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The Phils take the series from the Rockies in walk-off fashion on Ryan Howard’s three-run home run in the bottom of the ninth, winning 6-3.

Philadelphia_PhilliesRyan Howard’s three-run home run caps a four-run ninth inning as the Phils win the series from the Rockies in walk-off fashion, winning 6-3.

The Rockies took the lead in the top of the third as Justin Morneau hits a lead-off home run, his tenth home run of the season, giving the Rockies a 1-0 lead. The Rockies added to their lead three batters later as, with one man on, and with one man out, Wilin Rosario hits an RBI double, knocking in Corey Dickerson, who had earlier walked, giving the Rockies a 2-0 lead. The Phils would get a run back in their half of the third as, with a runner on second, and with two men out, Ryan Howard hits an RBI single, knocking in Chase Utley, making it a 2-1 Rockies’ lead. The Phils tied the game up at two-all in the bottom of the fifth as, with two men on, and with two men out, Marlon Byrd hits an RBI single, knocking in Ben Revere, who had started the inning off with a single, then stole second base as Jimmy Rollins strike out, swinging, for the inning’s first out, while sending Howard, who had just been intentionally walked, up to second base. The Rockies tried to take the lead in the top of the seventh as they had the bases loaded via a walk to Dickerson, a walk to Rosario, moving Dickerson up to second base, a Carlos Ruiz throwing error, as he tried to picked off Dickerson at second base, moving both runners up a base, and a walk to Josh Rutledge, and with nobody out, pitcher Mike Adams, after he had replaced pitcher Antonio Bastardo on the mound, would get out of the inning by first getting pinch-hitter Carlos Gonzalez to hit into a 1-2-3 double play, as Dickerson is forced out at the plate for the inning’s first out, as Ruiz touched home plate, before throwing to first base, as Rosario moved up to third base and Rutledge moved up to second base, and then striking out pinch-hitter Troy Tulowitzki, swinging, for the inning’s final out. The Rockies regained the lead in the top of the eighth as, with one man out, DJ LeMahieu hits a solo home run, his first home run of the season, giving the Rockies a 3-2 lead. The Phils tied the game up at three-all in the bottom of the ninth as, with two men on, and with two men out, Utley hits an RBI single, knocking in Tony Gwynn, Jr., who had earlier reached base on second baseman Rutledge’s throwing error, then stopped at second base on Ben Revere’s single, while sending Revere, who had earlier singled, over to third base, before stopping at second base on the late throw to the plate. The Phils then won the game as Howard hits a three-run home run, his ninth home run of the year, knocking in Revere and Utley, giving the Phils a 6-3 walk-off win.

Roberto Hernandez received a no-decision as he pitched five and two-thirds innings, giving up two runs on six hits and five walks, while striking out four. Antonio Bastardo pitched a third of an inning, plus three batters, as he walked four. Mike Adams pitched an inning, striking out a batter. Jake Diekman pitched an inning, giving up a run on three hits, while striking out a batter. Jonathan Papelbon (1-1, 1.86) got the win as he pitched a 1-2-3 inning, striking out a batter. Jordan Lyles also received a no-decision as he pitched five innings, giving up two runs on five hits, four walks and a wild pitch, as he struck out five. Matt Belisle pitched a 1-2-3 inning, striking out a batter. Rex Brothers pitched a scoreless inning, giving up a hit. Nick Masset received his first hold of the year as he threw a 1-2-3 inning, striking out a batter. LaTroy Hawkins collected his first hold of the season, before taking the lost (2-1), as he went two-thirds of an inning, giving up two runs on a hit. Boone Logan received his third blown save of the season as he pitched to two batters, getting neither of them out, as he gave up two runs on two hits.

The Phils had nine hits in the game, with Ben Revere (Singles), Chase Utley (Single, Double, RBI), Ryan Howard (Single, Home Run, 4 RBIs) and Marlon Byrd (Singles, RBI) all leading the team with two hits apiece. Jimmy Rollins had the other Phil hit, a single. The Phils also had four walks (Rollins, Howard, Byrd, Dom Brown) and a stolen bases (Revere (13)), while the defense committed two errors (Cesar Hernandez (1), Ruiz (3)) and preformed a double play.

The Phils (23-27, 5th) will start a five-game series with the Mets (24-28, 4th) with a game tonight. The game will be played at Citizens Bank Park and it will start at 7:05 pm EDT. The Phils will start David Buchanan (1-0, 3.60), who is coming off a win against the Dodgers on May 24, as he pitched five innings, giving up two runs on five hits, while striking out two, in the Phils’ 5-3 win. He will be trying to add to his previous performance, while tying to lead the Phils to a series opening win. The Mets will counter with Zack Wheeler (1-5, 4.63), who is coming off a lost against the D-backs on May 24, as he went six and two-thirds innings, giving up three runs, only two of which were earned, on six hits and a walk, while striking out seven, in the Mets’ 3-2 lost. He is still looking for his second win of the season. The Phils will be looking to take the first game of this long series from the Mets.

The Phils’ bats finally come alive, before they hold on to defeat the Rockies, 10-9.

