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The Phils win in extra-innings in spite of weak bats, as they defeat the Cubs, 4-3.

The Phils are able to defeat the Cubs, 4-3, in spite of very little offense as they are only able to get three hits. Their lead over the Marlins remains three and a half games.

The Cubs took the lead in the third as, with two men on base, and with nobody out, James Fox hits an RBI single, scoring Milton Bradley, who had earlier doubled, giving the Cubs a 1-0 lead, while sending Derek Lee, who had earlier walked, to second base. Later, with the based loaded, thanks to a Geovany Soto walk, which sent Lee to third, and Fox to second, with still nobody out, Alfonso Soriano’s sacrfice fly made it a 2-0 Chicago lead, as Lee scored. The Phils would tie it up in the sixth, as with a man on, and with two men out, Jimmy Rollins hits a two-run home run, his fourteen home run of the year, as he knocked in Carlos Ruiz, who had earlier walked. Rollins’ home run broke up Rich Harden’s no-hit bid and shut out, while Ruiz’s walk ended Harden’s perfect game bid after Harden had gotten out the previous sixteen batters. The Phils would take the lead in the eighth, as, with the bases loaded, via a Ruiz walk, Shane Victorino being hit by the pitch, and Chase Utley being walked, with two men out, Ryan Howard took a four-pitch walk, forcing in Ruiz and giving the Phils a 3-2 lead. It looked like the Phils had made it a 4-2 ballgame in the top of the ninth, as Ruiz hits a 1-2 pitch towards the left field foul line, being called a home run by the third base umpire. But, that turned out to have been the wrong call, as the ball had actually landed several feet foul. A review by the crew overturned the wrong ruling (Which was the right thing to do, as the ball was indeed foul), before Ruiz would finally end the inning with a 6-3 ground out. The Cubs then tied the score up at three-all in their half of the ninth as, with a man on, and with one man out, Bradley hits an RBI single, scoring pinch hitter Kosuke Fukudome, who had earlier walked and had gone to second on Ryan Theriot’s sacrifice bunt, as Brad Lidge blew his league leading seventh save. In the bottom of the eleventh with, two men out, and with the count on him at 2-1, Bradley would hit a ball deep to center field, which he thought would be a home run. Sadly, for Bradley, it instead stayed in the park, and was caught by Victorino for the inning’s final out. In the twelfth, the Phils took the lead as Ben Francisco hits a lead-off home run, his twelfth home run of the year, and his second home run since being traded to the Phils, giving the Phils a 4-3 lead. That would be the final score as Chad Durbin, just back from the disabled list, put the Cubs down in their half of the twelfth, earning his second save of the season.

J.A. Happ got a no-decision, as he went six innings, giving up two runs on seven hits and four walks, as he struck out three. Chan Ho Park pitched a scoreless inning, giving up just a walk, while he struck out two. Ryan Madson recorded his eighteenth hold of the season as he pitched a scorless inning, giving up just a hit, while striking out two. Brad Lidge blew his league leading seventh save, as he pitched an inning, giving up a run on a hit and a walk, while he struck out one. Tyler Walker pitched two-thirds of an inning, giving up only a hit. Scott Eyre got the win as he pitched an inning and a third, striking out a batter. His record is now 2-1 with an ERA of 1.80. Chad Durbin recorded his second save, as he pitched a scoreless inning, giving up only a walk, as he struck out a batter. Rich Harden also received a no-decision, as he pitched seven strong innings, giving up only two runs on two hits and two walks, as he struck out six. Carlos Marmol pitched two-thirds of an inning, giving up a run on no hits, three walks and a hit batter. John Grabow pitched a third of an inning, striking out a batter. Angel Guzman pitched two scoreless innings. Kevin Gregg took the loss, pitching two innings, giving up a run on one hit, while he struck out two. His record is now 4-4 with an ERA of 4.02.

The Phils had only three hits in the game, a two-run home run by Jimmy Rollins, a single by Ryan Howard, and a solo home run by Ben Francisco, bringing in the game winner. Howard had the fourth Phil RBI via a bases loaded walk. The Phils offense is still not doing anything, as they were only able to bring in one runner in scoring position, mainly because they were not able to get people on base last night.

The Phils (62-48, 1st National League East) continue their three-games series with the Cubs (58-53, 2nd National League Central) with a night game. The game will be played at Wrigley Field and will begin at 8:05 pm Eastern (7:05 pm Central). The Phils will send to the mound Pedro Martinez (0-0, -.–), who is making his first start since last September. He will be trying to prove to the Phils that he is worth the money that they are presently paying him. He will be opposed by Jeff Samardzija (1-1, 6.29), who is making his first start for the Cubs. He has previously pitched in relief, with his last appearance being on August 7 against the Rockies, where he pitched four innings, giving up two runs on five hits and a walk, while he struck out one, in the Cubs’ 6-2 lost. He will see if he can do better than he did when he pitched in relief and gave up the winning home run to Jayson Werth in extra-innings. The Phils will be trying to make it two wins in a row, while trying to get the offense jump started.

A late explosion leads to a Phils win as the Phillies crushed the Cardinals, 14-6

One day after seeing J.A. Happ lose his first game because of a lack of offense, the Phils’ bats had a late innings uprising as the Phils crush the redbirds, 14-6, winning the season series and evening the present series at one win apiece. The Phils increased their lead to six and a half games over both the Marlins and Braves as both teams lose their games.

