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The Phils reach eighty victories, despite having to wait over two hours for the rain to subside first, as they defeat the D-backs, 4-1.

The Phils, after having to wait over two hours for the rain to leave, win their eightieth game, as they beat the D-backs, 4-1.

The Phils took the lead in the second as, with two men on, and with two me out, Wilson Valdez hits an RBI double, knocking in Raul Ibanez. who had earlier doubled, while sending Brian Schneider, who had just walked, on to third base, giving the Phils a 1-0 lead.  The Phils then made it a 3-0 lead in the third as, with one man on, and with nobody out, John Mayberry, Jr.  hits a two-run home run, his tenth home run of the season, knocking in Jimmy Rollins, who had earlier singled. After the end of the inning, the ground crew put the tarp onto the infield, just moments before it started to rain, at times coming down in buckets, delaying the game for over two hours before play finally resumed. The Phils then added to their lead in the fifth as, with one man on, and with two men out, Ibanez hits an RBI double, knocking in Chase Utley, who had earlier doubled, giving the Phils a 4-0 lead. The D-backs got on the board in the eighth as Paul Goldschmidt hits a solo home run, his fourth home run of the season, cutting the Phils’ lead down to 4-1. That would end up being the final score as Ryan Madson collected his twenty-third save of the year as he pitched a 1-2-3 ninth.

Vance Worley received a no-decision as he pitched three strong innings, before the two-hour plus rain delay, giving up just a hit, while striking out two. David Herndon (1-2, 3.79) got the win as he pitched three scoreless innings after the deluge, giving up a hit, while striking out four. Michael Stutes pitched an inning plus one batter, giving up a run on a hit and a walk, while striking out a batter. Antonio Bastardo collected his thirteenth hold of the year as he pitched a scoreless inning, striking out two.  Ryan Madson received his twenty-third save of the year as he pitched a 1-2-3 inning, striking out a batter. Ian Kennedy (15-4, 3.22) took the lost as he also pitched only three innings, thanks to the long rain delay, giving up three runs on five hits and two walks, while striking out four. Micah Owings also pitched three innings after the rain had stopped, giving up a run on two hits and a walk, while he struck out four. Bryan Shaw, Joe Paterson and David Hernandez combined for two scoreless innings, giving up a walk (Shaw), while striking out a batter (Shaw) between them.

The Phils had seven hits in the ballgame, with both Chase Utley (Single, Double) and Raul Ibanez (Doubles, RBI) both leading the team with two hits apiece.  Jimmy Rollins (Single), John Mayberry, Jr. (Home Run, 2 RBIs) and Wilson Valdez (Double, RBI), had the other three Phils’ hits. This would be the first game, since the trade, in which Hunter Pence would not get a hit, and the Phils would end up winning the game.

The Phils (80-42, 1st) will now begin a short three-game road trip with the Nats (59-63, 4th), starting tonight with a night game. The game will be played at Nationals Park and will start at 7:05 pm EDT. The Phils will send to the mound Roy Oswalt (5-7, 3.84), who is coming off a win against the Nats on August 13, as he pitched seven innings, giving up three runs on six hits and a walk, while he struck out five, in the Phils’ 11-3 rout. He will be going for his second straight win since coming off the DL. The Nats will counter with Livan Hernandez (7-11, 4.21), who is coming off a win against the Phils on August 12, as he went six and two-thirds innings, giving up an unearned run on four hits and a walk, while striking out three, in the Nats’ 4-2 win. He hopes to once again stifle the Phils’ offense. The Phils plan to increase their present winning streak at the Nats expense.

Phils come from behind to defeat the Reds, 9-6, winning their second straight series at home.

The Phils come from behind to win their second straight series at home, and the sixth game in a so far very successful home stand, as they defeat the Reds, 9-6.

