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2010 National League Divisional Series, Game # 3: Sweep Revenge. The Phils sweep the Reds behind Cole Hamels.

The Phils got revenge for their 1976 lost to the Big Red Machine as they sweep the Reds behind the five-hit complete game pitching of Cole Hamels, as they defeat the Reds 2-0. They will now have to await the outcome of the Braves-Giants series to see who their opponent will be in the League Championship series.

The Phils took a 1-0 in the first as, with runners on the corners, and with two men out, Placido Polanco, who had earlier singled, then went to third on Ryan Howard’s single, scored on Reds’ shortstop Orlando Cabrera’s throwing error of Jayson Werth’s grounder, while Howard, who had just singled, would move up to third on the play. The Phils increased their lead to 2-0 in the fifth as, with two men out, Chase Utley hits a solo home run, his first home run of the post-season, a homer that was later upheld by the umpires after Reds’ manager Dusty Baker had asked for it to be reviewed for possible fan interference. That would be all of the offense that Phils’ starter Cole Hamels would need as he proceeded to pitch a complete game five-hit shut out, giving up a lead-off single to Drew Stubbs in the first, a two-out single to Jay Bruce in the second, a one-out single to Scott Rolen in the fourth, a two-out double to Ramon Hernandez in the seventh and a lead-off single to Brandon Phillips in the ninth, before he is wiped out at second base on a 4-6-3 doubleplay on a Joey Votto ground ball, before he ended the game by getting Rolen to strike out, swinging, Hamels’ ninth strikeout victim.

Cole Hamels gets the win as he pitches a complete game shut out, giving up five hits, while striking out nine. His record is now 1-0 with a 0.00 ERA. Johnny Cueto took the lost as he pitches five innings, giving up two runs, only one of which was earned, on five hits and a walk, while he strikes out two. His record is now 0-1 with a 1.80 ERA. Homer Bailey, Bill Bray, Nick Masset and Aroldis Chapman combine for four scoreless innings, giving up three hits (Bailey (2), Chapman (1)), while striking out four, (Bailey (2), Bray (1), Masset (1)) between them.

The Phils had eight hits in the game, with Ryan Howard and Carlos Ruiz both leading the team with two hits apiece, with Howard’s hits being both singles, while Ruiz’s hits were a single and a double. Shane Victorino, Placido Polanco, Chase Utley and Jimmy Rollins had the other four Phils’ hits, with Victorino, Placido and Rollins’ hits being singles and Utley’s hit being a solo home run. The Phils’ offense did not do much hitting in the series, but they took advantage of a lot of Reds’ mistakes.

The Phils (3-0) with the win advance to the 2010 National League Championship Series, doing so for the third year in a row. The win also gives them a revenge sweep for their lost back in 1976 by the Big Red Machine, when they were swept by the then world champs. The Phils will now prepare to meet the winner of the Braves-Giants series, which presently have the Giants in the lead, 2 games to 1.

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

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

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

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

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

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

The Phils defeat the Reds in extra-innings on Brian Schneider’s walk-off home run, 4-3.

The Phils finally win a crazy game on a Brian Schneider walk-off home run in the bottom of the twelfth inning, 4-3.

The Reds took the lead in the top of the first as, with two men out, Joey Votto hits a solo home run, his twenty-second home run of the season, to give the Reds a 1-0 lead. The Phils came back to tie the game up at one-all in their half of the first as, with one man out, Shane Victorino hits a solo home run of his own, his fourteenth home run of the year. The Phils then took the lead in the third on a very strange scoring play. With one man on, and with two men out, Victorino hits a grounder down the first base line that was first juggled by Votto, before he finally threw the ball over to Reds’ starter, Johnny Cueto, who lost the ball as Victorino was safe on first on the catch error, as well as his glove as Victorino knocked it off of his hand, as Jimmy Rollins, who had earlier walked, went all the way to third base. Then, as Victorino ran wide of first, Votto, after retrieving the ball, tried to throw it to a gloveless Cueto to try and get out Victorino, but Cueto was unable catch the ball, allowing Victorino to get back to first safely, while Rollins scored from third to give the Phils a 2-1 lead. That would stay the score as the game turned into a pitchers’ duel between Cueto and Phils’ starter Kyle Kendrick, who kept on getting out of jams, until both starters were gone by the eighth. In the eighth, the Reds would tie it up at two-all on another weird play. With two men on, and with two men out, a returning Ryan Madson struck out Brandon Phillips, but the pitch got past Brian Schneider, allowing Drew Stubbs, who had earlier singled, and had moved up to second on Corky Miller’s single, to move up to third, while Miller, who had earlier singled, would move up to second, while Stubbs would go to first, once he had realized that the ball has gotten past Schneider. Schneider, meanwhile, had lost sight of the ball, and Madson would go out to help him look for it, thus leaving the plate unprotected, allowing Stubbs to score with the tying run. The Phils would retake the lead in their half of the eight as, with two men on, and with one man out, Rollins hits a sacrifice fly, scoring Wilson Valdez, who had earlier tripled, to give the Phils a 3-2 lead. The Reds tied the game up at three-all in the ninth as, with a runner on third, and with two men out, Miguel Cairo hits an RBI double, knocking in Votto, who had earlier singled, would move up to second on Scott Rolen’s walk, then went to third on Jay Bruce’s 4-6-3 doubleplay, wiping out Rolen at second base. The Phils would finally win the game in the twelfth as, with one out, Schneider hits a lazer into the right field seats for a walk-off solo home run, his third home run of the year, to give the Phils a 4-3 win.

