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The offense gives Cliff Lee some much needed runs support as the Phils four hits the Dodgers, 7-0.

Philadelphia_PhilliesThe Phils’ offense supports a four hit performance by Cliff Lee, as they blank the Dodgers, 7-0.

The Phils took the lead in the top of the first as, with two men on, and with one man out, Carlos Ruiz hits a two-run double, scoring Tony Gwynn, Jr., who had started the game off with a walk, then moved up to second base on Jimmy Rollins’ single, and Rollins, who had earlier singled, giving the Phils a quick 2-0 lead. The Dodgers tried to get on the scoreboard in the bottom of the first as, with a man on second, and with two men out, Adrian Gonzalez hits an infield single to second baseman Chase Utley, near the second base bag, who was unable to make a play to first, but who then threw home as he saw Yasiel Puig, who had started the inning off with a single, then moved up to second base on Justin Turner’s fly out to center field, and had just moved up to third base on the play, tried to score. Catcher Ruiz, after he had caught the throw from Utley, ran Puig back to third base, before tagging him out as Puig attempted to slide bag into third base, head first, for the inning’s final out, 4-2, which would turn out to be the Dodgers’ best chance to score a run during the game. The Phils increased their lead in the fifth as, with a man on, and with two men out, Ryan Howard hits a two-run home run, his fifth home run of the season, and his second home run in two games, knocking in Ruiz, who had just walked, giving the Phils a 4-0 lead. The Phils then made it a 5-0 lead three batters later as, now with two men on, via singles by John Mayberry, Jr., and Dom Brown, moving Mayberry up to second base, and with still two men out, Mayberry would score on pitcher Paul Maholm’s throwing error of Freddy Galvis’ grounder near the mound, as Brown moved up to third base, while Galvis would stop at second base. The Phils then made it a 7-0 lead in the top of the ninth as, with one man on, and with one man out, Ruiz hits a two-run home run, his first home run of the season, knocking in Utley, who had just doubled. That would end up being the final score as Antonio Bastardo pitched a scoreless ninth inning, getting Gonzalez to hit into a force out, 6-unassisted, as Turner, who had just walked, is forced out at second base for the game’s final out.

Cliff Lee (3-2, 3.09) gets the win as he pitched eight scoreless innings, giving up four hits, while he strikes out ten. Antonio Bastardo pitched a scoreless inning, as he gave up a walk, while striking out a batter. Paul Maholm (0-2, 5.60) took the lost as he went five innings, giving up five runs, four of which were earned, on eight hits and three walks, while he struck out two. Brandon League pitched two scoreless innings, giving up a hit, while striking out a batter. Jose Dominguez pitched two innings, giving up two runs on two hits, while striking out two.

The Phils had eleven hits in the game, with Carlos Ruiz (Single, Double, Home Run, 4 RBIs) leading the ballclub with three hits, followed by Ryan Howard (Single, Home Run, 2 RBIs) and Dom Brown (Singles) with two hits each. Tony Gwynn, Jr. (Single), Chase Utley (Double), John Mayberry, Jr. (Single) and Cliff Lee (Single), had the other four Phils’ hits, while the final Phil run came in on an error. The Phils also had three walks (Gwynn, Ruiz, Mayberry) in the game.

The Phils (9-10, 4th East) continue their series with the Dodgers (12-8, 1st West) with a night game tonight. The game will be played at Dodgers Stadium, and is scheduled to start at 10:10 pm EDT (7:10 pm PDT). The Phils will send to the mound A.J. Burnett (0-1, 2.74), who is coming off a no-decision against the Braves on April 17, as he threw seven scoreless innings, giving up three hits and a walk, while striking out five, in the Phils’ 1-0 win. He will be trying once again for his first win of the season, while trying to add on to his previous good start. The Dodgers will counter with Hyun-Jin Ryu (3-1, 1.93), who is coming off a win against the Giants on April 17, as he pitched seven shutout innings, giving up just four hits and a walk, while striking out three, in the Dodgers’ 2-1 win. He’ll be going for his fourth win of the year, while hoping to even up the series. The Phils will be going for their third straight win while trying to give another of their starters a win.

The Phils’ bats finally come alive, before they hold on to defeat the Rockies, 10-9.

Philadelphia_PhilliesThe Phils’ bats wake up before they end up winning a slugfest with the Rockies, defeating Colorado, 10-9.