The Reds took an early lead in the second as, with two men on base, and nobody out, Edwin Encarnacion hits a two-run triple, scoring Ramon Hernandez, who had earlier walked and had gone to second on Jonny Gomes’ single, and Gomes, who had just singled, to give the Reds a 2-0 lead. Two batters later, with one man on, and one man out, Reds’ starter Micah Owings hits a sacrifice fly, knocking in Encarnacion, giving the Reds a 3-0 lead. The Phils gets two of the runs back in the third. With two men out, Chase Utley hits an inside-the-park solo home run, his twentieth home run of the year, cutting the Reds’ lead to 3-1. Two batters later, with a runner on second, Jayson Werth hits an RBI double, knocking in Ryan Howard, who had earlier doubled, making it 3-2 Reds. The Reds made it 4-2 in the fourth, as, with two men out, Encarnacion hits a solo home run, his second home run of the year. The Phils would tie the game at four-all in their half of the fourth, as, with two men on, and two men out, Shane Victorino hits a two-run single off of the glove of Reds’ second baseman Brandon Phillips, knocking in Carlos Ruiz, who had earlier singled, had moved up to second on Phils’ starter Jamie Moyer’s sacrifice bunt, 5-4, and then went to third on Jimmy Rollins’ single, and Rollins, who had earlier singled, and then stole second base. The Reds regained the lead in the fifth as, with a man on, and two men out, Phillips redeemed himself by hitting a two-run home run, his fourteen home run of the season, scoring Chris Dickerson, who had earlier singled, and then stole second as Joey Votto struck out swinging, making it a 6-4 Reds lead. The Phils would then come back in their half of the fifth. With two men on, and one man out, Pedro Feliz hits an RBI bloop single, knocking in Howard, who had earlier walked, and had moved to second base on Greg Dobbs’ walk, cutting the Reds’ lead down to 6-5, while sending Dobbs over to third base. Pinch hitter Matt Stairs then walked, loading the bases as Feliz moved up to second base. Pinch hitter Paul Bako then hits a grounder to first. The Reds’ first baseman Votto threw to second base, forcing out Stairs for the inning’s second out, 3-6. But, Bako beats out Reds’ shortstop Paul Janish throw back to first, while allowed Dobbs to score the tying run, making it a six-six ballgame, while Feliz moved up to third. The Phils then took the lead as Rollins hits an RBI single, scoring Feliz, giving the Phils a 7-6 lead, while sending Bako on to third base. Victorino followed with a walk, reloading the bases as Rollins moved up to second. With Utley batting, Reds’ reliever Daniel Ray Herrera uncorked a wild pitch, allowing Bako to score, making it an 8-6 Phils’ lead, while Rollins went to third, and Victorino moved up to second base. The Phils would add an insurance run in the sixth as, with one out, Werth hits a solo home run, his twentieth home run of the season, and his fourth home run of the series, giving the Phils a 9-6 lead. That would be the final score as Brad Lidge would record his seventeenth save as he put down the Reds in the ninth.

Jamie Moyer received the victory as he pitched five innings, giving up six runs on eight hits and a walk, while striking out only two. His record is now 8-6, as he recorded his 254th career win, tying him for 41st place on the all-time wins list with Hall of Famer Red Faber and Jack Morris, and putting him pass Hall of Famer Carl Hubbell, with an ERA of 5.99. Chan Ho Park pitched three scoreless inning, recording his sixth hold, as he gave up only a walk, while striking out four. Brad Lidge recorded his seventeenth save, as he pitched a scoreless ninth, giving up only a walk, while striking out two. Micah Owens took the lost, as he pitched only four and one-third innings, giving up seven runs on eight hits and four walks, while striking out only one batter. His record is now 6-9 with a 4.94 ERA. Josh Roenicke pitched a third of an inning, giving up a run on a walk. Daniel Ray Herrera pitched an inning, giving up a run on two hits, a walk and a wild pitch, while striking out one. Robert Manuel, making his major league debut, pitched an inning and a third, giving up no runs on one hit and a walk, while striking out two. Carlos Fisher pitched a scoreless inning, giving up only a walk, while he struck out one.

The Phils had twelve hits in the game, with Jimmy Rollins, Chase Utley, Jayson Werth and Pedro Feliz each collecting two hits, with one of Utley’s hits being an inside-the-park home run, while Werth’s hits were a double and a solo home run. Shane Victorino, Ryan Howard, Carlos Ruiz and Chan Ho Park got the other four Phils’ hits. Beside Werth’s two RBIs and Utley’s one, Victornio knocked in two runs, while Rollins, Feliz, and Bako knocked in a run each. The Phils’ offense will be trying to continue knocking in runs as they face one of the worst teams in the National League, the Pirates.

