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The Phils have made several changes towards the end of 2012, which they hope will lead them back into the payoffs in 2013.

Philadelphia_PhilliesFirst off, I would like to take the time to say, Happy New Year’s, folks. Second, sorry for the lack of posts, but, I got too busy with other things to get myself in gear to do new posts. But, I now got the time, and boy, do I have a lot to cover, as the Phils made some wheeling and dealing and small-scale free agent signings which they hope will put them into position to get back into the playoffs this upcoming October.

First, in the Rule Five Draft they picked up outfielder Ender Inciarte from the Arizona Diamondbacks, whom they hope will anchor centerfield in a few seasons, while drafting in the Triple-A Phase of the draft right-handed pitcher Brendan Lafferty from the Kansas City Royals organization, while not losing a player to the draft.

On the same day, December 6, they made a trade with the Minnesota Twins, getting centerfielder Paul Revere, in exchange for minor league right-handed pitching prospect Trevor May and, coming as a complete surprise to most, right-handed starter Vance Worley. Revere, who appeared in 124 games for the Twins, batted .294 (150 for 511), hitting 13 doubles and 6 triples, as he scored 70 times, while knocking in 32. He had also stole 40 bases, ranking him third in the AL for 2012, being caught just 9 times. May spent 2012 pitching for the Reading Phillies (now the Fighting Phillies). Worley, who was placed on the disabled list towards the end of the 2012 season, before having an operation to remove bone chips from his elbow, would pitch in 23 games for the Phils before being shut down, all starts, as he collected a 6-9 record, with a 4.20 ERA and a WHIP of 1.51, as he pitched in 133 innings, giving up 154 hits and 69 runs, 62 of which were earned, as he struck out 107 batters, while walking only 47. Sorry to see you go, Vance, and I wish you luck in Minnesota, as long as you don’t pitch against the Phils. And, welcome to the team, Paul. I hope you’ll enjoy your stay here.

Then, on December 8, the Phils announced that they had made another trade, this one with the Texas Rangers, as they brought in Michael Young to take over duties at third base, in exchange for right-handed relief pitcher Josh Lindblom and pitching prospect Lisalverto Bonilla. Michael Young, who has also played first base, second base and shortstop, appeared in 156 games for the former American League Champs (2010-11) batting .277 (169 for 611), as he hit 27 doubles, 3 triples and 8 home runs during the season, knocking in 67 runs, while scoring 79 times. He also walked 33 times. Josh Lindblom, who had started the 2012 season pitching relief for the Los Angeles before being traded to the Phils as part of a trade involving Shane Victorino, appeared in 74 games for both clubs, all in relief, posting a combined record of 3-5 with one save in four save opportunities, as he fielded an ERA of 3.55 and a WHIP of 1.35. He pitched in 71 innings, allowing 61 hits and 31 runs to score, of which 28 were earned. He walked 35 batters while striking out 70. Bonilla spent 2012 pitching for Clearwater and then Reading in the Phils’ farm system. Welcome to the team, Michael. I hope that you can help the team via both your bat and your glove, especially the later, as it looks like you may not just be covering the hot corner of third base during the season.

After the two trades, the Phils then made a pair of minor free agent signings, both pitchers, one a reliever and the other a starter. First, they signed to a two-years, $12 million dollars contract, with relief pitcher Mike Adams, formerly of the Rangers, who will be acting as the eight-inning bridge to Jonathan Papelbon, as he plans to take over an inning that was a major problem for the ballclub all season long. For the Rangers, Adams pitched in 61 games, compiling a 5-3 record with a 3.27 ERA and a WHIP of 1.39, as well as collecting a save in two save attempts. He would pitch in 52 and a third innings, giving up 56 hits and 21 runs, 19 of which were earned, as he struck out 45 batters, while walking only 17. The Phils then signed former Washington Nationals’ starter John Lannan, who is to become the Phils’ fifth starter, to replace Worley in the rotation, to a one-year deal worth $2.5 million dollars. Lannan, who had spent his entire career with the Nats, before becoming a free agent, appeared in only six games last year, all of them starts, as he compiled a record of 4-1 with a 4.13 ERA and a WHIP of 1.44, as he pitched a total of 32 and two-thirds innings, giving up 33 hits and 15 runs, all earned. He struck out 17 batters, while walking 14. During his six seasons with the Nats, Lannan had a win-lost record of 42-52, as he compiled an ERA of 4.01 and a career WHIP of 1.42, as he pitched a total of 783 and two-thirds innings, while appearing in 134 games, all starts. He would give up a total of 820 hits, as opponents scored 393 times, with 349 of those runs being earned. He would strikeout a total of 410 batters, while walking just 296. Welcome to the ballclub, guys. I hope that you two were worth the money spent.

The Phils have during the month mention that they would like to add a veteran corner outfielder, either via free agent signing or another trade, but it looks like they have the club they want before they enter spring training next month. I’m just hoping this team will improve on their third place finish last year.

The bullpen once again comes up short as the Phils lose to the Nats, 4-2.

The Phils’ bullpen comes up short as the Phils lose to the Nats, 4-2.

