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The Phils hang on to defeat the Brewers, 3-2.

Philadelphia_PhilliesThe Phils begin their next to last series before the All-Star break by hanging on to defeat the National League Central leading Brewers, defeating the Brew Crew, 3-2.

The Phils took a quick 2-0 lead in the top of the first as, with a runner on third, and with one man out, Chase Utley hits a two-run home run, his seventh home run of the season, knocking in Ben Revere, who had started the game off with a single, stole second base, then moved up to third base on Andres Blanco’s sacrifice bunt, 1-3, giving the Phils a 2-0 lead. The Phils added to their lead in the top of the third as, with a man on first, and with two men out, Ryan Howard hits an RBI single to deep right center field, knocking in Utley, who has just singled, giving the Phils a 3-0 lead. The Brewers would get back into the game in the bottom of the fifth as, with the bases loaded, via a lead-off single by Khris Davis, Mark Reynolds reaching base on a fielding error by third baseman Cody Asche, as Davis stops at second base, and a single by Jean Segura, with both runners moving up a base, and with nobody out, pinch hitter Jeff Bianchi hits a two-run single, knocking in Davis and Reynolds, making it a 3-2 Phils’ lead, before Segura is thrown out at third base, 9-5, for the inning’s first out, as Bianchi stays at first base. Phils’ starter Cole Hamels then pitches himself out of trouble as he first got Rickie Weeks to hit into a force out, 5-4, wiping out Bianchi at second base for the inning’s second out, and then getting Ryan Braun to ground out, 5-3, for the inning’s final out. That would end up being the final score as the Phils hung on, before handing the ball over to closer Jonathan Papelbon, who collected his twentieth save of the season by pitching a 1-2-3 ninth, getting Segura to ground out, 1-3, for the game’s final out.

Cole Hamels (3-5, 2.87) got the win as he pitched six and two-thirds innings, giving up two runs, one of which was unearned, on seven hits and two walks, while striking out seven.  Ken Giles collected his first hold of the season as he pitched an inning and a third, giving up a hit, while striking out a batter. Jonathan Papelbon received his twentieth save of the year as he pitched a 1-2-3 inning, striking out a batter. Marco Estrada (7-6, 4.96) took the lost as he pitched five innings, giving up three runs on six hits and two walks, while striking out four. Tom Gorzelanny, Zach Duke and Rob Wooten combined for four scoreless innings, giving up three hits (one hit apiece) between them, while striking out six batters (Gorzelanny (2), Duke (1), Wooten (3)).

The Phils had nine hits in the game, with Ben Revere (Singles) and Chase Utley (Single, Home Run, 2 RBIs) both leading the team with two hits each. Andres Blanco, Ryan Howard (RBI), Cody Asche, Dom Brown and Tony Gwynn, Jr., had the other five Phils’ hits, all singles. The Phils also had two walks in the game (Utley, Howard) a stolen base (Revere (26)) and a sacrifice bunt (Blanco) in the game, while the offense committed an error (Asche), performed an outfield assist (Marlon Byrd), a pickoff (Cole Hamels) and a double play.

The Phils (38-51, 5th East) continue their series with the Brewers (52-38, 1st Central) with a game tonight. The game will be played at Miller Park and is to start at 8:10 pm EDT (7:10 CDT). The Phils will send to the mound Kyle Kendrick (3-8, 4.12), who is coming off a no-decision against the Marlins on July 3, as he went seven innings, giving up two runs on six hits and a walk, while striking out four, in the Phils’ 5-4 win. He will be trying to give the Phils their second straight win. The Brewers will counter with Wily Peralta (9-5, 3.35), who is coming off a no-decision of his own against the Blue Jays on July 2, as he went six innings, giving up four runs on nine hits and three walks, while striking out four, in the Brewers’ 7-4 lost. He will be trying to give the Phils their latest lost. The Phils will be trying to improve their fortunes before the All-Star break.

The Phils get swept as they lose once again to the Brewers, 6-2.

Philadelphia_PhilliesThe Phils are swept by Milwaukee in their opening series at home, as they lose to the Brew Crew, 6-2.

The Phils took the lead in the bottom of the second as, with one man out, Marlon Byrd hits a solo home run, giving the Phils a 1-0 lead. The Brewers would tie the game up at one-all in the top of the fourth as, with one man on, and with nobody out, Aramis Ramirez hits an RBI double, knocking in Ryan Braun, who had started the inning off with a single. Two batters later, after Ramirez has moved up to third base on Jonathan Lucroy’s ground out, 4-3, for the inning’s first out, the Brewers would take the lead as Khris Davis hits an RBI single, scoring Ramirez, giving the Brewers a 2-1 lead. The Brewers increased their lead in the top of the sixth as, with a man on second, and with two men out, Davis hits an RBI double, knocking in Lucroy, who had just doubled, making it a 3-1 Brewers’ lead. The Phils would get a run back in their half of the sixth as, with the bases loaded, via a walk to Jimmy Rollins, a single by Chase Utley, sending Rollins up to third base, and a walk to Ryan Howard, moving Utley up to second base, and with two men out, Byrd hits an RBI infield single, knocking in Rollins, as Utley would reach third base, and Howard would stop at second base, making it a 3-2 Brewers’ lead. But the Phils threat would then end as Brewers’ starter Marco Estrado would get Dom Brown to fly out to center for the inning’s final out. The Brewers would get the run back in the top of the seventh as, with two men on, and with nobody out, Carlos Gomez hits an RBI single, knocking in Rickie Weeks, who had started the inning off with a walk, then stopped at second base on pitch-hitter Logan Schafer’s sacrifice bunt, making it a 4-2 Brewers’ lead, while sending Schafer, who had been safe at first on his bunt attempt, over to third base. The Brewers then took a 5-2 lead as Joe Segura hits an RBI single, knocking in Schafer, while sending Gomez over to third base. The Brewers then made it a 6-2 lead as Braun hits a sacrifice fly, scoring Gomez. That would end up being the final score as Francisco Rodriguez pitched a 1-2-3 ninth, striking out Cody Asche, swinging, to end the game.