The Phillies (45-38, 1st National League East) will conclude their successful home stand with a three-games weekend series with the Pirates (38-47, 5th National League Central), as they prepare for the All-Star break. The game will begin at 7:05 pm Eastern and will be played at Citizens Bank Park. The Phils’ starter will be Joe Blanton (5-4, 4.69), who is coming off a win against the Mets on July 5, as he outpitched Johan Santana, giving up no runs on four hits and three walks, as he struck out five in seven and a third innings of shut out ball, in the Phils 2-0 win. He will be trying for his sixth win of the year, while hoping to pitched his eighth quality start in his last nine starts. The Pirates will counter with Zach Duke (8-7, 3.28), who is coming off a lost against the Marlins on July 4, as he pitched six innings, giving up four runs on eight hits and three walks, while striking out five, in the Pirates’ 5-3 lost. He will be trying to end his personal two-game losing streak while trying to see if he can slow down the presently red hot Phils. The Phils will be going for their third straight series win, while trying to increase their lead in the National League East.

Phils defeat the Reds in ninth inning as Shane Victorino delivers a walk-off single in the Phils 3-2 win.

With two men out and two men on in the bottom of the ninth, All-Star game hopeful Shane Victorino helps his own cause by delivering an RBI single, knocking in Pedro Feliz and giving the Phils a 3-2, walk-off win over the Reds.

The Reds took the lead in the fourth as, with the bases loaded via singles to Jerry Hairston and Joey Votto and a walk to Brandon Phillips, and nobody out, Laynce Nix hits an RBI single, knocking in Hairston, giving the Reds a 1-0 lead, while moving both Votto and Phillips up a base. With the bases still loaded and still nobody out, Ramon Hernandez made it 2-0 Reds by hitting a sacrifice fly, for the inning’s first out, scoring Votto, and sending Phillips to third. The Phils would then get out of the inning when the next batter, Jay Bruce, hit into a 4-3 double play, as Chase Utley tagged Nix out in the base path before throwing to first to beat out Bruce, leaving the score 2-0 Reds. The Phils got a run back in their half of the fourth as, with one man on, and one out, Ryan Howard hits an RBI single, knocking in Shane Victorino who had earlier singled, and then stole second, making it a 2-1 Reds’ lead. It would stay 2-1 until the bottom of the sixth, when, with two men out, Jayson Werth hits a solo home run, his nineteenth home run of the year, tying the score up at two-all. The score would remain 2-2 until the bottom of the ninth, thanks to both team’s bullpen, when Pedro Feliz started the inning off with a single. After Paul Bako, trying to bunt Feliz over to second, instead poped out to the pitcher, and then pinch hitter Eric Bruntlett strikes out, Jimmy Rollins got on base with a walk, moving Feliz up to second base with the winning run. Victorino then comes to the plate and hits a 2-1 slider into center field for a single. Feliz would head for the plate, soon scoring the winning run as the throw from center was off the mark, giving the Phils a 3-2 walk-off win.

Rodrigo Lopez received a no-decision as he pitched only five innings, being taken out of the game because of inflammation of the right shoulder, as he pitched a quality start, giving up only two runs on five hits and a walk, as he struck out four. Chad Durbin pitched one and two-thirds scoreless innings, giving up just one hit, as he struck out three. J.C. Romero would pitch a third of an inning, striking out the only man he would face. Ryan Madson got the win as he pitched two 1-2-3 innings, striking out a batter. His record is now 2-3 with an ERA of 3.09. Homer Bailey also received a no-decision as he pitched six innings, giving up two runs on seven hits, as he struck out six. Nick Masset pitched a scoreless inning of relief, as he struck out two. Arthur Rhodes pitched two-thirds of an inning, giving up two walks, while he struck out two. David Weathers took the lost as he pitched an inning, giving up a run on two hits and a walk, as he struck out one. His record is now 1-2 with a 2.76 ERA.