Kyle Kendrick receives a no-decision as he pitches six and two-thirds strong innings, giving up just one run on three hits, as he strikes out four. J.C. Romero receives his third hold of the year as he pitches a third of an inning, striking out the only man he would face. Ryan Madson commits his third blown save of the season, as he gives up a run on two hits and a wild pitch, as he strikes out three. Brad Lidge also commits his third blown save of the year as he gives up a run on two hits and a walk. Jose Contreras pitches a 1-2-3 inning. Nelson Figueroa receives the win as he pitches two 1-2-3 innings, striking out two. His record is now 2-1 with a 3.46 ERA. Johnny Cueto also receives a no-decision as he gives up two runs, only one of which was earned, on four hits and two walks, while he strikes out three. Nick Masset, Arthur Rhodes, Bill Bray and Logan Ondrusek would combine for three shut out innings, giving up just two hits (Masset (1), Ondrusek (1)) and three walks (Rhodes (1), Ondrusek (2)) between them, while striking out three (Masset (1), Bray (2)). Jordan Smith took the lost as he pitches an inning and a third, giving up a run on two hits and a walk. His record is now 2-2 with a 4.15 ERA.

The Phils had eight hits in the game, with Victorino leading the team with three hits, two singles and a solo home run, knocking in a run. Wilson Valdez follows with two hits, a single and a triple, scoring a run. Raul Ibanez, Jayson Werth, and Brian Schneider had the other three Phils’ hits, with Ibanez and Werth’s hits being singles, and Schnedier’s hit being a walk-off solo home run. The other Phil run came in on an error. Hopefully the offense can gain some momentum from this win. 

The Phils (44-40, 3rd NL East) will continue their weekend series with the Red (49-38, 1st NL Central) with a night game tonight. The game will be played at Citizens Bank Park and will start at 7:05 pm Eastern. The Phils will send to the mound Joe Blanton (3-5, 6.27) , who is coming off a no-decision against the Pirates on July 4, as he pitched six and one-third innings, giving up five runs on six hits, while he struck out seven, in the Phils’ 8-5 lost. In his last three starts, he is 1-0, with two no-decisions, as he pitched twenty-two innings, giving up eleven runs on twenty hits and two walks, while he had struck out seventeen. He will be trying to recover from the bad inning of his last start. The Reds will send to the mound rookie Mike Leake (6-1, 3.38), who is coming off a win against the Cubs on July 4, as he pitched six innings, giving up three runs on eight hits and a walk, while striking out five, in the Reds’ 14-3 rout. In his last three starts, his record is also 1-0, with two no-decisions, as he pitched eighteen innings, giving up ten runs on twenty hits and seven walks, while he struck out eleven. He will be going for his seventh win of the season, while trying to keep from being once again roughed up by the Phils. The Phils will try to beat up once again on Leake, planning to this time place a lost on him. 

Halladay is unable to hold onto lead as the Reds come from behind to defeat the Phils, 4-3.

Roy Halladay is hurt by the long ball as the Reds come from behind to defeat the Phils 4-3.

The Phils took a 3-0 lead in the fourth as, with two men on base, and with two men out, Dane Sardinha hits a three-run home run, his second home run of the season, scoring Jayson Werth, who had earlier singled, and had gone to second on Wilson Valdez’s single, and Valdez, who had just singled. Normally, that would tend to be enough with Roy Halladay on the mound, but it would not be so today. The Reds cut the Phils’ lead down to 3-1 in the sixth as Joey Votto hits a lead-off home run, his eighteenth home run of the season. The Reds then made it 3-2 Phils in the seventh as, with two men on, and with one man out, Orlando Cabrera hits an RBI single, scoring Ramon Hernandez, who had earlier singled, and went to third on Brandon Phillips’ double, while sending Philip, who had earlier doubled, over to third. The Reds then took the lead in the eighth as, with a runner on first, and with nobody out, Jay Bruce hits a two-run home run, his tenth home run of the year, knocking in Jonny Gomes, who had earlier singled, giving the Reds a 4-3 lead. That would be the final score as Francisco Cordero collects his twenty-first save of the season as, with a runner on second (pinch hitter Ross Gload, who had earlier got on base with a single, and then stole second), and with two men out, he got Shane Victorino to ground out, 4-3, to end the game.

Roy Halladay took the lost as he pitches eight innings, giving up four runs on thirteen hits, while he struck out ten. His record is now 9-7 with an ERA of 2.44. Aaron Harang receives a no-decision as he pitches six and a third innings, giving up three runs on eight hits and a walk, while striking out five. Logan Ondrusek pitches two-thirds scoreless innings,  getting out both men that he would face. Arthur Rhodes gets the win as he pitches a 1-2-3 inning, striking out two batters. His record is now 2-1 with a 1.09 ERA. Francisco Cordero collects his twenty-first save of the year as a pitches a scoreless inning, giving up just one hit, while striking out a batter.

