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The Phils start their series against the now American League Astros with a walk-off win, as they win in extra-innings, 2-1.

Philadelphia_PhilliesRyan Howard gives the Phils a walk-off victory with an RBI single, as the Phils defeat the Astros in fifteen innings, 2-1.

The Phils took the lead in the bottom of the second as Ryan Howard hits a lead-off home run, his seventeenth home run of the season, giving the Phils a 1-0 lead. The Astros would tie the game up at one-all in the top of the seventh as, with two men on, and with nobody out, Jon Singleton hits an RBI single, knocking in Chris Carter, who had started the inning off with a walk, then stopped at second base on Jason Castro’s single, while sending Castro, who had just singled, all the way to third base. Kyle Kendrick then pitched himself out of the inning by first getting Matt Dominguez to fly out to right, with it not being deep enough to score Castro, then getting Jake Marisnick to hit into a 6-3 double play, wiping out Singleton at second base for the inning’s second out. The score would remain tied at 1-1 until the bottom of the fifteenth when, with two men on, and with two men out, Howard hits an RBI single to right, scoring Gary Sizemore, who had started the inning off with a single, then moved up to second base on Ben Revere’s sacrifice bunt, 5-3, giving the Phils a walk-off 2-1 win.

Kyle Kendrick received a no-decision as he pitched seven strong innings, giving up a run on five hits and a walk, while striking out five. Ken Giles, Jonathan Papelbon, Jake Diekman, Antonio Bastardo, Justin De Fratus and Mario Hollands combined for seven scoreless innings, giving up one hit, (Diekman), four walks (Papelbon (2), Diekman (1), Bastardo (1)) and a wild pitch (Bastardo) between them, while striking out thirteen (Giles (2), Papelbon (3), Diekman (1), Bastardo (6), Hollands (1)). Hector Neris (1-0, 0.00) got the win, the first of his major league career, as he pitched a 1-2-3 inning, striking out a batter. Dallas Keuchel also received a no-decision as he also threw seven strong innings, giving up a run on five hits and a walk, while striking out four. Tony Sipp, Josh Fields, Darin Downs and Jose Veras combined for four scoreless innings, giving up a hit (Sipp) and a walk (Sipp) between them, while striking out two (Downs (1), Veras (1)). Jake Buchanan (1-2, 4.95) took the lost as he threw three and two-thirds innings, giving up a run on three hits and two walks, while striking out two.

The Phils had nine hits in the game, with Ben Revere (Singles), Ryan Howard (Single, Home Run, 2 RBIs), Cody Asche (Singles) and Gary Sizemore (Singles) all leading the team with two hits each. Chase Utley had the final Phil hit, a single. The Phils also had four walks (Utley (3), Marlon Byrd) and a sacrifice bunt (Revere) in the game, while the defense caught a runner trying to steal a base and performed a double play.

The Phils (50-63, 5th NL East) continue their three-game interleague play series with the Astros (47-66, 4th AL West) with a night game tonight. The game will be played at Citizens Bank Park and is to start at 7:05 pm EDT. The Phils will send to the mound Dave Buchanan (5-5, 4.40), who is coming back to the majors because of Cliff Lee’s season ending injury. His last major league start was a win over the Brewers on July 10, as he pitched seven strong innings, giving up a run on four hits and a walk, while striking out five, in the Phils’ 9-1 rout. He’ll be trying to continue from his last start. The Astros will counter with Brad Peacock (3-7, 4.93), who is coming off a lost against the Athletics on July 23, as he went three and two-thirds innings, as he gave up seven runs on seven hits and five walks, while striking out only two, in the Astros, 9-7 lost. He will be trying to even the series for the Astros. The Phils will be trying to win the series with the Astros.

The Phils are unable to sweep the Cubs as A.J. Burnett is pounded for eight runs, as the Phils lose to the Cubs, 8-3.

Philadelphia_PhilliesA.J. Burnett give up eight runs as the Phils are unable to sweep the series in Chicago, as they lose to the Cubs 8-3.