Cliff Lee (2-1, 5.50) took the lost as he pitched six innings, giving up three runs on eight hits, while he struck out eight. Jeff Manship pitched to three batters, getting none of them out, as he gave up three runs on two hits. Jake Diekman pitched an inning, giving up a hit, while striking out one. Justin De Fratus pitched two scoreless innings, giving up a walk. Marco Estrado (1-0, 2.31) got the win as he went six innings, giving up two runs on five hits and two walks, while striking out six. Tyler Thornburg, Will Smith and Francisco Rodriguez would combine for three scoreless innings, giving up a hit (Smith) and a walk (Smith) between them, while striking out six (two batters apiece).

The Phils had only six hits in the game, with  Chase Utley (Single) and Marlon Byrd (Single, Home Runs, 2 RBIs) both leading the team with two hits each. Jimmy Rollins (Single) and Carlos Ruiz (Single), had the other two Phils hits. The Phils also had three walks in the game (Rollins, Ryan Howard (2)), while Rollins was caught stealing second base, while the defense committed an error (Cody Asche) and an outfield assist (Dom Brown), while performing a doubleplay and a pickoff (Jake Diekman).

The Phils (3-6, 5th) will start a three-game series with the Marlins (5-5, 3rd), starting with a game tonight. The game will be played at Citizens Bank Park, and is to start at 7:05 pm EDT. The Phils will send to the mound A.J. Burnett (0-1, 3.66), who is coming off a lost against the Cubs on April 6, as he went five and two-thirds innings, giving up eight runs, four of which are earned, on five hits and six walks, while striking out three, in the Phils’ 8-3 lost. He will be trying to recover from his previous start. The Marlins will counter with Jose Fernandez (2-0, 0.71), who is coming off a win against the Padres on April 5, as he threw six and two-thirds innings, giving up three hits and two walks, while striking out eight, in the Marlins’ 5-0 win. He’ll be trying for his third win of the season. The Phils will be trying to put a stop to their four-game losing streak, while trying to get all parts of their game to work together.

The Phils’ bullpen allow in five runs in the last two innings, as the Phils end up losing again to the Brewers, 9-4.

Philadelphia_PhilliesThe Phils drop their third straight game as the bullpen allow five runs to score in the last two innings, as the Phils lose to the Brewers, 9-4.

The Brewers took the lead in the top of the first as, with two men on, and with one man out, Aramis Ramirez hits an RBI single, knocking in Jean Segura, who had earlier singled, then stole second base, giving the Brewers a 1-0 lead, while sending Ryan Braun, who had just walked, up to second base. The Brewers then took a 2-0 lead one batter later as, with two men on, and with still one man out, Braun would score on shortstop Jimmy Rollins’ fielding error of Jonathan Lucroy’s grounder, allowing Lucroy to reach base, while Ramirez would stop at second base. The Phils got a run back in their half of the first as, with runners on second and third, and with one man out, Rollins, who was safe at first on a force out, 1-5, as Ben Revere, who had started the inning off with a single, is tagged out at second base by shortstop Segura, after originally being called safe by the second base umpire as pitcher Matt Garza’s throw to second base took Segura off of the bag, as the play is overturned via instant replay as Brewers’ manager Ron Roenicke came out of the dugout to dispute the call, then stopped at third base on Carlos Ruiz’s double, goes home on a balk committed by Garza, while Ruiz, who had just doubled, would move up to third base on the balk. Two batters later, after Ryan Howard has walked, putting runners on the corners, with still one man out, the Phils will tied the game up at two-all as Ruiz scores on second baseman Scooter Gennett’s force attempt throwing error of Marlon Byrd’s grounder, allowing Howard to be safe at second base, before going on to third base, and Byrd to go on to second base. The Phils then took the lead as Don Brown hits an RBI ground out, 4-3, scoring Howard, giving the Phils a 3-2 lead, while sending Byrd on to third base. The Brewers would retie the game at three-all in the top of the second as, with a runner on second, and with two men out, Segura hits an RBI double, knocking in Carlos Gomez, who had just doubled. The Brewers would retake the lead in the top of the fourth as, with two men out, Gomez hits a solo home run, his third home run of the season, giving the Brewers a 4-3 lead. The Phils would retie the game at four-all in the bottom of the fifth as, with a runner on third, and with one man out, Byrd hits an RBI single, knocking in Ruiz, who had started the inning off with a double, his second of the game, then moved up to third on Garza’s wild pitch. The Brewers would retake the lead for good in the top of the eighth as, with a runner on third, and with one man out, Mark Reynolds, who had started the inning off with a walk, stole second base, then moved up to third on Gennett’s sacrifice bunt, 2-4, would score on Howard’s fielding error of Logan Schafer’s grounder, giving the Brewers a 5-4 lead, while Schafer, who had reached base on Howard’s error, would continue to second base. Three batters later, the Brewers would take a 7-4 lead as, with two men on, as Segura is hit by the pitch, and with two men out, Braun hits a two-run double, knocking in both Schafer and Segura. The Brewers then made it a 9-4 lead in the top of the ninth as, with one man on, and with one man out, Reynolds hits a two-run home run, his second home run of the season, knocking in Lucroy, who had started the inning off with a single. That would end up being the final score as Jim Henderson pitched a scoreless ninth, getting Ruiz to strike out, swinging, to end the game.

