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For the second straight game a good performance by a starter goes down the tubes as the bullpen coughs up four late inning runs as the Phils lose to the Braves, 4-3.

A good performance by Kyle Kendrick goes to waste as the Phils’ bullpen gives up three late innings home runs, as the Phils lose in ten innings to the Braves, 4-3. They are now tied for first place in the East with the Braves.

The Phils took the lead in the fourth as, with a runner on second, and with nobody out, Ryan Howard hits an RBI single, scoring Chase Utley, who had earlier doubled, giving the Phils a 1-0 lead. Later that same inning, Phils’ starter Kyle Kendrick pitches himself out of a jam, as, with the bases loaded, via a single to Martin Prado, a double to Chipper Jones, which sent Prado over to third, and an intentional walk to Brian McCann, and with one man out, Troy Glaus hits into a 5-4-3 double play, wiping out McCann at second base. The Phils then increased their lead in the fifth as, with a runner on second, and with two men out, Utley hits an RBI single, knocking in Placido Polanco, who had earlier doubled, to give the Phils a 2-0 lead. The Phils would make it 3-0 in the seventh as, with runners on the corners, and with one man out, Utley hits an RBI force out, 6-4, scoring Shane Victorino, who had earlier singled, and then went to third on Polanco’s single, while wiping out Polanco, who had earlier singled, at second base. The Braves then came back in the ninth as, with a runner on first, and with two men out, Gluas hits a two-run home run, his second home run of the season, knocking in Jones, who had earlier walked, cutting the Phils’ lead to 3-2. The next batter, Jason Heyward, then tied the game up at three-all with a solo shot, his fourth home run of the season. After Billy Wagner pitches a 1-2-3 top of the tenth, Phils’ reliever Jose Contreras threw a 2-2 curve that Nate McLouth hits into right field for a walk-off home run, his first home run of the season, to give the Braves a 4-3 win.

Kyle Kendrick pitches a no-decision as he goes eight strong inning, his first good start of the season, as he gives up only four hits and two walks, while striking out two. Ryan Madson records his first blown save of the season as he pitches an inning, giving up three runs on two hits, both home runs, and a walk. Jose Contreas took the lost as he pitches to one batter, giving up a run on one hit, a home run. His record is now 0-1 with an ERA of 2.45. Tommy Hanson also pitches a no-decision, as he lasts only four and two-thirds innings, giving up two runs on six hits and a walk, while he strikes out four. Eric O’Flaherty pitches a third of an inning, giving up a hit. Peter Moylan pitches a scoreless inning, giving up a walk, while striking out two. Kris Medlen pitches two innings, giving up a run on two hits, as he strikes out a batter. Jesse Chavez pitches a 1-2-3 inning. Billy Wagner gets the win as he also pitches a 1-2-3 inning. His record is now 1-0 with a 3.00 ERA.

The Phils recorded nine hits in the game, with Placido Polanco and Chase Utley leading the team with two hits each, with both men recording a single and a double, while Utley knocked in two runs. Shane Victorino, Ryan Howard, Jayson Werth, Raul Ibanez and Juan Castro had the other five Phils’ hits, with Werth’s hit being a double. Howard knocked in the other Phils’ run with an RBI single.

The Phils (8-5, 1st-T) continue their three games visit with the Braves (8-5, 1st-T) with a night game tonight. The game will be played at Turner Field and will start at 7:10 pm Eastern. The Phillies will send to the mound their ace Roy Halladay (3-0, 1.13), who is coming off a strong win against the Marlins on April 16, where he went eight innings, giving up two runs on eight scattered hits, while striking out four, in the Phils’ 8-6 win. He will be going for his fourth straight win in as many starts, while trying to put a stop to the Phils’ present three games losing streak. The Braves will counter with Tim Hudson (1-0, 2.84), who is coming off a win against the Padres on April 15, as he went five and two-thirds innings, giving up two earned runs on six hits and five walks, in the Braves’ 6-2 win. He will be trying to match Halladay pitch for pitch. The Phils, meanwhile, will be trying to regroup after such a tough lost, and put a stop to their present losing streak.

The Phils lower their magic number to six as they defeat the Braves, 4-2.

In spite of an hour plus long rain delay, the Phils’ bullpen pitched brillantly to help the Phils’ defeat the Braves, 4-2. Their magic number over both the Braves and the Marlins have now dropped to six.

