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The Phils defeat the World Champs in extra-innings as they defeat the Cards, 8-7.

The Phils win a wild one with the Cards as they win in extra-innings, 8-7.

The Cards took the lead in the first as, with a man on first, and with nobody out, Matt Carpenter hits an RBI double, knocking in Jon Jay, who had started the ballgame off with a walk, giving the Cards a 1-0 lead. The Phils took the lead in their half of the first as, with two men on, and with nobody out, Chase Utley hits a two-run RBI triple, just beating Cards’ third baseman Carpenter’s tag, as he knocked in Juan Pierre, who had started the Phils’ half inning off being hit by the pitch, then moved up to second base on Kevin Frandsen’s bunt single, and Frandsen, who had just reached base on a bunt single, giving the Phils a 2-1 lead. The Phils then took a 3-1 lead as Ryan Howard hits an RBI single, that got past Cards’ second baseman Daniel Descalso. The Cards cut the Phils’ lead down to 3-2 in the third as, with a runner on first, and with two men out, Carlos Beltran hits an RBI double, knocking in Matt Holliday, who had earlier reached base as he hit into a 5-4 force out, as Carpenter, who had earlier singled, is wiped out at second base for the inning’s second out. The Cards then tied the game up at three-all in the fourth as, with a man on second, and with one man out, Rafael Furcal, who had started the inning off with a single, then stopped at second base on Lance Lynn’s sacrifice bunt, 1-4, would stop at third base on Jay’s single to left, as Pierre’s throw towards the plate goes past the cut off man, allowing Jay to try to reach second base, drawing the throw from Phils’ catcher Erik Kratz, who commits a throwing error, as the ball goes past Utley, allowing Jay to reach second base, while Furcal scores, before Jay would head on to third base. The Cards then took a 4-3 lead as Carpenter hits an RBI single, scoring Jay. The Phils tied the game up at four-all in their half of the fourth as Howard hits a lead-off home run, his seventh home run of the season. The Cards retook the lead in the eighth as, with two men on, and with one man out, Jay hits a two-run double, knocking in Tony Cruz, who had earlier singled, then moved up to second base on Frucal’s sacrifice bunt, 5-4, and pinch hitter David Freese, who had just walked, giving the Cards a 6-4 lead, before moving up to third base on the late throw to the plate. The Cards then made it a 7-4 lead as Carpenter hits an RBI single, scoring Jay. The Phils then retied the game at seven-all in their half of the seventh as, with two men on, and with two men out, Kratz’s hits a three-run home run, his fifth home run of the season, knocking in Utley, who had started the inning off with a walk, then moved up to second base on Howard’s walk, and pinch runner Nate Schierholtz, who was pinch running for Howard, who had earlier walked. The Phils then won the game in the bottom of the eleventh inning as, with a runner on third, and with two men out, Pierre would hit a grounder to Cards’ shortstop Furcal, who would slip while making the throw to first base, allowing Pierre to beat the throw for an infield single, as Jimmy Rollins, who had been safe at first on a fielder’s choice force out, as Kratz, who had started the inning off with a double, committed a base running blunder by trying to go to third on the grounder, 6-5, then moved up to second base on pinch hitter Brian Schneider’s ground out, 3-unassisted, then stole third base, crossed the plate with the winning run, giving the Phils an 8-7 extra-innings, walk-off win.

Vance Worley received a no-decision as he pitched five and one-third innings, giving up four runs on nine hits and two walks, while striking out four. Raul Valdes pitched two-thirds of an inning, getting out both men that he would face, striking out one. Josh Lindblom pitched a scoreless inning, walking a batter, while striking out one. Michael Schwimer pitched an inning, giving up three runs on three hits and a walk. Jonathan Papelbon pitched a 1-2-3 inning. Jeremy Horst (1-0, 1.13) got the win, his first major league win, as he pitched two scoreless innings, giving up two hits, as he struck out three. Lance Lynn also received a no-decision as he pitched five innings, giving up four runs on four hits, two walks and a hit batter, while striking out two. Fernando Salas and Edward Mujica combined for two scoreless innings, giving up a walk (Salas) between them, while striking out two batters (one batter each). Marc Rzepczynski pitched to two batters, walking both of them. Mitchell Boggs committed his third blown save of the season as he pitched two innings, giving up three runs on a hit, while striking out a batter. Barret Browning (0-2, 4.24) took the lost, his second in three days, as he pitched an inning and two-thirds, giving up a run on two hits and a walk.

The Phils had seven hits in the game, with Ryan Howard (Single, Home Run, 2 RBIs) and Erik Kratz (Double, Home Run, 3 RBIs) both leading the team with two hits apiece. Juan Pierre (Single, RBI), Kevin Frandsen (Single) and Chase Utley (Triple, RBI) had the other three Phils’ hits. The Phils also had six walks, a hit batter (Pierre) and a stolen base (Jimmy Rollins (18)) in the game.

The Phils (52-62, 4th) will start a three-game series with the Marlins (52-63, 5th), starting with a game tonight. The game will be played at Marlins Park, and is to start at 7:10 pm EDT. The Phils will send to the mound Cole Hamels (12-6, 3.08), who is coming off a complete game shutout of the Braves on August 7, as he gave up only five hits, while striking out six, in the Phils’ 3-0 win. He will be trying to help the Phils put some distance between them and the Marlins. The Marlins will counter with Nathan Eovaldi (3-7, 4.33), who is coming off a win against the Mets on August 8, as he went five innings, giving up four hits and six walks, while striking out two, in the Marlins’ 13-0 rout. He will be trying to put the Marlins back into fourth place. The Phils will be trying to put some distance in the standings between them and the fish.

