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The Phils win the first two games in their weekend series with the Mets, 3-2 and 5-4, before losing the final game in extra-innings by the score of 5-4.

Philadelphia_PhilliesThe Phils take the series from the Mets, winning the first two games by the score of 3-2 in extra-innings, and 5-4, by scoring the winning run in the top of the ninth, before losing the final game of the series to the Mets in extra-innings by the score of 5-4.

On Friday night, the Mets took the lead in the bottom of the first as, with two men on, and with one man out, Curtis Granderson hits an RBI double, knocking in Daniel Murphy, who had earlier singled, then stopped at second base on David Wright’s single, giving the Mets a 1-0 lead, while sending Wright, who had just singled, up to third base. The Phils tied the game up at one-all in the top of the third as, with runners on the corners, and with one man out, Dom Brown hits an RBI single, knocking in Chase Utley, who had started the inning off with a double, then moved up to third base on Ryan Howard’s line out to right, while sending Marlon Byrd, who has just walked, up to second base. The Phils took the lead in the top of the fifth as, with a runner on second, and with two men out, Brown hits an RBI single, knocking in Utley, who had started the inning off being hit by a pitch, then stole second base, giving the Phils a 2-1 lead. The Mets tied the game up at two-all in the bottom of the eighth as, with one man on, and with two men out, Wright hits an RBI double, scoring Murphy, who had just walked. The Phils regained the lead in the top of the eleventh as, with two men on, and with one man out, Byrd hits an RBI double, knocking in Utley, who had earlier doubled, giving the Phils a 3-2 lead, while sending Howard, who had just been intentionally walked, over to third base. That would end up being the final score as Jonathan Papelbon collected his tenth save of the season by pitching a 1-2-3 inning, getting Chris Young to fly out to center field for the game’s final out.

Roberto Hernandez received a no-decision as he pitched five innings, giving up a run on six hits, three walks and a hit batter, while striking out four. Jake Diekman received his fourth hold of the season as he pitched a scoreless inning, giving up a hit and a walk, while striking out two. Mike Adams received his third hold of the year as he threw a scoreless inning, giving up a hit, while striking out two. Antonio Bastardo blew his first save of the season as he pitched two innings, giving up a run on a hit and a walk, while striking out two. Mario Hollands (1-1, 4.85) got the win, his first major league win, as he pitched a scoreless inning, giving up a hit, while striking out a batter. Jonathan Papelbon received his tenth save of the year as he threw a 1-2-3 inning, striking out a batter. Jenrry Mejia also received a no-decision as he went four and two-thirds innings, giving up two runs on six hits and three walks, while striking out four. Daisuke Matsuzaka pitched an inning and a third, giving up three walks and a wild pitch, while striking out three. Juerys Familia also pitched an inning and a third, giving up a hit and a walk, while striking out two. Scott Rice pitched two-thirds of an inning, giving up a walk. Kyle Farnsworth and Jose Valverde combined for two scoreless innings, giving up a walk (Farnsworth) between them, while striking out a batter (Valverde). Carlos Torres (2-2, 3.15) took the lost as he pitched an inning, giving up a run on two hits, two walks and a hit batter, while striking out two.

The Phils had nine hits in the game, with Chase Utley (Single, 2 Doubles) leading the team with three hits, followed by Dom Brown (Single, Double, 2 RBIs) with two hits. Ben Revere, Ryan Howard, Marlon Byrd (RBI) and Carlos Ruiz had the other four Phils’ hits, all singles. The Phils also had eleven walks (Revere, Jimmy Rollins (2), Howard (1), Byrd (2), Brown (1), Ruiz (2), Cody Asche (2)), three stolen bases (Ruiz (2), Utley (1), Brown (2)) and a hit batter (Utley), while the defense had committed an error (Rollins).

On Saturday night, the Phils took a quick 1-0 lead in the top of the first as, with runners on the corners, and with nobody out, Chase Utley hits a sacrifice fly, knocking in Ben Revere, who had started the game off with a single, stole second base, then went to third base on Jimmy Rollins’ single. The Phils then added to their lead three batters later as, with the bases now loaded, as Ryan Howard hits a double, moving Rollins up to third base, and Marlon Byrd was hit by the pitch, and with still one man out, Dom Brown hits an RBI single, knocking in Rollins, while moving both Howard and Byrd up a base, giving the Phils a 2-0 lead. The Mets quickly tied the game up at two-all in their half of the first as, with one man on, and with one man out, David Wright hits a two-run home run, his second home run of the season, knocking in Juan Lagares, who had started the inning off by being hit by a pitch. The Phils retook the lead in the top of the second as, with two men out, Rollins hits a solo home run, his fourth home run of the year, giving the Phils a 3-2 lead. The Mets tied the game at three-all in the bottom of the sixth as, with two men on, and with nobody out, Wright hits an RBI double, knocking in Lagares, who had started the inning off with a walk, then stopped at second base on Daniel Murphy’s single, while sending Murphy, who had just singled, up to third base. The Mets then took the lead three batters later, after Chris Young had walked to load up the bases, and with now one man out, pinch-hitter Eric Campbell hits a sacrifice fly, scoring Murphy, giving the Mets a 4-3 lead. The Phils would tie the game up at four-all in the top of the seventh as, with a runner on second, and with one man out, Utley hits an RBI double, knocking in Rollins, who had earlier singled, then moved up to second base on pitcher Scott Rice’s wild pitch. The Phils took the lead in the top of the ninth as, with runners on the corners, and with two men out, Howard hits an RBI single, knocking in Rollins, who had earlier walked, then moved up to third base on Utley’s single, giving the Phils a 5-4 lead, while sending Utley, who had just singled, up to second base. That would end up being the final score as Jonathan Papelbon recorded his eleventh save of the season with a scoreless ninth, getting Wright to pop out to first base for the game’s final out.