The Cubs took the lead in the bottom of the first as, with a man on first, and with nobody out, Ryan Kalish hits an RBI triple, knocking in Emilio Bonifacio, who had started the inning off with a walk, giving the Cubs a 1-0 lead. Two batters later, after Anthony Rizzo had walked, putting runners on the corners, with still nobody out, Nate Schierholtz hits a sacrifice fly, knocking in Kalish, giving the Cubs a 2-0 lead, while sending Rizzo up to second base. The Cubs then made it a 3-0 lead two batters later, after Luis Valbuena had walked, putting runners on second and first, and with one man out, as Starlin Castro hits an RBI double, knocking in Rizzo, and sending Valbuena up to third base. The Cubs then increased their lead as Ryan Sweeney hits a sacrifice fly, knocking in Valbuena, giving the Cubs a 4-0 lead. The Phils tried to get onto the scoreboard in the top of the fourth as, with the bases loaded, via singles by Marlon Byrd and Dom Brown, with Byrd stopping at second base, and with both runners moving up a base on shortstop Castros’ force attempt fielding error of Carlos Ruiz’s grounder, and with one man out, Cody Asche hits into a force out at the plate, 1-2, as pitcher Carlos Villanueva threw out Byrd at home plate, as catcher John Baker touched the plate for the inning’s second out, while Brown and Ruiz both moved up a base, and Asche reached first base, leaving the bases loaded, before A.J. Burnett ended the threat by flying to center for the inning’s final out. The Phils would finally score in the top of the fifth as, with two men on, and with nobody out, Chase Utley hits a grounder up the middle which looked like it had a chance to be a base hit, but would be deflected off of pitcher Villanueva’s glove to the shortstop Castro, who then threw out Utley, 1-6-3, for the inning’s first out, while Ben Revere, who had started the inning off with a walk, then stole second base, before going on to third base on Jimmy Rollins’ single, would score, making it a 4-1 Cubs’ lead, as Rollins, who had earlier singled, then stole second base, would be forced to stay at second base because of the deflection, before Phils’ manager Ryne Sandburg would come out to dispute the call, asking for a review. The umpires would review the play, before upholding the call, leaving the Phils with a man on second, and with one man out. The inning would then end as Ryan Howard hits a sharp line drive that would be caught by Bonifacio, who then threw to second base to double up Rollins in a 4-6 doubleplay. The Cubs would get the run back in the bottom of the sixth as, with two men on, and with two men out, Bonifacio hits an RBI infield single, on a ball that was deflected by pitcher Burnett, allowing Sweeney, who had reached third base on a three base fielding error by center fielder Revere, to score, giving the Cubs a 5-1 lead, while sending Baker, who had earlier been hit by the pitch, to reach second base. The Cubs then made it a 7-1 lead as Kalish followed with a two-run double, scoring both Baker and Bonifacio. After the Phils had replaced Burnett with Brad Lincoln, the Cubs made it an 8-1 lead as Rizzo hits an RBI single, knocking in Kalish. The Phils would get a run back in the top of the ninth as, with the bases loaded, via walks to Asche, pinch-hitter Tony Gwynn, Jr., a wild pitch by pitcher Jose Veras, moving up both runners, and a walk to Revere, and with one man out, Rollins hits into an RBI force out, knocking in Asche, making it an 8-2 Cubs’ lead, as Gwynn is forced out at third base, 5-unassisted, while Revere moved up to second base. After Utley had walked to reload the bases, as Revere and Rollins both moved up a base, and Pedro Strop replaces Veras on the mound, the Phils made it an 8-3 Cubs’ lead as Strop threw a wild pitch, allowing Revere to score, while Rollins and Utley both moved up a base. That would end up being the final score as Howard would line out to left field for the game’s final out.

A. J. Burnett (0-1, 3.86) took the lost as he pitched five and two-third innings, giving up eight runs, only four of which were earned, on five hits, six walks and a hit batter, while striking out three. Brad Lincoln pitched a third of an inning, giving up a hit. Jeff Manship pitched two scoreless innings, giving up a walk, while striking out two. Carlos Villanueva (1-2, 4.26) got the win as he pitched five innings, giving up a run on six hits and a hit batter, while striking out three. Brian Schlitter collected his second hold of the season as he threw a 1-2-3 inning. Hector Rondon pitched two scoreless innings, giving up two hits, while striking out two. Jose Veras pitched two-thirds of an inning, giving up two runs on four walks and a wild pitch, as he struck out a batter. Pedro Strop pitched a third of an inning, as he threw a wild pitch, before finally getting out the only batter whom he would face.

The Phils had eight hits in the game, with Jimmy Rollins (Singles, RBI) and Dom Brown (Singles) both leading the team with two hits each. Ben Revere (Single), Chase Utley (Double, RBI), Byrd (Single) and Cody Asche (Single), had the other four Phils’ hits, while the final Phil’s run came in on a wild pitch. The Phils also had four walks (Revere, Utley, Asche, pinch-hitter Tony Gwynn, Jr.) and two stolen bases (Revere (4), Rollins (1)) in the game, while the defense committed an error (Revere) and picked a runner off first (Burnett).

The Phils (3-3, 4th East) are off today as their home opener against the Brewers (4-2, T-1st Central) was called off yesterday because of the possibility of rain in today’s forecast. Instead, it will be played tomorrow afternoon at Citizens Bank Park, to start at 4:05 pm EDT. The Phils will send to the mound Kyle Kendrick (0-0, 1.29) who is coming off a no-decision against the Rangers on April 2, as he pitched seven strong innings, giving up a run on five hits and a walk, while striking out four, in the Phils’ 4-3 walk-off lost. He will be going for his first win of the season, while trying to lead the Phils to the win on opening day. The Brewers will counter with Kyle Lohse (0-1, 3.86), who is coming off a lost against the Braves on April 1, as he went seven innings, giving up three runs on five hits and two walks, while he struck out eight, in the Brewers’ 5-2 lost. He will be going for his first victory of the season, while trying to silent the Phils’ bats. The Phils will be trying to start off their first home stand of the year on a good note.

Home runs once again hurt the Phils as they lose the series opener to the Brew Crew, 7-4.

The Phils’ bullpen allows another game to get away in the eighth inning, via a grand slam home run, as the Phils lose to the Brew Crew, 7-4.