Cliff Lee is once again hurt by the long ball as the Phils lose to the Cardinals, 4-1.

Cliff Lee is hurt by another home run as the Phils are beaten by the Cards, 4-1.

The Phils took the lead in the first as, with runners on the corners, and with one man out, Ryan Howard hits an RBI force out, 4-6, as Chase Utley, who had earlier reached base with a single, is wiped out at second base for the inning’s second out, but taking Cards’ shortstop Rafael Furcal out of the play, allowing Dom Brown, who had earlier walked, then stopped at third base on Utley’s single, to score, giving the Phils a 1-0 lead. The Cards would take the lead in the sixth as, with two men on, and with nobody out, Matt Holliday hits a three-run blast, his twenty-second home run of the season, knocking in Jon Jay, who had started the inning off with a single, then stopped at third base on Allen Craig’s double, and Craig, who had just doubled, giving the Cards a 3-1 lead. The Cards added to their lead in the eighth as, with runners on the corners, and with nobody out, Carlos Beltran hits an RBI single, knocking in Craig, who had earlier singled, then stopped at third base on Holliday’s single, giving the Cards a 4-1 lead, while sending Holliday, who had just singled, up to second base. That would end up being the final score as Jason Motte collected his twenty-sixth save of the season, as he threw a 1-2-3 ninth.

Cliff Lee (2-7, 3.85) took the lost as he went seven innings, plus three batters, giving up four runs on ten hits, while striking out six.  B.J. Rosenberg pitched two-thirds of an inning, giving up a walk. Raul Valdes pitched a third of an inning. Michael Schwimer pitched a 1-2-3 inning, striking out the side. Jake Westbrook (12-8, 3.62) got the win as he pitched seven and two-thirds inning, giving up a run on four hits and two walks, while striking out three. Marc Rzepczynski collected his fourteenth hold of the year as he pitched a third of an inning, getting out the only man that he would face. Jason Motte received his twenty-sixth save of the year, as he threw a 1-2-3 ninth, striking out two.

The Phils had only four hits in the game, a single by Dom Brown, a single by Chase Utley, a single by Ryan Howard and a double by Kevin Frandsen, as the offense was once again handcuffed. The Phils also had two walks in the game.

The Phils (51-62, 5th East) concludes their series with the World Champions Cardinals (62-52, 3rd Central) with a game already in progress.

A five-run first leads to the National League winning it third straight All-Star Game as they defeat the American League, 8-0.

The National League wins its third straight All-Star Game as it blanked the American League, 8-0.

The National League jumped into the lead in the first as, with a man on first, and with one man out, the Brewers’ Ryan Braun hits an RBI double, knocking in the Giants Melky Cabrera, who had earlier singled, giving the National League a 1-0 lead. The NL then took a 4-0 lead four batters later as, with the bases loaded, thanks to walks to the Cardinals’ Carlos Beltan, moving Braun up to second base, and to the Giants’ Buster Posey, moving both Braun and Beltran up a base, and with two men out, the Giants’ Pablo Sandoval hits a three-run triple, clearing the bases. The NL then increased their lead as the Braves’ Dan Uggla hits an RBI single, scoring Sandoval, giving the NL a 5-0 lead. The NL added to their lead in the fourth as, with a man on third, and with two men out, the Cardinals’ pinch hitter Matt Holliday hits an RBI single, knocking in fellow Cardinal Rafael Furcal, who had just tripled, giving the NL a 6-0 lead. The NL then took an 8-0 lead as Cabrera (who was later made the All-Star Game’s MVP) hits a two-run home run, knocking in Holliday. That would end up being the final as the Phils’ Jonathan Papelbon preserved the shut out by getting the Orioles’ Matt Wieters to fly out to right for the final out.

The Giants’ Matt Cain (1-0, 0.0) gets the win as he threw two scoreless innings, giving up a hit, while striking out one. Gio Gonzalez (Nationals), Stephen Strasburg (Nationals), Clayton Kershaw (Dodgers), R.A. Dickey (Mets), Cole Hamels (Phils), Craig Kimbrel (Braves), Aroldis Chapman (Reds), Wade Miley (Diamondbacks), Joel Hanrahan (Pirates) and Jonathan Papelbon (Phils) would combine for seven scoreless innings, giving up five hits (Strasburg (1), Kershaw (2), Dickey (1), Miley (1)) and three walks (Strasburg (1), Kershaw (1), Chapman (1)) between them, while striking out seven (Cain (1), Gonzalez (1), Dickey (1), Kimbrel (2), Chapman (1), Hanrahan (1)). The Tigers’ Justin Verlander (0-1, 45.00) took the lost as he pitched an inning, giving up five runs on four hits and two walks, while striking out two. Joe Nathan (Rangers) and David Price (Rays) combined for a pair of 1-2-3 innings. The Rangers’ Matt Harrison pitched an inning, giving up three runs on four hits. Jered Weaver (Angels), Chris Sale (White Sox), Ryan Cook (Athletics), Jim Johnson (Orioles) and Fernando Rodney (Rays) would combine for five scoreless innings, giving up two hits (Sale) and a walk (Weaver) between them, while striking out four (Sale (1), Cook (2), Johnson (1)).

