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2010 National League Championship Series, Game # 2: Phils tie up the series at one game apiece as the Vice-Roy handles the Giants while the bats erupt for a four-run seventh, as the Phils defeat the Giants, 6-1.

Behind the three-hit pitching of Roy Oswalt and a four-run eruption by the offense in the seventh inning, the Phils tie up the championship series at a game apiece, as the Phils defeat the Giants, 6-1. The series now head west to San Francisco for the next three games.

The Phils took the lead in the first as, with the bases loaded, via a walk to Chase Utley, who then stole second base, before moving up to third base on a Placido Polanco grounder to third, while Polanco would be safe at first as Giants’ third baseman Mike Fontenot commits a throwing error, and a walk to Ryan Howard, which moved Polanco up to second base and with two men out, Jimmy Rollins receives a bases loaded walk, forcing in Utley, giving the Phils a 1-0 lead, while moving both Polanco and Howard up a base. The Giants would tie the game up at one-all in the fifth as, with one man out, Cody Ross hits a solo home run, his third home run of the series. The Phils regained the lead in their half of the fifth as, with a runner on third, and with one man out, Polanco hits a sacrifice fly, scoring Shane Victorino, who had earlier doubled, then went to third on Utley’s fly out to right, giving the Phils a 2-1 lead. The Phils added to their lead in the seventh as, with two men on, and with one man out, Polanco hits an RBI single, knocking in Roy Oswalt, who had earlier singled to center, and then moved up to second base on Victorino’s sacrifice bunt, giving the Phils a 3-1 lead, while sending Utley, who had earlier been intentionally walked, up to second base. Three batters later, with the bases now loaded, after a double steal moved Utley to third base, and Polanco to second base, and after Jayson Werth is intentionally walked, and with two men out, Rollins hits a bases clearing double, scoring Utley, Polanco and Werth, making it a 6-1 Phils’ lead. That would end up being the final score as Ryan Madson came in to pitched a scoreless ninth, as he gets Edgar Renteria to end the game by grounding out, 6-3.

Roy Oswalt gets the win as he pitches eight innings, giving up a run on three hits and three walks, while striking out nine. His record in the series is now 1-0 with a 1.13 ERA. Ryan Madson pitches a scoreless inning, giving up a hit and a walk, while striking out a batter. Jonathan Sanchez took the lost as he pitches six innings plus a batter, giving up three runs, only two of which were earned, on five hits and three walks, while striking out seven. His record is now 0-1 with a 3.00 ERA. Ramon Ramirez pitches a third of an inning, giving up two runs on a hit and a walk. Jeremy Affeldt pitches a third of an inning, giving up a run on a walk, while striking out a batter. Santiago Casilla pitches a third of an inning, giving up a hit. Sergio Romo pitches a scoreless inning, giving up a hit, while striking out one.

The Phils had eight hits in the game, with Shane Victorino, Ryan Howard and Jimmy Rollins each leading the team with two hits, with all three batters each having a single and a double, with Rollins knocking in four runs, one via a bases loaded walk, and three via a bases clearing double. Placido Polanco and Roy Oswalt had the other two Phils’ hits, both singles, with Polanco knocking in two runs, one by sac fly and one via a single. The Phils’ offense once again won a game via timely hitting.

The Phils (1-1) and the Giants (1-1) have the day-off today, as they travel to San Francisco for the next three games. Game three of the NLCS will start tomorrow afternoon at 4 pm Eastern (1 pm Pacific) from AT&T Park. Cole Hamels will start the game for the Phils, as he is coming off a complete game shut out win against the Reds in game three of the divisional series on October 10, as he gave up just five hits, while striking out nine, in the Phils’ 2-0 win. He will be trying to continue his 2010 resurgence while trying to give the Phils a 2-1 lead in the series. The Giants will counter with Matt Cain, who is coming off a no-decision against the Braves in game two of the divisional series on October 12, as he pitched six and two-third innings, giving up a run on seven hits and two walks, while striking out six, in the Giants’ 5-4 lost. He will be trying to put the Giants back in the series lead. The Phils will be looking for another good start from Hamels, while hoping that the eruption in the seventh inning of last night’s game means that the offense is truly back.

The bats are out now. The Phils crush the Giants 8-2.