The Phils took the lead in the top of the first as, with one man out, Jimmy Rollins hits a solo home run, his third home run of the season, giving the Phils a 1-0 lead. The Rockies would tie the game up at one-all in their half of the first as, with two men on, and with two men out, Justin Morneau hits an RBI single, knocking in Brandon Barnes, who had earlier singled, then moved up to second base on Troy Tulowitzki’s walk, while Tulowitzki, who had just walked, would stop at second base. The Phils regain the lead in the top of the third as, with a runner on second, and with two men out, Ryan Howard hits a two-run home run, his fourth home run of the season, knocking in Chase Utley, who had just doubled, giving the Phils a 3-1 lead. The Rockies got a run back in their half of the third as, with runners on the corners, and with one man out, Tulowitzki hits an RBI double, knocking in Charlie Blackmon, who had started the inning off being hit by the pitch, went to second base on Barnes’ single, then moved up to third base on Carlos Gonzalez’s force out, 4-6, as Barnes is wiped out at second base for the inning’s first out, making it a 3-2 Phils’ lead, while sending Gonzalez, who had been safe at first on the force out, up to third base. The Rockies then tied the game at three-all as Morneau grounded out, 3-unassisted, scoring Gonzalez, while moving Tulowitzki up to third base. The Rockies then took the lead as Nolan Arenado followed with an  RBI single, knocking in Tulowitzki, giving the Rockies a 4-3 lead. The Rockies then increased their lead in the bottom of the fifth as, with a runner on second, and with nobody out, Gonzalez hits an RBI double, knocking in Barnes, who had started the inning off with a single, then stole second base, giving the Rockies a 5-3 lead. The Rockies then made it a 6-3 lead two batters later as, now with runners on the corners, after Tulowitzki’s single, sending Gonzalez up to third base, and with still no one out, Morneau hits a sacrifice fly to center, knocking in Gonzalez. The Phils would get a run back in the top of the sixth as, with a man on third, and with nobody out, Marlon Byrd hits an RBI single, knocking in Howard, who had started the inning off with a triple, making it a 6-4 Rockies’ lead. The Phils then made it a 6-5 Rockies lead three batters later as, with runners on second and third, after Dom Brown had followed with a single, moving Byrd up to second base, and then both runners have both moved up a base on pitcher Jordon Pacheco’s wild pitch, and with one man out, pinch-hitter Freddy Galvis would hit a sacrifice fly to center, knocking in Byrd. The Phils would tie the game up at six-all in the top of the seventh as, with runners on second and third, and with nobody out, Utley would hit a sacrifice fly to center, knocking in Ben Revere, who had started the inning off with a bunt single, then stopped at third base on Rollins’ double, while sending Rollins, who had earlier doubled, up to third base. The Phils then took the lead one batter later as, with a man on third, and with one man out, Howard would hit an RBI single, knocking in Rollins, giving the Phils a 7-6 lead, before moving up to second base as the ball gets past right fielder Barnes for a fielding error, after he had earlier tried to catch the ball and it dropped in, a single that might later be declared a double based on the fact that the ball never touched Barnes’ glove, and if so, would give Howard the cycle, since he had also singled by that point in the game.  The Phils then made it an 8-6 lead two batters later, after Byrd had reached base on second baseman Josh Rutledge’s fielding error, while Howard would move up to third base, putting runners on the corners, and with still one man out, Brown hits a sacrifice fly to left, scoring Howard. The Rockies retied the game at eight-all in their half of the seventh as, with one man on, and with nobody out, Morneau hits a two-run home run, his fourth home run of the season, knocking in Tulowitzki, who had started the inning off with a double. The Phils retook the lead again in the top of the eighth as, with two men on, and with one man out, Rollins hits an RBI single, knocking in Galvis, who had started the inning off with a single, then moved up to second base on Revere’s single, giving the Phils a 9-8 lead, while sending Revere, who had just singled, over to third base. The Phils then made it a 10-8 lead as, with runners on the corners, and with still one man out, Utley hits into an RBI force out, 6-4, as Rollins is wiped out at second base for the inning’s second out, as he beats the throw from second base, while Revere scores. The Rockies would get a run back in their half of the eighth as, with one man out, Blackmon hits a solo home run, his second home run of the season, making it a 10-9 Phils’ lead. That would end up being the final score as Jonathan Papelbon nailed down his fifth save of the season as, with two men on, and with two men out, Blackmon grounded out, 5-3, for the game’s final out, on a throw that was caught by John Mayberry Jr., as he kept his foot on the bag, a call that was upheld by the umpires when the Rockies asked for the call to be review.

Roberto Hernandez received a no-decision as he pitched four innings, plus three batters, giving up six runs on nine hits, a walk and a hit batter, while striking out three. Mario Hollands threw a scoreless inning, striking out a batter. B.J. Rosenberg pitched two-thirds of an inning, giving up a hit and two walks. Jake Diekman (2-1, 8.38) got the win as he pitched an inning and a third, giving up two runs on two hits, while striking out three. Antonio Bastardo collected his second hold of the year as he pitched an inning, giving up a run on two hits and a walk, while striking out two. Jonathan Papelbon received his fifth save of the season as he pitched a scoreless inning, giving up a hit and a hit batter. Juan Nicasio also received a no-decision as he went five innings, plus two batters, giving up five runs, four of which were earned, on seven hits and a walk, while he struck out five. Rex Brothers collected his fifth hold of the season as he pitched a scoreless inning, giving up a hit, while striking out a batter. Boone Logan blew his first save of the year as he pitched a third of an inning, giving up three runs, only two of which were earned, on three hits. Adam Ottavino pitched two thirds of an inning, getting out both men whom he would face, striking out one. Matt Belisle (0-2, 6.00) took the lost as he pitched an inning, giving up two runs on three hits and a wild pitch. Chad Bettis pitched a scoreless inning, giving up a hit.

The Phils banged out fifteen hits in the game, with Ryan Howard (2 Singles, Triple, Home Run, 3 RBIs) leading the team with four hits, followed by Jimmy Rollins (Single, Double, Home Run, 2 RBIs) with three hits and Ben Revere (Singles) and Marlon Byrd (Single, Double, RBI) with two hits each. Chase Utley (Double, 2 RBIs), Dom Brown (Single, RBI), Wil Nieves (Double) and Freddy Galvis (Single, RBI) had the other four Phils’ hits. The Phils also had a walk (Rollins) in the game, while the defense performed a doubleplay and picked off a runner (Roberto Hernandez).