The Phillies had nine hits in the game, with Shane Victorino and Greg Dobbs leading the way with two hits each. Jimmy Rollins, Ryan Howard, Jayson Werth, Pedro Feliz, and Paul Bako had the other five Phils’ hits, with Werth’s hit being a solo home run, his third home run in the present series. Howard and Victorino knocked in the other Phils’ run, as the offense is once again having trouble scoring runs.

The Phillies (44-38, 1st National League East) will conclude their four-games series with the Reds (41-42, 4th-T National League Central) tonight with a night game. The game will be played at Citizens Bank Park and will begin at 7:05 pm Eastern time. The Phils will send to the mound Jamie Moyer (7-6, 5.72), who is coming of a win against the Mets on July 4, where he gave up only a run on five hits and a walk, while striking out one, in six and one-third innings of work, in the Phils’ 4-1 win. He will be going for his fourth straight victory and his eighth win of the season. The Reds will counter with Micah Owings (6-8, 4.48), who is coming off a win against the Cardinals on July 4, as he pitched six and two-thirds innings, giving up just two runs on six hits and two walks, while he struck out six, in the Reds’ 5-2 win. He will be trying for his seventh win of the year while trying to help the Reds leave Philliy with a series split. The Phils will be going for a series win, and a 5-1 home stand before they face the Pirates, starting tomorrow.

Phillies unlease the lumber as they crush the Reds, 12-5, as they continue a very successful road trip.

The Phillies scored twelve runs yesterday as they crushed the Reds, 12-5, giving them their second straight series win on the road, as they head on to New York for their first visit to the New Yankees Stadium for an Interleague series with the Yankees.

The Phillies took a quick 1-0 lead in the first as, with two men on, and nobody out, Raul Ibanez hits an RBI ground out, 4-3, scoring Jimmy Rollins, who had earlier singled, and had gone to third on Chase Utley’s double. The Phils made it 3-0 in the second as, with two men on, and two outs, Utley hits a two-run single, knocking in Phils’ starter Joe Blanton, who had earlier walked, had gone to second on Rollins’ single, and then went to third on Reds’ catcher Ryan Hanigan’s throwing error when he tried to pick him off second, and Rollins, who had earlier singled, and had gone to second with a stolen base, his 300th career steal. Ibanez made it 4-0 Phillies with an RBI double, scoring Utley. In the third, with two men out, Greg Dobbs hits a solo home run, his first home run of the season, making it a 5-0 Phillies’ lead. In the fifth, once again with two men out, Utley hits a solo home run of his own, his eleventh home run of the year, and his third hit of the game, to give the Phils a 6-0 lead. In the Reds’ fifth, they would finally get to Blanton, who was breezing through their lineup before then. With two men on, and one out, Wily Taveras hits an RBI single, scoring Hanigan, who had earlier singled, had move on to second on Paul Janish’s single, and had gone to third on Ramon Ramirez’s sacrifice bunt, making it a 6-1 Phillies’ lead, while sending to third Hanigan, who had earlier singled and had went to second on Ramirez’s sac bunt. Adam Rosales followed him with an RBI ground out, 6-3, scoring Janish, making it a 6-2 Phils’ lead, while moving Taveras up to second base. Two batters later, after Jay Bruce was walked, Brandon Phillips cut the Phils’ lead down to 6-5 as he hits a three-run home run, his seventh home run of the year, scoring both Taveras and Bruce. The Phils would get a run back in the sixth, as, with two men on base, and one out, Utley hits a sacrifice fly, scoring Carlos Ruiz, who had earlier walked, had gone to third on Rollins’ single, beating the throw to third, as the Phils increased their lead to 7-5. The Phils would break the game open in the seventh. Ryan Howard started the inning off by hitting a lead-off home run, his tenth home run of the year, making it an 8-5 Phillies’ lead. Later in the inning, with two men on, and two men out, pinch hitter Pedro Feliz hits a two-run pinch hit double, scoring Shane Victorino, who had earlier doubled, and had gone to third on Ruiz’s ground out, and Dobbs, who had been intentionally walked and had moved up to second on Ruiz’s ground out, giving the Phils a 10-5 lead. Rollins then made it an 11-5 Phils’ lead, as he hits an RBI single, his fourth hit of the game, scoring Feliz, who beat the throw to the plate, as Rollins moved up to second on the throw. The Phils made it 12-5 in the eighth, as Ibanez hits a lead-off home run, his fifteenth home run of the season. That would be the final score as Sergio Escalona came in and pitched a 1-2-3 ninth.