The Phils took the lead in the fourth as Darin Ruf hits a lead-off home run, his second home run of the season, giving the Phils a 1-0 lead. The Nats tied it up at one-all in their half of the fourth as, with a man on third, and with two men out, Roger Bernadina hits an RBI single, knocking in Adam LaRoche, who had started the inning off with a double, then moved up to third base on Chad Tracy’s ground out, 3-1. The Nats took the lead in the sixth as LaRoche hits a lead-off home run, his thirty-third home run of the season, giving the Nats a 2-1 lead. The Nats tried to add to their lead five batters later as, with the bases loaded, via a walk to Tracy, a single by Mark DeRosa, moving Tracy up to second base, and Sandy Leon being hit by a pitch, moving up a base both runners, and with one man out, Eury Perez hits into a force out, 6-2, as shortstop Michael Martinez threw home, forcing out at home Tracy, as catcher Erik Kratz touches home plate for the inning’s second out, as Perez safely reaches first base, while both DeRosa and Leon move up a base, leaving the bases loaded. The Nats then took a 3-1 lead as Steve Lombardozzi hits an RBI single, scoing DeRosa, while both Leon and Perez moved up to third and second base respectively, as the bases remained loaded. The Phils would get a run back in the eighth as Ruf hits a lead-off home run, his third home run of the year, and his second home run of the game, making it a 3-2 Nats’ lead. The Nats tried to get the run back in their half of the eighth as, with the bases once again loaded, this time via a lead-off double by DeRosa, Bernadina being hit by a pitch, and a walk to Leon, moving both runners up a base, and with nobody out, Perez hits into a force out, 6-2, as Martinez threw home to Kratz, who touches the plate, forcing out DeRosa for the inning’s first out, while Perez would be safe at first, as Bernadina and Leon both moved up a base, as the bases stayed loaded. The Nats then took a 4-2 lead as Lombardozzi hits a sacrifice fly, scoring Bernadina. That would end up being the final score as Drew Storen collected his fourth save of the season as he pitched a 1-2-3 ninth.

B.J. Rosenberg received a no-decision as he pitched four innings, giving up a run on three hits and two walks, while striking out three. Jake Diekman pitched a scoreless inning, as he gave up two hits, while striking two batters. Josh Lindblom (3-5, 3.55) took the lost as he went an inning, giving up two runs on three hits, a walk and a hit batter. Jeremy Horst pitched a 1-2-3 inning, striking out two batters. Antonio Bastardo pitched an inning, as he gave up a run on a hit, a walk, and a hit batter. Tom Gorzelanny also received a no-decision as he pitched three and two-thirds innings, giving up a run on four hits and two walks, while striking out five. Christian Garcia pitched one and one-third scoreless innings. Zach Duke (1-0, 1.32) got the win as he pitched a scoreless inning, giving up two hits and a walk, while striking out a batter. Ryan Mattheus collected his eighteenth hold of the year as he pitched a scoreless inning, giving up a hit, while striking out two. Tyler Clippard collected his thirteenth hold of the season as he pitched an inning, giving up a run on two hits. Drew Storen received his fourth save of the year as he threw a 1-2-3 inning.

The Phils had nine hits in the game, with Kevin Frandsen (Doubles), Darin Ruf (Home Runs, 2 RBIs) and Michael Martinez (Singles), all leading the ballclub with two hits each. Ty Wigginton, Dom Brown and Erik Kratz had the other three Phils’ hits, all singles. The Phils also had three walks in the game.

The Phils (81-80, 3rd) play their final game of the season today, facing the Nats (97-64, 1st).

The Phils are eliminated from playoff contention as they lose in walk-off fashion to the Marlins, 2-1.

The Phils are finally eliminated as they lose to the Marlins in walk-off fashion, 2-1.

The Marlins took the lead in the fourth as, with two men out, Giancarlo Stanton hits a solo home run, his thirty-fifth home run of the year, giving the Marlins a 1-0 lead. The Phils tied the game up at one-all in the eighth as, with a man on third, and with two men out, Jimmy Rollins hits an RBI single, knocking in John Mayberry, Jr., who had started the inning off with a double, then moved up to third base on Michael Martinez’s ground out, 6-3. The Marlins would win it in the ninth as, with two men on, and with one man out, Carlos Lee hits a walk-off RBI single, knocking in Bryan Petersen, who had started the inning off with a double, giving the Marlins a 2-1 walk-off win. 

Cliff Lee received a no-decision as he pitched seven innings, giving up a run on three hits, as he struck out five. Phillippe Aumont pitched a scoreless inning, giving up a hit and a walk, striking out a batter. Josh Lindblom (3-4, 3.34) took the lost as he pitched a third of an inning, giving up a run on two hits and a walk. Mark Buehrle also received a no-decision as he went eight innings, giving up a run on six hits, as he struck out eight. Steve Cishek (5-2, 2.27) got the win as he pitched a scoreless inning, giving up a hit and a walk, while striking out two.

The Phils had just seven hits in the game, with Ty Wigginton leading the team with two hits, both singles. Jimmy Rollins (Single, RBI), Carlos Ruiz (Single), Darin Ruf (Single), John Mayberry, Jr. (Double) and Michael Martinez (Single) had the other five Phils’ hits.

The Phils (78-79, 3rd) will continue their series with the Marlins (67-90, 5th) with a game tonight. The game will be played at Marlins Park, and will start at 7:10 pm. The Phils will send to the mound Roy Halladay (10-8, 4.40), who is coming off a lost against the Braves on September 22, as he lasted only one and two-thirds innings, giving up seven runs on six hits and three walks, as he struck out three, in the Phils’ 8-2 lost. He will be trying to end his season on a high note. The Marlins will counter with Ricky Nolasco (12-12, 4.35), who is coming off a no-decision against the Mets on September 23, as he pitched seven innings, giving up two runs on five hits and two walks, while striking out five, in the Marlins’ 3-2 lost. He’s be trying to give the fish the series win. The Phils will be trying to even up the series.

The Phils are brought closer to elimination as they drop one to the Nats, 8-4.

The Phils are hurt early by the long ball as they lose to the Nats, 8-4.