Kyle Kendrick received a no-decision as he pitched five and a third innings, giving up four runs on four hits, two walks and a hit batter, while striking out four. Jake Diekman pitched one and two-thirds innings, giving up a hit, while striking out two. Mike Adams (2-1, 4.70) got the win as he pitched two scoreless innings, giving up two hits and a walk, while striking out one. Jonathan Papelbon received his eleventh save of the year as he pitched a scoreless inning, giving up a walk, while striking out a batter. Dillon Gee also received a no-decision as he pitched six innings, giving up three runs on six hits, a walk and two hit batters, while striking out one. Scott Rice received his second blown save of the season as he pitched two-thirds of an inning, giving up a run on three hits and a wild pitch. Juerys Familia pitched a third of an inning, striking out the only man whom he would face. Carlos Torres pitched a 1-2-3 inning. Kyle Farnsworth (0-3, 3.38) took the lost as he pitched an inning, giving up a run on two hits and a walk, while striking out a batter.

The Phils collected eleven hits in the game, with Ryan Howard (3 Singles, Double, RBI) leading the team with four hits, followed by Jimmy Rollins (2 Singles, Home Run, RBI) with three hits and Chase Utley (Single, Double, 2 RBIs) with two hits. Ben Revere and Dom Brown (RBI) had the other two Phils’ hits, both singles. The Phils also had two walks (Rollins, Cody Asche), two hit batters (Byrd, Utley), a stolen base (Revere (12)), and a caught stealing (Utley) in the game.

On Sunday afternoon, the Mets took the lead in the bottom of the first as, with runners on the corners, and with nobody out, David Wright hits an RBI single, scoring Eric Young, Jr., who had started the inning off with a single, stole second base, then went to third base on catcher Wil Nieves’ throwing error, giving the Mets a 1-0 lead, while sending Daniel Murphy, who had just walked, up to third base. The Phils tied the game up at one-all in the top of the second as, with a runner on second, and with two men out, Cody Asche hits an RBI double, knocking in Nieves, who had just doubled. The Phils took the lead in the top of the fourth as, with runners on second and third, and with nobody out, Ryan Howard, who had started the inning off with a single, then stopped at third base on Marlon Byrd’s double, would score on Dom Brown’s fielder’s choice ground ball to first baseman Eric Campbell, by going around catcher Anthony Recker to tag home plate, giving the Phils a 2-1 lead, while Byrd would move up to third base, putting runners on the corners. One batter later, the Phils’ made it a  3-1 lead as Nieves hits an RBI ground out, 3-unassisted, scoring Byrd, while sending Brown up to second base. The Phils added to their lead in the top of the ninth as, with one man on, and with two men out, Chase Utley hits an RBI triple, knocking in Rollins, who had just walked, giving the Phils a 4-1 lead. The Mets got two runs back in their half of the ninth as, with one man on, and with nobody out, Murphy hits a two-run home run, his second home run of the season, knocking in E. Young, who had started the inning off with a double, making it a 4-3 Phils’ lead. The Mets tied the game up at four-all three batters later as, with runners on the corners, via a double by Chris Young, and an infield single by Bobby Abreu, moving C. Young up to third base, and with one man out, Lagares hits into an RBI ground out, 6-3, knocking in C. Young, while sending Abreu up to second base. The Mets would win the game in the bottom of the eleventh as, with the bases loaded, via a lead-off single by C. Young, a sacrifice bunt by pinch-hitter Zack Wheeler, 1-4, moving C. Young up to second base, an intentional walk to Lagares, an infield single by Recker, moving up both runners, and with one man out, Ruben Tejada hits an RBI single, scoring C. Young for the 5-4, extra-innings, walk-off win.

Cole Hamels received a no-decision as he pitched seven innings, giving up a run on seven hits and three walks, while striking out ten. Mario Hollands collected his second hold of the season as he pitched a scoreless inning, giving up a hit and a walk, while striking out one. Antonio Bastardo collected his fifth hold of the season as he pitched a third of an inning, giving up three runs on three hits, while striking out a batter. Roberto Hernandez received his first blown save of the season as he pitched two-thirds of an inning, giving up a hit, while he struck out a batter. Jeff Manship (1-1, 5.40) took the lost as he pitched an inning and a third, giving up a run on four hits and two walks. Jon Niese also received a no-decision as he threw six innings, giving up three runs on eight hits and a walk, while striking out six. Daisuke Matsuzaka pitched two scoreless innings, walking two and hitting one, while striking out two. Jose Valverde pitched an inning, giving up a run on one hit and two walks, while striking out one. Juerys Familia pitched a scoreless inning, giving up a walk, while striking out one. Scott Rice (1-1. 6.o0) got the win as he threw a scoreless inning, hitting a batter.

The Phils had nine hits in the game, with Marlon Byrd (Single, Double), Wil Nieves (Single, Double, 2 RBIs) and Cody Asche (Single, Double, RBI) leading the team with two hits each. Jimmy Rollins (Double), Chase Utley (Triple, RBI) and Ryan Howard (Single), had the other three Phils’ hits. The Phils also had six walks (Rollins (3), Howard, Byrd, Asche), two hit batters (Nieves, Utley) and a stolen base (Nieves) in the game, while the defense committed an error (Nieves).

The Phils (17-19, T-4th) have the day off.

The Phils drop back to .500 as they lose to the Mets, 6-1.

Philadelphia_PhilliesThe Phils fall back to .500 as Cole Hamels had an awful start in the rain as the Phils lose to the Mets, 6-1.

