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Phils lose their series with the Mets as they play three straight extra-innings games, winning the first game, before losing the last two.

Philadelphia_PhilliesThe Phils played three straight extra-innings games with the Mets, winning the first one by the score of 6-5 in fourteeninnings, before losing the second one, also played in fourteen innings, by the score of 5-4, and then the final one in eleven innings by the score of 4-3.

On Friday night, the Mets took the lead in the top of the second as, with two men on, and with nobody out, Lucas Duda hits an RBI double, knocking in Curtis Granderson, who had started the inning off with a walk, then moved up to second base on Bobby Abreu’s walk, giving the Mets a 1-0 lead, while sending Abreu, who had just walked, over to third base. The Mets then took a 2-0 lead as Travis d’Arnaud hits an RBI ground out, 4-3, scoring Abreu, while sending Duda up to third base. The Mets then made it a 3-0 lead as Ruben Tejada hits an RBI single, scoring Duda. The Phils got a run back in the bottom of the third as, with runners on the corners, and with one man out, Chase Utley hits an RBI ground out, 4-3, knocking in A.J. Burnett, who had started the inning off with a single, moved up to second base on Jimmy Rollins’ single, before moving up to third base on right fielder Abreu’s fielding error, making it a 3-1 Mets’ lead, while sending Rollins, who had just singled, up to second base. The Phils’ took the lead in the bottom of the fourth as, with two men on, and with nobody out, Dom Brown hits a three-run home run, his fourth home run of the season, knocking in Marlon Byrd, who had started the inning off with a walk, then moved up to second base on Carlos Ruiz’s single, and Ruiz, who had just singled, giving the Phils a 4-3 lead. The Mets retook the lead in the top of the fifth as, with two men on, and with two men out, Abreu hits a two-run double, scoring Juan Lagares, who had started the inning off with a single, then moved up to second base on Daniel Murphy’s walk, and Murphy, who had just walked, giving the Mets a 5-4 lead. The Phils tied the game up at five-all in their half of the fifth as, with two men on, and with one man out, Brown hits into an RBI ground out, 6-3, knocking in Byrd, who had earlier walked, then stopped at third base on Ruiz’s double, while sending Ruiz, who had just doubled, on to third base. The Phils would win the game in the bottom of the fourteenth as, with the bases loaded, via Byrd reaching first base on right fielder Chris Young’s fielding error of his fly ball, before going on to second base on the error, a single by Ruiz, sending Byrd up to third base, and an intentional walk to pinch-hitter Cesar Hernandez, moving Ruiz up to second base, and with nobody out, Reid Brignac hits an RBI single, knocking in Byrd with the winning run, giving the Phils a 6-5 walk-off win.

A. J. Burnett received a no-decision as he pitched seven innings, giving up five runs on five hits and six walks, while striking out eleven. Jake Diekman, Mike Adams, Jonathan Papelbon, Antonio Bastardo and Mario Hollands combined for five scoreless innings, giving up three hits (Diekman (1), Papelbon (2)) and three walks (Adams) between them, while striking out six (Diekman (1), Adams (1), Papelbon (1), Bastardo (2), Hollands (1)). Justin De Fratus (1-0, 3.86) got the win as he threw two scoreless innings, walking a batter, while striking out two. Rafael Montero pitched only three and two-thirds innings, giving up four runs, three of which were earned, on seven hits and two walks. Daisuke Matsuzaka pitched an inning and a third, giving up a run on a hit and two walks, while striking out one. Josh Edgin, Jeurys Familia, Scott Rice, Carlos Torres and Vic Black combined for eight scoreless innings, giving up four hits (Familia (1), Rice (1), Black (2)) and four walks (Familia (1), Torres (1), Black (2)) between them, while striking out eight (Familia (3), Rice (1), Torres (2), Black (2)). Jenrry Mejia (4-2, 3.97) took the lost as he pitched to four batters, getting none of them out, as he gave up a run on three hits and a walk.

The Phils had fourteen hits in the game, with Carlos Ruiz leading the team with four hits, three singles and a double, followed by Jimmy Rollins (Singles) and Reid Brignac (Singles, RBI) with two hits each. Ben Revere (Single), Chase Utley (Single, RBI), Marlon Byrd (Single), Dom Brown (Home Run, 4 RBIs), John Mayberry, Jr. (Single) and A.J. Burnett (Single), had the other six Phils’ hits. The Phils also had nine walks (Rollins (2), Utley, Byrd (2), Ruiz, Brignac (2), Hernandez) and a stolen base (Rollins (7)) in the game.

On Saturday afternoon, the Mets took the lead in the top of the first as, with runners on the corners, and with two men out, Bobby Abreu hits an RBI single, knocking in Chris Young, who had started the game off with a single, moved up to second base on Daniel Murphy’s single, then went to third base on Curtis Granderson’s fly out to center, giving the Mets a 1-0 lead, while sending Murphy, who had earlier singled, up to third base. The Mets then took a 2-0 lead as, with runners once again on the corners, and with still two men out, Lucas Duda hits an RBI double, scoring Murphy, while sending Abreu up to third base. The Mets then made it a 3-0 lead in the top of the fourth as, with two men out, Ruben Tejada hits a solo home run, his first home run of the season. The Mets added to their lead in the top of the sixth as, with two men on, and with two men out, Tejada hits an RBI single, knocking in Abreu, who had earlier doubled, giving the Mets a 4-0 lead, while sending Duda, who had been intentionally walked, up to third base, while Tejada would move up to second base on the late throw to the plate. The Phils got on the scoreboard in the bottom of the seventh as, with two men on, and with nobody out, Ryan Howard hits a three-run home run, his tenth home run of the season, knocking in Jimmy Rollins, who had started the inning off with a single, then moved up to second base on Chase Utley’s walk, and Utley, who had just walked, making it a 4-3 Mets’ lead. The Phils tied the game up at four-all in the bottom of the ninth as, with a runner on second, and with nobody out, Dom Brown hits an RBI single, knocking in Marlon Byrd, who had lead-off the inning with a ground-rule double. The Mets retook the lead in the top of the fourteenth as, with two men on, and with two men out, David Wright hits an RBI single, knocking in Tejada, who had started the inning off with a walk, then moved up to second base on pinch-hitter Juan Legares’ sacrifice bunt, 5-4, giving the Mets a 5-4 lead, while sending Young, who had been intentionally walked, up to second base. That would end up being the final score as Carlos Torres collected his second save of the season as he threw a scoreless inning, striking out Utley, swinging, for the game’s final out.