The Nats took the lead in the first as, with one man on, and with nobody out, Bryce Harper hits a two-run home run, his twentieth home run of the season, knocking in Jayson Werth, who had started the game off with a walk, giving the Nats a 2-0 lead. The Nats made it a 3-0 lead in the second as Ian Desmond hits a lead-off home run, his twenty-fifth home run of the year. The Nats added to their lead two batters later as, with one man on, and with still nobody out, Kurt Suzuki hits a two-run home run, his sixth home run of the season, scoring Steve Lombardozzi, who had earlier reached base on second baseman Chase Utley’s fielding error, giving the Nats a 5-0 lead. The Phils got a run back in the thrid as, with a runner on second, and with nobody out, Kevin Frandsen, who had started the inning off with a double, would move up to third base on B.J. Rosenberg’s sacrifice bunt attempt, before scoring as catcher Suzuki committed as throwing error allowing Rosenberg to reach first base, making it a 5-1 Nats’ lead. The Phils then made it a 5-2 Nats’ lead in the fourth as, with a man on third, and with two men out, Rosenberg hits an RBI single, his first career hit as he knocked in his first career RBI. The Phils cut the Nats’ lead down to 5-3 in the seventh as, with two men out, Jimmy Rollins hits a solo home run, his twenty-third home run of the season. The Phils then made it a 5-4 Nats’ lead in the eighth as, with runners on the corners, and with one man out, Dom Brown hits a sacrifice fly, scoring Utley, who had started the inning off with a double, then moved up to third on pitcher Tyler Clippard’s wild pitch. The Nats increased their lead in the ninth as, with runners on second and third, and with two men out, Werth hits a two-run single, scoring Desmond, who had started the inning off with a walk, stole second base, then stopped at third base on Suzuki’s single, and Suzuki, who had earlier singled, then stole second base, giving the Nats a 7-4 lead. The Nats then added to their lead as Harper hits an RBI triple, knocking in Werth, giving the Nats an 8-4 lead. That would end up being the final score as Drew Storen threw a 1-2-3 ninth.

Kye Kendrick (10-12, 4.08) took the lost as he pitched just two innings, plus two batters, as he gave up five runs, only four of which were earned, on five hits and two walks, while he struck out a batter. B.J. Rosenberg pitched three innings, giving up a walk, while striking out three. Josh Lindblom and Jeremy Horst combined for three scoreless innings, giving up a hit (Horst) between them, while striking out three (Lindblom (2), Horst (1)). Justin De Fratus pitched two-thirds of an inning, giving up three runs on two hits and a walk, while striking out a batter. Antonio Bastardo pitched a third of an inning, giving up a hit, while striking out a batter. John Lannan (4-0, 4.23) got the win as he went five and a third innings, giving up two runs on five hits and a walk, while striking out three. Ryan Mattheus collected his sixteenth hold of the season as he pitched one and two-thirds innings, giving up a run on a hit, while striking out a batter. Tyler Clippard collected his eleventh hold of the year as he gave up a run on two hits, a walk and a wild pitch, while striking out two. Drew Storen pitched a 1-2-3 inning, striking out a batter.

The Phils had eight hits in the ballgame, with Chase Utley (Single, Double) and Kevin Frandsen (Double, Triple) both leading the team with two hits apiece. Jimmy Rollins (Home Run, RBI), John Mayberry, Jr. (Single), Darin Ruf (Single) and B.J. Rosenberg (Single, RBI) had the other four Phils’ hits. Dom Brown knocked in the third Phil’s run with a sacrifice fly, while the final one came in on a Nats’ error. The Phils also had two walks in the game.

The Phils (78-77, 3rd) will conclude their last home series with the Nats (94-61, 1st) with a night game tonight. The game will be played at Citizens Bank Park and will start at 7:05 pm EDT. The Phils will send to the mound Tyler Cloyd (2-1, 3.86), who is coming off a win against the Mets on September 20, as he pitched eight strong innings, giving up a run on three hits and two walks, while striking out six, in the Phils’ 16-1 rout. He will be trying to give the Phils the series win. The Nats will counter with Gio Gonzalez (20-8, 2.84), who is coming off a win against the Brewers on September 22, as he went seven scoreless innings, giving up three hits and a walk, while striking out five, in the Nats’ 10-4 win. He will be trying to put the Nats closer to winning the NL East crown. The Phils will be planning to end the season at home on a high note.

The Phils give Cole Hamels his career high 16th win, as they made sure that the Nats will not clinch the East in Philly as they win by the score of 6-3.

The Phils made sure that the Nats will not be having a division clinching celebration at the Bank, as they secure Cole Hamels career high 16th win as they defeat the Nats, 6-3.

The Nats took the lead in the second as, with a runner on second, and with two men out, Kurt Suzuki hits an RBI single, knocking in Danny Espinsosa, who had earlier walked, then stole second base, giving the Nats a 1-0 lead. The Phils tied the game up at one-all in their half of the second as, with two men out, Darin Ruf hits a solo home run, his first career home run, and his first career hit. The Phils took the lead in the third as, with two men on, and with nobody out, Ryan Howard hits an RBI single, knocking in John Mayberry, Jr., who had started the inning off with a walk, then moved up to second base on Chase Utley’s walk, giving the Phils a 2-1 lead, while sending Utley, who had just walk, up to second base. The Phils then took a 5-1 lead as Carlos Ruiz followed with a three-run home run, his career high sixteenth home run of the season, scoring both Utley and Howard. The Nats got a run back in the fifth as, with a runner on second base, and with two men out, Bryce Harper hits an RBI single, scoring Suzuki, who had started the inning off with a single, then stopped at second base on Ross Detwiler’s sacrifice bunt, 2-4, making it a 5-2 Phils’ lead, before moving up to second base on the late throw to the plate. The Nats then made it a 5-3 Phils’ lead as Ryan Zimmerman hits an RBI single, knocking in Harper. The Phils added an insurance run in the sixth as Dom Brown hits a lead-off home run, his fifth home run of the season, giving the Phils a 6-3 lead. That would end up being the final score as Jonathan Papelbon would record his thirty-seventh save of the season as he pitched a scoreless ninth.

