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Bullpen is unable to hold one-run lead as the Phils fall to the Braves, 4-2.

The Phillies’ bullpen is unable to hold onto a one-run lead late in the ballgame as the Phils fall to the Braves, 4-2.

The Braves took a 1-0 lead in the first, as, with the bases loaded, and nobody out, Garret Anderson hits a sacrifice fly, knocking in Kelly Johnson, who had earlier singled, had gone to second base after Yunel Escobar had been hit by the pitch, and had gone on to third when Clipper Jones was walked. The Phils would tie the game at one-all in the second, when, with runners on first and second, and one man out, Pedro Feliz hits an RBI single, knocking in Ryan Howard, who had earlier doubled, while sending to third Matt Stairs, who had earlier walked. The game then became a pitchers’ duel between Phillies’ starter Brett Myers and Braves’ starter Kenshin Kawakami, as Myers would pitch himself out of constant trouble while Kawakami kept the Phils’ bats under control. The Phils took the lead in the sixth, as, with a man on, and one out, Stairs hits an RBI double, knocking in Howard, who had earlier doubled, making it 2-1 Phils. The Braves took the lead in the seventh, as, with the bases loaded, via singles to Escobar and Anderson, and a walk to Brian McCann, and two men out, Casey Kotchman hits a weak grounder up the middle that got through the infield for a two-run single, scoring both Escobar and Anderson, making it a 3-2 Braves’ lead, while sending McCann up to second base. The Braves made it a 4-2 game in the ninth, as, with a runner on first and two outs, Kotchman hits an RBI double, scoring Greg Norton, who had earlier walked. That would end up being the final score as the Phils got shut down in the ninth.

Brett Myers got a no-decision as he pitched a good game, giving up only one run on five scattered hits and two walks, while striking out three. Jack Taschner had his first blown save of the year as he took the lost as he pitched only two-thirds of an inning, giving up two runs on three hits and a walk. His record is now 1-1 with a 5.14 ERA. Chad Durbin pitched an inning and a third, giving up only one hit, as he struck out one. Brad Lidge pitched an inning, giving up a run on a hit and a walk. Kenshin Kawakami got the win as he pitched six strong innings against the Phils, giving up two runs on five hits and four walks, as he struck out six. His record is now 2-4 with a 5.79 ERA. Eric O’Flaherty held his third lead of the season as he pitched a scoreless inning, as he struck out a batter. Mike Gonzalez, normally the Braves’ closer, pitched a scoreless inning as he received his first hold of the year, giving up only a walk. Rafeal Soriano collected his third save of the year as he pitched a scoreless ninth, giving up only one hit, while striking out a batter.

The Phillies had only six hits in the ballgame, with Ryan Howard and Matt Stairs each collecting two, including three doubles (two of them for Howard) and a single. Pedro Feliz and pinch hitter Miguel Cairo got the other two hits, both singles. Feliz and Stairs had the Phils two RBIs. Although getting a no-decision, as he pitched his fourth quality start in his last five, as the bullpen is unable to hold the lead for him, Myers has pitched his best game so far this season, mainly because he had established control early in the game by pitching inside to batters, getting them off the plate. Things would probably become even better for Myers once he can put together a 1-2-3 first inning and stop giving up the long ball, as he is presently the Phils’ best starter.

The Phillies (15-14, 3rd) have the day off today. Their next game will be played tomorrow night against the Los Angeles Dodgers (22-11, 1st National League West). The game will start at 7:05 pm Eastern at Citizens Bank Park.

Once again denied winning his 250th start, Jamie Moyer is knocked out of the box early as the Phils lose to the Mets, 7-5, in spite of another Phillies’ attempt at a late come back.

The Mets once again deny Jamie Moyer a chance at winning his 250th career start by knocking him out of the box in the third inning, then held on to keep the Phils from performing another come-from-behind win, as the Phils fall to the Mets, 7-5, losing the two-games series in New York.

The Phillies scored first in the first inning, as, with a runner on second, and two men out, Ryan Howard hits an RBI double, scoring Jimmy Rollins, who had earlier singled and had gone to second on Chase Utley’s ground out, 4-3, giving the Phils a 1-0 lead. The Mets would take the lead in their half of the first, when, with one man on, and one man out, Carlos Beltran hits a two-runs home run, his fifth home run of the year, knocking in Luis Castillo, who had earlier walked, and then stole second base, giving the Mets a 2-1 lead. Two batters later, with a runner on second and still one man out, David Wright hits a two-run home run of his own, his third home run of the year, knocking in Carlos Delgaldo, who had earlier doubled, making it 4-1 Mets. The Mets made it 5-1 in the second, as, with one man out, Jose Reyes hits a solo home run, his second home run of the year. The Met added to their lead in the third, as, with the bases loaded via a hit batter (Delgado) and two singles (Wright and Fernando Tatis) and one man out, Ramon Castro hits a two-run double, knocking in both Delgado and Wright, and sending Tatis to third, giving the Mets a 7-1 lead. That would be the game for Phils’ starter Jamie Moyer, as Charlie Manuel would take him out and replace him with J.A. Happ. Happ proceeded to shut the Mets down by getting Mets’ starter Mike Pelfrey to ground out, 6-3 and strike out Reyes looking, to end the inning with no further damage. The Phils then started to chip away at the Mets’ lead. In the fourth, they made it 7-2 Mets, as, with a runner on second, and no outs, Raul Ibanez hits an RBI single, scoring Jayson Werth, who had earlier singled, and had stolen second base. The Phils would make it 7-3 Mets in the sixth, as, with one out, Howard hits a solo home run to right center field, his sixth home run of the season. The Phils then cut the Mets’ lead down to 7-5, as, with a runner on third, and two outs, Werth hits a two-run home run, his fifth home run of the season, scoring Shane Victorino, who had earlier singled, had gone to second base on Utley’s ground out, 4-3, being called safe on Reyes’ interference error, which would lead to Mets’ manager Jerry Manuel’s ejection from the game for arguing the call and hitting the umpire with the bill of his cap, and moving on to third on Howard’s ground out, also 4-3. In the ninth inning, the Phillies had a runner on second, Matt Stairs, who had a pinch hit walk and went to second on defensive indifference, and two outs, with Rollins at the plate, representing the tying run. Rollins would end the game by poping out to second, as Mets’ closer Francisco Rodriguez recorded his ninth save of the year and his fourth in four straight games.

Jamie Moyer took the lost as he is once again denied his 250th career win. He would go only two and one-third innings, giving up seven runs on seven hits, two walks and a hit batter, while striking out only one. His record is now 3-2 with a 7.26 ERA. J.A. Happ pitched three and two-thirds strong innings of relief, giving up only two hits, while striking out two. Clay Condrey pitched a scoreless inning, only giving up a hit and a walk. Jack Taschner also pitched a scoreless inning, striking out a batter. Mike Pelfrey took the win as he pitched seven strong innings, giving up just three runs on eight hits and a walk. His record is now 4-0 with an ERA of 5.46. Pedro Feliciano pitched an inning, giving up two runs on two hits. Francisco Rodriguez recorded his ninth save of the year, and his fourth save in four straight games, as he pitched a scoreless ninth, giving up only a walk.