For the second straight night, the Phils’ bats came out to play, helped along by a big Giant miscue, as the Phils crushed the Giants, 8-2.

The Giants took a quick 1-0 lead in the first as Andres Torres lead-off the game by hitting a 3-2 sinker into the right field seats for his twelfth home run of the season. The Phils tied the game up at on-all in the third as, with a runner on third, and with one man out, Chase Utley hits an RBI ground out, 4-3, scoring Jimmy Rollins, who had earlier tripled. The Phils then took the lead in the fourth as, with runners on the corners and with one man out, Carlos Ruiz hits an RBI single, knocking in Jayson Werth, who had earlier singled, moved up to second on Shane Victorino’s ground out, 4-3, then went to third on Mike Fontenot’s fielding error of Ross Gload’s grounder, giving the Phils a 2-1 lead, while sending Gload, who got on base on Fontenot’s fielding error, to second base. Two batters latter, after Joe Blanton had hit into a bunt-force out as Gload is thrown out at third, 1-5, for the inning’s second out, while Ruiz moved up to second base, and Blanton was safe at first on the play, the Phils made it a 5-1 lead as Rollins hit a three-run home run, his fifth home run of the season, scoring both Ruiz and Blanton. The Giants got a run back in the sixth as, with one man out, Pat Burrell hits a solo home run, his fourteenth home run of the year, cutting the Phils’ lead to 5-2. The Phils got the run back in the seventh as, with a runner on second and with two men out, Raul Ibanez hits an RBI triple, knocking in Utley, who had just doubled, giving the Phils a 6-2 lead. One batter later, Werth made it a 7-2 Phils’ lead with an RBI double, scoring Ibanez. The Phils then made it an 8-2 lead as, with two men out, Dom Brown hits a pinch hit home run, his second home run of the season. That would be the final score as Jose Contreras would come in and pitch a 1-2-3 ninth.

Joe Blanton gets the win, as he pitches six and one-third innings, giving up two runs on eight hits, while striking out seven. His record is now 5-6 with a 5.54 ERA. Chad Durbin collects his eleventh hold of the year as he pitches two-thirds of an inning, inducing a doubleplay ball to get out of trouble in the seventh. Ryan Madson and Jose Contreras would combine for two 1-2-3 innings, striking out a batter (Madson) between them. Matt Cain took the lost as he pitches six innings, giving up five runs, only two of which were earned, on seven hits and a walk, while striking out four. His record is now 9-10 with an ERA of 3.11. Jeremy Affeldt pitches an inning, giving up two runs on three hits. Guillermo Mota pitches an inning, giving up a run on one hit, while striking out a batter.

The Phils had eleven hits in the game, with Jimmy Rollins leading the team with three hits, being a double short of hitting the cycle, as he had a single, a triple and a three-run home run. knocking in three runs. He was followed by Chase Utley, Jayson Werth and Carlos Ruiz, who each had two hits in the game, with Utley and Werth hits being a single and a double, with both men knocking in a run, while Ruiz’s hits were a single and triple, with him also knocking in a run. Raul Ibanez and Dom Brown had the other two Phils’ hits, with Ibanez’s hit being a triple, knocking in a run, while Brown’s hit was a pinch hit home run, the first of his career. The offense pounded the Giants’ starter for the second game in a row.

The Phils (68-51, 2nd NL East) will conclude their three-game series with the Giants (67-54, 2nd NL West) with a night game tonight. The game will be played at Citizens Bank Park and will start at 7:05 pm Eastern. The Phils will send to the mound Cole Hamels (7-9, 3.33), who is coming off a defeat at the hand of the Mets on August 13, as he pitched eight strong innings, giving up just a run on five hits and two walks, while striking out eight, in the Phils’ 1-0 lost. In his last three starts, his record is 0-2 with a no-decision, as he pitched twenty-two strong innings, giving up six runs on seventeen hits and two walks, while striking out twenty-nine batters. He hopes that the bats will help him out for a change. He will be opposed by Jonathan Sanchez (8-8, 3.60), who is coming off a lost to the Padres on August 13, as he pitched 5 and a third innings, giving up three runs on five hits and two walks, while striking out four, in the Giants’ 3-2 lost. In his last three starts, his record is 1-2, as he pitched fifteen and a third innings, giving up seven runs on thirteen hits and nine walks, while striking out seventeen. He will be trying to be the first Giants winning starter since earlier in the month. The Phils will be out to sweep the Giants, hoping to either add to their lead in the wild card chase, or lower the Braves lead in the East, while giving Hamels some much needed runs support.