Joe Blanton got the victory, although going only five innings, giving up five runs on seven hits and a walk, as he struck out four. His record is now 2-3 with a 7.11 ERA. Clay Condrey pitched a scoreless inning as he recorded his third hold, giving up only one hit and a walk. Scott Eyre, Chan Ho Park and Sergio Escalona each pitched a scoreless inning, giving up only a hit among them (Eyre) and three walks (Eyre (1) and Park (2)), while they struck out 2 (Eyre (1), Park (1)). Micah Owings took the lost as he went only three innings, giving up five runs on six hits and three walks, while striking out only three. Ramon Ramirez pitched two and a third innings, giving up  two runs on one hit and a walk, while striking out three. Daniel Ray Herrera pitched two-thirds of an inning, giving up a run on two hits. Jared Burton pitched an inning, giving up three runs on three hits and a walk, as he struck out two. Mike Lincoln pitched an inning, giving up a run on one hit, while striking out one. David Weathers pitched an inning, giving up no runs on one hit, as he struck out two.

The Phillies had fourteen hits, with Jimmy Rollins leading the way with four, followed by Chase Utley with three. Raul Ibanez followed them with two hits of his own. Ryan Howard, Shane Victorino, Greg Dobbs, Carlos Ruiz and Pedro Feliz had the other five Phils’ hits. The Phillies had nine extra-base hits in the game, five doubles and four home runs, all solo shots. Utley had four RBIs, followed by Ibanez with three. Feliz knocked in two runs, while Rollins, Howard and Dobbs knocked in a run apiece. The Phillies also had two stolen bases, one by Rollins, his 300th career stolen base as a Phil and one by Victorino. The Phillies, so far during their road trip, have gone 6-1, beating a good Reds team.

The Phillies (22-17, 1st) start interleague play tonight by going to New York City to face the Yankees (24-17, 3rd American League East) for the first time in their new ballpark, the New Yankees Stadium. The game will start at 7:05 pm Eastern. The Phillies will send to the mound Brett Myers (3-2, 4.50), who is coming off a win against the Nationals in the first game of a day-nght doubleheader on May 16, where he pitched seven very strong innings, giving up only two runs on three hits and two walks, while striking out eight, in the Phils’ 8-5 win. He will be looking to improve on his record, while trying to win his third start in a row. The Yankees will counter with A. J. Burnett (2-1, 5.02), who is coming off a no-decision against the Twins on May 17, where he went six and two-thirds innings, giving up two runs on six hits and six walks, while striking out seven, in the Yankees’ 3-2 win. He will be looking to increase his record. The Phillies will be going to the Yankees new home trying to do better than they did last season in interleague play.

Phillies are unable to take advantage of a quality start from Jamie Moyer as they fall to the Reds, 5-1. Remain in first place as Mets are swept by the Dodgers.

The Phils are unable to take advantage of the first quality start thrown by Jamie Moyer in about a month as they fall to the Reds, 5-1, as Moyer is once again denied his 250th career victory. The Phils remain in first place as the Mets are swept by the Dodgers in Los Angeles.

The Reds took a quick 1-0 lead in the first, as, with a runner on second, and one man out, Brandon Phillips hits an RBI single, knocking in Willy Taveras, who had earlier walked and moved over to second on Jerry Hairston’s ground out, 3-1. The Reds made it a 2-0 lead in the second, as, with one man out, Ryan Hanigan hits a solo home run, his first home run of the season. It became 3-0 Reds in the third, as, with a runner on third, and one man out, Jay Bruce hits an RBI single to right, knocking in Hairston, who had earlier doubled, and had gone to third on Phillips’ sacrifice bunt, 1-3. The Phils would get a run back in the fourth, as Raul Ibanez hits a lead-off home run, his fourteenth home run of the season, to make it a 3-1 Reds’ lead. The game would then settle down until the bottom of the seventh, when, with two men on base, and two men outs, Philllips hits a two-run triple, knocking in Chris Dickerson, who had earlier singled, and then moved to second base with a stolen base, and Taveras, who had earlier walked, to make it a 5-1 Reds’ lead. That would end up being the final score as the Phils went down 1-2-3 in the ninth.