Philadelphia_PhilliesThe Phils’ bats wake up before they end up winning a slugfest with the Rockies, defeating Colorado, 10-9.

The Phils took the lead in the top of the first as, with one man out, Jimmy Rollins hits a solo home run, his third home run of the season, giving the Phils a 1-0 lead. The Rockies would tie the game up at one-all in their half of the first as, with two men on, and with two men out, Justin Morneau hits an RBI single, knocking in Brandon Barnes, who had earlier singled, then moved up to second base on Troy Tulowitzki’s walk, while Tulowitzki, who had just walked, would stop at second base. The Phils regain the lead in the top of the third as, with a runner on second, and with two men out, Ryan Howard hits a two-run home run, his fourth home run of the season, knocking in Chase Utley, who had just doubled, giving the Phils a 3-1 lead. The Rockies got a run back in their half of the third as, with runners on the corners, and with one man out, Tulowitzki hits an RBI double, knocking in Charlie Blackmon, who had started the inning off being hit by the pitch, went to second base on Barnes’ single, then moved up to third base on Carlos Gonzalez’s force out, 4-6, as Barnes is wiped out at second base for the inning’s first out, making it a 3-2 Phils’ lead, while sending Gonzalez, who had been safe at first on the force out, up to third base. The Rockies then tied the game at three-all as Morneau grounded out, 3-unassisted, scoring Gonzalez, while moving Tulowitzki up to third base. The Rockies then took the lead as Nolan Arenado followed with an  RBI single, knocking in Tulowitzki, giving the Rockies a 4-3 lead. The Rockies then increased their lead in the bottom of the fifth as, with a runner on second, and with nobody out, Gonzalez hits an RBI double, knocking in Barnes, who had started the inning off with a single, then stole second base, giving the Rockies a 5-3 lead. The Rockies then made it a 6-3 lead two batters later as, now with runners on the corners, after Tulowitzki’s single, sending Gonzalez up to third base, and with still no one out, Morneau hits a sacrifice fly to center, knocking in Gonzalez. The Phils would get a run back in the top of the sixth as, with a man on third, and with nobody out, Marlon Byrd hits an RBI single, knocking in Howard, who had started the inning off with a triple, making it a 6-4 Rockies’ lead. The Phils then made it a 6-5 Rockies lead three batters later as, with runners on second and third, after Dom Brown had followed with a single, moving Byrd up to second base, and then both runners have both moved up a base on pitcher Jordon Pacheco’s wild pitch, and with one man out, pinch-hitter Freddy Galvis would hit a sacrifice fly to center, knocking in Byrd. The Phils would tie the game up at six-all in the top of the seventh as, with runners on second and third, and with nobody out, Utley would hit a sacrifice fly to center, knocking in Ben Revere, who had started the inning off with a bunt single, then stopped at third base on Rollins’ double, while sending Rollins, who had earlier doubled, up to third base. The Phils then took the lead one batter later as, with a man on third, and with one man out, Howard would hit an RBI single, knocking in Rollins, giving the Phils a 7-6 lead, before moving up to second base as the ball gets past right fielder Barnes for a fielding error, after he had earlier tried to catch the ball and it dropped in, a single that might later be declared a double based on the fact that the ball never touched Barnes’ glove, and if so, would give Howard the cycle, since he had also singled by that point in the game.  The Phils then made it an 8-6 lead two batters later, after Byrd had reached base on second baseman Josh Rutledge’s fielding error, while Howard would move up to third base, putting runners on the corners, and with still one man out, Brown hits a sacrifice fly to left, scoring Howard. The Rockies retied the game at eight-all in their half of the seventh as, with one man on, and with nobody out, Morneau hits a two-run home run, his fourth home run of the season, knocking in Tulowitzki, who had started the inning off with a double. The Phils retook the lead again in the top of the eighth as, with two men on, and with one man out, Rollins hits an RBI single, knocking in Galvis, who had started the inning off with a single, then moved up to second base on Revere’s single, giving the Phils a 9-8 lead, while sending Revere, who had just singled, over to third base. The Phils then made it a 10-8 lead as, with runners on the corners, and with still one man out, Utley hits into an RBI force out, 6-4, as Rollins is wiped out at second base for the inning’s second out, as he beats the throw from second base, while Revere scores. The Rockies would get a run back in their half of the eighth as, with one man out, Blackmon hits a solo home run, his second home run of the season, making it a 10-9 Phils’ lead. That would end up being the final score as Jonathan Papelbon nailed down his fifth save of the season as, with two men on, and with two men out, Blackmon grounded out, 5-3, for the game’s final out, on a throw that was caught by John Mayberry Jr., as he kept his foot on the bag, a call that was upheld by the umpires when the Rockies asked for the call to be review.