The Phils took a quick lead in the first as, with two men on, and two men out, Raul Ibanez hits an RBI single, knocking in Shane Victorino, who had earlier singled and had gone to second on Chase Utley’s walk, giving the Phils a 1-0 lead, while sending Utley, who had just walk, over to third. Two batters later, with the bases loaded, as Jayson Werth was walked, moving Ibanez up to second base, Pedro Feliz hits a two-run single, scoring both Utley and Ibanez, making it a 3-0 Phils’ lead, while sending Werth over to third. The Cardinals then began to chip away at the lead. In the second, Ryan Ludwick made it a 3-1 Phils’ lead by hitting a lead-off home run, his seventeenth home run of the season. The Cards would then make it 3-2 in the fourth as, with runners on the corners and nobody out, Rick Ankiel hits a grounder to first for the inning’s first out, 3-unassisted. After he had looked Matt Holliday, who had earlier doubled and had gone to third on Ludwick’s single, back, Ryan Howard tried to throw to Jimmy Rollins so that he could double up Ludwick with a tag. Unfortunately, because of how Ludwick was running on the inside of the base path, Howard threw it too far to avoid hitting him, thus committing a throwing error, allowing Ludwick to be safe at second and Holliday to score. The Cardinals then tied the score up at three-all in the fifth as, with a runner on second, and one man out, Julio Lugo hits an RBI double, knocking in Skip Schumaker, who had earlier doubled. In the sixth, the Cardinals took the lead as, with one man out, Ankiel hits a solo home run, his seventh home run of the season, making it 4-3 Cardinals. The Phils then struck back in their half of the sixth as, with the bases loaded, via a walk to Werth, a single by Feliz, moving Werth up to second, and a walk to pinch hitter Greg Dobbs, moving up a base both Werth and Feliz, and with two men out, Jimmy Rollins hits a grand slam home run, his ninth home run of the year, scoring Werth, Feliz and Dobbs before him, giving the Phils a 7-4 lead. Victorino followed him with a solo home run, his seventh home run of the year, making it an 8-4 Phils’ lead. The Cardinals would get a run back in the seventh as, with two men on, and two men out, Holliday hits an RBI double, knocking in Schumaker, who had reached base earlier on Howard’s second error of the game, and then moved up to second on Albert Pujols’ single, making it an 8-5 Phils’ lead, while sending Pujols, who had singled earlier, over to third. The Phils then proceeded to put the game away in their half of the seventh. With two men on, and one man out, Carlos Ruiz hits an RBI single, knocking in Werth, who had earlier singled, moved up to second as Feliz was hit by the pitch, and then stole third, making it 9-5 Phils, while Feliz moved up to second. Two batters later, now with two men out, Rollins hits an RBI double, knocking in Feliz, who had gone to third on pinch hitter Matt Stairs’ force out, 4-6, wiping out Ruiz at second, giving the Phillies a 10-5 lead, while sending Stairs on to third. Victorino followed with a two-run single, scoring both Stairs and Rollins, making it a 12-5 Phils’ lead. Two batters later, with two men on, as Utley got on base with a walk, moving Victorino up to second, Howard joined the hit parade by hitting a two-run double, scoring both Victorino and Utley, as the Phils batted around. The Cardinals scored one last run in the ninth as, with a runner on third and noone out, Pujols hits an RBI ground out, 6-3, scoring Lugo, who had earlier tripled. That would be the final score as Steven Register finally ended the game by getting Mark DeRosa to pop out to Rollins with runners on the corners and two men out.

Rodrigo Lopez got the win, as he pitched six innings, giving up four runs, three of which were earned, on ten hits and a walk, while he struck out only two batters. His record is now 3-0 with a 3.09 ERA. Chan Ho Park pitched a scoreless inning, giving up only two hits, while he struck out two. Steven Register pitched two innings, giving up a run on three hits and a walk, as he struck out a batter. Kyle Lohse pitched a no-decision, as he gave up three runs on four hits and three walks, while he struck out three, in only four innings of work. Trever Miller pitched an inning and a third, giving up only a hit, as he struck out a batter. Jason Motte committed his third blown save of the year as he took the lost, as he pitched only a third of an inning, giving up five runs on four hits and two walks. His record is now 3-4 with an ERA of 5.70. Dennys Reyes pitched a third of an inning, getting out the only man he would face. Josh Kinney pitched two-thirds of an inning, giving up six runs on four hits and a walk, as he struck out one. Brad Thompson pitched an inning and a third, giving up only one hit.

The Phillies’ bats erupted for fourteen hits, with Shane Victorino leading the way with four hits, with one of them being a solo home run, as he knocked in three runs, raising his batting average to .318. Jimmy Rollins, Raul Ibanez and Pedro Feliz followed with two hits apiece, with one of Rollins’ hits being a double, while another was a grand slam home run, as he knocked in five runs, his career high, while Ibanez plated an RBI, and Feliz knocked in two. Chase Utley, Ryan Howard, Jayson Werth and Carlos Ruiz each had a hit, as Howard’s hit was a double, knocking in two runs. Ruiz knocked in the Phils’ other run, as the offense erupted for eleven runs in the sixth and seventh innings. They will now be going for the series win this afternoon.

The Phillies (55-40, 1st National League East), will conclude their home stand with an afternoon game against the Cardinals (53-47, 1st National League Central). The game will start at 1:35 pm Eastern and will be played at Citizens Bank Park. The Phils’ starter will be Joe Blanton (6-4, 4.24), who is coming off a no-decision against the Cubs on July 21, as he pitched seven innings, giving up only one run on five hits, while he struck out five, in the Phils’ 4-1 win. He will be going for his seventh win while trying to end the present home stand on a winning note. The Cards will counter with Todd Wellemeyer (7-8, 5.68), who is coming off a lost against the Astros on July 21, as he pitched only four and one-third innings, giving up five runs, four of which were earned, on seven hits and a walk, as he struck out four, in the Cards’ 11-6 lost. He will be trying to even up his record while trying to keep the Cardinals in first place in the NL Central. The Phils will be going for the series win, and end a successful home stand on a high note before they head out west.