The Phillies had ten hits in the game, with Jayson Werth leading the team with four hits, two singles, a double and a home-run, knocking in two runs and scoring two, raising his season average to .284. Ryan Howard followed with two hits, a double and a home run, knocking in two runs. Jimmy Rollins, Shane Victorino, Raul Ibanez and Pedro Feliz had the other four Phillies’ hits, all singles. Ibanez knocked in the Phils other run. Once again, starting pitching has done in the Phillies, as the relief corps had to once again come in early to shut down the opposition, giving the Phillies’ bats time to chip away at the lead. Sadly, the Phils were unable to overcome the Mets’ lead, but the comeback still put the rest of the National League on notice that this is a ballclub that refuses to quit.

The Phils (14-12, 1st) come back home, still in first place in the National League East, to start a three-games weekend home stand with the Braves (13-15, 4th). The first game of the three-games series will be played tonight at Citizens Bank Park, with a start time of 7:05 pm Eastern. The Phils will send to the mound their ace Cole Hamels, who is recovering from an injury to his left foot, which he had rolled over trying to field a bunt on April 28 against the Nationals. In that game, he was dominating the Nationals before his mishap, having shut them down for four and a third innings, giving up just four hits and two walks, while striking out four, as he received a no-decision in the Phillies’ 7-1 blow out win. He is still looking for his first win, while the Phillies hope that he will once again dominate opposing batters while not suffering another freak injury. The Braves will counter with Jo-Jo Reyes (0-1, 5.00), who is coming off a no-decision of his own, as he pitched five and a third innings against the Astros on May 3, giving up four runs on six hits and three walks, while striking out three, in the Braves’ 7-5 lost. He is also looking for his first win. The Phils hope to win the weekend series with the Braves, before starting their first series of the year with the now-Manny Ramirez-less Los Angeles Dodgers.

Victorino’s patient with the bases loaded leads to a walk-off win in extra-innings for the Phils over the Mets, 6-5.

Shane Victorino’s patient at home plate with the bases loaded leads to a walk-off win for the Phillies over their main rival in the East, the Mets, in extra-innings, 6-5, leaving them just a game behind the 1st place Marlins.

The Phillies took a quick lead in the first inning, as, with a runner on third, and no one out, Raul Ibanez hits a sacrifice fly, knocking in Shane Victorino, who had earlier tripled, giving the Phils a 1-0 lead. Three batters later, with two men on base, and one man out, Jimmy Rollins hits an RBI single, scoring Jayson Werth, who had earlier walked, and had gone to third on Ryan Howard’s single, making it 2-0 Phillies, while sending Howard, who had earlier singled, to second base. In the second, the Mets cut the lead to 2-1 Phils, as, with runners on the corners, and one man out, Daniel Murphy hits a sacrifice fly, scoring Gary Sheffield, who had earlier walked, had moved up to second on David Wright’s walk, and had gone over to third on Fernando Tatis grounder to Rollins, who threw over to second, forcing out Wright, 6-4. The Phils got the run back in their half of the second, making it 3-1 Phillies, as with a runner on second, and two men out, Werth hits an RBI double, knocking in Victorino, who had earlier doubled. The Mets cut the lead once again, this time making it 3-2 Phils, as, with two men on and one man out, Wright hits a sacrifice fly to Howard in foul territory, scoring Luis Castillo, who had earlier walked, and had moved over to third on Sheffield’s double. The Phillies got that run back in the bottom of the third, making it 4-2 Phillies, as, with the bases loaded via walks to Rollins, Eric Bruntlett and Carlos Ruiz, who had been reactivated by the Phils, and one man out, Phillies’ starter Jamie Moyer received an RBI walk, scoring Rollins, while Bruntlett and Ruiz would both move up a base. That would be the game for Mets’ starter Oliver Perez, who was replaced by reliever rookie Ken Takahashi. Takahashi ended the inning by getting Victorino to hit into a very wierd double play, as the ball stopped in front of the mound, which Takahashi picked up and threw home. Catcher Ramon Castro touched home plate in front of Bruntlett for the inning’s second out, then threw the ball to second base upon seeing that Moyer hasn’t yet reached second. The throw would beat Moyer to the bag, as shortstop Jose Reyes touched second for the inning’s final out for a 1-2-6 double play. The score would stay 4-2 Phils until the sixth, when, with two men out, Murphy hits a solo home run to right, his third home run of the season, making it 4-3 Phils. The next batter, Castro, tied the game up at four-all as he hits a solo home run to center, his second home run of the year. After Moyer gives up a triple to pinch hitter Alex Cora, Moyer is replaced by Scott Eyre. Two batters later, with runners on the corners, as Eyre gave up a walk to Reyes, Castillo gave the Mets the lead, 5-4, with an RBI single, scoring Cora, and sending Reyes over to third. Eyre then loaded up the bases by hitting Carlos Beltran. Eyre was then replaced with Clay Condrey, who ended the inning by getting Sheffield to ground out, 4-3. The Phils would tie the game up at five-all, as, with one out, Ibanez hits a solo home run, his eighth home run of the season. The score would remain 5-5 for the next three innings, although the Mets threathen to score in the eighth. With runners on first and second, with pinch runner Omir Santos on second, after replacing Castro, who had gotten to first base with a walk, while Santos had moved on to second on a Cora sacrifice bunt, and pinch hitter Carlos Delgado walk, who in turn was replaced on first by pinch runner John Maine, and two men out, Santos tried to score on a single to right by Beltran. Right fielder Werth made a good throw to the plate, which was caught by Ruiz, who then tagged out a sliding Santos for the inning’s final out. In the tenth, the Phils loaded up the bases, with two outs, via a single by Pedro Feliz, Matt Stairs being hit by the pitch, and a walk to pinch hitter Chris Coste. Victorino took the count up to 3-2 before taking a sinker low for ball four, scoring Feliz and giving the Phils a walk-off 6-5 win in extra-innings.

Jamie Moyer received a no-decision as he pitched five and two-thirds innings, giving up five runs on seven hits and four walks, while he struck out two. Scott Eyre faced three batters, getting none out, as he gave up a hit a walk and hit a batter. Clay Codrey pitched one and one-third scoreless innings. Ryan Madson pitched a scoreless inning, giving up a hit and two walks, while striking out one. Brad Lidge pitched a scoreless inning, giving up two walks. Jack Taschner got the win as he pitched a scoreless inning, giving up two hits, while striking out a batter. His record is now 1-0 with a 4.76 ERA. Oliver Perez also got a no-decision as he pitched only two and one-third innings, giving up four runs on five hits and six walks, striking out only two. Ken Takahashi followed, pitching two and two-thirds innings of relief, giving up just one hit and a walk, while striking out one. Pedro Feliciano blew the save as he gave up one run on one hit, while he struck out a batter. Bobby Parnell pitched a scoreless inning, giving up a hit. J.J. Putz pitched two scoreless innings, giving up no hits, while he struck out two. Sean Green took the lost, as he only pitched two-thirds of an inning, giving up a run on one hit, two walks and a hit batter. His record is now 0-2 with a 8.76 ERA.

