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Bullpen is unable to hold one-run lead as the Phils fall to the Braves, 4-2.

The Phillies’ bullpen is unable to hold onto a one-run lead late in the ballgame as the Phils fall to the Braves, 4-2.

The Braves took a 1-0 lead in the first, as, with the bases loaded, and nobody out, Garret Anderson hits a sacrifice fly, knocking in Kelly Johnson, who had earlier singled, had gone to second base after Yunel Escobar had been hit by the pitch, and had gone on to third when Clipper Jones was walked. The Phils would tie the game at one-all in the second, when, with runners on first and second, and one man out, Pedro Feliz hits an RBI single, knocking in Ryan Howard, who had earlier doubled, while sending to third Matt Stairs, who had earlier walked. The game then became a pitchers’ duel between Phillies’ starter Brett Myers and Braves’ starter Kenshin Kawakami, as Myers would pitch himself out of constant trouble while Kawakami kept the Phils’ bats under control. The Phils took the lead in the sixth, as, with a man on, and one out, Stairs hits an RBI double, knocking in Howard, who had earlier doubled, making it 2-1 Phils. The Braves took the lead in the seventh, as, with the bases loaded, via singles to Escobar and Anderson, and a walk to Brian McCann, and two men out, Casey Kotchman hits a weak grounder up the middle that got through the infield for a two-run single, scoring both Escobar and Anderson, making it a 3-2 Braves’ lead, while sending McCann up to second base. The Braves made it a 4-2 game in the ninth, as, with a runner on first and two outs, Kotchman hits an RBI double, scoring Greg Norton, who had earlier walked. That would end up being the final score as the Phils got shut down in the ninth.

Brett Myers got a no-decision as he pitched a good game, giving up only one run on five scattered hits and two walks, while striking out three. Jack Taschner had his first blown save of the year as he took the lost as he pitched only two-thirds of an inning, giving up two runs on three hits and a walk. His record is now 1-1 with a 5.14 ERA. Chad Durbin pitched an inning and a third, giving up only one hit, as he struck out one. Brad Lidge pitched an inning, giving up a run on a hit and a walk. Kenshin Kawakami got the win as he pitched six strong innings against the Phils, giving up two runs on five hits and four walks, as he struck out six. His record is now 2-4 with a 5.79 ERA. Eric O’Flaherty held his third lead of the season as he pitched a scoreless inning, as he struck out a batter. Mike Gonzalez, normally the Braves’ closer, pitched a scoreless inning as he received his first hold of the year, giving up only a walk. Rafeal Soriano collected his third save of the year as he pitched a scoreless ninth, giving up only one hit, while striking out a batter.

The Phillies had only six hits in the ballgame, with Ryan Howard and Matt Stairs each collecting two, including three doubles (two of them for Howard) and a single. Pedro Feliz and pinch hitter Miguel Cairo got the other two hits, both singles. Feliz and Stairs had the Phils two RBIs. Although getting a no-decision, as he pitched his fourth quality start in his last five, as the bullpen is unable to hold the lead for him, Myers has pitched his best game so far this season, mainly because he had established control early in the game by pitching inside to batters, getting them off the plate. Things would probably become even better for Myers once he can put together a 1-2-3 first inning and stop giving up the long ball, as he is presently the Phils’ best starter.

The Phillies (15-14, 3rd) have the day off today. Their next game will be played tomorrow night against the Los Angeles Dodgers (22-11, 1st National League West). The game will start at 7:05 pm Eastern at Citizens Bank Park.

Preview: Phillies v. Padres – 7:05 pm Eastern and Raul Ibanez is swinging a hot bat.

The Phillies (5-6, 4th) plan to conclude their four-games home stand with the Padres (9-4, 2nd National League West) with a game tonight, weather permitting. The game will be played at Citizens Bank Park and will start at 7:05 pm Eastern. The Phillies’ starter will be the ageless veteran Jamie Moyer (1-1, 6.55), who is coming off a victory against the Nationals back on April 13, as he pitched six good innings, giving up four runs on eight hits and two walks, while striking out five, in the Phils’ emotional 9-8 victory, on the day that Harry Kalas died. He will be going for his second straight win, which trying to cut down on the number of runs that he has so far given up this season. The Padres will counter with Kevin Correia (0-1, 4.09), who is coming off a lost to the Mets on April 15, where he went five innings, giving up two runs on five hits and two walks, as he struck out five, in the Padres’ 7-2 lost. He will be trying for his first win of the year. The Phillies hope to end the four-games series with the Padres at two-wins apiece, before they host the Milwaukee Brewers for a three-games series, starting tomorrow night.

Raul Ibanez, after only two weeks being a member of the Phillies, is presently a hot man. At the moment, he is hitting 17 for 44 in eleven games played, for a .386 batting average, which places him fifth in batting in the National League. Ibanez has scored twelve runs, placing him in a tie for fifth place. His seventeen hits puts him in a tie for sixth place. He is leading the league in both total bases (38) and slugging percentage (.864), while he is also tied for first place in home runs (5), is tied for sixth in triples (1), is tied for eleventh in doubles (4), is tied for thirteenth in RBIs (11), and is tied for nineteenth in stolen bases (1). His On-Base plus Slugging Percentage (OPS) is presently at 1.301, while his On-Base Percentage is at .438. He has also fielded left field rather well, despite yesterday’s miscue, and has also run the bases rather well. Ibanez is, so far, making a real good impression on the city of Philadelphia, as he is making Reuben Amaro, Jr’s free agent signing look golden.

