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Sunday: Countdown to the Playoffs, Game # 7: The Mets prevent the Phils from clinching the Eastern Divison flag at home, as the Phils lose, 7-3.

Cole Hamels was not at his best, while also getting no help from the umpire, as the Mets prevent the Phils from clinching the division title at home, as the Phils lose to the Mets, 7-3, while the Braves lose again to the Nationals, cutting the Phils’ magic number down to one game.

The Mets took the lead in the second as David Wright hits a lead-off home run, his twenty-sixth home run of the year, giving the Mets a 1-0 lead. The Mets added to their lead in the fourth as, with the bases loaded, via singles by Angel Pagan and Ike Davis, with Davis’ single sending Pagan to third base, Joaquin Arias being safe at first on a fielder’s choice grounder as Pagan is caught between third and home by Cole Hamels on Arias’ grounder, before being caught in a rundown, and then being tagged out, 1-2-5, while Davis went to third on the play, and a Henry Blanco walk, sending Arias to second, and with two men out, after Mets’ starter Pat Misch struck out swinging, Jose Reyes hits an RBI infield single, which Wilson Valdez threw to second late, after being slow to get it out of his glove, allowing Davis to score, giving the Mets a 2-0 lead, while moving Arias to third base and Blanco to second, with the bases still loaded. The next batter, Nick Evans then hits a two-run double on a ball that Jayson Werth in right was unable to catch and then let get behind him, allowing both Arias and Blanco to score, making it a 4-0 Mets’ lead, before Reyes, who also tried to score on the play, is thrown out at the plate by a strong throw from Shane Victorino, who was backing up the play, 8-2, to finally end the inning. The Mets then made it a 5-0 lead in the fifth as Carlos Beltran hits a solo home run, his sixth home run of the year. The Phils then came back in their half of the fourth as, with two men on, and with two men out, Chase Utley hits a three-run home run, his sixteenth home run of the season, knocking in Valdez, who had earlier singled, and pinch hitter John Mayberry, Jr, who had a pinch hit infield single, moving Valdez up to second base, making it a 5-3 Mets’  lead. The Mets increased their lead in the ninth as, with one man on, and with nobody out, Beltran hits a two-run home run, his second home run of the ballgame and his seventh home run of the year, knocking in Evans, who had earlier singled, giving the Mets a 7-3 lead. That would be the final score as Hisanori Takahashi pitches a scoreless ninth, getting Utley to end the game by flying out to center.

Cole Hamels took the lost as he pitches just four innings, plus a batter, as he gives up five runs on nine hits and three walks, while striking out two. His record is now 12-11 with a 3.09 ERA. David Herndon, Vance Worley, Chad Durbin and Jose Contreras combine for four scoreless innings, giving up one hit (Durbin) and three walks (Herndon, Worley and Durbin one each), while striking out four (Herndon (2), Worley (1), Durbin (1)) between them. Ryan Madson pitches to three batters, giving up two runs on two hits and a walk, getting out none of the batters that he would face. Danys Baez pitches a scoreless inning, striking out two. Pat Misch gets a no-decision as he pitches four and two-thirds innings, giving up three runs on seven hits and a walk, while striking out three. Sean Green pitches a third of an inning, getting out the only man that he would face. Manny Acosta gets the win as he pitches an inning and a third, giving up a hit and a walk. His record is now 3-1 with a 3.12 ERA. Pedro Feliciano records his twenty-first hold as he pitches two-thirds of an inning, getting out both men that he would face.  Elmer Dessens receives his tenth hold as he pitches a scoreless inning, giving up a walk. Hisanori Takahashi pitches a scoreless inning, giving up a hit.

The Phils had nine hits in the game, with Raul Ibanez leading the team with two hits, a single and a double. Shane Victorino, Placido Polanco, Chase Utley, Ryan Howard, Jayson Werth, Wilson Valdez and pinch hitter John Mayberry, Jr. had the other seven Phils’ hits, with Victorino, Polanco, Werth, Valdez and Mayberry’s hits being singles, Howard’s hit being a double and Utley’s hit being a three-run home run. The Phils were unable to get a key hit when they needed it.

The Phils (93-63, 1st) would go on the road for the last time during the regular season, to start a series with the Nationals (67-89, 5th) in Washington, looking to clinch the East, as they have already clinched at least a tie for both the Eastern Division and the Wild Card, as the Padres have also lost.

Countdown to the Playoffs, Game # 8: Two defensive mistakes by the Phils lead to the end of their winning streak, as they lose to the Mets, 5-2. The magic number is still at two.

Two defensive mistakes by the Phils in the seventh inning allowed the Mets to score five runs in that inning, as the Phils’ winning streak ends at eleven games, as they lose to the Mets, 5-2. The magic number stays at two as the Braves have earlier defeated the Nationals.