Kyle Kendrick received a no-decision as he pitched six innings, giving up four runs on eight hits and two walks, striking out five. Mario Hollands, Jake Diekman, Jonathan Papelbon and Jeff Manship (before getting injured) threw eight scoreless innings giving up two hits (Hollands (1), Papelbon (1)) and three walks (Hollands (2), Diekman (1)) between them, while striking out eight (Hollands (1), Papelbon (1), Manship (6)). Antonio Bastardo (3-3, 3.86) took the lost as he pitched an inning, giving up a run on a hit and two walks. Jacob deGrom also received a no-decision as he went six and a third innings, giving up three runs on three hits and two walks, while striking out eleven. Josh Edgin pitched a third of an inning, getting out the only man whom he would face. Daisuke Matsuzaka pitched a scoreless inning, giving up a hit, while striking out a batter. Scott Rice pitched a third of an inning, walking a batter, while striking out one. Jeurys Familia pitched two innings, giving up a run on three hits and a walk, while striking out two. Buddy Carlyle (1-0, 0.00) got the win as he pitched three scoreless innings, giving up two hits and a walk. Carlos Torres received his second save of the season as he pitched a scoreless inning, giving up a hit and a walk, while striking out two.

The Phils had ten hits in the game, with Ben Revere (Single, Triple), Ryan Howard (Single, Home Run, 3 RBIs) and Carlos Ruiz (Singles) all leading the team with two hits each. Jimmy Rollins (Single), Chase Utley (Single), Marlon Byrd (Double) and Dom Brown (Single, RBI) had the other four Phils’ hits. The Phils also had six walks (Rollins, Utley (2), Byrd, Brown, Reid Brignac), a stolen Base (Revere (15)), a sacrifice bunt (Cesar Hernandez) and a runner caught stealing (Brown (1)) in the ballgame.

On Sunday afternoon, the Mets took the lead in the fourth as, with runners on the corners, and with nobody out, Chris Young hits a sacrifice fly to the third baseman in foul territory, scoring David Wright, who had started the inning off with a double, then stopped at third base on Eric Campbell’s single, giving the Mets a 1-0 lead. The Phils took the lead in their half of the fourth as, with one man on, and with one man out, Ryan Howard hits a two-run home run, his eleventh home run of the season, knocking in Carlos Ruiz, who had just doubled, giving the Phils a 2-1 lead. The Mets tied the game up at two-all in the top of the sixth as, with runners on the corners, and with nobody out, Curtis Granderson hits a sacrifice fly to right, scoring Campbell, who had started the inning off with a double, then moved up to third base on shortstop’s Jimmy Rollins’ fielding error of Chris Young’s grounder. The Mets took the lead in the top of the eleventh as, with a runner on first, and with two men out, Lucas Duda hits a two-run home run, his eighth home run of the year, knocking in Travis d’Arnaud, who had just walked. The Phils would get a run back in their half of the eleventh as, with one man out, Marlon Byrd hits a solo home run, his eight home run of the season, making it a 4-3 Mets’ lead. That would end up being the final score as Jenrry Mejia collected his sixth save of the season by getting Howard to ground out, 3-unassisted, for the game’s final out.

Cole Hamels received a no-decision as he pitched seven innings, giving up two runs, only one of which was earned, on six hits and four walks, while he struck out eight. Cesar Jimenez, Jonathan Papelbon and Justin De Fratus combined for three scoreless innings, giving up a hit (Jimenez) between them, while striking out three (one batter each). Phillippe Aumont (0-1, 18.00) took the lost as he pitched an inning, giving up two runs on a hit and a walk, striking out two. Jon Niese also received a no-decision as he pitched eight innings, giving up two runs on eight hits and a walk, while striking out six. Scott Rice and Vic Black pitched a scoreless inning. Josh Edgin (1-0, 1.59) got the win as he threw a 1-2-3 inning, striking out the side. Jenrry Mejia received his sixth save of the season as he pitched an inning, giving up a run on a hit.

The Phils had nine hits in the game with Carlos Ruiz leading the team with two hits, a single and a double. Ben Revere (Single), Jimmy Rollins (Single), Marlon Byrd (Home Run, RBI), Ryan Howard (Home Run, 2 RBIs), Cesar Hernandez (Single), Cole Hamels (Single) and pinch-hitter Dom Brown (Single) had the other seven Phils’ hits. The Phils also had a walk (Revere) and a sacrifice bunt (Reid Brignac), while the defense committed two errors (Rollins (4), Brignac (1)) and performed a double play.

The Phils (24-30, 5th) conclude their five-game series with the Mets (27-29, 4th) with a game already in progress.

The Phils start their series with the Mets on a losing note, losing 4-1.

Philadelphia_PhilliesThe bats are once again silenced, as the Phils lose to the Mets, 4-1.

The Mets took the lead in the top of the second as, with the bases loaded via a lead-off bunt single by Lucas Duda, a single by Chris Young, moving Duda up to second base and an infield single by Wilmer Flores, moving up both runners, and with nobody out, Travis d’Arnaud hits into a 6-4-3 double play, wiping Flores out at second base for the inning’s first out, scoring Duda, giving the Mets a 1-0 lead, while sending Young up to third base. The Mets then took a 3-0 lead in the top of the fourth as, with one man on, and with one man out, Young hits a two-run home run, his fourth home run of the season, knocking in Curtis Granderson, who has started the inning off with a walk. The Mets then added to their lead in the top of the fifth as, with the bases loaded, via a lead-off single Zack Wheeler, a force attempt error by third baseman Cesar Hernandez on Juan Lagares’ gounder, which allowed Wheeler to safely reach second base, while Lagares would be safe at first, and a fielder choice’s grounder by David Wright to third baseman Hernandez, which would end up with Wheeler and Lagares both moving up a base, while Wright would be safe at first, and with one man out, Granderson would force in a run with a walk, forcing in Wheeler, giving the Mets a 4-0 lead, while both runners would move up a base. The Phils would finally get on the scoreboard in the bottom of the seventh as, with one man out, Marlon Byrd would hit a solo home run, his seventh home run of the season, making it a 4-1 Mets’ lead. That would end up being the final score as Jenrry Mejia collected his fifth save of the season by throwing a 1-2-3 ninth, as he struck out the side.