The Phillies had nine hits in the game. Shane Victorino, Raul Ibanez and Pedro Feliz lead the team with two hits each. Victorino’s hits were a double and a triple, Ibanez’s hits were a home run and a double, while Feliz had two singles. Jayson Werth, Ryan Howard and Jimmy Rollins had the other three hits, with Werth’s hit being a double. Ibanez had two RBIs in the game, while Victorino, Werth, Rollins and Jamie Moyer had the other four RBIs.

The Phillies’ (12-10, 2nd) game with the Mets (10-13, 4th), scheduled for this afternoon, has just been postponed because of rain. The Phillies’ next game will be against the Cardinals in St. Louis tomorrow night.

The Phillies sweep the first place Marlins by crushing them, 13-2

For the first time in 2009, the Phillies took an early lead and held onto it, as they proceeded to sweep the first place Marlins by defeating them handily, 13-2. The victory place them in second place, a game and a half behind the now slumping fish in the National League East.

The Phils took the lead in the first as, with runners on second and third, and with one man out, Ryan Howard hits an RBI bloop single into left field, scoring Shane Victorino, who had earlier walked, moved up to second base on Eric Bruntlett’s walk and had gone over to third on Chase Utley’s ground out, 3-unassistant, giving the Phils a 1-0 lead, while sending Bruntlett, who had earlier walk and had gone to second on Utley’s ground out, over to third. After Jayson Werth had walked, loading up the bases as Howard moved over to second, Raul Ibanez made it a 2-0 Phillies’ lead as he hits a sacrifice fly to left, scoring Bruntlett. In the fourth, the Phillies made it 4-0 when, with runners on second and third, and two men outs, Utley hits a two-run single, scoring Phillies’ starter Jamie Moyer, who had earlier singled and had gone over to third on Bruntlett’s double, and Bruntlett, who had earlier doubled. The Marlins would finally score a run in the fifth as, with runners on first and second, and two men out, Hanley Ramirez hits an RBI single, making it a 4-1 Phils’ lead, scoring Cody Ross, who had earlier singled, and had gone to second base on Burke Badenhop’s sacrifice bunt attempt, beating Chris Coste’s throw to second, while sending Badenhop, who had earlier been safe on his sacrifice bunt attempt, went over to second. Moyer would then get out of the inning by getting Jorge Cantu to fly out to left field on a spectacular catch by Ibanez. The Phillies finally broke the game wide open in the seventh. With runners on second and third, and one man out, Pedro Feliz hits a RBI single, easily scoring Werth, who had earlier reached base on a Jeremy Hermida’s two-base fielding error, ending up on second, and stealing third as part of a double steal with Ibanez, giving the Phils a 5-1 lead, while sending Ibanez, who had been intentionally walked and had stolen second, to third base, putting runners on the corners. Coste was then hit by the pitch, sending him to first, while Feliz moved up to second, loading up the bases. Pinch hitter Greg Dobbs then walks, forcing in Ibanez, making the score 6-1 Phillies, while Feliz and Coste both moved up a base, leaving the bases loaded. Victorino then broke the game wide open as he hits a two-run RBI single, giving the Phillies an 8-1 lead, as he scored both Feliz and Coste, while sending Dobbs over to second. The Phils added to their lead in the eighth. With the bases loaded, via a single to Howard, a walk to Werth and a single to Ibanez, Feliz hits an RBI single, making the score 9-1 Phils as Howard scored, while Werth and Ibanez moved up to third and second base, with no one out. After Coste strikes out, pinch hitter Matt Stairs took a walk, focing in Werth, and making it a 10-1 Phils’ lead, while both Ibanez and Feliz moved up a base, with one out. Victorino followed with a two-run double, knocking in both Ibanez and Feliz, while sending Stairs over to third, as he made it a 12-1 Phils’ lead. Bruntlett then knocked in the thirteenth and final Phils’ run with a sacrifice fly, scoring Stairs from third base. In the bottom of the ninth, Alfredo Amezega made the score 13-2 Phils, when, with a runner on third, and one out, he hits a sacrfice fly, scoring Ronny Paulino from third, who had earlier doubled and had gone to third on a J.A. Happ’s wild pitch, for the inning’s second out. Happ then struck out Cameron Maybin for the final out.

Jamie Moyer got the win, as he pitched six solid innings, giving up only one run on seven scattered hits and a walk, while striking out six. His record is now 3-1, tying him for the team’s lead in wins, while reducing his ERA to 5.09. His record against the Marlins is now 12-1. Chad Durbin pitched a scoreless inning, giving up no hits. J.A. Happ pitched two innings, giving up a run on one hit and a wild pitch, as he struck out three. The Phils’ pitching staff gave up no home runs in the game. Rookie Graham Taylor took the lost, being wild early, as he would only go three and two-thirds innings, giving up four runs on four hits, six walks and a hit batter, as he struck out only two batters. His record is 0-1 with a 9.82 ERA. Burke Badenhop then pitched two and one-third scoreless innings, giving up only a hit and a walk, while he struck out two. Hayden Penn pitched an inning plus three batters, giving up seven runs, only six of which were earned, on four hits, three walks, a hit batter and a wild pitch, while he struck out two. Kiko Calero pitched an inning, giving up two runs on two hits and a walk, as he struck out a Phillie batter. Regular position player, Cody Ross, came in to pitched a scoreless ninth, giving up just a hit.

The Phillies had twelve hits in the game, with Pedro Feliz leading the team with three hits, all singles, as he raised his batting average to .298. Shane Victorino and Ryan Howard followed with two hits apiece, with one of Victorino’s hits being a double. Eric Bruntlett, Chase Utley, Jayson Werth, Raul Ibanez and Jamie Moyer each recorded a hit, with Bruntlett’s hit being a double. Victorino knocked in four runs in the game, Utley and Feliz each knocked in two runs, while Bruntlett, Howard, Ibanez, Dobbs and Stairs each had an RBI. The Phils also gathered eleven walks in the game, along with two hit batsmen.

The Phillies (9-8, 2nd) comes back home to start a three-games series at Citizens Bank Park with the last place Nationals (4-13, 5th). The game will start at 7:05 pm Eastern. Joe Blanton (0-2, 7.31), will take the mound for the Phils, coming off his second straight lost, this one at the hands of the Brewers on April 22, as he pitched a quality start, giving up three runs on eight hits and a walk, as he struck out five, in six innings of work, in the Phillies’ 3-1 lost. He will be looking for his first win of the year and his third straight quality start. The Nationals will countered with Shairon Martis (2-0, 4.11), who is coming off his second straight win against the Braves on April 21, as he pitched six strong innings, giving up only two runs on six hits and four walks, while he struck out two, in the Nationals’ 4-3 win. He will be going for his third straight victory of the season, his second against the Phillies. The Phils hope to increase their winning streak to four games.

Phillies scored seven runs in the ninth for the win after being kept quiet in the first eight.