The Phils took the lead in the first as, with one man on, and with two men out, Ryan Howard hits a two-run home run, his thirty-first home run of the year, knocking in Chase Utley, who had earlier singled, giving the Phils a 2-0 lead. The game then became a pitchers’ duel between Phils’ starter Kyle Kendrick, who, in the first six innings, would give up only three hits, while striking out four, while the Mets’ starter Dillon Gee kept the Phils off-balanced for the next five innings, giving up only three more hits and two walks, while striking out five Phils. Kendrick’s good fortune would come to an end in the seventh. Carlos Beltran started the inning off with a single. The next batter, David Wright followed by hitting a grounder that went to the left of Kendrick. After getting the ball, Kendrick threw it to second to start a possible double play with Utley, but Wilson Valdez steps in front of Utley, and then touched second base, forcing out Beltran. But, because of his momentum, he is not able to throw to first, allowing Wright to reach first safely. Ike Davis then followed with a single, sending Wright up to second base. Angel Pagan then got on base on a fielding error by Howard as he allowed the ball to eat him up, before going into right field, loading the bases as Wright stops at third, and Davis stops at second. The next batter, Josh Thole, followed with an RBI single, knocking in Wright, cutting the Phils’ lead to 2-1, while moving up a base both Davis and Pagan, leaving the bases loaded. Charlie Manuel would then come out and take the ball from Kendrick, replacing him with Chad Durbin. Pinch hitter Lucas Duda welcomes Durbin with a bases clearing double, scoring Davis, Pagan and Thole, giving the Mets a 4-2 lead, with still only one man out. After Durbin strikes out Gee for the inning’s second out, Jose Reyes makes it a 5-2 Mets’ lead with an RBI double, knocking in Joaquin Arias, who was pinch running for Duda. That would be the final score as the Mets would shut down the Phils for the final three innings, with Hisanori Takahashi recording his eighth save of the season by getting Carlos Ruiz to fly out to center for the final out.

Kyle Kendrick took the lost as he pitches six and one-third innings, giving up four runs, three of which were earned, on six hits, while striking out four. His record is now 10-10 with a 4.76 ERA. Chad Davis collects his first blown save of the year as he pitches two-thirds of an inning, giving up a run on two hits, while striking out two batters. J.C. Romero and David Herndon pitches two scoreless innings, giving up three hits (Romero (1), Herndon (2)) and a walk (Romero). Dillon Gee gets the win as he pitches seven innings, giving up two runs on five hits and two walks, while striking out five. His record is now 2-1 with a 2.00 ERA. Elmer Dessens receives his ninth hold of the year as he pitches two-thirds of an inning, getting out both man that he would face. Pedro Feliciano records his twentieth hold of the year as he pitches a third of an inning, getting out the only man that he would face. Hisanori Takahashi records his eighth save of the year as he pitches a scoreless inning, giving up a walk, while striking out a batter.

The Phils had only five hits in the game, singles by Chase Utley, Jayson Werth and Kyle Kendrick, a double by Wilson Valdez and a two-run home run by Ryan Howard, knocking in the Phils only runs. The Phils offense got shut down after scoring in the first innings.

The Phils (93-62, 1st) will conclude their regular season home schedule with a day game against the Mets (75-79, 4th), with the Phils presently trailing late in the game.

Countdown to the Playoffs, Game # 9: Phils hold on to beat the Mets, 3-2, increasing their winning streak to eleven games while dropping their magic number down to 2.

Behind the pitching of Joe Blanton and the back end of the bullpen (Ryan Madson and Brad Lidge), the Phils beat the Mets, 3-2, increasing their winning streak to eleven games, while reducing their magic number to winning their fourth straight Eastern Division title to two games as the Braves lose to the Nationals in Washington.

The Phils took the lead in the first as Shane Victorino hits a lead-off home run, his eighteenth home run of the season, giving the Phils a 1-0 lead. The Phils added to their lead in the second as, with one man on, and with two men out, Victorino hits an RBI double, knocking in Wilson Valdez, who had earlier singled, and then went up to second on Joe Blanton’s sacrifice bunt, 1-4, giving the Phils a 2-0 lead. The Mets tied the game up at two-all in the fourth as, with a runner on first, and with two men out, Angel Pagan hit a two-run home run, knocking in Ike Davis, who had earlier singled. The Phils retook the lead in their half of the fourth as, with a runner on second, and with nobody out, Carlos Ruiz hits an RBI single, knocking in Raul Ibanez, who had earlier singled, then moved up to second on Josh Thole’s passed ball, giving the Phils’ a 3-2 lead. This would turn out to be the final score, as first Blanton, then Ryan Madson and finally Brad Lidge would hold off the Mets, with Lidge getting pinch hitter Jesus Feliciano to strike out, swinging, with runners on the corners, to end the game.

Joe Blanton gets the win as he pitches seven innings, giving up two runs on six hits and a walk, while striking out six. His record is now 8-6 with a 4.94 ERA. Ryan Madson collects his fifteenth hold of the season as he pitches a 1-2-3 inning, striking out two. Brad Lidge collects his twenty-seventh save of the year as he pitches a scoreless inning, giving up a hit and a walk, while striking out a batter. R.A. Dickey took the lost as he pitches six innings, giving up three runs on eight hits and two walks, while striking out four. His record is now 11-8 with a 2.92 ERA. Elmer Dessens, Pedro Feliciano and Manny Acosta combine for two scoreless innings, giving up a hit (Feliciano), while striking out two (Feliciano and Acosta one each) between them.

The Phils had nine hits in the game, with Shane Victorino and Placido Polanco both leading the team with two hits apiece, with Victorino’s hits being a solo home run and a RBI double, knocking in two runs, while Polanco’s hits were both singles. Chase Utley, Ryan Howard, Raul Ibanez, Carlos Ruiz and Wilson Valdez had the other five Phils’ hits, all singles, with Ruiz knocking in the other Phil run. The offense once again had enough hits to beat their opponent, increasing their winning streak, while at the same time lowering their magic number.