The Braves took a quick 1-0 lead in the first as, with a runner on second, and with two men out, Matt Diaz hits an RBI single, scoring Martin Prado, who had earlier doubled. The Phils would tie the game up at one-all in the third as, with a runner on first, and with two men out, Ben Francisco, who was in the game after Shane Victorino had been ejected for arguing a call by the second base umpire when he was thrown out trying to steal second, hits an RBI double, knocking in Jimmy Rollins, who had earlier walked, and had been attempting to steal second. The Phils took the lead in the fourth as, with a runner on second and with one man out, Raul Ibanez hits an RBI double, knocking in Jayson Werth, who had earlier walked, and then stole second, giving the Phils a 2-1 lead. One batter later, Pedro Feliz knocked in Ibanez with an RBI single, making it a 3-1 Phils’ lead. In the fourth, the Phils would increase their lead as, with one man on, and with one man out, Chase Utley hits an RBI triple, knocking in Rollins, who had earlier doubled, and had gone to third on Francisco’s ground out off of the pitcher’s leg, 1-4-3, making it a 4-1 Phils’ lead. Then the game was stopped as the rain that had been falling all weekend in Atlanta had finally started to come down hard enough to have the tarp put on the field. The rain would stop almost two hours later, leading to the exit of both team’s starters, especially Phils’ starter Cliff Lee, who had been five hitting the Braves, keeping them off-balance since giving up the run in the first. The Phils’ bullpen then took over, shutting down the Braves for the next four innings, giving up no runs and only one hit and a walk before handing the ball over to Brad Lidge in the ninth. After taking care of the first two batters, Lidge gave up a walk to Brooks Conrad. After Conrad took second base on defensive indifference, pinch hitter Brian McCann knocked him in with an RBI single, making it a 4-2 Phils’ lead. But that would be it, as Lidge would then nailed down his thirty-first save of the year by striking out Nate McLouth.

Cliff Lee received a no-decision thanks to the rain delay, as he pitched four innings, giving up just one run on five hits, while striking out two. Tyler Walker picked up the win as he pitched two scoreless innings, giving up only one hit and a walk, while striking out three. His record is now 2-0 with an ERA of 2.35. Sergio Escalona received his first hold as he pitched two-thirds of an inning, striking out a batter. Clay Condrey pitched a third of an inning, getting out the only man he would face, collecting his seventh hold. Ryan Madson got his twenty-fifth hold as he pitched a 1-2-3 inning, striking out all three. Brad Lidge would record his thirty-first save of the season as he gave up a run on a hit and a walk, as he struck out two. Tommy Hanson took the lost as he pitched five innings, giving up four runs on seven hits and four walks, while he struck out seven. His record is now 10-4 with a 2.85 ERA. Kris Medlen, Boone Logan and Eric O’Flaherty combined for four shut out innings, giving up just three hits (one hit each) and a walk (Logan), while striking out two (O’Flaherty).

The Phils had ten hits in the game, with Pedro Feliz leading the way with two hits, knocking in a run, as he raised his batting average to .264. Jimmy Rollins, Shane Victorino, Ben Francisco, Chase Utley, Ryan Howard, Raul Ibanez, Paul Bako and pinch hitter John Mayberry, Jr., had the other eight Phils’ hits, with Rollins, Francisco, Ibanez, Howard and Mayberry’s hits all being doubles. Besides Pedro, Utley, Francisco and Ibanez had the Phils’ other three RBIs. With the win, the Phils have won ten of their last thirteen games since being swept by the Astros.

The Phils (87-61, 1st) have the day off today, with their next game being tomorrow afternoon as the first past of a twi-night doubleheader with the Marlins at Land Shark Stadium. The magic number to winning their third straight NL Eastern Division pennant is now at six.

Four home runs help lead to the Phils victory over the Braves, 9-4. Magic number drops down to eight.

Two home run blasts by Ryan Howard and a pair of homers by Jimmy Rollins and Ben Francisco help lead the Phils to a 9-4 victory over the Braves. The Phils’ magic number over both the Braves and the Marlins is now at eight.

