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Cliff Lee wins his second straight start as the Phils defeat the Braves, 5-1.

Cliff Lee wins his second straight start as the Phils beat the Braves, 5-1.

The Phils took the lead in the first as, with two men on, and with two men out, John Mayberry,  Jr. hits an RBI single, knocking in Juan Pierre, who had earlier been safe at first on a force out, 4-unassisted, as Jimmy Rollins, who had started the game off with a single, is tagged out for the inning’s first out, then moved up to second base on Ryan Howard’s single, giving the Phils a 1-0 lead, while Howard, who had just singled, would stop at second base. The Phils then increased their lead in the third as Rollins hits a lead-off home run, his sixteenth home run of the year, as the ball hit the foul pole. The Phils then took a 3-0 lead in the fifth as, with one man on, and with two men out, Chase Utley hits an RBI double, knocking in Pierre, who had just singled. The Phils then increased their lead in the sixth as, with the bases loaded, via singles by Laynce Nix and Kevin Frandsen, with Nix stopping at second base, and an infield single by Erik Kratz, moving up both runners, and with nobody out, Cliff Lee helped his own cause by taking an RBI walk, forcing in Nix, giving the Phils a 4-0 lead, while moving up a base both Frandsen and Kratz. The Phils then made it a 5-0 lead two batters later as, with the bases still loaded, and now with one man out, pinch hitter Ty Wigginton hits into an RBI force out, 5-4, knocking in Frandsen, as Lee is wiped out at second base for the inning’s second out, while Kratz would move up to third base. The Braves would finally get onto the scoreboard in the eighth as Martin Prado hits a lead-off home run, his ninth home run of the season, making it a 5-1 Phils’ lead. That would end up being the final score as Antonio Bastardo pitched a scoreless ninth.

Cliff Lee (4-7, 3.52) got the win as he pitched seven shutout innings, giving up five scattered hits and a walk, while striking out five. B.J. Rosenberg pitched a third of an inning, as he gave up a run on a hit. Antonio Bastardo pitched a scoreless inning and two-thirds, giving up a hit, while striking out four. Tim Hudson (13-5, 3.76) took the lost as he pitched five innings, plus four batters, giving up five runs on nine hits and three walks, while striking out three. Luis Avilan, Peter Moylan and Miguel Batista combined for four scoreless innings, giving up a hit (Batista) and a walk (Batista) between them, while striking out a batter (Batista).

The Phils had ten hits in the game, with Jimmy Rollins leading the team with three hits, two singles and a home run, knocking in a run. Juan Pierre (Single), Chase Utley (Double, RBI), Ryan Howard (Single), John Mayberry, Jr. (Single, RBI), Laynce Nix (Single), Kevin Frandsen (Single) and Erik Kratz (Single) had the other seven hits. Cliff Lee brought in a run on a bases loaded walk, while pinch hitter Ty Wigginton brought in the final Phils’ run on a force out. The Phils also had four walks and a stolen base (Rollins, 25) in the game. 

The Phils (64-69, 3rd) will conclude their series with the Braves (74-59, 2nd) with a late afternoon game. The game will be played at Turner Field, and is to start at 5:05 pm EDT. The Phils will send to the mound Cole Hamels (14-6, 2.99), who is coming off a no-decision against the Reds on August 23, as he pitched six innings, giving up three runs on six hits and three walks, while striking out four, in the Phils’ 4-3 extra-innings win. He will again be trying for his fifteenth win of the year. The Braves will counter with Paul Maholm (11-9, 3.44), who is coming off a lost against the Padres on August 27, as he went six and two-thirds innings, giving up two runs on eight hits and a walk, while striking out five, in the Braves’ 3-0 lost. He will be trying to keep the Braves from being swept. The Phils will be going for the sweep.

Cliff Lee finally records his first victory of 2012 as the Phils crush the Mets 9-2.

Cliff Lee finally wins his first start of 2012 as the Phils’ bats decide to come to life as they crush the Mets, 9-2.

The Mets took the lead in the fourth as Scott Hairston hits a solo home run, his eleventh home run of the season, giving the Mets a 1-0 lead. The Mets added to their lead in the fifth as, with runners on the corners, and with two men out, David Wright hits an RBI single, knocking in Ruben Tejada, who had earlier singled, then stopped at third base on Daniel Murphy’s single, giving the Mets a 2-0 lead, while sending Murphy, who had just singled, on to third base. The Phils tied the game at two-all in the seventh as, with one man on, and with nobody out, Chase Utley hits a two-run home run, his second home run of the year, knocking in Juan Pierre, who had started the inning off with a single. The Phils then took the lead on batter later as Carlos Ruiz hits a solo home run, his thirteenth home run of the year, giving the Phils a 3-2 lead. The Phils added to their lead in the eighth as, with a runner on second, and with one man out, Jimmy Rollins hits an RBI ground-rule double, scoring John Mayberry, Jr., who had earlier singled, then moved up to second base on Cliff Lee’s sacrifice bunt, 1-4, giving the Phils a 4-2 lead. Three batters later, with two men on, and now with two men out, Ruiz hits an RBI single, knocking in Rollins, giving the Phils a 5-2 lead, while sending pinch hitter Ty Wigginton, who had earlier been intentionally walked, up to second base. The Phils then made it a 6-2 lead as Hunter Pence hits an RBI infield single, beating shortstop Tejada’s throw to first, as Wigginton ran all the way from second base to score, while Ruiz would stop at second base. The Phils increased their lead in the ninth as, with runners on the corners, and with one man out, Rollins hits into an RBI force out, 4-6, forcing out at second base pinch hitter Jason Pridie, who had earlier singled, as Mayberry, who had earlier been safe at first on an earlier force out, 5-4, as Placido Polanco, who had started the inning off with a single, is wiped out at second base, giving the Phils a 7-2 lead. The Phils then took a 9-2 lead as Wigginton hits a two-run home run, his ninth home run of the season, scoring Rollins. That would end up being the final score as Jonathan Papelbon pitched a 1-2-3 ninth.