The National League squad had ten hits in the game, with Melky Cabrera of the Giants (Single, Home Run, 2 RBIs) and Ryan Braun of the Brewers (Double, Triple, RBI) leading the squad with two hits apiece. Pablo Sandoval of the Giants (Triple, 3 RBIs), Dan Uggla of the Braves (Single, RBI), Rafael Furcal of the Cardinals (Triple), pinch hitter Matt Holliday of the Cardinals (Single, RBI), pinch hitter Chipper Jones of the Braves (Single) and Andrew McCutchen of the Pirates (Single) had the other six NL hits. The NL also had three walks. The American League squad had only six hits in the game, all singles, by Derek Jeter of the Yankees, Robinson Cano of the Yankees, David Ortiz of the Red Sox, Mike Napoli of the Rangers, Mike Trout of the Angels and Joe Mauer of the Twins. The AL also had three walks, a stolen base (Trout) and a hit batter (Paul Konerko of the White Sox).

Among the Phils representatives, Carlos Ruiz came into game in the sixth inning, making one plate appearance, flying out to left. Cole Hamels pitched the seventh inning, throwing a 1-2-3 inning. Jonathan Papelbon pitched to one batter, getting the game’s final out on a fly out to right.

With the win, the NL will have home field advantage during the 2012 World Series.

Sunday: The Phils winning streak ends as the Cards are all over the Phils, losing 8-3.

Three home runs do in the Phils as their winning streak ends at four straight, as they lose to the world champs, 8-3.

The Cards took a commanding lead in the first as, with the bases loaded, via singles by Skip Schumaker and Matt Holliday, with Schumaker stopping at second base, with both runners then moving up to third and second base, respectively, on Carlos Beltran’s ground out, 3-1, and a walk by David Freese, and with two men out, Yadier Molina hits a grand-slam home run, his seventh home run of the year, scoring Schumaker, Holliday and Freese, giving the Cards a 4-0 lead. The Phils would get a run back in the third as, with a runner on third, and with two men out, Juan Pierre hits an RBI single, scoring Mike Fontenot, who had started the inning off with a single, moved up to second base on pinch hitter Pete Orr’s sacrifice bunt, 2-3, then went to third on Jimmy Rollins’ ground out, 4-3, making it a 4-1 Cards’ lead. The Cards increased their lead in the fifth as, with runners on the corners, and with one man out, Beltran hits a three-run home run, his fifteenth home run of the season, knocking in Rafael Furcal, who had started the inning off with a walk, then stopped at third base on Schumaker’s single, and Schumaker, who had earlier singled, giving the Cards a 7-1 lead. The Cards then took an 8-1 lead in the seventh as Matt Adams hits a lead-off home run, his first home run of the season and of his career. The Phils would make it an 8-2 Cards lead in the eighth as, with runners on the corners, and with one man out, Shane Victorino hits into an RBI force out, 4-6, as he knocked in Pierre, who had started the inning off with a single, then stopped at second base on Hunter Pence’s single, then went to third on Carlos Ruiz’s force out, 6-4, as he is robbed of a hit going up the middle by shortstop Furcal, as Pence is forced out at second base for the inning’s first out, before being in turned forced out at second base on Victorino’s grounder for the inning’s second out. The Phils then cut down the Cards’ lead to 8-3 in the ninth as, with two men on, and with two men out, Pierre hits an RBI single, knocking in Freddy Galvis, who had started off the inning with a double, while sending Fontenot, who had earlier walked, up to second base. That would end up being the final score as Mitchell Boggs got Pence to end the ballgame by grounding out, 4-3, for the final out.

Roy Halladay (4-5, 3.98 ERA) took the lost as he pitched only two innings, as he left the game with an inflammed right shoulder injury, as he gave up four runs on four hits and a walk. Joe Savery pitched two innings, giving up two runs on four hits and a walk, as he struck out two. Chad Qualls pitched two innings, giving up two runs on two hits, as he struck out a batter. Jose Contreras and Raul Valdes combined for two scoreless innings, giving up just one hit (Valdes) between them, while striking out one (Valdes). Adam Wainwright (4-5, 4.45) got the win as he went six innings, giving up a run on seven hits, while striking out two. Marc Rzepczynski pitched a 1-2-3 inning, striking out a batter. Victor Marte pitched an inning, giving up a run on two hits. Chuckie Fick pitched two-thirds of an inning, giving up a run on two hits and a walk. Mitchell Boggs pitched a third of an inning, getting out the only man that he would face.

The Phils had eleven hits in the ballgame, with Juan Pierre leading the team with three hits, all singles, as he knocked in two runs, as he raised his batting average to .314. He was followed by Hunter Pence (Single, Double) and Carlos Ruiz (Single, Double), both with two hits each. Jimmy Rollins (Double), Hector Luna (Single), Freddy Galvis (Double) and Mike Fontenot (Single) had the other four Phils’ hits. Shane Victorino knocked in the final Phil run via a force out. The Phils also had a walk in the game.

The Phils (25-24, 5th) started a three-game series yesterday with the Mets (27-21, 2nd).

The Phils hang on to win a high scoring game with the World Champs as they defeat the Cardinals, 10-9.

The Phils hold on to defeat the World Champs in a high scoring game, as they defeat the Cardinals, 10-9.