David Buchanan (1-1, 3.86) took the lost as he pitched six and two-thirds inning, giving up four runs, three of which were earned, on seven hits and two walks, while striking out two. Mario Hollands pitched an inning and a third, giving up a walk, while striking out three. Justin De Fratus pitched a third of an inning, giving up a hit. Antonio Bastardo pitched two-thirds of an inning, giving up a walk. Zack Wheeler (2-5, 4.31) got the win as he went six and a third innings, giving up a run on four hits, while striking out nine. Scott Rice received his sixth hold of the year as he pitched a third of an inning, getting out the only man that he would face. Vic Black collected his first hold of the year as he pitched one and a third scoreless innings, striking out three. Jenrry Mejia received his fifth save of the season as he threw a 1-2-3 inning, striking out three.

The Phils had only four hits in the game, a single by Ben Revere, a solo home run by Marlon Byrd (RBI), a double by Carlos Ruiz and a single by Cesar Hernandez. The Phils had a stolen base (Revere (14)) in the game, while the defense committed an error (Hernandez (2)) and performed two double plays.

The Phils (23-28, 5th) continue their series with the Mets (25-28, 4th) with a night game tonight. The game will be played at Citizens Bank Park and will start at 7:o5 pm EDT. The Phils will send to the mound A.J. Burnett (3-4, 3.71), who is coming off a lost to the Dodgers on May 25, as he went seven innings, giving up six runs, four of which were earned, on eleven hits and a walk, while striking out three, in the Phils’ 6-0 lost. He will be trying to even up his record. The Mets will counter with Rafeal Montero (0-2, 4.96), who is coming of a no-decision against the D-backs on May 25, as he went six innings, giving up a run on two hits and three walks, while striking out ten, in the Mets’ 2-1 lost. He will be trying for his first win of 2o14. The Phils will be trying to get back on the winning track tonight.

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

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

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

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

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

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

The Phils win the first two games in their weekend series with the Mets, 3-2 and 5-4, before losing the final game in extra-innings by the score of 5-4.

Philadelphia_PhilliesThe Phils take the series from the Mets, winning the first two games by the score of 3-2 in extra-innings, and 5-4, by scoring the winning run in the top of the ninth, before losing the final game of the series to the Mets in extra-innings by the score of 5-4.

On Friday night, the Mets took the lead in the bottom of the first as, with two men on, and with one man out, Curtis Granderson hits an RBI double, knocking in Daniel Murphy, who had earlier singled, then stopped at second base on David Wright’s single, giving the Mets a 1-0 lead, while sending Wright, who had just singled, up to third base. The Phils tied the game up at one-all in the top of the third as, with runners on the corners, and with one man out, Dom Brown hits an RBI single, knocking in Chase Utley, who had started the inning off with a double, then moved up to third base on Ryan Howard’s line out to right, while sending Marlon Byrd, who has just walked, up to second base. The Phils took the lead in the top of the fifth as, with a runner on second, and with two men out, Brown hits an RBI single, knocking in Utley, who had started the inning off being hit by a pitch, then stole second base, giving the Phils a 2-1 lead. The Mets tied the game up at two-all in the bottom of the eighth as, with one man on, and with two men out, Wright hits an RBI double, scoring Murphy, who had just walked. The Phils regained the lead in the top of the eleventh as, with two men on, and with one man out, Byrd hits an RBI double, knocking in Utley, who had earlier doubled, giving the Phils a 3-2 lead, while sending Howard, who had just been intentionally walked, over to third base. That would end up being the final score as Jonathan Papelbon collected his tenth save of the season by pitching a 1-2-3 inning, getting Chris Young to fly out to center field for the game’s final out.

Roberto Hernandez received a no-decision as he pitched five innings, giving up a run on six hits, three walks and a hit batter, while striking out four. Jake Diekman received his fourth hold of the season as he pitched a scoreless inning, giving up a hit and a walk, while striking out two. Mike Adams received his third hold of the year as he threw a scoreless inning, giving up a hit, while striking out two. Antonio Bastardo blew his first save of the season as he pitched two innings, giving up a run on a hit and a walk, while striking out two. Mario Hollands (1-1, 4.85) got the win, his first major league win, as he pitched a scoreless inning, giving up a hit, while striking out a batter. Jonathan Papelbon received his tenth save of the year as he threw a 1-2-3 inning, striking out a batter. Jenrry Mejia also received a no-decision as he went four and two-thirds innings, giving up two runs on six hits and three walks, while striking out four. Daisuke Matsuzaka pitched an inning and a third, giving up three walks and a wild pitch, while striking out three. Juerys Familia also pitched an inning and a third, giving up a hit and a walk, while striking out two. Scott Rice pitched two-thirds of an inning, giving up a walk. Kyle Farnsworth and Jose Valverde combined for two scoreless innings, giving up a walk (Farnsworth) between them, while striking out a batter (Valverde). Carlos Torres (2-2, 3.15) took the lost as he pitched an inning, giving up a run on two hits, two walks and a hit batter, while striking out two.

The Phils had nine hits in the game, with Chase Utley (Single, 2 Doubles) leading the team with three hits, followed by Dom Brown (Single, Double, 2 RBIs) with two hits. Ben Revere, Ryan Howard, Marlon Byrd (RBI) and Carlos Ruiz had the other four Phils’ hits, all singles. The Phils also had eleven walks (Revere, Jimmy Rollins (2), Howard (1), Byrd (2), Brown (1), Ruiz (2), Cody Asche (2)), three stolen bases (Ruiz (2), Utley (1), Brown (2)) and a hit batter (Utley), while the defense had committed an error (Rollins).