The Phils (8-10, 5th East) will start a four-games series with the Dodgers 12-7, 1st West), starting with a ballgame later tonight. The game will be play at Dodgers Stadium, and is to start at 10:10 pm EDT (7:10 pm PDT). The Phils will send to the mound Cliff Lee (2-0, 4.00) who is coming off a complete game lost to the Braves on April 16, as he gave up a run on eleven hits and a walk, while striking out thirteen, in the Phils’ 1-0 lost. He will be trying for the third time to collect his third win of the season, while trying to continue lowering both his ERA and the numbers of hits he give up. The Dodgers will counter with Paul Maholm (0-1, 4.97) who is coming off a no-decision against the Giants on April 16, as he went six innings, giving up a run on five hits and three walks, while striking out two, in the Dodgers’ 2-1 lost. He is still looking for his first win of the season, while hoping to stop the reawakened Phils’ offense. The Phils will be out to start this series on the right foot.

The Phils offensive woes continue as they lose the series to the Rockies, 3-1.

Philadelphia_PhilliesAs the offensive continue to be punchless, the Phils loses another series, as they lose to the Rockies, 3-1.

The Rockies took the lead in the bottom of the third as, with a runner on first, and with one man out, D. J. LeMahieu hits a single to left center field, which sends Nolan Arenado, who had started the inning off with a single, to third base, as left fielder Dom Brown catches the ball, and throws it towards second base. At this point, the Rockies’ third base coach decide to send Arenado home, which prompts second baseman Chase Utley to throw the ball towards home plate, after having first caught Brown’s throw, while catcher Carlos Ruiz waited for the ball to arrive while preparing to block the plate. Ruiz soon caught the ball, then tagged out a sliding Arendo, for what was thought to be the inning’s first out. But Rockies’ manager Walt Weiss then came out of the Rockies’ dugout, and asked the umpires to review the play. The play was reviewed and the umpires overturned the call, claiming that Ruiz did not give Arendo a lane to slide through while waiting for the ball to arrive, giving the Rockies a 1-0 lead, while LeMahieu would move up to second base on the throw. The Rockies then added to their lead in the bottom of the fourth as, with one man on, and with one man out, Justin Morneau hits a two-run home run, his third home run of the season, knocking in Carlos Gonzalez, who had started the inning off with a single, giving the Rockies a 3-0 lead. The Phils would finally get on the scoreboard in the top of the eighth as, with runners on second and third, and with one man out, Jimmy Rollins hits an RBI ground out, 6-3, knocking in Cody Asche, who had started the inning off with a single, moved up to second base on pitcher Bobby Logan’s throwing error of pinch-hitter John Mayberry, Jr.’s grounder, then went to third base on Ben Revere’s ground out, 3-unassisted, making it a 3-1 Rockies’ lead, while sending Mayberry, who had reached first base on Logan’s throwing error, then moved up to second base on Revere’s ground out, up to third base. That would end up being the final score as LaTroy Hawkins collected his fifth save of the season as he threw a 1-2-3 inning, as he got Brown to fly out to center field for the final out.

Kyle Kendrick (0-2, 3.60) took the lost as he went seven innings, giving up three runs on six hits, while striking out three. Jake Diekman pitched a 1-2-3  inning,  as he struck out two. Jordon Lyles (3-0, 3.04) pitched seven innings, plus one batter, as he gave up a run on five hits and a walk, while he struck out two. Bobby Logan received his third hold of the year, as he pitched an inning, striking out a batter. LaTroy Hawkins received his fifth save of the season as he pitched a 1-2-3 ninth.

The Phils had only five hits in the game, all singles, with Jimmy Rollins (RBI) leading the team with two hits. Chase Utley, Ryan Howard and Cody Asche had the other three Phils’ hits. The Phils also had a walk (Marlon Byrd) in the game.

The Phils (7-10, 5th East) will conclude their series with the Rockies (10-9, 3rd West), with a game this afternoon. The game will be played at Coors Field and will be played at 4:10 pm EDT (2:10 pm MDT). The Phils will send to the mound Roberto Hernandez (1-0, 3.86),  who is coming off a no-decision against the Braves on April 14, as he pitched six innings, giving up two runs on four hits and six walks, while he struck out three, in the Phils’ 9-6 lost. He will be trying to help lead the Phils to a win before they leave Colorado. The Rockies will counter with Juan Nicasio (2-0, 3.50), who is coming off a win against the Padres on April 15, as he went six innings, giving up two runs on six hits and a walk, while he struck out three, in the Rockies’ 3-2 win. He will be trying to lead the Rockies to a series sweep. The Phils will be trying to end their short slide before they head for Los Angeles.

The Phils spoil the Cubs’ celebration of the 100th home opener at Wrigley Field, as they defeat the Cubs, 7-2.

Philadelphia_PhilliesThe Phils ruin the 100th home opener at Wrigley Field as they defeat the Cubs, 7-2.