Roberto Gonzalez received a no-decision as he pitched five innings, giving up four runs, only three of which were earned, on seven hits, a walk and two wild pitches, while he struck out nine. Jeff Manship and Jake Diekman combined for two scoreless innings, giving up two hits (one hit each) between them, while striking out four (Manship (1), Diekman (3)). Antonio Bastardo (0-1, 2.08) took the lost as he pitched an inning, giving up three runs, only one of which was earned, on a hit, a walk and a hit batter. Justin De Fratus pitched an inning, giving up two runs on two hits. Matt Garza also received a no-decision as he went six innings, giving up four runs, only three of which were earned, on eight hits, two walks, a balk and a wild pitch, while striking out four. Tyler Thornburg (2-0, 1.50) got the win as he threw two 1-2-3 innings, striking out two. Jim Henderson pitched a scoreless inning, as he gave up a hit and a walk, while striking out a batter.

The Phils had nine hits in the game, with Ben Revere (Singles) and Carlos Ruiz (Doubles) both leading the team with two hits. Marlon Byrd (Single, 2 RBIs), Dom Brown (Double, RBI), Jayson Nix (Single), pinch-hitter Tony Gwynn, Jr. (Single) and Cody Asche (Double), had the other five Phils’ hits, while the final Phil run came in on a balk. The Phils also had three walks (Revere, Jimmy Rollins, Ryan Howard) in the game, while the defense committed two errors (Rollins, Howard).

The Phils (3-5, T-4th East) will conclude their series with the Brewers (6-2, 1st Central) with a night game tonight. The game will be played at Citizens Bank Park and is to start at 7:05 pm EDT. The Phils will send to the mound Cliff Lee (2-0 , 6.00) who is coming off a win against the Cubs on April 5, as he threw seven shutout innings, as he gave up ten hits, while striking out six, in the Phils’ 2-0 win. He’ll be going for his third straight win, while trying to put a stop to the Phils’ present losing streak. The Brewers will counter with Marco Estrado (0-0, 1.59), who is coming off a no-decision against the Red Sox on April 4, as he pitched five and two-thirds innings, giving up two runs, one of which was earned, on three hits and three walks, while striking out six, in the Brewers’ 6-2 win. He will be trying for his first win, while trying to lead the Brew Crew to a series sweep. The Phils will be trying to end their losing streak.

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

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

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

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

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

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

The Phils are unable to sweep the fish as they lose to the Marlins, 9-2.

A bullpen meltdown in the eighth inning ends the Phils chances to sweep the fish before they lose to the Marlins, 9-2.

The Marlins took the lead in the fourth as, with runners on the corners, and with nobody out, Greg Dobbs hits an RBI single, knocking in Carlos Lee, who had started the inning off with a walk, then stopped at third base on Giancarlo Stanton’s double, giving the Marlins a 1-0 lead, while sending Stanton, who had just doubled, up to third base. The Marlins then made it a 2-0 lead as Donovan Solano hits a sacrifice fly, scoring Stanton. The Phils got a run back in the fifth as Ty Wigginton hits a lead-off home run, his tenth home run of the season, cutting the Marlins’ lead down to 2-1. The Phils tied the game up at two-all in the sixth as, with two men on, and with two men out, Wigginton hits an RBI single, knocking in Kevin Frandsen, who had earlier singled, then stopped at second base on Chase Utley’s walk, while sending Utley, who had just walked, up to third base. The Marlins retook the lead in their half of the sixth as, with two men out, Dobbs hits a solo home run, his fourth home run of the season, giving the Marlins a 3-2 lead. The Marlins added to their lead in the eighth as, with runners on the corners, and with nobody out, Stanton hits an RBI single, knocking in Jose Reyes, who had started the inning off with a walk, then stopped at third base on Lee’s single, giving the Marlins a 4-2 lead, while sending Lee, who had just singled, up to second base. Four batters later, with the bases loaded, after both Lee and Stanton had moved up a base on Dobbs fly out to center field for the inning’s first out, and an intentional walk to Solano, and with two men out, the Marlins bust the game wide open as Austin Kearns hits a two-run single, knocking in both Lee and Stanton, giving the Marlins a 6-2 lead, while sending Solano up to second base. The Marlins then took an 8-2 lead as Bryan Pattersen hits a two-run double, scoring both Solano and Kearns. The Marlins then made it a 9-2 lead as Gorkys Hernandez hits an RBI single, knocking in Kearns. That would end up being the final score as Ryan Webb pitched a scoreless ninth.

