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33 games in 31 days: Game #18: The Phils lower their magic number to win the East to three games as they defeat the Marlins, 3-1.

The Phils reduce their magic number to win their fifth straight Eastern Division title to three games, as they defeat the Marlins, 3-1.

The Phils took the lead in the first as, with a runner on second and with one man out, Hunter Pence hits an RBI double, scoring Placido Polanco, who had earlier singled, then went to second base on Anibal Sanchez’s balk, giving the Phils a 1-0 lead. The Phils then may it a 2-0 lead as, now with two men out, Raul Ibanez hits an RBI single, scoring Pence. The Marlins got a run back in the fifth as Logan Morrison hits a lead-off home run, his twentieth home run of the season, cutting the Phils’ lead down to 2-1. The Phils added to their lead in the seventh as, with the bases loaded, via a single by Brian Schneider, a walk by Michael Martinez, sending Schneider up to second base, and a single by pinch hitter Chase Utley, moving both men up a base, and with two men out, Placido Polanco forced in a run with an RBI walk, scoring Schneider, while moving both Martinez and Utley up a base, giving the Phils a 3-1 lead. The Marlins threaten to score a run in the eighth as, with two men on, and with one man out, Omar Infante, who had earlier doubled, tried to score on Gaby Sanchez’s single to left, but is cut down at the plate by a strong throw from left fielder Ibanez, as Schneider tagged him out, for the inning’s second out, while pinch hitter Mike Stanton, who had just walked, would stop at second base. After Morrison loads up the bases with a walk, Brad Lodge gets out of the inning by striking out Joe Buck, swinging. The Marlins threaten again in the ninth as the first two batters, Bryan Pattersen and Donnie Murphy, both got on base via singles, with Pattersen stopping at second base, before moving up to third and second base, respectively, on pinch hitter John Baker’s sacrifice bunt, 1-4. But Ryan Madson would record his thirty-first save of the season by first striking out Emilio Bonifacio, swinging, for the inning’s second out, before ending the game by getting Infante to foul out to the catcher.

Kyle Kendrick (8-6, 3.22) got the win as he pitched five strong innings, giving up a run on two hits. while he struck out six. Michael Stutes received his eleventh hold of the season as he threw two scoreless innings, giving up two hits and a walk, while striking out a batter. Antonio Bastardo recorded his seventeenth hold of the season as he pitched a third of an inning, giving up a hit and a walk. Brad Lidge received his sixth hold of the year as he went two-thirds of an inning, giving up a hit and a walk, while striking out a batter. Ryan Madson recorded his thirty-first save of the year as he pitched a scoreless inning, giving up two hits, while striking out a batter. Anibal Sanchez (8-8, 3.62) took the lost as he went six innings, giving up two runs on four hits and a walk, while striking out seven. Ryan Webb pitched two-thirds of an inning, giving up a run on two hits and two walks, while striking out two. Chris Hatcher pitched a third of an inning, getting out the only man that he would face. Michael Dunn and Jose Ceda combine for a scoreless inning, giving up three hits (Dunn), while striking out a batter (Dunn) between them.

The Phils had nine hits in the ballgame, with Placido Polanco (Singles, RBI) and Raul Ibanez (Single, Double, RBI) both leading the team with two hits each. Hunter Pence (Double, RBI), Jimmy Rollins (Single), Brian Schneider (Single), pinch hitter Chase Utley (Single) and pinch hitter Carlos Ruiz (Single), had the other five Phils’ hits.

The Phils (96-51, 1st) will conclude their short make-up doubleheader with the Marlins (67-82, 5th) with the night half of the day/night doublebill. The game will be played at Citizen Bank Park and will start at 7:35 pm EDT. The Phils will send to the mound Cliff Lee (16-7, 2.44), who is coming off a no-decision against the Brewers on September 10, as he went seven innings, giving up two runs, only one of which was earned, on six hits and two walks, while striking out seven, in the Phils’ 3-2 extra-innings win. He will be out to cut the magic number down to 2. The Marlins will counter with Alex Sanabia (0-0,0.00), who will be making his first start of 2011, after pitching an inning of relief against the Pirates on September 9, giving up a hit and two walks, while striking out two. He hopes to be to stay even with Lee. The Phils will be out to cut down their magic number to win the East to two games.

33 games in 31 days: Game #7: The Phils lose to the Marlins in a walk-off bases loaded walk in fourteen innings, 5-4.

The Phils lose the ballgame in fourteen innings on a walk-off bases loaded walk to the Marlins, 5-4.