The Phils (93-61, 1st) continued their final home stand of the regular season with the Mets (74-79, 4th) with a night game tonight. The game will be played at Citizens Bank Park and will start at 7:05 pm Eastern. The Phils will send to the mound Kyle Kendrick (10-9, 4.78), who is coming off a win against the Nationals on September 18, as he pitched six innings, giving up two runs on six hits and a walk, while striking out three, in the Phils’ 5-2 win. In his last three starts, his record is 1-2, as he had pitched fifteen innings, giving up nine runs on eighteen hits and four walks, while striking out six. He will be trying to either help shrink the Phils’ magic number to one, or to help them clinch, depending on what the Braves do against the Nationals this afternoon. The Mets will counter with Dillon Gee (1-1, 1.80), who is coming off a lost to the Braves on September 18, as he pitched seven innings, giving up three runs on six hits and three walks, while striking out three, in the Mets’ 4-2 lost. In his previous three starts, his record is 1-1 with a no-decision, as he pitched twenty innings, giving up four runs on thirteen hits and ten walks, while striking out ten. He will be trying to spoil the Phils’ night, and put the clinching party, if it is to occur, on hold for one more day. The Phils will be trying to either bring their magic number down to one game, or clinch their fourth straight NL East title, depending on what the Braves do against the Nationals this afternoon. 

Countdown to the Playoffs, Game # 10: Oswalt and the bullpen throws a one-hitter at the Braves as the Phils sweep the series, winning 1-0. The magic number is now down to four.

Roy Oswalt, winning pitcher Ryan Madson and Brad Lidge combine to throw a one-hitter at the Braves, as the Phils score the winning run with two outs in the eighth, to defeat the Braves, 1-0, as they sweep the three-game series. The Phils now own a six games lead over the Braves in the NL East, as the magic number drops to four games.

The game was a pitchers’ duel between Phils’ starter Roy Oswalt, who threw seven scoreless innings, giving up just one hit, a two-out double to Martin Prado in the fourth, and a two-out walk to Brian McCann in the seventh, while striking out eight and Braves starter Tommy Hanson who pitched six scoreless innings, giving up a one-out double to Carlos Ruiz in the fifth and a one-out single by Chase Utley in the sixth, before pitching himself out of jams in both innings and three walks, while striking out four. After Ryan Madson came in to pitch a scoreless eighth, the Phils tried to start a rally in their half of the eighth as Utley was hit by the pitch for the second time that night, leading off the inning. But Ryan Howard then followed by hitting into a 6-5-3 doubleplay, hitting into the shift, as Utley is wiped out at second, for outs number one and two. Jayson Werth then gets on base with a walk. The next batter, Raul Ibanez, then followed by hitting a 2-0 sinker down the left field line, just barely dropping fair, for an RBI double, knocking in Werth, giving the Phils a 1-0 lead. The Phils then gave the ball to Brad Lidge for the save. Lidge proceeded to shut down the Braves, getting his twenty-sixth save of the year, although giving up a walk to Jason Heyward with two outs, who then stole second base. But, Lidge would then end the game by getting Prado to fly out to right.

Roy Oswalt receives a no-decision as he pitches seven strong innings, giving up just one hit and a walk, while striking out eight. Ryan Madson gets the win as he pitches a 1-2-3 inning. His record is now 6-2 with a 2.32 ERA. Brad Lidge receives his twenty-sixth save of the year, as he gives up a walk. Tommy Hanson also gets a no-decision as he pitches six shut out innings, giving up just two hits and three walks, while striking out four. Peter Moylan and Craig Kimbrel combine for a scoreless inning, giving up a hit (Moylan) and a walk (Kimbrel), while striking out a batter (Kimbrel) between them. Jonny Venters took the lost as he gives up a run on one hit, a walk and a hit batter. His record is now 4-3 with a 1.83 ERA.

The Phils only had four hits in the game, with Carlos Ruiz leading the team with two hits, a single and a double. Chase Utley and Raul Ibanez had the other two Phils’ hits, with Utley’s hit being a single and Ibanez’s hit being an RBI double, knocking in the only run of the game. The offense was once again handcuffed by the Braves’ pitching, but thanks to Oswalt, they were able to hang in there until someone was finally able to knock in the winning run.

The Phils (92-61, 1st) have the day-off today, before starting the final series of the regular season at Citizens Bank Park, a three-game weekend series with the Mets (74-78, 4th).

Countdown to the Playoffs, Game # 11: Roy Halladay gets his twentieth victory of the year, as the Phils decrease their magic number to 6, as they defeat the Braves, 5-3.

Roy Halladay becomes the first Phils starter, since Hall of Famer Steve Carlton won 23 in 1982, to win 20 games in a season, as the Phils defeat the Braves, 5-3. The Phils’ lead in the NL East increases to five games, while their magic number falls to six games.

The Phils took the lead in the third as, with two men on, and with one man out, Jayson Werth hits a three-run home run, his twenty-fifth home run of the year, knocking in Placido Polanco, who had earlier walked, and had moved up to second on Chase Utley’s single, and Utley, who had earlier singled, giving the Phils a 3-0 lead. The Braves got a run back in the fifth as, with runners on the corners, and with nobody out, Eric Hinske hits an RBI force out, 4-6, knocking in Alex Gonzalez, who had earlier doubled, then went to third on Rick Ankiel’s single, making it a 3-1 Phils’ lead, while Ankiel, who had earlier singled, was wiped out at second base. The Braves scored again in the sixth as, with runners on second and third and with nobody out, Derrek Lee hits a sacrifice fly, knocking in Martin Prado, who had earlier singled, and had gone to third on Brian McCann’s double, making it a 3-2 Phils’ lead, before McCann, who has earlier doubled, is thrown out at third, 8-5, trying to move up to third, on a sacrifice fly-double play, for the second out of the inning. The Phils got the runs back in their half of the sixth as, with two men on base, and with two men out, Raul Ibanez hits a two-run double, knocking in Ryan Howard, who had earlier walked, and moved up to second on Werth’s single, and Werth, who had just singled, giving the Phils a 5-2 lead. The Braves got a run back in the seventh as, with two men out, pinch hitter Freddie Freeman hits a pinch hit solo home run, the first of his major league career, making it a 5-3 Phils’ lead. That would be the final score as the bullpen would hold down the Braves in the eighth and in the ninth, with Brad Lidge collecting his twenty- fifth save of the year, as he got Ankiel to end the game by poping up to the shortstop for the final out.