On Saturday night, the Phils took a quick 1-0 lead in the top of the first as, with runners on the corners, and with nobody out, Chase Utley hits a sacrifice fly, knocking in Ben Revere, who had started the game off with a single, stole second base, then went to third base on Jimmy Rollins’ single. The Phils then added to their lead three batters later as, with the bases now loaded, as Ryan Howard hits a double, moving Rollins up to third base, and Marlon Byrd was hit by the pitch, and with still one man out, Dom Brown hits an RBI single, knocking in Rollins, while moving both Howard and Byrd up a base, giving the Phils a 2-0 lead. The Mets quickly tied the game up at two-all in their half of the first as, with one man on, and with one man out, David Wright hits a two-run home run, his second home run of the season, knocking in Juan Lagares, who had started the inning off by being hit by a pitch. The Phils retook the lead in the top of the second as, with two men out, Rollins hits a solo home run, his fourth home run of the year, giving the Phils a 3-2 lead. The Mets tied the game at three-all in the bottom of the sixth as, with two men on, and with nobody out, Wright hits an RBI double, knocking in Lagares, who had started the inning off with a walk, then stopped at second base on Daniel Murphy’s single, while sending Murphy, who had just singled, up to third base. The Mets then took the lead three batters later, after Chris Young had walked to load up the bases, and with now one man out, pinch-hitter Eric Campbell hits a sacrifice fly, scoring Murphy, giving the Mets a 4-3 lead. The Phils would tie the game up at four-all in the top of the seventh as, with a runner on second, and with one man out, Utley hits an RBI double, knocking in Rollins, who had earlier singled, then moved up to second base on pitcher Scott Rice’s wild pitch. The Phils took the lead in the top of the ninth as, with runners on the corners, and with two men out, Howard hits an RBI single, knocking in Rollins, who had earlier walked, then moved up to third base on Utley’s single, giving the Phils a 5-4 lead, while sending Utley, who had just singled, up to second base. That would end up being the final score as Jonathan Papelbon recorded his eleventh save of the season with a scoreless ninth, getting Wright to pop out to first base for the game’s final out.

Kyle Kendrick received a no-decision as he pitched five and a third innings, giving up four runs on four hits, two walks and a hit batter, while striking out four. Jake Diekman pitched one and two-thirds innings, giving up a hit, while striking out two. Mike Adams (2-1, 4.70) got the win as he pitched two scoreless innings, giving up two hits and a walk, while striking out one. Jonathan Papelbon received his eleventh save of the year as he pitched a scoreless inning, giving up a walk, while striking out a batter. Dillon Gee also received a no-decision as he pitched six innings, giving up three runs on six hits, a walk and two hit batters, while striking out one. Scott Rice received his second blown save of the season as he pitched two-thirds of an inning, giving up a run on three hits and a wild pitch. Juerys Familia pitched a third of an inning, striking out the only man whom he would face. Carlos Torres pitched a 1-2-3 inning. Kyle Farnsworth (0-3, 3.38) took the lost as he pitched an inning, giving up a run on two hits and a walk, while striking out a batter.

The Phils collected eleven hits in the game, with Ryan Howard (3 Singles, Double, RBI) leading the team with four hits, followed by Jimmy Rollins (2 Singles, Home Run, RBI) with three hits and Chase Utley (Single, Double, 2 RBIs) with two hits. Ben Revere and Dom Brown (RBI) had the other two Phils’ hits, both singles. The Phils also had two walks (Rollins, Cody Asche), two hit batters (Byrd, Utley), a stolen base (Revere (12)), and a caught stealing (Utley) in the game.

On Sunday afternoon, the Mets took the lead in the bottom of the first as, with runners on the corners, and with nobody out, David Wright hits an RBI single, scoring Eric Young, Jr., who had started the inning off with a single, stole second base, then went to third base on catcher Wil Nieves’ throwing error, giving the Mets a 1-0 lead, while sending Daniel Murphy, who had just walked, up to third base. The Phils tied the game up at one-all in the top of the second as, with a runner on second, and with two men out, Cody Asche hits an RBI double, knocking in Nieves, who had just doubled. The Phils took the lead in the top of the fourth as, with runners on second and third, and with nobody out, Ryan Howard, who had started the inning off with a single, then stopped at third base on Marlon Byrd’s double, would score on Dom Brown’s fielder’s choice ground ball to first baseman Eric Campbell, by going around catcher Anthony Recker to tag home plate, giving the Phils a 2-1 lead, while Byrd would move up to third base, putting runners on the corners. One batter later, the Phils’ made it a  3-1 lead as Nieves hits an RBI ground out, 3-unassisted, scoring Byrd, while sending Brown up to second base. The Phils added to their lead in the top of the ninth as, with one man on, and with two men out, Chase Utley hits an RBI triple, knocking in Rollins, who had just walked, giving the Phils a 4-1 lead. The Mets got two runs back in their half of the ninth as, with one man on, and with nobody out, Murphy hits a two-run home run, his second home run of the season, knocking in E. Young, who had started the inning off with a double, making it a 4-3 Phils’ lead. The Mets tied the game up at four-all three batters later as, with runners on the corners, via a double by Chris Young, and an infield single by Bobby Abreu, moving C. Young up to third base, and with one man out, Lagares hits into an RBI ground out, 6-3, knocking in C. Young, while sending Abreu up to second base. The Mets would win the game in the bottom of the eleventh as, with the bases loaded, via a lead-off single by C. Young, a sacrifice bunt by pinch-hitter Zack Wheeler, 1-4, moving C. Young up to second base, an intentional walk to Lagares, an infield single by Recker, moving up both runners, and with one man out, Ruben Tejada hits an RBI single, scoring C. Young for the 5-4, extra-innings, walk-off win.

Cole Hamels received a no-decision as he pitched seven innings, giving up a run on seven hits and three walks, while striking out ten. Mario Hollands collected his second hold of the season as he pitched a scoreless inning, giving up a hit and a walk, while striking out one. Antonio Bastardo collected his fifth hold of the season as he pitched a third of an inning, giving up three runs on three hits, while striking out a batter. Roberto Hernandez received his first blown save of the season as he pitched two-thirds of an inning, giving up a hit, while he struck out a batter. Jeff Manship (1-1, 5.40) took the lost as he pitched an inning and a third, giving up a run on four hits and two walks. Jon Niese also received a no-decision as he threw six innings, giving up three runs on eight hits and a walk, while striking out six. Daisuke Matsuzaka pitched two scoreless innings, walking two and hitting one, while striking out two. Jose Valverde pitched an inning, giving up a run on one hit and two walks, while striking out one. Juerys Familia pitched a scoreless inning, giving up a walk, while striking out one. Scott Rice (1-1. 6.o0) got the win as he threw a scoreless inning, hitting a batter.

The Phils had nine hits in the game, with Marlon Byrd (Single, Double), Wil Nieves (Single, Double, 2 RBIs) and Cody Asche (Single, Double, RBI) leading the team with two hits each. Jimmy Rollins (Double), Chase Utley (Triple, RBI) and Ryan Howard (Single), had the other three Phils’ hits. The Phils also had six walks (Rollins (3), Howard, Byrd, Asche), two hit batters (Nieves, Utley) and a stolen base (Nieves) in the game, while the defense committed an error (Nieves).