Roy Halladay (6-7, 3.80) took the lost as he went seven innings, giving up three runs on six hits and a walk, while striking out seven. B.J. Rosenberg pitched to three batters, getting none of them out, as he gave up three runs, on two hits and a walk. Raul Valdes pitched a third of an inning, giving up a run on a walk. Michael Schwimer pitched two-thirds of an inning, giving up two runs on three hits, while striking out a batter. Mark Buehrle (10-11, 3.74) got the win as he pitched seven innings, giving up two runs on five hits and a walk, while he struck out three. Mike Dunn collected his fourteenth hold of the season as he pitched a scoreless inning, walking a batter, while striking out one. Ryan Webb pitched a scoreless inning.

The Phils had only five hits in the game, with Ty Wigginton leading the team with two hits, a single and a home run, knocking in both Phils’ runs. Jimmy Rollins, Kevin Frandsen and John Mayberry, Jr. had the other three Phils’ hits, all singles, as the offense is once again shut down by Buehrle.

The Phils (54-63, 4th East) will start a four-game series with the Brewers (52-64, 4th Central) starting with a night game tonight. The game will be played at Miller Park and is supposed to start at 8:10 pm EDT (7:10 pm CDT). The Phils will send to the mound Cliff Lee (2-7, 3.85), who is coming off a lost to the Cardinals on August 11, as he pitched seven innings, giving up four runs on ten hits, while he struck out six, in the Phils’ 4-1 lost. He will be trying for his third win of the season. The Brewers will counter with Marco Estrado (0-5, 4.36), who is coming off a no-decision against the Astros on August 11, as he went four innings, giving up four runs on seven hits, while striking out three, in the Brewers’ 6-5 extra-innings lost. He will be trying to get his first win of the year. The Phils will be trying to start off the series with a win.

The Phils sweep the Brewers as they perform one more come from behind win, winning in extra-innings, 7-6.

For the fourth day in a row, the Phils would score the winning run in their last at-bat, as they come from behind for the third straight day, as they once again defeat the Bewers, this time in extra-innings, 7-6.

The Brewers took the lead in the second as, with two men on, and with nobody out, Martin Maldonardo hits an RBI single, scoring Corey Hart, who had started the inning off with a single, then stopped at second base on Rickie Weeks’ single, giving the Brew Crew a 1-0 lead, while sending Weeks, who had just singled, over to thrid base. The Phils tied the game up at one-all in their half of the second as, with a runner on second base, and with two men out, Erik Kratz hits an RBI single, knocking in Juan Pierre, who had just doubled. The Phils took the lead in the third as, with one man on, and with nobody out, Chase Utley hits an RBI double, knocking in Shane Victorino, who had started the inning off with a single, giving the Phils a 2-1 lead. The Phils increased their lead two batters later as, with a man on third, as Utley moved up to third base on Ryan Howard’s soft ground out, 1-3, and with one man out, Hunter Pence hits an RBI single, knocking in Utley, giving the Phils a 3-1 lead. The Phils then took a 5-1 lead in the fourth as, with runners on the corners, via a Kratz lead-off double, who is then moved up to third on a Vance Worley sacrifice bunt, 1-3, and a walk to Victorino, and with two men out, Utley hits a two-run double, knocking in both Kratz and Victorino. The Brewers got a run back in the sixth as Weeks hits a lead-off home run, his tenth home run of the year, making it a 5-2 Phils’ lead. The Brew Crew made it a 5-3 Phils’ lead four batters later as, with runners on the corners, and with one man out, Carlos Gomez hits an RBI double, knocking in Cody Ransom, who had earlier doubled, then stopped at third base on pinch hitter Travis Ishikawa’s single, while sending Ishikawa, who had earlier singled, on to third base. The Brewers then tied the game up at five-all in the eighth as, with one man on, and with two men out, Ryan Braun hits a two-run home run, his twenty-eighth home run of the season, knocking in Gomez, who had earlier singled. The Brewers took the lead in the tenth as, with runners on the corners, and with one man out, Aramis Ramirez hits a sacrifice fly, knocking in Gomez, who had earlier reached base on Ty Wigginton’s fielding error of his pop up, as he did not catch the ball, stopping at second base, and then moved up to third base on pinch hitter Cesar Izturis’ sacrifice bunt, 1-4, giving the Brewers a 6-5 lead. The Phils then tied the game back up at six-all in their half of the tenth as, with runners on second and third, and with one man out, pinch hitter Carlos Ruiz hits a sacrifice fly, knocking in John Mayberry, Jr., who had earlier walked, then stopped at third base on Kratz’s double. The Phils then won the game as Jimmy Rollins hits an RBI single, his second walk-off hit in the last four days, scoring pinch runner Mike Fontenot, who was pinch running for Kratz, as he beat the late throw to the plate, giving the Phils a 7-6 walk-off win.