Cole Hamels (16-6, 3.11) got the win as he pitched five innings, giving up three runs on seven hits and a walk, while striking out six. Scott Lindblom collected his twenty-second hold of the season as he threw a 1-2-3 inning, striking out a batter. Justin De Fratus collected his third hold of the year as he pitched two-thirds of an inning, getting out both men whom he would face, striking out a batter. Antonio Bastardo collected his twenty-fourth hold of the year as he pitched a third of an inning, striking out the only man that he would face. Phillippe Aumont collected his fifth hold of the year as he threw a 1-2-3 inning. Jonathan Papelbon collected his thirty-seventh save of the year as he pitched a scoreless inning, giving up a hit, while striking out two batters. Ross Detwiler (10-7, 3.28) took the lost as he pitched five innings as well, giving up five runs on five hits and three walks, while striking out three. Craig Stammen pitched two-thirds of an inning, giving up a run on two hits and two walks, as he struck out a batter. Michael Gonzalez pitched a third of an inning, getting out the only man whom he would face. Zach Duke pitched two 1-2-3 innings, striking out three.

The Phils had seven hits in the game, with Darin Huf (RBI) leading the team with two hits, a single and a solo home run. Chase Utley (Single), Ryan Howard (Single, RBI), Carlos Ruiz (Home Run, 3 RBIs), Dom Brown (Home Run, RBI) and Kevin Frandsen (Double) had the other five Phils’ hits. The Phils also had five walks in the game.

The Phils (78-76, 3rd) will continue their series with the Nats (93-61, 1st) with a ballgame 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 Kyle Kendrick (10-11, 3.89) who is coming off a win against the Braves on September 21, As he went six and two-thirds innings, giving up two runs on five hits and a walk, while striking out six,  in the Phils’ 6-2 win. He will be out to even his record. The Nats will counter with John Lannan (3-0, 4.43), who is coming off a no-decision against the Dodgers on September 19, as he went just three and two-thirds innings, giving up six runs on eight hits and two walks, while striking out three, in the Nats’ 7-6 lost. He will be trying to help even up the series. The Phils will be out to win the series.

The Phils playoff hopes grow dimmer as they drop a pair to the Braves, losing 8-2 and 2-1.

The Phils drop a pair to the Braves, losing 8-2 and 2-1, as their playoff hopes grow dim with nine games left to play.

On Saturday, the Braves took the lead in the first as, with two men on, and with two men out, Freddie Freeman hits a three-run home run, his twenty-first home run of the season, knocking in Jason Heyward, who was safe at first on a force out, 5-4, wiping out at second base Martin Prado, who had earlier singled, then stopped at second base on Chipper Jones’ single, and Jones, who had just singled, giving the Braves a 3-0 lead. The Braves added to their lead in the second as, with the bases loaded, via a lead-off walk by Brian McCann, a single by Michael Bourn, with McCann stopping at second base, and a walk by Prado, with both runners moving up a base, and with two men out, Heyward hits a bases-clearing double, knocking in McCann, Bourn and Prado, giving the Braves a 6-0 lead. The Braves then took a 7-0 lead as Jones hits an RBI double, scoring Heyward. The Phils got a run back in the third as, with a man on third, and with nobody out, pinch-hitter Darin Ruf hits a sacrifice fly, his first career RBI, scoring Kevin Frandsen, who had started the inning off with a triple, making it a 7-1 Braves’ lead. The Phils then cut the Braves’ lead down to 7-2 in the fourth as, with one man out, Ryan Howard hits a solo home run, his fourteenth home run of the season, his fourth in four straight games, and the 300th of his career. The Braves got a run back in the eighth as, with a man on third, and with one man out, Heyward hits an  RBI single, knocking in Bourn, who had started the inning off with a double, then stopped at third base on a Prado ground out, 1-3, giving the Braves an 8-2 lead. That would end up being the final score as Eric O’Flaherty pitched a 1-2-3 ninth.

Roy Halladay (10-8, 4.40) took the lost as he lasted only one and two-thirds innings, giving up seven runs on five hits and three walks, while striking out only three. Jeremy Horst pitched one and a third innings, giving up a hit, while striking out four. B.J. Rosenberg, Jake Diekman and Josh Lindblom combined for four scoreless innings, giving up a hit (Rosenberg) and five walks (Rosenberg (1), Diekman (4)) between them, while striking out three (Rosenberg (1), Diekman (2)). Justin De Fratus pitched an inning, giving up a run on two hits, while striking out a batter. Phillippe Aumont threw a 1-2-3 inning. Mike Minor (10-10, 4.27) got the win as he pitched six innings, giving up two runs on two hits, a walk and a hit batter, while striking out six. Chad Durbin, Jonny Venters and Eric O’Flaherty combined for three scoreless innings, giving up a hit (Durbin) and a walk (Durbin) between them.

The Phils only had three hits in the game, a triple by Kevin Frandsen, a home run by Ryan Howard (RBI) and a single by Carlos Ruiz, as the offense was kept under control by the Braves’ pitching staff. The other Phil run came in on Darin Ruf’s sacrifice fly. The Phils also has two walks and a hit batter (Juan Pierre) in the game.