Jamie Moyer took the lost, as he pitched his first good game in about a month, as he went six innings, giving up only three runs on nine hits and a walk, while striking out two. His record is now 3-4 with a 7.62 ERA. Chad Durbin pitched two-thirds of an inning, giving up two runs on two hits and a walk, while striking out a batter. Sergio Escalona pitched a third of an inning, striking out the only man he would face. Jack Taschner pitched a scoreless inning of relief, giving up just one hit. Aaron Harang got the win as he pitched seven strong innings, giving up just one run on four hits and two walks, while striking out nine. His record is now 4-4 with a 3.19 ERA. Arthur Rhodes and Franciso Cordero both pitched a scoreless inning, striking out one batter between them (Cordero).

The Phillies had only four hits in the game, all extra-base hits, three doubles and a home run. Ryan Howard, Shane Victorino and Chris Coste each hit a double, while Raul Ibanez hit the home run, knocking in the Phils’ only run. The batters were keep slient for the most part, so that they could not take advantage of Jamie Moyer’s good start.

The Phillies (21-17, 1st) are presently playing the last game of their three-games visit with the Reds (21-18, 4th National League Central). The game is being played at Great American Ball Park. The Phillies’ starter is Joe Blanton (1-3, 6.86), who is coming off a no-decision against the Nationals on May 15, where he pitched five innings, giving up four runs on five hits and six walks, while striking out five, in the Phils’ 10-6 extra-innings win. He is hoping to receive his second win of the year. The Reds countered with Micah Owings (3-4, 3.95), who is coming off a lost to the Padres on May 16, where he pitched five and two-thirds innings of relief, giving up one run on three hits and three walks, while striking out five, in the Reds’ 6-5 extra-innings lost. He was looking to even his record. The Phils, who presently have a commanding lead in the ballgame, are looking to win their sixth game on this road trip, and to increase their lead in the East over the idle Mets.

Is the old Adam Eaton back as the Phillies lose to the D-backs, 10-4.

The old Adam Eaton of late ’07 might have returned as the Phillies have lost to the Diamondbacks, 10-4. The D-backs would score first as Chad Tracy would hit a RBI single, knocking in Stephen Drew, who has earlier singled, giving the D-backs a 1-0 lead. Mark Reynolds then hit into a force out, third to second, scoring Conor Jackson, who has earlier singled, to make it 2-0 Arizona. The Phillies would tie it in the third as Shane Victorino hit his fourth home run of the year, a two-run shot off of D-backs’ starter, Randy Johnson, scoring Carlos Ruiz, who has earlier walked. But then the old Adam Eaton would reappear in the top of the fourth. After easily getting out the first two batters, Eaton would give up a single to Alex Romero. Robby Hammock would follow with a walk, moving Romero to second. Johnson would then come to the plate, and after getting the count to go to 3-2, after trailing 1-2, would hit a two-run double to left, scoring both Romero and Hammock, giving the Diamondbacks a 4-2 lead. Drew then walks. Jackson would then follow with his own double to left, scoring Johnson to make it 5-2 D-backs, while moving Drew to third. Eaton then intentionally walked Orlando Hudson to load the bases. He would also be the last batter he would face, as Charlie Manuel replaces him with R.J. Swindle. Swindle is greeted by a single from Tracy, scoring both Drew and Jackson, making it 7-2 D-backs, while sending Hudson to third. The next batter, Reynolds, who has started the inning, then hit a three-run home run off of Swindle, his nineteenth home run of the year, to give the D-backs a commanding 10-2 lead. After giving up a single to Chris Young, Swindle would finally end the inning by getting Romero to fly out. In the fifth, the Phillies would shorten the lead as Swindle gets his first career RBI by grounding out to the right side of the infield, second to first, scoring Eric Bruntlett, who has earlier doubled, and has gone to third on a Ruiz ground out, making it 10-3, D-backs. Victorino then follows with his fifth home run of the year, a solo shot, also off of Johnson, making it 10-4 D-backs. And that would be the game as both team would not be able to score any more runs, with the game ending in a D-backs’ victory as Micah Owings would get the Phillies to go down 1-2-3 in the ninth.