The Brewers took the lead in the first as, with two men out, Ryan Braun hits a solo home run, his thirtieth home run of the season, giving the Brewers a 1-0 lead. The Brewers then made it a 2-0 lead as Aramis Ramirez followed with a solo home run of his own, his sixteenth home run of the year. The Phils got a run back in the third as, with runners on the corners, and with one man out, Jimmy Rollins, who had started the inning off with a double, then stole first second base, and then third base, would score on Ryan Howard’s grounder to second baseman Rickie Weeks, who threw to second base in an attempt to start a double play, except that shortstop Jean Segura would make a missed catch error on the force attempt, allowing Chase Utley, who had earlier walked, to be safe at second base, while Howard would reach first base, making it a 2-1 Brewers’ lead. The Brewers added to their lead in the fourth as Braun hits a lead-off home run, his thirty-first home run of the season, and his second of the ballgame, giving the Brewers a 3-1 lead. The Phils took the lead in the fifth as, with the bases loaded, via a single by Howard, a walk by Dom Brown, moving Howard up to second base, and a single by Laynce Nix, moving Howard to third base, and Brown to second base, and with two men out, Kevin Frandsen hits a bases clearing double, scoring Howard, Brown and Nix, giving the Phils a 4-3 lead. The Brewers retook the lead in the eighth as, with the bases loaded, via Weeks reaching first base on Frandsen’s throwing error, an intentional walk to Braun, moving Weeks up to second base and a walk to Aramis, moving up both runners, and with two men out, Corey Hart hits a grand slam home run, his twenty-third home run of the year, scoring Weeks, Braun and Aramis, giving the Brew Crew a 7-4 lead. That would end up being the final score as Jim Henderson picked up his third save of the year as he got Erik Kratz to hit into a 5-3 ground out with the bases loaded, ending the game.

Cliff Lee got a no-decision as he pitched seven and two-thirds innings, giving up four runs, only three of which were earned, on five hits, while striking out twelve. Josh Lindblom blew his third save attempt of the season, before taking the lost (2-3, 3.76) as he pitched a third of an inning, giving up three runs on a hit and two walks. Marco Estrada also received a no-decision as he pitched five innings, giving up four runs on eight hits and three walks, while striking out a batter. Jose Veras pitched two scoreless innings, giving up a hit and two walks, while striking out four. Livan Hernandez (4-1, 5.06) got the win as he pitched a 1-2-3 inning, striking out two. Manny Parra received his sixth hold of the season as he pitched a third of an inning, giving up two hits, while striking out a batter. Jim Henderson collected his third save of the season as he pitched two-thirds of an inning, giving up a hit, while striking out a batter.

The Phils had twelve hits in the game, with Ryan Howard (Singles, RBI) and Kevin Frandsen (2 Singles, Double, 3 RBIs) both leading the team with three hits apiece, followed by Juan Pierre (Singles) with two hits. Jimmy Rollins, Dom Brown, Laynce Nix and Cliff Lee had the other four Phils’ hits, all singles. The Phils also had five walks and three stolen bases (Rollins (2, 19 and 20) and Pierre (29)) in the game, as they left too many men on base.

The Phils (54-64, 4th East) will continue their series with the Brewers (53-64, 4th Central) with a night game tonight. The game will be played at Miller Park and is to start at 8:10 pm EDT (7:10 CDT). The Phils will send to the mound Vance Worley (6-7, 3.97), who is coming off a no-decision against the Cardinals on August 12, as he went five and a third innings, giving up four runs on nine hits and two walks, while striking out four, in the Phils’ 8-7 extra-innings win. He will be trying to improve on his last start. The Brewers will counter with Yovani Gallardo (11-8, 3.78), who is coming off a win against the Astros on August 12, as he threw seven and two-thirds innings, giving up three runs on nine hits and a walk, while striking out eight, in the Brewers’ 5-3 win. He will be trying to trying to give the Phils’ some fits. The Phils will be trying to even up the series.

The Phils come from behind for the second straight night, as they defeat the Brew Crew again, 7-6.

The Phils seems to have reverted to the ’07-11 version, as they unloaded for six runs in the eighth inning to come back from behind for the second night in a row as they defeat the Brewers, 7-6.