Phils defeat the Giants, 9-3, as they take control of the wild card, while looking to win the NL East.

A five-run eight give the Phils control of the wild card race, as they defeat the Giants, 9-3. The Phils would prefer having control of the NL East.

The Giants took the lead in the first as, with runners on the corners, and with nobody out, Aubrey Huff hits into a doubleplay, 4-6-3, scoring Andres Torres, who had earlier doubled, then went to third on Buster Posey’s single, giving the Giants a 1-0 lead, while Posey, who had just singled, was wiped out at first. The next batter, former Phil Pat Burrell, made it a 2-0 Giants’ lead as he hits a solo home run, his thirteenth home run of the season. The Phils would tie up the game at two-all in the fifth as, with two men on, and with two men out, Jimmy Rollins hits an RBI single, knocking in Mike Sweeney, who had earlier singled, went to second on Carlos Ruiz’s walk, and then went to third on Roy Oswalt’s sacrifice bunt, and Ruiz, who had earlier walked, and then went to second on Oswalt’s sac bunt. The Phils took the lead in the sixth as, with runners on the corners, and with nobody out, Shane Victorino hits a two-run double, knocking in Placido Polanco, who had earlier singled, then went to third on Jayson Werth’s double, and Werth, who had earlier doubled, giving the Phils a 4-2 lead. The Giants would get a run back in the seventh as, with one man out, Jose Guillen hits a solo home run, his seventeenth home run of the year, making it a 4-3 Phils’ lead. The Phils then put the game out of reach in the eighth as, with the bases loaded via a Victorino single, who then stole second, a walk to Sweeney and a single by Raul Ibanez, moving both Victornio and Sweeney up a base, and with nobody out, Ruiz hits a two-run double, scoring both Victorino and Sweeney, making it a 6-3 Phils’ lead, while sending Ibanez up to third base. Two batters later, with runners still on second and third, and now with one man out, the Phils took a 7-3 lead as Rollins hit an RBI single, scoring Ibanez, while sending Ruiz on to third base. The Phils then made it an 8-3 lead as, Ruiz would score on a Ramon Ramirez balk, when it was originally thought that he had caught Rollins off first base, but it turned out that his fake move to third, then throw over to first base was a balk because he did not move his leg in the move, thus allowing Ruiz to cross the plate, while allowing Rollins, who was tagged out, to instead be safe at second. The end result is that Giants manager Bruce Bochy would be ejected from the game by home plate umpire Mark Carlson for arguing the play. It then became a 9-3 Phils’ lead as, after Ramirez had thrown a wild pitch, allowing Rollins to reach third, Chase Utley hits a grounder to second baseman Mike Fontenot, who first bobble the ball, before committing a throwing error to first, allowing Rollins to score, and for Utley to reach second base. That would be the final score as Chad Durbin would easily handle the Giants in the ninth, getting Juan Uribe to end the game by flying out to left.  

Roy Oswalt gets the win as he pitches seven innings, giving up three runs on six hits, while striking out seven. His record is now 2-1 (8-13) with a 3.08 (3.36) ERA. Ryan Madson records his sixth hold as he pitches a scoreless inning, striking out two batters, one of whom would get on base because of a passed ball by Carlos Ruiz. Chad Durbin pitches a scoreless inning as well, giving up a hit, while striking out one. Barry Zito took the lost as he pitches five innings plus three batters, giving up four runs on eight hits and a walk. His record is now 8-7 with a 3.56 ERA. Santiago Casilla pitches a scoreless inning, giving up a hit, while striking out two. Chris Ray pitches to four batters, giving up four runs on three hits and a walk. Ramon Ramirez pitches an inning, giving up an unearned run on a hit, a balk and a wild pitch.