The Phils had nine hits in the game, with Shane Victorino and Wilson Valdez leading the team with two hits each, all singles.  Greg Dobbs, Ryan Howard, Jayson Werth, Dane Sardinha and pinch hitter Ross Gload had the other five Phils’ hits, with Dobbs, Howard, Werth and Gload’s hits being singles, and Sardinha’s hit being a three-run home run, knocking in all of the Phils’ runs. The offense was not able to strike, although pushing Reds’ starter Aaron Harang’s pitch count up early and finally knocking him out of the game in the seventh, but not scoring more than three runs in the process.

The Phils (41-35, 3rd NL East) will continue their road trip with a four-game set against the Pirates (26-51, 6th NL  Central), starting tomorrow night. The game will be played at PNC Park and will start at 7:05 pm Eastern. The Phils’ starter will be Cole Hamels (6-6, 4.08), who is coming off a lost against the Blue Jays on June 26, as he pitched only four innings, giving up five runs on seven hits and three walks, while striking out three, in the Phils’ 5-1 lost. He will be trying to recover from that lost, hopefully not giving up any more home runs as he does so. The Pirates will counter with Daniel McCutchen (0-3, 11.00), who is coming off a lost against the A’s on June 26, as he went seven innings, giving up four runs on seven hits and two walks, while striking out two, in the Pirates’ 5-0 lost. He will be trying to keep the Phils’ offense off-balance. The Phils will try to recover from losing to the Reds by trying to feast on the lowly Pirates, who presently have the worst record in the National League.

The Phils defeat the Reds in extra-innings, after Brad Lidge blows the save with two outs in the ninth, 9-6.

Brad Lidge blows his second save opportunity in the ninth, with two men out, but the Phils’ offense rallies by scoring three runs in the top of the tenth inning to defeat the Reds, 9-6.

The Reds took the lead in the first as, with a runner on third, and with nobody out, Orlando Cabrera hits into an RBI ground out, 4-3, scoring Brandon Phillips, who had earlier tripled, to gives the Reds a 1-0 lead. The Phils took the lead in the third as, with two men on base, and with one man out, Brian Schneider hits a three-run home run, his second home run of the year, knocking in Ryan Howard and Jayson Werth, who have both walked, and then moved up a base, Howard’s on Raul Ibanez’s fly out to center and Werth on shortstop’s Cabrera missed error of center fielder’s Chris Heisey’s throw, giving the Phils a 3-1 lead. The Phils increased their lead in the fourth as, once again, with two men on, and with one man out, Wilson Valdez hits a three-run home run of his own, his third home run of the season, scoring Werth, who had earlier singled, and then moved up to second on Schneider’s single, and Schneider, who had just singled, making it a 6-1 Phils’ lead. The Reds would cut the Phils’ lead in the sixth as, with two men on base, and with two outs, Ramon Hernandez hits a two-run double, scoring Miguel Cairo, who had earlier singled, and then went to second on Heisey’s walk, and Heisey, who had just walked, making it a 6-3 Phils’ lead. The Reds tied it up at six-all in the bottom of the ninth as, with two men on, and with two men out, Joey Votto hits a three-run home run, his seventeenth home run of the year, knocking in Phillips, who had earlier walked, moved up to second on defensive indifference, then stopped at third on Cabrera’s single, and Cabrera, who had just singled. The Phils would regain the lead in the tenth as, with two men on, and with nobody out, Raul Ibanez hits an RBI double, knocking in Howard, who had earlier doubled, giving the Phils a 7-6 lead, while sending Werth, who had just walked, over to third base. The Phils made it 8-6 as pinch hitter Ben Francisco had an RBI single, knocking in Werth, while sending Ibanez over to third base. One batter later, with runners once again on the corners, and with still nobody out, Valdez reaches first base on a sacrifice bunt, scoring Ibanez, making it a 9-6 Phils’ lead, while sending Francisco up to second base. That would be the final score as J.C. Romero collects his third save of the year by pitching a 1-2-3 inning, ending the game by striking out Laynce Nix swinging.

Joe Blanton gets a no-decision as he pitches seven and two-thirds innings, giving up three runs on eight hits and two walks, while striking out two. Jose Contreras receives his sixth hold of the year by getting out the only man that he would face. Brad Lidge blew his second save opportunity of the season before getting the win, as he pitches an inning, giving up three runs on two hits and a walk, while striking out a batter. His record is now 1-0 with a 5.25 ERA. J.C. Romero records his third save of the season as he pitches a 1-2-3 inning, striking out a batter. Mike Leake also receives a no-decision as he pitches six innings, giving up six runs on seven hits and two walks, while he strikes out four. Daniel Ray Herrera, Bill Bray, and Jordan Smith combine for three scoreless innings, giving up just one hit (Smith) and three walks (Herrera (2), Smith (1)), while striking out four (Herrera (2), Smith (2)). Arthur Rhodes took the lost as he pitches to four batters, getting none of them out, as he gave up three runs on three hits and a walk. His record is now 2-2 with an ERA of 1.13. Nick Masset pitches a scoreless inning, getting out all three men whom he would face.