The Phils took the lead in the first as, with the bases loaded, via a double by Placido Polanco, a walk by Hunter Pence and Carlos Ruiz being hit by a pitch, moving both Polanco and Pence up a base, and with one man out, Shane Victorino hits into an RBI force out, 3-6, scoring Polanco from third, while wiping out Ruiz at second base for the Phils’ second out of the inning, as he beat out the throw to first, giving the Phils a 1-0 lead, while sending Pence on to third base. The Phils then took a 2-0 lead as Ty Wigginton hits an RBI single, knocking in Pence, while sending Victorino up to second base. Two batters later, after John Mayberry, Jr. walks to reload the bases, moving both runners up a base, the Phils took a 4-0 lead as Freddy Glavis hits a two-run single, knocking in both Victorino and Wigginton, while sending Mayberry over to third base. The Phils then made it a 6-0 lead in the second as, with runners on the corners, and with two men out, Victorino hits a two-run double, knocking in Pence, who was earlier safe at first on a force out, 6-4, wiping out at second base Jimmy Rollins, who had started the inning off with a single, then stopped at third on Ruiz’s single, and Ruiz, who had just singled. The Cards would then start to chip away at the Phils’ lead in the third as, with runners on the corners, and with one man out, Matt Holliday hits an RBI ground out, 6-3, scoring Jake Westbrook, who had started the inning off with a single, then stopped at third base on Skip Schumaker’s double, making it a 6-1 Phils’ lead. The Cards then made it a 6-2 Phils’ lead as Carlos Beltran hits an RBI single, scoring Schumaker, before he would move up to second base on Ruiz’s missed catch error on Victorino’s throw to the plate. David Freese then made it a 6-3 Phils’ lead as he hit an RBI double, scoring Beltran. The Cards then cut the Phils’ lead down to 6-4 as Yadier Molina hits an RBI single, knocking in Freese, before he would go on to second base on the late throw to the plate. The Phils increased their lead in the fifth as, with two men on, and with two men out, Polanco hits an RBI single, scoring Galvis, who was safe at first on a 6-4 force out, as Mayberry, who had been safe at first on a throwing error by third baseman Freese, was wiped out at second base, and then moved up to second base on Rollins’ single, giving the Phils a 7-4 lead, while sending Rollins, who had just singled, on to third base. The Cards would get the run back in their half of the fifth as Holliday smashed a lead-off home run, his tenth home run of the season, making it a 7-5 Phils’ lead. Two batters later, with one man on, and with one man out, Molina tied the game up at seven-all as he crushed a two-run bomb to center field, his eighth home run of the year, knocking in Freese, as he was safe at first on a 6-5 force out, as Beltran, who had earlier doubled, is thrown out trying to go to third on Freese’s ground ball to short. The Phils retook the lead in the sixth as, with two men on, and with two men out, Galvis hits an RBI single, scoring Victorino, who had earlier singled, then stopped at second base on Wigginton’s single, giving the Phils an 8-7 lead, while sending Wigginton, who had just singled, up to second base. The Phils then took a 9-7 lead as pinch hitter Mike Fontenot hits an RBI single, knocking in Wigginton, while sending Galvis up to second base. The Cards would get a run back in the seventh as, with two men out, Freese hits a solo shot into left center field, his tenth home run of the year, making it a 9-8 Phils’ lead. The Phils would get that run back in the eighth as, with one man out,Wigginton hits a solo home run, his third home run of the season, giving the Phils a 10-8 lead. The Cards would get that run back in their half of the eighth as, with runners on the corners, and with one man out, Schumaker hits a sacrifice fly, scoring Steven Hill, who had started the inning off with a double, then stopped at third base on Rafael Furcal’s single, making it a 10-9 Phils’ lead. That would end up being the final score as Jonathan Papelbon recorded his thirteen save of the year with a scoreless ninth, getting Hill to fly out to center field for the game’s final out.

Joe Blanton received a no-decision as he went four and a third innings, giving up seven runs for his second straight start, this time on ten hits and a walk, while he struck out five. Raul Valdes got the win (1-0, 0.00) as he pitched two-thirds of an inning, getting out both men that he would face, as he struck out one. Chad Qualls collected his ninth hold of the season, as he pitched an inning and two-thirds, giving up a run on two hits, while he struck out one. Jake Diekman recorded his first career hold as he went a third of an inning, getting out the only man that he would face. Antonio Bastardo recorded his tenth hold of the season as he pitched an inning, giving up a run on two hits and a walk, while striking out two. Jonathan Papelbon recorded his thirteenth save of the season as he threw a scoreless inning, giving up a hit, as he struck out a batter. Jake Westbrook also got a no-decision as he went just three and two-thirds innings, giving up six runs on eight hits, three walks and a hit batter, while he struck out four. Brandon Dickman pitched an inning and a third, giving up an unearned run on two hits, as he struck out one. Fernando Salas (0-3, 6.32) took the lost as he pitched an inning, giving up two runs on four hits, as he struck out a batter. Victor Marte pitched one and two-thirds innings, giving up a run on three hits, while striking out three. Mitchell Boggs pitched one and a third scoreless innings, giving up a hit.

The Phils had a season high eighteen hits in the game, with Placido Polanco (2 Singles, Double, RBI), Carlos Ruiz (Singles), Ty Wigginton (2 Singles, Home Run, 2 RBIs) and Freddy Galvis (2 Singles, Double, 3 RBIs) all leading the team with three hits a piece, followed by Jimmy Rollins (Singles) and Shane Victorino (Single, Double, 3 RBIs) with two hits each. Pinch hitters Mike Fontenot (Single, RBI) and Pete Orr (Single) had the other two Phils’ hits. The Phils also had three walks in the game, as the offense was last night able to scored runs, although the pitchers almost let the game get away.

The Phils (23-23, 5th East) will continue their four-game series with the Cards (25-20, 2nd Central) with a night game tonight. The game will start at 8:15 pm EDT (7:15 pm CDT) and will be played at Busch Stadium (III). The Phils will send to the mound Cliff Lee (0-2, 2.66) who is coming off a lost to the Red Sox on May 20, as he threw seven innings, giving up five runs on nine hits and a walk, as he struck out six, in the Phils’ 5-1 lost. He will be out to win his first start of the season. The Cards will counter with Kyle Lohse (5-1, 2.91), who is coming off a no-decision against the Dodgers on May 20, as he threw five and two-thirds innings, giving up three runs on eleven hits and a walk, while striking out four, in the Cards’ 6-5 lost. He will be trying to put the Cards back into first place in the NL Central. The Phils will be out to give Lee his first victory of the season.