The Cubs take the lead in the bottom of the second as, with two men out, Wellington Castillo hits a solo home run, his first home run of the season, giving the Cubs a 1-0 lead. The Cubs would increase their lead in the bottom of the third as, with a man on second, and with two men out, Starlin Castro hits an RBI single, knocking in Darwin Barney, who had started the inning off with a single, then moved up to second base on Travis Wood’s sacrifice bunt, 1-4, giving the Cubs a 2-0 lead. The Phils would get a run back in the top of the third as, with two men on, and with nobody out, Dom Brown hits an RBI single, knocking in Marlon Byrd, who had started the inning off by reaching base on third baseman Luis Valbuena’s fielding error, then stopping at third base on Ryan Howard’s single, making it a 2-1 Cubs’ lead, while sending Howard, who had just singled, up to second base. The Phils would take the lead in the top of the fifth as, with one man on, and with one man out, Chase Utley hits a two-run home run, his first home run of the season, knocking in Carlos Ruiz, who had just singled, giving the Phils a 3-2 lead. The Phils would add to their lead in the top of the seventh as, with two men on, and with one man out, Utley hits an RBI single, knocking in Ben Revere, who had earlier singled, then stole second base, giving the Phils a 4-2 lead, while sending Ruiz, who had just walked, up to second base. The Phils would increase their lead in the top of the eighth as, with one man on, and with two men out, pinch-hitter John Mayberry, Jr. hits a two-run home run, his first home run of the year, knocking in Brown, who had lead the inning off with a single, making it a 6-2 Phils’ lead. The Phils added an insurance run in the top of the ninth as, with a man on first, and with two men out, Brown hits an RBI double, knocking in Howard, who had just walked, giving the Phils a 7-2 lead. That would remain the final score as Mario Hollands and Jeff Manship would combine for a 1-2-3 ninth, with Manship getting pinch-hitter Mike Ott to ground out, 6-3, for the game’s final out.

Roberto Hernandez (1-0, 3.38) got the win as he pitched five and a third innings, giving up two runs on three hits and a walk, while striking out five. Jake Diekman collected his first hold of the year as he pitched two-thirds of an inning, getting out both men whom he would face, striking out one. Justin De Fratus also collected his first hold of the season as he threw a 1-2-3 inning, striking out a batter. Antonio Bastardo, Mario Hollands and Jeff Manship would combine for two 1-2-3 innings, striking out two batters (Bastardo (1), Hollands (1)) between them. Travis Wood (0-1, 4.26) took the lost as he went six and a third innings, giving up four runs, only three of which were earned, on six hits, a walk and a hit batter, while striking out eight. Hector Rondon pitched to one batter, walking him. Wesley Wright pitched an inning and a third, giving up two runs on four hits, while striking out a batter. Brian Schlitter pitched an inning and a third, giving up a run on a hit and a walk.

The Phils pounded out eleven hits in the game, with Ben Revere (Singles) and Dom Brown (2 Singles, Double, 2 RBIs) both leading the team with three hits, followed by Chase Utley (Single, Home Run, 3 RBIs) with two hits. Carlos Ruiz (Single), Ryan Howard (Single) and pinch-hitter John Mayberry, Jr. (Home Run, 2 RBIs), had the other three Phils’ hits. The Phils also had three walks (Ruiz (2), Howard), a hit batter (Ruiz) and a stolen base (Revere (2)) in the game, while the defense performed a doubleplay.

The Phils (2-2, 4th East) will continue their series with the Cubs (1-3, 5th Central) with a day game tomorrow afternoon. The game will be played at Wrigley Field, and it will start at 2:20 pm EDT (1:20 pm CDT). The Phils will send to the mound Cliff Lee (1-0, 14.40), who is coming off a win against the Rangers on March 31, as he went five innings, giving up eight runs on eleven hits and a walk, while striking out only one, in the Phils’ 14-10 win. He will be trying to pitched a better start, while trying to help get the Phils over the .500 mark. The Cubs will counter with Jeff Samardzija (0-0, 0.00), who is coming off a no-decision against the Pirates on March 31, as he went seven shutout innings, giving up five hits and two walks, while striking out three, in the Cubs’ 1-0 extra-inning lost. He will be trying to even up the series for the Cubs. The Phils will once again be trying for the series win tomorrow, while hoping to see their fourth straight quality start from their starters, while the bats continue to hit.

The Phils bullpen let Kyle Kendrick down, as the Phils lose again in walk-off fashion, losing to the Rangers, 4-3.

Philadelphia_PhilliesPhils closer Jonathan Papelbon waste a good performance by Kyle Kendrick, as he blows his first save attempt of the season, as the Phils lose to the Rangers once again in walk-off fashion, 4-3.

The Phils took the lead in the top of the first as, with one man on, and with one man out, Chase Utley hits a single into center field, sending Carlos Ruiz, who had earlier doubled, on to third base, before he goes on to score, as center fielder Leonys Martin commits a fielding error, giving the Phils a 1-0 lead. The Rangers tried to tie the game up in their half of the first as they put runners on second and third, via a Shin-Soo Choo lead-off single, and a single by Elvis Andrus, sending Choo to third base, as left fielder Dom Brown commits a throwing error, allowing Andrus to reach second base, and with nobody out, before Kyle Kendrick is able to get out of trouble as Prince Fielder strikes out, swinging, for the inning’s first out, then Adrian Beltre reaches base on a fielding error by Kenrdick, before Kendrick picks up the ball and throws it to third base, leading to Choo being put in a run down, 1-5-2-4, before finally being tagged out by Utley for the inning’s second out, as Andrus moved over to third base, and Beltre moved up to second base on the run down, and then finally gets out of the inning as Alex Rios flies out to center for the inning’s final out. The Phils increased their lead in the top of the third as, with one man on, and with two men out, Ryan Howard hits a two-run home run, his first home run of the season, knocking in Ruiz, who had earlier walked, then moved up to second base on pitcher Robbie Ross, Jr.’s wild pitch, giving the Phils a 3-0 lead. The Rangers would get a run back in the bottom of the seventh as, with a runner on third, and with two men out, Martin hits an RBI single, knocking in Mitch Moreland, who had earlier tripled, making it a 3-1 Phils’ lead. The Rangers would make it a 3-2 Phils’ lead in the bottom of the ninth as, with runners on second and third, and with one man out, pinch-hitter Jim Adduci hits an RBI single, knocking in Beltre, who had started the inning off with a single, then moved up to third base on Moreland’s double, while sending Moreland, who had just doubled, up to third base. The Rangers then tied the game up at three-all one batter later as Martin hits an RBI single, knocking in Moreland, while sending Adduci on to third base. Two batters later, after Martin has moved up to second base on defensive indifference, and Donnie Murphy was walked, loading the bases, and with still one man out, Choo received an RBI walk, forcing in Adduci with the winning run, as Martin and Murphy both moved up a base, giving the Rangers a 4-3 walk-off win.