After being able to score only two runs in the previous twenty-eight innings, the Phillies exploded for seven runs in the ninth inning off of Marlins’ reliever Matt Lindstrom, for a dramatic, 7-2, come from behind victory over the shocked Marlins.

The Marlins took a quick 3-0 lead in the first, as, with runners on the corners, and two men out, Dan Uggla hits a three-run home run, his second home run of the season, scoring John Baker, who had earlier singled and had gone to third on Ross Gload’s single, and Gload, who had earlier singled. That would remain the score for the next seven innings, as Phils’ starter Brett Myers would constantly pitch himself in and out of trouble until he was relieved in the seventh by Clay Condrey, who would then proceed to pitch two scoreless innings, while Marlins’ starter Josh Johnson would three hit the Phils for the first seven innings and Leo Nunez would keep them off the board in the eighth. But, everything suddenly changed in the top of the ninth. With Matt Lindstrom now pitching for the Marlins, the Phils’ bats finally came alive, with a little help from Lindstrom’s own wildness. After Ryan Howard started the inning off by making the inning’s first out, a 4-3 ground out, Jayson Werth got on base with a double to center. Raul Ibanez followed with a walk, putting runners on first and second, with one out. The next batter, pinch hitter Matt Stairs, then knocked in Werth with an RBI pinch hit single, making it a 3-1 Marlins’ lead, while sending Ibanez to third base. After Miguel Cairo went to first to pinch run for Stairs, Lou Marson got on base with a walk, loading the bases, as Cairo moved up to second. After pinch hitter Eric Bruntlett struck out for the inning’s second out, Jimmy Rollins got on base with a walk, forcing home Ibanez, cutting the Marlins lead down to 3-2, and sending Cairo to third and Marson to second, as the bases remained loaded. The next batter, Shane Victorino, then connected for a grand slam home run to right, his second home run of the season and his first career grand slam during the regular season, scoring Cairo, Marson and Rollins, as he gave the Phils a 6-3 lead. Chase Utley followed by hitting a solo home run, also to right field, to give the Phillies a 7-3 lead, as the Phils had batted around. Howard then followed with a double, just missing hitting it out of the park for back-to-back-to-back home runs. After Werth walked, Renyal Pinto, who had earlier been brought in to relieve Lindstrom, was finally able to end the inning as he got Ibanez to strike out swinging. In the bottom of the ninth, the Marlins tried to come back. With two outs, Hanley Ramirez hit a double, sending Alfredo Amezaga, who had started the inning off as a pinch hitter, and getting a walk, over to third. But Ryan Madson then ended the inning by getting Gload to strike out, swinging.

Brett Myers got a no-decision, as he pitched sixth strong innings, giving up only three runs on eight hits and six walks, while striking out five. Clay Condrey picked up the win as he pitched two scoreless innings, giving up just one walk. His record is now 3-0, leading the team in wins, with a low 1.86 ERA. Ryan Madson pitched a scoreless ninth, giving up just one hit and a walk, as he struck out the side. Josh Johnson also pitched a no-decision, throwing seven strong innings, giving up just three hits and two walks, as he struck out eight. Leo Nunez, pitched a scoreless inning, as he struck out three. Matt Lindstrom took the lose as he blew his second save of the year, as he gave up seven runs on four hits and three walks, while striking out only one batter, in two-thirds innings of work. His record is now 1-1 with a 10.80 ERA. Renyel Pinto pitched a third of an inning, giving up a hit and a walk, while striking out a batter.

The Phillies had eight hits in the game. Shane Victorino, Chase Utley, Ryan Howard, Jayson Werth, Raul Ibanez, Matt Stairs, Lou Marson and Brett Myers each had a hit, with Victorino and Utley (Home Runs), and Werth and Howard’s (Doubles) hits being extra-base hits. Victorino had four RBIs with his grand slam home run, Utley knocked in one with his solo shot, Stairs brought in a run with his pinch hit single, and Jimmy Rollins brought in the other run with his bases-loaded walk. Although he gave up a home run, Myers was able to keep the Phils in the game, getting himself out of constant jams. Clay Condrey pitched two good frames, giving up only a walk, thus allowing him to be the winning pitcher when the Phils had their ninth inning explosion. With this win, all of the Phils’ victories so  far this year has been of the coming from behind variety. The Phillies need to start dominating games early.

The Phillies (7-8, 3rd) continue their three-games series with the Marlins (11-5, 1st) at Dolphin Stadium in Miami, Flordia. The game will start tonight at 7:10 pm Eastern. The Phillies will send to the mound Chan Ho Park (0-0, 8.68), who is still looking for his first win, as he comes off his second straight no-decision as a starter, this time against the Padres on April 19, as he pitched five innings, giving up four runs on eight hits and a walk, while striking out three, in the Phillies’ dramatic 5-4 win in the ninth inning. He will be looking for his first win as a Phils’ pitcher. The Marlins will counter with Chris Volstad (2-0, 2.76), who is also coming of  a no-decision against the Nationals, also on April 19, as he went only four and one-third innings, giving up three runs on six hits and five walks, as he struck out five, in the Marlins’ 7-4 win. He will be looking for his third win of the season, while trying to end the Marlins’ present four-games slide. The Phillies will be looking for their second straight win and their second road series win.

Phillies lose another series as Cole Hamels is knocked out of the box, literally.

The Phillies dropped to 6-8 on the season as they lose another game, one in which they were almost no-hit by the Brewers, while their ace was taken out of the game after being hit on the shoulder by a line-drive hit by Prince Fielder.

The game started out as a pitchers’ duel between Phillies’ ace Cole Hamels and Brewers’ starter Dave Bush for the first three innings, in which Hamels gave up only a single (Corey Hart) while striking out six of the first nine batter that he had so far faced, while Bush had allowed only one Phil batter to reach base, via a hit batsman (Jimmy Rollins). That all changed in the fourth, as, with a runner on first and one man out, Ryan Braun hits a two-run home run to left, his fourth home run of the season, and his third home run in the series, as he knocked in Hart, who had earlier singled, giving the Brewers a 2-0 lead. The next batter, Prince Fielder, then hit a first pitch line drive up the middle, which hit Hamels’ on his left shoulder, as he was finishing his delivery. The Phillies, not taking any chances with their ace, decided to take Hamels out of the game, for what was later revealed to be a bruise on his shoulder. The Phils replaced him with J.A. Happ who then ended the inning with no further damage. The Brewers then added to their lead in the fifth, as Fielder hits a two-outs, based-loaded double, scoring Bush, who had earlier singled, had moved up to second on Rickie Weeks’ single, and had gone to third on Braun’s walk, Weeks, who had singled and had moved up to second base on Braun’s walk, and Braun, who had walked, giving the Brew Crew a 5-0 lead. The Brewers then made it 6-0 in the eighth as Bill Hall hits a one-out, solo home run, his first home run of the year. As the Brewers were piling it on, Bush was no-hitting the Phils, having allowed only four more man to reach base (three walks and a hit batter), by the time Matt Stairs came up to pinch hit with one out. With the count 3-1, Stairs broke up both the no-hitter and the shut out, as he hit a pinch hit home run to right, his second home run of the year, both as a pinch hitter, making it 6-1 Milwaukee. After Shane Victorino got the Phils’ second hit, a single, Bush was taken out of the game and replaced with Mitch Stetter, who would end the inning by getting Chase Utley to ground out, 4-3. Stetter would then end the game by pitching a scoreless ninth.

