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The Phils come from behind to avoid a sweep as they defeat the Brewers, 4-3.

The Phils come from behind on a pair of home runs to avoid the sweep as they defeat the Brew Crew, 4-3.

The Brewers took the lead in the first as, with two men on, and with one man out, Prince Fielder hits an RBI infield single, scoring Carlos Gomez, who had earlier singled, then went to third on Ryan Braun’s single, giving the Brewers a 1-0 lead, while sending Braun, who had earlier singled, up to second base. The Brewers added to their lead in the third as, with one man on, and with two men out, Fielder hits an RBI double, knocking in Braun, who had earlier reached base on a Wilson Valdez fielding error, giving the Brewers a 2-0 lead. The Brewers then made it a 3-0 lead in the fourth as, with two men out, Jonathan Lucroy hits a solo home run, his first home run of the season. Meanwhile, Brewers’ starter Chris Narveson was holding down the Phils for the first five innings, in fact throwing a no-hitter until the fifth, when John Mayberry, Jr. got the Phils’ first hit, a double with two men out, giving up only a hit and a walk, while striking out three. The Phils then tied the game up at three-all in the sixth as, with runners on the corners, and with one man out, Placido Polanco hits a three-run home run, his second home run of the season, knocking in Valdez, who had earlier walked, then went to third on Shane Victorino’s single, and Victorino, who had just singled. The Phils then took the lead in the eighth as Victorino hits a lead-off home run, his second home run of the season, giving the Phils a 4-3 lead. That would be the final score as Jose Contreras recorded his fourth save of the season by striking out Braun swinging.

Cliff Lee received a no-decision as he gave up three runs, only two of which were earned, on eight hits and a walk, while striking out only one. Kyle Kendrick pitched a 1-2-3 inning, all long fly outs. Ryan Madson (2-0, 1.29) got the win as he pitched a scoreless inning, giving up a hit and a walk, while striking out two. Jose Contreras recieved his fourth save of the year as he pitched a scoreless inning, giving up a hit, while striking out two batters. Chris Narveson also received a no-decision as he pitched six innings, giving up three runs on four hits and three walks, while striking out three. Brandon Kintzler (1-1, 3.86) took the lost as he pitched one and two-thirds innings, giving up a run on one hit, while striking out three. Mitch Stetter pitched to one batter, giving up a hit. Kameron Loe pitched a third of an inning, getting out the only man that he would face. The Phils’ bullpen recovered from last night’s pitching fiasco, as Lee had a hard time with the Brew Crew, but kept the Phils’ bats within striking distance.

The Phils had only six hits in the game, with Shane Victorino leading the team with two hits, (Single, Home Run), as he knocked in a run. Placido Polanco (Home Run, 3 RBIs), Ryan Howard (Double), Ben Franciso (Single) and John Mayberry, Jr. (Double) had the other four Phils’ hits. The Phils’ offense was handcuffed until the sixth, when it finally scored some runs, but it is still not hitting as it had no hits until Mayberry’s double in the fifth.

The Phils (11-6, 1st East) will now head to the west coast for a four-game series with the Padres (7-9, 5th NL West). The game will be played at Petco Park and will begin at 10:05 pm EDT (7:05 pm PDT). The Phils will send to the mound Roy Oswalt (2-0, 2.50), who is coming off a no-decision against the Marlins on April14, as he pitched six innings, before coming out in the seventh bacause of back trouble, giving up just two runs on four hits and a walk, while he struck out six, in the Phils’ 4-3 lost. He will be trying to pitch the Phils to their first series opening win since the home opener, while trying to prove that his back is okay. The Padres will counter with Mat Latos (0-2, 5.84), who is coming off a lost against the Astros on April 16, as he pitched six and one-thirds innings, giving up five runs on four hits and two walks, while he struck out six, in the Padres’ 5-3 lost. He is looking for his first win of the season. The Phils will be looking to get back to hitting and scoring runs.

The Phils lose in extra-innings as they drop one to the Brew Crew, 6-3.

Kyle Kendrick’s bad relief appearance allow the Brewers to win in extra-innings, as the Phils lose in twelve innings, 6-3.

The Phils took the lead in the first as, with two men on, and with one out, Ryan Howard hits an RBI single, scoring Placido Polanco, who had earlier singled, then was safe at second base on second baseman Rickie Weeks force out attempt fielding error of Jimmy Rollins’ grounder, giving the Phils a 1-0 lead, while sending Rollins, who was safe at first on Weeks’ fielding error, would stop at second base. The Brewers tied it up at one-all in the top of the third as, with a man on second, and with two men out, Carlos Gomez hits an RBI single, knocking in Jonathan Lucroy, who had earlier singled, then went to second base on Shaun Marcus’ sacrifice bunt, 3-unassisted, before moving up to second base on the throw to the plate. The Brewers then took a 2-1 lead as Ryan Braun hits an RBI single, knocking in Gomez. The Phils then tied the game up at two-all in seventh as, with runners on the corners, and with one man out, Shane Victorino gets an RBI as he hits a grounder to first that Prince Fielder threw wide to home plate, allowing Wilson Valdez, who had reached first on Casey McGehee’s fielding error, then stopped at third on pinch hitter Ross Gload’s single, to score, while sending pinch runner Michael Martinez, who was running for Gload, to second base on the fielder’s choice attempt. The Phils’ attempt to take the lead is then foiled as Polanco’s liner towards the second base bag is deflected off of Sergio Mitre’s body and is caught in the air by Yuniesky Betancourt for the inning’s second out, before he throws to Weeks at second base to double up Martinez, who was running on the play, for a 1-6-4 doubleplay. The Brewers retook the lead in the eighth as, with runners on second and third, and with one man out, Betancourt hits into an RBI ground out, 6-3, scoring Braun, who had earlier singled, then went to third on Fielder’s double, giving the Brewers a 3-2 lead. The Phils then retied the game up at three-all in the ninth as, with a man on second, and with one out, pinch hitter Pete Orr hits an RBI single, knocking in Carlos Ruiz, who had earlier walked, then moved up to second base on Valdez’s sacrifice bunt, 1-3, while Orr would stop at second on the late throw to the plate. After the game goes into extra-innings, neither team would get a threat going until the top of the twelfth when, with runners on the corners, via a walk by Weeks, a throwing error by Kyle Kendrick on a sacrifice bunt by Gomez, allowing Weeks to reach third base, while Gomez stayed at first, and with nobody out. Braun hits a deep sacrifice fly, scoring Weeks, giving the Brewers a 4-3 lead. Three batters later, with the bases now loaded, thanks to Fielder being hit by the pitch, sending Gomez to second base, a wild pitch by Kendrick sending the runners to second and third base, and an intentional walked to McGehee, and with still one man out, Betancourt hits a sac fly, scoring Gomez, giving the Brewers a 5-3 lead, while sending Fielder to third base, and McGehee up to second base on the throw to the plate. Two batters later, after Mark Kotsay is intentionally walk to reload the bases, the Brewers took a 6-3 lead as Lucroy hits an RBI single, knocking in Fielder, before McGehee is thrown out at home plate, 9-2, to end the inning. That would be the final score as Brandon Kintzler gets the win by holding the Phils down in their half of the twelfth.