Adam Eaton took the lost, as it appears that the Eaton of late ’07 has returned. He would only go three and two-thirds innings, giving up eight earned runs on seven hits. His record is now 3-8 with an ERA of 5.71. R.J. Swindle pitches one and two-thirds innings, giving up two earned runs on four hits. Rudy Seanez would go two and two-thirds innings, giving up no runs on one hits. Clay Condrey would pitch a scoreless, hitless inning. Randy Johnson would get the win as he goes six innings, giving up four earned runs on five hits. His record is now 6-7 with a 5.23 ERA. Leo Rosales would pitch a scoreless, hitless inning while Micah Owings would pitch two shut out innings.

The Phillies’ offense was for the most part unable to handle Randy Johnson, as usual, while Adam Eaton got nailed in the fourth inning, after the Phillies were able to tie the score in the third inning. It seems that with the last two starts that the Adam Eaton who was pitching in the last few months of ’07 has returned, especially as Eaton allowed himself to not get out of the inning after giving up a hit to Alex Romero, instead of just going after the following batter. Giving up the double to Randy Johnson, after getting ahead made it worst as he appear to fool around with Johnson before he threw the pitch that Johnson drilled to left for a double, knocking in two runs. If the late ’07 Eaton has returned, the Phillies are going to be in a lot of trouble while he’s on the mound. I don’t know about anyone else, but I’m starting to think that someone needs to nip this in the bud before that happens.

The Phillies (51-44) will play the final game of their three games set with the Diamondbacks (47-47, 1st National League West) tomorrow afternoon at Citizens Bank Park.The game will start at 1:35 pm Eastern. The Phillies will send to the mound their ace Cole Hamels (9-6, 3.18), who is coming off a lost against the Cardinals on July 8, where he would go seven innings, giving up only two earned runs on only three hits, in the Phillies’ 2-0 lost. He will for the second time be trying to get his tenth win of the year, while also trying to end the first half for the Phillies on a winning note. He will be countered by Brandon Webb (13-4, 3.27), who is coming off a win against the Nationals on July 8, where he went six innings, giving up no runs on six hits, in the D-backs’ 2-0 victory. This will be his second start against the Phils, having defeated them in his previous start on May 8, having gone all nine innings, giving up three runs, two of which were earned, on six hits, in the D-backs’ 8-3 win. He will be trying to increase his major leaague lead in wins, while trying to end the Diamondbacks’ first half on a winning note.

The Phillies’ lead, thanks to the lost, has now shrunk to half a game as the Mets has won their eighth game in a row while the Phillies were losing to the D-backs. The Marlins are now trailing by a game, as they prepare for their game with the Dodgers, while the Phillies’ lead against the Braves is now seven games as they prepare to meet the Padres. The Phillies hope to end the first half of the season on a high note while keeping their lead in the National League East before they begin the second half with a three games series against the Marlins in Miami.

The Phils stay in a tie for first as they win a wild one in Phoenix.

The Phillies stay tied for first place with the Marlins as they come from behind to defeat the Diamondbacks, 5-4. The D-backs would score first in the first inning as Stephen Drew singles in Augie Ojeda, who has earlier singled, making it 1-0 Arizona. The Phils would tie it in the third as Shane Victorino singles in Carlos Ruiz, who has earlier singled. The Diamondbacks would retake the lead in the fifth as Chris Young hits a solo shot off of Kyle Kendrick, his seventh of the season, making it 2-0 Arizona. Conor Jackson would increase the lead on a groundout as he knocks in Ojeda, who has gotten on base earlier with a triple. The Phils would tie the score again on a two-run home run by Pedro Feliz, his fifth of the season, knocking in Geoff Jenkins, who has earlier singled. The D-backs would retake the lead once again in their half of the seventh, as Jackson hits a double off of Kendrick’s replacement, Ryan Madson, knocking in Eric Brynes, who has earlier singled and stole a base. The Phils would then tie the game again in the top of the eighth as Eric Bruntlett hits a double off of Chad Qualls, who was pitching in relief of D-backs’ starter, Micah Owings, scoring Victorino, who has earlier reached base via a strikeout-passball. The Phils then took the lead for the first time as Chase Utley singles in Bruntlett. After Tom Gordon keep the D-backs off the scoreboard in the bottom of the eighth, Brad Lidge would come in to pitch the ninth, pitching a 1-2-3 inning.