In yesterday’s game, the Braves took a quick 1-0 lead in the second as, with one man out, David Ross hits a solo home run, his eighth home run of the season. The Braves added to their lead in the third as, with the bases loaded, via singles by Reed Johnson and Prado, with Johnson stopping at second base, a throwing error by pitching Cliff Lee on a grounder hit by Heyward, allowing Johnson to reach third base and Prado to stop at second base, as Heyward was safe at first, and with one man out, Dan Uggla hits a sacrifice fly, scoring Johnson, making it a 2-0 Braves’ lead, while both runners would move up a base. The Phils would finally get on the scoreboard in the sixth as, with a man on third, and with one man out, Chase Utley hits a sacrifice fly, knocking in Jimmy Rollins, who had started the inning off with a walk, moving up to second base on pitcher Tim Hudson’s pickoff attempt throwing error, then went to third base on Juan Pierre’s sacrifice bunt, 1-3, making it a 2-1 Braves’ lead. That would end up being the final score as Craig Kimbrel picked up his thirty-ninth save of the year by pitching a 1-2-3 ninth.

Cliff Lee (6-8, 3.18) took the lost as he pitched eight innings, giving up two runs, only one of which was earned, on nine hits, as he struck out eleven. Jonathan Papelbon pitched a 1-2-3 inning, striking out two. Tim Hudson (16-6, 3.61) got the win as he went seven and a third innings, giving up an unearned run on two hits, a walk and a hit batter, while he struck out four. Eric O’Flahetry picked up his twenty-seventh hold of the season as he threw two-thirds of an inning, getting out both men whom he would face. Craig Kimbrel collected his thirty-ninth save of the season as he pitched a 1-2-3 ninth, striking out a batter.

The Phils had only two hits in the game, singles by John Mayberry, Jr. and Kevin Frandsen, as the offense was stymied for the second straight game. The Phils only RBI came in on a Chase Utley sacrifice fly. The Phils also had a walk and a hit batter (Utley) in the ballgame.

The Phils (77-76, 3rd) have the day off today.

The Phils’ offense gets shut down as they lose to the Astros, 5-0.

The Phils get shut out as they lose to the Astros, 5-0.

The Astros took the lead in the first as, with one man on, and with two men out, Justin Maxwell hits a two-run home run, his sixteenth home run of the season, knocking in Jose Altuve, who had started the inning off with a single, then moved up to second base on Fernando Martinez’s ground out, 4-3, giving the Astros a 2-0 lead. The Astros added to their lead in the second as, with the bases loaded, via singles to Matt Dominguez, Jason Castro and J. D. Martinez, then a force out at the plate, 3-2, on a grounder hit by Dallas Keuchel, as Erik Kratz touch first base in front of Dominguez, while both Castro and Martinez would move up a base, and with one man out, Altuve hits into a force out, 3-6, as Keuchel is wiped out at second base for the inning’s second out, as Castro scores, making it a 3-0 Astros’ lead, while Martinez would stop at third base. The Astros made it a 4-0 lead in the fifth as, with a runner on second base, and with two men out, Brett Wallace hits an RBI ground-rule double, scoring Keuchel, who had started the inning off with a single, then moved up to second base on Altuve’s sacrifice bunt, 2-3. The Astros increased their lead in the sixth as, with one man on, and with one man out, Martinez hits an RBI single, knocking in Castro, who had just doubled, giving the Astros a 5-0 lead. That would end up being the final score as Wesley Wright pitched a scoreless ninth.

Kyle Kendrick (9-11, 3.95) took the lost as he went five innings, giving up four runs on seven hits, as he struck out four. Josh Lindblom pitched two innings, giving up a run on three hits and a walk, while he struck out two. Jake Diekman pitched a 1-2-3 inning. Dallas Keuchel (2-7, 4.97) got the win as he threw five and one-third innings, as he gave up five hits, four walks and a hit batter. Mickey Storey pitched two-thirds of an inning, striking out both men that he would face. Xavier Cedeno, Hector Ambriz and Wesley Wright combined for three scoreless innings, giving up two hits (Ambriz (1), Wright (1)) and a walk (Cedeno) between them, while striking out a batter (Cedeno).

The Phils had seven hits in the game, with Kevin Frandsen leading the team with two hits, a single and a double. Jimmy Rollins (Single), John Mayberry, Jr. (Single), Ty Wigginton (Double), Erik Kratz (Single) and Kyle Kendrick (Single) had the other five Phils’ hits as the offense could not get the key hit to start scoring runs. The Phils also had five walks, three stolen bases (Rollins (28 & 29), Chase Utley (8)) and a hit batter (Utley) in the ballgame.

The Phils (73-73, 3rd East) will complete their series with the Astros (47-99, 6th Central) with a game already in progress.

The Phils winning streak ends at seven games as they are once again snakebit in Houston, as they lose to the Astros, 6-4.

The Phils are once again snakebitten at Minute Maid Park as they drop one in the late innings to the Astros, 6-4.