Vance Worley received a no-decision as he went five and a third innings, giving up three runs on ten hits and a walk, while striking out six. Kyle Kendrick collected his second hold of the season as he pitched an inning and two-thirds, giving up a hit and a walk. Antonio Bastardo was tagged with his third blown save of the season as he pitched an inning, giving up two runs on two hits, while striking out a batter. Jonathan Papelbon pitched a scoreless inning, giving up two hits, while striking out a batter. Michael Schwimer (2-1, 3.86) got the win, his second in two days, as he pitched an inning, giving up an unearned run on a walk. Marco Estrado also received a no-decision as he pitched four innings, giving up  five runs on eight hits and three walks, striking out four. Tyler Thornburg, Livan Hernandez and John Axford combined for five scoreless innings, giving up four hits (Thornburg (2), Hernandez (2)) between them, while striking out three (Axford). Francisco Rodriguez was tagged with his sixth blown save of the season before taking the loss (2-6, 4.80) as he pitched two-thirds of an inning, giving up two runs on two hits and a walk.

The Phils had fourteen hits in the game, with Chase Utley (Single, 2 Doubles, 3 RBIs) and Eric Kratz (Single, 2 Doubles, RBI) leading the team with two hits apiece, followed by Juan Pierre (Doubles) with two hits. Jimmy Rollins (Single, RBI), Shane Victorino (Single), Ryan Howard, (Single), Hunter Pence (Single, RBI), Ty Wigginton (Single) and Vance Worley (Single) had the other six Phils’ hits. Pinch hitter Carlos Ruiz knocked in the other Phil run with a sacrifice fly. The Phils also had four walks and a stolen base (Utley (3)) in the game.

The Phils (45-54, 5th) will have the day off today, before starting a three game series with the Braves (54-44, 2nd) in Atlanta.

33 games in 31 days: Game #11: The Phils’ “B” team explode for six-runs in the sixth as the Phils rout the Brewers, 7-2.

The Phils’ “B” team explode in the sixth inning, scoring six runs, on their way to a 7-2 rout of the Brew Crew.

The Brewers took a 1-0 lead in the fifth as, with one man out, Yuniesky Betancourt hits a solo home run, his eleventh home run of the season. The Phils tied the game at one as, with a runner on second, and with two men out, Wilson Valdez hits an RBI double, knocking in Shane Victorino, who had earlier doubled, on a played that was then reviewed and concluded that he had indeed hit a double near the corner to left. The Phils then took the lead two batters later as, after Placido Polanco had walked, Hunter Pence hits a two-run triple, scoring both Valdez and Polanco, giving the Phils a 3-1 lead. John Mayberry, Jr. then followed with an RBI infield single, knocking in Pence, as he beat shortstop Betancourt’s throw to first, although replay would later show that he was actually out, giving the Phils a 4-1 lead. The Phils then made it a 5-1 lead as, after Mayberry had stolen second base, Carlos Ruiz  brought him home with an RBI ground-rule double. Ben Francisco then made it a 6-1 Phils’ lead with an RBI single, scoring Ruiz. The Brewers got a run back in their half of the sixth as, with one man out, Corey Hart hits a solo home run, his twenty-fourth home run of the year, making it a 6-2 Phils’ lead. The Phils would get the run back in the ninth as, with one man on, and with two men out, Pence hits an RBI double, scoring Valdez, who had earlier singled, giving the Phils a 7-2 lead. That would end up being the final score as Cole Hamels pitched a complete game as he pitched a 1-2-3 ninth.

Cole Hamels (14-7, 2.60) gets the win as he pitched a complete game, giving up two runs on four hits and two walks, while striking out two. Chris Narveson (10-7, 4.46) took the lost as he pitched five and two-thirds innings, giving up six runs on seven hits and two walks, while striking out two. Tim Dillard and Marco Estrada combined for two and one-third scoreless innings, giving up three hits (Dillard (2), Estrada (1)) and a walk (Estrada), while striking out two (one each) between them. Frankie De La Cruz pitched an inning, giving up a run on two hits and a walk, while striking out one.

The Phils had twelve hits in the ballgame, with Wilson Valdez (Single, Double, RBI), Hunter Pence (Double, Triple, 3 RBIs), John Mayberry, Jr. (Singles, RBI) and Ben Francisco (Singles, RBI), all leading the team with two hits each. Shane Victorino (Double), Placido Polanco (Single), Carlos Ruiz (Double, RBI) and Michael Martinez (Single), had the other four Phils’ hits.

The Phils (92-48, 1st East) continue their series with the Brewers (85-60, 1st Central) with a night game tonight. The game will be played at Miller Park, and it will begin at 8:10 pm CDT (7:10 pm EDT). The Phils will send to the mound their ace Roy Halladay (16-5, 2.49), who is coming off a no-decision against the Marlins on September 4, as he went six innings, giving up two runs on nine hits and a walk, while striking four, in the Phils’ 5-4 extra-innings lost. He will be gunning once again for his seventeenth win of the season, while trying to pitch the Phils into a five-game winning streak. The Brewers will try to counter with Shaun Marcum (12-5, 3.11), who is coming off a win against the Astros on September 4, as he went seven innings, giving up just a hit and a walk, while striking out eight, in the Brewers’ 4-0 win. He will be trying to even up the series. The Phils will be trying to continue their present winning streak.

Cole Hamels appear to have returned to form as he help pitch the Phils to a sweep of the Nationals, 4-2.

Cole Hamels pitched eight strong innings, giving up only one run on five hits as he help led the Phils to a three-game sweep of the Nationals, 4-2. The Phils now have a seven and a half games lead over the now second place Braves, while their magic number have now dropped to 10.