Joe Blanton got a no-decision as he pitched seven strong innings, giving up two runs on seven hits and a walk, while striking out four. Ryan Madson pitched an inning, giving up a run on two hits and a walk, while striking out a batter. J.C. Romero pitched two-thirds of an inning, before being taken out as he sustained an injury, giving up a hit. David Herndon pitched a third of an inning, getting out the only man that he would face. Jose Contreras pitched a 1-2-3 inning, striking out a batter. Antonio Bastardo pitched a scoreless inning, walking a batter. Kyle Kendrick (1-0, 3.00) took the lost as he pitched an inning, giving up three runs, only one of which was earned, on a hit and three walks. Shaun Marcus also received a no-decision as he pitched six innings, giving up an unearned run on five hits, as he struck out five. Sean Green recorded his first hold of the year as he pitched one-third of an inning, giving up an unearned run on one hit. Sergio Mitre received his first blown save of the season as he pitched two-thirds of an inning. Kameron Loe recorded his fifth hold of the season as he pitched a scoreless inning, giving up a hit. John Axford blew his second save attempt of the season as he gave up a run on a hit and two walks, while striking out a batter. Mitch Stetter recorded a scoreless inning, as he struck out a batter. Brandon Kintzler (1-0, 3.38) gets the win as he pitched two scoreless innings, giving up a hit and a walk. As Joe Blanton pitched a good game, J.C. Romero would go down trying to field a grounder in the ninth, before Kyle Kenrdick would blow it for the Phils with a bad twelfth inning.

The Phils had nine hits in the game, with Placido Polanco and Ryan Howard both leading the team with two hits each, both singles, with Howard knocking in a run. Shane Victorino (RBI), Raul Ibanez, Wilson Valdez, pinch hitter Ross Gload and pinch hitter Pete Orr (RBI), had the other five Phils’ hits, all singles. The offense was once again slow to get going, although hitting into a bit of buzzard’s luck in the seventh, before blowing an opportunity to win in the ninth as Victorino struck out on a 3-2 high fastball, before Jimmy Rollins ended the inning by popping up to the shortstop on  a 3-1 fastball.

The Phils (10-5, 1st NL East) will continue their three-game series with the Brewers (8-8, T-2nd NL Central), with a game tonight. The game will be played at Citizens Bank Park, and will begin at 7:05 pm EDT. Roy Halladay (2-0, 1.23) will start the game for the Phils, as he is coming off a complete game win against the Nationals on April 13, as he gave up two runs on six hits and a walk, while striking out nine, in the Phils’ 3-2 win. He will be going for his third win of the season, while trying to tie up the series for the Phils. The Brewers will counter with Randy Wolf (1-2, 4.32), who is coming off a win against the Pirates on April 14, as he went six and two-thirds innings, giving up just three hits and two walks, while striking out ten, in the Brewers’ 4-1 win. He will be trying to give the Brewers the series win. The Phils will be trying to get back on the winning track while hoping that their ace will give them another good performance.

The Phils gain a series spilt as they win one from the pesky Marlins, 3-2.

The Phils score the winning run in the eighth with small ball as they score a series split with the Marlins, as they win 3-2.

The Phils took a 1-0 lead in the first as Placido Polanco hits a solo home run, his first home run of the year. The Phils then increased their lead as, with runners on the corners, and with two men out, Raul Ibanez hits an RBI single, knocking in Jimmy Rollins, who had earlier walked, stole second base on a delayed steal, then went to third on catcher John Buck’s throwing error, giving the Phils a 2-0 lead, while sending Ryan Howard, who had earlier walked, to second base. The Marlins cut the lead in half in the sixth as, with a runner on third, and with one man out, Mike Stanton hits an RBI single, scoring Omar Infante, who had earlier doubled, then went to third on Hanley Ramirez’s ground out, 6-3, cutting the Phils’ lead to 2-1. The Marlins then tied the game up at two-all two batters later, as, with runners on the corners, thanks to Gaby Sanchez’s single sending Stanton to third, and with still one man out, Logan Morrison hits a sacrifice fly, scoring Stanton. The Phils then regain the lead in the eighth as, with runners on the corners, and with one man out, Carlos Ruiz hits a sacrifice fly, knocking in Howard, who had reached first base on a fielding error by Morrison, stopped at second base on Ben Francisco’s single, then went to third on Ibanez’s force out, 6-4, as Francisco, who had just singled, is wiped out at second base, while upsetting second baseman Infante enough to delay the throw to first, allowing Ibanez to reach first, giving the Phils a 3-2 lead. That would be the final score as Jose Contreras collected his third save of the year, as he got Infante, with runners on second and third, to ground out, 6-3, to end the game.