The Marlins took the lead in the first as, with a man on third, and with nobody out, Omar Infante hits an RBI single, scoring Emilio Bonifacio, who had started the inning off with a triple, giving the Marlins a 1-0 lead. The Phils tied the game up at one-all as, with two men on, and with one man out, Marlins’ third baseman Greg Dobbs committed a throwing error on a Roy Halladay sacrifice bunt, allowing Carlos Ruiz, who had earlier singled, then moved up to second base on Wilson Valdez’s single, to score, while allowing Valdez, who had just singled, to reach third base, while Halladay would be safe at first. The Phils then took the lead two batters later as Michael Martinez hits an RBI single, scoring Valdez, while sending Halladay up to second base. The Marlins then tied the game up at two-all in the third as, with a runner on second base, and with two men on, Gaby Sanchez, who had earlier doubled, scored as Halladay committed a missed catch error on a grounder hit by Logan Morrison to Ryan Howard because he had broke off the mound late, and was thus unable to catch Howard’s throw to him. It looked like the Phils were starting to develop a rally in their half of the sixth as, with Howard on first, via a walk, and with nobody out, Hunter Pence hits a fly ball into deep right field that went off right fielder Bryan Petersen’s glove, and ended up being a double, placing Howard at third, as Pence stopped at second base. But Marlins’ skipper Jack McKeon asked for the play to be reviewed, claiming fan interference, which it was. Instead of telling him that the play could not be reviewed, since it had ended up being a double, and not a home run, as is stated by the rules on when instant reply could be used, the umpires, lead by Joe West, reviewed the play and called Pence out, claiming that Petersen may have been able to catch the ball if not for interference from the fan(s), while Howard was sent back to first base. Then Phils’ manager Charlie Manuel came out and tried to tell West that the umps should not have reviewed the play, as it was not used in the correct manner, but was not listened to by West, before being ejected. My take: the play, since it was not a home run, as it was called a double, should not have been reviewed, since it is only to be used to determine if a ball is a home run or not. Anyway, I’m afraid that this will open up a can of worm that MLB will only have itself to blame, as I’m sure that the Phils’ protest will be rejected, as the present day MLB is really reluctant to reprimand umps who make mistakes, and yes, this was a mistake. This would be immediately costly for the Phils as Raul Ibanez hits a double, which, instead of knocking in two runs, sent Howard back to third base. Ruiz is then walked to load up the bases, with one man out. The next batter, Valdez, then ended the threat by hitting into a 4-6-3 double play, wiping out Ruiz at second base. The Marlins then retook the lead in their half of the sixth as, with two men on, and with two men out, pinch hitter Jose Lopez hits an RBI single, knocking in Petersen, who had earlier singled, then stopped at second base on Jon Buck’s single, giving the Marlins a 3-2 lead, while sending Buck on to third base. The Phils then retook the lead in the seventh as, with two men on, and with two men out, Howard hits a two-run single, knocking in Shane Victorino, who had earlier walked, went to second on Martinez’s walk, before both runners moved up a base on Chase Utley’s ground out, 3-1, giving the Phils a 4-3 lead. The Marlins then tied up the game at four-all in their half of the seventh as, with runners on second and third, and with nobody out, Sanchez hits into a fielder’s choice ground out, 6-5, as Dobbs, who had earlier doubled, sending Infante, who had started the inning off with a walk, to third base, made a base running mistake by trying to go to third on the grounder, before he is tagged out by third baseman Martinez, for the inning’s first out, as Infante scored from third, while Sanchez was safe at first base. The game would stay tied until the bottom of the fourteenth, as the Phils develop no offense, while the Phils’ bullpen kept the Marlins off the scoreboard, especially David Herndon, who would get himself out of three straight bases loaded situations, after the game have gone into extra-innings. But, his luck would run out in the fourteenth inning, as the Marlins once again loaded the bases, via a walk to Bonifacio, who then moved up to second base on Infante’s sacrifice bunt, 1-4, for the inning’s first out, an intentional walk to Dobbs,  that was then followed by a lined out to left by Sanchez, for the inning’s second out, then an intentional walk to Morrison, moving up both runners, and with two men out, Mike Cameron walked, forcing in Bonifacio with the winning run, giving the Marlins a 5-4 walk-off win.

Roy Halladay received a no-decision as he went six innings, giving up three runs, two of which were earned, on nine hits and a walk, while striking out four. Michael Schwimer committed his second blown save of the year as he pitched an inning, giving up a run on one hit and three walks, while striking out two. Brad Lidge and Michael Stutes combined for three scoreless innings, giving up two hits (one hit each) and a walk (Stutes), while striking out five (Lidge (1), Stutes (4)) between them. David Herndon (1-3, 3.83) would take the lost as he went three and two-thirds innings, giving up a run on four hits and seven walks. Anibal Sanchez also received a no-decision as he pitched sixth innings, giving up two unearned runs on six hits and three walks, as he struck out five. Burke Badenhop recorded his fourth hold of the year as he pitched a third of an inning, giving up two runs on two walks, striking out a batter.  Michael Dunn blew his three save opportunity of the season as he pitched two-third of an inning, giving up a hit. Edward Mujica, Leo Nunez, Jose Ceda and Steve Cishek combined for five scoreless innings, giving up three hits (Mujica (1), Cishek (2)) and two walks (Ceda (1), Cishek (1)), while striking out two (Nunez (1), Cishek (1)) between them. Clay Hensley (3-6, 5.34) got the win as he pitched two 1-2-3 innings, striking out a batter.