The Braves tried to take an early lead in the second with a runner on second and with two men out, as Tim Hudson hits a single to left field. Matt Diaz, who had earlier doubled, rounded third, attempting to score, as Raul Ibanez threw a strike to home plate. Carlos Ruiz, who was blocking home plate, grabbed the ball and held on to it as he tagged out Diaz, keeping the score at 0-0. Ruiz would leave the game later with a sprained wrist. The Braves then took a 1-0 lead in the third as, with one man out, Martin Prado hits a solo home run, his tenth home run of the season. The Phils then took the lead in the fourth as, with one man on, and with two men out, Ryan Howard hits a two-run bomb, his thirty-ninth home run of the year, knocking in Ben Francisco, who had earlier singled, making it 2-1 Phils. The Phils then increased their lead in the sixth as, with two men out, Howard hits a solo shot, his fortieth home run of the season, giving the Phils a 3-1 lead. The Phils added to their lead in the eighth as, with the bases loaded, via a walk to Jimmy Rollins, a single by Chase Utley, which sent Rollins to third, a steal of second base by Utley, and then Howard being hit by the pitch, and with one man out, Jayson Werth hits a two-run single, knocking in both Rollins and Utley, making it 5-1 Phils, while sending Howard on to second. The Braves cut the Phils’ lead in their half of the eighth as, with a man on base and with two men out, Brian McCann hits a two-run home run of his own, his twentieth home run of the year, knocking in Prado, who had earlier singled, making it a 5-3 Phils lead. The Phils then broke the game wide open in the ninth as, with two men on, and with one out, Rollins hits a three-run home run, his nineteenth home run of the year, knocking in Paul Bako and pinch hitter Matt Stairs, who had both walked, giving the Phils an 8-3 lead. The next batter, Francisco, then hits a home run of his own, his fifteenth home run of the season, making it 9-3 Phils. In the Braves’ half of the ninth, with a runner on second and with one man out, Adam LaRoche hits an RBI single, knocking in Garret Anderson, who had earlier doubled, making it a 9-4 Phils’ lead. But that would be the final score as Chad Durbin got Nate McLouth to fly out to left for the final out.

J.A. Happ received a no-decision as he pitched just three innings, taken out as an injury precaution, giving up only a run on five hits, while striking out one. Kyle Kendrick got the win as he pitched four scoreless innings, giving up three hits. His record is now 2-1 with an ERA of 2.70. Tyler Walker pitched two-thirds of an inning, giving up two runs on two hits, as he struck out a batter. Ryan Madson collected his twenty-fourth hold as he got out the only batter he would face. Chad Durbin pitched an inning, giving up a run on two hits, while striking out a batter. Tim Hudson took the lost as he pitched seven innings, giving up three runs on six hits and a walk, while striking out three. His record is now 1-1 with a 3.70 ERA. Kris Medlen pitched a third of an inning, giving up two runs on a hit and a walk. Boone Logan pitched to one batter, hitting him. Manny Acosta pitched two-thirds of an inning, giving up a hit. Vladimir Nunez pitched an inning, giving up four runs on two hits and two walks, while striking out a batter.

The Phils had ten hits in the game, with Ben Francisco and Jayson Werth both leading the way with three hits each, with Francisco hitting a double and a solo home run, while one of Werth’s hits knocked in two runs. Ryan Howard followed with two hits, both home runs, which knocked in three runs. Jimmy Rollins and Chase Utley had the other two Phils’ hits, with Rollins’ being a three-run home run. The Phils’ offense appear to be now out of its slump, as the end of the regular season comes closer.

The Phils (86-60, 1st) continue their three-games visit with the Braves (78-69, 3rd) with a night game tonight. The game will be played tonight at Turner Field and will start at 7:05 pm Eastern. The Phils will send to the mound Pedro Martinez (5-0, 2.87), who is coming off a win against the Mets in the second game of a doubleheader sweep on September 13, as he pitched eight shut out innings, giving up six hits and two walks, while striking out seven, in the Phils’ 1-0 win. The Braves will counter with Javier Vazquez (13-9, 3.01), who is coming off a complete game win against the Cardinals on September 13, as he gave up only two runs on seven hits, while striking out eight, in the Braves’ 9-2 win. The Phils will be trying for the series win tonight, while at the same time trying to lower their winning number even more.

A ninth inning solo blast by Ryan Howard help propel the Phils into a win over the Braves, 3-2.

A ninth inning blast off of the bat of Ryan Howard help to propel the Phils to a late inning win over the Braves, 3-2. Their present winning streak is up to four games, while they still lead the Marlins by four and a half games as they increased their lead over Atlanta to six games.