The Phils had thirteen hits in the game, with Placido Polanco leading the team with four hits, all singles, as he went 4-5, as he raised his average to .325. He was followed by Jimmy Rollins, Shane Victorino and Raul Ibanez, who each had two hits, with Rollins and Ibanez’s hits being singles, with Rollins knocking in three runs, while Victorino’s hits were a single and a double, knocking in two runs. Jayson Werth, Mike Sweeney and Carlos Ruiz had the other three Phils’ hits, with Werth and Ruiz’s hits being doubles, with Ruiz knocking in two runs, while Sweeney’s hit was a single. The other two Phils’ runs came in on a balk and an error. The offense once again took advantage of opponents’ mistakes in the field while making few of their own.

The Phils (67-51, 2nd NL East) wil continue their three-game series with the Giants (67-53, 2nd NL West) with a night game tonight. The game will be played at Citizens Bank Park, weather permitting, and will start at 7:05 pm Eastern. The Phils will send to the mound Joe Blanton (4-6, 5.69), who is coming off a no-decision against the Dodgers on August 12, when he pitched five and two-thirds innings, giving up four runs on eight hits and four walks, while striking out three, in the Phils’ dramatic 10-9 walk-off win. In his last three starts, he has three no-decisions, as he had pitched eighteen and two-thirds innings, giving up ten runs on twenty-four hits and five walks, while striking out fifteen. He will be trying for his first win in about a month. The Giants will counter with Matt Cain (9-9, 3.11), who is coming off a no-decision against the Cubs on August 12, as he went six innings, giving up three runs on eight hits and a walk, while he struck out nine, in the Giants’ 8-7 win. In his last three starts, his record is 1-1 with a no-decision, as he pitched eighteen and two-thirds innings, giving up six runs on eighteen hits and four walks, while striking out twenty batters. He will be trying for his tenth win of the year, and to get the Giants once again even in the wild card race. The Phils will be going for the series win, while hoping to once again shrink the Braves’ lead in the East.

The Phils hold on to defeat the Cubs, 5-4.

In a wild game, the Phils hold on in the ninth as Jose Contreras pitches himself out of a two on, two out, jam, to defeat the Cubs, 5-4.

The Phils took a quick 1-0 lead as, with two men out, Chase Utley hits a solo home run, his tenth home run of the season. The Cubs tied the game up at one-all in the fifth as, with a runner on third, and with one man out, Starlin Castro hits an RBI single, scoring Alfonso Soriano, who had earlier doubled, and then went to third on a Mike Fontenot ground out, 3-unassisted. The Phils regained the lead in the sixth as, with two men on, and with two men out, Jimmy Rollins hit a three-run bomb, knocking in Placido Polanco, who had earlier doubled, and Utley, who had just walked, giving the Phils a 4-1 lead. The Cubs then comes back in the seventh as, with nobody out, Derrek Lee hits a lead-off home run, his fifth home run of the year, making it a 4-2 Phils’ lead. Four batters later, with the bases loaded via a walk to Soriano and singles to Fontenot and Castro, and with one man out, pinch hitter Tyler Colvin hits a sacrifice fly, knocking in Soriano, making it a 4-3 Phils’ lead, while sending Fontenot to third. The Cubs then tied it up at four-all in the eighth as, with nobody out, Kosuke Fukudome hits a lead-off home run, his sixth home run of the season. The Phils retook the lead in their half of the eighth as, with two men on, and with two men out, Raul Ibanez hits an RBI single, scoring Utley, who had earlier walked, and had moved up to second on Rollins’ walk, giving the Phils a 5-4 lead, while sending Rollins, who had just walked, over to third. That would be the final score as Jose Contreras would records his second save of the season by pitching himself out of a two on, no outs jam by first striking out Castro and Aramis Ramirez and then by getting Geovany Soto to foul out to first to end the ballgame.

Joe Blanton receives a no-decision as he pitches seven strong innings, giving up three runs on five hits and a walk, while striking out three. Antonio Bastardo is credited with his first blown save as he gives up a home run to the only batter that he would face. Danys Baez picks up the win as he pitches a scoreless inning, striking out a batter. His record is now 2-1 with a 5.00 ERA. Jose Contreras records his second save of the season as he pitches a scoreless inning, giving up a hit and hitting a batter, while striking out two. Ryan Dempster also receives a no-decision as he pitches six innings, giving up four runs on five hits and a walk, while striking out three. James Russell and Jeff Stevens combines for one and a third scoreless inning, giving up a hit (Russell) between them. John Grabow took the lost as he pitches two-thirds of an inning, giving up a run on a hit and two walks. His record is now 0-3 with a 8.44 ERA.

