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The Phils’ winning streak at Petco Park comes to an end as they lose to the Padres, 5-1.

The Phils thirteen-game winning streak at Petco Park is brought to an end as their offensive woes resurface in their lost to the Padres, 5-1.

The Padres took the lead in the second as, with the bases loaded via walks to Yonder Alonso, Cameron Maybin and Jason Bartlett, as Phils’ starter Roy Halladay uncharacteristically misses the plate with his pitches, and with one man out, Orlando Hudson hits into an RBI ground out, 4-3, as second baseman Freddy Galvis makes a great play to keep the ball from going into right field for a base hit, bringing in Alonso, giving the Padres a 1-0 lead, while sending Maybin to third base and Bartlett up to second base. The Padres added to their lead in the third as, with two men on, and with two men out, Alonso hits an RBI double, knocking in Chase Headley, who had earlier singled, then stopped at second base on Nick Hundley’s single, giving the Padres a 2-0 lead, while sending Hundley, who had just singled, on to third. The Padres increased their lead in the eighth as, with one man on, and with two men out, Bartlett hits an RBI double, knocking in Maybin, who had earlier walked, then stole second base, giving the Padres a 3-0 lead. The Padres then took a 4-0 lead as Hudson hits an RBI triple, scoring Bartlett. The Padres then made it a 5-0 lead as pinch hitter Jesus Guzman hits an RBI single, knocking in Hudson. The Phils would finally get on the board in the ninth as, with a man on third and with two men out, Ty Wigginton hits an RBI double, knocking in Jimmy Rollins, who had started the inning off with a walk, then moved up to first second, and then to third on defensive indifference, making it a 5-1 Padres’ lead. But that would end up being the final score as Hudson Street ended the game by striking out Galvis, swinging, for the game’s final out.

Roy Halladay (3-1, 1.50) took the lost as he went seven innings, giving up two runs on five hits and four walks, while he struck out five. Michael Stutes pitched an inning, giving up three runs on three hits and a walk, while striking out a batter. Cory Luebke (2-1, 2.52) got the win as he went eight strong scoreless innings, giving up just two hits and two walks, while striking out five. Hudson Street pitched an inning, giving up a run on a hit and a walk, while striking out two.

The Phils had only three hits in the ballgame, singles by Placido Polanco and Roy Halladay and an RBI double by Ty Wigginton, as the team continue not being patient with opposing starters. The Phils also had three walks in the game.

The Phils (7-8, T-4th East) will conclude their series with the Padres (4-12, 5th West) with an afternoon game later today. The game will be played at Petco Park and will begin at 4:05 pm EDT (1:05 pm PDT). The Phils will send to the mound Joe Blanton (1-2, 4.26), who is coming off a lost against the Giants on April 17, as he went five innings, giving up four runs on eleven hits, while he struck out two, in the Phils’ 4-2 lost. Blanton will be trying to recover from his last start, while trying to see if he can lead the Phils to the series win. The Padres will counter with Anthony Bass (0-2, 3.38), who is coming off a lost against the Rockies on April 17, as he pitched five innings, giving up three runs on four hits and three walks, while striking out seven, in the Padres’ 5-3 lost. He will be trying to see if he can lead to Padres to a series split. The Phils will be trying to win their first series on the road, and their second of the young season.

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

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

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

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

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

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

The Phils continue their three-game series with the Giants.

The Phils (5-5, T-3rd East) will continue their three-game visit with the Giants (4-6, T-3rd West) with a night game tonight. The game will be played at AT&T Park, and is to start at 10:15 pm EDT (7:15 pm PDT).

The Phils won the first game of the three-game series with a four-hit, four-run outburst in the first inning against eventual loser Tim Lincecum, who had been awful in his first three starts of the young season, despite having struck out sixteen batters, before eventually winning the game, 5-2, behind their ace Roy Halladay, who, as he won his third start, first pitched himself out of a bases loaded jam with less than two outs in the bottom of the first inning, before eventually breezing along in his last four innings, before handing the ball off to Jonathan Papelbon,who recorded his third save of the year.