The Braves took a quick 1-0 lead in the first inning as, with a runner on base and with one out, Chipper Jones hits an RBI single, knocking in Nate McLouth, who had earlier doubled, and had gone on to third on Martin Prado’s ground out, 6-3. The Phils took the lead in the fourth as, with a runner on base, and with nobody out, Chase Utley hits a two-run bomb, his twenty-fourth home run of the season, knocking in Shane Victorino, who had earlier singled, giving the Phils a 2-1 lead. The Braves then tied the game up at two-all in their half of the fourth as, with a runner on base, and with two men out, Ryan Church hits a RBI double, knocking in Yunel Escobar, who had earlier reached base on a Pedro Feliz fielding error. The score would remain tied at 2-2 until the top of the ninth when, with the count 2-1, Ryan Howard hits a slider into center field to give the Phils the 3-2 lead. That would remain the final score as Brad Lidge was able to nail down his twenty-second save of the season, despite giving up a single to Adam LaRoche and a walk to pinch hitter Greg Norton, with two out, as he got McLouth to fly out to left for the final out.

Joe Blanton received a no-decision as he pitched seven strong innings, giving up only two runs on seven hits and a walk, while he struck out two. Ryan Madson got the win as he pitched a quick 1-2-3 inning. His record is now 4-4 with a 3.02 ERA. Brad Lidge recorded his twenty-second save of the season, as he gave up just one hit and a walk, while striking out one. Jair Jurrjens also got a no-decision as he pitched seven strong innings, giving up two runs on five hits and a walk, as he struck out six. Mike Gonzalez pitched a scoreless inning, giving up just one hit. Rafael Soriano took the lost as he pitched an inning, giving up a run on one hit, while striking out the side. His record is now 1-4 with an ERA of 2.55.

The Phils had only seven hits in the game, with Jayson Werth leading the way with two hits, both singles, as he raised his batting average to .262. Jimmy Rollins, Shane Victorino, Chase Utley, Ryan Howard and pinch hitter Ben Francisco followed with one hit apiece, with Rollins and Francisco’s hits being doubles, while Utley’s hit was a two-run home run and Howard’s hit was a solo home run. The Phils have so far won each of their games on the present road trip, in fact winning two very close games. They hope to continue to build on their lead over both the Braves and the rest of the NL East.

The Phillies (65-48, 1st) continue their three-games series with the Braves (60-55, 3rd) with an afternoon game that is being televised nationally by Fox Sports. The game will be played at Turner Field and will start at 4 pm Eastern. The Phils’ starter will be Cole Hamels (7-7, 4.77), who is coming off of a lost on August 8 to the Marlins, as he gave up four runs on five hits and four walks, as he struck out four in five and one-third innings of work in the Phils’ 6-4 lost. He will be trying to rebound from his last few bad outings. The Braves will counter with Kenshin Kawakami (5-9, 4.12), who is coming off a no-decision on August 8 against the Dodgers, where he pitched seven shutout innings, giving up just four hits and three walks, while striking out four, in the Braves’ 2-1 win. He will be trying to shut down the Phils again, like he did during his previous start against them in May. The Phils will be trying to build on their lead in the NL East, while attempting to bury the Braves deep in third place.

Phillies outlast rain delay, usual lack of offense, to defeat the Pirates, 6-3.