Roberto Hernandez received a no-decision as he pitched four innings, plus three batters, giving up six runs on nine hits, a walk and a hit batter, while striking out three. Mario Hollands threw a scoreless inning, striking out a batter. B.J. Rosenberg pitched two-thirds of an inning, giving up a hit and two walks. Jake Diekman (2-1, 8.38) got the win as he pitched an inning and a third, giving up two runs on two hits, while striking out three. Antonio Bastardo collected his second hold of the year as he pitched an inning, giving up a run on two hits and a walk, while striking out two. Jonathan Papelbon received his fifth save of the season as he pitched a scoreless inning, giving up a hit and a hit batter. Juan Nicasio also received a no-decision as he went five innings, plus two batters, giving up five runs, four of which were earned, on seven hits and a walk, while he struck out five. Rex Brothers collected his fifth hold of the season as he pitched a scoreless inning, giving up a hit, while striking out a batter. Boone Logan blew his first save of the year as he pitched a third of an inning, giving up three runs, only two of which were earned, on three hits. Adam Ottavino pitched two thirds of an inning, getting out both men whom he would face, striking out one. Matt Belisle (0-2, 6.00) took the lost as he pitched an inning, giving up two runs on three hits and a wild pitch. Chad Bettis pitched a scoreless inning, giving up a hit.

The Phils banged out fifteen hits in the game, with Ryan Howard (2 Singles, Triple, Home Run, 3 RBIs) leading the team with four hits, followed by Jimmy Rollins (Single, Double, Home Run, 2 RBIs) with three hits and Ben Revere (Singles) and Marlon Byrd (Single, Double, RBI) with two hits each. Chase Utley (Double, 2 RBIs), Dom Brown (Single, RBI), Wil Nieves (Double) and Freddy Galvis (Single, RBI) had the other four Phils’ hits. The Phils also had a walk (Rollins) in the game, while the defense performed a doubleplay and picked off a runner (Roberto Hernandez).

The Phils (8-10, 5th East) will start a four-games series with the Dodgers 12-7, 1st West), starting with a ballgame later tonight. The game will be play at Dodgers Stadium, and is to start at 10:10 pm EDT (7:10 pm PDT). The Phils will send to the mound Cliff Lee (2-0, 4.00) who is coming off a complete game lost to the Braves on April 16, as he gave up a run on eleven hits and a walk, while striking out thirteen, in the Phils’ 1-0 lost. He will be trying for the third time to collect his third win of the season, while trying to continue lowering both his ERA and the numbers of hits he give up. The Dodgers will counter with Paul Maholm (0-1, 4.97) who is coming off a no-decision against the Giants on April 16, as he went six innings, giving up a run on five hits and three walks, while striking out two, in the Dodgers’ 2-1 lost. He is still looking for his first win of the season, while hoping to stop the reawakened Phils’ offense. The Phils will be out to start this series on the right foot.

The Phils offensive woes continue as they lose the series to the Rockies, 3-1.

Philadelphia_PhilliesAs the offensive continue to be punchless, the Phils loses another series, as they lose to the Rockies, 3-1.

The Rockies took the lead in the bottom of the third as, with a runner on first, and with one man out, D. J. LeMahieu hits a single to left center field, which sends Nolan Arenado, who had started the inning off with a single, to third base, as left fielder Dom Brown catches the ball, and throws it towards second base. At this point, the Rockies’ third base coach decide to send Arenado home, which prompts second baseman Chase Utley to throw the ball towards home plate, after having first caught Brown’s throw, while catcher Carlos Ruiz waited for the ball to arrive while preparing to block the plate. Ruiz soon caught the ball, then tagged out a sliding Arendo, for what was thought to be the inning’s first out. But Rockies’ manager Walt Weiss then came out of the Rockies’ dugout, and asked the umpires to review the play. The play was reviewed and the umpires overturned the call, claiming that Ruiz did not give Arendo a lane to slide through while waiting for the ball to arrive, giving the Rockies a 1-0 lead, while LeMahieu would move up to second base on the throw. The Rockies then added to their lead in the bottom of the fourth as, with one man on, and with one man out, Justin Morneau hits a two-run home run, his third home run of the season, knocking in Carlos Gonzalez, who had started the inning off with a single, giving the Rockies a 3-0 lead. The Phils would finally get on the scoreboard in the top of the eighth as, with runners on second and third, and with one man out, Jimmy Rollins hits an RBI ground out, 6-3, knocking in Cody Asche, who had started the inning off with a single, moved up to second base on pitcher Bobby Logan’s throwing error of pinch-hitter John Mayberry, Jr.’s grounder, then went to third base on Ben Revere’s ground out, 3-unassisted, making it a 3-1 Rockies’ lead, while sending Mayberry, who had reached first base on Logan’s throwing error, then moved up to second base on Revere’s ground out, up to third base. That would end up being the final score as LaTroy Hawkins collected his fifth save of the season as he threw a 1-2-3 inning, as he got Brown to fly out to center field for the final out.

Kyle Kendrick (0-2, 3.60) took the lost as he went seven innings, giving up three runs on six hits, while striking out three. Jake Diekman pitched a 1-2-3  inning,  as he struck out two. Jordon Lyles (3-0, 3.04) pitched seven innings, plus one batter, as he gave up a run on five hits and a walk, while he struck out two. Bobby Logan received his third hold of the year, as he pitched an inning, striking out a batter. LaTroy Hawkins received his fifth save of the season as he pitched a 1-2-3 ninth.