Edit: The Phillies have just announced that their game with the Padres has been rained out. There has been no announcement when the game will be made up. The Phillies’ next game will be played tomorrow night at 7:05 pm Eastern against the Milwaukee Brewers.

Ibanez’s walk-off, two-run home run in the bottom of the ninth lifts the Phillies over the Padres, 5-4.

With the Phillies’ trailing 4-3 in the bottom of the ninth, and with a runner on first and nobody out, Raul Ibanez hits a 2-0 changeup into the right field seats to give the Phillies a dramatic, come from behind victory over the presently hot Padres.

The Padres took the lead in the third inning using some fundamental baseball. First, Everth Cabrera started the inning off by getting on base with a bunt single in front of the plate, beating out Chris Coste’s throw to first. Josh Geer then moved Cabrera over to second with a sacrifice bunt to Ryan Howard, 3-unassistant. Jody Gerut then followed with an RBI single to right, knocking in Cabrera, giving the Padres a 1-0 lead. Edgar Gonzalez then followed with an RBI triple on a ball misplayed by Raul Ibanez that got past him, going all the way to the fence, as Gerut crossed the plate to make it 2-0 Padres. It became 3-0 Padres as Gonzalez scored on a Brian Giles ground out to the second baseman, 4-3, for the inning’s second out. The Padres then made it 4-0 in the fifth, as Gonzalez hit a two-out, solo home run, his fifth home run of the year. But, that would be it for the Padres, as the Phillies’ bullpen would proceed to this time shut the Padres down for the next four innings. In the meantime, the Phils’ batters would slowly nibble at the Padres’ lead. After being unable to score a run in the first five innings against Padres’ starter Geer, the Phillies would finally got some runs across in the sixth, as Chase Utley hits a one-out, two-run home run, his fourth home run of the season, knocking in Eric Bruntlett, who had earlier reached base on Padres shortstop’s Luis Rodriguez’s throwing error, going on to second on the errant throw. The Phils then cut the lead down to 4-3 in the eighth as pinch hitter Jimmy Rollins hit a lead-off, pinch hit home run, his first home run of the year. In the ninth inning, with the score still 4-3 Padres, the Padres sent Edwin Moreno to the mound for the save. He was greeted with a bloop single by Howard, his third hit of the day. Ibanez then came to the plate, and after getting ahead in the count, 2-0, hit the next pitch into the right field seats for a two-run, walk-off home run, his fifth home run of the season, knocking in Howard, and giving the Phils a 5-4 win.

Chan Ho Park, started the game for the Phils, getting a no-decision as he pitched five innings, giving up four runs on eight hits and a walk, while striking out three. J.A. Happ then pitched three scoreless innings in relief, giving up just three hits and a walk, as he struck out two. Clay Condrey got the win as he pitched a scoreless ninth, giving up just a hit. His record is now 2-0 with an ERA of 3.38. Josh Geer also received a no-decision as he pitched seven strong innings, as he gave up just two runs, only one of which was earned, on six hits, as he struck out four. Edward Mujica held the lead for the Padres as he pitched a inning in relief, giving up one run on one hit, while striking out one. Edwin Moreno took the lost as he blew his first save of the year, giving up two runs on two hits, as he pitched to two batters. His record is now 0-1 with a 2.57 ERA.

The Phillies had nine hits in the game, with Ryan Howard leading the way with three hits, a triple and two singles, while scoring a run, as he raised his average to .341. Raul Ibanez followed with two hits, a double and a home run, knocking in two runs while scoring a run, as he lifted his average to .386. Chase Utley, Shane Victorino, Pedro Feliz and Jimmy Rollins had the other four hits, with Utley’s hit being a two-run home run, while Rollins’ was a pinch hit solo home run.

The Phillies (5-6, 4th) with conclude their four-games home stand with the Padres (9-4, 2nd National League West) with a night game tonight, weather permitting. The game will be played at Citizens Bank Park and will start at 7:05 pm Eastern. The Phillies will send to the mound Jamie Moyer (1-1, 6.55), who is coming off a victory against the Nationals on April 13, as he pitched six innings, giving up four runs on eight hits and two walks, while striking out five in the Phils’ emotional 9-8 victory, on the day Harry Kalas died. He will be trying for his second straight win, which trying to cut down on the number of runs he has been giving up so far this season. He will be opposed by Kevin Correia (0-1, 4.09), who is coming off a lost at the hands of the Mets on April 15, where he went five innings, giving up two runs on five hits and two walks, as he struck out five, in the Padres’ 7-2 lost. He will be trying for his first win of the year. The Phillies hope to end the series at two-wins apiece, before they host the Milwaukee Brewers for a three-games series, starting tomorrow night.

Ibanez’s walk-off, two-run home run in the bottom of the ninth lifts the Phillies over the Padres, 5-4.

With the Phillies’ trailing 4-3 in the bottom of the ninth, and with a runner on first and nobody out, Raul Ibanez hits a 2-0 changeup into the right field seats to give the Phillies a dramatic, come from behind victory over the presently hot Padres.