Cole Hamels received a no-decision as he pitched seven innings, giving up two runs on seven hits and two walks, while striking out seven. Ryan Madson (1-0, 0.00) picked up the win as he pitched a scoreless inning, giving up a hit, while he struck out two. Jose Contreras picked up his third save of the season, as he gave up two walks. Anibal Sanchez also got a no-decision as he gave up two runs on six hits and four walks, while he struck out eight. Ryan Webb (0-2, 2.79) took the lost as he gave up an unearned run on two hits. Hamels pitched well enough to win, but got a no-decision because the offense early got too eager against the Marlins’ starter Sanchez.

The Phils’ offense had eight hits today, with Placido Polanco leading the team with three hits, two singles and a solo home run, knocking in a run. He was followed by Ben Francisco, who had two hits, both singles. Shane Victorino (Single), Ryan Howard (Single), Raul Ibanez (Single, RBI), had the other three Phils’ hit. Carlos Ruiz knocked in the other Phil run with a sac fly. The offense appeared to have start slowing down, but they have once again gotten enough runs to win the game.

The Phils (10-4, 1st NL East) will now begin a three-game series with the Brewers (7-7, T-3rd NL Central) starting tomorrow night. The game will be played at Citizens Bank Park, and will start at 7:05 pm EDT. The Phils will send to the mound Joe Blanton (0-1, 10.45), who is coming off a lost against the Nats on April 12, as he went six innings, giving up five runs on seven hits and one walk, as he struck out four, in the Phils’ 7-4 lost. He will be trying to even his record, while giving the Phils their first series opening win since opening day. The Brewers will counter with Shaun Marcum (2-1, 2.55), who is coming off a win against the Pirates on April 13, as he pitched seven scoreless innings, giving up just four hits and a walk, while he struck out four, in the Brewers’ 6-0 win. He will be trying to get his third win of the season. The Phils will be trying to start this series off with a win.

The Phils’ bullpen blew its first game of the season, as the Phils fall to the Marlins, 4-3.

The Phils’ bullpen blew its first game of the 2011 season, as the Phils lose to the Marlins, 4-3.

The Phils took the lead in the first as, with two men on, and with one man out, Ryan Howard hits a sacrifice fly, knocking in Shane Victorino, who had earlier walked, then went to third on Jimmy Rollins’ double, giving the Phils a 1-0 lead, while Rollins, who had just doubled, would move up to third base. The Phils then took a 2-0 lead as Raul Ibanez hits an RBI single, scoring Rollins. The Marlins then cut the Phils’ lead in the fifth as Logan Morrison broke up Roy Oswalt’s no-hit bit with a lead-off home run, his fourth home run of the season, making it a 2-1 Phils’ lead. The Phils got the run back in their half of the fifth as, with two men on, and with two men out, Ibanez hits an RBI single, knocking in Victorino, who had earlier walked, then went to second on Placido Polanco’s single, giving the Phils a 3-1 lead,while sending Polanco, who had earlier singled, on to third. The Marlins then cut the Phils’ lead again in the sixth as, with a man on second, and with one man out, Omar Infante hits an RBI double, knocking in Chris Coghlan, who had earlier doubled, making it a 3-2 Phils’ lead. The Marlins then took the lead in the seventh as, with the bases loaded, via an infield single by Morrison, a walk by Gaby Sanchez, sending Morrison to second base, and a single by John Buck, sending Morrison to third, and Sanchez to second, and with one man out, pinch hitter Greg Dobbs hits a two-run single, scoring both Morrison and Sanchez, giving the Marlins a 4-3 lead, while sending Buck to second base. That would end up being the final score as Leo Nunez would collect his fifth save as he pitched a clean ninth.

Roy Oswalt (2-0, 2.50) received a no-decision as he pitched six innings, before having to leave at the start of the seventh because his back stiffen up on him, giving up two runs on four hits and a walk, while he struck out six. J.C. Romero pitched to one batter, giving up a run on a hit. Danys Baez blew his first save attempt of the season before taking the lost (1-2, 2.84), as he pitched a third of an inning, giving up a run on two hits and a walk. Antonio Bastardo pitched two-thirds of an inning, getting out both batters that he would face. Ryan Madson and Jose Contreras then combine for two 1-2-3 innings, striking out a batter (Contreras) between them. Javier Vazquez also received a no-decision as he pitched five innings, giving up three runs on five hits and four walks, while striking out a batter. Edward Mujica (2-1, 4.76) got the win, as he pitched an inning, giving up a hit. Ryan Webb received his second hold of the season as he pitched a 1-2-3 inning, striking out a batter. Randy Choate also received his second hold of the year as he pitched a third of an inning, getting out the only man that he would face. Clay Hensley collected his fifth hold of the year as he pitched two-thirds of an inning, striking out a batter. Leo Nunez received his fifth save of the year as he pitched a scoreless ninth, as he walked a batter. The bullpen blew it first save of the season, as it tried to follow Roy Oswalt after he had left the mound in the top of the seventh because his back has stiften up earlier in the game.

The Phils had only six hits in the game, with Raul Ibanez leading the team with two hits, both singles, as he knocked in two runs. Placido Polanco (Single), Jimmy Rollins (Double), Carlos Ruiz (Double) and Pete Orr (Single), had the other four Phils’ hits. Ryan Howard knocked in the other Phil run, as he hits a sacrifice fly. The Phils’ offense has slowed down in their last two games, being unable to do much, thanks in part to the Marlins’ bullpen.