The Phils had only five hits in the game, all singles, with Jimmy Rollins (RBI) leading the team with two hits. Chase Utley, Ryan Howard and Cody Asche had the other three Phils’ hits. The Phils also had a walk (Marlon Byrd) in the game.

The Phils (7-10, 5th East) will conclude their series with the Rockies (10-9, 3rd West), with a game this afternoon. The game will be played at Coors Field and will be played at 4:10 pm EDT (2:10 pm MDT). The Phils will send to the mound Roberto Hernandez (1-0, 3.86),  who is coming off a no-decision against the Braves on April 14, as he pitched six innings, giving up two runs on four hits and six walks, while he struck out three, in the Phils’ 9-6 lost. He will be trying to help lead the Phils to a win before they leave Colorado. The Rockies will counter with Juan Nicasio (2-0, 3.50), who is coming off a win against the Padres on April 15, as he went six innings, giving up two runs on six hits and a walk, while he struck out three, in the Rockies’ 3-2 win. He will be trying to lead the Rockies to a series sweep. The Phils will be trying to end their short slide before they head for Los Angeles.

The Phils end their five-game losing streak as they come from behind to defeat the Twins, 3-2.

Philadelphia_PhilliesThe Phils avoid a sweep, as they end their five-game losing streak by hanging on to defeat the Twins, 3-2.

The Phils took the lead in the top of the first as, with runners on the corners, and with one man out, Ryan Howard comes through with an RBI single, scoring Ben Revere, who had started the game off with a single, stole second base, then stopped at third on pitcher Kevin Correia’s fielding error of Jimmy Rollins’ grounder to the mound, giving the Phils a 1-0 lead, while Rollins, who was safe at first on Correia’s error, would stop at second base. The Phils tried to add to their lead in the top of the sixth as, with two men on, on back to back singles by Michael Young and Rollins, with M. Young stopping at second base, and with two men out, Young tried to score on Howard’s single to right, but he is instead thrown out at home plate by right fielder Ryan Doumit, as catcher Joe Mauer is able to tag him out before he can touch home plate. The Twins took the lead in the bottom of the seventh as, with two men on, and with two men out, Justin Morneau hits a two-run double, knocking in Mauer, who had earlier walked, then reached second base on Doumit’s single, and Doumit, who had just singled, giving the Twins a 2-1 lead. The Phils tied the game up at two-all in the top of the eighth as, with runners on the corners, and with nobody out, M. Young hits an RBI single, scoring pinch-hitter Kevin Frandsen, who had started the inning off with a double, then reached third base on Revere’s bunt single, while sending Revere, who had reached base on a bunt single, over to third base. The Phils then retook the lead as, once again with men on the corners, and with still nobody out, Rollins hits a fielder’s choice ground ball up the first base line, as Revere beats the throw to the plate, giving the Phils a 3-2 lead, while M. Young moved up to second base, and Rollins was safe at first on the play. That would be the final score as Jonathan Papelbon came in and recorded his twelfth save of the season with a 1-2-3 ninth.

Cliff Lee (8-2, 2.55) got the win as he went seven innings, giving up two runs on three hits and a walk, while striking out six. Mike Adams collected his sixth hold of the season as he pitched a 1-2-3 inning, striking out a batter. Jonathan Papelbon received his twelfth save of the year as he also threw a 1-2-3 inning, striking out two. Kevin Correia received a no-decision as he went five innings, giving up a run on eight scattered hits and a walk, while he struck out six. Anthony Swarzak pitched two scoreless innings, giving up four hits, as he struck out a batter. Jared Burton received his third blown save of the season, before taking the lost (0-4, 3.68) as he pitched an inning, giving up two runs on three hits and a walk, while striking out a batter. Josh Roenicke and Caleb Thielbar combined for a scoreless inning, giving up a hit (Roenicke), while striking out two (one batter each) between them.

The Phils combined for sixteen hits, with Ben Revere (3 Singles, Triple) leading the team with four hits, followed by Ryan Howard (Singles, RBI) with three hits and Michael Young (Singles, RBI) and Laynce Nix (Singles) with two hits each. Jimmy Rollins (Single, RBI), Dom Brown (Single), Delmon Young (Single), Freddy Galvis (Single) and pinch-hitter Kevin Frandsen (Double), had the other five Phils’ hits. The Phils also had a stolen base (Revere (15) and two walks (Brown) in the game. 

The Phils (32-35, 3rd East) will begin a three-game series with the Rockies (35-32, 3rd West). starting with a ballgame tonight. The game will be played at Coors Field and is to start at 8:40 pm EDT (6:40 MDT). The Phils will send to the mound Kyle Kendrick (6-4, 3.22), who is coming off a lost to the Brewers on June 8, as he went six innings, giving up three runs on eight hits and a walk, as he struck out six, in the Phils’ 4-3 lost. He will be out to continue the Phils present winning streak. The Rockies will counter with Juan Nicasio (4-2, 4.61), who is coming off a no-decision against the Padres on June 9, as he also went six innings, giving up two runs on four hits and a walk, while striking out seven, in the Rockies’ 8-7 extra-innings walk-off win. He will be trying to slow down the Phils. The Phils will be out to score some runs out in Denver.