The Phillies defeated the Pirates today, 6-3, after outlasting both an one hour and forty-seven minutes rain delay, and the usual lack of offense. The Pirates would score the game’s first run in the second when Phillies’ starter Jamie Moyer would give up a RBI double to Doug Mientkiewicz, who knocked in Brandon Moss, who had doubled earlier, making it 1-0 Pirates. The Phillies would tie the score in the third in one of the wierdest plays that I have ever seen in my life. With no one out, and with Carlos Ruiz on first via a walk, Moyer would push a sacrifice bunt towards first that would be fielded by Pirates’ starter Jason Davis. But, when Davis attempted to throw to first for the out, he would get bumped by Ryan Doumit, the Pirates’ catcher, which would cause Davis to throw the ball wildly past first base for the play’s first error. Ruiz, after going to second on the bunt, would go to third on the error and then go home to tie the game at one all, while Moyer would head for second. He would then go on to third as Pirates’ right fielder Jason Michaels would threw the ball past second into left center field for the play’s second error, allowing Moyer to reach third. Moyer would then score on a sacrifice fly by Jimmy Rollins to center field, to give the Phillies a 2-1 lead. The Phils would then try to take a commanding lead in the fifth, as they load the bases with only one out, via a single (Ruiz), error (left fielder Moss dropping Rollins’ fly ball onto the left field foul line) and a walk (Shane Victorino). But Davis would get out of the inning when Chase Utley would hit a ground ball to the second basemen that would end up being a 6-4-3 double play. Then in the sixth, the Pirates would take the lead when, with two men on and two outs, Michaels would hit a two-run double off of Moyer, who threw a pitch that stayed in the strike zone, scoring Nate McLouth and Doumit, both of whom have singled earlier, to give the Pirates the lead at 3-2. The Phillies would tie the game up in the seventh, as Greg Dobbs hits a pinch hit RBI double, his record setting twenty-first pinch hit, scoring Ruiz, who has doubled earlier. Then two batters later, with Dobbs on third via a wild pitch by Pirates’ reliever Tyler Yates, Chase Utley would give the Phillies the lead as he would hit a two-run home run, his twenty-ninth home run of the year, and his only hit in the weekend series, to give the Phillies a 5-3 lead. The Phillies would then add their final run in the eighth inning in as wierd a manner as when they had scored the first run. After Jayson Werth have received a lead off walk, he would move on to second as he ran on a ground out by Geoff Jenkins on a three-two pitch for the inning’s first out. He would then move to third on a Craig Hansen’s wild pitch to Eric Bruntlett. After Bruntlett would ground out, third to first, for the second out, Jenkins would score on a pass ball committed by Doumit, to make it 6-3 Phillies. Ryan Madson would then come in to pitch the ninth, in place of Brad Lidge, who has an ailing shoulder, and proceeded to pitch a 1-2-3 inning, to record his first save of the year.

Jamie Moyer would receive a no-decision as he went six strong innings, throwing a large number of first pitch strikes, giving up three earned runs on seven hits while striking out seven. Clay Condrey would pitch two-thirds of an inning, giving up one hit and a walk. Scott Eyre would get the win, as he gets out the only batter he would face. His record is now 3-0, with his first win as a Phil, with a ERA of 6.94. J.C. Romero would pitch a scoreless inning, with no hits and a strikeout. Ryan Madson would get his first save of the year as he pitches a 1-2-3 ninth. Jason Davis would also get a no-decision as he went sixth inning, giving up two runs, both unearned, on four hits. Tyler Yates, would get the lost as he also receive his fourth blown save, as he went an inning, giving up three earned runs on three hits. His record is now 4-3 with a 5.27 ERA. Craig Hansen would pitch an inning, giving up a run, which was unearned, on no hits.

The Phillies’ offense almost did itself in today by not being able to get a clutch hit when they needed it until Utley’s home run. But I’d noticed something today. It would seems that the players are starting to realize when they are messing up. I’d noticed it originally when Moyer was mad at himself when he was unable to get a bunt down. I didn’t think much about it when the broadcast team said it has probably occurred because Moyer was such a perfectionist. But, I then noticed Utley being mad at himself when he hit into the twin-killing in the fifth. But I’d only really noticed it when Rollins was unable to score Dobbs from third when he hit a sharp ground ball to first base. I saw Rollins inside the Phillies’ dugout being mad at himself for not getting the runner home. After seeing that, I began to think that maybe the players are finally starting to notice that they are not getting the job done when they are trying to perform some situational hitting. Maybe, just maybe, the fire is starting to be lit under this team’s behind after all and maybe the players are finally trying to get it done. Well, if it is, is couldn’t be occurring at a better time, since they’re going out to the West Coast to face the Dodgers and the Padres before they come back home for a home stand against the Nationals, the Dodgers and the Mets.

The Phillies (64-53) will meet the Dodgers (58-59, 2nd National League West) for the first time this season for a four games series. The first game will be played at Dodgers Stadium and will begin at 10:10 pm Eastern (7:10 pm Pacific). The Phillies’ starter will be Kyle Kendrick (10-5, 4.37), who is coming off a win against the Marlins on August 6, where he went six scoreless innings, giving up only four hits in the Phillies’ 5-0 win. His lifetime record against the Dodgers is 1-1 with a 6.75 ERA in two starts. He will be trying for his eleventh victory of the year while hoping that the offense will continue to support him. The Dodgers will oppose him with Derek Lowe (8-10, 4.10), who is coming off a lost against the Cardinals on August 6, where he would only go three and a third innings as he got bombed for eight earned runs on thirteen hits, in the Dodgers’ 9-6 lost. Career wise, he is 3-1 with a 2.84 ERA against the Phillies. He will be trying to improve his record while hoping to muzzle the Phillies’ offense.