The Phils will be sending to the mound Joe Blanton (1-1, 2.35), who is coming off a solid victory over the Marlins on April 14, as he pitched seven strong innings, giving up just one run on three hits and a walk, while striking out three, in the Phils’ 3-1 win. Against the Giants, Kentucky Joe has a 2-3 career record with an ERA of 4.73, while he had struck out 24 Giants. He will be out to help lead the Phils to their third straight win, while hoping to improve upon his previous start. The Giants will counter with Madison Bumgarner (1-1, 3.97), who is coming off a strong win against the Rockies on April 12, as he went seven and one-third innings, giving up just a run on four hits and two walks, while striking out two, in the Giants’ 4-2 win. Bumgarner, who had just finishing signing a five-year contract with the Giants, has a career record of 0-1 against the Phils with a 2.25 ERA, as he had struck out just nine Phils. He will be trying to even up the series for the Giants, while trying to show that he deserved the contract that he had just finished signing.

The Phils take advantage of a less than stellar Tim Lincecum to score four runs in the first inning, before rolling along behind their own ace, Roy Halladay, to defeat the Giants, 5-2.

The Phils scored four first inning runs against their nemesis Tim Lincecum, before going on to beat the Giants, 5-2.

The Phils took the lead in the first as, with two men on, and with one man out, Hunter Pence hits an RBI single, scoring Placido Polanco, who had earlier doubled, giving the Phils a 1-0 lead, while sending Jimmy Rollins, who had just walked, up to second base. The Phils then took a 2-0 lead as Shane Victorino hits an RBI single, knocking in Rollins, while sending Pence on to second base. The Phils then made it a 4-0 lead as Laynce Nix hits a two-run double to the right field wall, scoring both Pence and Victorino. The Giants would get a run back in their half of the first as, with the bases loaded, via a single by Angel Pagan, a walk by Melky Cabrera, moving Pagan up to second base, and a single by Buster Posey, moving both runners up a base, and with one man out, Aubrey Huff hits a sacrifice fly to right, scoring Pagan, cutting the Phils’ lead down to 4-1, while sending Cabrera on to third base. The Phils got that run back in the fourth as, with a man on second, and with two men out, Roy Halladay helped himself with an RBI single, knocking in Freddy Galvis, who had just doubled, giving the Phils a 5-1 lead. The Giants would get that run back in their half of the fourth as, with runners on second and third, and with one man out, Tim Lincecum hits an RBI ground out, 5-3, knocking in Brandon Belt, who had started the inning off with a single, then stopped at third on Brandon Crawford’s double, making it a 5-2 Phils’ lead. That would remain the score as Halladay would shut down the Giants for the rest of the night, before handing the ball over to closer Jonathan Papelbon in the ninth, who would then record his third save of the season as he got Cabrera to ground out, 4-3, for the game’s final out.

Roy Halladay (3-0, 1.17) got the win as he pitched eight innings, giving up two runs on seven scattered hits and three walks, while striking out six. Jonathan Papelbon recorded his third save of the season as he threw a scoreless ninth, giving up a hit. Tim Lincecum (0-2, 10.54) took the lost as he pitched six innings, giving up five runs on eight hits and a walk, while striking out six Phils. Dan Otero and Jeremy Affeldt combined for three scoreless innings, giving up a hit (Otero) between them, while striking out two (one each).

The Phils had nine hits in the ballgame, with Hunter Pence (Singles, RBI) and Shane Victorino (Singles, RBI) both leading the team with two hits each. Placido Polanco (Double), Lanyce Nix (Double, 2 RBIs), Carlos Ruiz (Single), Freddy Galvis (Double) and Roy Halladay (Single, RBI) had the other four Phils’ hits, as the team got to Tim Lincecum early, thanks in part to Polanco’s first inning double dropping in between the center and right fielders. The Phils also had a walk and a hit batter in the game.

The Phils (5-5, T-3rd East) will continue their visit with the Giants (4-6, T-3rd West) with a night game later today. The game will be played at AT&T Park and will start at 10:15 pm EDT (7:15 pm PDT). The Phils will send to the mound Joe Blanton (1-1, 2.35), who is coming off a win against the Marlins on April 14, as he pitched seven strong innings, giving up only a run on three hits and a walk, while striking out three, in the Phils’ 3-1 win. He will be out to help lead the Phils to their third straight win, while hoping to improve on his previous start. The Giants will counter with Madison Bumgarner (1-1, 3.97), who is coming off a win against the Rockies on April 12, as he went seven and one-third innings, giving up a run on four hits and two walks, while striking out two, in the Giants’ 4-2 win. He will be trying to even up the series for the Giants. The Phils will be out to win their third straight game, while hoping that the offense will continue to score runs, as well as get hits.