The Padres took the lead in the third inning using some fundamental baseball. First, Everth Cabrera started the inning off by getting on base with a bunt single in front of the plate, beating out Chris Coste’s throw to first. Josh Geer then moved Cabrera over to second with a sacrifice bunt to Ryan Howard, 3-unassistant. Jody Gerut then followed with an RBI single to right, knocking in Cabrera, giving the Padres a 1-0 lead. Edgar Gonzalez then followed with an RBI triple on a ball misplayed by Raul Ibanez that got past him, going all the way to the fence, as Gerut crossed the plate to make it 2-0 Padres. It became 3-0 Padres as Gonzalez scored on a Brian Giles ground out to the second baseman, 4-3, for the inning’s second out. The Padres then made it 4-0 in the fifth, as Gonzalez hit a two-out, solo home run, his fifth home run of the year. But, that would be it for the Padres, as the Phillies’ bullpen would proceed to this time shut the Padres down for the next four innings. In the meantime, the Phils’ batters would slowly nibble at the Padres’ lead. After being unable to score a run in the first five innings against Padres’ starter Geer, the Phillies would finally got some runs across in the sixth, as Chase Utley hits a one-out, two-run home run, his fourth home run of the season, knocking in Eric Bruntlett, who had earlier reached base on Padres shortstop’s Luis Rodriguez’s throwing error, going on to second on the errant throw. The Phils then cut the lead down to 4-3 in the eighth as pinch hitter Jimmy Rollins hit a lead-off, pinch hit home run, his first home run of the year. In the ninth inning, with the score still 4-3 Padres, the Padres sent Edwin Moreno to the mound for the save. He was greeted with a bloop single by Howard, his third hit of the day. Ibanez then came to the plate, and after getting ahead in the count, 2-0, hit the next pitch into the right field seats for a two-run, walk-off home run, his fifth home run of the season, knocking in Howard, and giving the Phils a 5-4 win.

Chan Ho Park, started the game for the Phils, getting a no-decision as he pitched five innings, giving up four runs on eight hits and a walk, while striking out three. J.A. Happ then pitched three scoreless innings in relief, giving up just three hits and a walk, as he struck out two. Clay Condrey got the win as he pitched a scoreless ninth, giving up just a hit. His record is now 2-0 with an ERA of 3.38. Josh Geer also received a no-decision as he pitched seven strong innings, as he gave up just two runs, only one of which was earned, on six hits, as he struck out four. Edward Mujica held the lead for the Padres as he pitched a inning in relief, giving up one run on one hit, while striking out one. Edwin Moreno took the lost as he blew his first save of the year, giving up two runs on two hits, as he pitched to two batters. His record is now 0-1 with a 2.57 ERA.

The Phillies had nine hits in the game, with Ryan Howard leading the way with three hits, a triple and two singles, while scoring a run, as he raised his average to .341. Raul Ibanez followed with two hits, a double and a home run, knocking in two runs while scoring a run, as he lifted his average to .386. Chase Utley, Shane Victorino, Pedro Feliz and Jimmy Rollins had the other four hits, with Utley’s hit being a two-run home run, while Rollins’ was a pinch hit solo home run.

The Phillies (5-6, 4th) with conclude their four-games home stand with the Padres (9-4, 2nd National League West) with a night game tonight, weather permitting. The game will be played at Citizens Bank Park and will start at 7:05 pm Eastern. The Phillies will send to the mound Jamie Moyer (1-1, 6.55), who is coming off a victory against the Nationals on April 13, as he pitched six innings, giving up four runs on eight hits and two walks, while striking out five in the Phils’ emotional 9-8 victory, on the day Harry Kalas died. He will be trying for his second straight win, which trying to cut down on the number of runs he has been giving up so far this season. He will be opposed by Kevin Correia (0-1, 4.09), who is coming off a lost at the hands of the Mets on April 15, where he went five innings, giving up two runs on five hits and two walks, as he struck out five, in the Padres’ 7-2 lost. He will be trying for his first win of the year. The Phillies hope to end the series at two-wins apiece, before they host the Milwaukee Brewers for a three-games series, starting tomorrow night.

Brad Lidge blows his first save as a Phil, as the Phils fall once again to the Padres, 8-5.

All good things must come to an end, and in the case of Brad Lidge, its his save opportunity streak, which ends at forty-seven regular season saves in a row, as he blows his first save opportunity since coming to the Phils, giving up four runs in the ninth inning, as the Phillies lose to the hot Padres, 8-5.

The Phillies took a quick 1-0 lead in the second, as Raul Ibanez hit a one-out, solo home run, his fourth home run of the year. The Padres would take the lead in the top of the third as Adrian Gonzalez hit a two-out, two-run home run, his fourth home run of the year, knocking in Jody Gerut, who had gotten on base earlier via a strike out-wild pitch by Brett Myers, moved on to second on David Eckstein’s single, and then had gone over to third on Brian Giles’ 4-6-3 double play, with Eckstein being wiped out at second, giving the Padres a 2-1 lead. The Padres increased their lead to 3-1 in the fifth, as Giles hit an RBI double, knocking in Eckstein, who had earlier doubled. Myers would get that run back in the bottom half of the inning, by hitting a lead-off double, going to third on Jimmy Rollins’ fly out to center, and then scoring on a sacrifice fly to center by Shane Victorino, beating out Gerut’s bad throw to the plate, making it a 3-2 Padres’ lead. In the sixth, Ryan Howard would tie the game up at three-all as he hits a lead-off home run, his second home run of the year. The Padres regain the lead in the eighth as Nick Hundley hit an RBI single, scoring Chase Headley, who had earlier walked and had gone on to second on Kevin Kouzmanoff’s single, making it 4-3 Padres. The Phillies would tie the game up at four-all in the bottom of the eighth as Chase Utley hit a lead-off, solo home run, his third home run of the season. The Phillies then took the lead as Pedro Feliz hit a sacrifice fly, knocking in Ibanez, who had earlier singled and had gone over to third on Jayson Werth’s single. The Phils then handed the ball over to Brad Lidge to save the game. Sadly, it was not to be as Lidge gave up a lead-off double to Gerut, who then moved on to third on Eckstein’s ground out, 4-3, for the inning’s first out. Gerut then crossed the plate, tying up the score up at five-all, on a ground out to the right side by Giles, 3-1, for the inning’s second out. Three batters later, the Padres would take the lead again as Kouzmanoff hit a three-run home run, his first home run of the season, knocking in Gonzalez and Headley, who had both gotten on base with walks. In the bottom of the ninth, Heath Bell recorded his seventh save of the year by pitching a 1-2-3 inning, thus handing Lidge his lost as a Phillie pitcher.