Cole Hamels took the lost, in spite of pitching a good game before being taken out because of a bruised left shoulder. He pitched three and one third innings, giving up just two runs on four hits and a hit batter, while striking out six. His record is now 0-2 with a 9.69 ERA. Hamels thinks that he will be able to take his next turn in the rotation. We’ll see. J.A. Happ pitched an inning and a third in relief, giving up three runs on three hits and three walks, while he struck out three. Jack Taschner followed him, pitching two scoreless innings, giving up just a hit and a walk. Chad Durbin pitched an inning, giving up one run on on a hit, while striking out one. Brad Lidge pitched a scoreless ninth, giving up a hit, as he struck out one. Dave Bush got the win, as he gave up only one run on two hits, three walks and two hit batters, as he struck out four, in eighth and two-third innings. His record is now 1-0 with a 3.86 ERA. Mitch Stetter pitched one and one-third scoreless innings, giving up no hits.

The Phils got only two hits yesterday, Matt Stairs’ pinch hit home run and Shane Victorino’s single, as Bush no-hit them for the first seven and a third innings before Stairs finally broke it up with his home run. Before the home run, the Phils got only five men on base, via two hit batsmen (Jimmy Rollins and Victorino) and three walks (Victorino, Raul Ibanez and Chris Coste). After their eleven run explosion on Monday, the Phils have scored just two runs. This has got to stop.

The Phillies (6-8, 3rd) now go on the road to face the Florida Marlins (11-4, 1st), who are presently mired in a three games losing streak, for a three-games series at Dolphin Stadium in Miami, Florida. The first game of the three-games set will be played tonight at 7:10 pm Eastern. The Phillies will send to the mound Brett Myers (1-1, 5.03), who is coming off a no-decision against the Padres on April 18, where he pitched a strong six and two-thirds innings, giving up just three runs on six hits and four walks, while striking out three, in the Phillies’ 8-5 lost. He will be shooting for his second straight win. His opponent will be Josh Johnson (2-0, 2.91), who is also coming off a no-decision, with his coming against the Nationals on April 18, as he pitched six innings, giving up six runs on six hits and two walks, while striking out six, in the Marlins’ 9-6 extra-innings win. He will be trying for his third win of the season. The Phillies hope to improve their record at the expense of the fish.

Phillies waste good pitching effort by Joe Blanton as they lose to the Brewers, 3-1.

The Phillies are unable to capitalize on a quality start by Joe Blanton as they were unable to light up their usual victim Braden Looper, as they lose to the Brewers, 3-1.

The game’s first four innings involved a pitchers’ duel between Phillies’ starter Joe Blanton and Brewers’ starter Braden Looper, as the former gave up just four singles to the Brew Crew, while the latter gave up only three singles and a walk to the Phils, with each pitcher being in just one major jam during those four innings. Things then changed in the fifth, when, with one man out, J.J. Hardy hits a solo home run, his third home run of the year, giving the Brewers a 1-0 lead. The Brewers added to their lead in the sixth, when, with two men on base, and two men out, Mike Cameron hits a two-run double, scoring both Corey Hart, who had earlier singled and had moved over to second base on Ryan Braun’s walk, and Braun, making it 3-0 Brewers. The score would remain that way until the bottom of the ninth when, with one out, Jayson Werth hits a solo home run, his second home run of the year, putting the Phils finally on the board as he made it a 3-1 Milwaukee lead. Raul Ibanez then followed with a single, bringing the tying run to the plate. The next batter, Pedro Feliz, then hits into a force out, 5-4, as Ibanez is cut down at second base. Pinch hitter Matt Stairs then came to the plate, looking to tie the score with one swing of the bat. Instead, he hits a single, putting runners on first and third, as Feliz moved over to third, with still two men out. As Eric Bruntlett went to first base to pinch run for Stairs, Chris Coste came out to pinch hit. Coste ended the ballgame by striking out, swinging, and being thrown out at first, 2-3, when the ball is dropped by Brewers’ catcher Jason Kendall, as Todd Coffey was finally able to record his second save of the year.

Joe Blanton took the lost inspite of throwing a quality start, as he went six strong innings, giving up three runs on eight hits and a walk, while striking out five. His record is 0-2 with a 7.31 ERA. Chad Durbin pitched a scoreless inning in relief, giving up no hits as he struck out one. Clay Condrey pitched two-thirds of an inning, giving up no runs on a walk, striking out two. Scott Eyre pitched a third of an inning, getting out the only man he would face. Ryan Madson pitched a scoreless ninth, walking a batting while striking out one. Braden Looper got the win as he threw six shut out innings, giving up just five scattered hits and walking two. His record is now 1-1 with a 2.12 ERA. Mark DiFelice pitched a scoreless inning, giving up no hits as he struck out two. Carlos Villanueva also pitched a scoreless inning, while holding the lead, giving up no hits. Todd Coffey got the save, his second of the season, as he gave up a run on three hits, while he struck out two.

The Phillies had only eight hits in the game, with Jayson Werth leading the team with two hits, a single and a home run, for the team’s only RBI. Werth’s two hits raised his average to .306. Jimmy Rollins, Shane Victorino, Chase Utley, Raul Ibanez, Matt Stairs and Joe Blanton got the other six hits, all singles, as the Phillies were unable to put together an offensive attack during the ballgame until it was too late to have any effect.

The Phillies (6-7) conclude their three-games set with the Brewers (5-9) this afternoon at Citizens Bank Park. The game is presently in progress. The Phils send to the mound their ace Cole Hamles (0-1, 11.17), who is coming off a no-decision against the Padres on April 17, as he pitched six innings, giving up five runs on eight hits and a walk, while striking out four, in the Phillies’ 8-7 lost. He will be looking for his first win while looking to improve on both his control and ball speed. His opponent will be Dave Bush (0-0, 5.40), who is coming off his second straight no-decision, although pitching better in his April 11 start against the Cubs, as he went six and a third innings, giving up three runs on six hits and two walks, while striking out five, in the Brewers’ 6-5 lost. He will also be trying for his first win of the season. The Phillies will be trying to win their first series at home.

Matt Stairs’ pinch hit, two-run home run in the top of the ninth help propel the Phils into their first series win as they defeat the Rockies, 7-5.

The bullpen’s five and one-third innings of shut out pitching allowed the Phillies to come from behind, capped off by Matt Stairs’ pinch hit two-run home run in the ninth inning, to defeat the Rockies, 7-5. The victory gave the Phils their first series win in the 2009 season as they head to the nation’s capital to face the winless Nationals.

