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The Phils win their second straight series as newcomer Williams pitches his third straight quality start as the Phils defeat the Cards, 7-1.

Philadelphia_PhilliesNew Phils’ starter Jerome Williams pitched his third straight quality start as the Phils defeat the Cards, 7-1.

The Phils took the lead in the bottom of the first as, with a man on second, and with one man out, Chase Utley hits an RBI single, knocking in Ben Revere, who had started the inning off with a walk, then moved up to second base on pitcher Justin Masterson’s wild pitch, giving the Phils a 1-0 lead. The Phils increased their lead in the bottom of the second as, with runners on the corners, and with one man out, Jerome Williams helped his own cause by hitting a safety squeeze sacrifice bunt, scoring Dom Brown, who had started the inning off with a single, then moved up to third base on Cody Asche’s single, giving the Phils a 2-0 lead, while moving up to second Asche, who had just singled. The Phils then took a 3-0 lead as Revere hits an RBI single, knocking in Asche. The Phils added to their lead in the bottom of the third as, with runners on second and third, and with two men out, Ryan Howard, who had earlier walked, then stopped at third base on Grady Sizeman’s double, scored on pitcher Masterson’s wild pitch, his second of the afternoon, giving the Phils a 4-0 lead, while Sizemore, who had earlier doubled, would move up to third base. The Phils then made it a 5-0 lead as Wil Nieves hits an RBI single, scoring Sizemore. The Cards got on the scoreboard in the top of the fourth as, with two men on, and with one man out, Oscar Taveras hits an RBI single, knocking in Jhonny Peralta, who had earlier doubled, making it a 5-1 Phils’ lead, while sending Jon Jay, who had just walked, up to second base. The Phils made it a 7-1 lead in the bottom of the seventh as, with one man on, and with one man out, Jimmy Rollins hits a two-run home run, his sixteenth home run of the season. That would end up being the final score as Justin De Fratus threw a scoreless ninth, getting Shane Robinson to fly out to right for the game’s final out.

Jerome Williams (4-5. 5.42) got the win as he threw eight strong innings, giving up a run on five hits and three walks, while striking out five. Justin De Fratus threw a scoreless inning, giving up a hit. Justin Masterson (6-8, 5.88) took the lost as he went just three innings, giving up five runs on six hits, two walks and two wild pitches, while striking out three. Nick Greenwood pitched three and a third innings, giving up two runs on two hits, while striking out two. Randy Choate pitched two-thirds of an inning, getting out both batter whom he would face. Carlos Martinez threw a 1-2-3 inning, striking out a batter.

The Phils had eight hits in the game with Ben Revere (RBI) leading the team with two hits, both singles. Jimmy Rollins (Home Run, 2 RBIs), Chase Utley (Single, RBI), Grady Sizemore (Double), Dom Brown (Single), Wil Nieves (Single, RBI) and Cody Asche (Single) had the other six Phils’ hits. Jerome Williams had the Phil’s final RBI, while their last run came in on a wild pitch. The Phils’ offense also had two walks (Revere, Ryan Howard), a stolen base (Revere (38)) and a sacrifice bunt (Williams) in the game, while the defense committed an error (Asche (14)) and performed a double play.

The Phils (58-72, 5th) will start a three-game series with the Nationals (75-54, 1st), starting with a game tonight. The game will be played at Citizens Bank Park and is to start at 7:05 pm EDT. The Phils will send to the mound A.J. Burnett (6-14, 4.42), who is coming off a lost against the Mariners on August 19, as he pitched seven and two-thirds innings, giving up five runs on six hits and four walks, while striking out nine, in the Phils’ 5-2 lost. He will be trying to end his six game losing streak, while trying to throw his first quality start in about a month. The Nats will counter with Tanner Roark (12-7, 2.80), who is coming off a no-decision against the Diamondbacks on August 20, as he went seven scoreless innings, giving up five hits and a walk, while striking out two, in the Nats’ 3-2 walk-off win. He will be trying for his sixth win in nine recent starts. The Phils will be trying to start the series on a good note.

Four runs in the eighth inning leads to the Phils splitting their series with the redbirds as they defeat the Cardinals, 7-3.

Philadelphia_PhilliesPhils scored four runs in the eighth inning as they beat the redbirds, 7-4, splitting the four games set with the Cardinals.