Brett Myers got a no-decision, as he pitched a quality start, going six and two-thirds innings, giving up three runs on six hits and four walks, while he struck out six. Scott Eyre pitched a third of an inning, striking out the only man he would face. Ryan Madson pitched an inning, giving up a run on a hit and a walk, while striking out the side. Brad Lidge took the lost as he blew his first save opportunity since joining the Phils, as he gave up four runs on two hits and two walks. His record is now 0-1 with a 9.45 ERA. Chad Durbin pitched a third of an inning, striking out the only man he would face. Shawn Hill also recorded a no-decision as he pitched only five innings, giving up just two runs on three hits and a walk, as he struck out three. Luke Gregerson blew his first save of the year as he gave up a run on one hit, while striking out two, in an inning of work. Edwin Moreno pitched a scoreless inning, as he struck out a batter. Duaner Sanchez blew his first save of the year as he gave up two runs on two hits in one-third of an inning. Cla Meredith picked up the win as he pitched two-thirds of an inning, giving up no runs on one hit. His record is now 3-0 with an 0.00 ERA. Heath Bell recorded his seventh save of the season as he pitched a 1-2-3 ninth inning, striking out a batter.

The Phillies got eight hits in the game. Raul Ibanez led the way with two hits, including a solo home run, raising his average to .375. Jimmy Rollins, Chase Utley, Ryan Howard, Jayson Werth, Pedro Feliz and Brett Myers got the other six hits, with Utley and Howard’s hits being solo home runs, while Rollins and Myers’ hits were doubles. The Phillies other runs came in on sacrifice flies by Shane Victorino and Feliz.

The Phillies (4-6, 4th) will continue their four-games series with the San Diego Padres (9-3, T-1st National League West). The game is presently in progress at Citizens Bank Park. The Phils are sending to the mound Chan Ho Park (0-0, 10.38), who is coming off a no-decision against the Rockies on April 12, where he only went three and one-third innings, giving up five runs on seven hits and three walks, while striking out two, in the Phillies’ 7-5 dramatic come from behind win. He will be trying to improve on his first start. The Padres will send to the mound Josh Geer (0-0, -.–), who is pitching in place of Walter Silva, who is headed for the disabled list. This will be his first start of the season. The Phillies will be trying to win their first game in the weekend series, as they try to stop their three-game losing streak.

Brad Lidge blows his first save as a Phil, as the Phils fall once again to the Padres, 8-5.

All good things must come to an end, and in the case of Brad Lidge, its his save opportunity streak, which ends at forty-seven regular season saves in a row, as he blows his first save opportunity since coming to the Phils, giving up four runs in the ninth inning, as the Phillies lose to the hot Padres, 8-5.

The Phillies took a quick 1-0 lead in the second, as Raul Ibanez hit a one-out, solo home run, his fourth home run of the year. The Padres would take the lead in the top of the third as Adrian Gonzalez hit a two-out, two-run home run, his fourth home run of the year, knocking in Jody Gerut, who had gotten on base earlier via a strike out-wild pitch by Brett Myers, moved on to second on David Eckstein’s single, and then had gone over to third on Brian Giles’ 4-6-3 double play, with Eckstein being wiped out at second, giving the Padres a 2-1 lead. The Padres increased their lead to 3-1 in the fifth, as Giles hit an RBI double, knocking in Eckstein, who had earlier doubled. Myers would get that run back in the bottom half of the inning, by hitting a lead-off double, going to third on Jimmy Rollins’ fly out to center, and then scoring on a sacrifice fly to center by Shane Victorino, beating out Gerut’s bad throw to the plate, making it a 3-2 Padres’ lead. In the sixth, Ryan Howard would tie the game up at three-all as he hits a lead-off home run, his second home run of the year. The Padres regain the lead in the eighth as Nick Hundley hit an RBI single, scoring Chase Headley, who had earlier walked and had gone on to second on Kevin Kouzmanoff’s single, making it 4-3 Padres. The Phillies would tie the game up at four-all in the bottom of the eighth as Chase Utley hit a lead-off, solo home run, his third home run of the season. The Phillies then took the lead as Pedro Feliz hit a sacrifice fly, knocking in Ibanez, who had earlier singled and had gone over to third on Jayson Werth’s single. The Phils then handed the ball over to Brad Lidge to save the game. Sadly, it was not to be as Lidge gave up a lead-off double to Gerut, who then moved on to third on Eckstein’s ground out, 4-3, for the inning’s first out. Gerut then crossed the plate, tying up the score up at five-all, on a ground out to the right side by Giles, 3-1, for the inning’s second out. Three batters later, the Padres would take the lead again as Kouzmanoff hit a three-run home run, his first home run of the season, knocking in Gonzalez and Headley, who had both gotten on base with walks. In the bottom of the ninth, Heath Bell recorded his seventh save of the year by pitching a 1-2-3 inning, thus handing Lidge his lost as a Phillie pitcher.