Roy Halladay gets the win as he pitches seven innings, giving up three runs on seven hits and two walks, striking out three. His record is now 20-10 with an ERA of 2.53. Ryan Madson collects his fourteenth hold as he pitches a scoreless inning, giving up a hit, while striking out one. Brad Lidge gets his twenty-fifth save of the season as he pitches a scoreless inning, giving up a hit, while striking out a batter. Mike Minor took the lost as he pitches only two and one-third innings, giving up three runs on seven hits and a walk. His record is now 3-2 with a 6.18 ERA. Cristhian Martinez and Kyle Farnsworth combines for two and two-thirds scoreless innings, giving up  a hit (Martinez) and two walks (Martinez), while striking out four (Martinez (3), Farnsworth (1)) between them. Michael Dunn pitches two-thirds of an inning, giving up two runs on two hits and a walk, while striking out a batter. Peter Moylan, Craig Kimbrel and Jonny Venters combine for two and a third scoreless innings, giving up two hits (Kimbrel (1), Venters (1)), while striking out three (Kimbrel (1), Venters (2)) between them.

 The Phils had twelve hits in the game, with Placido Polanco, Chase Utley, Jason Werth, Raul Ibanez and Wilson Valdez leading the team with two hits each, with Polanco, Utley and Valdez’s hits being all singles, with Werth’s hits being a single and a three-run home run, knocking in three runs, and Ibanez’s hits being a pair of doubles, knocking in two runs. Ryan Howard and Roy Halladay had the other two Phil hits, both singles. The Phils’ offense left twelve men on base, failing to cash in on several scoring opportunities, but scoring enough runs to win once again.

The Phils (91-61, 1st) will conclude their series with the Braves (86-66, 2nd) with a night game tonight. The game will be played at Citizens Bank Park and will start at 7:05 pm Eastern. The Phils will send to the mound Roy Oswalt (13-13 (7-1), 2.90 (1.94)), who is coming off a win against the Nats on September 17, as he went six innings, giving up a run on six hits and a walk, while striking out seven, in the Phils’ 9-1 rout. In his last three starts, his record is 3-0 as he had pitched twenty-two innings, giving up five runs on sixteen hits and three walks, while striking out twenty. He will be trying to lead the Phils to a sweep of the Braves. The Braves will counter with Tommy Hanson (10-11, 3.62), who is coming off a win against the Mets on September 17, as he pitched six innings, giving up four runs on five hits and a walk, while striking out four, in the Braves’ 6-4 win. In his last three starts, his record is 1-1 with a no-decision, as he had pitched nineteen innings, giving up twelve runs, nine of which were earned, on fourteen hits and three walks, while striking out thirteen. He will be trying to help the Braves avoid the sweep. The Phils will be trying to sweep the Braves, to extend their lead in the NL East to six games and set things up for an early clinching.

Countdown to the Playoffs, Game # 12: Cole Hamels shut down the Braves as the Phils take a four-game lead in the East, as they defeat the Braves, 3-1.

A brilliant eight innings pitching performance by Cole Hamels leads the Phils to a 3-1 win over the Braves, as they increase their lead in the NL East to four games, while their magic number to winning the division drops down to eight.

The Braves took the lead in the second as, with one man on, and with nobody out, Brian McCann hits an RBI double, knocking in Derrek Lee, who had earlier singled, giving the Braves a 1-0 lead. The Braves threaten to add to their lead as they put runners on the corners after Matt Diaz hits a single, sending McCann over to third base, with still nobody out, but Phils starter Cole Hamels got out of further trouble by first striking out Alex Gonzalez, swinging, for the inning’s first out, then getting Melky Cabrera to hit into a 4-6-3 doubleplay, wiping out Diaz at second base. The Phils would tie the game up at one-all in their half of the first as, with a runner on third, and with two men out, Carlos Ruiz hits an RBI double, scoring Ryan Howard, who had earlier doubled, then moved up to third on Raul Ibanez’s ground out, 1-3. The Phils would take the lead in the fifth as, with a runner on third, and with nobody out, Placido Polanco hits an RBI ground out, 6-3, knocking in Shane Victorino, who had earlier reached third on a three-base fielding error by Jason Heyward, as the ball glance off of his glove, to give the Phils a 2-1 lead. Four batters later, the Phils made it a 3-1 lead as, with the bases loaded, via a Chase Utley single, who later stole second base, and then walks to first Howard, and then to Jayson Werth, moving both Utley and Howard up a base, and with still one man out, Ibanez hits an RBI ground out, 6-3, knocking in Utley, while moving both Howard and Werth up a base. That would be all that Hamels would need as he would pitch eight strong innings, giving up only a run on just six hits and a walk, while he would strike out six Braves, before handing the ball over to Brad Lidge, who would pitch a strong 1-2-3 ninth to collect his twenty-fourth save of the season, ending the game by striking out Lee, swinging.