The Phils took the lead in the second as, with one man on, and with two men out, Erik Kratz hits an RBI double, scoring Dom Brown, who had earlier walked, giving the Phils a 1-0 lead. The Phils added to their lead in the third as, with runners on the corners, and with one man out, Ryan Howard hits a sacrifice fly, scoring Juan Pierre, who had earlier singled, then stopped at third base on Chase Utley’s single, giving the Phils a 2-0 lead, while Utley, who had just singled, would move up to second base on the throw to the plate. The Phils then made it a 3-o lead as John Mayberry, Jr. hits an RBI single, knocking in Utley, before he moved up to second base on right fielder Jimmy Paredes’ fielding error. Two batters later, after Mayberry had moved up to third base on pitcher Lucas Harrell’s wild pitch, and Brown had walked for his second straight at bat, the Phils t0ok a 4-0 lead as Kevin Frandsen hits an RBI single, knocking in Mayberry, while moving Brown up to second base. The Astros cut down the Phils’ lead in the fourth as, with two men on, and with nobody out, Matt Dominguez hits a three-run home run, his fourth home run of the season, scoring both Justin Maxwell and Jason Castro, who had both singled, with Maxwell stopping at second base on Castro’s single, making it a 4-3 Phils’ lead. The Astros took the lead in the eighth as, with two men on, and with two men out, pinch hitter Jed Lowrie hits a two-run double, knocking in Dominguez, who had earlier walked, then moved up to second base after Scott Moore was hit by a pitch, and pinch runner Jordan Lyles, who was pinch running for Moore, who had been hit by a pitch, giving the Astros a 5-4 lead. The Astros then made it a 6-4 lead as Brandon Barnes hits an RBI single, scoring Lowrie, before moving up to second base on the throw to the plate. That would end up being the final score as Wilton Lopez collected his fifth save of the season as he threw a scoreless ninth.

Tyler Cloyd received a no-decision as he threw three innings, plus three batters, giving up three runs on five hits, as he struck out four. B.J. Rosenberg pitched two innings, giving up a hit, while striking out two. Josh Lindblom collected his twenty-first hold of the season as he pitched a scoreless inning, walking a batter, while striking out two. Antonio Bastardo also collected his twenty-first hold of the season, as he threw a scoreless inning, giving up a hit, while striking out one. Phillippe Aumont collected his fourth hold of the season, but took the lost (0-1, 3.00) as he pitched two-thirds of an inning, giving up two runs on two walks and a hit batter. Jake Diekman committed his first blown save of the season as he pitched a third of an inning, giving up a run on three hits, while striking out a batter. Lucas Harrell also recieved a no-decision as he pitched five and two-thirds innings, giving up four runs, three of which were earned, on seven hits, five walks and a wild pitch, while striking out four. Xavier Cedeno pitched an inning, walking a batter, while striking out one. Hector Ambriz pitched tw0-thirds of an inning, getting out both men whom he would face, striking out a batter. Wesley Wright (1-2, 3.33) got the win as he pitched two-thirds of an inning, giving up a hit and a walk, while striking out a batter. Wilton Lopez collected his fifth save of the season as he threw a scoreless inning, giving up a hit, while striking out a batter.

The Phils had nine hits in the game, with Juan Pierre leading the team with two hits, both singles. Chase Utley (Single), Ryan Howard (Single, RBI), John Mayberry, Jr. (Single, RBI), Kevin Frandsen (Single, RBI), Erik Kratz (Double, RBI), pinch hitter Pete Orr (Single), pinch hitter Carlos Ruiz (Single) had the other seven Phils’ hits, as the Phils’ lose another game in the eighth inning, as the offense is unable to knock in an extra run or two late in the game. The Phils also seven walks and two stolen bases (Orr (3), Jimmy Rollins (27, 400 of his career)) in the ballgame.

The Phils (72-72, 3rd East) continue their series with the Astros (46-98, 6th Central) with a night game tonight. The game will be played at Minute Maid Park and is to start at 8:05 pm EDT (7:05 pm CDT). The Phils will send to the mound Cole Hamels (14-6, 3.03), who is coming off a no-decision against the Rockies on September 9, as he pitched seven innings, giving up two runs on five hits and a walk, while striking out six, in the Phils’ 3-2 walk-off win. He will be trying to collect his fourth straight win for the fourth time. The Astros will counter with Edgar Gonzalez (2-0, 1.74), who is coming off a win against the Reds on September 9 as he went five innings, giving up a run on two hits and a walk, while striking out six, in the Astros’ 5-1 win. He will be trying for his third straight win since being called up. The Phils will be trying to put the previous game behind them, as they try to stay in the race for the second wild card spot.

The Phils reached the .500 mark as they hang on to defeat the pesky Marlins, 9-7.

The Phils win their sixth straight game as they finally reach the .500 mark as they hang on to defeat the Marlins, 9-7.