Cliff Lee (1-5, 3.98) got the win as he threw eight strong innings, giving up two runs on seven hits and a walk, while striking out nine. Jonathan Papelbon threw a 1-2-3 inning. Chris Young (2-2, 3.41) took the lost as he went seven innings, giving up three runs on five hits, while striking out three. Miguel Batista pitched to one batter, giving up a run on a hit. Tim Brydak pitched two-thirds of an inning, giving up two runs on a hit and a walk. Jeremy Hefner pitched an inning and a third, giving up three runs on five hits.

The Phils had twelve hits in the ballgame, with Juan Pierre (Singles), Carlos Ruiz (Single, Home Run, 2 RBIs) and Hunter Pence (Singles, RBI) all leading the team with two hits apiece. Jimmy Rollins (Double,  2 RBIs), Chase Utley (Home Run, 2 RBIs), Placido Polanco (Single), John Mayberry, Jr. (Single), Ty Wigginton (Home Run, 2 RBIs) and pinch hitter Jason Pridie (Single), had the other six Phils’ hits, as the offense came alive in their last three at-bats. The Phils also had a walk and a stolen base (Pierre (20)) in the game.

The Phils (37-46, 5th) will conclude their series with the Mets (44-38, 2nd) with a night game later today. The game will be played at Citi Field and will start at 7:10 pm EDT. The Phils will send to the mound Cole Hamels (10-4, 3.08), who is coming off a lost to the Marlins on June 30, as he went seven innings, giving up three runs on seven hits and three walks, while striking out five, in the Phils’ 3-2 lost. He will be going for his eleventh win of the season, while trying to help the Phils win the series. The Mets will counter with R.A. Dickey (12-1, 2.15), who is coming off a win against the Dodgers on June 29, as he pitched eight innings, giving up just three hits and a walk, while striking out ten, in the Mets’ 9-0 shutout. He will be trying for his thirteenth win of the season. The Phils will be going for the series win, while trying to keep from being contained by Dickey.

An anemic offense, an imploding bullpen and now defensive mishaps do in the Phils as they lose to the Mets, 7-4.

An offense that seems to be mainly in neutral, a bullpen that is leaking losses and now a defense that is making mistakes, help the Phils lose their second straight series, as they lose to the Mets, 7-4.

The Phils jumped off to a quick 2-0 lead as, with one man on, and with two men out, Hunter Pence hits a two-run home run, his seventh home run of the season, knocking in Juan Pierre, who had earlier singled. The Phils added to their lead in the second as, with a runner on third, and with nobody out, Pete Orr hits an RBI single, scoring John Mayberry, Jr., who had reached first base on shortstop Jordany Valdespin’s throwing error, before stopping at second base on the error, then moving to third base on pitcher Miguel Batista’s throwing error on his pickoff attempt, giving the Phils a 3-0 lead. The Phils then made it a 4-0 lead as, with two men on, and with two men out, Shane Victorino hits an RBI double, scoring Orr, who had stolen second base, while sending Jimmy Rollins, who had earlier walked, on to third base. The Mets got a run back in the fourth as, with runners on the corners, and with one man out, Daniel Murphy hits an RBI single, knocking in Kirk Nieuwenhuis, who had started the inning off with a double, then moved up to third base on David Wright’s fly out to right, making it a 4-1 Phils’ lead, while sending Lucas Duda, who had just walked, up to second base. The Mets cut the Phils’ lead down to 4-2 in the seventh as, with runners on the corners, and with two men out, Nieuwenhuis hits an RBI single, knocking in Valdespin, who had started the inning off with a walk, then went to third base on Andres Torres’ single, while sending Torres, who had just singled, up to second base. The Mets then made it a 4-3 Phils’ lead as Wright hits an RBI single to right, scoring Torres, while sending Nieuwenhuis to third on the late throw to the plate, before the Mets would tied it up a four-all as the Phils blew an attempt to end the inning as Carlos Ruiz tried to cut down Wright as he tried to move up to second base on the throw, as he threw the ball to Orr, but the rundown that followed, involving Orr and Rollins, is messed up by Orr worrying a bit too much about Nieuwenhuis at third, before Orr, as he tried to pick off Nieuwenhuis, committed a throwing error as the ball gets past third baseman Placido Polanco into the left field foul area, allowing Nieuwenhuis to score the tying run, and for Wright to reach third base on the error. The Mets then took a 5-4 lead as Duda hits an RBI single, scoring Wright. The Mets added to their lead in the ninth as, with runners on the corners, and with nobody out, Nieuwenhuis hits a sacrifice fly, scoring pinch hitter Mike Baxter, who had earlier walked, then moved up to third on Torres’ single, giving the Mets a 6-4 lead, while sending Torres up to second base. The Mets then made it a 7-4 lead two batters later as Duda hits an RBI single, knocking in Torres. That would be the final score as Jon Rauch recorded his first save of the year as he pitched a scoreless ninth, getting Pence to end the ballgame by grounding out, 5-3, for the final out.