The Brewers tried to take the lead in the first as, with two men on , and with one man out, Norichika Aoki, who had started the game off with a single, then moved up to second base on Ryan Braun’s single, is thrown out at the plate trying to score on Aramis Ramirez’s single to right, as he is gun down by a strong throw by right fielder Hunter Pence, 9-2, as Carlos Ruiz applies the tag, while Braun, who had earlier singled, stopped at second base. The Brewers then took a 1-0 lead as Corey Hart hits an RBI single, knocking in Braun, while sending Ramirez on to third base. The Phils tied the game up at one-all in their half of the first as, with a man on third, and with two men out, Ryan Howard hits an RBI single, knocking in Shane Victorino, who had earlier doubled, then moved up to third base as Chase Utley strikes out swinging, before being thrown out at first as the ball gets away from catcher Martin Maldonado, 2-3. The Brewers retook the lead in the sixth as Braun hits a lead-off home run, his twenty-seventh home run of the season, giving the Brew Crew a 2-1 lead. The Brewers added to their lead in the seventh as, with two men out, Zack Greinke helped his own cause by hitting a solo home run, his first home run of the year, giving the Brewers a 3-1 lead. The Brewers then made a 4-1 lead in the eighth as Carlos Gomez hits a solo home run, his seventh home run of the season. Two batters later, the Brew Crew made it a 6-1 lead as, with a man on first, and with still nobody out, Ramirez hits a two-run home run, his eleventh home run of the year, knocking in Braun, who had just singled. The Phils then staged their second straight late inning comeback in their half of the eighth inning as, with a runner on second, and with one man out, pinch hitter Erik Kratz hits a two-run home run, his third home run of the season, knocking in Ty Wigginton, who had started the inning off with a single, then moved up to second base on John Mayberry, Jr. soft ground ball to the second baseman, 4-3, cutting the Brewers’ lead down to 6-3. After Jimmy Rollins flies out to left for the inning’s second out, the Phils tied up the ballgame at six-all as, with the bases loaded via walks to Victorino, Utley, who then performed a double steal of third and second respectively, and Howard, who was then pinch run for by Mike Fontenot, and with still two men out, Ruiz hits a bases clearing double, knocking in Victorino, Utley and Fontenot. The Phils then took the lead as Pence hits an RBI single, knocking in Ruiz, who hopped across the plate because of problems with one of his legs, giving the Phils a 7-6 lead, as the Phils batted around. That would end up being the final score as Jonathan Papelbon came in to record his twenty-second save of the year by pitching a 1-2-3 ninth, striking out Gomez on a called third strike to end the game.

Cliff Lee received a no-decision as he pitched seven innings, plus three batters, giving up six runs on twelve hits, including four home runs, and a walk, striking out six. Michael Schwimer (1-1, 4.01) got the win as he pitched an inning, getting out all three batters who he would face, including a strikeout. Jonathan Papelbon recorded his twenty-second save of the season as he threw a 1-2-3 inning, striking out two batters. Zack Greinke also received a no-decision as he threw seven strong innings, giving up just one run on three hits, while striking out five. Jose Veras pitched a third of an inning, giving up a run on a hit. Manny Parra also pitched a third of an inning, giving up four runs on a hit and three walks. Kameron Loe was tagged with his fifth blown save of the season, before taking the lost (4-4, 4.04) as he pitched a third of an inning, giving up a run on two hits and a walk.

The Phils had seven hits in the game, with four of them coming in the eighth, a single by Jimmy Rollins, a double by Shane Victorino, a single by Ryan Howard (RBI), a double by Carlos Ruiz (3 RBIs), a single by Hunter Pence (RBI), a single by Ty Wigginton and a pinch hit home run by Erik Kratz (2 RBIs). The Phils also has four walks and two steals (Victorino (22) & Chase Utley (2)) all coming during the eighth inning rally.

The Phils (44-54, 5th East) conclude their series with the Brewers (44-52, 4th Central) with an afternoon game, already in progress, as the Phils go for the series sweep.

The Phils swept the Pirates in extra-innings off of a walk-off double by Raul Ibanez, as they win in ten innings, 6-5.

A walk-off double by Raul Ibanez, knocking in Hunter Pence, gives the Phils a three-game sweep as they defeat the Pirates in ten innings, 6-5.

The Phils took the lead in the second as, with one man out, Raul Ibanez hits a solo home run, his fifteenth home run of the season, giving the Phils a 1-0 lead. The Pirates took the lead in the fifth as, with two men on, and with two men out, Xavier Paul hits a two-run single, knocking in Brandon Wood, who had earlier singled, stopped at second base on Eric Fryer’s single, then went to third on Jeff Karstens’ sacrifice bunt, 1-4, and Fryer, who had earlier singled, then stopped at second base on Karstens’ sac bunt, giving the Pirates a 2-1 lead. The Phils regained the lead in their half of the fifth as, with two men on, and with one man out, Jimmy Rollins hits an RBI single, knocking in Brian Schneider, who had earlier doubled, then stopped at third base on Michael Martinez’s single, and Martinez, who had earlier singled, then moved up to second base on Vance Worley’s sacrifice bunt, 1-3, giving the Phils a 3-2 lead. The Pirates retook the lead in the sixth as, with one man on, and with two men out, Lyle Overbay hits a two-run home run, his eighth home run of the year, scoring Neil Walker, who had earlier singled, giving the Pirates a 4-3 lead. The Pirates added to their lead in the seventh as, with a runner on second, and with two men out, Garrett Jones hits an RBI double, scoring Fryer, who had earlier walked, then moved up to second base on Karstens’ second sac bunt of the game, giving the Pirates a 5-3 lead. The Phils would tie the game up at five-all in the eighth as, with one man on, and with two men out, Ibanez hits a two-run home run, his sixteenth home run of the season, and his second of the game, scoring Hunter Pence, who was safe at first on a grounder that he had hit deep into hole at shortstop, that was grabbed by shortstop Wood, who then threw to third, where third baseman Pedro Alvarez tagged out Ryan Howard, who had earlier doubled, as he made a base running blunder, as he thought the ball would get through, for the inning’s second out, 6-5. The Phils then won the game in the tenth as, with a runner on second, and with one man out, Ibanez hits an RBI double, knocking in Pence, who had just doubled, giving the Phils the 6-5 walk-off extra-inning win.