2011 National League Divisional Series, Game #4: The Phils are unable to clinch in St. Louis as they lose to the Cards, 5-3.

The Phils once again allow an early lead to slip away as they lose to the Cards, 5-3, forcing a game 7 in Philadelphia.

The Phils took the lead in the first as, with one man on, and with nobody out, Chase Utley hits an RBI triple, scoring Jimmy Rollins, who had started the game off with a ground-rule double, giving the Phils a 1-0 lead. The Phils then took a 2-0 lead as Hunter Pence hits an RBI single, knocking in Utley. The Phils then ran themselves out of a big inning as Ryan Howard struck out, looking, on a 3-2 slider, before Pence is thrown out trying to steal second base by Yadier Molina, although replays would show that he was actually safe. The Cards then got a run back in their half of the first as, with one man on, and with two men out, Lance Berkman hits an RBI double, knocking in Skip Schumaker, who had earlier singled, on a ball that had hit the wall, and was well played by center fielder Shane Victorino, who then, as he was getting ready to throw it in, slipped and lost control of the baseball, which then headed back towards the wall, which allowed Schumaker to score, making it a 2-1 Phils’ lead, while allowing Berkman to reach third base on Victorino’s throwing error. The Cards took the lead in the fourth as, with runners on the corners, and with one man out, David Freese hits a two-run double, knocking in Matt Holliday, who had walked, moved up to second base when Berkman was hit by a pitch, then went to third on Molina’s line out to right, and Berkman, who had earlier been hit by a pitch from Roy Oswalt, giving the Cards a 3-2 lead. The Cards then took a 5-2 lead in the sixth as, with one man on, and with two men out, Freese hits a two-run home run, his first home run of the series, knocking in Holliday, who had earlier singled. The Phils got a run back in the eighth as, with runners on the corners, and with one man out, Michael Martinez, who was pinch running for pinch hitter Ross Gload, who had gotten on base with a single, before going to third on Utley’s single, would score on Fernando Salas’ wild pitch, making it a 5-3 Cards’ lead, while sending Utley, who had just singled, up to second base. But that would be the ballgame as Jason Motte would collect his second save of the series as he pitched a 1-2-3 ninth.

Roy Oswalt (0-1, 7.50) took the lost as went six innings, giving up five runs on six hits and a walk, while striking out five. Joe Blanton and Brad Lidge combined for two 1-2-3 innings, striking out a batter (Lidge) between them. Edwin Jackson (1-0, 3.00) got the win as he pitched six inning, giving up two runs on five hits and a walk, while striking out four. Arthur Rhodes collected his second hold of the series as he pitched a third of an inning, striking out the only man that he would face. Octavio Dotel collected his first hold of the series as he pitched two-thirds of an inning, getting out both men that he would face. Fernando Salas collected his first hold of the series as he pitched two-thirds of an inning, giving up a run on two hits and a wild pitch. Marc Rzepcynski received his second hold of the series, as he pitched a third of an inning, getting out the only man that he would face. Jason Motte recorded his second save of the series as he pitched a 1-2-3 ninth, striking out a batter.

The Phils had five hits in the ballgame, with Jimmy Rollins (Single, Double) and Chase Utley (Single, Triple, RBI), both leading the team with twe hits each. Hunter Pence (RBI), Placido Polanco and pinch hitter Ross Gload had the other three Phils’ hits, all singles, as the offense continue to tail off after the first three batters, especially Ryan Howard, who, in a post-game interview, admitted he is being a bit antsy at the plate. The final Phil run came in on a wild pitch.

The Phils and Cards will play the fifth and deciding game of the series on Friday night in Philadelphia. The game will be played at Citizens Bank Park and will start at 8:37 pm EDT. The Phils will send to the mound their ace Roy Halladay (1-0, 3.38), who is coming off a win in the first game of the series on October 1, as he went eight innings, giving up three runs on three hits and a walk, while striking out eight, in the Phils’ 11-6 rout. Halladay will be trying to continue his post-season dominance, while trying to give the Phils the best chance to clinch at home. The Cards will counter with Chris Carpenter (0-0, 12.00), who is coming off a no-decision in the second game of the series on October 2, as he pitched only three innings, giving up four runs on five hits and three walks, while striking out only two, in the Cards’ 5-4 win. He will be trying to improve on his previous start. The Phils are expecting a strong performance from Doc Halladay, while seeing if they can not only jump on Carpenter, but this time pour it on like they did in game one of the series, to avoid another disappointing post-season.

2011 National League Divisional Series, Game #3: The Phils retake the series lead thanks to Ben Francisco’s pinch hit three-run home run, as they hang on to defeat the Cards, 3-2.

The Phils retake the lead in the divisional series as they ride Ben Francisco’s pinch hit three-run home run, before hanging on to defeat the Cards, 3-2.