The Phils (9-4, 1st) will continue their series with the Marlins (8-5, 2nd) tomorrow, with the first game of a day-night doubleheader, as tonight’s game was cancelled because of the rain. The game will be played at Citizens Bank Park, and will start at 1:35 pm EDT. Cole Hamels (1-1, 5.59) will take the mound for the Phils, after coming off a good performance against the Braves on April 10, as he went seven innings, giving up no runs on four hits and a walk, as he struck out eight, in the Phils’ 3-0 win. He will be tryng for his second win, while trying to lead the Phils to a series split thanks to the rain out. The Marlins will counter with Anibal Sanchez (0-1, 6.97), who is coming off a lost against the Astros on April 10, as he pitched only four and two-thirds innings, giving up six runs on thirteen hits, as he struck out only two, in the Marlins’ 7-1 lost. He will be trying to improve on his record, while trying to pitch the Marlins into a first place tie with the Phils. The Phils will be trying to even the series with a win, while putting themseleves two games ahead of the fish. 

With Phils pitching, the bullpen has become a complete surprise…

During the off-season, after the Phils had picked up Cliff Lee via free agency, everyone in the country were talking about the Phils four aces (Lee, Roy Halladay, Roy Oswalt and Cole Hamels), while also thinking that the Phils would likely trade away Joe Blanton (they didn’t), although the other four would come out to support the fifth member of the starting rotation during spring training, but the pleasant surprise during the first nine games of the season has been the performance of the bullpen, who have been rather stingy with both the hits and the runs.

Starters:

Roy Halladay, the staff ace, have had two good starts, having a record of 1-0, as he has gone 13 innings, giving up only one earned run on eleven hits and one walk, while he has struck out 13, for an ERA of 0.69 and a WHIP of 0.92.

Cliff Lee, the present no. two man, has also pitched two games, a spectacular start against the Astros, and a start against the Braves where he lost his control. His record is now 1-1, as he has pitched ten and a third innings, giving up nine earned runs on fourteen hits and a walk, while he has also hit two batters, as he has struck out fourteen, for the team lead, for an ERA of 7.84 and a WHIP of 1.45.

Roy Oswalt, the no. three man, have had two good outings for a 2-0 record, making him the present team leader in wins. He has pitched twelve innings, giving up four runs, of which three were earned, on ten hits and three walks, while also hitting a batter, while he has struck out eight, for a 2.25 ERA, and a WHIP of 1.08.

The team’s no. four starter, Cole Hamels, in his two start, had a bad start against the Mets, before bouncing back against the Braves this past Sunday. His record is now 1-1, as he has gone nine and two-thirds innings, giving up six runs on eleven hits and three walks, and one hit batter, while he had struck out eleven, for a 5.59 ERA and a 1.45 WHIP.

Joe Blanton, the team’s fifth starter, will be making his second start of the season tonight, after having been taken out of his opening start, as he allowed his pitches to come up against the Mets in the fifth inning. His record is 0-0, as he looks for his first win or lost, as he had so far gone four and one-thirds innings, giving up seven runs on ten hits and two walks, while hitting a batter, while he has struck out six, for a high ERA of 14.54 and a WHIP of 2.77, both presently highs among the starters. He hopes to bring both down during his start against the Nationals.

So far, the five starters have a combine record of 5-2, as they have pitched 49.1 innings, giving up 27 runs, of which 26 were earned, on 56 hits and 10 walks, while hitting a total of 5 batters, while striking out 52 batters. They have also given up all three of the home runs allowed by the Phils’ pitchers (Oswalt, Lee and Blanton with one each).

Relief corps:

Meantime, the bullpen has shown itself to be better than expected, as they have allowed only six runs, only five of which were earned, and one inherited runner to score, in their combine total of 30.2 innings.

Their long man, Kyle Kendrick, has appeared in three games, with a 0-0 record, as he has given up a run on four hits and three walks, while striking out a batter in five innings of work, for a 1.80 ERA.

Antonio Bastardo has been on fire as he has appeared in three games, with a 1-0 record, as he has so far given up no runs in four and two-thirds innings, giving up only two hits, while striking out nine batters, for an ERA of 0.00.

The Phils’ other lefty in their bullpen, J.C. Romero, appeared to have regain his 2008 form as he has pitched in five games, for an 0-0 record, as he has given up a run on three hits and a walk in four innings, while he has strucked out three, for a 2.25 ERA.

After having a bad year in 2010, Danys Baez seems to have recovered nicely this year, as he has appeared in five games, for a record of 1-0, as he has given up an unearned run on six hits and a walk, as he pitched a total of five innings, while striking out two, for an 0.00 ERA.

Second year man David Herndon is the only reliever who doesn’t seem to be pitching well in the early going, as he has pitched in five games, for an 0-0 record, going six innings, as he has given up three runs on five hits and two walks, while striking out a batter, for a 4.50 ERA.

The Phils’ eighth inning pitcher, Ryan Madson, is doing well, as he had an 0-0 record, as he has pitched in three games for a total of three innings, giving up no runs on a hit, while he has struck out four, for an 0.00 ERA.

Their present closer, Jose Contreras. has been lights out, as he has appeared in three game, for an 0-0 record while converting both of his save opportunities, as he has gone three innings, giving up no runs on two hits and a walk, while he has struck out four, for an 0.00 ERA.

The bullpen has appeared in all nine games, for an 2-0 record, as they have given up a total of 23 hits and 8 walks, while striking out 24 batters. The good work of the bullpen help give the Phils a team ERA of 3.49 while the team’s WHIP is at 1.21. If this continues, especially once the starters have hit their stride, this could become a very dangerous team, even if the offense has its mid-season slump, as the pitching should keep them within striking distant during most games.

Cole Hamels comes back to pitch seven innings of four-hit ball on the Braves, as the Phils win, 3-0.

As Shane Victorino had a three-hit game, hitting a solo home run, Cole Hamels recovered from his bad first start by pitching seven strong innings against the Braves, as the Phils win, 3-0.