The Phils will conclude their six-game home stand with the first of three games against the Mets.

The Phils (3-3, 3rd) will end their short home stand with a weekend series against the Mets (4-2, 2nd), starting with a night game tonight. The game will be played at Citizens Bank Park and will start at 7:05 pm EDT.

The Phils, who presently own a two-game winning streak, will see if they can continue the Mets present two-game slide, as they send to the mound their number two starter, Cliff Lee (0-0, 1.50), who is presently coming off a no-decision against the Pirates on April 7, in which he pitched six innings, giving up just one run, thanks to a wild pitch, and his not being able to catch Carlos Ruiz’s throw back to him as he still had a chance to tag out the runner, on two hits and two walks, while he struck out four, in the Phils’ 2-1 extra-inning lost. Lee, who has a career record of 2-0 against the Mets with an ERA of 0.43 and seventeen strikeouts, as he pitched in 21 innings, will once again be going for his first win of the year. The Mets will counter with R.A. Dickey (1-0, 3.00), who is coming off a win against the Braves on April 7, where he pitched six innings, giving up just two runs on six hits and four walks, as he struck out three, in the Mets’ 4-2 win. Dickey, who has a caeer record of 2-3 against the Phils with a 2.61 ERA and twenty-seven strikeouts, will be trying to see if he can again give the Phils’ batters fits.

The Phils’ offense, after being able to score only eight runs in their first four games of the season, for an average of two runs per game, have scored a total of ten runs in their last two, while their pitching have allowed only two runs, after being rung up for six in the home opener. In their last two games, the Phils have cranked out a total of twenty-two hits, including six extra-base hits (2B (3), HR (3)), with Carlos Ruiz, Shane Victorino and Ty Wigginton all hitting their first home runs of the season. The offense would also have three stolen bases, with Victorino swiping his third and fourth stolen bases, and Juan Pierre swiping his second stolen base of the young season, as the team continues to use small ball, along with some timely hitting added in the second game of the series, as well as some Marlins’ fielding mistakes and some luck finally going their way. Pitching wise, the starters have had only one bad start, Cole Hamels’ opening day dud at home in which he gave up four runs, all but one of which was earned, while the rest of the staff (Roy Halladay, Cliff Lee, Vance Worley and Joe Blanton) have allowed a grand total of four runs in thirty-four innings pitched, for a record of 3-1 for the starters, with two no-decisions, in six starts. Lee will be trying to continue the so far excellent starting pitching when he faces the Mets tonight. The Phils hope that they can extend their winning streak, while putting the Mets back in their place, before they start an early trip to the West Coast.

The Phils will conclude their opening series at home with the Marlins tonight.

The Phils (2-3, 3rd) will conclude their opening series at home with the Marlins (2-4, T-4th) with a night game tonight. The game will be played at Citizens Bank Park and is to start at 7:05 pm EDT.

The Phils will send to the mound Joe Blanton (0-1, 13.50) who will be making his first start of the 2012 season. Blanton, who in an injury plagued 2011 complied a record of 1-2 with an ERA of 5.01 and a WHIP of 1.48, as he appeared in just eleven games, eight of which were for starts, pitching in 41.1 innings, striking out 35 batters, while walking 9, is coming off a lost in relief against the Pirates this past Saturday, April 7, as he went two-thirds of an inning, giving up a run on two-hits, in the Phils’ 2-1 ninth-inning lost. Blanton will be out to show that he had fully recovered from his 2011 arm injuries. The Marlins will counter with Mark Buehrle (0-1, 3.00), who had spent 2011 pitching for the White Sox, compling a record of 13-9 with a 3.59 ERA and a WHIP of 1.30, as he started 31 games, pitching in 205.1 innings, striking out 109 batters, while walking 45, as he is coming off a lost against the Reds in his first start as a National Leaguer on April 5, as he went six innings, giving up two runs on seven hits and two walks, while he struck out six, in the Marlins’ 4-0 lost. He will be trying to do better in his second National League start.