Brett Myers got a no-decision, as he pitched a quality start, going six and two-thirds innings, giving up three runs on six hits and four walks, while he struck out six. Scott Eyre pitched a third of an inning, striking out the only man he would face. Ryan Madson pitched an inning, giving up a run on a hit and a walk, while striking out the side. Brad Lidge took the lost as he blew his first save opportunity since joining the Phils, as he gave up four runs on two hits and two walks. His record is now 0-1 with a 9.45 ERA. Chad Durbin pitched a third of an inning, striking out the only man he would face. Shawn Hill also recorded a no-decision as he pitched only five innings, giving up just two runs on three hits and a walk, as he struck out three. Luke Gregerson blew his first save of the year as he gave up a run on one hit, while striking out two, in an inning of work. Edwin Moreno pitched a scoreless inning, as he struck out a batter. Duaner Sanchez blew his first save of the year as he gave up two runs on two hits in one-third of an inning. Cla Meredith picked up the win as he pitched two-thirds of an inning, giving up no runs on one hit. His record is now 3-0 with an 0.00 ERA. Heath Bell recorded his seventh save of the season as he pitched a 1-2-3 ninth inning, striking out a batter.

The Phillies got eight hits in the game. Raul Ibanez led the way with two hits, including a solo home run, raising his average to .375. Jimmy Rollins, Chase Utley, Ryan Howard, Jayson Werth, Pedro Feliz and Brett Myers got the other six hits, with Utley and Howard’s hits being solo home runs, while Rollins and Myers’ hits were doubles. The Phillies other runs came in on sacrifice flies by Shane Victorino and Feliz.

The Phillies (4-6, 4th) will continue their four-games series with the San Diego Padres (9-3, T-1st National League West). The game is presently in progress at Citizens Bank Park. The Phils are sending to the mound Chan Ho Park (0-0, 10.38), who is coming off a no-decision against the Rockies on April 12, where he only went three and one-third innings, giving up five runs on seven hits and three walks, while striking out two, in the Phillies’ 7-5 dramatic come from behind win. He will be trying to improve on his first start. The Padres will send to the mound Josh Geer (0-0, -.–), who is pitching in place of Walter Silva, who is headed for the disabled list. This will be his first start of the season. The Phillies will be trying to win their first game in the weekend series, as they try to stop their three-game losing streak.

The Phillies lose to the Padres, 8-7, after taking an early lead.

The Phillies’ bullpen blew its first game of the 2009 season, as the team squanders an early 7-1 lead, as the Padres come from behind to defeat the Phillies, 8-7. After the game, Phillies’ manager Charlie Manuel said that he was not happy with the final result, as the Phils had wanted to win the game for the late Harry Kalas.

The Phillies started the game off by scoring five runs in the bottom of the first inning. Chase Utley gave the Phils a quick 3-0 lead as he hit a three-run home run, his second home run of the year, off of Padres’ starter Chris Young, after Young had given up two straight singles to Jimmy Rollins and Shane Victorino, with nobody out. Two outs later, with runners on first and second, Chris Coste made it a 5-0 Phillies’ lead with a two-run double, as he knocked in Raul Ibanez and Pedro Feliz, who had both gotten on base with walks. The Padres got one of the runs back in the top of the third as Phils’ starter Coel Hamels gave up a lead-off, solo home run to Luis Rodriguez, his first home run of the year, making it a 5-1 Phils’ lead. The Phillies got the run back in their half of the third as Feliz hit a two-out, RBI single, knocking in Ibanez, who had earlier tripled, giving the Phils a 6-1 lead. The Phillies made it 7-1 in the fourth inning, as Ryan Howard hit a two-out, RBI double, knocking in Victorino, who had earlier singled, stole second, his second steal of the game, and had moved over to third on an Utley’s ground out to first. But, from that point on, it would be the Padres fighting back. They started their come back in the fifth, as Hamels gave up a two-out, two-run home run to Scott Hairston, his second home run of the year, knocking in Rodriguez, who had earlier reached base on a force out, 5-4, wiping out Nick Hundley, who had gotten on base with a walk, cutting the Phillies’ lead to 7-3. An inning later, Hundley made the score 7-5 Phils as he hit a two-run home run off of Hamels, his first home run of the season, knocking in Kevin Kouzmanoff, who had earlier singled. In the eighth inning, the Padres made it a 7-6 Phillies’ lead as pinch hitter Jody Gerut hit an RBI single, knocking in Chase Headley, who had earlier singled and sending Rodriguez, who had earlier walked, over to third base, putting runners on the corners. Hairston followed with a two-run RBI double, scoring both Rodriguez and Gerut, giving the Padres the lead, 8-7. The Phillies tried to tied the score in the bottom of the eighth, when, with pinch hitter Greg Dobbs on second base, via a pinch hit single and moving up to second on a Rollins’ sacrifice bunt, trying to score on a two-out single to left by Utley. Sadly, a strong throw by Padres’ left fielder Headley would cut down Dobbs at the plate, 7-2, as Padres’ catcher, Hundley, tagged him out. The Phils made one last threat as Ibanez got on base with a single with one man out. After Jayson Werth had flied out to right for the inning’s second out, Matt Stairs came up to the plate to pinch hit for Feliz, to hopefully end the game with another two-run home run. After getting behind on the count, 3-0, Padres’ closer Heath Bell got the count up to 3-2, before finally ending the game by striking out Stairs, looking, with a fastball, collecting his sixth save of the season.