Happ is saddled with first career loss as the Phillies are outslugged by the Cardinals, 8-1.

J.A. Happ loses his first career start, thanks to the Cardinals’ hitter being lucky with their hits as the Phils lose to the redbirds, 8-1. Their lead over the Braves and the Marlins is now at five and a half games as both teams win their games.

The Cardinals took a 1-0 lead in the second as, with a runner on third, and two men out, Rick Ankiel hits an RBI single, scoring Matt Holliday, who had earlier hit an infield single, stole second base and then moved on to third on Ryan Ludwick’s ground out, 6-3. The game, after a rain delay, became a pitchers’ duel between Phils’ starter J.A. Happ and Cardinals’ starter Joel Pineiro until the sixth inning, when the Cardinals were able to beat up on Happ with bleeders. The Cardinals increased their lead as, with two men on, and nobody out, Holliday hits an RBI single, knocking in Mark DeRosa, who had earlier singled, and had gone to second on Albert Pujols’ single, giving the Cardinals a 2-0 lead, while sending Pujols to third. One batter later, Ryan Ludwick made it 3-0 Cards as he hits an RBI single, knocking in Pujols. On the play, Holliday is thrown out at third for the inning’s first out, 7-5, as he tried to move up to third, while Ludwick would move up to second base on the throw. Yadier Molina would make it a 4-0 Cardinals’ lead with an RBI single, scoring Ludwick. Ankiel made it a 5-0 Cards’ lead with an RBI double, knocking in Molina, before Ankiel would move up to third on the throw to the plate. The redbirds would make it 6-0 in the seventh as, with a man on third, and noone out, DeRosa hits a sacrifice fly, scoring Julio Lugo, who had earlier tripled. The Cards made it 7-0 as, with the bases loaded, via a walk to Pujols, a double by Holliday, that sent Pujols to third base, and a walk to Molina, with two men out, Ankiel hits an RBI single, knocking in Pujols, while moving both Holliday and Molina up a base. The Phils would finally score in the bottom half of the seventh, as, with a runner on third and two men out, Jayson Werth, who had earlier singled, had moved up to second on Pedro Feliz’s single, and had gone to third on Carlos Ruiz’s double play ball, 6-4-3, wiping out Feliz at second base, would score on a wild pitch, with Matt Stairs batting, making it 7-1 Cardinals. In the eighth, Lugo, with one man out, would make it 8-1 Cards by hitting a solo home run, his second home run of the year. That would be the final score as the Phils would be unable to do anything in their last two times at-bat.

J.A. Happ took the lost, the first one of his young career, as he pitched six innings, giving up five runs on ten hits, while he struck out six. His record is now 7-1 as his ERA rises to 2.97. Tyler Walker pitched an inning, giving up two runs on three hits and two walks. Andrew Carpenter also pitched an inning, giving up a run on one hit, while he struck out one. Ryan Madson pitched a 1-2-3 inning. Joel Pineiro got the win as he also went six innings, giving up just four hits and a walk, while striking out three. His record is now 9-9, with an ERA of 2.95. Kyle McClellan pitched an inning, giving up a run on two hits, a walk and a wild pitch, as he struck out three. Dennys Reyes pitched a third of an inning, giving up two hits. Jason Motte pitched two-thirds of an inning, getting out the two batters that he would face. Brad Thompson pitched a scoreless inning, as he hit a batter and another reached base on an error before he recorded the game’s final out.

The Phils had eight hits in the game, with Shane Victorino, Ryan Howard and Carlos Ruiz leading the team with two hits each. Jayson Werth and Pedro Feliz would get the other two Phils’ hits. The Phils had no RBIs as their only run came in on a wild pitch. The Phils were unable to knock in a run, although they had several scoring attempts.

The Phillies (54-40, 1st National League East) will continue their three-games series with the Cardinals (53-46, 1st National League Central) with an afternoon game that will be televised nationally by Fox Sports. The game will be played at Citizens Bank Park and will begin at 4:05 pm. Eastern. The Phils will send to the mound Rodrigo Lopez (2-0, 2.60), who is coming off a win against the Cubs on July 20, as he pitched six innings, giving up a run on five hits and three walks, as he struck out five, in the Phils’ 10-1 win. He will be trying for his third win, hoping to make things difficult for the Phils when Pedro Martinez has finished with his rehab assignment. The Cardinals will counter with Kyle Lohse (4-6, 4.21), who is coming off a lost against the Astros, as he pitched seven innings, giving up three runs on five hits and three walks, while striking out five, in the Cards’ 3-2 lost. He will be trying to improve his record and end his personal three games losing streak, while trying to continue his good record against the Phils. The Phils will be out to tie the series, while putting up a winning home stand before they go out once more onto the road.

Phils continue their winning ways at home as they win a make up game with the Padres, defeating them 9-4.

Behind the pitching of Cole Hamels and the offense, the Phils continue their recent winning ways at home as they defeat the Padres in a make up game for an earlier rain out, 9-4. They increase their lead in the NL East to six and a half games over both the Braves and the Marlins.