The game started as a pitchers’ duel between Phils’ starter Cole Hamels, who was working on a perfect game through the first five innings, striking out four, and Nationals’ starters Ross Detwiler, who was able to keep the Phils’ off the board for four innings, while giving up three hits and hitting a batter, while striking out four. The Phils then took the lead in the bottom of the fifth as, with a runner on second, and with two outs, Jimmy Rollins hits an RBI double, knocking in Pedro Feliz, who had earlier walked, and then moved up to second on a Carlos Ruiz ground out, 1-3, to give the Phils a 1-0 lead. The Phils then added to their lead in the sixth as, with the bases loaded, via walks to Ryan Howard and Jayson Werth, and a single to Ben Francisco, moving both Howard and Werth up a base, and with two man out, Ruiz received an RBI walk, forcing in Howard, and making it a 2-0 Phils’ lead, while moving Werth on to third and Francisco to second. The next batter, Hamels, then helped his own cause by hitting an RBI single, knocking in Werth, making it 3-0 Phils, while sending Francisco to third and Ruiz to second. The Nats’ would end the shut out in the seventh, an inning after Mike Morse had broken up Hamels’ no-hit bid with a lead-off single, as, with two men on, and with one man out, Elijah Dukes hits an RBI single, knocking in Ryan Zimmerman, who had earlier singled and had gone to second on Josh Willingham’s single, making it a 3-1 Phils’ lead, while sending Willingham, who had earlier singled, to second base. The Phils would get the run back in their half of the seventh as, with a runner on third, and with two men out, as Werth batted, Chase Utley, who had earlier walked, had moved up to second on a wild pitch, and then moved over to third on a Howard ground out, 4-3, would score on the second wild pitch of the inning, making it 4-1 Phils. The Nats would make it 4-2 Phils in the ninth as, with a runner on third, and with one man out, Ian Desmond hits an RBI ground out, 5-3, knocking in Dukes, who had earlier tripled. But, that would be it as Brad Lidge would record his thirtieth save of the year by getting pinch hitter Willie Harris to fly out to center for the game’s final out.

Cole Hamels got the win as he pitched eight strong innings, giving up only one run on five hits and a walk, while striking out ten. His record is now 10-9 with a 4.07 ERA. Brad Lidge recorded his thirtieth save of the season as he pitched an inning, giving up a run on one hit. Ross Detwiler took the lost, as he went five innings, giving up a run on four hits and a walk, while he struck out six. Tyler Clippard pitched two-thirds of an inning, giving up two runs on a hit and three walks. Saul Rivera pitched a third of an inning, giving up a hit. Ron Villone pitched a third of an inning, giving up a run on a walk and a wild pitch, while he struck out a batter. Logan Kensing pitched two-thirds of an inning, throwing a wild pitch. Marco Estrado pitched a 1-2-3 inning.

The Phillies had just six hits in the game, but getting them when they counted. Jimmy Rollins lead the way with two hits, including an RBI double, raising his average back up to .247. Chase Utley, Jayson Werth, Ben Francisco and Cole Hamels had the other four Phils’ hits, all singles, with Hamels’ single knocking in a run. Carlos Ruiz scored a Phil run with a bases loaded walk, while the other run (Utley) scored on a wild pitch. The Phils are now riding a five game winning streak, with starting pitching giving up very few, if any runs, while the Phils’ offense has been able to be a bit more productive at the plate with runners in scoring position.

The Phillies (85-60, 1st) begin a ten-games road trip with a three-games series with the Braves (78-68, 2nd), starting tonight. The game will be played at Turner Field and will start at 7:30 pm Eastern. The Phils’ starter will be J.A. Happ (10-4, 2.77), who will be making his first start since September 2, when he lost to the Giants, as he pitched six innings, giving up four runs on eight hits and a walk, while striking out seven, in the Phils’ 4-0 lost. He will be trying to make his start since he had strained his intercostal muscle while taking batting practice in Houston. The Braves will send to the mound Tim Hudson (1-0, 3.63), who is coming off a no-decision against the Cardinals on September 12, when he went five innings, giving up four runs on ten hits and a walk, as he struck out one, in the Braves’ 7-6 win. He will be trying to keep the Braves’ slim pennant hopes alive. The Phils are entering their final road trip of the season, with a chance to all but kill the pennant chances of both the Braves this weekend and the Marlins early next week.

Final Countdown to the Playoffs: Game 1: Sweeping the Nationals and ending the regular season on a high note.

The Phillies, behind a bunch of rookies and bench players, defeated the Nationals, 8-3, ending the 2008 regular season on a high note. They will now be facing the Brewers in the National League Divisional Series starting this coming Wednesday afternoon.