The Mets took the lead in the top of the third as, with a runner on third, and with one man out, Daniel Murphy hits an RBI single, knocking in Ruben Tejada, who had started the inning off with a double, then stopped at third base on Jon Niese’s sacrifice bunt, 1-4, giving the Mets a 1-0 lead. The Mets added to their lead in the top of the fourth as, with two men on, and with one man out, Josh Satin hits an RBI single, knocking in Chris Young, who had earlier walked, then moved up to second base on Cole Hamel’s wild pitch, giving the Mets a 2-0 lead, while sending Curtis Granderson, who had just walked, up to third base. The Mets increased their lead three batters later as, now with the bases loaded, via a walk to Tejada, moving Young up to second base, and with two men out, Niese had an RBI walk, forcing in Granderson, giving the Mets a 3-0 lead, while both runners moved up a base. The Phils would get a run back in their half of the third as, with two men out, Marlon Byrd hits a solo home run, his third home run of the year, making it a 3-1 Mets’ lead. The Mets would get that run back in the top of the fifth as, with one man on, and with one man out, Young hits an RBI double, scoring Murphy, who had started the inning off with a single, giving the Mets a 4-1 lead. The Mets then took a 6-1 lead four batters later as, with the bases loaded, via Satin being hit by a pitch, and Travis d’Arnaud receiving a walk, moving up both runners, and with two men out, Tejada hits a two-run single, knocking in Young and Satin, while sending d’Arnaud up to second base. That would end up being the final score as Jose Valverde pitched a scoreless inning, getting Dom Brown to fly out to right for the game’s final out.

Cole Hamel (0-2, 6.75) took the lost in one of his worst pitching performances, as he went only four and two-thirds innings, giving up six runs on eight hits, five costly walks, a hit batter and a wild pitch, while striking out only three. Roberto Hernandez pitched a third of an inning, striking out the only man whom he would face. Mario Hollands, Jeff Manship and Shawn Camp combined for four scoreless innings, giving up a hit (Camp) between them, while striking out two (Hollands). Jon Niese (2-2, 2.20) got the win as he threw seven innings, giving up a run on four hits and a walk, while striking out five. Jose Valverde threw a scoreless inning, giving up a hit.

The Phils had only five hits in the game, with Ryan Howard leading the team with two hits, a single and a double. Chase Utley (Single), Marlon Byrd (Home Run, RBI) and Carlos Ruiz (Single), had the other three Phils’ hits. The Phils also had a walk (Ruiz) and a stolen base (Ben Revere (10)) in the ballgame, while the defense performed two douleplays.

The Phils (13-13, 4th) next game will be this Friday night against the Nats (15-12, 3rd), as tonight’s game with the Mets has been rained out, with a make-up date yet to be determined, and they have the day off tomorrow.

Spring Training: The Phils are done in by a three-run home run as they lose to the Tigers, 6-3.

A three-run home run do in the Phils as they lose to the Tigers, 6-3.

The Phils took a 1-0 lead in the first as, with a runner on third, and with two men out, Hunter Pence hits an RBI single, scoring Shane Victorino, who had earlier doubled, then stole third. The Phils then made it a 2-0 lead as Ty Wigginton hits an RBI double, knocking in Pence. The Tigers got a run back in their half of the first as, with runners on the corners, and with one man out, Prince Fielder hits a sacrifice fly, scoring Brennan Boesch, who had earlier tripled, making it a 2-1 Phils’ lead. The Tigers then tied the game up at two-all in the sixth as, with a runner on first, and with two men out, Don Kelly hits an RBI triple, knocking in pinch runner Brent Diugach, who was pinch running for Ryan Raburn, who was earlier safe at first on a force out, 6-4, forcing out pinch runner Rawley Bishop, who was pinch running for Prince Fielder, who had earlier walked. The Tigers then took the lead in the seventh as, with two men on, and with one man out, Tyler Collins hits a three-run home run, his first home run of the spring, scoring Gerald Laird, who had earlier singled, then went to second base on Andy Dirks’ walk, and Dirks, who had just walked, giving the Tigers a 5-2 lead. The Tigers then made it a 6-2 lead in the eighth as, with two men out, James McCann hits a solo home run, his first home run of the spring. The Phils got a run back in the ninth as, with two men out, Cody Overbeck hits a solo home run, his first home run of the spring, making it a 6-3 Tigers’ lead. That would end up being the final score as Chris Bootcheck got Tuffy Gosewisch to fly out to left for the game’s final out.

Scott Elarton got a no-decision as he pitched four innings, giving up a run on two hits and four walks. David Herndon blew his second save attempt of the spring as he went two innings, giving up a run on a hit and a walk. Joe Savery (1-1, 4.26) took the lost as he went an inning, giving up three runs on three hits and a walk, while he struck out one. Michael Stutes pitched an inning, giving up a run on one hit. Justin Verlander also received a no-decision as he went six innings, giving up two runs on seven hits, while striking out three. Phil Coke (1-0, 1.80) got the win as he pitched a scoreless inning, giving up a hit, as he struck out two. Jose Valverde collected his second hold of the spring, as he pitched a 1-2-3 inning, striking out a batter. Chris Bootcheck pitched an inning, giving up a run on a hit.

The Phils had nine hits in the ballgame, with Juan Pierre (Singles) and Shane Victorino (Single, Double) leading the team with two hits each. Hunter Pence (Single, RBI), Ty Wigginton (Double, RBI), Cody Overbeck (Home Run, RBI), Tuffy Gosewisch (Double) and Miguel Abreu (Single) had the other five Phils’ hits. The Phils also had a stolen base in the game.

Spring Training: After Sunday’s crushing lost, the Phils roll off a two-game winning streak.

After being crushed by the Blue Jays on Sunday, the Phils rolled off a two-game winning streak, defeating the Tigers, 4-3 on Monday, then defeating the Orioles, 4-1 on Tuesday, before taking Wednesday off.