The Phils (17-19, T-4th) have the day off.

The Phils get swept by the Blue Jays as they lose the final game of the home-home interleague play series, 12-6.

Philadelphia_PhilliesThe Phils lose their 20,000th game as a franchise as they end up getting swept by the Jays as they lose the final game of the home-home interleague play series, 12-6.

The Phils took the lead in the top of the second as, with a runner on second, and with nobody out, Dom Brown hits an RBI double, knocking in Marlon Byrd, who had started the inning off with a single, then moved up to second base on catcher Josh Thole’s passed ball, giving the Phils a 1-0 lead. The Blue Jays tied the game up at 1-all in their half of the second as Edwin Encarnacion hits a lead-off home run, his fifth home run of the season. The Blue Jays took the lead two batters later as, with a runner on third, and with still nobody out, Adam Lind hits into an RBI ground out, 3-1, knocking in Juan Francisco, who had earlier doubled, then moved up to third base on pitcher A.J. Burnett’s wild pitch, giving the Blue Jays a 2-0 lead. The Blue Jays then took a 3-0 lead one batter later as, with now one man out, Colby Rasmus hits a solo home run, his ninth home run of the year. The Blue Jays increased their lead in the bottom of the third as, with a runner on third, and with one man out, Jose Bautista hits a sacrifice fly to center, scoring Jose Reyes, who had started the inning off with a ground-rule double, then stole third base, giving the Blue Jays a 4-1 lead. The Phils would get a run back in the top of the fifth as, with a runner on second, and with nobody out, Jimmy Rollins hits an RBI single, knocking in Tony Gwynn, Jr., who had started the inning off with a walk, then moved up to second base on pitcher R.A. Dickey’s wild pitch, making it a 4-2 Blue Jays’ lead. The Blue Jays would get the run back in their half of the fifth as, with a man on third, and with one man out, Bautista hits an RBI ground out, 6-3, knocking in Reyes, who was hit by a pitch, after the original ball call was overturned, then stole second base, his second steal of the night, then moved up to third base on Wil Nieves’ passed ball, giving the Blue Jays a 5-2 lead. The Blue Jays then took a 7-2 lead in the bottom of the sixth as, with one man on, and with nobody out, Lind hits a two-run home run, his second home run of the season, knocking in Francisco, who had started the inning off with a walk. The Phils would get a run back in the top of the seventh as, with a runner on third, and with one man out, Chase Utley hits an RBI triple, knocking in Rollins, who had earlier doubled, then moved up to third base on Aaron Loup’s wild pitch, making it a 7-3 Blue Jays’ lead. The Blue Jays increased their lead in their half of the seventh as, with one man on, and with two men out, Encarnacion hits a two-run home run, his sixth home run of the season, and his second of the night, knocking in Bautista, who had just singled, giving the Blue Jays a 9-3 lead. The Blue Jays then made it a 10-3 lead one batter later as Francisco hits a solo home run, his fifth home run of the season. The Blue Jays added to their lead in the bottom of the eighth as, with runners on the corners, and with two men out, Melky Cabrera hits a two-run double, knocking in Steve Tolleson, who had started the inning off with a walk, moved up to second base on second baseman’s Jayson Nix’s fielding error of Chris Getz’s grounder, then stopped at third base on Reyes’ force out, 4-6, as Getz is thrown out at second base for the inning’s second out, and Reyes, who was safe at first base on the force out, beating the throw home, giving the Blue Jays’ a 12-3 lead, before moving up to third base on the throw home. The Phils would get a run back in the top of the ninth as, with a runner on second, and with two men out, Ben Revere hits a single to right which right fielder Tolleson would boot for a fielding error, allowing Freddy Galvis, who had started the inning off with a walk, then moved up to second base on pitcher Esmil Rogers’ wild pitch, to score, making it a 12-4 Blue Jays’ lead. The Phils then made it a 12-6 Blue Jays’ lead one batter later, after Revere has stolen second base, as Ryan Howard hits a two-run home run, his seventh home run of the year, knocking in Revere. That would end being the final score as Rogers would strike out Nix, swinging, for the game’s final out.

A.J. Burnett (2-2, 2.90) took the lost as he pitched six innings, giving up seven runs, six of which were earned, on nine hits, two walks, a hit batter, a wild pitch and a passed ball, while striking out four. Luis Garcia pitched two innings, giving up five runs, three of which were earned, on four hits and a walk, while striking out two. R.A. Dickey (3-3, 4.91) got the win as he threw six and one-third innings, giving up three runs on seven hits, three walks, a wild pitch and a passed ball, while striking out eight. Aaron Loup pitched a third of an inning, giving up a hit and a wild pitch, while striking out a batter. Marcus Stroman pitched a scoreless inning and a third, striking out a batter. Esmil Rogers pitched an inning, giving up three runs on two hits, a walk and a wile pitch, while striking out two.

The  Phils had ten hits in the game, with Jimmy Rollins (Single, Double, RBI), Chase Utley (Double, Triple, RBI) and Marlon Byrd (Single, Double) all leading the team with two hits apiece. Ryan Howard (Home Run, 2 RBIs), Dom Brown (Double, RBI), Wil Nieves (Single) and Ben Revere (Single), would have the other four Phils’ hits. The final Phil run came in on an error. The Phils also had four walks (Tony Gwynn, Jr., Brown, Cody Asche, Freddy Galvis), and a stolen base (Revere (11)) in the game, while the defense committed an error (Jayson Nix (2)), a passed ball (Nieves), caught a runner stealing (Burnett/Nieves), as well as perform two doubleplays.

The Phils (15-18, 5th) will start a three-game series with the Mets (16-17, 4th). The game will be played at Citi Field, and will start at 7:10 pm. The Phils will start Roberto Hernandez (2-1, 4.50), who is coming off a win against the Nats on May 4, as he pitched seven and a third innings, giving up four hits and three walks, while striking out three, in the Phils’ 1-0 win. He’ll be trying to stop the Phils’ four-game losing streak. The Mets will counter with Jenrry Mejia (3-0, 5.23), who is coming off a no-decision against the Rockies on May 3, as he went four and a third innings, giving up eight runs on nine hits and two walks, while striking out three, in the Mets’ 11-10 lost. He will be trying to add to the Phils’ present woes. The Phils will be trying to end their present losing streak.