The Phils took the lead in the second as, with a runner on second, and nobody out, Pedro Feliz hits an RBI single, scoring Jayson Werth, who had earlier doubled, giving the Phils a 1-0 lead. Three batters later, with one man on and two men out, Jimmy Rollins hits an RBI double, knocking in Phils’ starter Cole Hamel, who had earlier reached base on a force out, 2-6, of his sacrifice bunt attempt to move Carlos Ruiz to second, who had earlier hit into a force out, 5-4, wiping out Feliz at second base, making it a 2-0 Phils’ lead. Two batters later, after Shane Victorino is hit by the pitch, Chase Utley would make it 3-0 Phils as he hits an RBI single, scoring Rollins, while moving Victorino up to second base. The Phils would make it 4-0 in the third as Feliz hits a single, which Padres’ second baseman Oscar Salazar threw away, allowing Werth, who had earlier doubled, to score on the throwing error. The Padres would then try to make a come back in the fourth as, with one man on, and with two outs, Chase Headley hits an RBI double, knocking in Adrian Gonzalez, who had earlier walked, making it a 4-1 Phils’ lead. One batter later, Kyle Blanks cut the lead to 4-3 as he hits a two-run home run, his second home run of the year, knocking in Gonzalez. The Phils then went back to add to their lead in their half of the fourth as, with runners on the corners, and with one man out, Ryan Howard hits an RBI single, knocking in Rollins, who had earlier walked, stole second and then move to third on Victorino’s ground out, 3-unassisted, making it a 5-3 Phils’ lead, while sending Utley, who had just walked, to second base. Raul Ibanez then followed with a two-run double, knocking in both Utley and Howard, to make it a 7-3 Phils’ lead. With their RBIs, both Howard and Ibanez reached 70 RBIs, tying themselves for the team lead in that category. The Phils would then take an 8-3 lead as Werth would hit an RBI single, bringing home Ibanez. The score would become 9-3 Phils in the seventh as, Ruiz hits a lead-off home run, his fifth home run of the year. The Padres would get a run back in the eighth as, with one man on, and one out, Everth Cabrera hits an RBI single, scoring Tony Gwynn, Jr., who had earlier doubled, making it a 9-4 Phils’ lead. But that would be the final score as Chan Ho Park would pitch a quick 1-2-3 ninth.

Cole Hamels got the win as he pitched seven inning, giving up three runs on four hits and a walk, as he struck out six. His record is now 6-5 with an ERA of 4.66. Andrew Carpenter pitched a third of an inning, giving up a run on two hits and walk. Chan Ho Park pitched an inning and a half of scoreless ball, striking out one. Kevin Correia took the lost as he went three and a third innings, giving up eight runs on nine hits and three walks, as he struck out two. His record is now 6-8 with an ERA of 4.84. Mike Ekstrom pitched two and two-thirds scoreless innings, giving up only two hits and a walk, as he struck out three. Edward Mujica pitched a third of an inning, giving up a run on three hits. Joe Thatcher pitched an inning and a third, striking out three. 

The Phillies’ offense had fourteen hits in the game, with Jayson Werth and Pedro Feliz leading the way by each collecting three hits, followed by Jimmy Rollins, and Shane Victorino with two hits each. Chase Utley, Ryan Howard, Raul Ibanez and Carlos Ruiz got the other four Phils’ hit, with Ruiz’s hit being a solo home run. Besides Ruiz’s RBI, Ibanez knocked in two runs, while Rollins, Utley, Howard, Werth and Feliz each knocked in a run. The Phils had their second straight ten-plus hits games after being kept silent on Tuesday night, as Howard and Ibanez both knocked in their 70th RBI of the year, while Utley missed out on joining them when he hits into a force out with two men on base in the seventh.

The Phillies (54-39, 1st National League East) will continue their so far successful home stand with a three-games series with the Cardinals (52-46, 1st National League Central), starting tonight. The game will be played at Citizens Bank Park and will start at 7:05 pm Eastern. The Phils’ starter will be J.A. Happ (7-0, 2.68), who is coming off of a win against the Marlins on July 19, where he went seven shut out innings, giving up just five hits and a walk, and struck out one, in the Phils’ 5-0 win. He will be going for his eight win of the year while putting up his name as a candidate for the NL Rookie of the Year. The Cardinals will counter with Joel Pineiro (8-9, 3.09), who is coming off a win against the D-backs on July 19, as he pitched seven strong innings, giving up on one run on five hits, as he struck out three, in the Cardinals’ 2-1 win. He will be trying to even his record, while trying to keep the Phillies’ offense quiet. The Phillies will be going for another series win as their try to improve their winning record at home before going once more onto the road.

Werth’s three-run blast in extra-innings put the Phils over .500 at home while extending their winning to ten games.

Jayson Werth’s walk-off three-run home run extends the Phils’ winning streak to ten games while getting the team above the .500 mark at home, as the Phils defeat the Cubs in extra-innings, 4-1.

The Phils took the lead in the third as Jimmy Rollins hits a lead-off home run, his eighth home run of the year, making it a 1-0 Phils’ lead. The Cubs would tie the game up in the top of the fourth as, with one man on, and two men out, Kosuke Fukudome hits an RBI double, knocking in Ryan Theriot, who had earlier singled. The game then developed into a long pitchers’ duel, first between the starters, Joe Blanton and Rich Harden for seven innings, with Blanton only giving up five hits, as he struck out five, while Harden only gave up four hits and two walks, as he struck out six, then the bullpens, with the Phils’ bullpen giving up no hits or walks, while striking out six Cubs for six innings, while the Cubs’ bullpen kept the Phils off the scoreboard for five and two-thirds innings, giving up one hit and three walks, while striking out six Phils before the bottom of the thirteenth inning. In the thirteenth, Jeff Samardzija began his second inning of work for the Cubs. Shane Victorino started the inning off for the Phils by flying out to left for out number one. Chase Utley followed by flying out to center for the second out. Ryan Howard than took a four pitch walk, putting a runner on first, with two outs. Raul Ibanez then followed by working a walk, putting runners on first and second, as Howard moved up to second base, putting the winning run in scoring position for the second time in the last three innings. Jayson Werth came up to the plate, and with the count one and one, he hits a changeup into the left field seats for a walk-off three-run home run, his twenty-first home run of the year, scoring Howard and Werth before him, and giving the Phils a 4-1 win.