The Cardinals took a quick 1-0 lead in the top of the first as, with one man out, Matt Carpenter hits a solo home run, his second home run of the season. The Phils tied the game up at one-all in their half of the first as, with runners on the corners, and with nobody out, Chase Utley hits an RBI single, knocking in Jimmy Rollins, who had started the inning off with a triple, while sending John Mayberry, Jr., who had just walked, on to third base. The Phils then took the lead one batter later as Ryan Howard hits a sacrifice fly to center field, scoring Mayberry, giving the Phils a 2-1 lead. The Cardinals tied the game up at two-all in the top of the sixth as, with two men on, and with one man out, David Freese hits an RBI ground out, 5-3, knocking in Allen Craig, who had started the inning off with a single, then stopped at third base on Matt Adams’ single. The Cardinals took the lead in the top of the seventh as, with runners on the corners, and with one man out, Craig hits an RBI single, scoring Jon Jay, who had reached base on second baseman’s Chase Utley’s throwing error, before going on to second base, then stopping at third base on Carpenter’s sacrifice bunt, giving the redbirds a 3-2 lead, while sending Carlos Beltran, who had just walked, up to second base. The Phils would tie the score up at three-all in their half of the seventh as, with a runner on first, and with nobody out, pinch-hitter Laynce Nix hits an RBI double, scoring Erik Kratz, who had started the inning off with a single. The Phils took the lead for good in the bottom of the eighth as, with runners on the corners, and with one man out, Ben Revere hits an RBI single, knocking in Michael Young, who had earlier hit an infield single, then went to third on Dom Brown’s single, giving the Phils a 4-3 lead, while sending Brown, who had just singled, up to second base. The Phils then added to their lead as Kratz followed with a three-run home run, his second home run of the year, knocking in Brown and Revere, giving the Phils a 7-4 lead. That would be the final score as Jonathan Papelbon pitched a scoreless ninth.

Kyle Kendrick received a no-decision as he pitched six innings, giving up two runs on eight hits and a walk, striking out six. Antonio Bastardo pitched a third of an inning, giving up an unearned run on a walk. Chad Durbin pitched two-thirds of an inning, giving up a hit and a walk, as he struck out one. Mike Adams (1-1, 2.25) got the win as he threw a 1-2-3 inning, striking out a batter. Jonathan Papelbon pitched a scoreless inning, giving up a hit, while striking out a batter. Jake Westbrook also received a no-decision as he threw six innings, plus one batter, giving up three runs on seven hits and four walks, while striking out four. Fernando Salas collected his first blown save of the season as he pitched two-thirds of an inning, giving up a hit, while striking out a batter. Randy Choate pitched a third of an inning, getting out the only man whom he would faced. Mitchell Boggs (0-2, 12.46) took the lost as he pitched a third of an inning, giving up four runs on four hits and a walk. Marc Rzepczynski pitched two-thirds of an inning, giving up two hits and striking out a batter.

The Phils had fourteen hits in the game, with Jimmy Rollins (2 Singles, Triple) leading the team with three hits, followed by Chase Utley (Single, Double, RBI) and Erik Kratz (Single, Home Run, 3 RBIs) with two hits apiece. John Mayberry, Jr. (Single), Ryan Howard (Single, RBI), Michael Young (Single), Dom Brown (Single), Ben Revere (Single), pinch-hitter Laynce Nix (Double, RBI) and pinch-hitter Kevin Frandsen (Single), had the other seven Phils’ hits. The Phils also had four walks (Mayberry, Young, Brown (2)) and a stolen base (Mayberry (1)) in the game.

The Phils (8-11, 4th East) is playing a home game with the Pirates (10-8, T-2nd Central), already in progress.

The Phils defeat the World Champs in extra-innings as they defeat the Cards, 8-7.

The Phils win a wild one with the Cards as they win in extra-innings, 8-7.

The Cards took the lead in the first as, with a man on first, and with nobody out, Matt Carpenter hits an RBI double, knocking in Jon Jay, who had started the ballgame off with a walk, giving the Cards a 1-0 lead. The Phils took the lead in their half of the first as, with two men on, and with nobody out, Chase Utley hits a two-run RBI triple, just beating Cards’ third baseman Carpenter’s tag, as he knocked in Juan Pierre, who had started the Phils’ half inning off being hit by the pitch, then moved up to second base on Kevin Frandsen’s bunt single, and Frandsen, who had just reached base on a bunt single, giving the Phils a 2-1 lead. The Phils then took a 3-1 lead as Ryan Howard hits an RBI single, that got past Cards’ second baseman Daniel Descalso. The Cards cut the Phils’ lead down to 3-2 in the third as, with a runner on first, and with two men out, Carlos Beltran hits an RBI double, knocking in Matt Holliday, who had earlier reached base as he hit into a 5-4 force out, as Carpenter, who had earlier singled, is wiped out at second base for the inning’s second out. The Cards then tied the game up at three-all in the fourth as, with a man on second, and with one man out, Rafael Furcal, who had started the inning off with a single, then stopped at second base on Lance Lynn’s sacrifice bunt, 1-4, would stop at third base on Jay’s single to left, as Pierre’s throw towards the plate goes past the cut off man, allowing Jay to try to reach second base, drawing the throw from Phils’ catcher Erik Kratz, who commits a throwing error, as the ball goes past Utley, allowing Jay to reach second base, while Furcal scores, before Jay would head on to third base. The Cards then took a 4-3 lead as Carpenter hits an RBI single, scoring Jay. The Phils tied the game up at four-all in their half of the fourth as Howard hits a lead-off home run, his seventh home run of the season. The Cards retook the lead in the eighth as, with two men on, and with one man out, Jay hits a two-run double, knocking in Tony Cruz, who had earlier singled, then moved up to second base on Frucal’s sacrifice bunt, 5-4, and pinch hitter David Freese, who had just walked, giving the Cards a 6-4 lead, before moving up to third base on the late throw to the plate. The Cards then made it a 7-4 lead as Carpenter hits an RBI single, scoring Jay. The Phils then retied the game at seven-all in their half of the seventh as, with two men on, and with two men out, Kratz’s hits a three-run home run, his fifth home run of the season, knocking in Utley, who had started the inning off with a walk, then moved up to second base on Howard’s walk, and pinch runner Nate Schierholtz, who was pinch running for Howard, who had earlier walked. The Phils then won the game in the bottom of the eleventh inning as, with a runner on third, and with two men out, Pierre would hit a grounder to Cards’ shortstop Furcal, who would slip while making the throw to first base, allowing Pierre to beat the throw for an infield single, as Jimmy Rollins, who had been safe at first on a fielder’s choice force out, as Kratz, who had started the inning off with a double, committed a base running blunder by trying to go to third on the grounder, 6-5, then moved up to second base on pinch hitter Brian Schneider’s ground out, 3-unassisted, then stole third base, crossed the plate with the winning run, giving the Phils an 8-7 extra-innings, walk-off win.