Cole Hamels gets the win as he pitches eight strong innings, giving up only one run on six hits and a walk, while he strikes out six. His record is now 12-10 with a 2.93 ERA. Brad Lidge records his twenty-fourth save of the year as he pitches a 1-2-3 ninth, striking out two batters. Brandon Beachy took the lost in his major league debut, as he pitches four and a third innings, giving up three runs, only one of which was earned, on four hits and three walks, while he strikes out only one. His record is now 0-1 with a 2.08 ERA. Eric O’Flaherty, Peter Moylan, Michael Dunn and Kyle Farnsworth combine for four and two-thirds scoreless innings, giving up just one hit (Dunn) and three walks (O’Flaherty (2), Moylan (1)), while striking out four (Moylan (1), Dunn (1), Farnsworth (2)) between them.

The Phils had just five hits in the game, singles by Shane Victorino, Chase Utley and Jayson Werth and double by Ryan Howard and Carlos Ruiz, with Ruiz knocking in one run, while Placido Polanco and Raul Ibanez knocked in the other two Phils’ runs with ground outs. The offense, although hitting the ball hard, especially against the rookie Brandon Beachy, have little to show for it, although a Braves error allowed them to get the runs they would need to win, with Cole Hamels pitching strongly last night

The Phils (90-61, 1st) will continue their three-games series with the Braves (86-65, 2nd) with a night game tonight. The game will be played at Citizens Bank Park and will start at 7:05 pm Eastern. The Phils will send to the mound their ace Roy Halladay (19-10, 2.49), who is coming off a win against the Marlins on September 15, as he pitched six innings, giving up three runs on ten hits, as he struck out nine, in the Phils’ 10-5 win. In his last three starts, his record is 3-0, as he pitched twenty and two-thirds innings, giving up eleven runs on twenty-five hits and two walks, while striking out twenty. Doc will be going for his fourth win in a row, while trying to pitch his first strong outing in over a month, while planning to make it 3-0 against the Braves this season. The Braves will counter with Mike Minor (3-1, 5.84), another rookie, who is coming off a lost against the Nationals on September 15, as he pitched five innings, giving up four runs on four hits and a walk, while striking out six, in the Braves’ 4-2 lost. In his last three starts, his record is 0-1 with two no-decisions, as he had pitched fourteen innings, giving up fourteen runs on twenty hits and two walks, while striking out fifteen. He will be trying to get the Braves back into the pennant race by hoping to regain what he was doing during his first four starts in the majors. The Phils, the first NL team to reach 90 wins, will be going for the series win tonight, hoping to put themselves firmly into the driver’s seat for the final ten games of the season.

Almost back into the playoffs!!!

The Phils’ magic number is now down to one as their offense wakes up long enough to defeat the Astros, 7-4, while the Marlins hold on to defeat the Braves. The Phils will be looking to clinch their third straight NL Eastern Division title tonight behind veteran pitcher Pedro Martinez.

The Astros took an early 1-0 lead in the third as, with two men out, Lance Berkman hits a solo home run, his twenty-fifth home run of the season. The Phils would tie the game up at one-all in their half of the third as, with one man on, and with one man out, Jimmy Rollins hits an RBI double, knocking in Paul Bako, who had earlier walked, and had moved up to second on Phils’ starter J.A. Happ’s sacrifice bunt. The Phils then took the lead in the fourth as, with the bases loaded, via singles by Ryan Howard and Raul Ibanez, and a walk to Jayson Werth, which sent Howard to third and Ibanez to second, with nobody out, Pedro Feliz hits a grand slam home run, his twelfth home run of the season, his seventh career grand slam, and the eleventh grand slam hit by the Phils this season, making it a 5-1 Phils’ lead. The Astros would get a run back in the fifth as, with two men on, and with one man out, Carlos Lee hits an RBI single, knocking in Miguel Tejada, who had earlier singled, and had moved up to second when Berkman reached base on catcher’s interference, cutting the Phils’ lead to 5-2, while sending Berkman, who had went to first on catcher’s interference, moved up to second. The Phils increased their lead in their half of the fifth as, with one man on, and with two men out, Werth hits a two-run home run, his thirty-fifth home run of the year, scoring Ibanez, who had earlier walked, giving the Phils a 7-2 lead. In the sixth, the Astros would get those two runs back as, with a man on, and with two outs, Kazuo Matsui hits a two-run home run, his ninth home run of the season, scoring J.R. Towles, who had earlier doubled, making it a 7-4 Phils’ lead. But that would be the final score, as Jamie Moyer would come in to hold down the fort for an inning and a third, and then Ryan Madson would come in to pitch for two innings, recording his tenth save of the season, as he struck out Hunter Pence to end the game.

J.A. Happ got the win as he pitched five and two-thirds innings, giving up four runs, only three of which were earned, on nine hits and a walk, while striking out six. His record is now 12-4 with a 2.85 ERA. Jamie Moyer recorded his first hold as he pitched an inning and a third of scoreless relief, giving up only a walk, while he struck out one. Ryan Madson collected his tenth save of the year as he pitched two innings of shut out ball, giving up just two hits, as he struck out two. Wilton Lopez took the lost as he pitched three and two-thirds innings, giving up five runs on six hits and two walks, as he struck out two. His record is now 0-1 with a 9.42 ERA. Wesley Wright pitched one and a third innings, giving up two runs on a hit and a walk, while he struck out two. Chad Paronto, Jeff Fulchino and Samuel Gervacio combined to keep the Phils off the board for three innings, giving up only one hit (Paronto), while striking out two batters (Fulchino (1), Gervacio (1)).

The Phils had eight hits in the game, with both Jimmy Rollins and Jayson Werth leading the way with two hits each, with one of Rollins’ hits being an RBI double, while one of Werth’s hits was a two-run home run. Ryan Howard, Raul Ibanez, Pedro Feliz and Paul Bako had the other four Phils’ hits, with Feliz’s hit being a grand slam home run, which put the Phils ahead for good. The Phils’ offense will be trying to break the game open early tonight to finally end the pennant race.