The Phils had ten hits in the ballgame, with Michael Martinez (Single, Double, RBI), Ryan Howard (Singles, 2 RBIs) and Raul Ibanez (Single, Double) all leading the team with two hits each. Shane Victorino (Single), Carlos Ruiz (Single), Wilson Valdez and Placido Polanco had the other four Phils’ hits. The other Phil run came in on a throwing error.

The Phils (88-48, 1st) will start a three-game series with the Braves (82-57, 2nd) with a night game tonight. The game will be played at Citizens Bank Park and will start at 7:05 pm EDT. The Phils will send to the mound Cliff Lee (15-7, 2.59), who is coming off a win against the Reds on August 31, as he went eight and two-thirds innings, giving up six hits and a walk, while striking out seven, in the Phils’ 3-0 win. Lee will be going for his sixteenth win of the year, while trying to start off the series with a win. The Braves will counter with Derek Lowe (9-12, 4.52), who is coming off a win against the Nats on August 31, as he went six innings, giving up a run on three hits and two walks, while striking out six, in the Braves’ 3-1 win. He will be out to add to the Phils’ present losing streak. The Phils will be out to see if they can put the NL East away for good with a series win against the Braves.

33 games in 31 days: Game #5: Roy Oswalt joins the victory parade as he help leads the Phils to a team record as the Phils defeat the fish, 5-3.

Roy Oswalt pitches well enough to win, leading the Phils to a club record 42 wins over .500, as the Phils defeat the Marlins, 5-3.

The Phils took the lead in the first as, with a man on third, via a lead-off triple by Shane Victorino, and with nobody out, Placido Polanco hits a sacrifice fly, scoring Victorino, giving the Phils a 1-0 lead. The Marlins would tie the game up at one-all in their half of the first as, with runners on the corners, and with nobody out, Greg Dobbs hits into a double play, wiping out at second base Omar Infante, who had earlier reached base on a bunt single, while scoring Emilio Bonifacio, who had started the Marlin’s inning off with a double, then went to third base on Infante’s bunt single. The Marlins took the lead in the third as, with a man on third, and with one man out, Mike Stanton hits into an RBI ground out, 6-3, knocking in Infante, who had started the inning off with a double, then moved up to third on Dobbs’ ground out, 4-3, giving the Marlins a 2-1 lead. The Phils then retook the lead in the fifth as, with one man on, with Hunter Pence reaching first base on shortstop Bonifacio’s throwing error, and with nobody out, John Mayberry, Jr. hits a two-run home run, his thirteenth home run of the season, scoring Pence, giving the Phils a 3-2 lead. The Phils added to their lead in the sixth as, with the bases loaded, via Chase Utley being hit by a pitch, a walk by Ryan Howard, sending Utley to second base, a wild pitch by Chris Hatcher, moving both runners up a base, and a walk by Pence, and with nobody out, Mayberry hits a sacrifice fly, scoring Utley, giving the Phils a 4-2 lead. The Marlins cut the Phils’ lead down to 4-3 as, with two men out, Jose Lopez hits a solo home run, his sixth home run of the season. The Phils got the run back in the seventh as, with a man on third, and with one man out, Victorino, who had earlier singled, then went to second base on right fielder’s Stanton’s missed catch error, before going to third on Polanco’s ground out, 4-3, scored on Michael Dunn’s wild pitch, giving the Phils a 5-3 lead. That would end up being the final score as Ryan Madson recorded his twenty-seventh save of the year with a scoreless ninth.

Roy Oswalt (7-8, 3.80) got the win as he pitched six and one-third innings, giving up three runs on eight hits and one walk, while striking out seven. Michael Stutes received his ninth hold of the year as he pitched two-thirds of an inning, giving up a walk. Antonio Bastardo recorded his sixteenth hold of the year as he pitched a 1-2-3 inning, striking out a batter. Ryan Madson recorded his twenty-sixth save of the year, as he pitched a scoreless inning, giving up a hit, while he struck out two. Brad Hand (1-5, 4.23) took the lost as he went five innings plus two batters, as he gave up four runs, three of which were earned, on four hits and three walks, while striking out four. Chris Hatcher pitched a scoreless inning, walking two batters, while striking out two. Ryan Webb pitched a third of an inning, giving up an unearned run on a hit. Michael Dunn and Jose Ceda combined for two and two-thirds scoreless innings, giving up two hits (Ceda) and a walk (Ceda), while striking out three (Dunn (1), Ceda (2)) between them.

The Phils had seven hits in the ballgame, with Shane Victorino leading the team with two hits, a single and a triple. Placido Polanco (Single, RBI), Hunter Pence (Single), John Mayberry, Jr. (Home Run, 3 RBIs), Carlos Ruiz (Single) and Wilson Valdez (Double) had the other five Phils’ hits. The other Phil run came in on a wild pitch.