Joe Blanton received a no-decision as he went seven strong innings, giving up just one run on five hit, while he struck out four. Ryan Madson, Brad Lidge and Chan Ho Park combined for five 1-2-3 innings, as they struck out six Cubs (Madson (1), Park (5)). Clay Condrey got the win as he pitched a 1-2-3 inning. His record is now 6-2 with a 3.50 ERA. Rick Harden also received a no-decision, as he also pitched seven strong innnings, giving up only one run on four hits and two walks, while he struck out six. Carlos Marmol, Angel Guzman, Sean Marshall and Aaron Heilman combined for four innings of shut out ball, giving up only one hit (Marmol) and three walks (Marmol, Marshall and Heilman one walk each), while striking out six (Marmol (4), Marshall (1), Heilman (1)). Jeff Samardzija took the lost as he pitched one and two-thirds innings, giving up three runs on one hit and two walks. His record is now 0-1 with a 5.79 ERA.

The Phils had only six hits in the game, with Jimmy Rollins and Jayson Werth leading the way with two hits a piece, with one of Rollins’ hits being a solo home run, while one of Werth’s hits was the gaming winning three-run home run. Shane Victorino and Pedro Feliz had the other two hits, both singles. The victory give the Phils a seven games winning streak at home, a winning record at home for the first time this year, their fourth straight series win at home, their fifth straight series win, and their tenth win in a row.

The Phillies (53-38, 1st National League East) will conclude their three-games series with the Cubs (47-45, 2nd-T National League Central) with an afternoon game, already in progress at Citizens Bank Park. The Phils are sending to the mound Jamie Moyer (9-6, 5.58), who is coming off a gem against the Marlins on July 16, as he pitched seven strong innings, giving up no runs on one hit and a walk, while striking out four, in the Phils’ 4-0 win. He will be going for win number ten on the season. The Cubs will counter with Carlos Zambrano (6-4, 3.36), who is coming off a win against the Nationals on July 17, as he went five innings, giving up no runs on four hits and four walks, while striking out six in the Cubs’ 3-1 win. He will be trying to keep the Cubs from being swept. The Phils will be going for their eleventh win in a row, and their eighth straight win at home, while trying to once again add to their lead in the NL East.

The Phils extend their winning streak to nine games as they club the Cubs, 10-1.

The Phils continue their recent winning ways at home, as they crush the Cubs, 10-1, increasing their winning streak at home to six games and their overall winning streak to nine. They are now a .500 team (23-23) at home.

The Phils took an early lead in the first as, with two men on, and two men out, Raul Ibanez hits a three-run home run, his twenty-fifth home run of the year, knocking in Jimmy Rollins, who had earlier singled, and then went to third on Shane Victorino’s double, and Victorino, who had earlier doubled, making it 3-0 Phils. The Phils increased their lead in the second as, with one man on, and nobody out, Carlos Ruiz hits a two-run home run, his fourth home run of the year, knocking in Pedro Feliz, who had just walked, making it 5-0 Phils. The Phils would then bust it wide open in the fourth. With two men on, and nobody out, Ruiz hits an RBI double, knocking in Jayson Werth, who had earlier walked and had gone to second on Feliz’s single, making it a 6-0 Phils’ lead, and sending Feliz, who had earlier singled, to third. Two batters later, now with one man out, Rollins hits a sacrifice fly, scoring Feliz, giving the Phils a 7-0 lead, while Ruiz would move up to third. It would become 8-0 Phils as Cubs’ left fielder Alfonso Soriano committed a fielding error on Victorino’s fly ball, allowing Ruiz to score, while Victorino was safe at second on the two-base error. Chase Utley would make it 9-0 Phils with an RBI single, scoring Victorino, before he would be tagged out at second base when he tried to move up to second on the throw, 9-3. The Cubs would get a run back in the fifth as, with a runner on third, and one man out, Ryan Theriot hits an RBI single, scoring Andres Blanco, who had earlier doubled, and then went to third on Kosuke Fukudome’s ground out, 4-3, making it a 9-1 Phils’ lead. Other than that, Phils’ starter Rodrigo Lopez had an easy six innings, as he gave up only one run on five hits and three walks, before handing the ball over to Chad Durbin in the seventh. In the eighth, Ryan Howard made it 10-1 Phils with a lead-off home run, his twenty-fourth home run of the year. Durbin then proceeded to end the game by pitching a scoreless ninth inning as he got Koyie Hill to hit into a 6-4-3 double play, wiping out at second Soriano, who had earlier singled, to record his first save of the year.

Rodrigo Lopez got the win as he pitched six strong innings, giving up only one run on five hits and three walks, as he struck out five. His record is now 2-0 with an ERA of 2.60. Chad Durbin pitched three scoreless inning, giving up only a hit, while striking out two, as he recorded his first save of the year. Ted Lilly took the lost as he went only four innings, giving up nine runs, only seven of which were earned, on eight hits and two walks, as he struck out six. His record is now 9-7 with a 3.59 ERA. Jeff Stevens and Aaron Heilman together pitched three scoreless innings, while striking out two batters (one strikeout apiece). Angel Guzman pitched an inning, giving up a run on one hit while striking out two.