The first three innings was a pitchers’ duel between the Braves’ Derek Lowe, who gave up one hit, while striking out one, and the Phils’ Cole Hamels, who got through the first nine Braves without giving up a hit, striking out four. The Phils then took the lead in the fourth as, with runners on the corners, and with nobody out, Jimmy Rollins hits into a 6-4-3 doubleplay, scoring Shane Victorino, who had earlier singled, then went to third on Placido Polanco’s single, while Polanco, who had just singled, would be wiped out at second base for the inning’s first out. The Phils then took a 2-0 lead in the sixth as Victorino hits a lead-off home run, his first home run of the year. Cole Hamels then got out of a pair of jams. First, in the sixth, with runners on first and second, via single to Freddie Freeman, who was then moved up to second on a Lowe sacrifice bunt, and then a walk to Nate McLouth, and with two men out, Hamels got Chipper Jones to ground out, 5-3, on the first pitch, to end the threat. Then, in the seventh, after giving up singles to Jason Heyward and Alex Gonzalez, with Heyward going to third, and with two men outs again, Cole got out this jam as he got Freeman to ground out, 4-3, once again on the first pitch. The Phils then added to their lead in the ninth as, with a runner on third, and with nobody out, Ryan Howard hits an RBI ground out, 6-3, scoring Rollins, who had earlier doubled, and went to third on right fielder Heyward’s fielding error as he misplayed the ball, as he ran on contact, giving the Phils a 3-0 lead. That would be the final score as Jose Contreras collected his second save as he pitched a 1-2-3 inning, striking out Dan Uggla to end the game.

Cole Hamels (1-1, 5.59) got the win, as he bounced back from his bad start against the Mets, as he pitched seven shut out innings, giving up four hits and a walk, while striking out eight. Ryan Madson received his second hold of the year as he pitched a scoreless inning, giving up a hit, while he struck out a batter. Jose Contreras collected his second save of the season, striking out a batter. Derek Lowe (1-2, 1.45) took the lost, as he went seven innings as well, giving up two runs on seven hits, while he struck out two. Jonny Venters pitched a 1-2-3 inning. Craig Kimbrel pitched an inning, giving up a run on a hit and a walk, striking out a batter. Hamels came back in his second start, after his disastrous first start, while the bullpen continues to be lights out.

The Phils had eight hits in the game, with Shane Victorino leading the team with three hits, two singles and a solo home run, as he scored two of the Phils’ run, while knocking in one, as he raised his average to .417, after a slow start during opening weekend. Carlos Ruiz followed with two hits, both singles, raising his average to .346, putting all of the Phils’ regular, except for Raul Ibanez, who is now batting .257, at .300 or above. Placido Polanco (Single), Rollins (Double) and Ibanez (Single) had the other three Phils’ hits. Ryan Howard had the other Phil RBI, as he hit an RBI ground out, while Rollins knocked in the other run on a doubleplay, getting no RBI. The Phils’ offense have so far been able to beat the Astros, the Mets and now the Braves’ pitching, although kept under control in three of their first nine games, but winning one of those games, and losing one of the others because one of their starters let the lead get away.

The Phils (7-2, 1st) have tomorrow off, before they go to Washington to meet the Nationals (4-5, 5th) for three games, starting on Tuesday night.

In spite of Joe Blanton’s implosion on the mound, the Phils go on to defeat the Mets, 10-7.

After watching Joe Blanton allow the Mets to come back from a seven-run deficit, the Phils retook the lead before defeating the Mets, 10-7, evening the series, and regaining first place.

The Phils took the lead in the first as, with a runner on third, and with nobody out, Placido Polanco hits an RBI ground out, 4-3, knocking in Shane Victorino, who had earlier tripled, giving the Phils a 1-0 lead. Three batters later, with a runner on second, and with two men out, Raul Ibanez hits an RBI single, knocking in Ryan Howard, who had earlier doubled, giving the Phils a 2-0 lead. The Phils then took a 3-0 lead in the second as, with two men on, and with one man out, Victorino hits an RBI ground out, 6-3, knocking in Pete Orr, who had earlier singled, then went to third as Mets’ starter Mike Pelfrey threw away Joe Blanton’s sacrifice bunt attempt for a throwing error, while Blanton, who had gone to second base on Pelfrey’s throwing error of his sac bunt, stayed at second. The Phils would increase their lead in the third as Howard hits a lead-off home run, his second home run of the season, giving the Phils a 4-0 lead. Then five batters later, with the bases loaded, via a single by Ibanez, a walk by Ben Francisco, moving Ibanez up to second base, and a single by Orr, moving both man up a base, and with one man out, Blanton hits a two-run single, knocking in both Ibanez and Francisco, giving the Phils a 6-0 lead, while sending Orr to third. The Phils then took a 7-0 lead two batters later as, with runners on the corners, and now with two men out, Polanco hits an RBI single, knocking in Orr, while sending Blanton up to second base. The Mets got two runs back in the fourth as, with one man on, and with no one out, Angel Pagan hits a two-run home run, his first home run of the year, knocking in Carlos Beltran, who had been hit by the pitch, cutting the Phils’ lead down to 7-2. The Mets then got to Blanton in the fifth as, with two men on, and with one man out, David Wright hits an RBI single, scoring Jose Reyes, who had earlier doubled, cutting the Phils’ lead to 7-3, while sending Willie Harris, who had just walked, up to second base. The Mets then cut the Phils’ lead down to 7-4 as Beltron hits an RBI single, scoring Harris, while sending Wright to second base. Two batters latter, with the bases now loaded, after Pagan hits a single, moving both Harris and Wright up a base, and with still one man out, Ike Davis hits a two-run double, knocking in both Harris and Wright, making it a 7-6 Phils’ lead, while Pagan would stop at third. Three batters later, the Mets tied the game up at seven-all as, after Brad Emaus walked to reload the bases, and with now two men out, pinch hitter Daniel Murphy hits an RBI single, knocking in Pagan, while sending Davis to third, and Emaus to second base. The Phils regain the lead in their half of the fifth as, with a runner on second, and with two men out, Polanco hits an RBI single, scoring Victorino, who had just doubled, giving the Phils an 8-7 lead. The Phils then made it a 9-7 lead two batters later, after Jimmy Rollins had walked, moving Polanco up to second base, as Howard hits an RBI infield single, as third base coach Juan Samuel aggressively sent Polanco home, while Rollins would stop at second base. The Phils then made it a 10-7 lead in the sixth as Francisco hits a solo home run, his second home run of the year. That would be the final score as the Phils’ bullpen would shut down the Mets for the final four innings, with Jose Contreras picking up his first save of the season with a scoreless ninth.