In Monday’s game, the Tigers took an early lead in the first as, with a runner on second, and with two men out, Don Kelly hits an RBI single, knocking in Miguel Cabrera, who had just walked, then stole second base, giving the Tigers a 1-0 lead. The Tigers then took a 3-0 lead in the third as, with one man on, and with one man out, Brennan Boesch hits a two-run home run, his third home run of the spring, knocking in Austin Jackson, who had just walked, then stole second base. The Phils then came back in the fifth as, with runners on the corners, and with nobody out, John Mayberry, Jr. hits an RBI single, knocking in Ty Wigginton, who had earlier singled, then went to third on Laynce Nix’s single, cutting the Tigers’ lead to 3-1, while sending Nix, who had just singled, up to second base.  Two batters later, with two men on, and now with one man out, the Phils tied the game up at three-all as Freddy Glavis hits a two-run triple, scoring both Nix and Mayberry.  The Phils then took the lead as Jimmy Rollins hits a sacrifice fly, scoring Galvis, giving the Phils a 4-3 lead. That would end up being the final score as David Purcey recorded his first save of the spring by getting Jackson to ground out, 5-3, for the game’s final out.

Scott Elarton got a no-decision as he went two and a third innings, giving up three runs on three hits and two walks, while he struck out four. Raul Valdes pitched one and two-thirds scoreless innings, giving up a hit, while striking out two. Joe Savery (1-0, 0.00) got the win as he pitched two scoreless innings, giving up a hit, while striking out three. Brian Sanches and Jake Diekman both received their first hold of the spring as they combined for two scoreless innings, giving up a hit (Sanches) between them, while striking out two batters (one batter each). David Purcey recorded his first save of the spring as he pitched an inning, giving up a hit, while striking out a batter. Max Scherzer (1-1, 4.85) took the lost as he gave up four runs on six hits, while striking out five. Collin Balester, Octavio Dotel and Jose Valverde combined for three scoreless innings, giving up two walks (Balester (1), Dotel (1)), while striking out one (Dotel) batter between them.

The Phils had six hits in the ballgame, a double by Shane Victorino, a single by Hunter Pence, a single by Ty Wigginton, a single by Laynce Nix, an RBI single by John Mayberry, Jr. and a two-run triple by Freddy Galvis. Jimmy Rollins had the other Phil RBI with a sac fly. The Phils also had two walks in the game.

In Tuesday’s game, the Phils took a 1-0 lead in the first as, with runners on the corners, and with one man on, Wigginton hits an RBI single, knocking in Lou Montanez, who had earlier walked, then went on to third on Pence’s single, while sending Pence, who had just singled, on to second base. The Orioles tied the game up at one-all in their half of the first as, with a runner on second, and with two men out, Adam Jones hits an RBI double, scoring Nolan Reimold, who had been hit by a pitch, then stole second base. The Phils retook the lead in the seventh as, with a man on second, and with two men out, Galvis hits an RBI triple, knocking in Michael Martinez, who had been hit by a pitch, before later leaving the game with a broken right foot, then moving up to second base on Roy Halladay’s sacrifice bunt, 3-4, giving the Phils a 2-1 lead. The Phils then took a 3-1 lead in the eighth as, with runners on the corners, and with two men out, Pete Orr hits an RBI single, scoring Scott Podsednik, who had earlier singled, then stopped at third on Brian Schneider’s single, while sending Brian Schneider, who had just singled, on to third. The Phils then made it a 4-1 lead in the ninth as pinch hitter Erik Kratz hits a lead-off home run, his first home run of the spring. That would end up being the final score as David Herndon threw his first save of the spring by striking out Matt Antonelli, looking, for the final out.

Roy Halladay (1-1, 6.59) got the win as he went six innings, giving up a run on three hits and a hit batter, while striking out five. Jonathan Papelbon recorded his second hold of the spring as he pitched a scoreless inning, walking a batter. Michael Stutes recorded his first hold of the spring as he threw a scoreless inning, giving up a hit and a walk, while striking out a batter. David Herndon recorded his first save of the spring as he pitched a 1-2-3 inning, striking out two. Brian Matusz received a no-decision as he pitched five innings, giving up a run on seven hits and a walk, while striking out three. Kevin Gregg pitched a scoreless inning, giving up two hits. Jim Johnson (0-2, 12.00) took the lost as he went an inning, giving up a run on a hit and a hit batter. Willie Eyre pitched an inning, giving up a run on three hits. Zach Phillips pitched an inning, giving up a run on two hits.

The Phils had fifteen hits in the game, with Hunter Pence (Single, Double), Ty Wigginton (Singles, RBI) and Carlos Ruiz (Singles) all leading the team with two hits each. Freddy Galvis (Triple, RBI), Juan Pierre (Single), John Mayberry, Jr. (Double), Scott Podsednik (Single), Brian Schneider (Single), Pete Orr (Single, RBI), Michael Martinez (Double), Roy Halladay (Single) and pinch hitter Erik Kratz (Home Run, RBI) had the other nine Phils’ hits. The Phils also had a walk in the game.

The Phils lost Michael Martinez as his right foot was broken by a Jim Johnson pitch. There is no timetable for his return. On Monday, Chase Utley left Clearwater to meet with an unamed specialist to check out what is wrong with his knees. The Phils, as of yet, have no idea how this will effect his return to the club. The Phils have also sent five players down to their minor league camp: they’d optioned right handers Phillippe Aumont and Michael Schwimer, while reassigning left handers David Purcey and Jeremy Horst and infielder Kevin Frandsen.

The next Phils (9-9) game will be this afternoon with the Blue Jays (14-4) at Dunedin. The game is to start at 1:05 pm EDT.

A four-run second inning help leads the Phils to a 5-3 win over the Tigers.

A four run outburst in the second inning leads the Phils to a 5-3 win over the Tigers.