The Phils collected nine hits in the ballgame, with Shane Victorino and Carlos Ruiz leading the way with two hits a piece, with one of Victorino’s hits being a double, while Ruiz’s two hits were a double and a two-run home run, knocking in three runs. Jimmy Rollins, Chase Utley, Ryan Howard, Raul Ibanez and Pedro Feliz had the other five Phils’ hits, with Ibanez’s hit being a three-run home run, and Howard’s being a solo shot. Besides Ibanez and Ruiz’s three RBIs and Howard’s one, Rollins and Utley both knocked in a run, with Rollins’ being on a sac fly. The Phils have now even their record at home as they have won ten of their last eleven home games and thirteen of their last fourteen overall, since being swept by the Braves. They will be trying to make it ten wins in a row tonight.

The Phillies (52-38, 1st National League East) will continue their three-games set with the Cubs (47-44, 2nd National League Central) with a night game. The game will be played at Citizens Bank Park and will start at 7:05 pm. The Phils’ starter will be Joe Blanton (6-4, 4.44) who last start, on July 18 against the Marlins, was cancelled due to rain after he had given up two runs in the first inning. He will once again be going for his seventh win of the season. The Cubs will counter with Rich Harden (6-6, 5.06), who is coming off a win against the Nationals on July 16, when he went six innings, giving up no runs on three hits, while striking out seven, in the Cubs 6-2 win. He will be trying for his seventh win as well, while hoping that he will be able to stop the presently hot Phillies’ offense. The Phils will be going for their tenth win in a row tonight, while trying to further increase their lead in the NL East.

Happ wins his seventh game as the Phils increased their lead over the Marlins to seven games as the Phils win a shutout, 5-0.

J.A. Happ once again pitch seven strong innings, as he and the bullpen shut down the fish once again as the Phils defeat the Marlins, 5-0. The win increase the Phils lead to seven games in the NL East, while they increase their winning streak to a season high eight games.

The game would start with a very wild first inning. Jimmy Rollins lead off the game with a triple. But, with Shane Victorino batting, and with the infield back, except at third base, Rollins made a mistake by running towards home on Victorino’s grounder, as the ball went to the Marlins’ third baseman Emilio Bonifacio, who then threw home, where Rollins is tagged out by the catcher for the first out of the inning, 5-2, while Victorino would be safe at first on the fielder’s choice. Victorino would then go to second on Braves’ starter Andrew Miller’s throwing error on a pick-off attempt. After Chase Utley flied out to center for the inning’s second out, first Raul Ibanez and then Jayson Werth walked, loading the bases, with two men out. But Pedro Feliz would end the inning by hitting into a force out, 6-5, rubbing out Werth at second base. The Marlins, after dodging the bullet, tried to take the lead in their half of the first. Bonifacio lead off the inning with a double. Jeremy Hermida was then hit by the pitch, putting two men on, with nobody out. Hanley Ramirez then flied out to center for the inning’s first out, as Bonifacio tagged up and moved to third base, putting runners on the corners. Jorge Cantu then flied out to short right field for the second out of the inning, with Bonifacio deciding not to test Werth’s arm. The next batter, Dan Uggla, then ended the inning by grounding out, 6-3, for the final out, leaving it a 0-0 game. The Phils then took the lead in the second, as, with the bases loaded via an infield single to Phils’ starter J.A. Happ, a single to Rollins and an infield single to Victorino, and two men out, Utley is hit by the pitch, forcing in Happ, and giving the Phils a 1-0 lead, as both Rollins and Victorino moved up a base. The next batter, Ibanez, followed with a two-run double, knocking in both Rollins and Victorino, making it a 3-0 Phils lead, while sending Utley to third. The Phils would increase their lead in the third as, with a runner on second, and two men out, Rollins hits an RBI double, knocking in Carlos Ruiz, who had earlier walked, and had moved up to second on Happ’s sacrifice bunt, making it a 4-0 Phillies’ lead. Happ would then keep the Marlins at bay, before running into trouble in the sixth, as the Marlins loaded up the bases on singles by Cantu and Uggla, and a fielding error by Feliz on a Cody Ross ground ball, with nobody out. But Happ soon got himself out of the inning. First, he got Phillies’ killer Ronny Paulino to pop out to shortstop, 6-unassisted, under the Infield Fly Rule for the first out of the inning. He then struck out Brett Carroll swinging for the second out, and then got pinch hitter Wes Helms to strike out looking to end the threat, keeping it a 4-0 Phils’ lead. The Phils would then add to their lead in the ninth as, with the bases loaded again, via an Utley single, a walk to Ibanez and a walk to Feliz, which would move pinch runner John Mayberry, Junior, up to second base, while Utley went to third, and two men out, Utley would score on a wild pitch that would hit Paulino’s shin guard and go up the third base line, making it a 5-0 Phils’ lead. That would be the final score as Scott Eyre and Brad Lidge would combine for a scoreless ninth inning.

