his first start against his former team. He will be trying to defeat his former ballclub, while hoping that last night’s game was not a possible precurser to a Phillies’ batting resurgence.

With the lost, the Phillies’ lead drop to a game over the Marlins as the fish defeated the Diamondbacks. The Braves are now trailing the Phillies by three game, back in a tie for third place, as they defeated the Blue Jays. The Mets are also three games behind the Phillies, as they spilt their doubleheader with the Yankees, dropping the night cap at Shea Stadium. The Phillies will once again try to break out of their collective team hitting slump and try to put some distance between them and the rest of the East before their day off on Monday.

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