Spring Training: The Phils are outgunned as they lose to the Twins, 11-7.

The Phils are outgunned from the start as they lose to the Twins, 11-7.

The Twins take a 2-0 lead in the first as, with one man on, and with two men out, Justin Morneau hits a two-run home run, his third home run of the spring, scoring Joe Mauer, who had just singled. The Twins added to their lead in the second as, with two men on, and with nobody out, Luke Hughes, who had started the inning off with a single, then moved up to second base on Danny Valencia’s single, would score on pitcher Vance Worley’s force attempt, throwing error to second base on Ben Revere’s ground ball, giving the Twins a 3-0 lead, while allowing Valencia, who had earlier singled, to reach second base, and Revere to reach first. Two batters later, after Alexi Casilla had moved both runners up a base with a sacrifice bunt, 5-3, the Twins took a 4-0 lead as Denard Span hits a sacrifice fly, knocking in Valencia. The Phils got a run back in the third as, with runners on the corners, and with one man out, Jimmy Rollins hits an RBI single, knocking in Lou Montanez, who had earlier doubled, then went to third on Miguel Abreu’s single, making it a 4-1 Twins’ lead, while sending Abreu, who had earlier singled, up to second base. The Twins got the run back in the fourth as, with two men on, and with no one out, Span hits an RBI single, knocking in Valencia, who had earlier singled, then went to third on second baseman Abreu’s throwing error on Casilla’s grounder, giving the Twins a 5-1 lead, while moving Casilla, who was safe on Abreu’s error, up to second base. Two batters latter, after Jamey Carroll had loaded up the bases with a single, moving both runners up a base, the Twins took a 6-1 lead as Mauer hits an RBI single, scoring Casilla, while sending Span on to third and Carroll up to second base. The Twins then took a 7-1 lead as, with the bases still loaded, and still with one man out, Morneau hits an RBI single, scoring Span, while moving the other runners up a base. The Twins then made it an 8-1 lead as Josh Willingham hits a sacrifice fly, scoring Carroll. The Twins then broke the game wide open as, with two men on, and now with two men out, Hughes hits a three-run home run, his fifth home run of the spring, scoring both Mauer and Morneau, giving the Twins an 11-1 lead. The Phils got a run back in the fifth as, with a runner on second, and with nobody out, Carlos Ruiz hits an RBI double, scoring Rollins, who had earlier singled, then moved up to second base on Mauer’s passed ball, cutting the Twins’ lead down to 11-2. The Phils then cut the Twins’ lead down to 11-3 in the seventh as, with two men on, and with nobody out, Hunter Pence hits an RBI double, knocking in pinch runner Albert Cartwright, who was pinch running for Rollins, who earlier had been hit by a pitch, then moved up to second base on Tuffy Gosewisch’s single, while sending Gosewich, who had just singled, on to third base. The Phils then made it an 11-4 Twins’ lead as pinch hitter Erik Kratz hits an RBI ground out, 6-3, scoring Gosewisch. Two batters later, after Hector Luna had sent Pence on to third base on a single, to put runners on the corners, Pence would come in to score on a Glen Perkins’ wild pitch, making it an 11-5 Twins’ lead, while sending Luna up to second base. The Phils then made it an 11-6 Twins’ lead in the eighth as, with one man on, and with two men out, Gosewisch hits an RBI single, scoring Pete Orr, who had earlier doubled. The Phils would then make it an 11-7 Twins’ lead in the ninth as, with one man out, Luna hits a solo home run, his third home run of the spring. That would end up being the final score as Laynce Nix grounded out, 4-3, for the game’s final out.

Vance Worley (1-3, 4.50) took the lost as he lasted four innings, giving up eleven runs, only five of which were earned, on eleven hits, while striking out three. Raul Valdes and David Herndon would combine for four scoreless innings, giving up three hits (Valdes (2), Herndon (1)) between them, while striking out four (two batters apiece). Francisco Liriano (2-1, 2.45) got the win as he pitched four innings, plus two batters, giving up two runs on eight hits and a walk, while striking out three. Brian Duensing pitched two scoreless innings, giving up a hit, while striking out one. Glen Perkins went an inning, giving up three runs on three hits and a wild pitch, as he struck out two. Matt Capps pitched an inning, giving up a run on two hits, while striking out a batter. Alex Burnett pitched an inning, giving up a run on a hit and a walk, while striking out one.

The Phils had fifteen hits in the game, with Hector Luna leading the ballclub with three hits (2 Singles, Home Run, RBI). Jimmy Rollins (Singles, RBI), Carlos Ruiz (Single, Double, RBI), Tuffy Gosewisch (Singles, RBI), Lou Montanez (Single, Double) and Miguel Abreu (Single, Double) all followed with two hits each. Hunter Pence (Double, RBI) and Pete Orr (Double) had the other two Phils’ hits. Pinch Hitter Erik Kratz had the other Phil RBI with a ground out, while the final Phil run came in on a wild pitch. The Phils also had two walks and a hit batter (Rollins).

The next Phils (11-14) game will be a home game at Bright House Field in Clearwater against the Blue Jays (7-15). Start time is 1:05 pm EDT.