 After Rockies’ starter, Aaron Cook, had put the Phils down easily in the top of the first inning, Chan Ho Park took the mound to begin his first start as a Phil. He started off nicely by getting the lead-off hitter, Dexter Fowler, to ground out, 4-3, for the inning’s first out. Everything would then go badly after that, as Park’s breaking balls wouldn’t break within Denver’s higher attitude. After Ryan Spilborghs got on base with an one-out single, Brad Hawpe followed him with an RBI double, scoring Spilborghs, and giving the Rockies a quick 1-0 lead. After Park threw a passed ball, allowing Hawpe to reach third, Garrett Atkins brought him home with an RBI single, making the score 2-0 Rockies. Ian Stewart followed him with a single, sending Atkins over to second. The next batter, Troy Tulowitzki, walked, loading the bases with still only one man out. Park then struck out Chris Iannetta for the inning’s second out, thus seeing his chance to get out of the inning with very little damage. Sadly, it was not to be as Clint Barmes hit a two-out single, scoring both Atkins and Stewart, while sending Tulowitzki to third, giving the Rockies a 4-0 lead. Cook, the ninth batter of the inning, finally ended it by grounding out, 1-3. The Phillies got a run back in the top of the second, as, with a runner on second and one man out, Raul Ibanez hit a line drive that bounced off of Cook’s butt and then headed into the hole between shortstop and third for a single, as Ryan Howard, who had earlier double, quickly rounded third and scored on a heads up play, as Rockies’ shortstop, Tulowitzki, is unable to make a good throw to home plate, thus allowing Ibanez to reach second on the throw, making it 4-1 Rockies. The Rockies got that run back in the bottom half of the inning, as Fowler hit a lead-off solo home run, his second home run of the year, giving the Rockies a 5-1 lead. After nobody scored a run in the third, the Phillies got their second run in the fourth, as Jayson Werth knocked in Chase Utley, who had earlier singled, and had stole second when Howard struck out swinging, cutting the Rockies lead to 5-2. In the bottom half of the inning, after Park had given up a single to Spilborghs and had walked Hawpe, with one out, Charlie Manuel took him out of the game, and brought in Chad Durbin to keep the game close. Durbin did his job as he got Atkins to fly out to center for the second out of the inning and then struck out Stewart, swinging, to end the threat. The Phillies made it 5-3 Rockies in the sixth, when, with two men on base and one out, Werth knocked in his second RBI of the game, scoring Utley, who had earlier walked and had gone to second on Howard’s single, as Howard stopped at second base. In the bottom half of the inning, the Rockies would threathen again, as, with one out, Durbin gave up a single to Fowler, and then walked Spilborghs. Manuel then came out of the dugout and replaced Durbin with Scott Eyre. Eyre proceeded to do his job as he got Hawpe to fly out to left for the inning’s second out and then got Atkins to foul out to Howard to end the inning. Then in the eighth, the Phillies tied the game up at five all as Utley hit a two-run home run off of Manuel Corpas, his first home run of the year, as he knocked in Shane Victorino, who has earlier singled. Ryan Madson came in to pitched the bottom of the inning, and he pitched a 1-2-3 inning. In the ninth inning, with a runner on third and one man out, pinch hitter Matt Stairs would come to the plate and hit a 1-1 fastball into the right center field for a pinch hit two-run home run, giving the Phils a 7-5 lead, as he scored Pedro Feliz, who had earlier double and had gone to third on Chris Coste’s sacrifice bunt. In the bottom of the ninth, Brad Lidge took the mound for the Phils. After getting the first two men out, Lidge gave up a single to pinch hitter Jeff Baker, and then walked Stewart, bringing up the winning run to the plate in the person of Tulowitzki. On a 1-2 pitch, he got Tulowitzki to ground out, 4-3, for the final out, as he records his second save of the season.

Chan Ho Park received a no-decision, as he was only able to pitch three and a third innings, giving up five runs on seven hits and three walks, while striking out two. Chad Durbin pitched two scoreless innings, giving up no runs on one hit and a walk, as he struck out two. Scott Eyre pitched two-thirds of an inning, giving up no runs or hits. Clay Condrey pitched a scoreless inning, striking out a batter. Ryan Madson got the win as he pitched a 1-2-3 inning, striking out a batter. His record is now 1-0 with a 0.00 ERA. Brad Lidge pitched an inning, as he recorded his second save in two tries, giving up no runs on a hit and a walk, as he struck out a batter. Aaron Cook also received a no-decision as he pitched six strong innings, giving up three runs on seven hits and a walk, while striking out two. Jason Grilli pitched a third of an inning in relief, giving up no runs on one hit, while striking out one. Alan Embree pitched two thirds of an inning, giving up no runs or hits. Manuel Corpas blew the save, as he gave up two runs on three hits, while striking out a batter. Huston Street took the lost as he gave up two runs on two hits, while striking out a batter. His record is now 0-1 with a high ERA of 10.13. The Phils’ starters are still looking for their first quality start after two full series.

The Phillies had thriteen hits in the ballgame, with Ryan Howard leading the way as he went 3 for 4 (2 singles, 1 double), and scored a run as he raised his batting average for the season to .333. Chase Utley, Jayson Werth and Pedro Feliz followed with each man getting two hits in the game. Utley had a single and a home run, his first of the season, as he knocked in two runs and scored three, raising his batting average to .476, placing him fourth among the league leaders in batting. Werth had two singles, knocking in two runs, as he increased his batting average to .348. Feliz had a single and a double, scoring a run, as he increased his batting average to .368. Shane Victorino, Raul Ibanez, Chad Durbin and Matt Stairs had the other four Phillies’ hit, with Ibanez knocking in one run and Stairs hitting a pinch-hit two-run home run. Through six games, the Phillies’ team batting average is .271, presently fifth in the National League.

The Phillies (3-3), continue their six-games road trip by going to the nation’s capitol, Washington, D.C. for a three-games series with the presently winless Nationals (0-6). The first game of the series will be played this afternoon at Nationals Park. Game time will be 3:05 pm Eastern. The Phillies’ starter will be Jamie Moyer, who will be trying to recover from his bad outing against the Braves on April 7, when he gave up four runs on eight hits and two walks, as he struck out two batters, as he pitched for five innings. His record is presently 0-1 with a 7.20 ERA. Moyer willing be trying to give the Phillies their first quality start by one of their starters. His opponent will be Daniel Cabrera, who lost his first start against the Marlins, as he went six innings, giving up five runs on seven hits, with an ERA of 7.50 in the Nationals’ 6-1 lost on April 8. He will be trying to give the Nationals their first win of the season.

Matt Stairs’ pinch hit, two-run home run in the top of the ninth help propel the Phils into their first series win as they defeat the Rockies, 7-5.

The bullpen’s five and one-third innings of shut out pitching allowed the Phillies to come from behind, capped off by Matt Stairs’ pinch hit two-run home run in the ninth inning, to defeat the Rockies, 7-5. The victory gave the Phils their first series win in the 2009 season as they head to the nation’s capital to face the winless Nationals.