The first six innings of the game featured a pitchers’ duel between Cards’ starter Jaime Garcia, who kept the Phils off-balance, while giving up only four hits and a walk, while striking out three, and Phils’ starter Cole Hamels, who would pitch himself out of trouble in the first, fourth and sixth innings, as he gave up just five hits and three walks, while striking out eight. The Phils then put pressure on Garcia in the seventh as Shane Victorino got on base with a single, before going to second base on a Yadier Molina passed ball, before Garcia got the next two batters out with a fly out to right (John Mayberry, Jr.) and a ground out (Placido Polanco), 5-3. After Carlos Ruiz is intentionally walked, the Phils sent Ben Francisco to pinch hit for Hamels. After getting a ball, Francisco drills one into the Phils’ bullpen in left, to give the Phils a 3-0 lead on his pinch hit home run, his first home run of the series, knocking in both Victorino and Ruiz. The Cards then started a comeback in their half of the seventh. After Vance Worley started the inning off by getting Rafael Furcal to ground out, 3-unassisted, for the inning’s first out, he walks Allen Craig, before giving up a single to Albert Pujols, which would send Craig up to second base. Lance Berkman then followed by hitting into a force out, 4-6, that would wipe out Pujols at second base for the inning’s second out, while Craig would reach third base, while Berkman would be safe at first, putting runners on the corners. The Cards then got on the board as David Freese hits an RBI single to center, knocking in Craig, cutting the Phils’ lead down to 3-1, while sending Berkman up to second base. Worley would finally end the inning by getting Molina to fly out to right. After the Phils are kept from scoring in the top of the eighth, the Cards attempted a rally in their half of the eighth as Ryan Theriot started the inning off with a single. Charlie Manuel then came out and replaced Worley with Antonio Bastardo, who then proceeded to get pinch hitter Nick Punto to fly out to center for the inning’s first out. Manuel then came back out and replaced Bastardo with Brad Lidge. That move seems to backfire as he gives up a single to pinch hitter Matt Holliday, moving Theriot up to second base, before he is replaced at first by pinch runner Adron Chambers. The next batter, Furcal, then loaded up the bases with a single to left, sending Theriot on to third base, while Chambers would stop at second base. Manuel then came back out, and took out Lidge, replacing him with his closer Ryan Madson. That move was rewarded with Craig hitting into a 4-3 doubleplay, as Furcal is wiped out at second base, to end the threat. After the Phils are unable to add an insurance run in the top of the ninth, Madson went back out to attempt a five-out save. He is greeted with a lead-off double by Pujols, which was his fourth hit of the ballgame, and his third double of the game. After Madson gets Berkman to fly out to center for the inning’s first out, he gets Freese to ground out, 4-3, for the inning’s second out, as Pujols moved up to third. Now, with a man on third, Madson tried to get out Molina to end the game. Molina, instead, hits the first pitch he saw into center field for an RBI single, knocking in Pujols, making it a 3-2 Phils’ lead. After Molina is replaced by pinch runner Kyle Lohse, Madson went after Theriot, who had already been on base with four hits, all singles. But, he wasn’t able to get hit no. five as Madson got him to ground out, 4-3, for the final out, collecting his first save of the series.

Cole Hamels (1-0, 0.00) gets the win as he pitched six scoreless innings, giving up five hits and three walks, while striking out eight. Vance Worley received his first hold of the series as he pitched an inning plus a batter, giving up a run on three hits. Antonio Bastardo received his first hold of the series as he pitched a third of an inning, getting out the only man that he would face. Brad Lidge pitched to two batters, giving up two hits. Ryan Madson collected his first save of the series as he pitched an inning and two-thirds, giving up a run on two hits, as he recorded a very rare five-out save. Jaime Garcia (0-1, 3.86) took the lost as he pitched seven innings, giving up three runs on six hits and two walks, while striking out three. Fernando Salas and Jason Motte combined for two scoreless innings, as they gave up a hit (Motte), while striking out a batter (Motte), between them.

The Phils had only seven hits in the ballgame, with Jimmy Rollins leading the team with two hits, a single and a double. Chase Utley (Single), Shane Victorino (Single), Placido Polanco (Single, his first hit of the series), Carlos Ruiz (single, his first hit of the series) and pinch hitter Ben Francisco (Home Run, his first hit of the series, 3 RBIs), had the other five Phils’ hits, with Francisco becoming the surprising hero of the game with his pinch hit shot to left.

The Phils, now with a 2-1 game lead in the divisional series, will continue the series with the Cards (2-1) in St. Louis. The game will be played in Busch Stadium (III) and will begin at 6:07 pm EDT (5:07 pm CDT). The Phils will send to the mound Roy Oswalt (9-10, 3.69), who will be trying to pitch the Phils into the NL Championship Series for the fourth straight year. The Cards will attempt to counter with Edwin Jackson (12-9, 3.79), who will be trying to force a fifth game back in Philly. The Phils will be trying to clinch their fourth straight appearance in the NL Championship Series, hoping that Oswalt will be at his best while the offense will do what it can to give him much needed run support, while watching out for the Cards putting out all the stops to force a game five.

2011 National League Divisional Series, Game #1: The Phils offense romp behind their ace, as they rout the Cards, 11-6.

After trailing early, the Phils’ offense roar for eleven runs in support of the team’s ace, Roy Halladay, as they rout the Cards, 11-6.