The Phils (88-46, 1st) continues their series with the Marlins (60-77, 5th) with a night game for tonight. The game will be played at Sun Life Stadium and will begin at 7:10 pm EDT. The Phils will send to the mound Cole Hamels (13-7, 2.58), who is coming off a no-decision against the Reds on August 29, as he went six innings, giving up a run on two hits, while striking out seven, in the Phil’s 3-2 win. He will once again be going for win no. 14, while trying to give the bats a shot at their sixth straight win. The Marlins will counter with Ricky Nolasco (9-10, 4.34), who is coming off a lost against the Mets on August 29, as he went six and two-thirds innings, giving up four runs on nine hits, while striking out three, in the Marlins’ 5-1 lost. He will be trying to end the Phils’ winning streak. The Phils will be going for their sixth straight win.

Phils lose the only game of a very rain-shortened series as they lose to the Marlins, 6-5.

The Phils lose the only game in a series shortened by the approach of Hurricane Irene, as they are unable to overcome Roy Oswalt’s refusal to use his fastball, as they lose to the Marlins, 6-5.

The Marlins took the lead in the first as, with runners on the corners, and with nobody out, Logan Morrison hits into a 6-3 doubleplay, scoring Emilio Bonifacio, who had ealier singled, stole second base, then was safe at third on a fielder’s choice throwing error by shortstop Wilson Valdez on an Omar Infante grounder, when he tried to throw the ball to third baseman Placido Polanco for a force out, but failed, as the ball hit Bonifacio, giving the Marlins a 1-0 lead, while Infante, who had been safe at first on the fielder’s choice grounder error, was wiped out at second base for the inning’s first out. The Phils tied the game up at one-all in the third as Valdez hits a lead-off home run, his first home run of the season. The Marlins retook the lead in the fourth as, with a runner on second, and with nobody out, Greg Dobbs hits an RBI double, scoring Mike Stanton, who had started the inning off with a double, giving the Marlins a 2-1 lead. The Marlins then took a commanding lead in the sixth as, with the bases loaded, via singles by Dobbs, Gaby Sanchez and Mike Cameron, thanks in part to Phils’ starter Roy Oswalt’s sudden refusal to throw his fastball and relying a lot on his off-speed pitches, and with nobody out, John Buck hits a grand-slam home run, his sixteenth home run of the year, scoring Dobbs, Sanchez and Cameron, giving the Marlins a 6-1 lead. The Phils then cut the Marlins’ lead down to 6-4 as, with two men on, and with two men out, Ryan Howard hits a three-run home run, his twenty-seventh home run of the season, knocking in Polanco, who had earlier singled, then went to third on Chase Utley’s double, and Utley, who had just doubled. The Phils then cut the Marlins’ lead down to 6-5 in the ninth as, with one man on, and with one man out, Michael Martinez hit an RBI double, knocking in pinch runner Cliff Lee, who was running for pinch hitter Raul Ibanez, who had earlier hit a pinch hit single. But that would end up being the final score as Steve Cishek recorded his third save of the season by getting out the last two batters, with Polanco grounding out, 6-3, for the game’s final out.

Roy Oswalt (6-8, 3.77) took the lost as he went five and two-thirds innings, giving up six runs, five of which were earned, on twelve hits and a walk, while striking out two. David Herndon, Michael Stutes and Ryan Madson combined for three and one-thirds scoreless innings, giving up just two hits (Herndon (1), Stutes (1)), while striking out five (Herndon (2), Stutes (3)) batters between them. Clay Hensley (2-5, 5.40) gets the win as he went five and two-thirds innings, as he gave up three runs on three hits and a walk, while striking out a batter. Michael Dunn pitched to a batter, being unable to get him out, as he gave up a run on a hit. Ryan Webb received his seventh hold of the season as he pitched an inning and a third, giving up two hits. Edward Mujica converted his fifteenth hold of the year as he pitched a scoreless inning, giving up a hit, while striking out two. Steve Cishek recorded his third save of the year as he pitched an inning, giving up a run on two hits, striking out a batter.

The Phils had nine hits in the ballgame, with Hunter Pence leading the team with two hits, both singles. Placido Polanco (Single), Chase Utley (Double), Ryan Howard (Home Run, 3 RBIs), John Mayberry, Jr. (Double), Wilson Valdez (Home Run, RBI), Michael Martinez (Double, RBI) and pinch hitter Raul Ibanez (Single), had the other seven Phils’ hits.

The Phils (83-46, 1st East) will be off for the next two days, thanks to both games being called because of the approach of Hurricane Irene. Their next game is suppose to be on Monday night against the Cincinnati Reds.

The Phils allow one to slip thru their grasp as they lose in extra-innings to the Marlins, 7-6.

The Phils let one slip away as they lose in extra-innings to the Marlins, 7-6.