The Phils (91-66, 1st East) continue their four-game set with the Astros (73-84, 5th Central) with a night game. The game will start at 7:05 pm Eastern and will be played at Citizens Bank Park. The Phils will send to the mound Pedro Martinez (5-1, 3.32), who is coming off a neck injury. His last start was a lost against the Braves on September 19, when he went only three innings because of tightness in his neck, as he gave up three runs on seven hits and a walk, while striking out one, in the Phils’ 6-4 lost. Martinez will be trying to pitch the Phils into the playoffs tonight. The Astros will counter with Brian Moehler (8-11, 5.21), who is coming off a lost against the Reds on September 25, as he pitched two and a third innings, giving up seven runs on eight hits and a walk, while striking out only two, in the Astros’ 10-4 lost. He will try to hold off the clinching party for at least one more night. The Phils will be trying to clinch their third straight NL Eastern Division crown tonight, so that they can use the final four games to set things up for the Divisional Series.

The Phils barely held on to defeat the Brewers, 6-5, dropping their magic number down to 3.

The Phils hold on to defeat the Brewers, 6-5, in the process eliminating the Marlins from divisional contrntion while dropping their magic number over the Braves to 3. With the victory, they have tied their franchise road win record with 48 wins, first set in 1976, as they head home for their final seven games of the season.

The Phils took a quick 1-0 lead in the first as Jimmy Rollins hits a lead-off home run to right field on a 2-1 fast ball, his twenty-first home run of the season. Three batters later, with a runner on third, and with one out, Ryan Howard would make it 2-0 Phils with an RBI double, knocking in Chase Utley, who had earlier tripled. The Phils added to their lead in the second as, with the bases loaded, via singles by Raul Ibanez and Paul Bako, and Phils’ starter Joe Blanton being hit by the pitch, and with two men out, Shane Victorino hits a two-run double, scoring both Ibanez and Bako, giving the Phils a 4-0 lead, while sending Blanton over to third base. The Brewers got a run back in their half of the second as Mike Cameron hits a lead-off home run, his twenty-third home run of the season, making it a 4-1 Phils’ lead. The Phils would make it 6-1 in the fifth as, with two men on, and with one out, Pedro Feliz hits a two-run single, knocking in Howard, who had earlier doubled, and had gone to third on a wild pitch, and Ibanez, who had earlier walked, and had moved up to second on the wild pitch. The Brewers would cut down the Phils’ lead in the sixth as, with two men on, and with one out, Mat Gamel hits a three-run home run, knocking in Cameron, who had been hit by the pitch, and then went to third on Alcides Escobar’s single, and Escobar, who had earlier singled, making it a 6-4 Phils’ lead. Three batters later, with a runner on second, and with two men out, Ryan Braun hits an RBI single, knocking in Corey Hart, who had earlier walked, and then stole second base, making it 6-5 Phils. But that would be the final score, as the Phils’ bullpen would then hold off the Brewers for the next three and a half innings, with Ryan Madson pitching a four outs save, his ninth save of the year, ending the Phils’ last road trip of the year at 5-5.

Joe Blanton got the win as he pitched five and two-thirds innings, giving up five runs on seven hits, four walks and a hit batter, while striking out four. His record is now 12-7 with an ERA of 3.95. Clay Condrey pitched to one batter, giving up a hit. Sergio Escalona pitched a third of an inning, recording his second hold, as he got out the man he would face. Chad Durbin pitched an inning and a third of shut out ball as he recorded his eighth hold, giving up a hit and a walk, while striking out a batter. Ryan Madson recorded his ninth save of the season as he pitched an inning and a third, giving up only a hit, while striking out one. Dave Bush took the lost as he pitched four and one third innings, giving up five runs on nine hits, a walk and a hit batter, while he struck out five. His record is now 5-9 with a 6.38 ERA. Josh Butler pitched an inning, giving up a run on three hits and four walks, while striking out a batter. Chris Smith, David Weathers and Mitch Stetter combined for three and two-thirds scoreless innings, giving up only two hits (Weathers (1), Stetter (1)) and a walk (Weathers), while together striking out three batters (one batter each).

The Phils had fourteen hits in the game, with all of their starters, including Joe Blanton, getting at least a hit. Jimmy Rollins led the way with three hits, including a solo home run and a double, knocking in a run, as he raised his batting average to .247. Chase Utley, Ryan Howard and Paul Bako each followed with two hits, with one of Utley’s hits being a triple, with both of Howard’s hits being doubles, as he knocked in a run, and one of Bako’s hits being a double. Shane Victorino, Jayson Werth, Raul Ibanez, Pedro Feliz and Joe Blanton had the other five Phils’ hits, with Victorino’s being a double, knocking in two runs, and Feliz’s being a two-run single. The Phils’ bats once again were unable to capitalize on scoring opportunities, leaving fourteen men on base, with most of it occurring during the middle innings. 

The Phillies (90-65, 1st East) will start their final home stand of the season with a four-games series against the Astros (72-83, 5th Central), starting tonight. The game will be played at Citizens Bank Park and will start at 7:05 pm Eastern. The Phils will send to the mound Cole Hamels (10-9, 4.11), who is coming off a no-decision against the Marlins on September 23, when he pitched seven innings, giving up four runs on eight hits, while striking out four, in the Phils’ 7-6 lost. He will be trying to rebound from that start and his earlier start against the Astros on September 6, in his other bad start this month, as well as try to further lower the Phils’ magic number. He will be opposed by Yorman Bazard (0-2, 9.55), who is coming off a lost against the Cardinals on September 22, as he went only three and two-thirds innings, giving up six runs on six hits and two walks, while striking out two in the Astros’ 11-2 lost. He will be trying for his first win of the season. The Phils will be trying to being a hot streak at home so that they won’t have to worry about clinching the East at home against the Marlins,  

The Phils cut their magic number to four as they defeat the Brew Crew, 9-4.