 After Rockies’ starter, Aaron Cook, had put the Phils down easily in the top of the first inning, Chan Ho Park took the mound to begin his first start as a Phil. He started off nicely by getting the lead-off hitter, Dexter Fowler, to ground out, 4-3, for the inning’s first out. Everything would then go badly after that, as Park’s breaking balls wouldn’t break within Denver’s higher attitude. After Ryan Spilborghs got on base with an one-out single, Brad Hawpe followed him with an RBI double, scoring Spilborghs, and giving the Rockies a quick 1-0 lead. After Park threw a passed ball, allowing Hawpe to reach third, Garrett Atkins brought him home with an RBI single, making the score 2-0 Rockies. Ian Stewart followed him with a single, sending Atkins over to second. The next batter, Troy Tulowitzki, walked, loading the bases with still only one man out. Park then struck out Chris Iannetta for the inning’s second out, thus seeing his chance to get out of the inning with very little damage. Sadly, it was not to be as Clint Barmes hit a two-out single, scoring both Atkins and Stewart, while sending Tulowitzki to third, giving the Rockies a 4-0 lead. Cook, the ninth batter of the inning, finally ended it by grounding out, 1-3. The Phillies got a run back in the top of the second, as, with a runner on second and one man out, Raul Ibanez hit a line drive that bounced off of Cook’s butt and then headed into the hole between shortstop and third for a single, as Ryan Howard, who had earlier double, quickly rounded third and scored on a heads up play, as Rockies’ shortstop, Tulowitzki, is unable to make a good throw to home plate, thus allowing Ibanez to reach second on the throw, making it 4-1 Rockies. The Rockies got that run back in the bottom half of the inning, as Fowler hit a lead-off solo home run, his second home run of the year, giving the Rockies a 5-1 lead. After nobody scored a run in the third, the Phillies got their second run in the fourth, as Jayson Werth knocked in Chase Utley, who had earlier singled, and had stole second when Howard struck out swinging, cutting the Rockies lead to 5-2. In the bottom half of the inning, after Park had given up a single to Spilborghs and had walked Hawpe, with one out, Charlie Manuel took him out of the game, and brought in Chad Durbin to keep the game close. Durbin did his job as he got Atkins to fly out to center for the second out of the inning and then struck out Stewart, swinging, to end the threat. The Phillies made it 5-3 Rockies in the sixth, when, with two men on base and one out, Werth knocked in his second RBI of the game, scoring Utley, who had earlier walked and had gone to second on Howard’s single, as Howard stopped at second base. In the bottom half of the inning, the Rockies would threathen again, as, with one out, Durbin gave up a single to Fowler, and then walked Spilborghs. Manuel then came out of the dugout and replaced Durbin with Scott Eyre. Eyre proceeded to do his job as he got Hawpe to fly out to left for the inning’s second out and then got Atkins to foul out to Howard to end the inning. Then in the eighth, the Phillies tied the game up at five all as Utley hit a two-run home run off of Manuel Corpas, his first home run of the year, as he knocked in Shane Victorino, who has earlier singled. Ryan Madson came in to pitched the bottom of the inning, and he pitched a 1-2-3 inning. In the ninth inning, with a runner on third and one man out, pinch hitter Matt Stairs would come to the plate and hit a 1-1 fastball into the right center field for a pinch hit two-run home run, giving the Phils a 7-5 lead, as he scored Pedro Feliz, who had earlier double and had gone to third on Chris Coste’s sacrifice bunt. In the bottom of the ninth, Brad Lidge took the mound for the Phils. After getting the first two men out, Lidge gave up a single to pinch hitter Jeff Baker, and then walked Stewart, bringing up the winning run to the plate in the person of Tulowitzki. On a 1-2 pitch, he got Tulowitzki to ground out, 4-3, for the final out, as he records his second save of the season.

Chan Ho Park received a no-decision, as he was only able to pitch three and a third innings, giving up five runs on seven hits and three walks, while striking out two. Chad Durbin pitched two scoreless innings, giving up no runs on one hit and a walk, as he struck out two. Scott Eyre pitched two-thirds of an inning, giving up no runs or hits. Clay Condrey pitched a scoreless inning, striking out a batter. Ryan Madson got the win as he pitched a 1-2-3 inning, striking out a batter. His record is now 1-0 with a 0.00 ERA. Brad Lidge pitched an inning, as he recorded his second save in two tries, giving up no runs on a hit and a walk, as he struck out a batter. Aaron Cook also received a no-decision as he pitched six strong innings, giving up three runs on seven hits and a walk, while striking out two. Jason Grilli pitched a third of an inning in relief, giving up no runs on one hit, while striking out one. Alan Embree pitched two thirds of an inning, giving up no runs or hits. Manuel Corpas blew the save, as he gave up two runs on three hits, while striking out a batter. Huston Street took the lost as he gave up two runs on two hits, while striking out a batter. His record is now 0-1 with a high ERA of 10.13. The Phils’ starters are still looking for their first quality start after two full series.

The Phillies had thriteen hits in the ballgame, with Ryan Howard leading the way as he went 3 for 4 (2 singles, 1 double), and scored a run as he raised his batting average for the season to .333. Chase Utley, Jayson Werth and Pedro Feliz followed with each man getting two hits in the game. Utley had a single and a home run, his first of the season, as he knocked in two runs and scored three, raising his batting average to .476, placing him fourth among the league leaders in batting. Werth had two singles, knocking in two runs, as he increased his batting average to .348. Feliz had a single and a double, scoring a run, as he increased his batting average to .368. Shane Victorino, Raul Ibanez, Chad Durbin and Matt Stairs had the other four Phillies’ hit, with Ibanez knocking in one run and Stairs hitting a pinch-hit two-run home run. Through six games, the Phillies’ team batting average is .271, presently fifth in the National League.

The Phillies (3-3), continue their six-games road trip by going to the nation’s capitol, Washington, D.C. for a three-games series with the presently winless Nationals (0-6). The first game of the series will be played this afternoon at Nationals Park. Game time will be 3:05 pm Eastern. The Phillies’ starter will be Jamie Moyer, who will be trying to recover from his bad outing against the Braves on April 7, when he gave up four runs on eight hits and two walks, as he struck out two batters, as he pitched for five innings. His record is presently 0-1 with a 7.20 ERA. Moyer willing be trying to give the Phillies their first quality start by one of their starters. His opponent will be Daniel Cabrera, who lost his first start against the Marlins, as he went six innings, giving up five runs on seven hits, with an ERA of 7.50 in the Nationals’ 6-1 lost on April 8. He will be trying to give the Nationals their first win of the season.

Phillies’ eight-run seventh inning help lead to first victory of the season, 12-11, as Brad Lidge remains perfect in relief.

After trailing the Braves for the third straight game, the Phillies’ eight-run rally in the seventh inning lead to their first win of the 2009 season, as they defeat the Atlanta Braves, 12-11, ending the three-game series on a high note.