Cole Hamels got a no-decision, as he pitched six innings, giving up five runs on eight hits and a walk, while striking out four. Clay Condrey pitched a third of an inning, giving up a hit. Scott Eyre followed, pitching two-thirds of an inning, giving up no runs or hits as he struck out one. Ryan Madson took the lost as he blew the save, giving up three runs on three hits and a walk. His record is now 1-1 with a 5.40 ERA. Brad Lidge then pitched an inning, giving up no runs on three hits, leaving the bases loaded, as he struck out one batter. Chris Young also got a no-decision, as he got hit hard by the Phillies, giving up seven runs, on nine hits and two walks, while striking out two batters, in three and two-third innings. Luis Pedromo followed, pitching one and one-third scoreless innings, giving up only two walks. Luke Gregerson then pitched a scoreless inning, striking out a batter. Cla Meredith picked up the win as he pitched a scoreless inning, giving up just two hits. His record is now 2-0 with an 0.00 ERA. Duaner Sanchez pitched a scoreless inning, giving up two hits. Heath Bell recorded his sixth save of the season as he pitched a scoreless ninth, giving up just one hit while striking out a batter.

Phillies’ hitters collected fourteen hits in the game. Raul Ibanez lead the way with three hits, as he increased his batting average to .361. Shane Victorino, Chase Utley, Pedro Feliz and Chris Coste would each follow with two hits apiece. Jimmy Rollins, Ryan Howard and Greg Dobbs got the other three Phillies’ hits, with Dobbs’ hit being his first pinch hit of the season. Utley knocked in three of the Phils’ runs with a three-run homer. Coste knocked in two runs with a double, while Howard would knock in one with a double. Feliz brought in the other Phillie run with a single. But, the bullpen would blow its first game of the year as Ryan Madson gave up three runs in the eighth inning. Phillies’ pitching, though, is getting hurt by the long ball as Cole Hamels gave up three of them in the game, allowing the Padres to get back into the game. Phillies’ pitchers have now given up twenty-three home runs in just nine games. The pitchers need to give up less home runs if they hope to win games.  

The Phillies (4-5, 4th) continue their four games home stand with the Padres (8-3, T-1st, National League West) tonight at Citizens Bank Park. The game will start at 7:05 pm Eastern. Brett Myers (1-1, 5.54) will start the game for the Phils, coming off a win in Colorado on April 11, as he pitched seven innings, giving up four runs on four hits and a walk, while striking out six, in the Phillies’  8-4 victory over the Rockies. Myers will be looking for his second straight victory while trying to keep the ball inside the park, having already given up six home runs, counting for all eight of the runs that he has so far given up this season. The Padres will counter with Shawn Hill (1-0, 3.60), who is coming off a victory over the Giants on April 10, as he went just five innings, giving up just two runs on seven hits and a walk, while striking out three, in the Padres’ 7-3 victory. He will also be trying for his second straight win. The Phillies hope to rebound with a victory tonight, after having now lost two games in a row.

Preview: Phillies v. Padres – 7:05 pm Eastern.

The Phillies (4-4, 3rd) are now home for a seven-games home stand, starting with a four-games weekend series with the San Diego Padres (7-3, T-1st National League West). The first game of the four-game series will be played tonight at Citizens Bank Park and will start after 7:05 pm Eastern. The Phillies’ starter will be their ace Cole Hamels (0-1, 17.18), who is coming off a rocky start against the Colorado Rockies on April 10. In that game, he gave up seven runs on eleven hits and a walk, while striking out only one batter, in three and two-thirds innings of work, in the Phils’ 10-3 lost. He will be trying to recover from that poor start. The Padres will counter with Chris Young (2-0, 1.38), who is coming off a win against the San Francisco Giants on April 12, where he pitched seven strong innings, giving up no runs on four hits, while striking out seven, in the Padres’ 6-1 win. He will be looking to increase his record to 3-0 at the Phillies’ expense. The Phillies will be looking for their first winning series at home.

Before tonight’s ballgame, the Phillies will be doing several tributes in honor of the late Harry Kalas, who died before last Monday’s afternoon game in Washington, D.C. During the home stand, the flag in Ashburn Alley will be hung at half-mast in his honor, while his signature will be displayed on the field. Also, there will be a black drape placed in front of both the Phillies’ TV and radio broadcast booths. The Phillies will rename the TV broadcast booth in his honor, calling it the Harry Kalas Broadcast Booth: “That’s ball’s outta here!”, as a companion to the radio broadcast booth which is named the Richie ‘Whitey” Ashburn Broadcast Booth: “This game’s easy, Harry.” in honor of Hall of Fame outfielder, fellow broadcaster, and Kalas’ friend, Richie Ashburn. Comcast Network Philadelphia has announced that there will be no commentary made during the first half inning of tonight’s game. On the outfield wall, there will be a billboard honoring Kalas. Throughout the rest of the season, a recording of Kalas’ famous catch phrase: “Outta here !” will be played on the PA system everytime a Phillie batter hits a home run. During tonight’s seventh-inning stretch, on PhanaVision, a video with him singing ‘High Hopes’ will be shown, and fans will be encouraged to sing along.

Before the game, which fans are encouraged to attend early, his three sons, Todd, Brad and Kane will throw out the ceremonial first pitch. There will be held a moment of silence in Kalas’ honor, before his son, Kane, sings the national anthem. A video on his career will also be shown on PhanaVision. Lastly, all fans in attendence will be giving an 8 X 10 color picture of Harry Kalas, a commemorative program, and a poem that he wrote in 2002 as a tribute to the fans. 

Joe Blanton loses his first game as a Phil as the Nationals gain their first win of the year as they defeat the Phils, 8-2.