Vance Worley received a no-decision as he pitched five and one-third innings, giving up four runs on nine hits and two walks, while striking out four. Raul Valdes pitched two-thirds of an inning, getting out both men that he would face, striking out one. Josh Lindblom pitched a scoreless inning, walking a batter, while striking out one. Michael Schwimer pitched an inning, giving up three runs on three hits and a walk. Jonathan Papelbon pitched a 1-2-3 inning. Jeremy Horst (1-0, 1.13) got the win, his first major league win, as he pitched two scoreless innings, giving up two hits, as he struck out three. Lance Lynn also received a no-decision as he pitched five innings, giving up four runs on four hits, two walks and a hit batter, while striking out two. Fernando Salas and Edward Mujica combined for two scoreless innings, giving up a walk (Salas) between them, while striking out two batters (one batter each). Marc Rzepczynski pitched to two batters, walking both of them. Mitchell Boggs committed his third blown save of the season as he pitched two innings, giving up three runs on a hit, while striking out a batter. Barret Browning (0-2, 4.24) took the lost, his second in three days, as he pitched an inning and two-thirds, giving up a run on two hits and a walk.

The Phils had seven hits in the game, with Ryan Howard (Single, Home Run, 2 RBIs) and Erik Kratz (Double, Home Run, 3 RBIs) both leading the team with two hits apiece. Juan Pierre (Single, RBI), Kevin Frandsen (Single) and Chase Utley (Triple, RBI) had the other three Phils’ hits. The Phils also had six walks, a hit batter (Pierre) and a stolen base (Jimmy Rollins (18)) in the game.

The Phils (52-62, 4th) will start a three-game series with the Marlins (52-63, 5th), starting with a game tonight. The game will be played at Marlins Park, and is to start at 7:10 pm EDT. The Phils will send to the mound Cole Hamels (12-6, 3.08), who is coming off a complete game shutout of the Braves on August 7, as he gave up only five hits, while striking out six, in the Phils’ 3-0 win. He will be trying to help the Phils put some distance between them and the Marlins. The Marlins will counter with Nathan Eovaldi (3-7, 4.33), who is coming off a win against the Mets on August 8, as he went five innings, giving up four hits and six walks, while striking out two, in the Marlins’ 13-0 rout. He will be trying to put the Marlins back into fourth place. The Phils will be trying to put some distance in the standings between them and the fish.

Cliff Lee is once again hurt by the long ball as the Phils lose to the Cardinals, 4-1.

Cliff Lee is hurt by another home run as the Phils are beaten by the Cards, 4-1.

The Phils took the lead in the first as, with runners on the corners, and with one man out, Ryan Howard hits an RBI force out, 4-6, as Chase Utley, who had earlier reached base with a single, is wiped out at second base for the inning’s second out, but taking Cards’ shortstop Rafael Furcal out of the play, allowing Dom Brown, who had earlier walked, then stopped at third base on Utley’s single, to score, giving the Phils a 1-0 lead. The Cards would take the lead in the sixth as, with two men on, and with nobody out, Matt Holliday hits a three-run blast, his twenty-second home run of the season, knocking in Jon Jay, who had started the inning off with a single, then stopped at third base on Allen Craig’s double, and Craig, who had just doubled, giving the Cards a 3-1 lead. The Cards added to their lead in the eighth as, with runners on the corners, and with nobody out, Carlos Beltran hits an RBI single, knocking in Craig, who had earlier singled, then stopped at third base on Holliday’s single, giving the Cards a 4-1 lead, while sending Holliday, who had just singled, up to second base. That would end up being the final score as Jason Motte collected his twenty-sixth save of the season, as he threw a 1-2-3 ninth.

Cliff Lee (2-7, 3.85) took the lost as he went seven innings, plus three batters, giving up four runs on ten hits, while striking out six.  B.J. Rosenberg pitched two-thirds of an inning, giving up a walk. Raul Valdes pitched a third of an inning. Michael Schwimer pitched a 1-2-3 inning, striking out the side. Jake Westbrook (12-8, 3.62) got the win as he pitched seven and two-thirds inning, giving up a run on four hits and two walks, while striking out three. Marc Rzepczynski collected his fourteenth hold of the year as he pitched a third of an inning, getting out the only man that he would face. Jason Motte received his twenty-sixth save of the year, as he threw a 1-2-3 ninth, striking out two.