The Phils had eleven hits in the game, with Brian Schneider leading the team with three hits, two singles and a three-run home run, knocking in three runs. Wilson Valdez follows with two hits, a single and a three-run home run, as he knocks in four runs. Shane Victorino, Jimmy Rollins, Ryan Howard, Jayson Werth, Raul Ibanez and pinch hitter Ben Francisco had the other six Phil’s hits, with Victorino, Rollins, Werth and Francisco’s hits being singles, with Francisco knocking in a run, while Howard and Ibanez’s hits were doubles, with Ibanez knocking in a run. Just when you thought you had this team thought out, they surprise you. You think they would feel crushed by the double lost of both Chase Utley and Placido Polanco to the disabled list, Schneider and Valdez hits three-runs home runs, and just when you thought they would be deflated by Lidge blowing the save, they hit the Reds with a three spot in the tenth. I guess this team is the literal descendents of the 1980 team that wouldn’t die. Keep it up guys, let make the Mets and Braves sweat about when all of the pieces decide to stay at the same time.

The Phils (41-34, 3rd NL East) will conclude their three-games series with the Reds (43-35, 1st NL Central) with an afternoon game, already in progress.

The ‘bad’ Kyle Kendrick shows up at the worst time as the Phils lose to the Reds, 7-3.

After being good for the first three innings, Kyle Kendrick gets hurt for six runs, as the Phils drop the opener of their three games series with the Reds, 7-3.

The Reds took the lead in the fourth as, with one man on, and with two men out, Scott Rolen hits a two-run home run, his seventeenth home run of the season, knocking in Joey Votto, who had earlier doubled, giving the Reds a 2-0 lead. The Red increased their lead in the sixth as, with the bases loaded, via Johnny Cueto reaching first base on a Chase Utley fielding error, a Brandon Phillips’ single, moving Cueto up to second base, and a Orlando Cabrera single, moving both runners up a base, and with nobody out, Votto hits an RBI single, knocking in Cueto, making it a 3-0 Reds’ lead, while moving both Phillips and Cabrera up a base. With the bases still loaded, and with still noone out, Rolen hits a sacrifiice fly, scoring Phillips, giving the Reds a 4-0 lead. The Phils got a run back in the seventh as, with one man on, and with one man out, Raul Ibanez hits an RBI single, knocking in Ryan Howard, who had earlier tripled, to make it a 4-1 Reds’ lead. The Red got the run back in their half of the seventh as, with one man on, and with nobody out, Ramon Hernandez hits an RBI double, knocking in Drew Stubbs, who had earlier reached base on an infield single, giving the Reds a 5-1 lead. Three batters later, with a runner on third, and with two men out, Cabrera hits an RBI single, knocking in Hernandez, who had gone to third on Cueto’s sacrifice bunt, 2-4, making it a 6-1 Reds’ lead. The Reds made it 7-1 in the eighth as, with two men on, and with one out, pinch hitter Chris Heisey hits a sacrifice fly, knocking in Jay Bruce, who had earlier doubled, and went to third on Hernandez’s sacrifice bunt. The Phils then made it 7-3 as Ibanez hits a two-run home run, his sixth home run of the season, knocking in Jayson Werth, who had just singled. But that would be the final score as Bill Bray got pinch hitter Dane Sardinha to strikeout swinging, for the game’s final out.

Kyle Kendrick took the lost as he pitches six and a third innings, giving up six runs, five of which were earned, on eight hits, as he strikes out four. His record is now 4-3 with an ERA of 4.88. David Herndon pitches a third of an inning, giving up a hit. J.C. Romero also pitches a third of an inning, giving up a hit and a walk. Mike Zagurski pitches two innings, giving up a run on one hit and a walk, while striking out a batter. Johnny Cueto gets the win as he pitches eight strong innings, giving up only one run on six hits and two walks. His record is now 8-2 with a 3.74 ERA. Bill Bray pitches an inning, giving up two runs on two hits, while striking out a batter.

The Phils had only eight hits in the game, with Ryan Howard, Jayson Werth and Raul Ibanez leading the team with two hits each. Howard’s hits were a double and a triple, scoring a run, Werth’s hits were two singles, scoring a run, while Ibanez’s hits were a single and a two-run home run, knocking in all three Phils’ runs. Shane Victorino and Chase Utley had the other two Phils’ hits, both singles, as the Phils’ offense was unable to do anything against Cueto, while they might have lost Utley for a while, as he jammed his right thumb while sliding into second base, head first. (The Phils have just announced that they have placed both Utley and Placido Polanco on the 15-day disabled list for their injuries: Utley (sprained right thumb) and Polanco (elbow trouble)). Alright, who’s the wise guy playing with the devil dolls? Whoever you are, cut it out!!

The Phils (40-34, 3rd NL East) continue their three-games series with the Reds (43-34, 1st NL Central) with a game tonight. The game will be played at Great American Ball Park and will start at 7:10 pm Eastern. The Phils will send to the mound Joe Blanton (3-5, 6.53), who is coming off a spectacular win against the Indians on June 24, where he went seven and two-thirds innings, giving up just three runs on six hits, while striking out eight, in the Phils’ 12-3 rout. He will be shooting for his third straight quality start. The Reds will counter with Mike Leake (5-1, 2.92), who is coming off a no-decision against the A’s on June 24, where he went six innings, giving up a run on five hits and four walks, while striking out two, in the Reds’ 6-4 win. He will be trying to take advantage of the once again injury-hurt Phils’ offfense. The Phils will be trying to tie the series while hoping not to be too affected by the lost of their nos. 2- and 3-hole hitters for a while.