J.A. Happ got the win as he pitched seven shut out innings, giving up five hits and a walk, while striking out four. His record is now 7-0 with an ERA of 2.68. Ryan Madson pitched two-thirds of an inning, giving up two hits, while striking out one. J.C. Romero pitched a third of an inning, collecting his sixth hold as he got out the only man he would face. Scott Eyre and Brad Lidge would combine for one scoreless inning, giving up only one hit (Eyre). Andrew Miller took the lost as he pitched just two and two-thirds innings, giving up four runs on six hits and three walks. His record is now 3-5 with a 4.81 ERA. Brian Sanches, Burke Badenhop, Luis Ayala and Renyel Pinto would combine for five and a third scoreless innings of relief, giving up only one hit (Sanches) and two walks (Badenhop, Pinto), while striking out seven (Sanches (3), Badenhop (3), Ayala (1)). Dan Meyer pitched a third of an inning, giving up a run on a hit and a walk. Brendan Donnelly pitched two-thirds of an inning, giving up two walks and a wild pitch.

The Phils had eight hits in the game, with Jimmy Rollins leading the way with three hits, a single, a double and a triple, just one hit shy of hitting the cycle, while knocking in a run as he raised his batting average up to .236. Shane Victorino, Chase Utley, Raul Ibanez, Jayson Werth and J.A. Happ had the other five hits, with Ibanez’s hit being a two-run double. Besides Ibanez’s two RBIs and Rollins’ one RBI, Utley knocked in the Phils’ other RBI. The offense seems to be doing everything right now, while starting pitching, outside of the team’s ace Cole Hamels, seems to be now throwing quality starts, thus giving the bullpen some much needed rest, as the trading deadline draws near.

The Phillies (51-38, 1st National League East) start a three-games home stand with the Cubs (47-43, 2nd National League Central). The game will be played at Citizens Bank Park and will begin tonight at 7:05 pm. The Phils’ starter will be Rodrigo Lopez (1-0, 3.18), who is coming off a no-decision against the Reds on July 8, as he left the game because of injuries, as he gave up two runs on five hits and a walk, while striking out four, in five innings of work, in the Phils’ 3-2 win. He will be going for his second win of the season since returning to the majors. The Cubbies will counter with Ted Lilly (9-6, 3.18), who is coming off a win against the Cardinals on July 11, when he went eight strong innings, giving up a run on four hits and a walk, while striking out four, in the Cubs’ 5-2 win. He will be trying for his tenth win of the season. The Phils will be trying to show that they can continue their present winning ways at home, while improving their record against Central Division teams.

The Phillies dramatically come from behind in the ninth inning to defeat the Pirates, 8-7, as they increase their lead over the Marlins to four games.

Trailing the Pirates 7-3 in the bottom of the ninth, a pair of home runs by pinch hitter Matt Stairs and Ryan Howard and a walk-off single by Paul Bako gave the Phils a dramatic five-run come from behind win. The win, with a Marlins’ lost to the Diamondbacks, leads to a Phils’ four game lead in the NL East.

The Pirates took a 1-0 lead in the first as, with two men out, Garrett Jones hits a solo home run, his fourth home run of the season. Two batters later, with a man on base, and still two men out, Delwyn Young hits a two-run home run, his third home run of the year, knocking in Ryan Doumit, who had earlier doubled, giving the Pirates a 3-0 lead. In the second, the Pirates would increase their lead to 5-0 as, with a runner on base, and two men out, Andrew McCutchen hits a two-run home run of his own, his second home run of the year, knocking in Andy LaRoche, who had earlier doubled. The Phils would start cutting the Bucos lead in the sixth as, two men on, and one man out, Raul Ibanez, who was in his first game back since coming off the disabled list, hits an RBI double, knocking in Chase Utley, who had earlier singled, and had gone to second on Ryan Howard’s single, making it a 5-1 Pirates’ lead, while sending Howard, who had just singled, over to third. Two batters later, after Jayson Werth had walked to load the bases, Greg Dobbs hits a sacrifice fly, knocking in Howard, cutting the Pirates’ lead down to 5-2, while Ibanez would move up to third. Paul Bako then made it a 5-3 Pirates’ lead as he hits an RBI single, scoring Ibanez, while sending Werth up to second base. The Pirates would get two of the runs back in the seventh as, with the bases loaded, and one man out, Jones received an RBI walk, forcing in Jack Wilson, who had earlier singled, had gone to second on pinch hitter Jeff Salazar’s walk, and then went to third on McCutchen’s force out, as Salazar is wiped out at second,  5-4, for the inning’s first out, while McCutchen is safe at first, making it a 6-3 Pirates’ lead, while leaving the bases loaded as Freddy Sanchez, who was batting when McCutchen stole second base, had walked to load the bases, moved up to second, while McCutchen went on to third. Doumit then made it a 7-3 Pirates’ lead as he hits an RBI ground out, 5-3, for the inning’s second out, scoring McCutchen, while sending Sanchez to third, and Jones up to second base. The Phils then came back in the bottom of the ninth inning. Pinch hitter Matt Stairs started things off with a lead-off home run, his fourth home run of the season, making it a 7-4 Pirates’ lead. Jimmy Rollins then walked. After Shane Victorino flied out for the inning’s first out, Rollins stole second base with Utley batting. Utley then singled, putting runners on the corner as Rollins went to third. Howard then tied the game at seven-all as he hits a three-run home run, his twenty-second home run of the season, knocking in both Rollins and Utley. Ibanez then hit a double, followed by an intentional walk to Werth, putting two men on base. Pedro Feliz then loaded the bases with an infield single, moving Ibanez to third and Werth up to second. Bako then won the game with an RBI single, knocking in Ibanez with the winning run, as the Phils won the games, 8-7.