The Phils had seven hits in the game, with Placido Polanco and Raul Ibanez having two hits a piece, with Polanco’s hits being a double and a single, with him scoring a run, while Ibanez’s hits were both singles, with him knocking in a run. Chase Utley, Jimmy Rollins and pinch hitter Ben Francisco having the other three Phils’ hits, with Utley and Rollins’ hits being home runs, Utley’s a solo shot, and Rollins’ a three-run dinger, while Francisco’s hit was a single.

The Phils (25-15, 1st National League East) will conclude their home stand with three interleague series games with the Red Sox (22-20, 4th American League East). The game will be played at Citizens Bank Park and will start at 7:05 pm Eastern. The Phils will send to the mound Cole Hamels (4-2, 4.29), who is coming off a win against the Brewers on May 16, when he pitched six and two-third innings, giving up two runs on six hits and three walks, while he struck out three, in the Phils’ 4-2 win. Hamels will be going for his third win in a row and his third strong start in his last four. The Bosox will counter with John Lackey (4-2, 4.86), who is coming off a lost to the Tigers on May 16, as he pitched seven innings, giving up five runs on nine hits and four walks, while striking out four, in the Bosox’s 5-1 lost. He will be trying to make the Phils’ night a long one. The Phils will be trying to start Interleague Play this year on a high note.

The Phillies leave Chicago with a split as they defeat the Cubs, 5-3.

Behind the pitching of Jamie Moyer, Chad Durbin and Brad Lidge, and the Phillies’ offense, the Phillies would be able to leave Chicago with a split, 5-3. The Phillies would take the lead in the first inning as they went to work on Cubs’ starter Sean Marshall, who was pitching in place of the original starter, Carlos Zambrano, who would claim that he has a ‘dead’ arm. With a runner on second and two outs, Ryan Howard would hit a RBI single, scoring Chase Utley, who has gotten on base earlier with a walk, and then stole second, to give the Phillies a 1-0 lead. Two batters latter, Jayson Werth would hit a two-run double, scoring Howard, who has gone to second on Shane Victorino’s single, and Victorino, who has singled, to make it 3-0 Phillies. The Cubs would cut the Phillies’ lead in the second, when, with runners on the corners and one man out, Ronny Cedeno would hit a RBI single, scoring Mark DeRosa, who has earlier singled, would go to second on Geovany Soto’s single and then went to third on Kosuke Fukudome’s force out that would wipe out Soto at second, to make it 3-1 Phillies, while Fukudome would move over to second. The ball should’ve been caught by Victorino in left center field for the inning’s second out, but because there were no clouds overhead, Victorino would have a hard time trying to see the ball, before it would finally bounce off of his right thigh towards Pat Burrell, who would in turn be unable to catch it, as it dropped in for the RBI single. Marshall would then follow with an RBI single of his own, getting it past Utley, who has headed towards first because Marshall made it look like that he was going to put down a sacrifice bunt, scoring Fukudome, and sending Cedeno to second, making it 3-2 Phillies. Phillies’ starter Jamie Moyer would finally end the threat by getting both Alfonso Soriano and Reed Johnson to fly out. The Phillies would add to their lead in the fifth, as, with two men out, Werth would hit his twenty-first home run of the year to give the Phillies a 4-2 lead. The Phils would add their final run in the sixth, as, with a runner on third and one out, Jimmy Rollins would hit a sacrifice fly, scoring Carlos Ruiz, who has earlier reached base with a double and then went to third on Moyer’s sacrifice bunt, making it 5-2 Phils. The Cubs would threaten to rally in their half of the sixth as they put runners on first (Cedeno-walk) and second (Fukudome-single), with one out. Charlie Manuel would take out Moyer and replace him with Chad Durbin. Durbin would then proceed to get out of the inning by first striking out pinch hitter Ryan Theriot and then getting Soriano to pop out to second. In the eighth, after getting the inning’s first out, Durbin would give up a single to Soto. Manuel would come out and replace Durbin with the previous day’s hero, J.C. Romero. Romero would throw a wild pitch that would send Soto over to second. He would then get Fukudome to ground out, second to first, for the inning’s second out, while Soto would go on to third. Pinch hitter Henry Blanco would then get a pinch single, scoring Soto, cutting the Phillies’ lead to 5-3. Manuel would then come out again and replace Romero with Ryan Madson. Madson would then give up a pinch single to pinch hitter Daryle Ward to put runners on first and second. After Ward is replaced on first by pinch runner Mike Fontenot, Madson would end the inning by striking out Soriano. Brad Lidge would then come in to pitch the ninth, and would records his thirty-third save by pitching a 1-2-3 inning.