The offense once again does not help their ace as the Phils fall to the Twins, 4-1.

One day after their disappointing lost to the Twins, the once thought reguevnated Phils’ offense once again gives no runs support to their ace, Roy Halladay, as they lose to the Twins, 4-1. I am so getting tired of Interleague Play!!!

The Twins took the lead in the first as, with a runner on second, and with one man out, Joe Mauer hits an RBI single, scoring Orlando Hudson, who had earlier singled, and then stole second base, giving the Twins a 1-0 lead. The Twins made it 2-0 in the fifth as, with one man out, Denard Span hits a solo home run, his second home run of the season. The Phils would cut the Twins’ lead to 2-1 in their half of the fifth as, with one man out, Wilson Valdez hits a solo home run of his own, his second of the season, and in as many games. The Twins would then get that run back in the sixth as, with a runner on third, and with one man out, Jason Kubel hits an RBI single, scoring Justin Morneau, who had earlier singled, moved to second when Shane Victorino tried to throw him out by throwing behind him at first, and instead commiting a throwing error by allowing him to get to second base, and a Michael Cuddyer’s slow ground out, 6-3, making it a 3-1 Twins’ lead. The Twins then made it 4-1 in the eighth as, with one man out, Morneau hits a solo home run, his fifteenth home run of the season. That would end up being the final score as Twins’ starter Carl Pavano would pitch a complete game by getting Jayson Werth to end the game with a fly out to right, after he had given up a single to Ryan Howard, with two men out.

 Roy Halladay took the lost as he pitches eight innings, giving up four runs, three of which were earned, on eleven hits, as he struck out eight. His record is now 8-6 with a 2.43 ERA. Chad Durbin pitches a 1-2-3 inning. Carl Pavano gets the win as he pitches a complete game, giving up just one run on four hits, as he strikes out two. His record is now 8-6 with an ERA of 3.64.

The Phils had only four hits in the game, singles from Placido Polanco, Chase Utley and Ryan Howard, and a home run from Wilson Valdez. Yesterday’s lost was a result of Saturday’s extra-inning lost, as the Phils had the wind knocked out of their sails, after taking what looked like a commanding lead into the ninth and then watch the back end of the bullpen implode. Hopefully, they will be able to regroup as this is an off-day, and the team’s sparkplug, Jimmy Rollins, will be back in the line-up, starting tomorrow night. Please Jimmy, do not get hurt again this season!!! Oh, and start lighting up a few backsides while you’re at it, a few guys need it, seriously.

The Phils (35-32, 3rd NL East), as mentioned earlier, have the day off today. Fellows, please, use the time to get your minds off of this weekend’s fiasco, and just get ready to beat up on the Indians (26-42, 5th AL Central). And please, no repeat of what happen the last time you faced an AL last place team. Please, no getting swept!!!!!! That was too embarassing.

The bullpen suffers a massive failure as it is unable to hold the lead in the ninth as the Phils lose a shoot out with the Twins, 13-10.

The Phils’ offense and Cole Hamels did everything right to win before the back end of the bullpen had a massive failure in the ninth which help led to an extra inning lost as the Phils lose a shoot out with the Twins, 13-10.