J.A. Happ pitched a strong five and two-thirds innings, as the Phils’ offense unloaded in a six-run fifth, as the Phils defeated the Brewers, 9-4. Their magic number over the Braves is now at four.

The Phils took the lead in the first inning as, with one man on, and with two men out, Ryan Howard hits an RBI single, knocking in Chase Utley, who was safe on a force out, 4-6, as Shane Victorino, who had earlier singled, was wiped out at second, to give the Phils a 1-0 lead. The Brewers tied the game at one-all in the third as, with a runner on third, and with two men out, Felipe Lopez hits an RBI infield single off of J.A. Happ’s leg, as Howard was unable to handle Utley’s throw, scoring Jason Kendall, who had earlier tripled on a ball that Ben Francisco was unable to catch. The Phils regained the lead in the fourth as, with a man on base, and with nobody out, Pedro Feliz hits an RBI double, knocking in Francisco, who had earlier doubled, giving the Phils a 2-1 lead. The Phils then blew the game wide open in the fifth. With two men on, and with one out, Feliz hits an RBI single, scoring Jayson Werth, who had earlier reached base on a throwing error, and then went to second on Francisco’s single, making it a 3-1 Phils’ lead, while Francisco, who had earlier singled, would move up to second. The next batter, Paul Bako, would give the Phils a 4-1 lead with an RBI single, knocking in Francisco, while sending Feliz to third. Happ then helped his own cause by hitting an RBI single, scoring Feliz, while sending Bako to second base, giving the Phils a 5-1 lead. Jimmy Rollins then finished the scoring by hitting a three-run home run, his twentieth home run of the season,  knocking in both Bako and Happ, making it an 8-1 Phils’ lead. In the sixth, the Brewers threathen to score as, with one man on base, and with one out, Prince Fielder hits a fly ball off of the wall in center field, that was played off the bounce by Victorino, as Corey Hart, who had earlier singled, rounded second and was then sent home. Victorino threw a strike to Utley, who in turned threw a strike to Bako, who was covering the plate, before he tagged Hart out for the inning’s second out, 8-4-2, as Fielder stopped at second with a double. The next batter, Casey McGehee then followed with an RBI double, making it 8-2 Phils. The Phils would get the run back in the eighth as, with two men on, and with one out, Howard knocked in Rollins, who had earlier singled, had gone to second base on Victorino’s single and then went to third on Utley’s force out, 3-6, as Victorino was wiped out at second, as he was safe on a fielding error by Brewers’ second baseman Lopez, giving the Phils a 9-2 lead. The Brewers got one run back in the ninth as, with two men on base, and with one man out, Fielder hits into an RBI ground out, 4-3, for the inning’s second out, knocking in Lopez, who had earlier singled, moved to second on Howard’s missed catch error on Hart’s ground ball to Feliz, and reached third on Ryan Braun’s force out, 6-4, as Hart was wiped out at second base, making it a 9-3 Phils’ lead, while Braun who was safe on the force out and then would move up to second on defensive indifference, would move up to third. McGehee then made it a 9-4 Phils’ lead as he hits an RBI single, scoring Braun. Clay Condrey would finally end the game by getting Mike Cameron to fly out to right.

J.A. Happ got the win as he pitched five and two-thirds innings, giving up two runs on six hits and two walks, as he struck out seven, making a strong statement as a candidate for the NL Rookie of the Year. His record is now 11-4 with an ERA of 2.79. Chad Durbin and Tyler Walker would combine for two and one-third scoreless innings, giving up only two hits (Walker) and two walks (Durbin), while striking out two batters (Durbin (1), Walker (1)). Clay Condrey pitched an inning, giving up two runs on two hits. Jeff Suppan took the lost as he pitched four and one-third innings, giving up eight runs, seven of which were earned, on twelve hits and two walk, while striking out two. His record is now 7-11 with a 5.04 ERA. Chris Smith and Carlos Villanueva pitched a combined two and two-thirds scoreless innings, striking out four batters between them (all by Villanueva). Josh Butler pitched an inning, giving up a run on two hits, while striking out one. John Axford pitched a 1-2-3 inning, striking out a batter.

The Phillies had fourteen hits in the game, with Shane Victorino and Pedro Feliz leading the team with three hits apiece, with one of Feliz’s hits being a double as he knocked in two runs. Jimmy Rollins, Ben Francisco and Paul Bako all followed with two hits each, with one of Rollins’ hits being a three-run home run, while one of Francisco’s hits was a double. Ryan Howard and J.A. Happ had the other two Phils’ hits, with Howard knocking in two runs, and Happ bringing home one. Bako knocked in the other Phil’s run. The Phils’ offense ended up hurting Jeff Suppan once again before the Brew Crew was finally able to stop them.

The Phils (89-63, 1st East) continue their four-games series with the Brewers (75-78, 3rd Central) with another night game. The game will be played at Miller Park and will start at 8:05 pm Eastern (7:05 pm Central). The Phils will send to the mound Cliff Lee (14-11 (7-2), 2.99 (2.65)), who is coming off a no-decision against the Braves on September 20, when he pitched four innings in a rain-delayed game, giving up only a run on five hits, while striking out two, in the Phils’ 4-2 win. He will be taking out his frustrations of not being able to pitch the fifth inning in Atlanta for the win out on the Brewers, while trying to help lower the Phils’ magic number even more. He will be oppose by Manny Parra (10-10, 6.42), who is coming off a no-decision of his own against the Cardinals on September 8, where he pitched only an inning, giving up a hit and a walk, in the Brewers’ 4-3 lost. He will be trying to see if his neck is okay since being taken out of the Cardinal game on the 8th. The Phils will be trying to lower their magic numbers against both the Braves and the Marlins even more.