Major League Baseball had announced yesterday…

Philadelphia_Philliesthat yesterday’s Phils-Mets rainout will be made up on Monday, June 2 at 7:05 pm EDT, turning their four-game series at Citizens Bank Park into a five-game series (May 29-June 2).

The Phils drop back to .500 as they lose to the Mets, 6-1.

Philadelphia_PhilliesThe Phils fall back to .500 as Cole Hamels had an awful start in the rain as the Phils lose to the Mets, 6-1.

The Mets took the lead in the top of the third as, with a runner on third, and with one man out, Daniel Murphy hits an RBI single, knocking in Ruben Tejada, who had started the inning off with a double, then stopped at third base on Jon Niese’s sacrifice bunt, 1-4, giving the Mets a 1-0 lead. The Mets added to their lead in the top of the fourth as, with two men on, and with one man out, Josh Satin hits an RBI single, knocking in Chris Young, who had earlier walked, then moved up to second base on Cole Hamel’s wild pitch, giving the Mets a 2-0 lead, while sending Curtis Granderson, who had just walked, up to third base. The Mets increased their lead three batters later as, now with the bases loaded, via a walk to Tejada, moving Young up to second base, and with two men out, Niese had an RBI walk, forcing in Granderson, giving the Mets a 3-0 lead, while both runners moved up a base. The Phils would get a run back in their half of the third as, with two men out, Marlon Byrd hits a solo home run, his third home run of the year, making it a 3-1 Mets’ lead. The Mets would get that run back in the top of the fifth as, with one man on, and with one man out, Young hits an RBI double, scoring Murphy, who had started the inning off with a single, giving the Mets a 4-1 lead. The Mets then took a 6-1 lead four batters later as, with the bases loaded, via Satin being hit by a pitch, and Travis d’Arnaud receiving a walk, moving up both runners, and with two men out, Tejada hits a two-run single, knocking in Young and Satin, while sending d’Arnaud up to second base. That would end up being the final score as Jose Valverde pitched a scoreless inning, getting Dom Brown to fly out to right for the game’s final out.

Cole Hamel (0-2, 6.75) took the lost in one of his worst pitching performances, as he went only four and two-thirds innings, giving up six runs on eight hits, five costly walks, a hit batter and a wild pitch, while striking out only three. Roberto Hernandez pitched a third of an inning, striking out the only man whom he would face. Mario Hollands, Jeff Manship and Shawn Camp combined for four scoreless innings, giving up a hit (Camp) between them, while striking out two (Hollands). Jon Niese (2-2, 2.20) got the win as he threw seven innings, giving up a run on four hits and a walk, while striking out five. Jose Valverde threw a scoreless inning, giving up a hit.

The Phils had only five hits in the game, with Ryan Howard leading the team with two hits, a single and a double. Chase Utley (Single), Marlon Byrd (Home Run, RBI) and Carlos Ruiz (Single), had the other three Phils’ hits. The Phils also had a walk (Ruiz) and a stolen base (Ben Revere (10)) in the ballgame, while the defense performed two douleplays.

The Phils (13-13, 4th) next game will be this Friday night against the Nats (15-12, 3rd), as tonight’s game with the Mets has been rained out, with a make-up date yet to be determined, and they have the day off tomorrow.

The bullpen lets the Phils down after the offense rallies in the bottom of the eighth, as the Phils lose to the Braves, 9-6.

Philadelphia_PhilliesAn eighth inning rally is wasted by the bullpen as it couldn’t hold onto the lead in the top of the ninth, as the Phils lose to the Braves, 9-6.

The Phils took the lead in the bottom of the second as, with nobody out, Ryan Howard hits a lead-off home run, his third home run of the season, giving the Phils a 1-0 lead. The Braves took the lead in the top of the sixth as, with one man on, and with one man out, Evan Gattis hits a two-run home run, his second home run of the season, scoring Freddie Freeman, who had started the inning off with a walk, giving the Braves a 2-1 lead. The Braves added to their lead in the top of the eighth as, with nobody out, Gattis hits a lead-off home run, his third home run of the season, and his second home run of the game, giving the Braves a 3-1 lead. The Braves then took a 4-1 lead as Dan Uggla followed with a solo home run of his own, his first home run of the season. The Brave then made it a 5-1 lead as Andrelton Simmons followed with a solo home run, his second home run of the season. The Phils then came back in their half of the eighth as, with the bases loaded, via a lead-off walk by Tony Gwynn, Jr., a single by Jimmy Rollins, with Gwynn stopping at second base, and a single by the still-red hot Chase Utley, with both runners moving up a base, and with one man out, Marlon Byrd hits a two-run single, scoring both Gwynn and Rollins, cutting the Braves’ lead down to 5-3, while sending Utley up to second base. One batter later, after Utley has moved up to third base on pitcher Luis Avilan’s wild pitch, the Phils took the lead as Dom Brown hits a three-run home run, his first home run of the season, knocking in Utley and Byrd. The Braves would retake the lead in the top of the ninth as, with the bases loaded, via a walk to B.J. Upton, Freeman reaching base on a fielder’s choice ground ball, as Upton’s beat Utley’s throw to second base, and a walk to Justin Upton, moving up both runners, and with one man out, Uggla hits a grand-slam home run, his second home run of the season, and of the game, giving the Braves a 9-6 lead, scoring B.J. Upton, Freeman and J. Upton. That would end up being the final score as David Carpenter collected his first save of the year as he pitched a scoreless ninth, getting Utley to ground out, 3-unassisted, to end the game.

Roberto Hernandez received a no-decision as he pitched six innings, giving up two runs on four hits and six walks, while striking out three. Mario Hollands pitched a scoreless inning, giving up a walk, while striking out one. B.J. Rosenberg pitched to three batters, getting no one out, as he gave up three runs on three hits, all home runs. Luis Garcia pitched an inning, striking out a batter. Jake Diekman blew his second save of the year, before taking the lost (1-1, 8.59) as he pitched an inning, giving up four runs on two hits and two walks, while striking out three. Ervin Santana also received a no-decision as he threw six innings, giving up a run on four hits and two walks, while striking out eleven. Ian Thomas received his first hold of the year as he pitched two-thirds of an inning, getting out both men whom he would face. Anthony Varvaro would also receive his first hold of the season as he went a third of an inning, striking out the only man whom he would face. Luis Avilan (3-1, 13.50) got the win as he pitched an inning, giving up five runs on four hits, a walk and a wild pitch, while striking out a batter. David Carpenter received his first save of the season as he threw a scoreless inning, giving up a walk, while striking out a batter.