The Phillies’ Joe Blanton loses his first start since being traded to the Phils, as he and the relief corps were the victims of several home runs launched by the Nationals as the Phils fall to the Nationals, 8-2.

The Nationals took a quick 3-0 lead in the bottom of the first as Adam Dunn hit a three-run home run, his third home run of the season, knocking in both Nick Johnson and Ryan Zimmerman, who had both earlier singled, while the two had moved up to third and second base respectively on Zimmerman’s single, as Pedro Feliz committed a catch error on the play. Those would turn out to be the only runs that Joe Blanton would give up as he proceeded to pitch the Phillies’ starters first quality start as he kept the Nationals scoreless for the next five innings. The Phillies, meantime, proceeded to cut down the Nats’ lead. They first made it 3-1 in the fourth as Raul Ibanez, with two men outs, singled in Chase Utley, who had earlier singled and had moved over to second base on Ryan Howard’s ground out to first. The Phils then cut the lead down to 3-2 in the fifth as Jimmy Rollins hit a sacrifice fly, knocking in Lou Marson, who had earlier doubled and had moved over to third on Blanton’s sacrifice bunt. But, the bullpen, this time, would be unable to keep the game close. In the seventh, Chad Durbin gave up a lead-off, solo home run to Josh Willingham, Willingham’s first home run of the year, making it 4-2 Nats. Then in the eighth, Jack Taschner would give up four runs to the Natonals. Elijah Dukes started things off by hitting a lead-off, solo home run, his second hme run of the season, increasing the Nationals’ lead to 5-2. Three batters later, Alberto Gonzalez made it 6-2 Nationals by hitting a solo home run with two outs, his first home run of the year. Two batters later, Anderson Hernandez made it 7-2 Nats with an RBI single, knocking in Roger Bernadina, who had earlier walked and then stole second base. Zimmerman increased the Nationals’ lead to 8-2 by bringing home Hernandez, who had moved up to second base on Johnson’s walk, while Johnson would move up to second. That would end up being the final score as Joel Hanrahan came in and pitched a 1-2-3 ninth for the Nationals, giving them their first win of the season.

Joe Blanton took the lost, his first since his trade last year to the Phils from the Oakland A’s, as he pitched six solid innings, giving up just three runs on eight hits and one walk, while he struck out five. His record is now 0-1 with a still high ERA of 9.00. Chad Durbin pitched two-thirds of an inning, giving up a run on a hit and two walks. Jack Taschner pitched an inning, getting smoked for four runs on four hits and two walks as he struck out two. J.A. Happ pitched two-thirds of an inning, getting out the only man he would face. Shairon Martis picked up the win for the Nationals, as he went six and one-thirds innings, giving up two runs on five hits and two walks, while striking out one. His record is now 1-0 with a 4.82 ERA. Mike Hinckley pitched two-thirds of an inning, giving up no runs or hits. Joe Beimel pitched a 1-2-3 inning, striking out a batter. Joel Hanrahan also pitched a 1-2-3 inning, with a strike out, ending the game for the Nationals.

The Phillies had only five hits in the game, with both Raul Ibanez and Lou Marson collecting two hits. Ibanez, who raised his average to .303, went 2 for 4 with an RBI. Marson, catching in his first game since being called up because of Carlos Ruiz’s injury, went two for three, including a double, as he scored a run. Chase Utley had the other Phils’ hit, a single, as he went 1 for 3 with a walk, scoring a run, as his average dropped to .393. Jimmy Rollins knocked in the other Phils’ run with a sacrifice fly. The Phils other .300 hitters at the moment, Ryan Howard, Jayson Werth and Pedro Feliz saw their batting averages drop as they all took the collar (.313, .313 and .308 respectively).

The Phillies (4-4, 3rd) now come home for a seven-games home stand, starting with a four-games series with the San Diego Padres (7-3, T-1st National League West). The game will be played at Citizens Bank Park and will begin after 7 pm Eastern. The Phillies’ starter will be their ace Cole Hamels (0-1, 17.18), who is coming off a rocky start against the Colorado Rockies last friday night. He gave up seven runs on eleven hits and a walk, while striking out only one batter in three and two-thirds innings of work, in the Phils’ 10-3 lost. He will be trying to recover from that poor start. The Padres will counter with Chris Young (2-0, 1.38), who is coming off a win against the San Francisco Giants on April 12, where he pitched seven strong innings, giving up no runs on four hits, while striking out seven, in the Padres’ 6-1 win. He will be looking to increase his record to 3-0 at the Phillies’ expense. The Phillies will come home, preparing several tributes in the memory of the late Harry Kalas, while trying to see if they can get back onto the winning track.

On the eve of the 2008 World Series, let us take another look at the numbers.

It is now two days before the start of the 2008 World Series, which will be played at the home ball park of the American League Champion, the Tampa Bay Rays, Tropicana Field, on Wednesday, October 22, at 8:22 pm Eastern. The Tampa Bay Rays will be hosting the National League Champion, the Philadelphia Phillies, a team that has just won only its sixth pennant in its 125-years history. So, how did Charlie Manuel’s boys get here, on the verge of possibily winning the franchise’s second World Series crown? Let look at the numbers, shall we?

First, let’s see how well this team did month by month. 

March/April: 15-13

May: 17-12

June: 12-14

July: 15-10

August: 16-13

September: 17-8

Total: 92-70

As can be seen, the team has winning records in six of the seven months shown above, with their best month being September, when the team, with Ryan Howard’s resurging bat leading the way, would sprint their way to the National League Eastern Division pennant, and with their worst month being June, which coincided with their bad spell of Interleague play. More on that later.