The Phils took the lead in the second inning as, with one man on, and with two men out, John Mayberry, Jr. hits a two-run home run, his fourth home run of the season, knocking in Dom Brown, who had just walked, giving the Phils a 2-0 lead. The Phils added to their lead in the third as, with two men on, and with two men, Raul Ibanez hits an RBI double, scoring Chase Utey, who had earlier doubled, and Ryan Howard, who had just been intentionally walked, giving the Phils a 4-0 lead. The Marlins cut the Phils’ lead in their half of the third as, with two men on, and with two men on, Gaby Sanchez hits an RBI single, scoring Anibal Sanchez, who had earlier singled, then went to second on Emilio Bonifacio’s walk, making it a 4-1 Phils’ lead, before Bonifiacio, who had earlier walked, scored on Brown’s fielding error, making it a 4-2 Phils’ lead, while allowing Sanchez to reach third base. The Marlins then made it a 4-3 Phils’ lead as the next batter, Hanley Ramirez, hits an RBI single, scoring G. Sanchez. The Phils added to their lead in the fourth as, with two men out, Jimmy Rollins hits a solo home run, his eighth home run of the season, giving the Phils a 5-3 lead. The Phils then took a 6-3 lead in the sixth as, with one man out, thanks to Brown’s base running blunder of missing second base on what would otherwise had been a triple, but instead would be a single as the Marlins’ pitcher, Michael Dunn threw to second base for the out, 1-6, as the shortstop touched second base, Mayberry hits a solo home run, his fifth home run of the year and his second of the game. This would later come back to bite the Phils. The Marlins would cut down the Phils’ lead again in their half of the sixth as, with one man on, and with nobody out, Logan Morrison hits a two-run home run, his twelfth home run of the season, scoring Ramirez, who had led off the inning with a single, making it a 6-5 Phils’ lead. The Marlins would tie the game up at six-all in the seventh as, with runners on the corners, and with one man out. Ramirez hits an RBI single, knocking in Omar Infante, who had earlier tripled, while sending G. Sanchez, who had just walked, up to second base. The Marlins then tried to take the lead as they loaded the bases as Morrison reached base on a fielding error by Mayberry in center as he did not catch a ball that was catchable, as both G. Sanchez and Ramirez moved up a base. But, Andrew Carpenter got out of the jam by getting Mike Stanton to hit into a 5-4-3 doubleplay, wiping out Morrison at second base. The game stayed tied until the bottom of the tenth as, with one man out, Stanton hits a walk-off solo home run, his seventeenth home run of the season, giving the Marlins a 7-6 walk-off win.

Kyle Kendrick got a no-decision as he pitched only five innings, as he gave up  three runs, only one of which was earned, on seven hits and two walks, while striking out two. David Herndon received his second hold of the year as he pitched two-thirds of an inning, giving up two runs on three hits, while he struck out one. Andrew Carpenter received his first blown save of the year as he pitched an inning and a third, giving up a run on two hits and a walk, while he struck out one. Michael Stutes pitched a scoreless inning, giving up a hit. Danys Baez (2-4, 5.40) took the lost as he pitched an inning and a third, giving up a run on one hit, while he struck out two. Anibal Sanchez also got a no-decision as he went only four innings, giving up five runs on six hits and three walks, while striking out six. Michael Dunn pitched two innings, giving up a run on three hits. Randy Choate, Steve Cishek and Leo Nunez combined for three scoreless innings, giving up just two walks (Nunez) between them. Edward Mujica (6-2, 3.05) got the win as he pitched a 1-2-3 inning.

The Phils had nine hits in the game, with Jimmy Rollins (Single, Home Run, RBI), Chase Utley (Single, Double) and John Mayberry, Jr. (2 Home Runs, 3 RBIs) all leading the team with two hits each. Ryan Howard (Single), Raul Ibanez (Double, 2 RBIs) and Dom Brown (Single), had the other three Phils’ hits.

The Phils (55-33, 1st) have the day off today.

Vance Worley, Michael Stutes and Antonio Bastardo combine for a two-hit shutout as the Phils beat the Marlins, 1-0

Vance Worley, Michael Stutes and Antonio Bastardo combine to pitch a two-hit shutout against the Marlins as the Phils win, 1-0.

The Phils, in the seventh, break up a 0-0 pitchers’ duel between Phils’ starter Vance Worley, who, in six innings, gave up only two hits and two walks, while striking out five, and Marlins’ starter Ricky Nolasco, who had given up four hits and a walk, while striking out three, as, with two men on, and with nobody out, Michael Martinez hits an RBI single, scoring Dom Brown, who had earlier singled, then moved up to second base on Brian Schneider’s walk, giving the Phils a 1-0 lead, while sending Schneider, who had just walked, on to second base.  That would be the final score as Worley would pitch a 1-2-3 bottom of the seventh, then Michael Stutes would come in and pitch a 1-2-3 eighth inning, and then Antonio Bastardo would come in and record his fifth save, in five attempts, as he pitched a scoreless ninth.

Vance Worley (4-1, 2.20) would get the win as he pitched seven shutout innings, giving up just two runs and two walks, while striking out six. Michael Stutes collected his sixth hold of the year as he pitched a 1-2-3 inning, striking out a batter. Antonio Bastardo recorded his fifth save of the year as he pitched a scoreless ninth, giving up a walk, while striking out a batter. Ricky Nolasco (5-5, 3.91) picked up the lost as he pitched seven shutout innings, giving up a run on six hits and two walks, while striking out four. Randy Choate pitched a 1-2-3 inning, striking out two. Michael Dunn pitched two-thirds of an inning, giving up a walk. Edward Mujica pitched a third of an inning, getting out the only man that he would face.