The Phils had eight hits in the game, with Chase Utley (Single, Double) and Marlon Byrd (Double, Single, 2 RBIs) both leading the team with two hits each. Tony Gwynn, Jr. (Single), Jimmy Rollins (Single), Ryan Howard (Home Run, RBI) and Dom Brown (Home Run, 3RBIs) had the other four Phils’ hits. The Phils also had four walks (Gwynn, Rollins, Brown, Carlos Ruiz) and a sacrifice bunt (Rollins) in the game, while the defense committed an error (Ruiz) and performed a doubleplay.

The Phils (6-7, T-3) continue their series with the Braves (9-4, 1st) with a ballgame tonight, weather permitting. The game will be played at Citizens Bank Park, and is suppose to start at 7:05 pm EDT. The Phils will send to the mound Cliff Lee (2-1, 5.50), who is coming off a start against the Brewers on April 10, as he went six innings, giving up three runs on eight hits, while he struck out eight, in the Phils’ 6-2 lost. He will be trying to lead the Phils to a win over the Braves. The Braves will counter with David Hale (0-0, 2.89), who is coming off a no-decision against the Mets on April 10, as he went four and a third innings, giving up four runs, three of which were earned, on five hits and five walks, while striking out two, in the Braves’ 6-4 lost. He is still looking for his first win. The Phils will be out to recover from last night’s hard to swallow lost.

Since my last post….

Philadelphia_PhilliesThe Phils officially started spring training on Thursday, February 13, as pitchers and catchers arrived at Clearwater, followed this week by the rest of the squad, although a large number of players had been at Clearwater during the off-season, getting ready for the 2014 season, especially first baseman Ryan Howard, who has been trying to get back into playing shape.

On Friday, February 14, former ballplayer and ex-Phil manager Jim Fregosi passed away at age 71 from multiple strokes. Fregosi, who broke into major league baseball as a shortstop in September 1961, had an 18-year career playing for the Los Angeles/California Angels, the New York Mets, the Texas Ranger and the Pittsburgh Pirates. A six-time All-Star and a gold glove winner (1967), he would play in 1902 games, having a .265 career batting average (1726 for 6523) as he hit 264 2Bs, 78 3Bs and 151 HRs, knocking in 706 RBIs, while scoring 844 times. He would also walk 715 times. After retiring from baseball during the 1978 season, he would be hired as the manager of the team that he had begun his playing career, the Angels, starting a career that would end in 2000, during which he would be the manager of the Angels (1978-1981), the Chicago White Sox (1986-1988), the Philadelphia Phillies (1991-1996) and the Toronto Blue Jays (1999-2000), compiling a managerial record of 1028-1094 .484, as he managed a total of 2122 games. He would lead the Angels into the playoffs in 1979 as they won the American League West, but losing the AL Championship Series, 3-1, to the Orioles, and he would lead the Phils in 1993 to the World Series, before losing the series, 4-2, to the Blue Jays.

On the 16, the Phils finalized their one-year deal with A.J. Burnett, in which they would give the veteran pitcher $15 million dollars plus a $1 million buyout on a mutual option for 2015. Burnett also has a player option for $7.5 million if he exercises his option. With the buyout options and other incentives, Burnett could end up receiving a two-year contract worth $ 33.5 million. He also has a partial no-trade clause, in which he would have to sign off on any possible trade involving nine other teams. In order to make room for Burnett on their roster, the Phils placed left-handed reliever Joe Savery on waviers, awaiting reassignment. On Monday the 17, the A’s picked Savery off of waivers. Selected by the Phils in the first round of the draft back in 2007, Savery has pitched for the Phils for parts of three seasons (2011-2013), appearing in 41 games, with a 3-2 record and a 3.15 ERA, as he pitched in 47.2 innings, giving up 42 hits and 28 runs, 22 of which were earned, as he struck out 32 batters, while walking 19.

As spring training continues, former Phil Roy Holladay has come to camp as a special pitching instructor, offering advice to the team’s younger players. Hopefully they’ll listen to the future Hall of Famer.

Moves the Phils have made during the past off-season…

Philadelphia_PhilliesAs the Phils’ 2013 season wounded down, with the club wounding up in fourth place in the five-team NL East with a 73-89, .451 record, 23 games behind the first-place Atlanta Braves, the Phils first post-season move was to make interim manager, Hall of Famer Ryan Sandberg, the team’s 52nd manager, by signing him to a three-year contract on September 22, 2013. The Phils’ next move was to announce on September 30 that Rich Dubee was not returning as the team’s pitching coach, ending a nine season relationship with the Phils, as the team started to look for a new pitching coach. On that same day, they announced that they were promoting from the team’s Minor League system, Paul Fournier, as the team’s new strength and conditioning coach, replacing Doug Lien, who had held that position for the previous six seasons, as the club hopes to improve the team’s overall health.

The Phils next move was to make a shake-up in their 40 men roster as they outrighted infielders Michael Martinez and Pete Orr, right-handed pitcher Zach Miner and lefthander Mauricio Robles on October 3, while, on that same day, the Indians picked up right-hander Tyler Cloyd off of the waiver-wire, while the Astros picked up leftie Raul Valdes, opening up six spots on the roster.

Two days later, on October 5, the Phils announced that they would not be renewing the contract of bullpen catcher, Mick Billmeyer, who had been with the club since 2004, first as the catching instructor, then as the bullpen coach in 2009, before becoming the bullpen catcher in 2012. The next Phils move came from out of the blue as, on October 8, former Phils’ player and one time Phils’ manager, and fan favorite, Larry Bowa, rejoined the team as the new bench coach, while another ex-Phil, Pete Mackanin, would join the team as the new third base coach. The Phils also announced that Steve Henderson would remain as the team’s hitting coach while Wally Joyner would leave as the team’s assistant hitting coach, later being hired by the Detroit Tigers as their new hitting coach, while John Mizerock would later become the new assistant hitting coach and Jesus Tiamo would become the new catcher coach, as Juan Samuel would stay on as the team’s first base coach, while Rod Nichols would remain the bullpen coach.

The next move occurred on October 17 as John Lannan decided to become a free agent after he had been outrighted by the club, after refusing assignment.