The Phillies took a quick 1-0 lead in the first as, with two men on base and one out, Eric Bruntlett, who has earlier singled and then moved to third on Tadahito Iguchi’s double, would cross the plate on Nationals’ starter Odalis Perez’s wild pitch, while Iguchi would move up to third. The Nationals would tie the game in the third, as the Phillies’ surprise starter Kyle Kendrick would give up a lead-off home run to Luke Montz, his first career home run. The Nationals would then take the lead in the fourth as, with a runner on second and no one out, Kory Casto would hit a RBI double, scoring Anderson Hernandez, who has earlier doubled, to make it 2-1 Nationals. Two batters later, with Casto now on third, after moving up on Ryan Langerhans’ ground out, 4-3, he would score on Alberto Gonzalez’s RBI single, making it 3-1 Nationals. The Phillies would strike back in their half of the fourth, as, with runners on second and third and two outs, So Taguchi would hit a two-run single, scoring Lou Marson, who has earlier singled, his first hit in the majors, and would move up to third on pinch hitter Jayson Werth’s single, who would later steal second, tying the game up at three all. Eric Bruntlett would then follow with a RBI double, knocking in Taguchi and giving the Phillies a 4-3 lead. The Phillies would add to their lead in the sixth, when, with a runner on first and two outs, Taguchi would hit a RBI triple, knocking in pinch hitter Ryan Howard, who has earlier singled to the left of the shift that most major league teams would put up against him, making it 5-3 Phillies. Then in the eighth, the Phillies would put the game away, when, with a runner on first and two outs, Marson would hit a monster two-run home run to left, his first career home run, scoring Greg Golson, who was earlier safe at first on a force play, which has wiped out Mike Cervenak, who has earlier reached base on a fielding error by Nationals’ shortstop Hernandez, giving the Phillies a 7-3 lead. Pinch hitter Matt Stairs would then follow with a solo home run to right, his thirteen home run of the year, to give the Phillies an 8-3 lead. That would be the ballgame as Clay Condrey would come in to pitch a scoreless ninth, although he would give up a walk and then a single before recording the final out of the Phillies’ 2008 regular season by getting Emilio Bonifacio to ground out, 3-1.

Kyle Kendrick, the surprise starter, would get a no-decision as he pitches four innings, giving up three earned runs on four hits. Kendrick, who is not on the Phils’ post-season roster, will now be sent down to the Florida Instructional League to rebuild his confidence in his pitches as well as being taught two more pitches to help compliment his slider, before he comes back to join the team for spring training 2009. Les Walrond would get the win as he pitches two scoreless innings, giving up two hits as he struck out four. His record is now 1-1 with a 6.10 ERA. J.A. Happ would pitch one and two-thirds innings of scoreless relief, giving up two hits as he struck out three. Rudy Seanez would pitch a third of an inning, getting out the only batter he would face. Clay Condrey would pitch a scoreless ninth, giving up a hit and a walk. Odalis Perez would get the lost, as he is only able to pitch three and two-thirds inning, leaving the game early because of a possible injury and with the Nats not taking any chances with his career, giving up four runs, only three of which were earned, on eight hits while striking out five. His record is now 7-12 with an ERA of 4.34. Shairon Martis would pitch two innings and a third, giving up an earned run on two hits while striking out three. Marco Estrada would pitch two innings, giving up three runs, only two of which were earned, on three hits.

The Phillies (92-70) would end the year with a sweep of the Nationals, winning the third game of the series with rookies and bench players, although two of the regulars, Jayson Werth and Ryan Howard would both come up to bat as pinch hitters, both getting singles and both scoring. Among the bench players, So Taguchi would lead the way by going 3 for 5, getting a triple, knocking in three runs while scoring one. Eric Bruntlett and Tadahito Iguchi would be next as they each went two for five, with Bruntlett knocking in a run and scoring one. Geoff Jenkins would be the other bench player who would get a hit. The only one among the rookies with a good day would be Lou Marson, who would go 2 for 4, getting his first major league career hit, a single, score his first run, knock in his first RBI and hit his first home run of his career, all in the same game. He also threw out his first base stealer of his career, as he caught the Nationals’ Emilio Bonifacio when he overslid second base on a steal attempt, tagged out by Iguchi when he tried to put his foot back on the bag. Also, all three pinch hitters that the Phillies would send up to the plate would hit safely as Matt Stairs would add a solo home run to Werth and Ryan’s singles. The victory gives the Phillies the second best record in the National League, beind the Central Division Champions Chicago Cubs, and the fifth in the majors, behind the American League Western Division Chmpions Los Angeles Angles, the American League Eastern Division Champions Tampa Bay Rays and the American League Wild Card Winner and Current World Champions Boston Red Sox.

The Phillies ended the season in first place in the National League Eastern Division, with a record of 92-70 for a winning percentage of .568, ending twelve wins over .500. They ended up being three games ahead of the Mets, who ended up with a record of 89-73 .559, seven and a half games ahead of the Marlins, who ended up with a record of 84-77 .522, twenty games ahead of the Braves, who ended up with a record of 72-90 .444 and thirty-two and a half games ahead of the Nationals, who ended up with a record of 59-102 .366.

The Phillies will now have today and tomorrow to rest up before they get ready to face the Wild Card Winner Milwaukee Brewers for a five games National League Divisional Series, which will start in Philadelphia on Wednesday.

The Phillies are once again done in in the eighth inning as the Phils lose to the Nats, 9-7.