Phils come from behind to defeat the Reds, 9-6, winning their second straight series at home.

The Phils come from behind to win their second straight series at home, and the sixth game in a so far very successful home stand, as they defeat the Reds, 9-6.

The Reds took an early lead in the second as, with two men on base, and nobody out, Edwin Encarnacion hits a two-run triple, scoring Ramon Hernandez, who had earlier walked and had gone to second on Jonny Gomes’ single, and Gomes, who had just singled, to give the Reds a 2-0 lead. Two batters later, with one man on, and one man out, Reds’ starter Micah Owings hits a sacrifice fly, knocking in Encarnacion, giving the Reds a 3-0 lead. The Phils gets two of the runs back in the third. With two men out, Chase Utley hits an inside-the-park solo home run, his twentieth home run of the year, cutting the Reds’ lead to 3-1. Two batters later, with a runner on second, Jayson Werth hits an RBI double, knocking in Ryan Howard, who had earlier doubled, making it 3-2 Reds. The Reds made it 4-2 in the fourth, as, with two men out, Encarnacion hits a solo home run, his second home run of the year. The Phils would tie the game at four-all in their half of the fourth, as, with two men on, and two men out, Shane Victorino hits a two-run single off of the glove of Reds’ second baseman Brandon Phillips, knocking in Carlos Ruiz, who had earlier singled, had moved up to second on Phils’ starter Jamie Moyer’s sacrifice bunt, 5-4, and then went to third on Jimmy Rollins’ single, and Rollins, who had earlier singled, and then stole second base. The Reds regained the lead in the fifth as, with a man on, and two men out, Phillips redeemed himself by hitting a two-run home run, his fourteen home run of the season, scoring Chris Dickerson, who had earlier singled, and then stole second as Joey Votto struck out swinging, making it a 6-4 Reds lead. The Phils would then come back in their half of the fifth. With two men on, and one man out, Pedro Feliz hits an RBI bloop single, knocking in Howard, who had earlier walked, and had moved to second base on Greg Dobbs’ walk, cutting the Reds’ lead down to 6-5, while sending Dobbs over to third base. Pinch hitter Matt Stairs then walked, loading the bases as Feliz moved up to second base. Pinch hitter Paul Bako then hits a grounder to first. The Reds’ first baseman Votto threw to second base, forcing out Stairs for the inning’s second out, 3-6. But, Bako beats out Reds’ shortstop Paul Janish throw back to first, while allowed Dobbs to score the tying run, making it a six-six ballgame, while Feliz moved up to third. The Phils then took the lead as Rollins hits an RBI single, scoring Feliz, giving the Phils a 7-6 lead, while sending Bako on to third base. Victorino followed with a walk, reloading the bases as Rollins moved up to second. With Utley batting, Reds’ reliever Daniel Ray Herrera uncorked a wild pitch, allowing Bako to score, making it an 8-6 Phils’ lead, while Rollins went to third, and Victorino moved up to second base. The Phils would add an insurance run in the sixth as, with one out, Werth hits a solo home run, his twentieth home run of the season, and his fourth home run of the series, giving the Phils a 9-6 lead. That would be the final score as Brad Lidge would record his seventeenth save as he put down the Reds in the ninth.

Jamie Moyer received the victory as he pitched five innings, giving up six runs on eight hits and a walk, while striking out only two. His record is now 8-6, as he recorded his 254th career win, tying him for 41st place on the all-time wins list with Hall of Famer Red Faber and Jack Morris, and putting him pass Hall of Famer Carl Hubbell, with an ERA of 5.99. Chan Ho Park pitched three scoreless inning, recording his sixth hold, as he gave up only a walk, while striking out four. Brad Lidge recorded his seventeenth save, as he pitched a scoreless ninth, giving up only a walk, while striking out two. Micah Owens took the lost, as he pitched only four and one-third innings, giving up seven runs on eight hits and four walks, while striking out only one batter. His record is now 6-9 with a 4.94 ERA. Josh Roenicke pitched a third of an inning, giving up a run on a walk. Daniel Ray Herrera pitched an inning, giving up a run on two hits, a walk and a wild pitch, while striking out one. Robert Manuel, making his major league debut, pitched an inning and a third, giving up no runs on one hit and a walk, while striking out two. Carlos Fisher pitched a scoreless inning, giving up only a walk, while he struck out one.

The Phils had twelve hits in the game, with Jimmy Rollins, Chase Utley, Jayson Werth and Pedro Feliz each collecting two hits, with one of Utley’s hits being an inside-the-park home run, while Werth’s hits were a double and a solo home run. Shane Victorino, Ryan Howard, Carlos Ruiz and Chan Ho Park got the other four Phils’ hits. Beside Werth’s two RBIs and Utley’s one, Victornio knocked in two runs, while Rollins, Feliz, and Bako knocked in a run each. The Phils’ offense will be trying to continue knocking in runs as they face one of the worst teams in the National League, the Pirates.