Vance Worley pitched six innings, giving up four runs on seven hits, as he struck out seven. Brad Lidge pitched an inning, giving up a run on a hit and a walk, while striking out one. Juan Perez pitched two-thirds of an inning, giving up a hit, while striking out one. David Herndon pitched a third of an inning, striking out the only man that he would face. Ryan Madson pitched a scoreless inning, giving up a hit, while striking out one. Antonio Bastardo (4-0, 1.34) got the win as he pitched a 1-2-3 tenth, striking out a batter. Jeff Karstens also received a no-decision  as he pitched seven innings, giving up three runs on seven hits and two walks, while he struck out five. Joe Beimel received his seventh hold of the year as he pitched a third of an inning, giving up a run on a hit. Jose Veras blew his fifth save opportunity of the year as he pitched two-thirds of an inning, giving up a run on one hit. Chris Resop pitched two-thirds of an inning, striking out the two batters that he would face. Tony Watson (0-2, 1.99) took the lost as he pitched two-thirds of an inning, giving up a run on two hits.

The Phils had eleven hits in the game, with Raul Ibanez leading the team with three hits, two home runs and a double, as he knocked in four runs. Jimmy Rollins followed with two hits, both singles, knocking in two runs. Chase Utley (Single), Ryan Howard (Double), Hunter Pence (Double), Brian Schneider (Double), Michael Martinez (Single) and Vance Worley (Single), had the other six Phils’ hits.

The Phils (68-39, 1st East) will start a three-game series with the Rockies (51-56, 3rd West) tomorrow night. The game will be played at Coors Field and will start at 6:40 pm MDT. The Phils will send to the mound Cole Hamels (12-6, 2.61), who is coming off a lost to the Giants on July 27, as he went seven and two-thirds innings, giving up two runs on six hits and a walk, while he struck out six, in the Phils’ 2-1 lost. He will be trying to win his thirteenth start. The Rockies will try to counter with Jhoulys Chacin (8-8, 3.50), who is coming off a lost against the Dodgers on July 2. as he went six innings, giving up three runs, only one of which was earned, on three hits and a walk, while striking out two, in the Rockies’ 3-2 lost. He hopes to end the Phils’ present winning streak. The Phils will be out to start off their latest road trip on a good note.

Cliff Lee finally gets win number ten, his only win in the month of July, as the Phils’ offense welcome Hunter Pence with a sixteen-hit attack against the Bucos as they win, 7-4.

A sixteen-hit attack, including four from Ryan Howard, welcomes Hunter Pence’s arrival to the line-up as the Phils’ defeat the Pirates, 7-4.

The Phils took the lead in the second as Ryan Howard lead-off the inning with a home run, his twenty-first home run of the season, giving the Phils a 1-0 lead. The Phils then made it a 2-0 lead in the third as, with one man out, Jimmy Rollins hits a solo home run, his thirteenth home run of the year. The Phils then added to their lead three batters later as, with two men on, and with still one man out, Howard hits an RBI double, knocking in Shane Victorino, who had earlier singled, then stole second base, giving the Phils a 3-0 lead, while sending Chase Utley, who had just walked, on to third. The Pirates cut down the Phils’ lead to 3-2 in the fourth as, with one man on, and with two men out, Pedro Alvarez hits a two-run home run, his third home run of the year, knocking in Brendon Wood, who had just singled. The Phils got a run back in their half of the fourth as, with two men on, and with two men out, Utley hits a single, that allowed Cliff Lee, who had earlier singled, then stopped at second base on Rollins’ single, to reach third, while Rollins, who had just singled,  would stop at second base, before Lee would score when right fielder Steve Pearce committed a fielding error, giving the Phils a 4-2 lead. The Phils then made it a 5-2 lead as Howard hits an RBI single, scoring Rollins, while sending Utley on to third. The Phils then added to their lead in the seventh as, with one man on, and with one man out, Carlos Ruiz hits an RBI double, scoring Placido Polanco, who had just singled, giving the Phils a 6-2 lead.  The Pirates then tried to rally in the eighth as, with runners on the corners, and with one man out, Neil Walker hits an RBI single, knocking in Pedro Ciriaco, who had earlier gotten on base with a bunt single, moved up to second base on Matt Diaz’s walk, then went to third on Andrew McCutchen’s force out grounder, 6-4, as Diaz is wiped out at second for the inning’s first out, making it a 6-3 Phils’ lead. Two batters later, after Pearce had hit into a force out, 5-4, wiping out Walker at second base for the inning’s second out, while sending McCutchen on to third, Wood made it a 6-4 Phils’ lead as he hits an RBI single, scoring Wood, while Pearce would stop at second base. The Phils got a run back in their half of the eighth as, with runners on the corners, and with one man out, Hunter Pence hits an RBI single, scoring Victorino, who had earlier hit a lead-off triple, while sending Howard, who had just been intentionally walked, on to second base, giving the Phils a 7-4 lead. That would be the final score as Ryan Madson recorded his eighteenth save of the year as he pitched a 1-2-3 ninth, striking out the side.