The Phils would have just six hits in the ballgame, with Dom Brown leading the team with two hits, both singles. Jimmy Rollins, Chase Utley, Brian Schneider and Michael Martinez (RBI) had the other four Phils’ hits, all singles.

The Phils (54-32, 1st) will continue their three-game series with the Marlins (38-47, 5th) with a night game tomorrow night at Sun Life Stadium. The game will start at 7:10 pm EDT. The Phils will send to the mound Cole Hamels (9-4, 2.41), who is coming off a no-decision against the Red Sox on June 30, as he went just four innings, because of an injury to his glove hand as it was hit by a line drive, giving up only two hits, while striking out two, in the Phils’ 5-2 lost. He will be trying, for the fourth time, to get his tenth win of the season. The Marlins will counter with Chris Volstad (4-7, 5.01), who is coming off a win against the A’s on June 30, as he went seven shutout innings, giving up seven hits, in the Marlins’ 5-4 win. He will be trying to even up the series. The Phils will be going for their fifth straight series win, while trying to give Hamels his tenth win of the season.

Cliff Lee throws a complete game, two-hit shutout as the Phils complete the sweep of the Marlins, as they defeat the fish, 3-0.

Cliff Lee throws a complete game, two-hit shutout of the fish as the Phils complete a 9-2 home stand with a four-game sweep of the free falling Marlins, 3-0.

The Phils took a 1-0 lead in the fourth as, with one man on, and with two men out, Cliff Lee helped his own cause by hitting an RBI double, knocking in Michael Martinez, who has just singled. The Phils then increased their lead in the fifth as, with two men out, Ryan Howard hits a solo home run, his fifteenth home run of the season, giving the Phils a 2-0 lead. The Phils then made it a 3-0 lead in the sixth as, with one man on, and with two men out, Jimmy Rollins hits an RBI double, scoring Dom Brown, who had earlier singled, moved up to second base on Martinez’s ground out, 6-3, then went to third on Lee’s ground out, 1-3. That would be all the runs that Lee would need, as he pitched a two-hit, complete game,  shut out, his second complete game of the season, giving up two singles, one to Mike Stanton, with two outs in the fifth, ending his no-hit bid, and the other in the seventh by Logan Morrison, as he kept the fish under control.

Cliff Lee (7-5, 3.12) took the win as he pitched a complete game shutout, giving up just two hits and two walks, while striking out four. Javier Vazquez (3-7, 6.85) took the lost as he went five innings, giving up two runs on eight hits and two walks, while he struck out three. Michael Dunn pitched an inning, giving up a run on two hits, while striking out a batter. Ryan Webb pitched two 1-2-3 innings.

The Phils had ten hits in the ballgame, with Shane Victorino (Singles) and Cliff Lee (Single, Double, RBI) both leading the team with two hits apiece. Jimmy Rollins (Single, RBI), Placido Polanco (Single), Ryan Howard (Home Run,  RBI), Raul Ibanez (Double) and Michael Martinez (Single), had the other six Phils’ hits.

The Phils (44-26, 1st NL East) will now start Interleague Play with a three-game set against the Mariners (35-34, 2nd AL West), starting tomorrow night with a night game at Safeco Field in Seattle. The game will start at 10:10 EDT (7:10 pm PDT). The Phils will send to the mound Roy Oswalt (4-4, 3.14), who is coming off a win against the Cubs on June 12, as he went seven innings, giving up three runs on five hits and two walks, while striking out five, in the Phils’ 4-3 come from behind win. He will be going for his fifth win of the season, while trying to extend the Phils’ winning streak to eight games. The Mariners will try to counter with Michael Pineda (6-4, 2.72), who is coming off a lost against the Tigers on June 11, as he pitched five and one-third innings, giving up six runs, five of which were earned, on eight hits and a walk, while striking out four, in the Mariners’ 8-1 lost. He will be trying to end the Phils present winning streak. The Phils will be looking to not allow Interleague Play to ruin their present momentum, like it has the past three seasons.

The Phils come from behind to defeat the Marlins, 5-3.

The Phils scored five unanswered runs in the last three innings to defeat the Marlins, 5-3.

The Marlins took a 1-0 lead in the first as, with two men out, Hanley Ramirez hits a solo home run, his second home run of the season. The Marlins then increased their lead in the sixth as, with the bases loaded, via three straight singles, an infield single by Emilio Bonifacio, a single by Ramirez, sending Bonifacio to second base, and a bloop single by Gaby Sanchez, with Bonifacio stopping at third, and Ramirez stopping at second base, and with one man out, John Buck hits an RBI single, scoring Bonifacio, giving the Marlins a 2-0 lead, while Ramirez and Sanchez would both move up a base, leaving the bases loaded. The Marlins then took a 3-0 lead as the next batter, Mike Stanton, hits a sacrifice fly, scoring Bonifacio. The Phils then cut the Marlins’ lead in the seventh as, with runners on the corners, and with one man out, pinch hitter Pete Orr hits a pinch hit double, scoring Raul Ibanez, who had earlier doubled, and then reached third on first baseman Sanchez’s fielding error of Dane Sardinha’s grounder, making it a 3-1 Marlins’ lead, while sending Sardinha, who had been safe at first on Sanchez’s error, over to third base. The Phils then made it a 3-2 Marlins’ lead as pinch hitter Ross Gload hits into an RBI ground out, three-unassisted, scoring Sardinha, while sending Orr on to third. The Phils then tied it up at three-all in the eighth as Shane Victorino hits a lead-off home run, his sixth home run of the year. The Phils then took the lead in the ninth as, with runners on second and third, and with two men out, Jimmy Rollins hits a two-run single, scoring Sardinha, who had earlier singled, then stopped at third on Orr’s double, and Orr, who had just doubled, giving the Phils a 5-3 lead, before stopping at second on the throw to home. That would end up being the final score as Ryan Madson recorded his fifth save of the season with a 1-2-3 ninth.