The Phillies (45-38, 1st National League East) will conclude their successful home stand with a three-games weekend series with the Pirates (38-47, 5th National League Central), as they prepare for the All-Star break. The game will begin at 7:05 pm Eastern and will be played at Citizens Bank Park. The Phils’ starter will be Joe Blanton (5-4, 4.69), who is coming off a win against the Mets on July 5, as he outpitched Johan Santana, giving up no runs on four hits and three walks, as he struck out five in seven and a third innings of shut out ball, in the Phils 2-0 win. He will be trying for his sixth win of the year, while hoping to pitched his eighth quality start in his last nine starts. The Pirates will counter with Zach Duke (8-7, 3.28), who is coming off a lost against the Marlins on July 4, as he pitched six innings, giving up four runs on eight hits and three walks, while striking out five, in the Pirates’ 5-3 lost. He will be trying to end his personal two-game losing streak while trying to see if he can slow down the presently red hot Phils. The Phils will be going for their third straight series win, while trying to increase their lead in the National League East.

Phils defeat the Reds in ninth inning as Shane Victorino delivers a walk-off single in the Phils 3-2 win.

With two men out and two men on in the bottom of the ninth, All-Star game hopeful Shane Victorino helps his own cause by delivering an RBI single, knocking in Pedro Feliz and giving the Phils a 3-2, walk-off win over the Reds.

The Reds took the lead in the fourth as, with the bases loaded via singles to Jerry Hairston and Joey Votto and a walk to Brandon Phillips, and nobody out, Laynce Nix hits an RBI single, knocking in Hairston, giving the Reds a 1-0 lead, while moving both Votto and Phillips up a base. With the bases still loaded and still nobody out, Ramon Hernandez made it 2-0 Reds by hitting a sacrifice fly, for the inning’s first out, scoring Votto, and sending Phillips to third. The Phils would then get out of the inning when the next batter, Jay Bruce, hit into a 4-3 double play, as Chase Utley tagged Nix out in the base path before throwing to first to beat out Bruce, leaving the score 2-0 Reds. The Phils got a run back in their half of the fourth as, with one man on, and one out, Ryan Howard hits an RBI single, knocking in Shane Victorino who had earlier singled, and then stole second, making it a 2-1 Reds’ lead. It would stay 2-1 until the bottom of the sixth, when, with two men out, Jayson Werth hits a solo home run, his nineteenth home run of the year, tying the score up at two-all. The score would remain 2-2 until the bottom of the ninth, thanks to both team’s bullpen, when Pedro Feliz started the inning off with a single. After Paul Bako, trying to bunt Feliz over to second, instead poped out to the pitcher, and then pinch hitter Eric Bruntlett strikes out, Jimmy Rollins got on base with a walk, moving Feliz up to second base with the winning run. Victorino then comes to the plate and hits a 2-1 slider into center field for a single. Feliz would head for the plate, soon scoring the winning run as the throw from center was off the mark, giving the Phils a 3-2 walk-off win.

Rodrigo Lopez received a no-decision as he pitched only five innings, being taken out of the game because of inflammation of the right shoulder, as he pitched a quality start, giving up only two runs on five hits and a walk, as he struck out four. Chad Durbin pitched one and two-thirds scoreless innings, giving up just one hit, as he struck out three. J.C. Romero would pitch a third of an inning, striking out the only man he would face. Ryan Madson got the win as he pitched two 1-2-3 innings, striking out a batter. His record is now 2-3 with an ERA of 3.09. Homer Bailey also received a no-decision as he pitched six innings, giving up two runs on seven hits, as he struck out six. Nick Masset pitched a scoreless inning of relief, as he struck out two. Arthur Rhodes pitched two-thirds of an inning, giving up two walks, while he struck out two. David Weathers took the lost as he pitched an inning, giving up a run on two hits and a walk, as he struck out one. His record is now 1-2 with a 2.76 ERA.

The Phillies had nine hits in the game, with Shane Victorino and Greg Dobbs leading the way with two hits each. Jimmy Rollins, Ryan Howard, Jayson Werth, Pedro Feliz, and Paul Bako had the other five Phils’ hits, with Werth’s hit being a solo home run, his third home run in the present series. Howard and Victorino knocked in the other Phils’ run, as the offense is once again having trouble scoring runs.

The Phillies (44-38, 1st National League East) will conclude their four-games series with the Reds (41-42, 4th-T National League Central) tonight with a night game. The game will be played at Citizens Bank Park and will begin at 7:05 pm Eastern time. The Phils will send to the mound Jamie Moyer (7-6, 5.72), who is coming of a win against the Mets on July 4, where he gave up only a run on five hits and a walk, while striking out one, in six and one-third innings of work, in the Phils’ 4-1 win. He will be going for his fourth straight victory and his eighth win of the season. The Reds will counter with Micah Owings (6-8, 4.48), who is coming off a win against the Cardinals on July 4, as he pitched six and two-thirds innings, giving up just two runs on six hits and two walks, while he struck out six, in the Reds’ 5-2 win. He will be trying for his seventh win of the year while trying to help the Reds leave Philliy with a series split. The Phils will be going for a series win, and a 5-1 home stand before they face the Pirates, starting tomorrow.