The Cards took a quick 3-0 lead as, with two men on, and with one man out, Lance Berkman hits the first pitch he saw into the right field seats for a three-run home run, his first home run of the series, knocking in Rafael Furcal, who had started the game off with a single, before stealing second base, and Albert Pujols, who had just walked on four pitches. The Phils got a run back in the fourth as, with two men on, and with two men out, Shane Victorino, after being given an extra life as third baseman David Freese committed a pop foul error, hits an RBI single, knocking in Chase Utley, who had earlier doubled, the Phils’ first hit of the game, after being put down 1-2-3 in the first three innings by Cards’ starter Kyle Lohse, cutting the Cards’ lead down to 3-1, while sending Ryan Howard, who had just been walked, up to second base. The Phils then took the lead in the sixth as, with two men on, and with one man out, Howard hits a three-run bomb to right, his first home run of the series, scoring Jimmy Rollins, who had earlier singled, then moved up to second base on Hunter Pence’s single, and Pence, who had just singled, giving the Phils a 4-3 lead. Two batters later, after Victorino had reached base with his second single of the ballgame, Raul Ibanez hits a two-run bomb of his own, his first home run of the series, knocking in Victorino, giving the Phils a 6-3 lead. The Phils then added to their lead in the seventh as, with the bases loaded, via singles by Roy Halladay, Rollins, his second of the game, sending Halladay up to second base, and Utley, his second hit of the ballgame, moving both Halladay and Rollins up a base, and with one man out, as Pence hits into a force out, 1-2, as Halladay is thrown out at the plate, while Rollins and Utley both moved up a base, Howard hits a sacrifice fly, which had sounded like it would leave the ballpark, scoring Rollins, giving the Phils a 7-3 lead. The Phils then made it an 8-3 lead as Victorino hits an RBI single, his third hit of the ballgame, scoring Utley, while sending Pence up to second base. The Phils then took a 9-3 lead as Ibanez hits an RBI single, his second hit of the game, knocking in Pence, while sending Victorino on to third base. The Phils then made it an 11-3 lead in the eighth as, with two men on, and with two men out, Pence hits a two-run single, his second hit of the game, knocking in Rollins, who had earlier walked, then went to third on Utley’s double, and Utley, who had just doubled, his second double of the ballgame, and his third hit. The Phils in the ninth then gave the ball to Michael Stutes, his first post-season appearance, after Halladay had put down twenty-one straight Cards, after giving up a lead-off single in the second to Skip Schumaker, starting with a fantastic play by Howard on a grounder hit to him by Jon Jay for a 1-3 put out, to close out the game. But it wasn’t to be as, four batters latter, with runners on the corners, thanks to a walk to Allen Craig, a single by Pujols, as he moved Craig up to second base, before he is then replaced by pinch runner Gerald Laird, and then a force out on a grounder hit by Berkman, 4-6, as Laird is wiped out at second base, as Craig reached third, and with two men out, the Cards made it an 11-4 Phils’ lead as pinch hitter Adron Chambers hits an RBI single, knocking in Craig, while sending Berkman up to second base. After the Cards had loaded up the bases on a single by Yadier Molina, moving up a base both Berkman and Chambers, and still with one man out, Phils manager Charlie Manuel decided to replace Stutes with his closer Ryan Madson. Schumaker greets Madson with a two-run double, on a ball that glances off of John Mayberry, Jr’s glove in left, then went all the way to the fence, knocking in both Berkman and Chambers, cutting the Phils’ lead down to 11-6, while sending Molina on to third. But that would be it as Madson buckled down and proceeded to strike out, swinging, both Jay and pinch hitter Matt Holliday, for the final outs.

Roy Halladay (1-0, 3.38) gets the win as he pitched eight innings, giving up three runs on three hits and a walk, while striking out eight. Michael Stutes pitched a third of an inning, giving up three runs on three hits and a walk. Ryan Madson pitched two-thirds of an inning, giving up a hit, while striking out two. Kyle Lohse (0-1, 8.44) took the lost as he went five and one-third innings, giving up six runs, five of which were earned, on seven hits and a walk, while striking out four. Octavio Dotel pitched two-thirds of an inning, striking out both men that he would face. Marc Rzepczynski pitched to three batters, getting out none, as he gave up three runs on three hits. Mitchell Boggs pitched an inning and two-thirds, giving up two runs on four hits and a walk, while striking out a batter. Arthur Rhodes pitched a third of an inning, getting out the only man that he would face.

The Phils’ offense, after a slow start, pounded out fourteen hits, with Shane Victorino (Singles, 2 RBIs) and Chase Utley (Single, 2 Doubles) both leading the team with three hits each. Jimmy Rollins (Singles), Hunter Pence (Singles, 2 RBIs), and Raul Ibanez (Home Run, Single, 3 RBIs) all followed with two hits apiece. Ryan Howard (Home Run,  4 RBIs) and Roy Halladay (Single), had the other two Phils’ hits, as Howard had his first post-season RBIs since 2009.

The Phils (1-0) will continue their divisional series with the Cards (0-1) with a night game tonight. The game will be played at Citizens Bank Park and is to begin at 8:37 pm EDT. The Phils will send to the mound Cliff Lee (17-8, 2.40), who will be out to lead the Phils to a sweep at home. The Cards will counter with Chris Carpenter (11-9, 3.45), who will be pitching on three days rest, trying to send the Cards back to St. Louis with a split. The Phils will be going out to put themselves in the driver seat, planning to beat up on Carpenter, when the series heads for St. Louis.

The offense waste another good pitching performance, as they Phils lose to the Cards in the ninth, 2-1.

The lack of offense has allowed another good starting performance to go to waste as the Phils lose in the bottom of the ninth to the Cards, 2-1.

The Cards took the lead in the fourth as, with two men on, and with one man out, Yadier Molina hits an RBI single, scoring Lance Berkman, who had earlier walked, then stopped at second base on Allen Craig’s single, beating Dane Sardinha’s bad tag, giving the Cards a 1-0 lead. The Phils would tie the game up at one-all in the eighth as, with runners on the corners, and with one man out, Placido Polanco hits a sacrifice fly, scoring Jimmy Rollins, who was safe at first on second baseman Tyler Greene’s fielding error as he dropped Rollins’ pop up, and then stopped at third on Michael Martinez’s single. The Cards then won the game in the bottom of the ninth as, with the bases loaded, via singles by Ryan Theriot, Jon Jay and Albert Pujols, and with one man out, as Matt Holliday hits into a forced out at the plate on a grounder to short, 6-1, forcing out Theriot, while moving up a base both Jay and Pujols, Berkman hits an RBI single, scoring Jay, giving the Cards a 2-1 walk-off win.