The Twins took a quick 2-0 lead as, with two men on and with one man out, Justin Morneau hits a two-run single, scoring Denard Span, who had earlier walked, went to second base on Orlando Hudson’s single, and then moved up to third on Brian Schneider’s pass ball, and Hudson, who had earlier singled and then moved up to second on Schneider’s pass ball. The Twins would make it a 3-0 lead two batters later as, with runners on the corners, thanks to Phils’ starter Cole Hamels’ throwing error to second on Michael Cuddyer ‘s grounder back to the mound, when he had the time to make a good throw to Chase Utley to start a possible double play, which sent Morneau to third, while Cuddyer was safe at first on the force attempt, as Delmon Young hits an RBI double, scoring Morneau, while sending Cuddyer to third. The Phils then came back in their half of the first. With two men on and with nobody out, Utley hits a two-run triple, knocking in Shane Victorino, who had earlier singled, and had moved up to second on Placido Polanco’s walk, and Polanco, who had just walked, cutting the Twins’ lead to 3-2. The Phils then tied the game up at three-all as, with a runner on third, and now with one man out, Utley scored on Jayson Werth’s sacrifice fly pop foul to right, 4-unassisted, beating Hudson’s throw to the plate, as it got cut off before being sent towards the plate. The Phils took the lead in the second as Wilson Valdez hits a lead-off home run to left, his first home run of the year, giving the Phils a 4-3 lead. Four batters later, with runners on second and third, and with one man out, Utley hits a sacrifice fly, scoring Hamel, who had earlier doubled, and had gone to third on Polanco’s double, making it a 5-3 Phils’ lead. Ryan Howard then made it a 7-3 Phils’ lead as he hit a two-run shot to center, his fourteenth home run of the season, knocking in Polanco. The Phils then made it 8-3 in the third as Raul Ibanez hits a lead-off home run to center, his fifth home run of the season. As the Phils’ bat were showing that they were back, Cole Hamels took control of the game from the second inning until he was taken out after the seventh inning, giving up only two more hits after getting out of a based loaded jam in the first, a lead-off home run to Morneau in the sixth, his fourteenth home run of the year, making it an 8-4 Phils’ lead, and a lead-off single to Nick Punto in the seventh, striking out seven, before being relieved. In the bottom of the seventh, the Phils’ made it 9-4 as Werth hits a solo home run, his twelfth home run of the season. The Phils then went into the top of the ninth with what looked like a commanding five runs lead, when the bullpen imploded. With one man on, and with nobody out, pinch hitter Jim Thome hits a pinch hit two-run bomb to center field, scoring Young, who had earlier singled, to make it a 9-5 Phils’ lead. Three batters later, with a runner on third and with one man out, Span hits an RBI single, scoring Punto, who had earlier walked, moved up to second on defensive indifference, and then went to third on Brad Lidge’s wild pitch, making it a 9-7 Phils’ lead. Three more batters later, with a runner on second, and now with two men out, the Twins tied the game up at nine-all as Joe Mauer hits a two-run home run, knocking in Span, who had earlier singled and then stole second. The Twins then took the lead in the tenth as pinch hitter Drew Butera hits a lead-off pinch hit home run, the first home run of his career, to make it a 10-9 Twins’ lead. The Phils tied it up at ten-all in their half of the tenth as, with two men out, pinch hitter Ross Gload hits a pinch hit home run. The Twins then took an 11-10 lead in the eleventh as, with runners on second and third and with two men out, Young, who the Phils did not intentionally walk to load the bases, hits an infield single, scoring Mauer, who had earlier walked, went to second when Morneau was intentionally walked, and then went to third on Joe Rauch’s sacrifice bunt, 3-unassistant, while Morneau, who was intentionally walked, and went to second on Rauch’s sac bunt, went to third. One batter later, the Twins took a 13-10 lead as, with two men on and still with two men out, Matt Tolbert hits an RBI double, scoring both Morneau and Young, before Tolbert is thrown out at third, 7-4-3. That would end up being the final score as, with a runner on second, Utley via a double, and with two men out, Rauch ended the game by striking out Howard swinging.

Cole Hamel receives a no-decision as he went seven innings, giving up four runs, three of which were earned, on five hits and two walks, while striking out seven. J.C. Romero went two-thirds of an inning, getting out both men that he would face. Jose Contreras went a third of an inning, plus three batters, giving up three runs on two hits and a walk, striking out a batter. Brad Lidge receives his first blown save of the year as he pitches an inning, giving up two runs on two hits, as he strikes out one batter. Chad Durbin pitches an inning, as he gives up a run on four hits. Danys Baez took the lost as he gives up three runs on two hits and two walks, as he strikes out a batter. His record is now 2-3 with a 5.14 ERA. Kevin Slowey also receives a no-decision as he pitches only an inning and two-thirds, giving up seven runs on seven hits and a walk, while striking out two. Jeff Manship pitches four and one-thirds innings, giving up a run on two hits and a walk, while striking out two. Brian Duensing pitches an inning, giving up a run on one hit. Matt Guerrier pitches two scoreless innings, giving up just two hits, while striking out four. Jon Rauch receives his third blown save of the year before picking up the win, as he pitches two innings, giving up a run on two hits, while striking out one. His record is now 2-1 with an ERA of 2.57.

The Phils had fourteen hits, with Chase Utley leading the team with three hits, a single, a double and a triple, a home run short of the cycle, knocking in three runs, one on a sac fly. He was followed by Placido Polanco and Raul Ibanez, who both had two hits apiece, with Polanco’s hits being a single and a double, while Ibanez’s hits were also a single and a double, knocking in a run. Shane Victorino, Ryan Howard, Jayson Werth, Brian Schneider, Wilson Valdez, Cole Hamels and pinch hitter Ross Gload had the other seven Phils’ hits, with Victorino, Schneider and Hamels’ hits being singles, while Howard, Werth, Valdez and pinch hitter Gload’s hits were home runs, with Howard’s being a two-run home run, while Werth, Valdez and Gload’s were solo shots, while Werth knocked in two runs, with the other one coming via a sac fly. The offense’s power surge was sadly wasted by the bullpen’s late inning implosion.

The Phils (35-31, 3rd NL East) finish their three-games series with the Twins (39-29, 1st AL Central) with an afternoon game, already in progress, with the Phils trailing 4-1.

The Phils’ offense returns as the Phils defeat the Twins, 9-5.

The Phils’ offense returns to score nine runs in the first five innings, giving strong support to starter Joe Blanton as the Phils defeat the Twins, 9-5.