The Phillies wasted several opportunities before finally losing to the Reds, 4-3.

Despite a good pitched game by J.A. Happ, the sixth straight quality start by a Phils’ starter, the Phils’ offense allowed too many opportunities to go by, allowing the Reds to get away with the win as they lose 4-3. They remain two games ahead of the Marlins as they lose again to the Giants.

The Phils took the lead in the second as Ryan Howard hits a lead-off home run, his twenty-first home run of the year, to make it 1-0 Phils. Jayson Werth quickly made it a 2-0 lead as he followed Howard with a solo home run of his own, his eighteenth home run of the season. The Phils would increase their lead to 3-0 as, with two men on base, and nobody out, Chase Utley hits an RBI double, scoring Jimmy Rollins who had earlier singled, then went to second on Shane Victorino’s single, while sending Victorino, who had just singled, over to third. Howard then loaded the bases as he worked a walk off of Reds’ starter Aaron Harang. But Harang then got himself out of the inning by first striking out Werth, swinging, then getting Greg Dobbs to pop up to the second baseman for the inning’s second out, and then getting Pedro Feliz to ground out, 1-3, leaving it a 3-0 Phils’ lead. The Reds would make it a closer game in the fourth as, with a man on, and one man out, Brandon Phillips hits a two-run home run, his twelfth home run of the year, scoring Jerry Hairston, who had earlier singled, making it a 3-2 Phils’ lead. The Phils tried to add another run in their half of the fourth as Carlos Ruiz started off the inning with a lead-off triple. But, he would then get stranded there as Harang struck out Phillies’ starter J.A. Happ, then got Rollins to ground out, 4-3, as Ruiz decided not to head for home on the ground out, and then got Victorino to ground out, 6-3 to end the inning, still 3-2 Phils. The Reds then tied it up at three-all in the sixth, as, with two men out, Philips hits a solo home run, his thirteenth home run of the year and his second home run of the night. The Phils tried to retake the lead in the seventh as, with runners on the corners, and with two men out, Charlie Manuel sent out Eric Bruntlett to pinch hit, intending for Dusty Baker to take out reliever Arthur Rhodes and replace him with another pitcher so that he could counter with Matt Stairs. Baker, instead, left Rhodes in the game, who would, in turn, proceeds to strike out Bruntlett to end the threat, with the game still tied at three-all. The Phils tried again in the eighth inning, with runners once again on the corners, and now with one man out, as Rollins hits a grounder to first, as John Mayberry, Jr., who was pinch running for Feliz, who had earlier reached second on a two-base throwing error by Reds’ shortstop Hairston, and had then gone to third on Ruiz’s sacrifice bunt, 1-4. Reds’ first baseman Joey Votto threw home, which beat Mayberry, who was tagged out (although the radio announcers commented that there’s a possibility that the Reds’ catcher did not tag him out before he had crossed the plate) by Ramon Hernandez for the second out on a fielder’s choice, 3-2, while Rollins was safe at first, as pinch hitter Stairs, who had earlier walked, would move up to second base. Victorino then hit into a 4-6 force out, as Rollins is wiped out at second, to end the inning. The Reds then took the lead in the ninth when, with two men on, and one out, Hernandez hits an RBI single, scoring Votto, who had earlier doubled and had gone to third on Philips’ sacrifice bunt, giving the Reds a 4-3 lead, while sending Laynce Nix, who had just pinch hit and had been intentionally walked, on to second base. That would be the final score as the Phils would be put down in their half of the ninth, as Francisco Cordero recorded his twenty-first save of the season.

J.A. Happ received a no-decision as he pitched seven strong innings, giving up three runs on six hits, while he struck out seven. Ryan Madson pitched a scoreless inning, striking out two. Brad Lidge took the lost as he gave up a run on two hits and a walk. His record is now 0-4 with a  7.12 ERA. Aaron Harang also got a no-decision as he went six inning, pitching out of jams, as he gave up three runs on nine hits and two walks, while striking out seven. Arthur Rhodes pitched a scoreless inning, giving up only a hit and a walk. David Weathers got the win as he pitched a scoreless inning, giving up a walk. Francisco Cordero recorded his twenty-first save of the seasn as he pitched a scoreless inning, giving up just one walk.

The Phillies collected ten hits in the game, with Chase Utley leading the way with three hits, as he raised his average to .310. Jimmy Rollins, Shane Victorino, Ryan Howard, Jayson Werth, Greg Dobbs, Pedro Feliz and Carlos Ruiz had the other seven Phils’ hit, with Howard’s and Werth’s hits being a pair of solo home runs, Rollins’ a double and Ruiz’s a triple, while the team would be unable to get the key hit that would’ve opened up the flood gates as had happened on Monday night. Beside Howard and Werth, Utley knocked in the other Phillies’ run. The Phils’ offense will now go back out there and will try to win the series, hoping that this time they will get the key hit to win the next two games, starting tonight.