The Phillie are now leading the Mets by two games and the Marlins by two and a half as the Marlins were finally able to defeat the Mets. The Braves now trail the Phillies by nine and a half games as they lost to the Diamondbacks. The Phillies will now be traveling to the west coast, hoping to be able to increase their lead in the East.

Brett Myers pitches a strong seven and two-thirds innings as the offense finally scores some runs as the Phillies defeat the Pirates, 4-2.

Brett Myers pitches his third straight strong start as the Phillies’ offense finally end its scoring drought as the Phils defeated the Pirates, 4-2. The Phillies would end their inability to score runs in the bottom of the first as Shane Victorino hits a RBI double off of Pirates’ starter Ian Snell, scoring Jimmy Rollins, who has earlier tripled, to give the Phils a quick 1-0 lead. After Chase Utley strikes out for the first out of the inning, Ryan Howard would give the Phils a 2-0 lead as he hits a RBI single, scoring Victorino. After Pat Burrell strikes out for the second out, Jayson Werth and Greg Dobbs would both walk, loading the bases. After getting the count to 3-1, Chris Coste would hit a deep fly ball to left that would die and be caught by the left fielder near the fence for the third out of the inning, leaving the score 2-0 Phils. Brett Myers would keep the Pirates off-balanced for most of the game, throwing a large number of first strike pitches, while staying out of any major trouble until the fourth inning when, with one out, and a runner on first, he would give up a RBI double to Nate McLouth, scoring Doug Mientkiewicz, who has earlier singled, to make it 2-1 Phillies. Myers would then get out of the inning by getting Ryan Doumit to ground out, and then striking out Brandon Moss, one of six Pirates he would strike out in the game. The Phillies would try to increase their lead in their half of the inning when they loaded up the bases again, with two men outs, when Snell would get Utley to strike out again, to end the threat. The Phillies would finally get another run off of Snell in the seventh when Rollins would lead off the inning by hitting his second triple, his fourth hit of the ballgame. Victorino would then follow with a RBI single, punching it through the drawn in Pirates’ infield, to give the Phils a 3-1 lead. The Phillies would add one more run in the eighth as Dobbs would hit a RBI single, also doing it against a drawn in infield, scoring Werth, who has earlier tripled, to make it a 4-1 Phillies’ lead. In the ninth, the Pirates would score their second run, as Moss would hit a RBI single off of Chad Durbin, as Brad Lidge was given the night off by Charlie Manuel, scoring McLouth, who has earlier singled, moved to second on defensive indifference and went to third on a wild pitch. But that would be it, as Durbin would get a fly out and then a pop out to finally end the game.

Brett Myers would get the win, as he pitches seven and two-thirds innings of strong ball, giving up only one earned run on five hits and striking out six. His record is now 5-9 with a 5.09 ERA. J.C. Romero would pitch a third of an inning, getting out the only man he would face. Chad Durbin would get his first save of the year, as he pitches an inning, giving up an earned run on two hits. Ian Snell would get the lost, as he pitches six innings plus two batters, giving up three earned runs on eight hits, while striking out five. His record is now 4-9 with a 6.06 ERA. Sean Burnett would pitch two-thirds of an inning, giving up no runs on no hits. Romulo Sanchez would pitch one and a third innings, giving up an earned run on two hits. 

The Phillies’ offense would finally score some runs tonight, as Jimmy Rollins would get on base four times with two singles and two triples. Hopefully this outburst by JayRoll will mean the beginning of a long hitting streak by him, since he needs to get on base to help get this team moving.