The Phillies began the afternoon by receiving their world series ring. After the ring ceremony, Joe Blanton started the game for the Phils, and right from the start was in for a long day as he gave up a two-out two-run home run to Brian McCann, his second home run of the young season, knocking in Yunel Escobar, who had earlier reached second base with a double, giving the Braves an early 2-0 lead. The Phils tied the game up in their half of the second as Raul Ibanez hit a two-run home run, his first homer as a Phil, and the team’s first home run of the season, scoring Ryan Howard, who had earlier doubled. The Braves retook the lead in the top of the third as they torched Blanton for five runs. After loading the bases via a single to Omar Infante, a walk to Kelly Johnson and another single to Escobar, with nobody out, McCann made the score 3-2 Braves by knocking in Infante with an RBI single, while moving Johnson and Escobar up to third and second respectively, leaving the bases loaded. After Casey Kotchman strikes out for the inning’ first out, Jeff Francoeur made it 5-2 Atlanta with a two-run single to center, knocking in both Johnson and Escobar, while McCann would move safely to third on Shane Victorino’s throw to home plate. Matt Diaz followed with a two-run double, scoring both Francoeur and McCann, giving the Braves a 7-2 lead. The Phils would get one of the runs back in the bottom half of the third, as Victorino, who had started the inning off with a triple, scored on an Infante throwing error of a Chase Utley ground ball to third base, making it 7-3 Atlanta. The Braves increased their lead to 9-3 in the fifth as rookie Jordan Schafer hit his second home run of his young career, a two-run shot to right, scoring Diaz, who had gotten on base earlier with a walk. Both runs came off of J.A. Happ, pitching in relief of Blanton, thus ending with one swing of the bat both the bullpen’s hitless and scoreless streak. The Braves added to their lead in the seventh, making it 10-3 Braves, as Chad Durbin gives up a bases loaded walk to Infante, forcing in Kotchman, who had earlier doubled and had moved over to third on Greg Norton’s walk, while moving Schafer to third, who had also walked, and moving Norton over to second base. Clay Condrey then came into the game in place of Durbin and got out of the inning by striking out Johnson. Now trailing 10-3, the offense decided to come to life. Victorino started off the Phils’ half of the seventh by grounding out, 5-3, for the inning’s first out. Utley followed with a single to center. Howard was then hit by the pitch, putting runners on first and second, as Utley moved up to second. The next batter, Jayson Werth, is then walked by Peter Moylan, who was pitching in relief of Eric O’Flaherty, loading the bases with still only one man out. Ibanez followed Werth with a single, knocking in Utley, as he collected his third RBI of the afternoon, making the score 10-4 Atlanta, while sending Howard over to third base, and Werth to second, leaving the bases loaded. Pedro Feliz then singled in Howard, making it 10-5 Braves, while Werth and Ibanez both moved up a base, leaving the bases loaded with Phils. Matt Stairs, pinch hitting for Carlos Ruiz, is given a four pitch walk, forcing in Werth with the third Phils’ run in the inning, reducing the Braves lead to 10-6, as the bases remained loaded. The next batter, pinch hitter Chris Coste, batting for Condrey, also walks, bringing home Ibanez, as the Phils now trailed 10-7, while the bases remained loaded for Jimmy Rollins, who became the ninth batter of the inning. Rollins received a four-pitch free pass, the third straight walk to a Phil batter, and the fourth walk of the inning, forcing in Feliz, as the bases stay loaded, making the score 10-8 Braves. The next batter, Victorino, followed with a single, scoring Stairs, making the score now 10-9 Atlanta, moving Coste and Rollins over to third and second base, respectively, as the bases remained loaded. The eleventh batter of the inning, Utley, walks, the fifth Phil to walk in the inning, tying the ballgame up at 10 all, as Coste crosses the plate, while Rollins and Victorino both moved up a base. Howard comes up to the plate, and with the count 1-1, hit the ball on a bounce towards Braves’ first baseman, Kotchman. Kotchman, having only one play, threw the ball over to relief pitcher Jorge Campillo, the fourth Braves reliever to pitch in the inning, who tagged the bag in front of Howard for the second out of the inning, as Rollins scored the go ahead run, giving the Phils their first lead of 2009, 11-10. Victorino and Utley both moved up a base on the play. Werth ended the inning by flying out to right. The Phils sent thirteen men to the plate, as they scored eight runs in the inning on four hits, five walks and a hit batter. Ryan Madson took over in the top of the eighth, pitching a strong 1-2-3 inning, throwing only seven pitches. The Phils added an insurance run in their half of the eighth, as Eric Bruntlett, pinch hitting for Madson, hit a sacrifice fly, scoring Ibanez, who had earlier walked and had gone to third on Feliz’s double, with nobody out, making it a 12-10 Phillies’ lead. In the ninth, Brad Lidge took the mound. Although he gave up a one-out solo home run to Diaz, his first home run of the season, Lidge recorded his first save of the 2009 season, as he struck out pinch hitter Garret Anderson for the final out, for the moment staying perfect in save opportunities as a Phil.

Joe Blanton received a no-decision as he got pummeled by the Braves, giving up seven runs on nine hits and two walks, while striking out six in four innings of work. J.A. Happ pitched two innings, giving up two runs on one hit and a walk, while he struck out two Braves. Chad Durbin pitched two-thirds of an inning, giving up a run on one hit and three walks. Clay Condrey received the win as he pitched a third of an inning, striking out the one man he would face. His record for 2009 is 1-0 with an ERA of 0.00. Ryan Madson pitched a 1-2-3 eighth inning, as he held the lead. Brad Lidge recorded his first save of the season as he pitched an inning, giving up a run on one hit, as he struck out one. Javier Vazquez also received a no-decision, as he pitched six innings for the Braves, giving up just three runs on five hits and four walks, as he struck out five batters. Eric O’Flaherty followed him, pitching only a third of an inning, as he gave up two runs on one hit. Peter Moylan pitched to four batters, getting none of them out, as he gave up four runs on two hits and two walks. Blaine Boyer took the lost as he faced only two batters, with both of them scoring, as he gave up two runs on no hits and two walks. Jorge Campillo blew the save, giving up a run on two hits and two walks, in two-thirds of an inning. Jeff Bennett pitched a scoreless inning, giving up a hit while striking out a batter.

The Phillies had eleven hits in the game, with Victorino, Utley, Ibanez and Feliz each getting two hits. Howard, Ruiz and Coste had the other three hits. Ibanez knocked in three runs, Utley brought home two, while Feliz, Stairs, Coste, Rollins, Victorino, Howard and Bruntlett each knocked in a run, with Bruntlett’s coming in on a sacrifice fly. The Phillies collected five extra-base hits in the game, three doubles (Howard, Utley and Feliz), a triple (Victorino) and a home run (Ibanez). After three games, Utley leads the team in hitting with a .364 batting average, followed by Ruiz with a pleasently surprising .333 average.

The Phils (1-2) are off today. Their next game will be on the road against the Colorado Rockies (2-1) in Denver, Colorado, at Coors Field. The game will start at 2:10 pm Mountain Time tomorrow afternoon. The Phillies will send to the mound their ace, Cole Hamels, who ended 2008 with a record of 14-10 in 33 starts with an ERA of 3.09 in the regular season. His record for this season is presently 0-0 with a -.– ERA. The Rockies will oppose him with Jason Marquis, who last season had a record of 11-9 for the Chicago Cubs, with an ERA of 4.53 in 29 games (28 of which were starts). His record for this season is also 0-0 with a -.– ERA. The Phillies will be trying to even their season record tomorrow.

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