Cliff Lee received a no-decision as he pitched six innings, giving up three runs on seven hits, while he struck out four. J.C. Romero pitched a 1-2-3 inning. Kyle Kendrick (3-2, 1.42) gets the win as he pitched a scoreless inning, giving up a hit and a walk. Ryan Madson collected his fifth save of the season as he pitched a 1-2-3 ninth, striking out two Marlins. Ricky Nolasco also received a no-decision as he pitched six and a third innings, giving up two runs, only one of which was earned, on five hits and two walks, while striking out six. Ryan Webb collected his third hold of the season as he pitched two-thirds of an inning, getting out both men that he would face. Michael Dunn received his first blown save of the year as he gave up a run on one hit, while striking out one. Leo Nunez (0-1, 3.38) took the lost as he gave up two runs on three hits, while he struck out one.

The Phils had nine hits in the game, with Pete Orr leading the team with two hits, both doubles, with one of them as a pinch hitter, as he knocked in a run. Jimmy Rollins (Single, 2 RBIs), Shane Victorino (Home Run, RBI), Placido Polanco (Single), Raul Ibanez (Double), Brian Schneider (Double), Dane Sardinha (Single) and Cliff Lee (Single), had the other seven Phils’ hits. Pinch hitter Ross Gload knocked in the other Phil run with a ground out. The Phils’ bench helped to spark the Phils’ comeback in the late innings, getting some key hits.

The Phils (24-12, 1st) have the day off today, before starting a three-game weekend series with the Braves (20-18, 3rd), starting tomorrow night. They presently have a three game lead over the second place Marlins (21-15) after last night’s win.

A mistake-ridden eighth inning ruins Halladay’s good performance as the Phils lose the pitchers’ duel to the Marlins, 2-1.

Errors in the Marlins’ eighth lead to the Phils losing the pitchers’ duel, 2-1.

The Phils took the lead in the second as Ryan Howard hits a lead-off home run, his eighth home run of the year, giving the Phils a 1-0 lead. After turning back a pair of bases loaded threats by the Phils in the second and third innings, the Marlins tied the game up at one-all in the third as, with two men on, and with one man out, Emilio Bonifacio hits a sacrifice fly, scoring Josh Johnson, who had earlier walked, then went to third on Chris Coghlan’s double, while Coghlan, who had just doubled, would move up to third. The game would then become a pitchers’ duel between Johnson, who would pitch six innings, only giving up one run on six hits and three walks, while striking out seven, as he would pitch himself out of trouble early in the game, and Phils’ starter Roy Halladay, who in the first seven innings, would also give up just a run, on three hits and two walks, while striking out eight. The Marlins then took the lead in the eight as Omar Infante would reach base on a Jimmy Rollins throwing error, before moving up to second base on a Halladay wild pitch. Infante would then move up to third on a ground out, 4-3, by pinch hitter Osvaldo Martinez. Coghlan then followed with an RBI single, scoring Infante and giving the Marlins a 2-1 lead. That would be the final score as Leo Nunez collected his twelfth save of the season by pitching a scoreless ninth, getting Shane Victorino to ground out, 3-1, to end the game.

Roy Halladay (5-2, 2.05) took the lost as he gave up two run, only one of which was earned, on five hits and two walks, while striking out nine. Josh Johnson received a no-decision, as he went six innings, giving up a run on six hits and three walks, while striking out seven. Michael Dunn (3-2, 1.26) gets the win as he pitched a 1-2-3 inning, striking out a batter. Leo Nunez recorded his twelfth save of the year as he pitched a scoreless inning, walking a batter, while striking out one.

The Phils had just six hits with Raul Ibanez leading the team with two hits, a single and a double, as he raised his batting average to .231. Jimmy Rollins (Single), Shane Victorino (Single), Ryan Howard (Home Run, RBI) and Ben Francisco (Single), had the other four Phils’ hits, as the offense was not able to get the key hit when they had Josh Johnson on the ropes in the early going.