Joe Blanton received a no-decision as he threw six and two-thirds innings, giving up four runs on five hits and three walks, while striking out seven. Chad Qualls committed his third blown save attempt of the season, before taking the lost (1-1, 3.48), as he faced only one batter, giving up an unearned run on a hit. Antonio Bastardo pitched two-thirds of an inning, giving up a hit. Jose Contreras pitched two-thirds of an inning, getting out both men that he would face. Michael Schwimer pitched two-thirds of an inning, giving up two runs on a hit and a walk, as he struck out a batter. Joe Savery pitched a third of an inning, giving up a hit. Miguel Batista also received a no-decision as he pitched five and one-third innings, giving up four runs, only two of which were earned, on eight hits and two walks, while striking out a batter. Manny Acosta (1-2, 8.59) got the win as he pitched two-thirds of an inning, getting out both men that he would face, as he struck out a batter. Ramon Ramirez received his first hold of the season as he threw one and two-thirds scoreless innings, giving up a hit and a walk, while striking out two. Tim Brydak received his seventh hold of the year as he got out the only man that he would face. Jon Rauch received his first save of the season as he threw a scoreless ninth, giving up a hit.

The Phils had ten hits in the game, with Juan Pierre (Singles), John Mayberry, Jr. (Singles) and Pete Orr (Single, Double, RBI) all leading the team with two hits apiece. Shane Victorino (Double, RBI), Hunter Pence (Home Run, 2 RBIs), Placido Polanco (Single) and Carlos Ruiz (Double), had the other four Phils’ hits, as the offense was once more (this is starting to sound like a BROKEN RECORD) unable to get the big hit that would’ve help put the game away before the Mets’ four-run rally in the seventh. The Phils also had three walks and two stolen bases (Pierre (5), Orr (1)) in the ballgame.

The Phils (14-17, 5th) will conclude their series with the Mets (17-13, 3rd) with a night game tonight. The game will be played at Citizens Bank Park, and will begin at 7:05 pm EDT. The Phils will send to the mound Cliff Lee ( 0-1, 1.96), who is coming back from an injury in early April. In his last start, a no-decision against the Giants on April 18, he went ten scoreless innings, giving up seven scattered hits, as he struck out eight, in the Phils’ 1-0 extra-innings lost. He will be trying to stop the Phils’ present losing streak, while trying to capture his first victory of the season. The Mets will counter with Dillon Gee (2-2, 4.50), who is coming off a no-decision against the D-backs on May 4, as he went six innings, giving up two runs on four hits and three walks, while striking out six, in the Mets’ 5-4 lost. He will be trying to lead the Mets to a series sweep. The Phils will be out to keep from being swept, as they try to get out of their present rut.

The Phils blow another lead, before losing in the ninth, as they are downed by the Mets, 5-2.

The Phils watch yet another lead slip away before losing it in the ninth on a three-run home run by a rookie, as they dropped the series’ opener to the Mets, 5-2.

The Phils took a quick lead in the first as, with a man on third, and with nobody out, John Mayberry, Jr. hits a sacrifice fly, knocking in Jimmy Rollins, who had started the game off for the Phils with a double, then went to third on center fielder Andres Torres’ fielding error, giving the Phils a 1-0 lead. The Phils added to their lead in the second as, with a man on first, and with nobody out, Placido Polanco hits an RBI double, scoring Carlos Ruiz, who had started the inning off with a walk, giving the Phils a 2-0 lead. The Mets would tie the game up at two-all in the sixth as, with two men on, and with two men out, David Wright hits a two-run double, knocking in Torres, who had earlier walked, then stopped at second base on Kirk Nieuwenhuis’ single, and Nieuwenhuis, who had just singled. The Mets then took the lead in the ninth as, with two men on, and with two men out, Jordany Valdespin hits a three-home run, his first career home run, as well as his first career hit, knocking in Ike Davis, who had earlier walked, then stopped at third on Mike Nickeas’ double, and Nickeas, who had just doubled, giving the Mets a 5-2 lead. That would end up being the final score as Frank Francisco recorded his eighth save of the year as he threw a 1-2-3 bottom of the ninth, getting Shane Victorino to ground out, 4-3, for the game’s final out.

Roy Halladay received a no-decision as he threw seven strong innings, giving up two runs on five hits and a walk, while striking out seven. Antonio Bastardo pitched a scoreless inning, walking two batters. Jonathan Papelbon (0-1, 3.00) took the lost as he pitched an inning, giving up three runs on two hits and a walk, while striking out two. Jon Niese also received a no-decision as he went five innings, giving up two runs on four hits and four walks, while striking out five. Manny Acosta pitched a 1-2-3 inning, striking out a batter. Bobby Parnell pitched one and two-thirds scoreless innings, giving up four hits, and a walk. Tim Brydak (1-0, 4.00) got the win as he pitched a third of an inning, striking out the only man that he would face. Frank Francisco collected his eighth save of the year as he threw a 1-2-3 ninth, as he struck out a batter.

The Phils had eight hits in the game, with Jimmy Rollins (Single, Double) and Shane Victorino (Singles) both leading the team with two hits each. John Mayberry, Jr. (Single, RBI), Ty Wigginton (Single), Carlos Ruiz (Single) and Placido Polanco (Double, RBI) had the other four Phils’ hits, as the offense is once again unable to capitalize when given the chance to regain the lead late in the game. The Phils also had five walks, showing a bit more patient at the plate.