Brad Lidge’s eleventh blown save of the year leaves the Phils’ magic number at five as the Phils lose a heartbreaker to the Marlins in the ninth, 7-6.

The Phils lose a heartbreaker in the bottom of the ninth to the Marlins, 7-6, as Brad Lidge blows his major league leading eleventh save of the season. The lost leaves the Phils’ magic number at five.

The Phils took the lead in the third as, with runners on the corners, and with two men out, Ryan Howard hits a two-run double, knocking in Jimmy Rollins, who had earlier doubled, and moved up to third on Chase Utley’s fielder’s choice’s grounder, and Utley, who had reached first base on a fielder’s choice, as Marlins’ first baseman Cody Ross threw home to nail Phils’ starter Cole Hamels, who had earlier singled, and had gone to third on Rollins’ double, out at home plate, 3-2, giving the Phils a 2-0 lead. The Marlins cut the Phils lead in half in the fourth as, with a runner on third, and with one out, Jorge Cantu hits an RBI single, knocking in Cameron Maybin, who had earlier doubled and had moved to third on Hanley Ramirez’s ground out, 4-3, making it a 2-1 Phils’ lead. The Marlins then tied it up at two-all in the fifth as Ross hits a lead-off home run, his twenty-fourth home run of the year. Three batters later, with a runner on second, and with one out, Chris Coghlan hits an RBI single, knocking in Ronny Paulino, who had earlier singled, and had moved up to second on Rick VandenHurk’s sacrifice bunt, giving the Marlins a 3-2 lead. The Phils would re-tie the game in the sixth as, with one out, Raul Ibanez hits a solo home rome, his thirty-third home run of the year. Three batters later, with a runner on second, and with two men out, Hamels would help his own cause by hitting an RBI single, knocking in Pedro Feliz, who had earlier doubled, giving the Phils a 4-3 lead. The Phils increased their lead in the seventh as, with one man on, and with one out, Howard hits a two-run home run, his forty-second home run of the season, knocking in Utley, who had earlier walked, making it a 6-3 Phils’ lead. The Marlins got a run back in their half of the seventh as, with one out, pinch hitter Gaby Sanchez hits a solo home run, his second home run of the season, to make it 6-4 Phils. The Marlins made it 6-5 in the eighth as, with a runner on third, and with two men out, Ross hits an RBI single, knocking in Cantu, who had earlier singled, moved to second when pinch hitter Nick Johnson was hit by the pitch, and then moved to third as Dan Uggla hits into a 6-3 double play, wiping out pinch runner Emilio Bonifacio at second, who was running for Johnson. The Marlins would then tie it up at six-all in the ninth as, with two men on, and with two men out, Cantu hits an RBI single, scoring Ross Gload who had earlier doubled, while sending Ramirez, who had just walked, over to third. After Cantu took second on defensive indifference, pinch hitter Brett Carroll hits an RBI single, scoring Ramirez and giving the Marlins a 7-6 walk-off win.

Cole Hamels received a no-decision as he pitched seven innings, giving up four runs on eight hits and a hit batter, while striking out four. Ryan Madson recorded his twenty-sixth hold of the season as he pitched an inning, giving up a run on two hits and a hit batter, while he struck out one. Brad Lidge blew his eleventh save while on his way to taking the lost, as he gave up two runs on three hits and a walk. His record is now 0-8 with a 7.48 ERA. Rick VandenHurk also got a no-decision as he pitched six innings, giving up four runs on seven hits and a walk, while striking out five. Reynel Pinto pitched an inning, giving up two runs on two hits and a walk. Kino Calero pitched a scoreless inning, giving up a walk, while he struck out a batter. Dan Meyer picked up the win as he pitched a scoreless inning, giving up just a walk. His record is now 3-1 with a 2.96 ERA.

The Phils had nine hits in the game, with Ryan Howard, Raul Ibanez and Cole Hamels leading the way with two hits each, with Ryan’s hits being a double and a home run, knocking in four runs, and with one of Ibanez’s hits being a solo home run. Jimmy Rollins, Pedro Feliz and Paul Bako each had one hit, with Rollins and Feliz’s hits being doubles. Hamels knocked in the Phils’ other run. The offense, in spite of its offensive display, wasn’t able to add an insurance run in the last two innings of the game.

The Phils (88-63, 1st East) conclude their last road trip of the season with a four-games series against the Brewers (75-77, 3rd Central), starting tonight. The game will be played at Miller Park and will begin at 8:05 pm Eastern (7:05 pm Central). The Phils will send to the mound J.A. Happ (10-4, 2.77), who is coming off a no-decision against the Braves on September 18, as he only pitched three innings, giving up just one run on five hits, as he struck out five, in the Phils’ 9-4 win. He will be trying to show that he is okay, while hoping to help cut down the Phils’ magic number. The Brew crew will counter with Jeff Suppan (7-10, 4.76), who is coming off a win against the Astros on September 19, as he pitched seven strong innings, giving up two runs on five hits, while striking out seven in the Brewers’ 7-2 win. He will be trying to give the Phils trouble. The Phils will be trying to tie their team road wins record while at the same time trying to bring the magic number down further before coming back home to Citizens Bank Park.

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