The Phils took a 1-0 lead in the second as, with runners on the corners, and with nobody out, Ross Gload hits an RBI single, knocking in Raul Ibanez, who had earlier doubled, then went to third on Delwyn Young’s single, while sending Young, who had just singled, up to second base. One batter later, Brian Schneider made it a 4-0 Phils’ lead as he hits a 3-run home run, his first home run of the spring, scoring both Young and Gload. The Tigers would get a run back in their half of the second as, with runners on the corners, and with nobody out, Brennan Boesch hits into a double play, 3-6-3, scoring Miguel Cabrera, who had earlier singled, then went to third on Victor Martinez’s single, while wiping out at second base, for the inning’s first out, Martinez, who had just singled, making it a 4-1 Phils’ lead. The Tigers would make it 4-2 Phils in the third as, with the bases loaded, via a single to Don Kelly, a walk to Andy Dirks, moving Kelly to second base, and a single to Will Rhymes, moving both Kelly and Dirks up a base, and with one man out, Magglio Ordonez hits a sacrifice fly, scoring Kelly from third. The Phils would increase their lead in the seventh as, with two men out, Jeff Larish hits a solo home run, his first home run of the spring, giving the Phils a 5-2 lead. The Tigers would get that run back in the ninth as, with two men on, and with nobody out, Audy Ciriaco hits into an RBI ground out, 6-3, knocking in Argenis Diaz, who had earlier singled, then went to third on Ben Guez’s double. That would be the final score as Mike Zagurski would end the game by striking out both pinch hitters Ryan Strieby and Scott Sizemore.

Joe Blanton gets the win (1-0, 3.09) as he pitched five strong innings, giving up two runs on five hits and two walks, while striking out three. Ryan Madson recorded his first spring hold as he pitched a scoreless inning, giving up a hit while striking out a batter. J.C. Romero recorded his first spring training hold as he also pitched a scoreless inning, giving up two hits. David Herndon received his second spring hold as he pitched a scoreless inning, giving up a hit, while striking out a batter. Mike Zagurski recorded his first spring save as he pitched an inning, giving up a run on two hits, while striking out two. Rick Porcello took the lost (0-1, 4.50), as he pitched three innings, giving up four runs on six hits and two walks, while striking out two. Adam Wilk and Jose Valverde then followed for three scoreless innings, as they together gave up two hits (one hit each) and a walk (Wilk). Duane Below then followed for an inning, giving up a run on one hit, while striking out a batter. Brad Thomas and Ryan Perry then followed with two scoreless innings, giving up no hits between them.

The Phils had nine hits in the game, with Raul Ibanez leading the team with two hits, a single and a double, raising his spring training average to .240. Jimmy Rollins (Single), Placido Polanco (Single), Jeff Larish (Home Run), Delwyn Young (Single), Ross Gload (Single), Brian Schneider (Home Run) and Wilson Valez (Single) had the other seven Phil’s hits, two of which were a three-run home run (Schneider) and a solo shot (Larish). Gload had the other Phil RBI.

The Phils’ Grapefruit League record is now 7-6.

The National League win their first All-Star game since 1996, as the Senior Circuit defeats the American League in Anaheim, 3-1.

For the first time in fourteen years, the National League All-Stars defeated the American League All-Stars, securing home field advantage during the World Series (I personally think that is a really rotten idea), 3-1.

Thanks in part to the shadows around home plate, as well as some good pitching and defense by both squads, the game remains a 0-0 tie until the bottom of the fifth, when the American League took a 1-0 lead as, with two men on, and with nobody out, Robinson Cano of the New York Yankees hits a sacrifice fly, scoring from third base Evan Longoria of the Tampa Bay Rays, who had earlier walked, and had reached third on Los Angeles Dodgers Hong-Chih Kuo’s throwing error to first on a grounder hit to the third-base side of the mound by Joe Mauer of the Minnesota Twins, who would end up on second on the play. The National League would take the lead in the seventh as, with the bases loaded via singles by Scott Rolen of the Cincinnati Reds and Matt Holliday of the St. Louis Cardinals, sending Rolen to third base, and a walk to Marlon Byrd of the Chicago Cubs, and with two men out, Brain McCann of the Atlanta Braves hits a bases clearing double, scoring Rolen, Holliday and Byrd, giving the National League a 3-1 lead. The National League would hold on to win as Jonathan Broxton of the Dodgers, after giving up a lead-off single to David Ortiz of the Boston Red Sox, struck out swinging Adrian Beltre of the Red Sox for out number one, then on a spectacular play by right fielder Byrd, who threw out Ortiz at second, 9-6 on a ball hit into right field by John Buck of the Toronto Blue Jays, turning a base hit into a force out for the inning’s second out, leaving Buck at first base, and then ended the game by getting Ian Kinsler of the Texas Rangers to fly out to center on one pitch.

Brian McCann of the Braves was named the All-Star Game MVP because of his three-run double, giving the NL all of their runs.

Ubaldo Jimenez of the Colorado Rockies pitched two scoreless innings, giving up two hits and a walk, while striking out a batter. Josh Johnson of the Florida Marlons also pitched two scoreless innings, striking out two batters. Hong-Chih Huo pitched two-thirds of an inning, giving up an unearned run on a hit and a walk. Heath Bell of the San Diego Padres pitched a third of an inning, getting out the only man that he would face. Roy Halladay of the Philadelphia Phillies pitched two-thirds of an inning, giving up two hits, while striking out a batter. Matt Capps of the Washington Nationals would get the win as he pitched a third of an inning, striking out the only batter that he would face. His All-Star Game record is now 1-0 with an 0.00 ERA. Adam Wainwright of the St. Louis Cardinals collected his first hold as he pitched a scoreless inning, giving up a hit and a walk, while striking out two. Brian Wilson of the San Francisco Giants also collected his first hold, as he pitched a 1-2-3 inning. Jonathan Broxton receives his first All-Star Game save as he pitched a scoreless inning, giving up a hit, while striking out a batter. David Price of the Tampa Bay Rays pitched two scoreless innings, giving up a hit, while striking out a batter. Andy Pettitte of the New York Yankees pitched a scoreless inning, giving up a hit, while striking out two. Cliff Lee of the Texas Rangers (nee Seattle Mariners) pitched 1-2-3 inning, striking out a batter. Justin Verlander of the Detroit Tigers pitched a scoreless inning, giving up two hits, while striking out two. Jon Lester of the Boston Red Sox received a hold as he pitched a 1-2-3 inning. Phil Hughes, also of the Yankees, also received a hold before taking the lost as he pitched a third of an inning, giving up two runs on two hits. His All-Star Game record is now 0-1 with a 54.00 ERA. Matt Thornton of the Chicago White Sox committed his first All-Star Game blown save as he pitched a third of an inning, giving up a run on one hit and a walk. Andrew Bailey of the Oakland A’s pitched a third of an inning, giving up a walk, while striking out one. Rafael Soriano, also of the Rays, pitched a 1-2-3 inning. Jose Valverde, also of the Tigers, also pitched a 1-2-3 inning, striking out the side.