Jamie Moyer would get the win as he pitches five and a third innings, giving up only two earned runs on eight hits. His record is now 12-7 with a 3.80 ERA. Chad Durbin would pitch two innings, giving up an earned run on one hit. J.C. Romero and Ryan Madson would each pitch a third of an inning, giving up one hit each. Brad Lidge would pitch a scoreless ninth inning as he recorded his thirty-third save in thirty-three tries. Sean Marshall would get the lost as he pitches five and a third innings, giving up five earned runs on nine hits. His record is now 3-4 with a 4.03 ERA. Jeff Samardzija, Bob Howry and Neal Cotts would combine for three scoreless innings, giving up three hits (Howry (1) and Cott (2)).

The Phillies’ offense would this time score enough runs to win, as they split the four games series and win the season series with the Cubs, while getting twelve hits that would this time be more evenly spread around among the starting eight, with only Pedro Feliz getting the collar. Ryan Howard would lead the offense with three hits, two singles and a double, knocking in a run, while scoring one run. Shane Victornio, Chase Utley and Jayson Werth would follow with two hits each, each scoring a run, while Werth would knock in three of the Phillies’ other runs. Chad Durbin, J.C. Romero and Ryan Madson would all combine to get the Phillies through the eighth inning this time, giving up only one run to the Cubs before Brad Lidge would come in to shut the Cubs down in the ninth.

The Phillies (75-62) will now go on to Washington to start a three games series with the presently hot Nationals (52-85). The game will be played in Nationals Park and will begin at 3:05 pm Eastern. The Phillies’ starter will be Kyle Kendrick (11-7, 4.83), who is coming off a no-decision against the Mets on August 27, where he went five plus innings, giving up two earned runs on eight hits, in the Phillies’ 6-3 lost. Lifetime against the Nationals, he is 1-1 with a 3.38 ERA in four starts. He will be trying once again for his twelfth win, while seeing if he can cool down the presently hot Nationals. The Nationals will counter with Tim Redding (9-8, 4.54), who is coming off a win against the Dodgers on August 27, where he went six innings, giving up only three earned runs on eight hits, in the Nats’ 5-4 win. He will be trying for his tenth win while seeing if he can defeat the Phillies once again this season.

The Phillies are still a game behind the Mets and five games ahead of the Mets as the Mets defeated the fish. The Phillies will be seeing if they can win the series in Washington and tie for the divisional lead in the East before their weekend series with the Mets in their last trip to Shea Stadium.

Overworked bullpen allows another good start to disappear in another disastrous eighth inning as the Phillies lose to the Cubs, 6-4.