The Phils’ starter, Kendrick, would pitch his second no-decision in a row, going six innings, giving up three earned runs on ten hits. Madson would pitch one-third of an inning, giving up an earned run on two hits. J.C. Romero, the game winner, would go two-thirds of an inning, giving up no runs on no hits, as his record goes to 3-0 and his ERA drops to 0.63. Gordon would pitch one inning, giving up no runs on one hit. And Lidge would also go one inning, giving up no runs on no hits as he records his eighth save of the season. The Diamondbacks’ starter, Micah Owings would also record a no-decision as he goes seven innings, giving up three earned runs on four hits. Chad Qualls would take the lost, as he pitches two-thirds of an inning, giving up two runs, one of which was earned, on two hits, as his record drops to 0-3 and his ERA climbs to 0.93. Juan Cruz pitched one-third of an inning, giving up no runs on no hits. Brandon Medders would pitch one inning for Arizona, giving up no runs on one hit.

The final game of the Phils’ trip to Phoenix will be played at Chase Field at 3:40 pm Eastern (12:40 Pacific). The Phils’ starter will be Brett Myers (2-2, 4.70), who will be trying to continue against the Diamondbacks what he had recently done against the Giants. The D-backs will counter with Brandon Webb (7-0, 2.49), who will be looking for his eighth victory of the year as he pitched the D-backs to victory over the Mets on May 3, 10-4. The Phils will then go to San Francisco to continue their road trip with a three-games series against the Giants at AT&T Park. As the Phillies go to San Francisco, Jimmy Rollins should be reactivated from the disabled list.

With the win, the Phillies (20-15) are still tied for first place with the Marlins, who are leading the Phils now by .005 percentage points, as the fish defeated the Brewers at home. The Phils and the Marlins are both still leading the third place Mets and Braves by 1.5 games, as both teams have also won their games.

Playing in the Arizona desert, part 3…

The Phillies’ (19-15) trip to Phoenix continues tonight as they play the Diamondbacks (22-11) for the third game of their four games visit to the Arizona desert. The game will start at 9:40 pm Eastern (6:40 pm Pacific) at Chase Field. The Phils’ starter will be Kyle Kendrick (2-2, 5.01). He is coming off of a no-decision against the Giants back on May 2, where he went six innings, giving up three earned runs on seven hits, in the Phils’ dramatic 10 innings, 6-5 victory. In his previous start, on April 26 against the Pirates, he got his second win of the year as he pitched seven innings, giving up four runs, three of which were earned, on seven hits, in the Phils’  8-4 victory. He will be once again looking for his third win of the season. His opponent for the Diamondbacks is Micah Owings (4-1, 4.42), who is coming off a lost to the Mets on May 2, where he pitched five and 2/3 innings, giving up all seven Mets’ runs, six of which were earned, on ten hits in the Diamondbacks’ 10-4 lost. Before that lost, he had won four of his previous five starts, giving up only three earned runs or less in his first four starts. But in his last two starts, he had given up five runs or more. He’ll be trying to regain his early April form.

The Phils hope to regain sole possession of first place with a victory against the Diamondbacks and a Marlins lost to the Brewers, while increasing their 1.5 games lead over the Braves and/or Mets if either or both of those teams loses their respective games.

Edit: The Mets have just crushed the Dodgers in their game in Los Angeles, 12-1, to avoid the sweep. So, they are presently trailing both the Phils and the Marlins by a full game. The Mets’ next game will be this coming friday against the Reds in New York.

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