The winning National League team had seven hits in the game, with David Wright of the New York Mets leading with two hits, both singles. Scott Rolen of the Reds, Matt Holliday of the Cardinals, Andre Ethier of the Los Angeles Dodgers, Yadier Molina, also of the Cardinals, and Brian McCann of the Braves, had the other five NL hits, with Rolen, Holliday, Ethier and Molina’s hits being singles, and McCann’s hit being a three-run double. The American League team had six hits in the game, with Derek Jeter of the New York Yankees, Miguel Cabrera of the Detroit Tigers, Josh Hamilton of the Texas Rangers, David Ortiz of the Red Sox, Evan Longoria of the Rays and John Buck of the Blue Jays each having a hit, with Jeter, Cabrera, Hamilton and Ortiz hits being singles, while Longoria and Buck’s hits were doubles. The American League’s run came in on a Robinson Cano of the Yankees sacrifice fly. Ryan Howard, who represented the Phils, along with Halladay, went 0 for 2, with a strikeout.

With the win, the National League ends a thirteen-game losing streak, having not won the summer classic since 1996, where it was played in Philadelphia at the now demolished Veterans Stadium (0-12-1). With the win, the National League winner will host the World Series first for the first time since 2002.

The Phils split the four-games series as their ninth inning rally fall short as they lose to the Astros, 5-3.

A ninth-inning rally falls short as the Phils lose to the Astros, 5-3. They will now play the Marlins for three games as they try to get past the Dodgers for the best record in the National League for home field advantage throughout the playoffs.

The Astros took a quick 2-0 lead in the first as, with two men on, and with one man out, Lance Berkman hits a two-run double, scoring Kazuo Matsui, who had earlier singled, and then went to second as Miguel Tejada reached base on catcher’s interference, and Tejada, who had gotten on base on Paul Bako’s catcher’s interference-error. The Phils would cut the lead in half in the fifth as, with the bases loaded, via a double by Ben Francisco, an infield single by Jimmy Rollins, which sent Francisco to third, and a walk to Ryan Howard, which moved Rollins to second, and with two men out, when Raul Ibanez hit an infield single, scoring Francisco, making it a 2-1 Astros’ lead, while moving Rollins to third, and Howard up to second. The Astros increased their lead in the sixth as, with one man on, and with nobody out, Tejada hits a two-run home run, his fourteenth home run of the season, scoring Matsui, who had just walked. The Phils tried to rally in the ninth. With two men on, and with two out, Pedro Feliz hits a two-run double, scoring Matt Stairs, who had earlier received a pinch hit walk, and then went to third on Jayson Werth’s single, and Werth, who had just singled, and then moved up to second on defensive indifference, making it a 5-3 Astros’ lead. Pinch hitter Andy Tracy then followed with a pinch single, sending Feliz to third, bringing up the winning run to the plate. But, that would be it as pinch hitter Miguel Cairo hits the first pitch deep into center field for the final out.   

Cliff Lee took the lost as he pitched five and two-thirds innings, giving up four runs, three of which were earned, on seven hits and a walk, as he struck out four. His record is 14-13 (7-4) with an ERA of 3.22 (3.39). Clay Condrey pitched a third of an inning, getting out the only man he would face. Brett Myers pitched an inning, giving up a run on three hits. Tyler Walker and Sergio Escalona together pitched two 1-2-3 innings, striking out a batter between them (Walker). Felipe Paulino got the win as he pitched five innings, giving up just one run on six hits and three walks, as he struck out five. His record is now 3-11 with an ERA of 6.27. Jeff Fulchino recorded his twelfth hold as he pitched a scoreless inning, giving up just one hit and a walk, while striking out a batter. Wesley Wright and LaTroy Hawkins combined for two scoreless innings, giving up three hits (Wright (1), Hawkins (2)), while striking out 2 batters (Hawkins). Jose Valverde pitched an inning, giving up two runs on three hits and a walk.

The Phils had thirteen hits in the game, with Ben Francisco leading the team with three hits, with two of them being doubles, as he raised his average to .257 (.281). He was followed by Jayson Werth and Pedro Feliz, who had two hits each, with one of Feliz’s hits being a two-run double. Jimmy Rollins, Ryan Howard, Raul Ibanez, Paul Bako, Miguel Cairo and pinch hitter Andy Tracy had the other six Phils’ hit, with Ibanez’s hit knocking in the Phils’ other run. The Phils were once again unable to knock in runs, mainly because they could not string together their hits.