The Phils had only four hits in the game, a single by Dom Brown, a single by Chase Utley, a single by Ryan Howard and a double by Kevin Frandsen, as the offense was once again handcuffed. The Phils also had two walks in the game.

The Phils (51-62, 5th East) concludes their series with the World Champions Cardinals (62-52, 3rd Central) with a game already in progress.

Chase Utley’s two-run shot gives the Phils the win over the World Champs as they defeat the Cardinals, 3-1.

Chase Utley’s two-run home run in the eighth inning helps lead the Phils over the World Champs as they down the Cards, 3-1.

The Cards took a 1-0 lead in the second as Carlos Beltran hits a lead-off home run, his twenty-eighth home run of the year. The Phils would tie the game up at one-all in their half of the second as, with a runner on second, and with nobody out, Dom Brown hits an RBI single that was able to get past Cards’ second baseman Daniel Descalso, scoring Ryan Howard, who had started off the inning with a double, and just kept on running after making sure that the ball would get past Descalso. The game then became a pitchers’ duel between Phils’ starter Roy Halladay, who would go eight innings, giving up a total of two hits, the other hit being a two-out single by Jon Jay in the third, as well as hitting a batter (Yadier Molina in the fifth), and Cards’ starter Kyle Lohse, who gave up a total of four hits, with the other two hits being a one-out single in the fifth by Kevin Frandsen and a two-out single by Frandsen in the seventh, along with two walks. The Phils took the lead for good in the eighth as, with a man on third, and with one man out, Chase Utley hits a two-run home run, his eighth home-run of the season, knocking in Jimmy Rollins, who had started the inning off with a single, moved up to second base on a balk by pitcher Barret Browning, then stopped at third base on Juan Pierre’s sacrifice bunt, 2-4, giving the Phils a 3-1 lead. That would be the final score as Jonathan Papelbon recorded his twenty-fifth save of the season as he ended the game by catching Beltran trying to steal second base, 1-6, with Rollins applying the tag for the game’s final out.

Roy Halladay (6-6, 3.80) got the win as he went eight innings, giving up a run on two hits and a hit batter, while striking out eight. Jonathan Papelbon recorded his twenty-fifth save of the year as he threw a scoreless ninth, giving up two hits. Kyle Lohse received a no-decision as he pitched seven innings, giving up a run on four hits and two walks, while striking out seven. Brett Browning (0-1, 4.11) took the lost as he gave up two runs on two hits and a balk, while striking out a batter.

The Phils had six hits in the game, with Kevin Frandsen leading the team with two hits, both singles. Jimmy Rollins (Single), Chase Utley (Home Run, 2 RBIs), Ryan Howard (Double) and Dom Brown (Single, RBI) had the other four Phils’ hits. The Phils also had two walks and a stolen base (Juan Pierre (28)) in the game.

The Phils (51-61, 4th East) will continue their three-game series with the World Champions Cardinals (61-52, 3rd Central). The game wiill be played at Citizens Bank Park will start at 7:05 pm EDT. The Phils will send out Cliff Lee (2-6, 3.78), who is coming off a no-decision against the Diamondbacks on August 5, as he went eight innings, giving up four runs on eight hits, while striking out five, in the Phils’ 5-4 walk-off win. He will be trying to pitch the Phils into a series win. The Cards will try to counter with Jake Westbrook (11-8, 3,76), who is coming off a win against the Giants on August 6, as he pitched six innings, giving up two runs on seven hits, as he struck out four, in the Cards’ 8-2 rout. He will be trying to even up the series. The Phils will be trying to take another series from the world champs.

2011 National League Divisional Series, Game #2: The Phils early lead is squandered as they drop one to the Cards, 5-4, evening the divisional series at one game each.

An early four-run lead is squandered by Cliff Lee, before the Phils lose to the Cards, 5-4, evening the divisional series at 1-1 as the two teams head for St. Louis.

The Phils jumped to an early lead in the first as, with the bases loaded, via a double by Jimmy Rollins, then walks to Chase Utley and Hunter Pence, sending Rollins to third, and Utley up to second base, and with nobody out, Ryan Howard hits a two-run single up the middle, scoring Rollins and Utley, giving the Phils a 2-0 lead, and sending Pence over to third. Two batters later, with runners still on the corners, and now with one man out, Raul Ibanez hits an RBI single, knocking in Pence, giving the Phils a 3-0 lead, while sending Howard up to second base. The Phils added to their lead in the second as, with two men on, and with two men on, Pence hits an RBI single, scoring Rollins, who had earlier doubled, his second double and his second hit of the ballgame, then stole third as Utley walked, giving the Phils a 4-0 lead, while sending Utley, who had walked for the second time in the game, would stop at second base. Normally, this would be enough for Cliff Lee, especially after pitching out of jams in the first two innings, but it was not to be in this game, as things came unglued in the fourth inning. The Cards got on the scoreboard as, with two men on, via a walk to Lance Berkman, whom Lee had buried in the count 0-2 before walking him, and a single by Yadier Molina, sending Berkman up to second base, and with one man out, Ryan Theriot hits an RBI double, scoring Berkman, making it a 4-1 Phils’ lead, while sending Molina on to third base. The Cards then cut the Phils’ lead down to 3-2 as Jon Jay hits an RBI single, scoring Molina, while sending Theriot on to third base, before going on to second base on the late throw to home plate. Two batters later, after Lee strikes out, swinging, pinch hitter Nick Punto, the Cards made it a 4-3 Phils’ lead as Rafael Furcal hits an RBI single, knocking in Theriot, before left fielder Raul Ibanez throws out Jay at home plate, as catcher Carlos Ruiz hangs onto his one-bounce throw, inspite of Jay trying to bowl him over to make him drop the ball, for the moment keeping it a 4-3 Phils’ lead. The Cards then tied the game up at four-all in the sixth as, with a runner on second, and with two men on, Jay hits an RBI single, his second hit of the ballgame, knocking in Theriot, who had just doubled, his second hit and double of the game. The Cards then took the lead in the seventh as, with a man on third, and with one man out, Albert Pujols hits an RBI single, scoring Allen Craig, who had just tripled, on a ball that Shane Victorino did not go after properly, giving the Cards a 5-4 lead. That would be the final score as Jason Motte collected his first save of the series as he threw a 1-2-3 ninth, for a four-out save.