Joe Blanton received a no-decision as he pitched four and one-third innings, giving up seven runs on ten hits, two walks and a hit batter, while he struck out six. Antonio Bastardo (1-0, 0.00) got the win as he pitched one and two-thirds inning, giving up a hit, while striking out two. J.C. Romero received his first hold of the season as he pitched a scoreless inning, giving up a hit. Ryan Madson also received his first hold of the year as he pitched a 1-2-3 inning, striking out a batter. Jose Contreras recorded his first save of the season, as he pitched a scoreless inning, giving up a walk, as he struck out a batter. Mike Pelfrey also got a no-decision as he pitched only two innings plus four batters, as he gave up seven runs, six of which were earned, on eight hits and a walk, while he struck out a batter. Taylor Buchholz pitched two scorless innings, giving up three hits, while he struck out five. Blaine Boyer (0-1, 9.82) took the lost as he pitched two inning, giving up three runs on five hits and a walk, while striking out a batter. Pedro Beato and Francisco Rodriguez combined for two scoreless innings, as they walked one batter (Rodriguez), while striking out two (Rodriguez). The Phils’ bullpen came on to stop the Mets, after another Phils’ starter is knocked out of the game, this time pitching four and two-thirds innings, allowing only one inherited runner to score.

The Phils had sixteen hits in the game,  with Ryan Howard leading the team with four hits, an infield single, two doubles and a home run, as he knocked in two runs, while also scoring two, as he raised his average to .524. He would also walk. Placido Polanco followed with three hits, all singles, as he knocked in three runs. Shane Victorino (Double, Triple, RBI), Raul Ibanez (Singles, RBI) and Pete Orr (Singles) came next with two hits apiece. Ben Francisco (Home Run, RBI), Joe Blanton (Single, 2 RBIs) and pinch hitter John Mayberry, Jr. (Single), had the other three Phils’ hits.

The Phils (4-1, 1st) will conclude their three games series with the Mets (3-2, T-2nd) tomorrow with an afternoon game at Citizens Bank Park. The game will start at 3:05 pm. The Phils will send to the mound their ace, Doc Halladay (0-0, 1.50), as he received a no-decision on opening day against the Astros on April 1, as he pitched six innings, giving up a run on five hits, while he struck out six, in the Phils’ 5-4 walk-off win. He will be trying for a series win, while trying to increase his record over the Mets to 5-0. The Mets will counter with Jon Niese (0-0, 2.57), who also received a no-decision, his being against the Marlins on April 2, as he pitched seven innings, giving up two runs on four hits and a walk, while he struck out three, in the Mets’ 6-4, extra-innings win. He will be looking to give the Mets the series win. The Phils will be trying to head to Atlanta with a 5-1 record.

As the Phils’ bats wake up, Cliff Lee pitched seven strong innings, as the Phils beat the Astros, 9-4.

As the Phils’ offense decides to give Cliff Lee some runs support, Lee responds with seven strong innings as he struck out eleven Astros, as the Phils defeat the Astros, 9-4, as they start the season off with a 2-0 record.

The Phils continued from where they had left off yesterday by taking a quick lead in their half of the first inning as, with two men on, and with one man out, Ryan Howard hits an RBI single, scoring Placido Polanco, who had earlier singled, then moved up to second base on Jimmy Rollins’ single, giving the Phils a 1-0 lead, while sending Rollins, who had just singled, on to third base. The Phils then made it a 2-0 lead as, now with runners on the corner, and now with two men out, Raul Ibanez hits an RBI double, knocking in Rollins, while sending Howard on to third base. The Astros would cut the Phils’ lead down to 2-1 in the fourth as, with one man on, and with one man out, Carlos Lee hits an RBI triple, knocking in Angel Sanchez, who had earlier singled. The Phils would increase their lead in their half of the fourth as, with two men on, and with two men out, Shane Victorino would hit a two-run single, knocking in Ibanez, who had earlier walked, moved to second base when Carlos Ruiz was hit by the pitch, before moving up to third on Cliff Lee’s sacrifice bunt, 2-4, and Ruiz, who had been hit by the pitch, then went to second base on Cl. Lee’s sac bunt, giving the Phils a 4-1 lead. The Phils then added to their lead in the fifth as, with a runner on first, and with nobody out, Ben Francisco hits an RBI double, scoring Ryan Howard, who had earlier lead-off the inning with a single, giving the Phils a 5-1 lead. The Phils then made it a 6-1 lead as Ibanez hits an RBI single, scoring Francisco. Two batters later, with Ibanez now on second base, after moving there on Ruiz’s ground out, 5-3, and with one man out, Wilson Valdez hits an RBI single, scoring Ibanez, giving the Phils a 7-1 lead. The Astros would cut the Phils’ lead down to 7-3 in the sixth as, with one man on, and with two men out, Car. Lee hits a two-run home run, his first home run of the year, knocking in Sanchez, who had earlier singled, then moved up to second base on Hunter Pence’s soft ground out, 4-3. The Phils would get one of the runs back in the seventh as, with one man on, and with no one out, Ruiz hits an RBI double, knocking in Ibanez, who had started the inning off with a walk, giving the Phils an 8-3 lead. The Astros made it an 8-4 Phils’ lead in the eighth as, with two men on, and with two men out, Car. Lee hits an RBI single, scoring Sanchez, who had earlier been safe at first on a Polanco throwing error, then moved up to second base on Pence’s single, while sending Pence, who had just singled, up to third base. The Phils would get the run back in their half of the eighth as, with one man on, and with two men out, Francisco hits an RBI single, scoring Polanco, who had started the inning off with a single, then went to second on Rollins’ ground out, 1-3, giving the Phils a 9-4 lead. That would be the final score as Jose Contreras would shut down the Astros in the ninth inning, striking out the last two batters.