The Phils, whose bats had decided to come out last night with a fourteen-hit attack, which included three extra-base hits (2B (2), HR (1)), as they gave their ace Roy Halladay some much needed runs support as they scored seven runs, five of which were in one inning, as Halladay threw another good performance on the mound, as he gave up only one run while scattering five Marlins’ hits, will be trying to end their three-game series with the Marlins on a high note. Blanton will be out to show that his performances during spring training were but a prelude to a good 2012 season, while he hopes that the Phils’ offense will continue to roll. The Phils will be trying to even up their regular season record with a win tonight, before they start a three-game weekend series with the Mets.

A fourteen-hit attack supports a five-hit effort by team ace Roy Halladay, as the Phils defeated the Marlins, 7-1.

The Phils explodes for seven runs in support of a five-hit effort by their ace Roy Halladay, as they defeated the Marlins, 7-1.

The Marlins took the lead in the second as, with a runner on third, and with one man out, Josh Johnson hits an RBI ground out, 4-3, knocking in Omar Infante, who had earlier doubled, then moved up to third base on John Buck’s fly out to right, giving the Marlins a 1-0 lead. The Phils tied the game up at one-all in the third as, with a man on second, and with one man out, Juan Pierre, who had earlier singled, then stole second base, would score on Placido Polanco’s RBI infield single to shortstop, after having first been deflected by Johnson, beating the throw to the plate, while Polanco would move up to second base on the throw home. The Phils took the lead one batter later as Jimmy Rollins hits an RBI single, scoring Polanco, giving the Phils a 2-1 lead, while Rollins would move up to second base on a fielding error by left fielder Logan Morrison. The Phils then made it a 3-1 lead as Hunter Pence hits an RBI single, knocking in Rollins, before he moved up to second base on the throw to the plate.  Three batters later, with the bases loaded, via a single by Shane Victorino, which sent Pence on to third base, before he stole second base, and an intentional walk to Carlos Ruiz, and with two men out, Freddy Galvis hits a two-run double, scoring both Pence and Victornio, giving the Phils a 5-1 lead, while sending Ruiz on to third base. The Phils then made it a 6-1 lead in the fourth as, with two men on, and with one man out, Victorino hits an RBI single, scoring Rollins, who had earlier singled, then stopped at second base on Pence’s single, while sending Pence, who had earlier singled, on to second base. The Phils added to their lead in the seventh as, with one man out, Ruiz hits a solo home run, his first home run of the season, giving the Phils a 7-1 lead. That would end being the final score as Gaby Sanchez flied out to center for the game’s final out.

Roy Halladay (2-0, 0.80) got the win as he pitched seven strong innings, giving up a run on five hits and a walk, while he struck out three. Chad Qualls and Michael Stutes combined for two 1-2-3 innings. Josh Johnson (0-2, 8.38) took the lost as he went just three and two-thirds innings, giving up six runs on eleven hits and a walk, while he struck out a batter. Chad Gaudin pitched two and one-third scoreless innings, giving up two hits, while striking out two. Ryan Webb pitched two innings, giving up a run on a hit, as he struck out one.

The Phils erupted for fourteen hits in the ballgame, with Hunter Pence leading the team with three hits, all singles, knocking in a run, followed by Placido Polanco (Singles, RBI), Jimmy Rollins (Singles, RBI), Shane Victorino (Singles, RBI) and Carlos Ruiz (Double, Home Run, RBI) with two hits apiece. Juan Pierre (Single), John Mayberry, Jr. (Single) and Freddy Galvis (Double, 2 RBIs) had the other three Phils’ hits. The Phils also had a walk and three stolen bases (Pierre, Victorino (2)) in the ballgame.

The Phils (2-3, 3rd) will conclude their series with the Marlins (2-4, 4th) with a night game tomorrow night. The game will be played at Citizens Bank Park, with a start time of 7:05 pm EDT. The Phils will send to the mound Joe Blanton (0-1, 13.50), who is coming off a lost in relief against the Pirates on April 7, as he went two-thirds of an inning, giving up a run on two-hits, in the Phils’ 2-1 ninth-inning lost. Joe hopes that he will do better in his first start of the season. The Marlins will counter with Mark Buehrle (0-1, 3.00), who is coming off a lost against the Reds on April 5, as he went six innings, giving up two runs on seven hits and two walks, while he struck out six, in the Marlins’ 4-0 lost. He will be trying to do better in his second National League start. The Phils will be out to even their record, and win their first series in the young season.