Cliff Lee (0-1, 7.50) took the lost as he pitched six innings, plus three batters, giving up five runs on twelve hits and two walks, while striking out nine. Brad Lidge pitched an inning, giving up a walk. Antonio Bastardo, Vance Worley and Ryan Madson combined for two scoreless innings, giving up a hit (Madson) and a walk (Bastardo), while striking out three batters (Bastardo (1), Madson (2)) between them. Chris Carpenter received a no-decision as he pitched only three innings, giving up four runs on five hits and three walks, while striking out two. Ferndando Salas pitched two 1-2-3 innings, striking out two. Octavio Dotel (1-0, 0.00) gets the win as he pitched an inning and a third, striking out two. Marc Rzepeczynski, Mitchell Boggs and Arthur Rhodes all collected their first hold of the series as they combined for one and one-thirds scoreless innings, with Rzepczynski facing one more batter, as they gave together up a hit (Rzepeczynski), while striking  out one (Rhodes) between them. Jason Motte collected his first save of the series as he pitched an inning and a one-third, striking out a batter.

The Phils had six hits in the game, with Jimmy Rollins leading the team with three hits, a single and two doubles, just missing a home run on both of his doubles as they both hit the top of the fence. Hunter Pence (RBI), Ryan Howard (RBI) and Raul Ibanez (RBI), had the other three Phils’ hits, all singles, as the offense was held to only one hit (Rollins’ single), after scoring their fourth run in the second inning.

The Phils (1-1) will continue their divisional series with the Cards (1-1), as the series move to St. Louis. The game will be played at Busch Stadium and will start at 5 pm EDT (4 pm CDT). The Phils will send to the mound Cole Hamels (14-9, 2.79), who will be trying to put the Phils back into the lead in the series. The Cards will counter with Jamie Garcia (13-7, 3.56), who will be trying to continue his mastery of the Phils, while hoping that he can continue doing well at home. The Phils will be out to get back into the lead, while trying to finally knock Garcia out of the box. Come onuys, you’d gottten to both Lohse  and Carpenter, you can get to Garcia. Just show some more patient at the plate.

GO PHILS!!!

2011 National League Divisional Series, Game #1: The Phils offense romp behind their ace, as they rout the Cards, 11-6.

After trailing early, the Phils’ offense roar for eleven runs in support of the team’s ace, Roy Halladay, as they rout the Cards, 11-6.