The Phils took the lead in the first as, with the bases loaded, via singles by Jimmy Rollins and Juan Pierre, with Rollins stopping at second base, and a walk by Chase Utley, with both runners moving up a base, and with nobody out, Ryan Howard hits into a double play, 4-6-3, wiping out Utley at second base for the inning’s first out, scoring Rollins, giving the Phils a 1-0 lead, while sending Pierre over to third base. The Phils then took a 2-0 lead as Carlos Ruiz hits an RBI double, scoring Pierre. The Phils then increased their lead as Dom Brown hits an RBI single, knocking in Ruiz, giving the Phils a 3-0 lead. The Marlins got a run back in the third as, with the bases loaded, via singles by Donovan Solano and Rob Brantley, a sacrifice bunt by Nathan Eovaldi, 1-4, moving both runners up a base, and a walk to Bryan Pattersen, and with one man out, Justin Ruggiano hits an RBI single, knocking in Solano, making it a 3-1 Phils’ lead, while sending Brantley up to third base, and Pattersen over to second base. The Marlins then made it a 3-2 Phils’ lead as Jose Reyes hits a sacrifice fly, scoring Brantley. The Phils added to their lead in their half of the third as, with a runner on second, and with nobody out, Utley hits an RBI single, knocking in Pierre, who had started the inning off with a double, giving the Phils a 4-2 lead. The Phils then made it a 5-2 lead in the fifth as, with a man on third, and with nobody out, Pierre hits an RBI single, scoring Rollins, who had started the inning off with a walk, next stole second base, then stopped at third base on catcher Brantley’s passed ball. The Marlins got the run back as Giancarlo Stanton hits a lead-off home run, his thirty-fourth home run of the season, making it a 5-3 Phils’ lead. The Phils got the run back as, with one man on, and with one man out, Roy Halladay helped his own cause by hitting an RBI single, scoring Michael Martinez, who had just doubled, giving the Phils a 6-3 lead. The Phils then made it an 8-3 lead as, one batter later, after catcher Brantley had committed a foul pop error as he dropped Rollins’ foul pop behind home plate, Rollins hits a two-run home run, his eighteen home run of the season, knocking in Halladay. The Marlins then started a comeback in the seventh as, with one man on, and with one man out, Pattersen hits an RBI double, knocking in Brantley, who had earlier doubled, making it an 8-4 Phils’ lead. After the Phils had brought in Josh Lindblom, the Marlins made it an 8-5 Phils’ lead as Ruggiano hits an RBI single, scoring Pattersen. Three batters later, after Reyes had reached base on a fielding error by Utley, allowing Ruggiano to reach third base, putting runners on the corners, and now with two men out, the Marlins cut the Phils’ lead down to 8-6 as Carlos Lee hits an RBI single, scoring Ruggiano, while sending Reyes up to second base. After Lindblom is replaced on the mound by Jeremy Horst, who had not pitched since September 3, the Marlins made it an 8-7 Phils’ lead as Greg Dobbs hits an RBI single, knocking in Reyes, while sending Lee up to second base. The Phils then made it a 9-7 lead in their half of the seventh as, with runners on the corners, and with one man out, Rollins hits a sacrifice fly, scoring John Mayberry, Jr., who had started the inning off with a double, then moved up to third base on Martinez’s sacrifice bunt, 1-3. That would end up being the final score as Jonathan Papelbon recorded his thirty-third save of the season, as he pitched a 1-2-3 ninth.

Roy Halladay (10-7, 4.01) got the win as he pitched six and a third innings, giving up five runs on seven hits and three walks, while he struck out six. Josh Lindblom pitched a third of an inning, giving up two unearned runs on two hits, while striking out one. Jeremy Horst pitched to a batter, giving up a hit. B.J. Rosenberg collected his second hold of the season as he pitched a third of an inning, getting out the only man that he would face. Phillippe Aumont also received his second hold of the season as he pitched a scoreless inning, giving up a hit and a walk, while striking out two. Jonathan Papelbon received his thirty-third save of the year as he threw a 1-2-3 ninth, striking out two. Nathan Eovaldi (4-12, 4.71) took the lost as he went four innings, plus two batters, giving up five runs on eight hits, two walks and a passed ball, while striking out three. Dan Jennings pitched a scoreless inning, giving up a hit and a walk. Chris Hatcher pitched an inning, giving up three runs, only one of which was earned, on five hits, as he struck out a batter. Chad Gaudin pitched a third of an inning, giving up a run on a hit. Mike Dunn pitched two-thirds of an inning, walking three. Heath Bell pitched a scoreless inning, striking out a batter.

The Phils had fifteen hits in the ballgame, with Juan Pierre (2 Singles, Double, RBI) and Chase Utley (Singles, RBI) both leading the team with three hits each, followed by Jimmy Rollins (Single, Home Run, 3 RBIs) and Dom Brown (Singles, RBI) with two hits each. Ryan Howard (Single), Carlos Ruiz (Double, RBI), John Mayberry, Jr. (Double), Michael Martinez (Double) and Roy Halladay (Single, RBI) had the other five Phils’ hits. The other Phil run scored on a doubleplay ball. The Phils also had six walks and a stolen base (Rollins (26)) in the game.

The Phils (71-71, 3rd) will conclude their series with the Marlins (63-80, 5th) with an afternoon game, which will soon be in progress, as the Phils attempt to sweep the fish.

The Phils win their day-night make-up doubleheader with the Rockies, sweeping the series in the process, winning by the scores of 3-2 and 7-4.

The Phils sweep their make-up doubleheader, sweeping the series in the process, as they defeat the Rockies by the score of 3-2 and 7-4.

The Rockies took the lead in the first game of the twinbill in the second as, with two men on, and with two men out, DJ LeMathieu hits an RBI single, knocking in Wilin Rosario, who had started the inning off with a single, then stopped at second base on Chris Nelson’s single, giving the Rockies a 1-0 lead, while sending LeMathieu, who had earlier singled, up to second base. The Rockies then made it a 2-0 lead as Tyler Chatwood hits an RBI single, scoring Nelson, while sending LeMathieu up to third base. The Phils tied the game up at two-all in the third as, with two men on, and with two men out, Ryan Howard hits a two-run double, knocking in Cole Hamels, who had started the inning off with a walk, then stopped at third base on Chase Utley’s single, and Utley, who had just singled. The score would stay tied until the bottom of the ninth as the Phils loaded up the bases, via Nate Schierholtz reaching base on a fielder’s choice, 1-6-3, as Jimmy Rollins, who had earlier singled, then moved up to second base on catcher Rosario’s passed ball, is tagged out between second and third base, but not before getting into a run down long enough to allow Schierholtz to reach second base, an intentional walk to Utley, then Rosarios’s second passed ball of the inning, which allowed Schierholtz to move up to third base, and Utley to reach second base, and then an intentional walk to Howard, and with two men out, John Mayberry, Jr., hits an RBI single to left, on a ball that left fielder Carlos Gonzalez is unable to catch, allowing Schierhotlz to score, giving the Phils a 3-2 walk-off win.