The Phils (14-16, 5th) continue their series with the Mets (16-13, 3rd) with a night game tonight. The game will be played at Citizens Bank Park and is to start at 7:05 pm EDT. The Phils will be sending to the mound Joe Blanton (3-3, 2.83), who is coming off a complete-game, shutout win against the Braves on May 3, as he gave up only three hits, while striking out six, in the Phils’ 4-0 win. He will be trying to help the Phils tie up the series at a win apiece. The Mets will counter with Miguel Batista (0-1, 6.92), who is coming off a relief appearance against the Astros on May 1, as he threw two and two-thirds innings, giving up a run on three hits and four walks, while he struck out a batter, in the Mets’ 6-3 lost. He will be trying to pitch the Mets to a series win. The Phils will be out to even up the series.

The Phils, as they score seven runs in their last two at-bats, are able to salvage a win, as they defeat the Mets, 8-2.

The Phils, as they score seven runs in their last two at-bats, reward Cole Hamels’ strong start as they salvage a victory as they beat the Mets, 8-2.

The Mets took a quick 2-0 lead in the first as, with one man on, and with two men out, a struggling Ike Davis hits a two-run home run, his first home run of the season, knocking in David Wright, who had just singled. The Phils got a run back in their half of the first as, with two men on, and with no one out, Jimmy Rollins hits an RBI single, knocking in Juan Pierre, who had started the inning off with a single, then moved up to second base on Shane Victorino’s single, cutting the Mets’ lead down to 2-1, while sending Victorino, who had just singled, up to second base. The game then became a pitchers’ duel for the next four and one-third innings, as Phils’ starter Cole Hamels gave up only four more hits and a walk, while striking out ten Mets, putting up a strong performance, while Mets’ starter Mike Pelfrey threw six strong innings of his own, as he refused to give the Phils the key hit that they’d been looking for, as he gave up eight total hits and two walks, while striking out just two Phils. The Phils tied the game up at two-all in the seventh as, with runners on second and third, and with one man out, Ty Wigginton hits a sacrifice fly deep to right, knocking in Rollins, who had earlier singled, stopped at second base on Hunter Pence’s single, then moved up to third on Ramon Ramirez’s wild pitch, while sending Pence, who had earlier singled, then stopped at second base on Ramirez’s wild pitch, up to third base. The Phils then took the lead one batter later as Laynce Nix hits an RBI double, his first hit of the season, knocking in Pence, giving the Phils a 3-2 lead. The Phils added to their lead in the eighth as, with the bases loaded, via a double by Pete Orr, his first hit of the season, Placidio Polanco reaching first on shortstop Ruben Tejada’s throwing error, Orr moving up to third on Victorino’s fly out to right for the inning’s second out, and Rollins’ walk, sending Polanco to second base, and with two men out, Pence forces in a run with a walk, scoring Orr, giving the Phils a 4-2 lead, while moving both Polanco and Rollins up a base. The Phils then busted the game wide open as Wigginton hits a bases clearing double, scoring Polanco, Rollins and Pence, giving the Phils a 7-2 lead. The Phils then made it an 8-2 lead as Wigginton scored all the way from second on a ball that John Mayberry, Jr. hits along the first base line that stayed fair for an infield single. That would end up being the final score as Jonathan Papelbon stopped a bases loaded threat by striking out pinch hitter Justin Turner, swinging.

Cole Hamels (1-1, 3.65) gets the win as he threw seven strong innings, giving up just two runs on six scattered hits and a walk, while he struck out ten. Chad Qualls recorded his second hold of the year as he pitched a scoreless inning, giving up a hit. Jonathan Papelbon threw a scoreless inning as he gave up two hits and a walk, while he struck out two. Mike Pelfrey took a no-decision as he threw six innings, giving up a run on eight hits and two walks, while striking out two. Ramnon Ramirez blew his first save opportunity of the season, before taking the lost (1-1, 6.23) as he pitched an inning, giving up two runs on three hits. Manny Acosta pitched two-thirds of an inning, giving up four unearned runs on one hit and two walks, while striking out a batter. Miguel Batista pitched a third of an inning, giving up a run on two hits.

The Phils unloaded fourteen hits in the ballgame, with Juan Pierre leading the club with three hits, all singles, followed by Jimmy Rollins (Singles, RBI) and Hunter Pence (Singles, RBI) following with two hits each. Shane Victorino (Single), Ty Wigginton (Double, 4 RBIs), Laynce Nix (Double, RBI), John Mayberry, Jr. (Single, RBI), Carlos Ruiz (Single), Pete Orr (Double) and Cole Hamels (Single), had the other seven Phils’ hits, as the offense was finally able to get the key hits that they had been missing all weekend. The Phils also had four walks and two stolen bases (Rollins (2nd), Pence (2nd)), which came on a double steal in the first inning.

The Phils (4-5, 4th East) will now begin a ten-game road trip out west, starting with a three-game series with the Giants (4-4, T-3rd West). The opening game of the series will be played at AT&T Park in San Francisco, and will start at 10:15 pm EDT (7: 15  pm PDT). The Phils will send to the mound their ace Roy Halladay (2-0, 0.60), who is coming off a win against the Marlins on April 11, as he went seven innings, giving up a run on five scattered hits and a walk, while he struck out three, in the Phils’ 7-1 win. He will be shooting for his third win of the young season, while hoping that the offense had finally arrived. The Giants will counter with their ace Tim Lincecum (0-1, 12.91), who is coming off a no-decision against the Rockies on April 11, as he went only two and one-thirds innings, giving up six runs on eight hits and two walks, while he struck out only three, in the Giants’ 17-8 lost. He will be trying to better his record as he looks to record his first win of the season. The Phils will be trying to take advantage of Tim Lincesum’s present pitching woes, as they hope to start their trip out west with a win.

33 games in 31 days: Game #28: The Phils now have seven straight losts as they lose to the Mets, 2-1.