Lack of offense comes back to haunt the Phils as they lose to the Pirates on an extra-innings walk-off infield single, losing 2-1.

The Phils lack of offense would come back to haunt them late in the ballgame, before they finally lose to the Pirates in extra-innings on a walk-off infield single, as they lose to Pittsburgh 2-1.

The Phils took the lead in the first as, with two men on, and with one man out, Hunter Pence hits an RBI infield single to the shortstop, scoring in Shane Victorino, who had earlier singled, moved up to second base on Placido Polanco’s single, then stopped at third on Jimmy Rollins’ sacrifice bunt, 4-3, giving the Phils a 1-0 lead, while sending Polanco, who had earlier singled, then moved up to second base on Rollins’ sacrifice bunt, to third. The Pirates would tie the game up at one-all in the sixth as, with runners on the corners, and with two men out, Yamaico Navarro, who had earlier walked, would stop at second base on Jose Tabata’s single, then stopped at third on Alex Presley’s force out, 4-6, wiping out Tabata at second base for the inning’s second out, would score on Cliff Lee’s wild pitch, crossing the plate after Lee misses Carlos Ruiz throw back to him as he tried to cover home plate, while Presley, who was safe on the force out, would move up to second base. The game then became a duel between both teams’ bullpens until the bottom of the tenth as, with runners on the corners, and with two men out, Presley hits an RBI infield single, knocking in Michael McKenry, who was pinch running for Rod Barajas, who had earlier doubled, then moved up to third base on Clint Barmes’ sacrifice bunt, 5-4, as Presley beat out Rollins’ throw to first, giving the Pirates a 2-1 walk-off win.

Cliff Lee got a no-decision as he pitched six innings, giving up a run on two hits, two walks and a costly wild pitch, while striking out four batters. Kyle Kendrick, Chad Qualls, Michael Stutes and Antonio Bastardo combined f0r three scoreless innings, giving up two hits (Qualls (1), Stutes (1)) and a walk (Bastardo) between them. Joe Blanton (0-1, 13.50) took the lost as he went two-thirds of an inning, giving up a run on two hits and a hit batter. Jeff Karstens also received a no-decision as he went six innings, giving up a run on five hits and a walk, while striking out two. Tony Watson, Jason Grilli and Joel Hanrahan combined for three scoreless innings, giving up just two walks (Hanrahan), while striking out three (Grilli (1), Hanrahan (2)) between them. Juan Cruz (1-0, 0.00) got the win as he pitched a scoreless inning, giving up two hits, while striking out a batter.

The Phils had seven hits in the game with Shane Victorino and Placido Polanco both leading the team with two hits apiece, all singles. Jimmy Rollins, Hunter Pence and Carlos Ruiz had the other three Phils’ hits, all singles. The Phils also had three walks and a stolen base (Pence) in the game.

The Phils (1-1, 3 NL East) will conclude their three-game series with the Pirates (1-1,  T-2 NL Central) with an afternoon game tomorrow afternoon at PNC Park. The game is to start at 1:05 pm EDT. The Phils will send to the mound Vance Worley (0-0, -.–), who is coming off a rookie season in which he ended up with a record of 11-3, with a 3.01 ERA and a WHIP of 1.23, as he appeared in 25 games, 21 of which were starts, as he pitched a total of 131.2 innings, striking out 119 batters, while walking only 50.  Worley will be trying to help the Phils leave Pittsburgh with a series win, while out to prove that the previous season was not a fluke. The Pirates will counter with James McDonald (0-0, -.–), who last season had a record of 9-9 with a 4.21 ERA, as he started in 31 games, totaling 171 innings pitched, as he struck out 142 batters, while walking 78. He will be trying to give the Pirates the series win. The Phils will be out to win the series while trying to see if they can establish some kind of offense before coming back to Philly for their home opener.

The Phils have announced their 2012 roster.

Earlier today, the Phils have announced their opening day roster.