Cliff Lee (10-7, 3.14) finally got his tenth win of the year, as he went seven and one-third innings, giving up four runs on eight hits and a walk, while striking out eleven. Antonio Bastardo would received his eighth hold of the season as he pitched a third of an inning, striking outn the only man that he would face. Ryan Madson recorded his eighteenth save of the season as he pitched a 1-2-3 inning, striking out the side. James McDonald (7-5, 4.17) took the lost as he pitched five innings, giving up five runs on ten hits and two walks, while striking out five. Daniel McCutchen pitched a scoreless inning, giving up a hit, while striking out a batter. Chris Resop pitched an inning, giving up a run on two hits, while striking out one. Jose Veras pitched an inning, giving up a run on three hits and a walk.

The Phils had sixteen hits in the ballgame, with Ryan Howard leading the team with four hits, a single, two doubles, and a solo home run, being a triple short of hitting the cycle, as he knocked in three runs, while raising his batting average up to .254. Jimmy Rollins (Single, Home Run, RBI), Shane Victorino (Single, Triple), Placido Polanco (Singles), Carlos Ruiz (Single, Double, RBI) and Cliff Lee (Singles), all followed with two hits apiece. Chase Utley (Single) and Hunter Pence (Single, RBI) had the other two Phils’ hits. The seventh Phil run scored on a Pirates error.

The Phils (67-39, 1st East) will conclude their series with the Pirates (54-51, 3rd Central) with an afternoon game at Citizens Bank Park. The game will start at 1:35 pm EDT. The Phils will send to the mound Vance Worley (7-1, 2.02), who is coming off a complete game win against the Giants on July 26, as he gave up just two runs on three hits and a walk, while striking out five, in the Phils’ 7-2 win. He will be trying to give the Phils a sweep. The Pirates will counter with Jeff Karstens (8-5, 2.41), who is coming off a no-decision against the Braves on July 26, as he went five innings, giving upm three runs on six hits and three walks, while striking out three in the Pirates’ 4-3 extra-innings lost. He will be out to keep the Pirates from being swept. The Phils will be out to end their successful home stand with a sweep.

The Phils finally get a win at PNC Park as they defeat the Pirates, 7-3.

The Phils leave PNC Park with a win as they defeat the Pirates, 7-3.

The Pirates take a quick 2-0 lead in the first as, with one man on, and with two men out, Neil Walker hits a two-run home run, his eighth home run of the season, knocking in Xavier Paul, who had earlier singled, moved up to second on Josh Harrison’s sacrifice bunt, 1-4, then went to third on Andrew McCutchen’s ground out, 6-3.  The Phils got a run back in the fourth as, with runners on second and third, thanks to a pair of walks to Chase Utley and Ryan Howard, and a wild pitch by Pirates’ starter James McDonald that had allowed Utley to move up to second as Howard was batting, and then a passed ball by Pirates’ catcher Dusty Brown while Raul Ibanez was batting, that allowed Utley and Howard to both move up a base, and with nobody out, Ibanez hits a sacrifice fly, scoring Utley, making it a 2-1 Pirates’ lead, while Howard would move up to third. Two batters later, after Carlos Ruiz is hit by the pitch to put runners on the corners, the Phils tried to tie up the game as Dom Brown hit a ball up the middle, which hits the umpire, becoming a dead ball, giving Brown a single, and putting Ruiz on second base, but sending Howard back to third, loading up the bases, which would come back to haunt the Phils as Wilson Valdez hit into a 4-3 double play, wiping out Brown at second base, to end the inning. The Phils threaten to tie the game once again in the fifth as they loaded up the bases via walks to Roy Halladay, Shane Victorino and Placido Polanco, and with nobody out, Utley hits a grounder to first baseman Lyle Overbay, who then threw home, forcing out Halladay at the plate, 3-2, for the inning’s first out, as Utley is safe at first, while Victorino and Polanco both moved up a base. The Phils then finally tied it up at two-all as, with the bases still loaded, and now with one man out, after a long battle, Howard hits a sacrifice fly to deep center field, just missing a home run, scoring Victorino, while both Polanco and Utley would move up a base. Two batters later, after Ibanez was intentionally walked to reload the bases, and now with two men out, Ruiz forced in a run as he is hit by the pitch for the second time in the game, scoring Polanco, giving the Phils a 3-2 lead, while both Utley and Ibanez would move up a base. The Phils then took a 4-2 lead in the sixth as, with a runner on second, and with two men out, Polanco hits an RBI single, scoring Halladay, who had earlier singled, then moved up to second on Victorino’s ground out, 1-3. The Pirates tried to cut the Phils’ lead in the seventh as, with two men on, via a single by Brandon Wood, and a single by pinch hitter Matt Diaz, while Wood would go on to third on a fielding error by Howard on Polanco’s throw to first, with two men out. But, Halladay would get out of the inning as pinch hitter Jose Tabata hits a liner that was caught by Utley for the inning’s final out. The Phils added a run in the eighth as, with two men on, and with one man out, Howard hits an RBI single, knocking in Polanco, who had earlier singled, than stopped at second on Utley’s single, giving the Phils a 5-2 lead, while sending Utley, who had just singled, up to second base. The Pirates got a run back in their half of the eighth as, with one man on, and with one man out, McCutchen hits an RBI single, knocking in Harrison, who had earlier doubled, making it a 5-3 Phils’ lead. The Phils then made it a 6-3 lead in the ninth as, with runners on the corners, and with nobody out, Victorino hits an RBI single, knocking in Valdez, who had earlier singled, then went on to third on pinch hitter Ben Francisco’s single, while sending Francisco, who had just singled, on to second base.  Three batters later, with now two men out, Howard hits an RBI single, scoring Victorino, giving the Phils a 7-3 lead, while sending Francisco on to third. That would be the final score as Ryan Madson put down the Pirates in the ninth.