Cole Hamels received a no-decision as he pitched six innings, giving up five runs on seven hits, while striking out six. Chad Durbin pitched a third of an inning, giving up two runs on a hit and two walks. Scott Eyre pitched one and two-thirds scoreless innings, giving up just one hit and a walk. Tyler Walker received the win as he pitched a scoreless inning, giving up only a hit. His record is now 1-0 with an ERA of 1.64. Ross Ohlendorf also received a no-decision as he pitched five and two-thirds innings, giving up three runs on five hits and four walks, while striking out five. Jesse Chavez recorded his fifth hold as he pitched a third of an inning, althought giving up a hit. John Grabow pitched two scoreless innings, giving up just one hit and one walk, while striking out three. Matt Capps took the lost as he pitched only a third of an inning, giving up five runs on six hits and two walks.

The Phillies had thirteen hits in the game, with Ryan Howard leading the team with three hits, with one of the hits being a three-run home run, as he raised his batting average to .258. Jimmy Rollins, Chase Utley, a returning Raul Ibanez and Paul Bako all followed with two hits apiece. Pedro Feliz and pinch hitter Matt Stairs had the other two hits, with Stairs’ hit being a pinch hit home run, starting the five-run ninth inning. Besides Howard’s three RBIs and Stairs’ one, Ibanez knocked in a run, Greg Dobbs brought home a run with a sac fly, while Bako knocked in two, including the game winner. The Phils, with the win, have won their third straight series at home, while winning eight of the nine games so far played in the ten-games home stand.

The Phillies (47-38, 1st National League East) will play their final game before the All-Star break with the Pirates (38-49, 5th National League Central). The game will be played at Citizens Bank Park and will begin at 1:35 pm Eastern time. J.A. Happ (5-0, 3.04), will start the game for the Phils as he comes off a no-decision against the Reds on July 7, as he went seven innings, giving up three runs on six hits, while striking out seven, in the Phils’ 4-3 lost. He will once again be going for his sixth win of the season. The Pirates will counter with Virgil Vasquez (1-2, 4.50), who is coming off a lost against the Astros on July 6, as he went six innings, giving up four runs on seven hits and three walks, while striking out only two, in the Pirates’ 4-1 lost. He will be trying to help the Pirates avoid a series sweep. The Phils will be trying for their ninth win in the ten-games home stand, while trying to increase their lead even further in the NL East.

Joe Blanton pitched a gem as the Phils continue to show that they can win at home, as they defeat the Pirates, 3-2.

Joe Blanton pitched a seven and a third innings gem, giving up only one run on four hits, as the Phils defeated the Pirates, 3-2. Their lead in the East increased to three games as the Marlins lose to the Diamondbacks.

The Pirates took the lead in the first as, with two men out, Garrett Jones hits a solo home run, his third home run of the season, giving the Pirates a 1-0 lead. The Phillies tied the game at one-all in the third as, with one man on base and two men out, Shane Victorino, who had earlier singled, scored on a Chase Utley single and a fielding error by Pirates center fielder Andrew McCutchen, while Utley, who had singled, moved to third on the late throw to the plate. Two batters later, now with two men on as Ryan Howard had walked, Jayson Werth hits a two-run double, knocking in both Utley and Howard, giving the Phils a 3-1 lead. After that it was all Joe Blanton as he would shut down the Pirates for a total of seven and one-third innings, giving up only four hits and a walk, while he struck out six batters. In the meantime, Pirates’ starter, Zach Duke, despite giving up three runs, kept the Phils off-balanced all night, pitching eight full innings, giving up only five hits and three walks. In the ninth, the Pirates would make it a closer game when, with two men out, Brandon Moss hits a solo home run, his third home run of the year, making it a 3-2 Phils’ lead. After Brad Lidge gave up a single to Jack Wilson, he ended the game by getting pinch hitter Delwyn Young to strike out, swinging, recording his eighteenth save of the season.

Joe Blanton pitched a gem as he won the game, going seven and a third innings, giving up only one run on four hits and a walk, while striking out six. His record is now 6-4 with a 4.44 ERA. J.C. Romero pitched a scoreless inning as he recorded his fifth hold. Brad Lidge recorded his eighteenth save as he pitched two-thirds of an inning, giving up a run on two hits, while striking out two. Zach Duke took the lost as he pitched all eight innings, giving up three runs on six hits and three walks, while he struck out six. His record is now 8-8 with a 3.29 ERA.

The Phils had only five hits in the game, with Shane Victorino leading the way with three hits, with one of them being a double, as he scored a run while increasing his batting average to .314. Chase Utley and Jayson Werth had the other two Phils’ hits, with Werth’s hit being a double, recording the only two RBIs recorded by the Phils last night. Although they got very few hits last night, the hits that the Phils did get help lead to the win.

The Phillies (46-38, 1st National League East) continue their three-games series with the Pirates (38-48, 5th National League Central). The game will be played at Citizens Bank Park and will start at 7:05 pm Eastern. The Phils will send to the mound their ace Cole Hamels (5-5, 4.70), who is coming off a pitching gem of his own as he pitched seven strong innings against the Reds on July 6, giving up only a run on three hits, while striking out two, in the Phillies’ 22-1 rout. He will be trying for his sixth win of the season, with his pitching mechanics worked out thanks to the rout. The Pirates will counter with Ross Ohlendorf (7-7, 4.63), who is coming off a lost against the Marlins on July 5, as he gave up five runs on nine hits and a walk, while striking out three, in the Pirates’ 5-0 lost. He will be trying for his eighth win of the season, while trying to stop the Pirates’ present two-game slide. The Phils hope to continue their winning ways in the present home stand, while increasing their lead in the East before going into the All-Star break.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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