Kyle Kendrick received a no-decision as he threw seven strong innings, giving up a run on five hits and a walk, while striking out four. Mario Hollands collected his first career hold as he pitched a 1-2-3 inning. Jonathan Papelbon blew his first save of the season before taking the lost (0-1, 20.25) as he pitched a third of an inning, giving up three runs on four hits and two walks, while striking out a batter. Robbie Ross, Jr. also received a no-decision as he went five innings, giving up three runs on seven hits, two walks and a wild pitch, while striking out seven. Shawn Tolleson and Pedro Figueroa would combine for two scoreless innings, giving up a hit (Tolleson) and a walk (Figueroa) between them. Seth Rosin (1-0, 0.00) got the win as he threw two scoreless innings, giving up a hit, while striking out a batter.

The Phils had nine hits in the game, with Carlos Ruiz (Single, Double) leading the team with two hits. Chase Utley (Single), Ryan Howard (Home Run, 2 RBIs), Marlon Byrd (Single), Dom Brown (Single), John Mayberry, Jr. (Single), Cody Asche (Single) and Jayson Nix (Single), had the other seven Phils’ hits. The Phils also had three walks (Ruiz, Utley, Mayberry) in the game, while the defense committed three errors (Brown, Kyle Kendrick, Nix) and performed a doubleplay.

The Phils (1-2, 4th) are off today, before playing their next game tomorrow against the Cubs at Wrigley Field in Chicago.

2014 Philadelphia Phillies (for the moment)

Philadelphia_PhilliesRyne Sandberg – Manager

Larry Bowa – Bench Coach

Steve Henderson – Hitting Coach

John Mizerock – Assistant Hitting Coach

Bob McClure – Pitching Coach

Juan Samuel – First Base Coach

Pete Mackanin – Third Base Coach

Rod Nichols – Bullpen Coach

Jesus Tiamo – Bullpen Catcher

Cliff Lee, A.J. Burnett, Kyle Kendrick, Roberto Hernandez (Cole Hamels (late April)) – Starters

Justin De Fratus, B.J. Rosenberg, Jake Diekman, Mario Hollands, Brad Lincoln, Jeff Manship, Antonio Bastardo, Jonathan Papelbon (Closer) – Bullpen

Carlos Ruiz, Wil Nieves (Backup) – Catchers

Ryan Howard (1st), Chase Utley (2nd), Cody Asche (3rd), Jimmy Rollins (Shortstop), Cesar Hernandez (Utility), Jayson Nix (Utility) – Infielders

Dom Brown (Left Field), Ben Revere (Center Field), Marlon Byrd (Right Field), John Mayberry, Jr. (Utility), Tony Gwynn, Jr. (Utility) – Outfielders

The Phils win opening day in Texas as the offense explodes for 14 runs, defeating the Rangers, 14-10.

Philadelphia_PhilliesThe Phils starts the 2014 season with an opening day victory as the offense explodes for 14 runs, as they defeat the Rangers, 14-10.