The Phils continue to forget what a win feels like, as they dropped their seventh straight, setting a major league record for most loses since clinching a pennant, as they lose to the Mets, 2-1. I hope you guys are real proud of that achievement in inepitude. Morons!!

The Phils break up a pitcher’s duel in the seventh as, with one man out, and with one man on, Ryan Howard hits an RBI single, scoring Shane Victorino, who had earlier doubled, giving the Phils a 1-0 lead. The Mets tied it up at one-all in their half of the seventh as, with two men out, pinch hitter Valentino Pascucci hits a solo home run, his first home run of the year. The Mets took the lead in the eighth as, with one man on, and with one man out, David Wright hits an RBI double, scoring Ruben Tejada who had earlier singled, then stole second base, giving the Mets a 2-1 lead. That would end up being the final score as Manny Acosta collected his third save of the year by pitching a scoreless ninth.

Cole Hamels took a no-decision as he went seven innings, giving up a run on four hits and three walks, while striking out seven. Brad Lidge took the lost (0-2, 1.56) as he went an inning, giving up a run on two hits, while striking out a batter. R.A. Dickey also received a no-decision as he went seven innings, giving up a run on three hits and a walk, while striking out four. Miguel Bastista pitched two-thirds of an inning, giving up a hit and a walk, while striking out a batter. Bobby Parnell got the win (4-6, 3.83) as he pitched a third of an inning, getting out the only man that he would face. Manny Acosta recorded his third save of the season, as he gave up a hit and a walk, while striking out one.

The Phils had just five hits in the ballgame, with Raul Ibanez leading the team with two hits, both singles. Shane Victorino (Double), Ryan Howard (Single, RBI) and Carlos Ruiz (Single), had the other three Phils’ hits as the offense continues to forget how to score runs, or to get hits for that matter.

The Phils (98-59, 1st) continue their series with the Mets (75-82, 4th) as they play the night half of the day/night doubleheader. The game will be played at Citi Field, and will start at 7:10 pm EDT. The Phils will send to the mound Joe Blanton (1-2, 5.30), who is making his first start since mid-May. His last appearance was on September 21 against the Nats, as he pitched a scorelesss inning in relief, giving up a hit, while striking out a batter, in the Phils’ 7-5 lost. He will be out to pitch a good game, while hoping that the offense will now be embarrassed enough to do something about the losing streak. (Yeah, right. They don’t want to know what winning feels like before the playoffs. Yeah, I’m being sarcastic and grumpy. Thanks for asking.) The Mets will counter with Dillon Gee (12-6, 4.48), who is coming off a no-decision against the Braves on September 18, as he went only four and one-third innings, giving up four runs on eight hits and five walks, striking out four, in the Mets’ 7-5 win. He will be seeing if he can give the Mets a doubleheader win against the presently clueless Phils. The Phils will be seeing how much worst things can get for them before they, as a team, decide to stop being a bunch of idiots and start playing to win ballgames, before its too late.

An explosive eighth inning gives the Phils a come from behind win as they defeat the Cards, 10-2.

The Phils explode for nine runs in the eighth inning as the Cards’ bullpen implode as they come from behind to defeat the Redbirds, 10-2.

The game started as a pitchers’ duel between Cardinals’ starter Kyle McClellan, who pitched five innings keeping the Phils off-balanced, as he gave up two singles and three walks, while striking out two, and Roy Halladay, who for four innings kept the Cards off the scoreboard as he gave up a hit and two walks, while striking out four. The Cards took the lead in the fifth as, with the bases loaded, via singles to Yadier Molina, Daniel Descalsco, with Molina stopping at second base, and Skip Schumaker, with the runners stopping at third and second base, and with one man out, Ryan Theriot hits into an RBI force out, 5-4, forcing out Schumaker at second base, as Molina scored, as Placido Polanco was slow getting the ball out of his glove, giving the Cards a 1-0 lead, while Descalsco would move up to second base, as Theriot would beat the throw to first. The Phils would tie the game up at one-all in the seventh as, with two men on, and with two men out, pinch hitter Ross Gload hits an RBI single, knocking in Raul Ibanez, who had earlier walked, then went to second base on Carlos Ruiz’s single, crossing the plate before Ruiz, who had earlier singled, was tagged out between second and third by third baseman Descalsco, who had just cut off Matt Holliday’s throw to the plate, for the inning’s final out. The Cards retook the lead in their half of the seventh as, with runners on the corners, and with one man out, Schumaker hits a sacrifice fly, scoring Descalsco, who had earlier walked, then went to third on pinch hitter Mark Hamilton’s single. The Phils would then break the game open in the eighth, helped by the implosion of the Cards’ bullpen. After Jimmy Rollins started the inning off by lining out to left, Shane Victorino got on base with a single to right. Chase Utley followed by taking a walk, moving Victorino up to second base. Cardinals’ manager Tony LaRussa then came to the mound and relieved Trever Miller with Jason Motte to face Ryan Howard. On an 0-1 pitch, Motte hit Howard, loading up the bases as both runners moved up a base. Then with Polanco batting, Motte hit him on a 3-2 count, forcing in Victorino, tying the score up at two-all, while moving up both Utley and Howard, as the bases remained loaded. After Wilson Valdez comes in to pinch run for Polanco, as he is taken out of the ballgame to see if he was okay, as the ball had hit him on his left elbow, LaRussa replaces Motte with Brian Tallet, who proceeded to strikeout Ibanez swinging for the inning’s second out, leaving the bases loaded. The next batter was to be Dom Brown, but Phils’ manager Charlie Manuel sent out pinch hitter Ben Francisco to face Tallet. Francisco then gave the Phils a 3-2 lead with an RBI single, knocking in Utley, while moving up both Howard and Valdez, leaving the bases still loaded. LaRussa then replaced Tallet with Miguel Batista, who proceeded to walk Ruiz on five pitches, forcing in Howard as the Phils took a 4-2 lead, while both Valdez and Francisco moved up a base, the bases remaining loaded. Michael Martinez is then sent up to pinch hit for Michael Stutes, and proceeded to take a walk, forcing in a run, as Valdez scores, giving the Phils a 5-2 lead, while sending Francisco up to third base, and Ruiz over to second, as the Phils batted around. Rollins, batting for the second time in the inning, followed with a two-run single, scoring both Francisco and Ruiz, giving the Phils a 7-2 lead, while sending Martinez to second base. LaRussa then replaced Bastista with Maikal Cieto, hoping to final end this disastrous inning for the Redbirds. Cieto proceed to walk Victorino, the eleventh batter of the inning, reloading the bases as both Martinez and Rollins moved up a base. Utley, the twelfth Phils to bat in the inning, followed with a two-run single, knocking in both Matinez and Rollins, making it a 9-2 Phils’ lead, while sending Victorino to second base. Howard, the inning’s thirteenth batter, then made it a 10-2 Phils’ lead with an RBI single, knocking in Victorino, while sending Utley on to third. Cieto then finally ended the inning by getting Valdez, who was batting for the first time in the game, to fly out to right. That would end up being the final score as Antonio Bastardo and David Herndon threw a pair of scoreless innings against the Cards.