The Phillies (43-38, 1st National League East) will continue their four-games series with the Reds (41-41, 4th National League Central) with another night game. The game will be played at Citizens Bank Park and it will start at 7:05 pm Eastern. Rodrigo Lopez (1-0, 2.84) will start for the Phils, coming off of his spectacular return to the majors on July 3, as he pitched a six and one-thirds innings gem, giving up only two runs on six hits and a walk, while striking out four, in the Phils’ 7-2 win over the Mets. He will be going for his second victory while proving that his return was not a fluke. The Reds will counter with Homer Bailey (1-0, 5.94), who is coming off a no-decision against the Cardinals, as he pitched seven and a third strong innings, giving up just two runs on three hits and two walks, while striking out five, in the Reds’ 7-4 lost. He is also shooting for his second win, while hoping that the Phils’ bats won’t come back seeking revenge for last night’s inablity to score runs. The Phils will be trying to win their fifth game since coming home, putting some more distance between them and their Eastern Division rivals as they continue to lose.

Phils power their way into an easy win, while their ace is injured for the second straight start as he tries to field a bunt.

The Phillies use of the long ball leads to a very easy win, as they defeat the Nationals, 7-1, winning their fifth game in a row, and their first series win at home. During the win, their ace, Cole Hamels, sprained his left ankle trying to field a John Lannan bunt attempt in the fifth inning, thus missing out on getting the win. He expects to make his next start on Monday. We’ll see.

The first two and a half innings of the game involved a pitchers’ duel between Phillies’ ace Cole Hamels and Nationals’ starter John Lannan. That would all change in the bottom of the third, as, with a runner on first, and one man out, Chase Utley hits a two-run home run, his sixth home run of the year, scoring Shane Victorino, who had reached base earlier with a single, giving the Phils a 2-0 lead. Four batters later, with two men on, and two men out, Pedro Feliz hits a three-run shot, his second home run of the year, knocking in Jayson Werth, who had earlier reached base on shortstop Alberto Gonzalez’s fielding error, and had moved on to second on Raul Ibanez’s walk, and Ibanez, who had earlier walked, making it a 5-0 Phillies’ lead. In the fifth, with a man on base, and one man out, Hamels moved off the mound to field Lannan’s sacrifice bunt attempt. While trying to field the ball, he rolled over his left ankle, slightly spraining it, as Lannan reached first base safely, credited with a single, while Gonzalez, who had earlier reached base with a single, moved up to second. After being unable to throw off of the mound, an angry Hamels was taken out of the game, with two men on and still only one out, and replaced by Chad Durbin. Durbin then proceeded to get out the next two batters, Ronnie Belliard and Nate Johnson, by fly outs. In the bottom of the inning, the Phils made the score 6-0 as Utley hits a lead-off home run, his seventh home run of the year, and his second home run of the game. In the sixth, the Nationals finally got on the board, as, with one out, Adam Dunn hits a solo home run, his sixth home run of the year. In the eighth, Ibanez made it a 7-1 Phils’ lead as he hits a lead-off home run, his seventh home run of the year. That would end up being the final score as Clay Condrey pitched a scoreless ninth.

Cole Hamels received a no-decision as he was taken out of the game in the fifth inning, after spraining his left ankle while trying to field a bunt attempt. Before that had occurred, he was pitching a superb game, giving up no runs on four hits and two walks, while striking out four, in four and a third innings of work. Chad Durbin got the win as he pitched three and two-thirds strong innings of relief for Hamels, giving up just one run on one hit, as he struck out two. His record is now 1-0 with a 4.97 ERA. Clay Condrey pitched a scoreless inning, giving up just a hit. John Lannan took the lost, as he pitched five innings, giving up six runs, only three of which were earned, on nine hits and a walk, while he struck out three. His record is now 0-3 with a 4.61 ERA. Jason Bergmann pitched a scoreless inning, giving up just one hit, while striking out a batter. Saul Rivera pitched two innings, giving up a run on one hit, while striking out two.

The Phillies had eleven hits in the game, with Chase Utley leading the way with three hits, a single and two home runs, knocking in three runs and scoring twice, as he raised his batting average to .357. Shane Victorino, Raul Ibanez and Pedro Feliz then followed with two hits apiece, with one of Ibanez’s hits and one of Feliz’s being home runs. Utley and Ibanez are now among the league leaders in home runs with seven home runs each, tying them with Albert Pujols of the Cardinals, Andre Ethier of the Dodgers and Joey Votto of the Reds. Jimmy Rollins and Chris Coste had the other two Phillies’ hits. Besides Utley’s three RBIs, Feliz had three RBIs and Ibanez one.

The Phillies (11-8, 2nd) conclude their three-games series with the Nationals (4-15, 5th) with a night game tonight. The game will be played at Citizens Bank Park with game time being 7:05 pm Eastern. The Phillies’ starter will be Brett Myers (1-1, 4.91), who is coming off a no-decision against the Marlins on April 24, when he pitched sixth strong innings, giving up only three runs on eight hits and six walks, while striking out five, in the Phillies’ dramatic 7-3 come-from-behind win. He will be trying for his second win of the year and his first start without giving up a home run. He will be opposed by Scott Olsen (0-3, 7.29), who is coming a lost against the Mets, also on April 24, in which he pitched six innings, giving up two runs on nine hits and two walks, as he struck out four, in the Nationals’ 4-3 lost. He will be trying for his first win of the year. The Phillies hope to win their sixth game in the row, and hope to take over first place, before they get ready to host the Mets this upcoming weekend.

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