The Phillies’ bullpen would give up four runs in the bottom of the eighth which would help to do the Phillies in, 9-7, as the team now fall three games behind the first place Mets before their important weekend series with them. The Phillies would take the lead in the first, as, with a man on and two outs, Ryan Howard would hit a two-run home run, his thirty-eighth home run of the year, scoring Chase Utley, who has earlier been hit by the pitch, to give the Phils a quick 2-0 lead. The Nats would come back in their half of the first, as, with a man on and one man out, Ryan Zimmerman would hit a RBI double, knocking in Cristian Guzman, who has singled earlier, to cut the Phillies lead to 2-1. The Nats would then tie the score at two all, as, with two men on and two out, Kory Castro would hit a RBI single, scoring Zimmerman and sending Elijah Dukes, who has earlier walked, to third. Phillies’ starter Joe Blanton would finally end the inning by getting Wil Nieves to ground out, second to first. The Phillies would retake the lead in the third, as Utley would hit a RBI triple, scoring Jimmy Rollins, who has earlier singled, to give the Phils a 3-2 lead. The Nationals would then tie the score in the fifth, as, with the bases loaded via a walk (Emilio Bonifacio), a single (Guzman) and a second walk (Zimmerman), and with Ryan Madson now on the mound in place of Blanton, the next batter, Lastings Milledge, would hit a ground ball to Howard. Instead of going home to force out Bonifacio, Howard would instead throw to second, which would force out Zimmerman for the inning’s first out, as Bonifacio would score the tying run, while Guzman would move over to thiird as Bonifacio would be safe at first, leaving runners on the corners for the Nationals. Dukes would then come up and hit a grounder to third baseman Pedro Feliz. Instead of throwing home to cut down Zimmerman, Feliz would instead throw over to second to try and start a double play. Instead, Feliz would only force out Bonifacio for the inning’s second out as Bonifacio would take out Utley with a good slide, allowing Zimmerman to score, giving the Nats a 4-3 lead, while Dukes would be safe at first. Madson would finally end the inning by striking out Castro. The Phillies would retake the lead in the sixth as Howard would hit his second two-run home run of the night, his thirty-ninth home run of the year, knocking in Jayson Werth, who has earlier singled, to make it 5-4 Phillies. The Nationals would then tie it five all in the seventh, as, with two outs, Zimmerman would hit a solo home run, his eleventh home run of the year. Then would come the nightmarish eighth inning. With Chad Durbin still pitching for the Phils, Castro would start off the inning with a single. After Castro is replaced by pinch runner Pete Orr, Nieves would mess up a sacrifice bunt attempt by poping up to Howard for the inning’s first out. Then everything would unravel for the Phils. Durbin would unfurl a wild pitch that would send Orr over to second base. Roger Bernadina would then get a single, sending Orr to third, putting runners on the corners. Ronnie Beliard would follow with a RBI single, knocking in Orr, to give the Nationals a 6-5 lead, while sending Bernadina to second. Durbin would then be replaced by J.C. Romero. Bernadina would proceed to steal third before Romero would walk Bonifacio to load the bases. Guzman would then hit a three-run double, scoring Bernadina, Beliard and Bonifacio, to give the Nationals a 9-5 lead. Clay Condrey would then come in to replace Romero, soon ending the inning without any more damage. The Phillies would then strike back in the ninth, as with one man on and no one out, Matt Stairs would hit a RBI double to score Shane Victorino, who has only earlier singled, to make it 9-6 Nationals. Rollins would then move Stairs over to third as he grounds out, second to first, for the inning’s first out. Utley would then hit a sacrifice fly, scoring Stairs, to make it 9-7 Nats. And that would be the final score as Werth would end the game by striking out swinging.

Joe Blanton would receive a no-decision as he pitches only four innings plus three batters, giving up four earned runs on six hits. Ryan Madson would pitch two scoreless innings, giving up no hits. Scott Eyre would pitch two-thirds of an inning, giving up no runs and no hits. Chad Durbin would receive his sixth blown save of the year, as well as the lost as he goes two-thirds of an inning, giving up four earned runs on five hits. His record is now 5-4 with a 2.69 ERA. J.C. Romero would face only two batters, getting out neither of them as he gives up a hit and walks one. Clay Condrey would pitch two-thirds of an inning, giving up no runs on one hit. Odalis Perez would also get a no-decision as he pitches five innings, giving up three earned runs on five hits. Marco Estrada would have his first blown save of the year as he faces three batters, giving up two earned runs on three hits. Jesus Colome would pitch a scoreless, hitless inning. Mike Hinckley would pitch two-thirds of an inning, giving up one hit. Steven Shell would pitch a third of an inning, giving up no hits or runs. Saul Rivera would get the win as he pitch a scoreless inning, giving up jut one hit. His record is now 5-5 with a 3.52 ERA. Joel Hanrahan would pitch an inning, giving up two runs on two hits.

The lost put the Phillies in a bind as they now head to New York, needing to either sweep or win the series if they don’t want to fall any further behind the Mets. It would seems that Charlie Manuel’s strategic thinking in this game would backfire on him in the seventh as he would take out Scott Eyre, after he has gotten out the two batters that he would face, to have Chad Durbin handle the right handers in the Nationals’ line-up. The move would blow up in his face instead as Durbin would give up a solo home run to Ryan Zimmerman to tie the score The less said about the eighth inning nightmare that he started the better, as the Phillies would lose another recent game in that inning. Something needs to be done about this, and quickly, before that inning becomes a real major problem for the Phillies’ bullpen’s egos during the last twenty-two games of the season.

The lost puts the Phillies’ three games behind the Mets as the Mets would sweep the Brew Crew in Milwaukee, while they are now five games ahead of the now fading Marlins as they lost to the Braves. The Phillies, who have tomorrow off, now heads into New York with a series that will either see them get closer to the Mets or see them fall further behind them.

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