Roy Halladay received a no-decision as he pitched six innings, giving up a run on four hits and two walks, while striking out five. Michael Stutes (2-0, 2.38) got the win as he pitched an inning, giving up a run on a hit and a walk, while striking out one. Antonio Bastardo and David Herndon combined for two scoreless innings, giving up a walk (Bastardo), while striking out three (Bastardo (1), Herndon (2)) between them. Kyle McClellan also received a no-decision as he went seven innings, giving up a run on five hits and four walks, while he struck out two. Trever Miller (0-1, 3.86) took the lost, after receiving his four hold of the season, as he pitched a third of an inning, giving up two runs on a hit and a walk. Jason Motte blew his second save of the year as he pitched to two batters, hitting both of them. Brian Tallet pitched a third of an inning, giving up a run on a hit, as he struck out one. Miguel Batista pitched to three batters, as he gave up three runs on a hit and two walks, getting none of the three batters he faced out. Maikal Cieto pitched an inning and a third, giving up a run on three hits and two walks, while striking out one. The Cardinals’ bullpen blew up in the eighth inning, allowing fourteen men to come to the plate, giving up nine runs on six hits, three walks, and two hit batters.

The Phils had eleven hits in the game, with Carlos Ruiz leading the team with four hits, all singles, knocking in a run, as he lifted his average to .256. Chase Utley followed with two hits, bith singles, as he knocked in two runs, Jimmy Rollins (Single, 2 RBIs), Shane Victorino (Single), Ryan Howard (Single, RBI), pinch hitter Ross Gload (Single, RBI) and pinch hitter Ben Francisco (Single, RBI), had the other five Phils’ hits. Placido Polanco (Hit by the Pitch) and Michael Martinez (Walk), had the other two Phils’ RBI, as the offense took advantage of the Cards’ bullpen’s meltdown in the eighth.

The Phils (46-28, 1st East) continue their series with the Cards (40-34, 2nd Central) with a night game tonight at Busch Stadium (III). The game will start at 8:15 pm EDT (7:15 pm CDT). The Phils will send to the mound Cliff Lee (7-5, 3.12), who is coming off a complete game win against the Marlins on June 16, as he gave up just two hits and two walks, while striking out four, in the Phils’ 3-0 win. He will be going for his fourth straight win, while trying to give the Phils their first series win in their last four tries on the road. The Cards will counter with Kyle Lohse (7-3, 2.88), who is coming off a no-decision against the Nationals on June 16, as he pitched six innings, giving up four runs on seven hits and a walk, as he struck out three, in the Cards’ 7-4  lost. He will be trying to even up the series for the Redbirds. The Phils will be trying to give Lee some runs support to give him his eighth win of the season.

Countdown to the Playoffs, Game # 4: The Phils second string crushed the Nats, as the Phils win, 7-1.

The Phils’ bench players crushed the Nats to win their next to last road series, as they defeat the Nats, 7-1.

The Phils took the lead in the second as Mike Sweeney hits a lead-off home run, his eighth home run of the season, and his second home run as a Phil, giving the Phils a 1-0 lead. The Phils then took a 2-0 lead as Ben Francisco hits a solo home run of his own, his fifth home run of the year. The Phils then took a 5-0 lead in the fourth as, with two men on, and with nobody out, John Mayberry Jr. hits a three-run home run, his first home run of the year, scoring both Sweeney, who had earlier walked, then went to second on Francisco’s single, and Francisco, who had just singled. The Nats got a run back in their half of the fourth as Ian Desmond hits an RBI ground out, 4-3, scoring Nyjer Morgan, who had earlier singled, moved up to second on Danny Espinosa’s ground out, 3-unassisted, before moving up to third on Sweeney’s throwing error when he tried to double up Morgan at second base, making it a 5-1 Phils’ lead. The Phils then increased their lead in the fifth as, with one man on, and with two men out, Francisco hits a two-run home run, his second home run of the game, and his sixth home run of the season, knocking in Wilson Valdez, who had earlier walked, giving the Phils a 7-1 lead. That would be the final score as Joe Blanton and the bullpen would contain the Nats, with Brad Lidge recording a 1-2-3 ninth, getting Willie Harris to end the game by flying out to center.