The Phils took the lead in the top of the second as, with two men on, and with two men out, Cody Asche hits an RBI double, knocking in Ryan Howard, who had started the inning off with a walk, then moved up to second base on Dom Brown’s ground out, 4-3, giving the Phils a 1-0 lead, while sending Carlos Ruiz, who had just walked, up to third base. Two batters later, after Tony Gwynn, Jr. had walked to load the bases, and with still two men out, Ben Revere hits an RBI single, knocking in Ruiz, giving the Phils a 2-0 lead, while moving up a base both Asche and Gwynn. The Phils then took a 6-0 lead as Jimmy Rollins hits a grand-slam home run, his first home run of the season, and his 200th home run of his career, knocking in Asche, Gwynn and Revere. The Rangers got a run back in their half of the second as, with the bases loaded, via a double by Adrian Beltre, an infield single by Alex Rios and a walk by J.P. Arencibia, moving up both runners, and with one man out, Leonys Martin hits an RBI single, knocking in Beltre, making it a 6-1 Phils’ lead, while moving both Rios and Arencibia up a base, leaving the bases loaded. Josh Wilson then made it a 6-4 Phils’ lead as he hits a bases-clearing double, scoring Rios, Arencibia and Martin. The Phils tried to add to their lead in the top of the third as, with runners on second and third, and with one man out, Howard, who had started the inning off with a single, had moved up to second base on Marlon Byrd’s single, then moved up to third base, while Byrd would stop at second base, on Rangers pitcher Tanner Scheppers’ wild pitch, and with one man out, Howard is thrown out at home plate on a fielder’s choice on Ruiz’s grounder to Rangers shortstop Elvis Andrus, 6-2, for the inning’s second out, as Byrd remained at second base, while Ruiz is safe at first. The Rangers took the lead in the bottom of the third as, with two men on, and with nobody out, Rios hits a three-run home run, his first home run of the season, knocking in Prince Fielder, who had started the inning off with a single, then stopped at second base on Beltre’s single, and Beltre, who had just singled, giving the Rangers a 7-6 lead. The Phils tied the game up at seven-all in the top of the fourth as, with a runner on second, and with two men out, Chase Utley hits an RBI single, knocking in Revere, who had earlier singled, then stole second base. The Phils retook the lead in the top of the fifth as, with two men on, and with one man out, pinch-hitter John Mayberry, Jr. hits a two-run double, knocking in Ruiz, who had earlier singled, then moved up to second base on Asche’s walk, and Asche, who had just walked, giving the Phils a 9-7 lead. The Rangers would get a run back in their half of the fifth as, with a man on second, and with two men out, Martin hits an RBI single, scoring Arencibia, who had just singled, making it a 9-8 Phils’ lead. The Phils added to their lead in the top of the sixth as, with two men out, Byrd hits a solo home run, his first home run of the season, giving the Phils a 10-8 lead. The Phils then took an 11-8 lead three batters later as, with two men on, and with two men still out, Asche hits an infield single on a ball that is deflected off of Rangers pitcher Alexi Ogando’s leg, which would allow Brown, who had earlier singled, then stole second base, to score from second base, as Rangers shortstop Andrus commits a fielding error on the deflected ball, as Ruiz, who had earlier walked, would safely reach second base. The Phils then increased their lead two batters later as, with the bases loaded, as Mayberry walked, moving both Ruiz and Asche up a base, and with still two men out, Revere hits a two-run single, scoring Ruiz and Asche, giving the Phils a 13-8 lead, while sending Mayberry on to third base. The Rangers would get a run back in the bottom of the seventh as, with the bases loaded, via a lead-off walk by Beltre, a single by Rios, sending Beltre up to second base, and a walk to pinch-hitter Michael Choice, after B.J. Rosenberg had replaced Jake Diekman, and with nobody out, Arencibia hits into a doubleplay, 6-4-3, as Beltre scored, making it a 13-9 Phils’ lead, as Rios moved up to third base, while Choice is wiped out at second base for the inning’s first out. Two batters later, after Martin walks to put runners on the corners, and with still two men out, pinch-hitter Jim Adduci hits an RBI single, knocking in Rios, making it a 13-10 Phils’ lead, while sending Martin up to second base. After Rosenberg is replaced by Antonio Bastardo, and Shin-Soo Choo is walked, loading the bases as Martin and Adduci both move up a base, the Phils get out of the inning as Andrus hits into a force out, 4-unassisted, as Choo is wiped out at second base for the inning’s final out. The Phils then made it a 14-10 lead in the top of the eighth as, with one man out, Asche hits a solo home run, his first home run of the season. That would end up being the final score as Jonathan Papelbon pitched a 1-2-3 inning, getting Martin to ground out, 5-3, for the game’s final out.

Cliff Lee (1-0, 14.40) got the win as he pitched five innings, giving up eight runs on eleven hits and a walk, while striking out one. Jake Diekman pitched an inning, plus two batters, giving up two runs on a hit and a walk, while striking out two. B. J. Rosenberg pitched two-thirds of an inning, giving up two hits and a walk. Antonio Bastardo pitched an inning and a third, giving up a walk. Jonathan Papelbon pitched a 1-2-3 inning, striking out a batter. Tanner Scheppers received a no-decision as he pitched four innings, giving up seven runs on eighth hits, three walks and a wild pitch, while striking out two. Pedro Figueroa (0-1, 21.60) took the lost as he went one and two-thirds innings, giving up four runs on four hits and a walk, while striking out a batter. Alexi Ogando pitched an inning and a third, giving up two runs on three hits and two walks, while striking out three. Shawn Tolleson pitched an inning, giving up a run on a hit, while striking out a batter. Seth Rosin pitched a scoreless inning, giving up a hit, while striking out a batter.

The Phils’ offense opened the season with seventeen hits, with Ben Revere (Singles, 3 RBIs), Chase Utley (2 Singles, Double, RBI) and Cody Asche (Single, Double, Home Run, 2 RBIs), all leading the team with three hits each, followed by Ryan Howard (Singles) and Marlon Byrd (Single, Home Run, RBI) with two hits each. Jimmy Rollins (Home Run, 4 RBIs), Dom Brown (Single), Carlos Ruiz (Single) and Pinch-Hitter John Mayberry, Jr. (Double, 2 RBI) had the other four Phils’ hits. The final Phil run came in on an error. The Phils would also have six walks (Howard, Ruiz (2), Asche, Tony Gwynn, Jr., Mayberry) and two stolen bases (Revere (1), Brown (1)) in the game, while the defense would perform a doubleplay.

The Phils (1-0, T-1 NL East) will continue their interleague game road series with the Rangers (0-1, 5 AL West) tomorrow night. The game will be played at Globe Life Park and will begin at 8:05 pm EDT (7:05 pm CDT). The Phils will send to the mound A.J. Burnett (0-0, -.–), who will be trying to lead the Phils to a 2-0 record. The Rangers will counter with Martin Perez (0-0, -.–), who will be trying to lead the Rangers to their first victory of 2014. The Phils will be hoping that the offense will continue to hit, while the pitching starts to improve over this afternoon’s performance.

The Phils end their Grapefruit League season on a sour note as they are shutout for the second straight game as they lose to the Blue Jays, 3-0.

Philadelphia_PhilliesThe Phils end their Grapefruit League portion of spring training on a low note as they end up being shutout for the second straight game as they lose to the Blue Jays, 3-0.