The Cards took a quick 3-0 lead as, with two men on, and with one man out, Lance Berkman hits the first pitch he saw into the right field seats for a three-run home run, his first home run of the series, knocking in Rafael Furcal, who had started the game off with a single, before stealing second base, and Albert Pujols, who had just walked on four pitches. The Phils got a run back in the fourth as, with two men on, and with two men out, Shane Victorino, after being given an extra life as third baseman David Freese committed a pop foul error, hits an RBI single, knocking in Chase Utley, who had earlier doubled, the Phils’ first hit of the game, after being put down 1-2-3 in the first three innings by Cards’ starter Kyle Lohse, cutting the Cards’ lead down to 3-1, while sending Ryan Howard, who had just been walked, up to second base. The Phils then took the lead in the sixth as, with two men on, and with one man out, Howard hits a three-run bomb to right, his first home run of the series, scoring Jimmy Rollins, who had earlier singled, then moved up to second base on Hunter Pence’s single, and Pence, who had just singled, giving the Phils a 4-3 lead. Two batters later, after Victorino had reached base with his second single of the ballgame, Raul Ibanez hits a two-run bomb of his own, his first home run of the series, knocking in Victorino, giving the Phils a 6-3 lead. The Phils then added to their lead in the seventh as, with the bases loaded, via singles by Roy Halladay, Rollins, his second of the game, sending Halladay up to second base, and Utley, his second hit of the ballgame, moving both Halladay and Rollins up a base, and with one man out, as Pence hits into a force out, 1-2, as Halladay is thrown out at the plate, while Rollins and Utley both moved up a base, Howard hits a sacrifice fly, which had sounded like it would leave the ballpark, scoring Rollins, giving the Phils a 7-3 lead. The Phils then made it an 8-3 lead as Victorino hits an RBI single, his third hit of the ballgame, scoring Utley, while sending Pence up to second base. The Phils then took a 9-3 lead as Ibanez hits an RBI single, his second hit of the game, knocking in Pence, while sending Victorino on to third base. The Phils then made it an 11-3 lead in the eighth as, with two men on, and with two men out, Pence hits a two-run single, his second hit of the game, knocking in Rollins, who had earlier walked, then went to third on Utley’s double, and Utley, who had just doubled, his second double of the ballgame, and his third hit. The Phils in the ninth then gave the ball to Michael Stutes, his first post-season appearance, after Halladay had put down twenty-one straight Cards, after giving up a lead-off single in the second to Skip Schumaker, starting with a fantastic play by Howard on a grounder hit to him by Jon Jay for a 1-3 put out, to close out the game. But it wasn’t to be as, four batters latter, with runners on the corners, thanks to a walk to Allen Craig, a single by Pujols, as he moved Craig up to second base, before he is then replaced by pinch runner Gerald Laird, and then a force out on a grounder hit by Berkman, 4-6, as Laird is wiped out at second base, as Craig reached third, and with two men out, the Cards made it an 11-4 Phils’ lead as pinch hitter Adron Chambers hits an RBI single, knocking in Craig, while sending Berkman up to second base. After the Cards had loaded up the bases on a single by Yadier Molina, moving up a base both Berkman and Chambers, and still with one man out, Phils manager Charlie Manuel decided to replace Stutes with his closer Ryan Madson. Schumaker greets Madson with a two-run double, on a ball that glances off of John Mayberry, Jr’s glove in left, then went all the way to the fence, knocking in both Berkman and Chambers, cutting the Phils’ lead down to 11-6, while sending Molina on to third. But that would be it as Madson buckled down and proceeded to strike out, swinging, both Jay and pinch hitter Matt Holliday, for the final outs.

Roy Halladay (1-0, 3.38) gets the win as he pitched eight innings, giving up three runs on three hits and a walk, while striking out eight. Michael Stutes pitched a third of an inning, giving up three runs on three hits and a walk. Ryan Madson pitched two-thirds of an inning, giving up a hit, while striking out two. Kyle Lohse (0-1, 8.44) took the lost as he went five and one-third innings, giving up six runs, five of which were earned, on seven hits and a walk, while striking out four. Octavio Dotel pitched two-thirds of an inning, striking out both men that he would face. Marc Rzepczynski pitched to three batters, getting out none, as he gave up three runs on three hits. Mitchell Boggs pitched an inning and two-thirds, giving up two runs on four hits and a walk, while striking out a batter. Arthur Rhodes pitched a third of an inning, getting out the only man that he would face.

The Phils’ offense, after a slow start, pounded out fourteen hits, with Shane Victorino (Singles, 2 RBIs) and Chase Utley (Single, 2 Doubles) both leading the team with three hits each. Jimmy Rollins (Singles), Hunter Pence (Singles, 2 RBIs), and Raul Ibanez (Home Run, Single, 3 RBIs) all followed with two hits apiece. Ryan Howard (Home Run,  4 RBIs) and Roy Halladay (Single), had the other two Phils’ hits, as Howard had his first post-season RBIs since 2009.

The Phils (1-0) will continue their divisional series with the Cards (0-1) with a night game tonight. The game will be played at Citizens Bank Park and is to begin at 8:37 pm EDT. The Phils will send to the mound Cliff Lee (17-8, 2.40), who will be out to lead the Phils to a sweep at home. The Cards will counter with Chris Carpenter (11-9, 3.45), who will be pitching on three days rest, trying to send the Cards back to St. Louis with a split. The Phils will be going out to put themselves in the driver seat, planning to beat up on Carpenter, when the series heads for St. Louis.

33 games in 31 days: Game #21: The Phils offense exploded late on their way to clinching their fifth straight NL Eastern Division pennant, as they crush the Cardinals, 9-2.

A late offensive surge, including a grand-slam home run by Raul Ibanez, leads the Phils to their fifth straight NL Eastern Division crown, as they crush the Cardinals, 9-2.