Then on November 5, the Phils announced that they were hiring Scott Freedman to help the ballclub better understand the use of analytics in the evaluation of players. Seven days later, on November 12, the Phils announced their first free agent signing, as they signed right fielder Marlon Byrd to a two-year contract worth $16 million dollars. Byrd, who is a right-handed batter, and an ex-Phil, has played in the majors from 2002, having played for the Phils (2002-05), the Nats (2005-06), the Rangers (2007-09), the Cubs (2010-12), the Red Sox (2012), the Mets (2013) and the Pirates (2013), appearing in 1250 games, hitting .280 (1222 for 4367), knocking in 533 RBIs as he scored 600 times. Among his 1222 hits were 252 doubles, 32 triples and 106 HRs, while he has also walked 307 times. The Phils plan to use him in the line-up behind Chase Utley and Ryan Howard, the later of whom the team hopes will bounce back from several injuries plagued seasons and regain his form as the team’s RBI and home runs leader. The Phils next announced on November 15 that they have given four players minor league contracts with invites to spring training: right-hander Shawn Camp, left-hander Cesar Jimenez and outfielders Clete Thomas and Leandro Castro.

The Phils then announced on November 18 that they have resigned present catcher Carlos Ruiz to a three-year deal worth $26 million dollars with a team option of $4.5 million or a $500,000 buyout for 2017. The next day, the team announced that they have signed a minor league contract, with a spring training invitation, to infielder Reid Brignac, who would be competing for a utility infielder position with Kevin Frandsen and Freddy Galvis. On November 20, the Phils announced that they were adding four minor league prospects to their 40-man roster to keep them from being picked up by other teams in December’s 5-Rule draft: outfielders Aaron Altheer and Kelly Dugan, catcher Tommy Joseph and left-hander Rob Rasmussen.

The following day, November 22, the Phils signed Bob McClure as their new pitching coach, replacing Dubee. On that same day, they announced that they have signed infielder Andres Blanco to a minor league contract, with an invite to spring training.

On December 4, the Phils made a trade with the Blue Jays, receiving right-handed pitcher Brad Lincoln in exchange for catcher Erik Kratz and minor league pitcher Rasmussen. Lincoln, who has pitched for the Pirates and the Blue Jays (2010-13) has appeared in 97 games, 22 of which was as a starter, for a record of 9-11 with a 4.66 ERA. With one career save in two attempts, he has pitched in 220 games, giving up 228 hits, 123 runs, 114 of which were earned, as he struck out 167 batters while walking only 77. The Phils will likely use him in the bullpen. After the trade, the ballclub would sign catcher Wil Nieves to a one-year deal on December 5, as the team’s back-up catcher. Nieves, who has played for the Padres (2002), the Yankees (2005-2007), the Nats (2008-10), the Brewers (2011), the Diamondbacks (2012), the Rockies (2012-13) and the Diamondbacks again (2013), has appeared in 385 games, hitting .242 (249 for 1029), with 46 doubles, 2 triples and 8 home runs, as he knocked in 103 RBIs while scoring 78 times. He has also walked 59 times. On that same day, the Phils signed right-handed pitcher Jeff Manship to a minor league contract with a spring training invitation.

Then, on December 9, Roy Halladay announced his retirement from baseball, ending a 16-year career with the Blue Jays and the Phils, as he didn’t think he would be able to pitch after his most recent arm injury. Halladay, who said that he had signed a one-day contract with the Blue Jays to end his career as a Jay, and had paid a full page ad in the Philly newspaper thanking the Phils fans for their support during his time as a Phils (2010-13), had appeared in 416 career games, 390 as a starter, with a career record of 203-105, with a 3.38 ERA and a career save, had completed 67 games, 20 for shutouts, as he pitched in 2749.1 total innings, striking out 2117 batters as he walked only 592, as he gave up 2646 hits and 1135 runs, only 1034 of which were earned. He also threw a perfect game and a no-hitter in the post-season, both of which occurred during his first season as a Phil (2010). Thanks for being a member of the Phils, Roy, and being a class act, and wish you luck getting into the Hall.

On December 12, through the Rule 5-draft, the Phils would acquire right-hander Kevin Munson from the Diamondbacks’ Reno club, while they would lose right-hander Seth Rosin to the Mets, who would then trade him to the Dodgers for cash in the major league portion of the draft, and shortstop Jonathan Roof to the Red Sox in the Triple-A part of it, both from their Reading affiliate.

Next, on December 18, the Phils signed a one-year deal with right-hander Roberto Hernandez for $4.5 million dollars, plus performance and award bonuses. Hernandez, who has previous pitched for the Indians (2006-12) and the Blue Jays (2013), has appeared in 216 games, 177 as a starter, with a 59-82 record, with a 4.67 ERA. He will be part of the Phils’ starting rotation, along with Cole Hamels, Cliff Lee, Kyle Kendrick and Jonathan Pettibone.

In January, the Phils made a new TV-deal with Comcast for 25-year, which included broadcasters Chris Wheeler and Gary Matthews not returning to the broadcast booth. On the 14, the Phils had four players file for salary arbitration: outfielders Ben Revere and John Mayberry, Jr. and pitchers Antonio Bastardo and Kendrick. The next day, January 15, the Phils announce that former manger Charlie Manuel would be returning to the team as a consultant to general manager Ruben Amaro, Jr. On the 17, the Phils announced that two of the four arbitration eligible players have signed one-year deals: Mayberry, who had agreed to a 1.587 million dollar deal, while Kendrick had agreed to one worth 7.675 million. The Phils then signed two minor league deals on the 21, one to veteran right-hander Chad Gaudin, and one to former Phil and veteran outfielder Bobby Abreu, with both being given spring training invites. On that same day, the Phils and Bastardo agreed to a one-year contract worth $2 million dollars. Three days later, on the 24, Ben Revere signed a one-year deal with the Phils for $ 1.95 million dollar.

With that, the last bit of news is that the Phils might be replacing Wheeler and Matthews with former Phils Matt Stairs and Jamie Moyer, both of whom have impressed the Phils in their separate interviews to join the broadcast team, and that finally, yesterday, the equipment truck has started heading south for the spring training facilities in Clearwater, Florida from Citizens Bank Park in Philly. It is now six more days before catchers and pitchers are suppose to appear in Clearwater.

Can’t wait for Spring Training to officially start. :-)

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