The Blue Jays took the lead in the top of the fourth as, with a runner on third, and with one man out, Dioner Navarro hits a sacrifice fly, knocking in Emilio Guerrero, who was pinch running for Jose Bautista, who had started the inning off with a single, stole second base as Adam Lind struck out, swinging, then went to third on catcher Carlos Ruiz’s throwing error as he tried to throw Guerrero out, giving the Blue Jays a 1-0 lead. The Blue Jays added insurance runs in the top of the eighth as, with runners on second and third, and with one man out, Gabe Jacobo hits a two-run single, knocking in Josh Thole, who had started the inning off with a walk, moved up to second base on Guerrero’s single, then went to third base on Jonathan Diaz’s sacrifice bunt, 1-4, and Guerrero, who had earlier singled, then moved up to second base on Diaz’s sacrifice bunt, giving the Blue Jays a 3-0 lead, before moving up to second base on left fielder Leandro Castro’s throwing error to the plate. That would end up being the final score as Wil Browning collected the save as he ended a Phils’ threat as they loaded up the bases with Reid Brignac being hit by a pitch, before stealing second base, a walk to Edgar Duran, and a walk to Clete Thomas, and with two men out, as he struck out Koyie Hill, looking, for the game’s final out.

A.J. Burnett (1-3, 6.05) took the lost as he pitched five innings, giving up a run on three hits, a walk and a hit batter, while striking out six. Jonathan Pettibone pitched two scoreless innings, giving up two hits and a walk, while striking out two. Mario Hollands pitched a third of an inning, giving up two runs on a hit and a walk. Justin De Fratus pitched two-thirds of an inning, giving up two hits, while striking out two. Jonathan Papelbon threw a scoreless inning, giving up a hit, while striking out a batter. Drew Hutchinson (1-1, 1.80) got the win as he threw five and a third scoreless innings, giving up a hit and three walks, while striking out three. Brett Cecil collected his third hold of the spring as he pitched two-thirds of an inning, striking out a batter, as he retired both batters that he would faced. Casey Janssen received his first hold of the season as he threw a 1-2-3 inning, striking out two. Marcus Walden also received his first hold of the spring as he also threw a 1-2-3 inning, striking out a batter. Wil Browning received his first save of the spring as he threw a scoreless inning, giving up two walks and a hit batter, while striking out the side.

The Phils had only one hit in the game, a fourth inning single by Jimmy Rollins. The Phils also had five walks (Ryan Howard, Marlon Byrd, John Mayberry, Jr. Edgar Duran, Clete Thomas), a hit batter (Reid Brignac) and two stolen bases (Rollins (3), Brignac (1)) in the game, while the defense committed two errors (Carlos Ruiz, Leandro Castro).

The next Phils (9-17-3) game will be the first of two against the Pittsburgh Pirates for the On-Deck Series at Citizens Bank Park. The game is to start at 7:05 pm EDT tomorrow night. The Phils will send to the mound Kyle Kendrick (1-0, 4.09) while the Pirates will counter with Charlie Morton (1-1, 1.13). The Phils hope to do well in these last two spring training games.

The Phils win their third straight Grapefruit League game as they blank the Yankees, 6-0.

Philadelphia_PhilliesThe Phils win their third straight spring training game as they throw a goose egg at the Bronx Bombers, defeating the Yankees, 6-0.

The Phils took the lead in the top of the second as, with a runner on second, and with one man out, Bobby Abreu hits an RBI single, knocking in Carlos Ruiz, who had earlier reach base on third baseman Kelly Johnson’s fielding error, his second of the inning, before moving up to second base as Dom Brown, who had started the inning off by reaching base on third baseman Johnson’s first fielding error of the inning, is thrown out at third base as he tried to score on the error, 7-2, for the inning’s first out, giving the Phils a 1-0 lead. The Phils increased their lead in the top of the third as, with two men out, Ryan Howard hits a solo home run, his third home run of the spring, giving the Phils a 2-0 lead. The Phils then made it a 3-0 lead one batter later as Marlon Byrd follows with a solo home run of his own, his second home run of the spring. The Phils added to their lead in the top of the sixth as, with a man on second, and with one man out, Brown hits an RBI single, scoring Byrd, who had just doubled, giving the Phils a 4-0 lead. The Phils then took a 5-0 lead one batter later as, after Brown had stolen second base, and with still one man out, Ruiz hits an RBI single, knocking in Brown. The Phils then made it a 6-0 lead in the top of the ninth as, with runners on the corners, and with one man out, Tony Gwynn, Jr. hits a sacrifice fly, scoring Edgar Duran, who had earlier singled, then went to third base on John Mayberry, Jr’s single. That would end up being the final score as Barry Enright pitched a scoreless ninth, getting Yangervis Solarte to pop out to the third baseman for the final out.

Jeff Manship (2-0, 1.80) gets the win as he pitched four shutout innings, giving up five hits, while striking out two. Mike Adams received his first hold of the spring as he pitched a scoreless inning, giving up a hit, while striking out a batter. Justin De Fratus, Brad Lincoln, Shawn Camp and Barry Enright combined for four scoreless innings, giving up two hits (Lincoln (1), Enright (1)) and a walk (Lincoln) between them, while striking out five (De Fratus (1), Lincoln (2), Camp (1), Enright (1)). Adam Warren pitched a scoreless inning, giving up two walks, while striking out a batter. David Phelps (1-1, 2.61) took the lost as he gave up an unearned run on a hit, and two errors. Vidal Nuno pitched an inning, giving up two runs on two hits. David Robertson and Matt Thorton combined for two scoreless innings, giving up a walk (Robertson) between them, while striking out one (Thorton). Shane Greene pitched an inning, giving up two runs on three hits. Shawn Kelley and David Herndon would combine for two scoreless innings, giving up a hit (Kelley) and two walks (Herndon) between them, while striking out a batter (Kelley). Matt Daley pitched an inning, giving up a run on two hits, while striking out two.