The Phils (92-67, 1st) will play their final home stand of the regular season with a three-games series with the pesky Marlins (85-74, 3rd). The Phils will send to the mound Joe Blanton (12-7, 3.95), who is coming off a win against the Brewers on September 27, where he pitched five and two-thirds innings, giving up five runs on seven hits and four walks, while striking out four, in the Phils’ 6-5 win. He will be trying to win his thirteenth start, which would place him as the team leader in that category. The Marlins will counter with Rick VandenHurk (2-2, 4.44), who is coming off a no-decision against the Phils on September 23, when he went six innings, giving up four runs on seven hits and a walk, while striking out five, in the Marlins’ 7-6 win. He will be trying for his third win of the season. The Phils will once again try to add another win as they now try to get the best record in the NL to have home field advantage during the playoffs.  

Threepeat!!!!: The Phils win their third straight Eastern Division title.

For the second time in the franchise’s long history, the Phils have won their third straight NL Eastern Division title, thanks to the Marlins’ 5-4 defeat of the Braves in Atlanta, while the Phils crushed the Astros in Citizens Bank Park, 10-3.

The Astros took a quick 1-0 lead in the first as, with the bases loaded, via singles to Miguel Tejada, Lance Berkman and Carlos Lee, and with two men out, Hunter Pence received an RBI walk, forcing in Tejada, while moving up a base both Berkman and Lee. The Phillies would tie the game up at one-all in their half of the first as, with one man on, and with one man out, Chase Utley hits an RBI ground out, 6-3, knocking in Jimmy Rollins, who had earlier doubled, and then went to third on Shane Victorino’s sacrifice bunt, 1-3. The Astros retook the lead in the second as J.R. Towles hits a lead-off home run, after the umpires had corrected their earlier ruling that the ball had stayed in the park via instant replay, his first home run of the season, giving the Astros a 2-1 lead. The Astros added to their lead in the fourth as Towles hits another lead-off home run, his second home run of the night, and of the season, making it a 3-1 Astros’ lead. The Phils then struck back in their half of the fourth. With two men on, and with nobody out, Ryan Howard hits an RBI single, scoring Victorino, who had earlier singled, and then stole second base, making it a 3-2 Astros’ lead, while sending Utley, who had just walked, to third base. The next batter, Raul Ibanez, then hits a grounder to the Astros’ starter Brian Moehler. Moehler immediately threw to second base, hoping to start a double play. Unfortunately, there was no one covering second, as the ball sails into center field, allowing Utley to score, tying the game at three-all, and sending Howard to third, while Ibanez would end up being safe at second on the fielder’s choice-throwing error. Jayson Werth then followed with a ground out RBI, 6-3, for the inning’s first out, as Howard scored, giving the Phillies a 4-3 lead, while sending Ibanez on to third. Pedro Feliz then followed with an RBI double, knocking in Ibanez, making it a 5-3 Phils’ lead. The Phils added to their lead in the fifth as, with a runner on third, and with nobody out, Victorino hits an RBI triple, knocking in Rollins, who had earlier tripled, giving the Phillies a 6-3 lead. Three batters later, now with two men on, as Howard was intentionally walked, and with one out, Ibanez hits a sacrifice fly, scoring Victorino, making it a 7-3 Phils’ lead. The Phillies would make it 8-3 in the sixth as, with a runner on base, and with nobody out, Carlos Ruiz hits an RBI double, knocking in Feliz, who had earlier singled, before being thrown at third trying to stretched his double into a triple, 9-6-5. The Phils then scored one last time in the seventh as, with a man on base, and with two men out, Ibanez hits a two-run home run, his thirty-fourth home run of the season, scoring Howard, who had just walked, giving the Phils a 10-3 lead. In the ninth, after Kyle Kendrick, the game winner, had pitched three shut out innings in relief of Phils’ starter Pedro Martinez, and Chad Durbin had pitched one scoreless inning, the Phils sent Scott Eyre to the mound to pitch his first game in several weeks. Eyre started the inning off by getting Michael Bourn to fly out to center for the first out. He then got Tejada to fly out to center for the inning’s second out. Meanwhile, in Atlanta, the Marlins were holding on to a 5-4 lead, with the bases loaded. After Brendan Donnelly was brought into the game to face Martin Prado, he threw a first pitch ball that got past Marlins’ catcher Ronny Paulino. But, the ball hit the backstop and came back to Paulino, catching Matt Diaz off third base. Paulino threw a strike to the Marlins’ third baseman Wes Helms, who applied the tag on a diving Diaz for the final out, giving the Marlins’ the win, and the Phils’ the pennant. Back in Philly, Charlie Manuel had come to the mound, taking out Eyre and bringing in Brad Lidge to record the final out. Which Lidge would do with one pitch as Berkman grounded out to Howard, three-unassisted, for the final out.

Pedro Martinez received a no-decision as he went four innings, giving up three runs on six hits and a walk, as he struck out two. Kyle Kendrick got the win as he pitched three scoreless innings, giving up only two hits, while striking out three batters. His record is now 3-1 with a 2.66 ERA. Chad Durbin pitched a scoreless inning, giving up only a walk. Scott Eyre pitched two-thirds of an inning, getting two fly outs. Brad Lidge pitched a third of an inning, getting the final out. Brian Moehler took the lost as he went four and a third innings, giving up seven runs on six hits and three walks, while striking out one. His record is now 8-12 with a 5.47 ERA. Wesley Wright pitched two-thirds of an inning. Samuel Gervacio pitched an inning, giving up a run on two hits, while striking out one. Tim Byrdak pitched an inning, giving up two runs on one hit and two walks. Jose Valverde pitched a scoreless inning, walking a batter.

The Phils had nine hits in the game, with Jimmy Rollins, Shane Victorino and Pedro Feliz leading the team with two hits each, with both of Rollins’ hits being for extra bases, a double and a triple, scoring two runs, while one of Victorino’s hits was a triple, as he knocked in a run, while one of Feliz’s hits was a double, as he also knocked in a run. Ryan Howard, Raul Ibanez and Carlos Ruiz had the other three Phils’ hits, with Ibanez’s hits being a two-run home run, as he knocked in three runs, while Ruiz’s hit was a double, knocking in a run. Chase Utley, Howard and Jayson Werth knocked in the other three Phils’ RBIs. The Phils’ offense came out swinging, finally knocking around Moehler in the fourth. With the clinching, Charlie Manuel will be giving some of his regulars a well needed rest, while trying to see if he can lead the Phils to the best record in the National League so that they can get home field advantage throughout the playoffs.