The Phillies’ bullpen would blow yet another game in the eighth inning as Chad Durbin gives up a grand slam home run to Aramis Ramirez, as the Phillies lose the opener of their four games series with the Major League leading Cubs, 6-4. The Phillies would take the lead in the first inning, as, with runners on the corners and two outs, Shane Victorino would hit a RBI single, scoring Chase Utley, who has earlier singled, and sending Ryan Howard, who has walked, to third. After Jayson Werth worked a walk off of Cubs’ starter Ryan Dempster to load the bases, Dempster would end the inning by getting Pedro Feliz to strike out swinging. The game would then become a pitchers’ duel between Phillies’ starter Cole Hamels and Dempster, as Hamels would refuse to give up hits to the Cubs while Dempster would get out of trouble in the fourth and fifth innings. In the Cubs’ half of the fifth, they would tie the game at one all, as, with one out, Mark DeRosa would hit a RBI triple, scoring Kosuke Fukudome, who has gotten on base with an infield single. Hamels would then end the threat by first striking out Dempster for out number two, and then getting Alfonso Soriano to pop up to the shortstop for the inning’s final out. The Phillies would then regain the lead in the sixth. Werth would start the inning off with a double. Feliz would then walk, putting runners on first and second. Carlos Ruiz would then hit a RBI single, scoring Werth, giving the Phillies a 2-1 lead, while sending Feliz to second. Hamels would then sacrifice the runners over to third and second, respectively, for the inning’s first out. Jimmy Rollins would then hit a sacrifice fly, scoring Feliz, to make it a 3-1 Phillies’ lead, while sending Ruiz to third. The Cubs then decided to pitch to Utley, instead of going after a slumping Pat Burrell, and Utley would make them pay for it as he would hit a RBI single, knocking in Ruiz, to give the Phillies a 4-1 lead. Burrell would end the inning by flying out to left. Hamels would then proceed to keep the Cubs silent in both the sixth and seventh innings, before handing the ball over to the bullpen. Unfortunatley, the bullpen would not be able to preserve the win in the eighth. Ryan Madson would give up a lead-off pinch hit home run to pinch hitter Mike Fontenot, his ninth home run of the year, cutting the Phillies’ lead down to 4-2. Soriano would follow with a double. Ryan Theriot would then single, sending Soriano to third, with no one out. Charlie Manuel would immediately take out Madson and replace him with Chad Durbin. Durbin would then walk Derrick Lee, loading up the bases. Then, on a 1-0 fastball, Aramis Ramirez would hit a grand slam home run, his twenty-fourth home run of the year, scoring Soriano, Theriot and Lee, giving the Cubs a 6-4 lead. That would end up being the final score as the Phillies would be turned back in the ninth, with Kerry Wood recording his twenty-eight save of the year.

Cole Hamels would get another no-decision, as he pitched seven strong innings, giving up only one run on five hits and striking out six. Ryan Madson would face only three batters, giving up three earned runs on three hits. Chad Durbin would get the lost as he received his fifth blown save of the year, as he pitches a third of an inning, giving up two earned runs on two hits and a walk. His record is now 5-3 with a 2.19 ERA. J.C. Romero would pitch two-thirds of an inning, giving up no runs and no hits. Ryan Dempster would also get a no-decision as he goes six innings, giving up four earned runs on eight hits and four walks, while striking out seven. Sean Marshall would pitch a scoreless inning, giving up no hits. Bob Howry would get the win as he pitched a scoreless inning, giving up no hits. His record is now 6-4 with a 5.31 ERA. Kerry Wood would get the save, his twenty-eighth of the year, as he pitched a scoreless inning, giving up only one hit.

For the second straight night, the Phillies’ bullpen would blow a lead in the eighth inning, now showing itself to maybe getting overworked. It would seem that one or two of the starter(s) might have to go eight full innings if they want to avoid any more eight innings blow ups like in the last two games. Either that, or Charlie Manuel is going to have to find someone who is fresh enough to act as the eighth inning bridge to Brad Lidge. Scott Eyre maybe? Just a suggestion, Chuck.

The Phillies (73-61) will continue their four games series with the Cubs (84-50, 1st National League Central). The game will be played in Wrigley Field and will start at 2:20 pm Eastern (1:20 pm Central). The Phillies’ starter will be Joe Blanton (6-12 (1-0), 4.75), who is coming off a no-decision against the Dodgers on August 24, as he went six innings, giving up just one earned run on six hits, in the Phillies’ 5-2 extra-inning win. He has never pitched against the Cubs and will be trying to pitched his fourth quality start since his trade to the Phils and his second win, while trying to end the Phillies’ present two games slide. The Cubs will counter with Rich Harden (9-2 (4-1), 2.00), who is coming off a win against the Nationals on August 24, as he went seven innings, giving up only an earned run on two hits and striking out eleven, in the Cubs’ 6-1 win. He has faced the Phillies once before on June 26 as a member of the A’s, giving up no runs on two hits and striking out eleven in eight innings of work, in the A’s 5-0 win. He will be trying for his tenth win, while hoping to once again defeat the Phils.

With the lost, the Phillies trail the Mets by a full game, and are ahead of the Marlins by five games, as the Mets prepare to meet the Marlins for three games in Miami. The Phillies will be trying to recover from their last two loses while trying to see if they can regain first place during the series between the Mets and the Marlins.

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