Roy Halladay (8-3, 2.56) got the win as he went seven innings, giving up two runs on six hits and a walk, while striking out six. Jose Contreras collected his third hold of the season as he pitched a third of an inning, giving up a run on two hits. Antonio Bastardo collected his fourth hold of the year, as he pitched two-thirds of an inning, giving up a hit, while striking out a batter. Ryan Madson pitched a scoreless inning, giving up a hit, while striking out two. James McDonald (3-4, 4.97) took the lost as he went four innings, plus three batters, giving up three runs on three hits, five walks, two hit batters, a wild pitch and a passed ball, while striking out three. Chris Resop pitched an inning, giving up a walk. Evan Meek pitched two-thirds of an inning, giving up a run on three hits. Daniel Moskos pitched an inning and a third, giving up a hit and a walk, while striking out two. Jose Ascanio pitched a third of an inning, giving up a run on three hits. Jose Veras pitched two-thirds of an inning, striking out a batter. Daniel McCutchen pitched an inning, giving up two runs on four hits.

The Phils had fourteen hits in the ballgame, with Chase Utley leading the team with three hits, all singles, as he raised his batting average to .239. Shane Victorino (Singles, RBI), Placido Polanco (Singles, RBI), Ryan Howard (Singles, 3 RBIs) and Dom Brown (Single, Double), all followed with two hits each. Wilson Valdez (Single), Roy Halladay (Single) and pinch hitter Ben Francisco (Single), had the other three Phils’ hits. Raul Ibanez knocked in one Phil run with a sacrifice fly, while Carlos Ruiz would have the other Phil RBI, as he got hit by the  pitch with the bases loaded.

The Phils (35-24, 1st East) will go home to start a three-game series with the Dodgers (28-32, 3rd West) at Citizens Bank Park with a ballgame tomorrow night. The game will start at 7:05 pm EDT. The Phils will send to the mound Cliff Lee (4-5, 3.94), who is coming off a lost to the Nats on May 31, as he went five and one-third innings, giving up six runs on seven hits and three walks, as he struck out four, in the Phils’ 10-2 lost. He will be trying to get the home stand off on a winning start. The Dodgers will counter with Ted Lilly (4-4, 4.22), who is coming off a win against the Rockies on May 31, as he went seven innings, giving up two runs on four hits, as he struck out eight, in the Dodgers’ 8-2 win. He’ll be trying to give the Phils some fits. The Phils will be trying to start off their long home stand on a good note with a win.

The Phils nightmare at PNC Park continue as they drop their fourth game in a row as they lose to the Pirates, 6-3.

The Phils have another nightmareish lost as they drop another series at PNC Park as they lose to the Bucos, 6-3.

The Phils take a quick 1-0 lead in the first as, with runners on the corners, and with one man out, Ryan Howard hits into an RBI force out, as Placido Polanco, who had earlier hit an infield single, is wiped out at second base, 4-6, as he take out shortstop Ronny Cedeno, allowing Howard to reach first base, and allowing Jimmy Rollins, who had earlier doubled, and then reached third on Polanco’s infield single, to score. The Pirates tied the game up at one-all in their half of the first as, with a man on third, and with one man out, Andrew McCutchen hits an RBI single, knocking in Jose Tabata, who had earlier doubled, then went to third on Xavier Paul’s sacrifice bunt, 1-3. Two batters later, with one man on, and now with two men out, Lyle Overbay hits an RBI double, scoring McCutchen, giving the Pirates a 2-1 lead. The Phils tied the game up at two-all in the fourth as, with runners on the corners, and with nobody out, Dom Brown hits an RBI ground out, 4-3, knocking in Shane Victorino, who had earlier singled, then went to third on Raul Ibanez’s single, while Ibanez, who had just singled, would move up to second base. The Pirates regained the lead in their half of the fourth as, with a runner on third, and with nobody out, Chris Snyder hits into an RBI ground out, 5-3, scoring Overbay, who had earlier tripled, as Ibanez fell down after getting his spikes caught in the grass, allowing the ball to go past him, giving the Pirates a 3-2 lead. The Pirates then made it a 4-2 lead as, with one man out, Brandon Wood hits a solo home run, his first home run of the year.  The Pirates added to their lead in the seventh as, with one man on, and with two men out, McCutchen hits an RBI double, knocking in pinch hitter Matt Diaz, who had earlier walked, then stole second base, giving the Pirates a 5-2 lead. The Pirates then made it a 6-2 lead in the eighth as, with a runner on third, and with two men out, Wood, who had earlier reached base on a force out, 3-6, wiping out at second Snyder, who had earlier walked, before going to second on Wilson Valdez’s throwing error to first, then reached third on Cedeno’s ground out, 4-3, scores on a Danys Baez wild pitch. The Phils made it a 6-3 Pirates’ lead as, with the bases loaded, via a ground-rule double by Ibanez, a walk by Carlos Ruiz, and an infield single by Valdez, with Ibanez stopping at third and with Ruiz at second, and with two men out, Polanco hits an RBI single, knocking in Ibanez, while moving both Ruiz and Valdez up a base, leaving the bases loaded. That would be the final score as Joel Hanrahan ended the game by getting Chase Utley to fly out to left for the final out.