Catchers: Carlos Ruiz and Brian Schneider

Infield: Freddy Galvis (2B), Pete Orr (Utl), Placido Polanco (3B), Jimmy Rollins (SS), Jim Thome (1B) and Ty Wigginton (1B, 3B)

Outfield: John Mayberry Jr. (LF), Shane Victorino (CF), Hunter Pence (RF), Juan Pierre (OF) and Laynce Nix (LF)

Starting Rotation: Roy Halladay (Ace), Cliff Lee, Cole Hamels, Joe Blanton and Vance Worley

Relief Staff: Kyle Kendrick (Long and Swing Man), David Herndon, Micheal Stutes, Joe Savery (Lefty Specialist (?)), Antonio Bastardo, Chad Qualls, and Jonathan Papelbon (Closer)

On disabled list: Ryan Howard (1B), Chase Utley (2B), Michael Martinez (Utl) and Jose Contreras (RP).

Say hello to your defending National League Eastern Division champs, folks. GO PHILS!!!

On-Deck Series: The Phils hang on to win a back and forth battle with the Pirates as they win, 4-3.

The Phils win a back and forth fight with their cross-state rivals the Pirates to win the first game in their two games on-deck series, 4-3.

The Phils took a 1-0 lead in the first as, with a man on third, and with one man out, Jimmy Rollins hits a sacrifice fly, scoring Juan Pierre, who had earlier doubled, then went to third on Placido Polanco’s fly out. The Phils added to their lead in the second as, with a man on third, and with nobody out, Ty Wigginton hits an RBI ground out, 4-3, scoring Shane Victorino, who had started the inning off with a triple, giving the Phils a 2-0 lead. The Phils then made it a 3-0 lead in the third as, with a runner on second, and with two men out, Rollins hits an RBI double, knocking in Pierre, who had earlier reached base as he was hit by a pitch, then stole second base. The Pirates got a run back in the fourth as, with a man on second, and with two men out, Neil Walker hits an RBI single, knocking in Jose Tabata, who had earlier singled, then stole second base as Andrew McCutchen struck out, swinging, making it a 3-1 Phils’ lead, before moving up to second base on Hunter Pence’s throwing error. The Pirates then cut the Phils’ lead down to 3-2 as Garrett Jones hits an RBI double, scoring Walker. The Pirates then tied the game up at three-all in the sixth as, with two men out, McCutchen hits a solo home run, his fourth home run of the spring. The Phils regained the lead in the seventh as, with a runner on second, and with one man out, Freddy Galvis hits an RBI triple, knocking in Wigginton, who had earlier singled, then moved up to second base on Brian Schneider’s ground out, 3-unassisted, giving the Phils a 4-3 lead. That would end up being the final score as Kyle Kendrick pitched a 1-2-3 ninth, getting  Jones to flied out to right for the final out.

Joe Blanton received a no-decision as he pitched four and two-thirds innings, giving up two runs on three hits, as he struck out two. Antonio Bastardo pitched a third of an inning, striking out the only man that he would face. Pat Misch (1-0, 2.57) received his first blown save of the spring before collecting the win as he pitched three innings, giving up a run on three hits. Kyle Kendrick collected his first save of the spring as he pitched a 1-2-3 inning. Tony Watson received a no-decision as he went an inning, giving up a run on one hit. Evan Meek pitched an inning, giving up a run on a hit. Juan Cruz went an inning, giving up a run on a hit and a hit batter. Joel Hanrahan, Jason Grilli and Chris Resop combined for three scoreless innings, giving up two hits (Grilli (1), Resop (1))  between them, while striking out three (one batter each). Ryan Beckman (0-1, 3.38) took the lost as he pitched two innings, giving up a run on two hits, while striking out two.

The Phils had two hits in the game, with Freddy Galvis leading the team with two hits (Single, Triple, RBI). Juan Pierre (Double), Placido Polanco (Single), Jimmy Rollins (Double, 2 RBIs), Shane Victorino (Triple) and Ty Wigginton (Single, RBI) had the other five Phils’ hits. Pierre also had the only Phils stolen base in the game.

The Phils (13-16) will play the second and final game of their on-deck series with the Pirates (9-19) this afternoon at Citizens Bank Park. The game is to start at 1:05 pn EDT.

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