Cliff Lee (1-0, 3.86) gets the win as he pitched seven strong innings, giving up three runs on four hits, while he struck out eleven. Danys Baez pitched an inning, giving up an unearned run on two hits, while he struck out one batter. Jose Contreras pitched a scoreless ninth as he gave up two hits, while he struck out two. Wandy Rodriguez took the lost (0-1, 15.75), as he pitched four innings plus three batters, giving up seven runs on nine hits and a walk, while he struck out five. Enerio Del Rosario and Mark Melancon combined for two scoreless innings, giving up two hits (one each), while he struck out three batters (Del Rosario (1), Melancon (2)) between them. Aneury Rodriguez, who was making his major league debut, pitched an inning, giving up a run on a hit and a walk. Jeff Fulchino also pitched an inning, giving up a run on two hits, while he struck out a batter.

The Phils had fourteen hits in the game, with all of the regulars getting at least one hit, with Placido Polanco leading the team with three hits (singles) as he raised his average to .375. Jimmy Rollins (Singles), Ryan Howard (Singles, RBI), Ben Francisco (Single, Double, 2 RBIs) and Raul Ibanez (Single, Double, 2 RBIs), all followed with two hits each. Shane Victorino (Single, 2 RBIs), Carlos Ruiz (Double, RBI) and Wilson Valdez (Single, RBI) had the other three Phils’ hits.

The Phils (2-0, 1st NL East) will conclude their three games series with the Astros (0-2, T-4th NL Central) with an afternoon game tomorrow at Citizens Bank Park. The game will begin at 1:35 pm EDT. The Phils will start Roy Oswalt (0-0, 0.00), who went a combine 13-13 with a 2.76 ERA for both the Astros and the Phils last year. He will be trying to give the Phils an opening series sweep. The Astros will try to counter with Bud Norris (0-0, 0.00), who is coming off a 9-10 season, with a 4.92 ERA. He will be trying to give the Astros their first win of the season.

In other news, Shane Victroino was taken out of the game, and replaced with John Mayberry, Jr. in the fifth inning with a sore left calf. It is hoped that he won’t be out for any amount of time.

The Phils end spring training on a low note as they lose to the Pirates, 4-1.

Spring training ends on a low note for the Phils as they lose to the Pirates, 4-1.

The Pirates took a 2-0 lead in the second as, with one man on, and with one man out, Pedro Alvarez hits a two-run home run, his second home run of the spring, knocking in Lyle Overbay, who had earlier doubled. The Phils cut the Pirates lead to 2-1 in their half of the second as, with one man on base, and with one man out, Wilson Valdez hits an RBI ground out, 3-1, knocking in Ben Francisco, who had earlier reached based on a two-base throwing error by third baseman Alvarez, then moved up to third on Carlos Ruiz’s ground out, 6-3. The Pirates then increased their lead in the sixth as, with a runner on third, and with one man out, Jordy Mercer hits an RBI single, scoring Steve Pearce, who had earlier doubled, making it a 3-1 Pirates’ lead. The Pirates added an insurance run in the ninth as, with two men on, and with two men out, John Bowker hits a sacrifice fly, scoring Josh Rodriguez, who had earlier singled, then went to third on pinch hitter Josh Harrison’s single, giving the Pirates a 4-1 lead, while moving Harrison, who had earlier singled, up to second base. That would be the final score as the Phils were unable to develop a rally in the bottom of the ninth.

Cole Hamels (1-2, 6.67) took the lost as he pitched three innings, giving up two runs on four hits, while he struck out three. Jose Contreras pitched a scoreless inning, giving up a hit, while stiking out one. Joe Blanton pitched three innings, giving up a run on four hits, while striking out three batters. Kyle Kendrick pitched a 1-2-3 inning. Juan Perez pitched two-thirds of an inning, giving up a run on three hits. Antonio Bastardo pitched a third of an inning, getting out the only man that he would face. Charlie Morton (2-0, 2.63) got the win as he pitched five innings, giving up an unearned run on one hit and two walks, while striking out two. Michael Crotta picked up his third spring hold as he pitched a scoreless inning, while striking out a batter. Chris Resop recorded his fourth spring hold as he pitched a 1-2-3 inning. Joel Hanrahan recorded his third hold of the spring, as he gives up a hit. Jared Hughes received his first save of the spring as he pitched a scoreless ninth, walking a batter.

The Phils had only two hits in the game, a single by Jimmy Rollins and a triple by Pete Orr. Wilson Valdez knocked in the only Phil run on a ground out.

The Phils ended the spring with a 21-14 record.

The Phils will begin the 2011 season with a three-game set at Citizens Bank Park against the Houston Astros, starting on April 1, weather permitting. The first game, opening day, is to begin about 1:05 pm Eastern Daylight Time. The Phils’ starter will be their ace, 2010 NL Cy Young Award winner Roy Halladay, who is coming off a 21-10 season, with an ERA of 2.44. He will be trying to continue his 2010 season, and his well pitched spring by trying to start the Phils’ 2011 season with a win at home. The Astros will counter with ex-Phil Brett Myers, who is coming off a 14-8 record during his first season with Houston, with a 3.14 ERA. He will be looking for his second win against his old team.

Despite a so-so performance from Roy Oswalt, the Phils win their next to last spring training game, defeating the Pirates, 8-5.