Joe Blanton gets the win as he pitches seven strong innings, giving up an unearned run on three hits and three walks, while striking out six. His record is now 9-6 with a 4.74 ERA. J.C. Romero, Ryan Madson and Brad Lidge combine for two 1-2-3 innings, striking out two batters (Madson and Lidge one each) between them. Ross Detwiler took the lost as he last only four and two-thirds innings, giving up seven runs on seven hits and two walks, while striking out two. His record is now 1-3 with a 4.25 ERA. Miguel Batista, Collin Balester, Joel Peralta and Doug Slaten combine for four and a third scoreless innings, giving up a hit (Batista), while striking out two (Slaten) between them.

The Phils had eight hits in the game, with Ben Francisco leading the team with three hits, a single and two home runs, knocking in three runs. He was followed by John Mayberry, Jr. and Greg Dobbs, who each had two hits, with Mayberry’s hits being a single and a three-run home run, and with Dobbs’ hits being both singles. Mike Sweeney had the other Phil hit, a solo home run. A few of the bench players caused some damaged last night.

The Phils (95-64, 1st) have the day off today, before going to Atlanta to play the Braves (90-69, 2nd) for their last road series of the regular season, as they prepare for the playoffs.

Coundown to the Playoffs, Game # 6: The Phils win their fourth straight National League Eastern Division Title behind the two-hit complete game pitching of Roy Halladay, as they defeat the Nats, 8-0.

Behind the two-hit complete game shut out pitching of their ace Roy Halladay, the Phils have clinched their fourth straight National League Eastern Division title as they defeat the Nats, 8-0.

The Phils took the lead in the second as Jayson Werth hits a lead-off home run, his twenty-sixth home run of the season, giving the Phils a 1-0 lead. The Phils increased their lead in the sixth as, with two men on, and with two men out, Werth hits a two-run double, knocking in Placido Polanco, who had earlier singled, then went to second base when Chase Utley was hit by the pitch, and Utley, who had just been hit by the pitch, giving the Phils a 3-0 lead. The Phils then made it a 4-0 lead two batters latter as, with runners on the corners, as Raul Ibanez got on base with an infield single, sending Werth to third, and still with two men out, Carlos Ruiz hits an RBI double, scoring Werth, while sending Ibanez over to third. The Phils then busted the game wide open in the ninth as, with runners on the corners, and with two men out, Polanco hits an RBI single, scoring Wilson Valdez, who had reached first earlier on a strikeout that got away from Wilson Ramos before he threw to third base to nail Ruiz, who had earlier doubled, and then tried to move up to third on the play, who then stole second as Halladay struck out, then stole third base, giving the Phils a 5-0 lead, while sending Shane Victorino, who had just walked, on to third base. The Phils then took a 7-0 lead as Utley hits a two-run double, scoring both Victorino and Polanco. The Phils then made it an 8-0 lead as, after Ryan Howard had walked, Werth hits an RBI infield single to the first baseman, as Utley ran all the way from second base to score, while Howard would move up to second base. That would be more than enough for Halladay as he pitched a complete game shut out, giving up only two hits, a lead-off single to Ramos in the third, before he was wiped out in a 4-6-3 double play by Alberto Gonzalez, and then a lead-off single in the eighth by Adam Dunn, who was then stranded at first, before he ended the game by getting Danny Espinosa to strike out, swinging, his sixth strike out victim.

Roy Halladay gets the win as he pitches a complete game shut out, giving up only two hits, while striking out six. His record is now 21-10 with a 2.44 ERA. John Lannan took the lost as he pitches only five and two-thirds innings, giving up four runs on seven hits, a walk and a hit batter, while striking out three. His record is now 8-8 with a 4.65 ERA. Craig Stammen and Collin Balester combine for two and a third scoreless innings, giving up a hit (Stammen) and a walk (Stammen), while striking out two (Balester) between them. Joe Bisenius pitches two-thirds of an inning, giving up four runs on three hits and two walks, while striking out two. Miguel Batista pitches a third of an inning, giving up a hit.

The Phils had twelve hits in the game, with Placido Polanco, Jayson Werth and Carlos Ruiz all leading the team with three hits each, with Polanco’s hits being all singles, knocking in a run, Werth’s three hits being a single, a double and a solo home run, knocking in four runs and Ruiz’s hits being a single, and two doubles, knocking in a run. Raul Ibanez followed with two hits, a single and a double. Chase Utley had the final Phil hit, a double, knocking in two runs. The Phils’ offense exploded late in the game, after being kept quiet for the early part of the evening.

The Phils (94-63, 1st) continues their three-game series with the Nationals (67-90, 5th) with a night game tonight. The game will be played at Nationals Park and will begin at 7:05 pm Eastern. The Phils starter will be Roy Oswalt (13-13 (7-1), 2.80 (1.76)), who is coming off a no-decision against the Braves on September 22, when he pitched seven shut out innings, giving up only a hit and a walk, while striking out eight, in the Phils 1-0 win. In his last three starts, his record is 2-0 with a no-decision, as he had pitched twenty-two innings, giving up just a run on eleven hits and three walks, while striking out twenty-one. He will be going for his eighth win since joining the Phils, and his third straight win against the Nats. The Nats will counter with Jason Marquis (2-9, 7.18), who is coming off a no-decision against the Astros, as he pitched six innings, giving up two runs on seven hits and a walk, while striking out two, in the Nats’ 4-3 win. In his last three starts, his record is 0-2 with a no-decision, as he had pitched twelve and one-third innings, giving up ten runs on eighteen hits and three walks, while striking out ten. He will be trying to not be rough up again by the Phils. The Phils will be trying to make sure that they’ll have the best record in the National League no matter what happens during the rest of the season.