The Phils had nine hits in the game, with Marlon Byrd leading the team with two hits, a double and a solo home run. Ben Revere (Single), Ryan Howard (Home Run, RBI), Dom Brown (Single, RBI), Carlos Ruiz (Single, RBI), Bobby Abreu (Single, RBI), Edgar Duran (Single) and John Mayberry, Jr. (Single), had the other seven Phils’ hits. Tony Gwynn, Jr. knocked in the final Phil run with a sac fly. The Phils also had five walks (Revere, Howard, Ruiz, Abreu, Cody Asche) and two stolen bases (Revere (6), Brown (2)) in the game.

The Phils (9-15-3) next spring training game is with the Tigers (12-12) in a game already in progress.

The Phils defeat the Blue Jays in a rain-shorten game, winning 6-3.

Philadelphia_PhilliesThe Phils win a rain-shorten game with the Blue Jays to win their second straight spring training game, winning by the score of 6-3.

The Phils took the lead in the top of the second as, with the bases loaded, via singles by Ryan Howard and Dom Brown, with Howard stopping at second base, and a walk to John Mayberry, Jr., moving up both runners, and with nobody out, Cody Asche hits into a 3-6 force out, scoring Howard, giving the Phils a 1-0 lead, as Brown stops at second base, and Mayberry is wiped out at second base for the inning’s first out, as Asche ends up safe at first. The Phils then made it a 2-0 lead as Cameron Rupp follows with an RBI ground out, 5-3, knocking in Brown, while moving Asche up to second base. The Phils added to their lead in the top of the fourth as, with the bases loaded, via singles by Mayberry and Asche, with Mayberry stopping at second base, and a walk to Rupp, moving up both runners, and with one man out,  Tony Gwynn, Jr.  hits a sacrifice fly, scoring Mayberry, giving the Phils a 3-0 lead. The Phils then made it a 4-0 lead one batter later as, with two men on, and now with two men out, Ben Revere hits an RBI single, knocking in Asche, while sending Rupp up to second base. The Blue Jays get a run back in the bottom of the fifth as, with a runner on first, and with two men out, Colby Rasmus hits an RBI double, knocking in pinch runner Munenori Kawasaki, who was pinch running for Brett Lawrie, who had just singled, making it a 4-1 Phils’ lead. The Blue Jays then made it a 4-3 Phils lead as, with two men on, via a lead-off single by Gabe Jacobo, and a single by Josh Thole, moving Jacobo up to second base, and with nobody out, Brett Carroll hits a two-run double, knocking in both Jacobo and Thole, before being thrown out at third base, as he tried to stretch it into a triple, 8-6-5, for the inning’s first out. The Phils would get a run back in the top of the eighth as, with a man on second, and with one man out, Rupp hits an RBI double, knocking in Mayberry, who had started the inning off with a single, then moved up to second base on Reid Brignac’s ground out, 5-3, giving the Phils a 5-3 lead. The Phils then made it a 6-3 lead as Gwynn follows with an RBI double, scoring Rupp. That would end up before the final score as, with still only one man out, the game would first be stopped and then be called an official game because of the rain.

Dave Buchanan (1-1, 2.25) gets the win as he pitched two 1-2-3 innings, striking out two. Mario Hollands collected his first hold of the spring as he threw one and one-third scoreless innings, giving up a hit and a walk, while striking out two. Phillippe Aumont received his third hold of the spring as he pitched one and two-thirds scoreless innings, striking out a batter. Greg Smith pitched one and two-thirds innings, giving up three runs on five hits, while striking out a batter. Hector Neris collected his first save of the spring as he pitched a third of an inning, getting out the only man whom he would face. Brandon Morrow (0-2, 9.00) took the lost a he pitched five innings, giving up four runs on five hits and three walks, while striking out four. Jeremy Jeffress and Casey Janssen  combined for two scoreless innings, giving up three hits (Jeffress (1), Janssen (2)) between them, while striking out a batter (Jeffress). Sergio Santos pitched to one batter, being unable to get him out, as he gave up a run on a hit. Tony Davis pitched a third of an inning, giving up a run on two hits.

The Phils had eleven hits in the game, with John Mayberry, Jr. (Singles) and Cody Asche (Singles, RBI), both leading the team with two hits each. Ben Revere (Single, RBI), Ryan Howard (Single), Dom Brown (Single), Cameron Rupp (Double, 2 RBIs), Tony Gwynn, Jr, (Double, 2 RBIs), Edgar Duran (Single) and Cesar Hernandez (Single), had the other seven Phils’ hits. The Phils also had three walks (Jimmy Rollins, Mayberry, Rupp), a stolen base (Rollins (2)) and a sacrifice fly (Gwynn), in the game, while the defense had an outfield assist (Gwynn).

The Phils (8-15-3) will play their next spring training game against the Yankees (15-10) at George M. Steinbrenner Field in Tampa, Florida. The game is to start at 7:05 pm EDT. The Phils will start Jeff Manship (1-0, 2.25) while the Yankees’ starter is still to be announced. The Phils will be trying for their third straight Grapefruit League win, as spring training gets closer to the end.

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