Roy Oswalt received a no-decision as he pitched five strong innings, giving up a run on seven hits and a walk, while striking out three, in his return from the disabled list. Michael Stutes pitched to one batter, throwing three balls, before being taken out of the game because of an injury to his right side. Kyle Kendrick pitched two scoreless innings, giving up a hit and a walk. Antonio Bastardo threw a scoreless innings, giving up a hit and a walk, while striking out two. Danys Baez (1-2, 4.41) took the lost as he pitched a third of an inning, giving up a run on three hits. J.C. Romero pitched to a batter, giving up a hit. Jaime Garcia also received a no-decision as he pitched eight innings, giving up an unearned run on five hits and a walk, while striking out five. Fernando Salas (2-0, 1.02) got the win as he pitched a 1-2-3 inning, striking out a batter.

The Phils had just five hits in the game, with Michael Martinez leading the team with two hits, both singles. Placido Polanco (Single, RBI), John Mayberry, Jr. (Single) and Wilson Valdez (Double), had the other three Phils’ hits, as the offense was once again easily handled by an opposing team’s pitching staff, as they keep being impatient at the plate and swinging at the pitcher’s pitches, not their pitches. What is it going to take to get this bunch to stop making easy outs?!?

The Phils (25-16, 1st East) will start a two-game series with the Rockies (22-18, 1st West), starting with a night game tonight, weather permitting. The game is to be played at Citizens Bank Park, and is suppose to start at 7:05 pm EDT. The Phils will be sending to the mound Cole Hamels (4-2, 3.19), who will be coming off a no-decision against the Braves on May 13, as he pitched six innings, giving up four runs on eight hits and a walk, while striking out seven, in the Phils’ 5-4 come from behind win. Hamels will be trying to end the Phils’ present losing streak at four game, if the offense would just cooperate and HELP!!! The Rockies will counter with Jorge De Le Rosa (5-1, 3.70), who will be coming off a win against the Padres on May 13, as he went five and two-thirds innings, giving up five runs on nine hits and three walks, while striking out three, in the Rockies’ 12-7 win. He will be going for his sixth win of the season. The Phils will be trying to snap a four game losing streak, if the offense would just concentrate and STOP BEING WILD SWINGERS!!!

The Phils lose their third straight game as they lose to the Cards, 3-1.

The Phils dropped their third straight game as the offense continues to act clueless, as the Phils lose to the Cards, 3-1.

The Phils took the lead in the second as, with one man on, and with one man out, Ben Francisco hits an RBI single, knocking in John Mayberry, Jr., who had been safe at first on a force out, 5-4, wiping out at second base Ryan Howard, who had earlier walked, then stole second base, giving the Phils a 1-0 lead.  The Cardinals then took the lead in the fourth as, with the bases loaded, via walks to Matt Holliday and Lance Berkman, sending Holliday to second base, and an infield single by Yadier Molina, moving both Holliday and Berkman up a base, and with one man out, Nick Punto hits a two-run single, knocking in both Holliday and Berkman, giving the Cards a 2-1 lead, while sending Molina up to second base. The Cards then added to their lead in the seventh as, with two men on, and with one man out, Jon Jay hits an RBI single, scoring Punto, who had earlier singled, then moved up to second base on pinch hitter Kyle Lohse’s sacrifice bunt, making it a 3-1 Cards’ lead, while sending Ryan Theriot, who had just walked, on to second base.  That would end up as the final score as Fernando Salas converted his fourth save of the year with a 1-2-3 ninth.

Cliff Lee (2-4, 3.84) took the lost as he went six and a third innings, giving up three runs on six hits and six walks, while striking out four, in what has to be one of the worst games that he has pitched in his career, based on the high number of walks, the most in his career, that he had given up.  Michael Stutes pitched two-third of an inning, as he got the one man that he would face to hit into a doubleplay. J.C. Romero pitched a scoreless inning, giving up a hit. Jake Westbrook (3-3, 6.07) gets the win as he went seven inning, giving up a run on four hits and three walks, while striking out one. Eduardo Sanchez collected his fifth hold of the year as he pitched a scoreless inning, giving up a hit, while striking out one. Fernando Salas received his fourth save of the season as he pitched a 1-2-3 inning, striking out a batter.

The Phils had just five hits in the game, with Jimmy Rollins leading the team with two hits, a single and a double. Ben Francisco (Single, RBI), Cliff Lee (Single) and pinch hitter Ross Gload (Single), had the other three Phils’ hits, as the offense has once more been its own worst enemy, getting themselves out against a weak pitcher. How much longer are these guys going to keep doing that until they really act like the American League team people keep claiming they are. Translation, start taking pitches and look for your pitch to hit, guys. Harumph!!!

The Phils (25-15, 1st East) will conclude their short two-game series with the Cards (23-19, 2nd Central) with a night game tonight. The game will be played at Busch Stadium, and will start at 8:15 pm EDT (7:15 CDT). The Phils will send to the mound Roy Oswalt (3-1, 3.33), who is coming off a stay on the disabled list. In his last start, a lost against the Diamondbacks on April 26, he went only three innings, giving up five runs on six hits and a walk, in the Phils’ 7-5 lost. He will be trying to stop the Phils’ present three-game slide. The Cards will counter with Jaime Garcia (5-0, 1.89), who is coming off a win against the Cubs on May 12, as he pitched seven strong innings, giving up just a run on nine scattered hits and a walk, as he struck out four, in the Cards’ 9-1 rout. He will be shooting for his sixth win of the year. The Phils hope to avoid the sweep and come back to Philadelphia with a .500 road trip.

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