Kyle Kendrick (3-4, 3.78) took the lost as he went five innings, giving up four runs on eight hits. Mike Zagurski pitched a scoreless inning, giving up a hit, while striking out one.  J.C. Romero pitched an inning, giving up a run on a hit and two walks, while striking out two. Danys Baez pitched an inning, as he gave up a run on a walk and a wild pitch. Charlie Morton (6-2, 2.52) got the win as he pitched seven innings, giving up two runs on six hits and two walks, while striking out five. Jose Veras pitched a 1-2-3 inning, striking out a batter. Joel Hanrahan pitched an inning, giving up a run on three hits and a walk, while striking out a batter.

The Phils had nine hits in the game, with Placido Polanco (Singles, RBI) and Raul Ibanez (Single, Double) both leading the team with two hits apiece. Jimmy Rollins (Double, before being taken out of the game with an injury), Wilson Valdez (Single), Chase Utley (Single), Shane Victorino (Single) and Dom Brown (Single, RBI), had the other five Phils’ hits. Ryan Howard had the other Phil RBI on a force out, as the offense is once again not getting a key hit to get them going.

The Phils (34-24, 1st East) will conclude their series with the Pirates (28-29, 4th Central) in a game already in progress.

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. 

The Phils win in the ninth on a walk-off, two-run single, as they defeat the Pirates, 3-2.

The Phils win with a walk-off, two-run single, as they beat the Pirates in the bottom of the ninth, 3-2.

The Pirates took a 1-0 lead in the third as, with runners on the corners, and with one man out, Corey Wimberly hits into an RBI ground out, 6-3, knocking in Josh Rodriguez, who had earlier singled, then moved up to second base on Pedro Ciriaco’s single, then stopped at third on Brad Lincoln’s force out, 5-4, forcing out Ciriaco at second base, while sending Lincoln, who had just hit into a force out, up to second base. The Pirates then made it 2-0 as, with a runner on second and now with two men out, John Bowker hits into an RBI double, knocking in Lincoln. The Phils cut the Pirates’ lead in their half of the third as, with a runner on third, and with two men out, Shane Victorino hits an RBI double, knocking in Michael Martinez, who had earlier walked, moved up to second on Roy Oswalt’s sacrifice bunt, 3-4, then went to third on Jimmy Rollins’ ground out, 1-unassisted, making it a 2-1 Pirates’ lead. The Phils would win the game in the ninth as, with runners on second and third, and with two-men out, Tuffy Gosewisch hits a two-run single off of Josh Harrison’s glove, knocking in Pete Orr, who had earlier reached base on a bunt single to first, was safe at second on a force out of Erik Kratz’s grounder, 5-unassisted as Ben Francisco, who had reached base on a bunt single, ran out of the base path, then stopped at second on Orr’s bunt single, and stopped at third on Martinez’s ground out, 4-3, and Kratz’s who was safe at first as Francisco was out at third as he went out of the base line to try and avoid the tag, and then stopped at second on Martinez’s ground out, giving the Phils a 3-2 win.

Roy Oswalt received a no-decision as he pitched six innings, giving up two runs on five hits, as he struck out five. Jose Contreras and J.C. Romero combine for two scoreless innings, giving up a hit (Contreras) and a walk (Romero), while striking out two batters. Ryan Madson gets the win (1-0, 2.57),  as he pitched a scoreless inning, giving up a hit. Brad Lincoln also received a no-decision, as he pitched two and two-thirds innings, giving up a run on a hit, while walking two batters. Chris Resop received his second hold of the spring as he pitched two and a third innings, giving up three hits and a walk, while striking out two. Jose Veras also received his second hold of the spring, as he pitched two innings, giving up two hits and a walk. Michael Crotta received his first hold of the spring, as he pitched a scoreless inning, striking out a batter. Chris Leroux blown his second save attempt of the spring, before taking the lost (1-1, 5.40), as he pitched two-thirds of an inning, giving up two runs on three hits.

The Phils had nine hits in the game, with Pete Orr leading the team with three hits, two singles and a double. Ryan Howard followed with two hits, a single and a double. Wilson Valdez (Single), Shane Victorino (Double, RBI), Ben Francisco (Single) and Tuffy Gosewisch (Single, 2 RBIs), had the other four Phils’ hits.

The Phils’ spring training record is now 14-8.

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