Countdown to the Playoffs, Game # 15: The Phils crush the Nats as Roy Oswalt becomes 9-0 at the Bank, as the Phils win, 9-1.

The Phils’ offense continue its September surge as they score nine unanswered runs as they crush the Nats, 9-1, as Roy Oswalt wins his ninth start at Citizens Bank Park without a lost. The Phils’ lead in the NL East stays at three game.

The Nats took the lead in the first as, with a runner on second, and with one man out, Ryan Zimmerman hits an RBI single, scoring Danny Espinosa, who had earlier singled, and then went to second on Ian Desmond’s sacrifice bunt, 1-3, to give the Nats a 1-0 lead. The Phils would tie the game up at one-all in their half of the first as, with the bases loaded, via a single by Placido Polanco, a walk by Chase Utley, moving Polanco up to second base, and a single by Ryan Howard, moving both Polanco and Utley up a base, Jayson Werth hits an RBI single, scoring Polanco, while sending Utley to third and Howard to second base. The next batter, Raul Ibanez, gave the Phils a 3-1 lead with a two-run single, knocking in both Utley and Howard, while sending Werth up to third, before Ibanez would move up to second on the late throw. After Carlos Ruiz is hit by the pitch, reloading the bases, Wilson Valdez hits an RBI single, as the ball hits the second base umpire, thus being called dead, as he was in front of the second baseman, giving the Phils a 4-1 lead as Werth scores, while both Ibanez and Ruiz would move up a base. Roy Oswalt then gave the Phils a 5-1 lead with an RBI single, scoring Ibanez, while moving up both Ruiz and Valdez, leaving the bases loaded. The Phils then made it a 6-1 lead as Shane Victorino hits into a force out, 4-6, wiping out Oswalt at second for the inning’s second out, while Ruiz would score, and Valdez would move up to third, as Victorino would safely reach first. The Nats tried to get a run back in the fourth as, with a runner on third, and with one man out, Ivan Rodriguez, who had earlier doubled, and had moved up to third on Willie Harris’ ground out, 4-3, he tried to score on Justin Maxwell’s liner to center, and was cut down at home by a strong throw by Victorino, as Ruiz blocked the plate before applying the tag for the final out on a line out-doubleplay, 8-2. The Phils added to their lead in the fifth as, with one man out, Werth hits a solo home run, his twenty-second home run of the season, making it a 7-1 Phils’s lead. The Phils then made it a 9-1 lead in the eighth as, with one man on, and with one man out, Ruiz hits a two-run home run, his eighth home run of the year, knocking in Ibanez, who had earlier reached base on a missed catch error by Joe Bisenius on Adam Dunn’s throw to first on Ibanez’s grounder. That would be the final score as J.C. Romero pitches a 1-2-3 ninth, striking out Maxwell, swinging, to end the game.

Roy Oswalt gets the win as he pitches six innings, giving up one run on six hits and a walk, while striking out seven. His record is now 7-1 (13-13)  with a 1.94 ERA (2.90). Chad Durbin, Ryan Madson and J.C. Romero combine for three scoreless innings, giving up just two hits (Madson) and a walk (Durbin), while striking out two (Romero) between them. Jason Marquis took the lost as he lasts only a third of an inning, giving up six runs on six hits, a hit batter and a walk. His record is now 2-9 with a 7.71 ERA. Miguel Batista pitches three and two-thirds innings of scoreless ball, giving up just a walk, while striking out a batter. Scott Olsen pitches two innings, giving up a run on three hits. Doug Slaten pitches a 1-2-3 inning. Joe Bisenius pitches an inning, giving up two runs on a hit and a walk.

The Phils had ten hits in the game, with Jayson Werth and Raul Ibanez leading the team with two hits apiece, with Werth’s hits being a single and a solo home run, knocking in two runs, while Ibanez had two singles, also knocking in two runs. Shane Victorino, Placido Polanco, Ryan Howard, Carlos Ruiz, Wilson Valdez and Roy Oswalt had the other six Phils’ hits, with Victorino, Polanco, Howard, Valdez and Oswalt’s hits being singles, with Victorino, Valdez and Oswalt each knocking in a run, while Ruiz hits a two-run home run. The Phils’ offense continue to score runs, as they keep smoking the ball.

The Phils (87-61, 1st) continues their series with the Nats (62-85, 5th) with a night game tonight. The game will be played at Citizens Bank Park and will begin at 7:05 pm Eastern. The Phils will send to the mound Kyle Kendrick (9-9, 4.85), who is coming off a lost against the Mets on September 11, as he pitched five innings, giving up two runs on five hits and two walks, while striking out one, in the Phils’ 4-2 lost. In his last three starts, his record is 1-2, as he had pitched fourteen innings, giving up eleven runs on nineteen hits and five walks, while striking out three. He will be trying to expand on his last start, while hoping to give the Phils a chance to win. The Nats will send to the mound Jordon Zimmermann (0-1, 5.29), who is coming off a lost to the Marlins on September 12, as he went only three innings, giving up five runs, four of which were earned, on five hits and three walks, while striking out one, in the Nats’ 6-5 lost. In his last three starts, his record is 0-1 with two no-decisions, as he pitched thirteen innings, giving up eight runs, five of which were earned, on nine hits and seven walks, while striking out twelve. He will be hoping that the Phils will have problems facing him. The Phils will be trying to continue their winning ways, while hoping to increase their lead in the NL East. 

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