The Phillies (63-53) will conclude their three games weekend series with the Pirates (53-63) tomorrow afternoon at Citizens Bank Park. The game will start at 1:35 pm Eastern. The Phillies’ starter will be Jamie Moyer (10-7, 3.78), who is coming off his first career lost to the Marlins on  August 5, where he went five innings, giving up two earned runs on six hits, in the Phillies’ 8-2 lost. He will be trying once again to get his eleventh win of the season, while trying to pitch another quailty start for the Phils and hoping that the bats are indeed back. The Pirates will send to the mound Jason Davis (1-1, 2.57), who is coming off a lost in relief against the Diamondbacks on August 4, when he pitched three and two-thirds innings, giving up two earned runs on four hits. He will try to give the Pirates the series win while hoping that the Phillies’ bats will go back to sleep.

The Phillies are still leading the Mets by a game and the Marlins now by two and a half games as the Mets defeated the Marlins once again tonight. Their lead over the Braves is presently at eight and a half games as the Braves defeated the Diamondbacks. The Phillies will be trying to win the series and split the home stand, while hoping that the Marlins will defeat the Mets so that they can put some distance between them and their nearest opponents in the East as they prepare for a trip to California for seven games with the Dodgers (their first series against them) and the Padres.

At least it was a good road trip.

In the final game of their three game set in Pittsburgh, the Phils were defeated by the Pirates, 5-1, ending an otherwise good road trip (5-2) on a low note. The Phillies’ bats were kept quiet by the Bucos’ starter, Paul Maholm, who pitched a complete game while giving up only two hits and one run and being supported very effectively by Pittsburgh’s defense, as he ups his record to 2-2. Meanwhile, Brett Myers, who pitched five innings, gave up four runs, including three on two home runs, a solo shot in the first and a two-run home run in the fifth, to Nate McLouth, his fifth and sixth roundtrippers of the year, and an RBI single in the fourth to Jose Bautista. Reliever Rudy Seanez would give up a fifth run in the Pirates’ sixth during a double play ball that was hit by Luis Rivas. Myers record for the year is now 2-2 with a 5.11 ERA. The Phils lone run would come in the top of the fifth on an RBI single by Eric Bruntlett.

With the lost, the Phillies are now 14-12, in a technical tie for second with the Mets, 1.5 games behind the Marlins. The Phils have the day off tomorrow before they start a new home stand, which begins Tuesday night with a three games series against the San Diego Padres (10-16) with Cole Hamels (2-3, 2.75) going for the Phils while the Padres will counter with Greg Maddux (2-1, 3.66).

Getting closer to first place.

For the second time this season, the Phillies have won three games in a row and have won  six of their last seven as they defeated the Pirates in Pittsburgh, 8-4. The Phils opened the game by scoring five runs in the first inning, with two of those run coming in on a two-run homer by Ryan Howard, who is now back in the line-up, his fifth homer of the season, with two more runs coming in via Pirates fielding errors, while a single from Eric Bruntlett knocked in the fifth. They increased their lead to 6-0 when Geoff Jenkins knocked in Chase Utley with a single. Two more runs would later cross the plate in the sixth as Jayson Werth and Pedro Feliz knocked in runs with back to back doubles. By then, the score was 6-2, as the eventual winning pitcher, Kyle Kendrick, have given up an RBI single to Nate McLouth and an RBI double to Freddy Sanchez in the Pirates’ third. He would later give up two more runs, one on an RBI ground out by Brian Bixler in the seventh and the last one as a solo home run to McLouth in the Pirates’ eighth, his fourth of the year. After he gave up a follow up single to Sanchez, Kendrick was replaced by Rudy Seanez who ended the inning with no further damage. Ryan Madson would then come in and pitch a 1-2-3 ninth, ending the game.

The victory raises Kendrick’s record to 2-2 with a 5.13 ERA as he pitched seven innings plus two hitters, giving up four runs, three of which were earned. The losing pitcher is Mike Morris whose record is now 0-4, while his record against the Phillies is now 5-4. He gave up six runs in 1 and 2/3 innings with his ERA rising to 9.67 

The Phils, whose record is now 14-11, are still in second place, now only a 0.5 games behind the Marlins, as the fish lost to the Brew Crew. A win by them and a lost by Florida tomorrow afternoon would put the Phils in first place with a 0.5 games lead over the fish. Now wouldn’t that be nice? :)

Anyway, the Phillies starter for tomorrow afternoon’s game (1:35 PM eastern) will be Brett Myers (2.1, 4.78 ERA), who will try to end the team’s very successful road trip with a victory while Pittsburgh’s Paul Maholm (1-2, 4.22 ERA) will be on the mound trying to keep the Bucos from being swept by the Fightin’s.

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