Cole Hamels received a no-decision as he went seven innings, giving up two runs on five hits and a walk, while striking out six. Antonio Bastardo and Phillippe Aumont combined for a scoreless inning, giving up a hit (Bastardo) between them, while striking out two (Bastardo). Jonathan Papelbon (5-6, 2.56) got the win as he pitched a scoreless inning, giving up a walk, while striking out a batter. Tyler Chatwood also received a no-decision as he pitched five innings, giving up two runs on three hits and four walks, while striking out two. Adam Ottavino and Rex Brothers combined for three scoreless innings, as they gave up two hits (one hit each) and two walks (Brothers) between them, while striking out two (Ottavino). Matt Belisle (3-6, 3.08) took the lost as he pitched two-thirds of an inning, giving up a run on two hits, two walks and two passed balls, while striking out a batter.

The Phils had seven hits in the game, with Dom Brown leading the team with two hits, both singles. Jimmy Rollins (Single), Chase Utley (Single), Ryan Howard (Double, 2 RBIs), John Mayberry, Jr. (Single, RBI) and pinch hitter Laynce Nix (Double) had the other five Phils’ hits. The Phils also had eight walks in the game.

In the nightcap, the Phils took the lead in the second as, with a runner on second, and with one man out, Michael Martinez hits an RBI single, knocking in Ty Wigginton, who had started the inning off with a double, giving the Phils a 1-0 lead. The Rockies tied it up at one-all in the third as, with runners on the corners, and with two men out, Ramon Hernandez hits an RBI single, knocking in Jordan Pacheco, who had earlier singled, then stopped at third base on Tyler Colvin’s single, while sending Colvin, who had just singled, up to second base. The Rockies then took the lead one batter later as Chris Nelson hits a three-run home run, his eighth home run of the season, scoring both Colvin and Hernandez, giving the Rockies a 4-1 lead. The Phils cut the Rockies’ lead in the fifth as, with runners on second and third, and with two men out, Ryan Howard hits a two-run double, knocking in John Mayberry, Jr., who had reached first base on third baseman Nelson’s fielding error, went to second base on Chase Utley’s single, then moved up to third base on shortstop Jonathan Herrera’s missed catch error of pitcher’s Drew Pomeranz’s pick-off attempt, and Utley, who had earlier singled and then went to second base on Herrera’s error, making it a 4-3 Rockies’ lead, before Howard is thrown out at second base, trying to stretch his hit into a double, 9-6. The Phils then tied it up at four-all in the sixth as Wigginton hit a lead-off home run, his eleventh home run of the season. The Phils took the lead four batters later as, with two men on, and with one man out, pinch hitter Kevin Frandsen hits an RBI single, knocking in Martinez, who had earlier singled, then stopped at second base on pinch hitter Carlos Ruiz’s single, giving the Phils a 5-4 lead, while sending Ruiz, who had just singled, up to second base. The Phils added to their lead in the seventh as, with runners on the corners, and with two men out, Ruiz hits an RBI single, scoring Dom Brown, who had earlier doubled, then stopped at third base on Herrera’s fielding error of Martinez’s grounder, giving the Phils a 6-4 lead, while sending Martinez, who had reached base on Herrera’s error, all the way to third base. The Phils then made it a 7-4 lead as pinch hitter Nate Schierholtz hits an RBI single, scoring Martinez, while sending Ruiz up to second base. That would end up being the final score as Jonathan Papelbon recorded his thirty-second save of the season as he threw a scoreless ninth.

Tyler Cloyd received a no-decision as he pitched four innings, giving up four runs on eight hits and a walk, while striking out two. Justin De Fratus pitched a 1-2-3 inning, striking out a batter. B.J. Rosenberg (1-2, 11.37) got the win, the first of his major league career, as he pitched a 1-2-3 inning, striking out two batters. Josh Lindblom collected his twentieth hold of the year as he pitched two-thirds of an inning, striking out both man that he would face. Jake Diekman would receive his third hold of the year as he pitched a third of an inning, getting out the only man that he would face. Phillippe Aumont collected his first career hold as he pitched a 1-2-3 inning, striking out a batter. Jonathan Papelbon collected his thirty-second save of the season as he pitched a scoreless inning, giving up a hit, while striking out two. Drew Pomeranz also received a no-decision as he pitched only four innings, giving up a run on four hits and a walk, while striking out three. Josh Roenicke (4-2, 2.83) took the lost as he pitched an inning and a third, giving up four runs, only two of which were earned, on five hits. Matt Reynolds pitched to two batters, giving up two hits. Edgmer Escalona pitched two-thirds of an inning, getting out both men whom he would face, striking out a batter. Will Harris pitched an innings, giving up two runs on three hits. Rafael Betancourt pitched a 1-2-3 inning, striking out two.

The Phils had fourteen hits in the game, with Chase Utley leading the ballclub with three hits, all singles, followed by Ty Wigginton (Double, Home Run, RBI), Michael Martinez (Singles, RBI) and Carlos Ruiz (Single, RBI) with two hits each. Jimmy Rollins (Single), Ryan Howard (Single, 2 RBIs), Dom Brown (Double), pinch hitter Kevin Frandsen (Single, RBI) and pinch hitter Nate Schierholtz (Single, RBI) had the other five Phils’ hits. The Phils also had a walk in the game.

The Phils (69-71) will start a three-game series with the Marilns (63-78, 5th) with the first game of the series already in progress.

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