The Phils struck early as they took the lead in the first inning. With a runner on third, and with one man out, Chase Utley, who some folks believe might have a hurt knee, thanks to reports earlier in the day, instead of simply being mired in a long-term slump, answers his critics by hitting an RBI single, knocking in Shane Victorino, who had earlier walked, stole second base and then went to third on Placido Polanco’s ground out, 6-3, giving the Phils a 1-0 lead. One batter later, with Utley on first, and with one man still out, Ryan Howard hits an RBI triple, scoring Utley with ease, giving the Phils a 2-0 lead. The Phils then made it 3-0 as, with Howard on third, and with still one out, Jayson Werth hits a sacrifice fly to left, scoring Howard. The Phils added to their lead in the second as, with two man on, and with two outs, Polanco hits an RBI single, knocking in Wilson Valdez, who had earlier singled, and then moved up to second on Victorino’s second walk in the game, giving the Phils a 4-0 lead, while sending Victorino up to second base. The Phils then made it 7-0 as, with two men on base, and still with two outs, Utley hits a three-run home run to right, his eleventh home run of the season, scoring both Victorino and Polanco. The next batter, Howard, followed Utley with a home run of his own to right, his twelfth home run of the season, making it an 8-0 Phils’ lead. In the top of the fifth, the Twins tried to get on the board as Jason Kubel, who had hit a lead-off triple to center, tried to stretch it into an inside-the-park home run. Instead, he is cut down at home plate by a strong throw to home by Utley, as Carlos Ruiz applied the tag, for an 8-4-2 put out. The Phils would then make it 9-0 in their half of the fifth as Howard hits a lead-off home run, his thirteenth home run of the season, and his second of the night. The Twins would finally get on the board in the sixth as, with runners on the corners, and with one man out, Michael Cuddyer hits an RBI single, scoring Joe Mauer, who had earlier singled, and had gone to third on Justin Morneau’s single, making it a 9-1 Phils’ lead, while sending Morneau up to second base. The Twins would cut the Phils’ lead down to 9-3 in the seventh as, with a man on base, and with no one out, Nick Punto hits a two-run home run, knocking in Delmon Young, who had earlier singled. In the ninth, the Twins would decrease the Phils’ lead to 9-4 as, with the bases loaded, via singles to Young, Punto and Denard Span, and with one man out, Scott Mathieson, who was pitching in his first major league game since his second Tommy John surgery, threw a wild pitch, scoring Young, while moving Punto to third and Span to second. One batter later, with two men on, and with still one man out, Orlando Hudson hits into an RBI ground out, 6-3, scoring Punto, while sending Span on to third. After Mathieson is replaced on the mound with Brad Lidge, he ends the ballgame by getting Mauer to line out to right.

Joe Blanton gets the win, coming back from his shelling at the hands of the BoSox almost a week ago, as he pitches six innings, plus two batters, as he ran out of gas in the seventh, giving up three runs on seven hits and three walks, while he strikes out one. His record is now 2-5 with a 6.96 ERA. Chad Durbin and J.C. Romero combined for two scoreless innings, giving up only one hit (Romero) between them, while striking out one batter (Durbin). Scott Mathieson pitches two-thirds of an inning, giving up two runs, on three hits and a wild pitch. Brad Lidge pitches a third of an inning, getting out the only man he would face. Nick Blackburn takes the lost as he last only one and two-thirds innings, giving up eight runs on six hits and three walks, while striking out two. His record is now 6-4 with a 5.80 ERA. Jesse Crain pitches two and one-third scoreless innings, striking out two batters. Ron Mahay pitches an inning, giving up a run on three hits. Brian Duensing, Matt Guerrier and Alex Burnett combine for three shut out innings, giving up just two hits (Guerrier and Burnett one hit each) and two walks (also Guerrier and Burnett one each).

The Phils had eleven hits in the game, with Ryan Howard leading the way as he went four for four ending up a single short of hitting the cycle, as he had a double, a triple and four home runs, knocking in three runs, while scoring three, as he had a total of thirteen total bases, tying a career high, as he raised his average to .293. Placido Polanco and Chase Utley followed with two hits each, with Polanco’s hits being two singles, as he knocked in a run, while Utley’s hits were a single and a three-run home run, knocking in four runs. Jayson Werth, Carlos Ruiz and Wilson Valdez had the other three Phils’ hits, all singles, with Werth knocking in the other Phil run, on a sac fly. The Phils hope that Ruiz is fine, as he was hit in the head by Jason Kubel’s broken bat in the top of the eight, being replace by Brian Schneider in the top of the ninth.

The Phils (35-30, 3rd NL East) continue their three-games series with the Twins (38-29, 1st AL Central) with a day game that will be nationally televised by Fox. The game will be played at Citizens Bank Park and will start at 4:15 pm Eastern. Cole Hamels (6-5, 3.74) will start for the Phils, hoping to continue on his previous gem against the Red Sox on June 13, where he pitched seven strong innings, giving up just one run on five hits and two walks, while striking out eight, as he picks up the win in the Phils’ 5-3 win. He will be trying to collect his seventh win of the season, while also going for his eighth quality start in his last nine starts. The Twins will counter with Kevin Slowey (7-4, 3.84), who is coming off a lost against the Braves on June 13, as he went only four and two-thirds inning, giving up six runs, five of which were earned, on nine hits and one walk, while he struck out six, in the Twins’ 7-3 lost. He will be trying to recover from the lost. The Phils’ offense will be trying to continue its present hot streak, while hoping that Hamels will continue to pitch like the team’s no. two pitcher.

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