Another thing that people have said is that you have to win series to win pennants, and the Phillies have also done that. At the end of the regular season, they have ended up with 27 series wins, 19 series loses and 6 series splits. Of their 27 series wins, they have won all of the games (sweep) in nine of them (Colorado (2), Atlanta (3), Washington (2), Los Angeles (NL) (1), Milwaukee (1)) for a total of 28 wins, while in their 19 series defeats they were swept only twice (Los Angeles (AL), Los Angeles (NL)) for a total of 7 loses. Of their 10 series wins during the last two months of the regular season, their most important ones would be the one against the Padres in San Diego as it would help to get the team back on track after having been swept by the Dodgers in Los Angeles; their home sweep of the Dodgers since it would help prove to the team that they can beat anybody at home; their win against the Mets in New York at the beginning of September as it would help the Phillies stay close to the Mets, especially after having lost the previous series in Washington; their four games sweep of the Brewers, as it would give the Phillies the option of winning either the Eastern Division or the Wild Card, putting them in the driver seat of the later as they challenged the fading Mets for the former; their final sweep of the Braves in Atlanta as it would help to build up momentum for; their series win against the Marlins in Miami, in which they would help to kill the Marlins’ own hope for the post-season; and lastly, their second sweep of the Nationals which would see them clinch their second straight divisonal crown on the last Saturday of the regular season, while the Sunday win by the rookies and the bench players would help them to maintain momentum going into the National League Divisional Series against Milwaukee.

Another thing that you need to do is to win games in your own division. And the Phillies have actually accomplished that, believe it or not. In fact, they have done pretty well against both teams in their own division and against the teams of the other two divisions within the National League:

National League East: 41-31

National League Central: 27-16

National League West: 20-12

Unfortunately, they have not done so well this year against teams from the American League, going 4-11 in Interleague play.

But, how well have they performed against the other clubs in the National League? The Phillies would end the regualr season with losing records against only two other NL teams, both of them being teams within their own division:

National League East:

Atlanta Braves: 14-4

Washington Nationals: 12-6

Florida Marlins: 8-10

New York Mets: 7-11

Total: 41-31

The Phillies’ best record in both the division and against the NL overall was their 14-4 record against the Braves, which included their three straight three games sweeps of the Braves’ in their own ball park, something that have not happened to the Braves since they were swept by the Chicago Cubs in 1909, when they were known as the Boston Doves. Their worst record in the division was their 7-11 record against the New York Mets, who won all but the last two series with the Phils, including their series spilt of late August in Philadelphia and the Phillies’ 2-1 series victory in New York in early September, including the spilt of a day/night Sunday doubleheader which would keep the Phillies close to the Mets before they would make their final move to win the Eastern Division pennant.

National League Central:

Milwaukee Brewers: 5-1

Cincinnati Reds: 5-3

St. Louis Cardinals: 5-4

Chicago Cubs: 4-3

Houston Astros: 4-3

Pittsburgh Pirates: 4-2

Total: 27-16

Against the teams of the National League Central Division, the Phillies would do rather well, winning most of their series against them. They would do best against the Brew Crew, spliting the series in Milwaukee and then sweeping them in an important August series in Philadelphia that would help propel the Phillies into the lead of the National League Wild Card race, on their way to their eventual winning of the National League Eastern Division.

National League West:

Colorado Rockies: 5-0

Los Angeles Dodgers: 4-4

Arizona Diamonbacks: 4-3

San Diego Padres: 4-2

San Francisco Giants: 3-3

Total: 20-12

Against the West, the Phillies would end the season with a 20-12 record, doing their best against the Rockies, as they would get even with the former National League Champions for losing the 2007 National League Divisional Series by sweeping them in five games, although they would do the home portion of the sweep against a wounded team, while doing their worst against both the Giants and the Dodgers, as they would spilt home series with both teams, winning the series at Citizens Bank Park (2-1 (Giants), 4-0 (Dodgers)), while losing the series on the road (1-2 (Giants), 0-4 (Dodgers)).

Last, and certainly not least, the Phillies did not do very well this year in Interleague play. Lets face facts, people, they stank, as they went 2-4 against two teams in the American League East, and 2-7 against three teams from the American League West, while going 1-5 against two of the elite teams in the American League (Boston and Los Angeles Angels):

Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim: 0-3

Boston Red Sox: 1-2

Oakland Athletics: 1-2

Texas Rangers: 1-2

Toronto Blue Jays: 1-2

Total: 4-11

With their record against American League teams in Interleague play, it should means that this team might have a hard time with the American League Champion Tampa Bay Ray. But the team that got creamed by the American League in May and June is not the same team that have finished crushing first the Milwaukee Brewers in the Divisional Series and then the Los Angeles Dodgers in the Championship Series, and with little help from either their set up man (Jimmy Rollins) or their biggest offensive threat (Ryan Howard) until the end of both series. This team appears to be a lot more confident now then they did when they faced the American League elite teams the Boston Red Sox and the Los Angeles Angels at home back in June. That might make all the difference by the time the World Series is over.

The Phillies also had a very good home-road split. At Citizens Bank Park, they had a record of 48-33, where they were in a four way tie for the second best record for the National League, while they were 44-37 on the road, the best record in the National League. Overall, their 92-70 record was the second best in the National League, trailing only the Chicago Cubs (97-64) and the fifth best in the Majors. Those two records of success at both home and on the road should help the Phillies when they face the Rays starting on Wednesday.

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