The Phils (23-12, 1st) will conclude their three-game set with the Marlins (21-14, 2nd) with a night game at Sun Life Stadium. The game will begin at 7:10 pm EDT. The Phils will send to the mound Cliff Lee (2-3, 3.69), who is coming off a lost against the Braves on May 6, as he pitched seven innings, giving up three runs on nine hits and a walk, while striking out sixteen in the Phils’ 5-0 lost. He will once again try for his third win of the season, while hoping that the offense will decide to help him this time. The Marlins will counter with Ricky Nolasco (3-0, 3.23), who is coming off a no-decision against the Nats on May 6, as he went seven innings, giving up two runs on six hits and two walks, while striking out eleven, in the Marlins’ 3-2 lost. He will be trying to give the Marlins the series win. The Phils will be trying to put the fish once again three games behind them in the East.

Saturday: Countdown to the Playoffs, Game # 2: Phils broke open a scoreless game in the late innings as they defeat the Braves again, 7-0.

The Phils score seven runs in the last three innings, en route to a shut out over the Braves, as they once again delay the Braves entrance into the playoffs, as they spoil Bobby Cox’s day, 7-0. The victory help the Phils clinch the best record in baseball, doing it for the first time in the team’s long history.

The first six innings would involve a pitchers’ duel between the Phils and Braves’ pitching staff before the Phils finally scored in the seventh inning. The Phils took the lead in the seventh as, with runners on the corners, and with nobody out, Chase Utley hits an RBI single, knocking in pinch runner Brian Bocock, who had replaced Jimmy Rollins, who had earlier walked, before heading to third on Braves third baseman Brooks Conrad’s force attempt throwing error to second on a Placido Polanco grounder, giving the Phils a 1-0 lead, while sending pinch runner Wilson Valdez, who was running in place of Polanco, who was safe at first on the error, up to third base. Two batters later, after Utley had stolen second base, Raul Ibanez hits an RBI single, knocking in Valdez, giving the Phils a 2-0 lead, while Utley would stop at third base. The Phils then made it 3-0 as Shane Victorino followed with an RBI single, knocking in Utley, while moving Ibanez up to second base. Three batters later, with the bases now loaded, thanks to a Brian Schneider walk, moving both Ibanez and Victorino up a base, and now with two men out, a Craig Kimbrel wild pitch allowed Ibanez to score, making it a 4-0 Phils’ lead, while sending Victorino up to third and Schneider to second base. The Phils added to their lead in the eighth as, with a runner on second, and with two men out, Ibanez hits an RBI single, knocking in Utley, who had earlier singled, stole second, and then went to third on Braves catcher Brian McCann’s throwing error, giving the Phils a 5-0 lead. The Phils then increased their lead in the ninth as, with two men on, and with one man out, Valdez hits an RBI double, knocking in Schneider, who had earlier walked, then went to second on Ross Gload’s single, giving the Phils a 6-0 lead, while Gload, who had earlier singled, would stop at third base. After Chase Utley is intentionally walked to load up the bases, with still one man out, pinch hitter John Mayberry, Jr. is walked, forcing in Gload, giving the Phils a 7-0 lead, while moving up a base both Valdez and Utley. That would be the final score as Jose Contreras pitches a 1-2-3 ninth, getting Conrad to end the game by striking out, swinging.

Vance Worley receives a no-decision as he pitches five strong innings, giving up just one hit and two walks, while striking out three. Antonio Bastardo gets the win as he pitches a shut out inning, giving up a hit, while striking out a batter. His record is now 2-0 with an ERA of 4.34. Danys Baez, Ryan Madson and Jose Contreras combine for three scoreless innings, giving up just a hit (Madson), while striking out three (Baez (1), Contreras (2)), between them. Tommy Hanson also receives a no-decision as he pitches five shut out innings, giving up six hits and two walks, while striking out six. Jonny Venters took the lost as he pitches an inning and a third, giving up four runs, only two of which were earned, on four hits and a walk, while striking out three. His record is now 4-4 with a 1.97 ERA. Craig Kimbrel pitches two-thirds of an inning, giving up two walks and a wild pitch, while striking out two. Michael Dunn also pitches two-thirds of an innings, giving up a run on two hits, a walk, and a wild pitch, while striking out two. Kyle Farnsworth pitches a third of an inning, getting out the only man that he would face. Takashi Saito pitches a third of an inning, giving up two runs on two hits and three walks. Scott Proctor pitches two-thirds of an innings, striking out both men that he would face.

The Phils had fourteen hits in the game, with Shane Victorino leading the team with three hits, two singles and a double, knocking in a run. Placido Polanco, Chase Utley, Raul Ibanez and Brian Schneider all followed with two hits each, all singles, as Utley knocked in a run, and Ibanez brought in two. Jimmy Rollins, Wilson Valdez and Ross Gload had the other three Phils’ hit, with Rollins and Valdez’s hits being doubles, with Valdez knocking in a run, and Gload’s hit being a single. John Mayberry, Jr. had the Phil other RBI via a bases loaded walk. The other Phil run came in on a wild pitch. The Phils’ offense missed a lot of early scoring opportunities before finally cashing in in the last three innings.

The Phils (97-64, 1st) clinched the best record in baseball as the Yankees lose the second game of a day-night double header to the Red Sox, the first time that it has happen in the team’s history. They have only one more game to play in the regular season.

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