In spite of a subpar pitching performance by Roy Oswalt, the Phils defeat the Pirates, 8-5, winning their next to last spring training game.

The Pirates took the lead in the first as, with two men on, and with one man out, Lyle Overbay hits a two-run double, scoring Jose Tabata, who had earlier walked, went to second base on Neil Walker’s single, then went to third on Andrew McCutchen’s ground out, 5-3, and Walker, who had earlier singled, then went to third on McCutchen’s ground out, giving the Pirates a 2-0 lead. The Phils got a run back in their half of the first as, with runners on the corners, and with one man out, Luis Castillo, who had earlier singled, then went to third base on Jimmy Rollins’ single, would score on Pirates’ catcher Ryan Doumit’s throwing error to second, as Rollins, who had just singled, successfully stole second base, before moving up to third on the error, cutting the Pirates lead to 2-1. The Phils tied the score up at two-all in the second as Ben Francisco hits a lead-off home run, his fifth home run of the spring. The Phils later took the lead as, with the bases loaded, via Pete Orr being hit by the pitch, a walk to Carlos Ruiz, moving Orr up to second base, a sacrifice bunt by Roy Oswalt, moving both runners up a base, and Shane Victorino being hit by a pitch, and with one man out, Orr would score on a Ronny Cedeno fielding error of a Castillo grounder, allowing Orr to score, and both Ruiz and Victorino to move up a base, leaving the bases loaded, while giving the Phils a 3-2 lead. One batter later, the Phils made it a 4-2 lead as Rollins hits a sacrifice fly, scoring Ruiz, while Victorino would move up to third. The Phils would make it a 5-2 lead in the fourth as, with two men on, and with two men out, Ryan Howard hits an RBI single, knocking in Castillo, who was safe at first on a force out, 3-6, as Victorino was wiped out at second base, who, in turn, had reached first on an earlier force out, 4-6, as Oswalt, who had an infield single, was wiped out at second, then stole second base, while sending Rollins, who had been hit by the pitch, over to third base. One batter later, the Phils took a 6-2 lead as Raul Ibanez hits an RBI single, scoring Rollins, while sending Howard up to second base. The Pirates would cut the lead in the fifth as, with two men on, and with nobody out, Walker hits an RBI single, knocking in pinch hitter Josh Rodriguez, who had earlier walked, then moved to second base on Tabata’s walk, making it a 6-3 Phils’ lead, before Tabata, who had just walked, would also score because of a Francisco fielding error as he let the ball get past him for a two-base error, making it a 6-4 Phils’ lead, while allowing Walker to get to third base. One batter later, the Pirates cut the lead to 6-5 as McCutchen hits an RBI single, scoring Walker. The Phils would get a run back in the sixth as, with runners on the corners, and with nobody out, Rollins hits into an RBI ground out, 4-3, scoring, Victorino, who had earlier walked, then went to third on a hit and run single by Castillo, giving the Phils a 7-5 lead, while sending Castillo, who had earlier singled, up to second base. The Phils added an insurance run in the eighth as, with the bases loaded, via singles by Erik Kratz and John Mayberry, Jr., with Kratz stopping at second base, Kratz and Mayberry both moving up a base on Wilson Valdez’s ground out, 4-3, and Michael Martinez being safe at first on second baseman’s Walker’s fielding error, and with one man out, Ross Gload hits an RBI ground out, 6-1, scoring Kratz, while sending Mayberry to third and Martinez up to second base, giving the Phils an 8-5 lead. That would be the final score as Michael Stutes recorded his first save of the spring as he had an easy ninth inning.

Roy Oswalt (1-2, 6.11) got the win as he pitched four innings, plus four batters, as he gave up five runs on five hits and four walks, while he struck out four. J.C. Romero recorded his third spring hold as he pitched an inning, striking out a batter. Michael Herndon recorded his third spring hold as he pitched an inning and two-thirds, giving up a hit and a walk. Antonio Bastardo received his first hold of the spring as he pitched a third of an inning, getting out the only man that he would face. Ryan Madson recorded his fourth spring hold as he pitched an inning, giving up a hit, while striking out a batter. Michael Stutes recorded his first spring save as he pitched a scoreless inning, giving up a walk, while striking out three. Ross Ohlendorf (0-5, 9.82) took the loss as he pitched four innings, giving up six runs, four of which were earned, on seven hits and a walk, while striking out a batter. Michael Dubee pitched a scoreless inning, striking out a batter. Chris Leroux pitched a third of an inning, giving up a run on one hit and a walk. Garret Olsen pitched two-thirds of an inning. Jose Veras pitched a scoreless inning, strking out a batter. Evan Meek pitched an inning, giving up an unearned run on two hits.

The Phils had ten hits in the game, with Luis Castillo leading the team with two hits, both singles, while knocking in a run. Jimmy Rollins, (Single, 2 RBIs), Ryan Howard (Single, RBI), Raul Ibanez (Single, RBI), Ben Francisco (Home Run, RBI), Roy Oswalt (Single), Pete Orr (Double), John Mayberry, Jr. (Single) and Erik Kratz (Single), had the other eight Phils’ hits. Ross Gload knocked in a run on a ground out, while the other run came in on a Pirates error.

The Phils’ spring training record is now 21-13.

In other news, the Phils announced that Ben Francisco will be their regular right fielder, although he will be in a platoon with Ross Gload and John Mayberry, Jr., but being given most of the at-bats. Also, the Phils announced that they will be placing Brad Lidge on the disabled list because of a rotator cuff strain of his right shoulder. He will be out until at least mid-May. The Phils will be using Jose Contreras as their closer until Lidge is able to return, and leaving Ryan Madson as their eighth inning specialist. Finally, Chase Utley was yesterday moving around on his legs, fielding ground balls. Hopefully, this will be a sign that his legs are starting to get better. Keeping fingers cross, as I don’t expect to see him before the all-star break, if he doesn’t do anything to aggravate his knees. 

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