The Phils took the lead in the first as, with two men on, and with two men, Hunter Pence hits an RBI double, knocking in Jimmy Rollins, who had started the inning off with a single, then moved up to second base on Shane Victorino’s ground out, 4-3, giving the Phils a 1-0 lead, while sending Ryan Howard, who had just walked, on to third base.  The Phils then took a 2-0 lead in the fourth as, with the bases loaded, via a walk by Placido Polanco, who then reached second base on a force attempt missed catch error by shortstop Rafael Furcal on a Roy Oswalt grounder to pitcher Jake Westbrook, with Oswalt reaching first, and a single by Rollins, sending Polanco to third base, and Oswalt to second base, and with one man out, Victorino forced in a run with a walk, scoring Polanco, giving the Phils a 2-0 lead, while sending both runners up a base. The Phils added to their lead in the sixth as, with one man out, Victorino hits a solo home run, his seventeenth home run of the season, giving the Phils a 3-0 lead. The Cardinals got a run back in the eighth as, with two men on, and with two men out, Lance Berkman hits an RBI single, knocking in Jon Jay, who had earlier singled, then moved up to second base on Albert Pujols’ single, cutting the Phils’ lead down to 3-1, while Pujols, who had earlier singled, would stop at second base. The Cards then cut the Phils’ lead down to 3-2 as David Freese hits an RBI single, scoring Pujols, while sending Berkman up to second base. The Phils got a run back in their half of the eighth as, with runners on the corners, and with one man out, Victorino hits an RBI single, scoring Carlos Ruiz, who had earlier reached base on third baseman Daniel Descalsco’s fielding error, ending up on second base, then went to third on Rollins’ single, giving the Phils a 4-2 lead, which Rollins, who had just singled, would stop at second base. Three batters later, after Chase Utley had been hit by a pitch, loading up the bases, as both Rollins and Victorino moved up a base, and Howard had struck out, and now with two men out, Pence hits an RBI infield single, beating shortstop Furcal’s throw to first base, as Rollins scored, giving the Phils a 5-2 lead, while both runners would move up a base, leaving the bases still loaded. The Phils then busted the game wide open as Raul Ibanez hits a grand-slam home run, his nineteenth home run of the year, knocking in Victorino, Utley and Pence, giving the Phils a 9-2 lead. That would be the final score, as Ryan Madson pitched a scoreless ninth as he got Furcal to hit into a ground out, 4-3, for the final out, leading to the Phils clinching their fifth straight National League Eastern Division title.

Roy Oswalt (8-9, 3.66) got the win as he pitched seven shutout innings, giving up five hits while striking out seven. Michael Stutes collected his twelfth hold of the year as he pitched two-thirds of an inning, as he gave up two runs on four hits. Brad Lidge received his seventh hold of the year as he pitched a third of an inning, getting out the only man that he would face. Ryan Madson pitched a scoreless inning, giving up a hit. Jake Westbrook (12-9, 4.58) took the lost as he went three and one-third innings, giving up two runs, only one of which was earned, on five hits and five walks, as he struck out one. Arthur Rhodes pitched two-thirds of an inning, getting out both men that he would face. Mitchell Boggs pitched a scoreless inning, walking two batters. Kyle McClellan pitched an inning, giving up a run on a hit, as he struck out one. Fernando Salas pitched an inning plus one batter, giving up an unearned run, as he struck out a batter.  Marc Rzepczynski pitched two-thirds of an inning, giving up three runs on two hits, as he struck out one.  Octavio Dotel pitched a third of an inning, giving up two runs on two hits.

The Phils’ had ten hits in the game, with Jimmy Rollins leading the team with four hits, all singles. Shane Victorino (Single, Home Run, 3 RBIs) and Hunter Pence (Single, Double, 2 RBIs) then followed with two hits each. Raul Ibanez (Home Run, 4 RBIs) and Placido Polanco (Single) had the other two Phils’ hits.

The Phils (98-52, 1st East) will continue their series with the Cardinals (82-69, 2nd Central) with a night game later today. The game will be played at Citizens Bank Park, and will begin at 8:05 pm EDT. The Phils will send to the mound Cole Hamels (14-8, 2.71), who is coming off a lost against the Astros on September 13, as he went five innings, giving up four runs on nine hits and a walk, while striking out six, in the Phils’ 5-2 lost. He will be going out to help lower the magic number for home field advantage during the playoffs. The Cardinals will counter with Chris Carpenter (9-9, 3.80), who is coming off a no-decision against the Pirates on September 13, as he went seven innings, giving up four runs on ten hits and a walk, while striking out six, in the Cards’ 6-4 win. He will be trying to help his club stay in the wild card race. The Phils will now be going out to clinch home field advantage throughout the playoffs.

The offense waste another good pitching performance, as they Phils lose to the Cards in the ninth, 2-1.

The lack of offense has allowed another good starting performance to go to waste as the Phils lose in the bottom of the ninth to the Cards, 2-1.

The Cards took the lead in the fourth as, with two men on, and with one man out, Yadier Molina hits an RBI single, scoring Lance Berkman, who had earlier walked, then stopped at second base on Allen Craig’s single, beating Dane Sardinha’s bad tag, giving the Cards a 1-0 lead. The Phils would tie the game up at one-all in the eighth as, with runners on the corners, and with one man out, Placido Polanco hits a sacrifice fly, scoring Jimmy Rollins, who was safe at first on second baseman Tyler Greene’s fielding error as he dropped Rollins’ pop up, and then stopped at third on Michael Martinez’s single. The Cards then won the game in the bottom of the ninth as, with the bases loaded, via singles by Ryan Theriot, Jon Jay and Albert Pujols, and with one man out, as Matt Holliday hits into a forced out at the plate on a grounder to short, 6-1, forcing out Theriot, while moving up a base both Jay and Pujols, Berkman hits an RBI single, scoring Jay, giving the Cards a 2-1 walk-off win.