The Phils (92-66, 1st East) will conclude their four-games home stand with the Astros (73-85, 5th Central) with a night game. The game will start tonight at 7:05 pm Eastern and will be played at Citizens Bank Park. The Phils expected starter will be Cliff Lee (14-12 (7-3),  3.19 (3.28)), who is coming off a lost against the Brewers on September 25, where he went six innings, giving up seven runs on nine hits, while striking out six, in the Phils’ 8-4 lost. He will be trying to recapture his form when he first came to the Phils before the July trade deadline. The Astros will counter with Felipe Paulino (2-11, 6.51), who is coming off a lost to the Reds on September 26, as he went five innings, giving up eight runs on nine hits and four walks, while striking out three, in the Astros’ 10-4 lost. He will be trying to keep from being hit hard by the Phils. The Phils will be trying to balance resting some of their starters while at the same time trying to see if they can establish their post-season form.

The Phillies’ ninth inning rally comes up short as Eaton loses another start.

The Phillies’ offense would come up short in the ninth inning as they lose to the Houston Astros, 4-3, wasting a good effort by Adam Eaton. The Phils would score first, as Pat Burrell hits a solo home run off of Astros’ starter Brandon Backe in the second inning, his twelfth home run of the year. That would be the score until the bottom of the fifth inning, as Eaton and Backe would keep both teams quiet, Backe with his slow curve and Eaton with generally good pitching. But then, in the Astros’ fifth, Eaton would give up a solo shot to Hunter Pence, for his sixth home run of the year, tying the score at one. The Astros would later threathen to take the lead by getting two men on base with one out, but Eaton would get out of the inning by getting Michael Bourn to hit into a 6-4-3 double play. The score would remain tie until the bottom of the seventh, when Pence, leading off the inning, would hit a 3-0 fastball out of the ballpark for his second home run of the night off of Eaton, his seventh home run of the year, to give the Astros a 2-1 lead. The Astros would then increase their lead to 3-1 on a Bourn single, scoring J.R. Towles, who has earlier singled. The Astros would add another run in the eighth when Carlos Lee hit a sacrifice fly off of Ryan Madson, scoring Lance Berkman, who has earlier tripled. The Phillies would try to rally back in the ninth against Astros’ closer Jose Valverde. Burrell would start the rally off with a double to center field. After moving to third on a ground out, Burrell would score on a line drive single by Pedro Feliz off of Valverde’s face, making the score 4-2 Astros. After the Astros’ trainer have taken several minutes to look Valverde over to make sure that he could continue to pitch, Carlos Ruiz would hit a single, moving Feliz to second base. After Eric Bruntlett goes in to pinch run for Ruiz, Valverde would strike out pinch hitter Chris Coste for the second out. Jimmy Rollins would then hit a line drive double, scoring Feliz and sending Bruntlett, who had to dive to get out of the way of Rollins’ line drive, to third, making the score 4-3 Houston. With two men in scoring position and two out, Shane Victorino would come to the plate. After getting the count full, Victorino would hit a fly ball to center field, ending the ballgame, as Valverde is able to nail down his fifteenth save of the year.

Adam Eaton would take the lost, as he pitches seven innings, giving up three earned runs on eight hits. His record drops to 0-3, with a ERA of 5.37. Eaton by now must be wondering what he has to do to actually win a ballgame. Ryan Madson would pitch an inning in relief, giving up an earned run on one hit. Brandon Backe would pick up the win for the Astros, as he would go seven and one-third innings, giving up only one earned run on six hits. Doug Brocail would pitch two-thirds of an inning, giving up no runs on no hits as he snuffs out a Phillies’ rally in the eighth, leaving the bases loaded. Jose Valverde, in spite of being hit in the face by a line drive, would record his fifteenth save of the season as he pitches one inning, giving up two earned runs on four hits.

Despite the lost, the Phillies are still one and a half games behind the Marlins, as the fish loses their game with the Giants. They are still technically tied for second place with the Braves, .002 percentage points behind them, as the Braves were crushed in their game with the Diamondbacks. The Phils and the Braves are still leading the Mets by three games, as the Mets loses their game with the Rockies in extra-innings.

The Phillies (27-23) will continue their four games series with the Astros (28-23, 3rd National League Central) at Minute Maid Park. The game will start tonight at 7:05 pm Eastern (6:05 pm Central). The Phils’ starter will by Brett Myers (2-5, 5.76), who is coming off another lost, as he pitched six innings against the Nationals on May 19, in the Phils’ 4-0 lost, giving up only three runs on eight hits. Myers has lost four of his last five starts, with a no-decision in his other start. He’ll be looking to improve on his last start while trying to improve his record. In his previous start against the Astros, he would go seven innings, giving up only an earned run on five hits, as he picks up the win in the Phils’ 10-2 win. The Astros will send to the mound Brian Moehler (1-1, 4.76), who is coming off a lost to the Chicago Cubs on May 19, where he would pitch five innings, giving up three earned runs on seven hits, in the Astros’ 7-2 lost. He will be trying to improve his record in what could be his last start in place of Wandy Rodriguez, who should be coming off the disabled list next week.

The Phils’ offense hopes to continue what they were doing on Wednesday and Thursday nights, where they scored nineteen runs on thirty hits. Although they got ten hits in last night’s game, they were only able to score three runs, thanks mainly to the slow curveballs that were being served up to them by Backe. They hope not to have similar problems with Moehler tonight.

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