Roy Oswalt received a no-decision as he pitched five strong innings, giving up a run on seven hits and a walk, while striking out three, in his return from the disabled list. Michael Stutes pitched to one batter, throwing three balls, before being taken out of the game because of an injury to his right side. Kyle Kendrick pitched two scoreless innings, giving up a hit and a walk. Antonio Bastardo threw a scoreless innings, giving up a hit and a walk, while striking out two. Danys Baez (1-2, 4.41) took the lost as he pitched a third of an inning, giving up a run on three hits. J.C. Romero pitched to a batter, giving up a hit. Jaime Garcia also received a no-decision as he pitched eight innings, giving up an unearned run on five hits and a walk, while striking out five. Fernando Salas (2-0, 1.02) got the win as he pitched a 1-2-3 inning, striking out a batter.

The Phils had just five hits in the game, with Michael Martinez leading the team with two hits, both singles. Placido Polanco (Single, RBI), John Mayberry, Jr. (Single) and Wilson Valdez (Double), had the other three Phils’ hits, as the offense was once again easily handled by an opposing team’s pitching staff, as they keep being impatient at the plate and swinging at the pitcher’s pitches, not their pitches. What is it going to take to get this bunch to stop making easy outs?!?

The Phils (25-16, 1st East) will start a two-game series with the Rockies (22-18, 1st West), starting with a night game tonight, weather permitting. The game is to be played at Citizens Bank Park, and is suppose to start at 7:05 pm EDT. The Phils will be sending to the mound Cole Hamels (4-2, 3.19), who will be coming off a no-decision against the Braves on May 13, as he pitched six innings, giving up four runs on eight hits and a walk, while striking out seven, in the Phils’ 5-4 come from behind win. Hamels will be trying to end the Phils’ present losing streak at four game, if the offense would just cooperate and HELP!!! The Rockies will counter with Jorge De Le Rosa (5-1, 3.70), who will be coming off a win against the Padres on May 13, as he went five and two-thirds innings, giving up five runs on nine hits and three walks, while striking out three, in the Rockies’ 12-7 win. He will be going for his sixth win of the season. The Phils will be trying to snap a four game losing streak, if the offense would just concentrate and STOP BEING WILD SWINGERS!!!

The Phils lose their third straight game as they lose to the Cards, 3-1.

The Phils dropped their third straight game as the offense continues to act clueless, as the Phils lose to the Cards, 3-1.

The Phils took the lead in the second as, with one man on, and with one man out, Ben Francisco hits an RBI single, knocking in John Mayberry, Jr., who had been safe at first on a force out, 5-4, wiping out at second base Ryan Howard, who had earlier walked, then stole second base, giving the Phils a 1-0 lead.  The Cardinals then took the lead in the fourth as, with the bases loaded, via walks to Matt Holliday and Lance Berkman, sending Holliday to second base, and an infield single by Yadier Molina, moving both Holliday and Berkman up a base, and with one man out, Nick Punto hits a two-run single, knocking in both Holliday and Berkman, giving the Cards a 2-1 lead, while sending Molina up to second base. The Cards then added to their lead in the seventh as, with two men on, and with one man out, Jon Jay hits an RBI single, scoring Punto, who had earlier singled, then moved up to second base on pinch hitter Kyle Lohse’s sacrifice bunt, making it a 3-1 Cards’ lead, while sending Ryan Theriot, who had just walked, on to second base.  That would end up as the final score as Fernando Salas converted his fourth save of the year with a 1-2-3 ninth.

Cliff Lee (2-4, 3.84) took the lost as he went six and a third innings, giving up three runs on six hits and six walks, while striking out four, in what has to be one of the worst games that he has pitched in his career, based on the high number of walks, the most in his career, that he had given up.  Michael Stutes pitched two-third of an inning, as he got the one man that he would face to hit into a doubleplay. J.C. Romero pitched a scoreless inning, giving up a hit. Jake Westbrook (3-3, 6.07) gets the win as he went seven inning, giving up a run on four hits and three walks, while striking out one. Eduardo Sanchez collected his fifth hold of the year as he pitched a scoreless inning, giving up a hit, while striking out one. Fernando Salas received his fourth save of the season as he pitched a 1-2-3 inning, striking out a batter.

The Phils had just five hits in the game, with Jimmy Rollins leading the team with two hits, a single and a double. Ben Francisco (Single, RBI), Cliff Lee (Single) and pinch hitter Ross Gload (Single), had the other three Phils’ hits, as the offense has once more been its own worst enemy, getting themselves out against a weak pitcher. How much longer are these guys going to keep doing that until they really act like the American League team people keep claiming they are. Translation, start taking pitches and look for your pitch to hit, guys. Harumph!!!

The Phils (25-15, 1st East) will conclude their short two-game series with the Cards (23-19, 2nd Central) with a night game tonight. The game will be played at Busch Stadium, and will start at 8:15 pm EDT (7:15 CDT). The Phils will send to the mound Roy Oswalt (3-1, 3.33), who is coming off a stay on the disabled list. In his last start, a lost against the Diamondbacks on April 26, he went only three innings, giving up five runs on six hits and a walk, in the Phils’ 7-5 lost. He will be trying to stop the Phils’ present three-game slide. The Cards will counter with Jaime Garcia (5-0, 1.89), who is coming off a win against the Cubs on May 12, as he pitched seven strong innings, giving up just a run on nine scattered hits and a walk, as he struck out four, in the Cards’ 9-1 rout. He will be shooting for his sixth win of the year. The Phils hope to avoid the sweep and come back to Philadelphia with a .500 road trip.

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