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A.J. Burnett strike out twelve Nats in seven strong innings of work, as the Phils hang on to defeat the division leading Nats, 3-2.

Philadelphia_PhilliesThe Phils take the series opener from the division leading Nats as A.J. Burnett throw seven strong inning, winning 3-2.

The Phils took the lead in the bottom of the fourth as, with runners on the corners, and with one man out, Dom Brown hits an RBI single, scoring Ryan Howard, who had earlier doubled, then stopped at third base on Marlon Byrd’s single, giving the Phils a 1-0 lead, while sending Byrd, who had just singled, up to second base. The Phils increased their lead in the bottom of the fifth as Cody Asche hits a lead-off home run, his ninth home run of the season, giving the Phils a 2-0 lead. The Nats would get a run back in the top of the sixth as, with one man out, Anthony Rendon hits a solo home run, his seventeenth home run of the year, giving the Phils a 2-1 lead. The Phils would get the run back in the bottom of the seventh as, with one man out, Carlos Ruiz hits a solo home run, his fourth home run of the season, giving the Phils a 3-1 lead. The Nats would cut the Phils’ lead down to 3-2 in the top of the ninth as, with two men out, Wilson Ramos hits a solo home run, his seventh home run of the season. That would be the final score as Jonathan Papelbon then buckled down to collect his thirty-second save of the season.

A.J. Burnett (7-14, 4.30) got the win as he pitched seven strong innings, giving up a run on three hits, a walk and a hit batter, while striking out twelve. Jake Diekman received his sixteenth hold of the year as he pitched a scoreless inning, as he gave up a hit and a walk. Jonathan Papelbon received his thirty-second save of the year as he pitched an inning, giving up a run on two hits, while striking out two. Tanner Roark (12-8, 2.81) took the lost as he went six innings, giving up two runs on five hits and a walk, while striking out two. Jerry Blevins pitched an inning, giving up a run on two hits and a hit batter, while striking out one. Ross Detwiler pitched a scoreless inning, giving up a hit, while striking out a batter.

The Phils had eight hits in the game, with Jimmy Rollins and Dom Brown (RBI) both leading the team with two hits each, all singles. Ryan Howard (Double), Marlon Byrd (Single), Cody Ache (Home Run, RBI) and Carlos Ruiz (Home Run, RBI), had the other four Phils’ hits. The Phils also had a walk (Howard), a hit batter (Darin Ruf) and a stolen base (Jimmy Rollins (27)) in the game.

The Phils (59-72, 5th) continue their series with the Nats (75-55, 1st) with a game tonight. The game will be played at Citizens Bank Park and is to begin at 7:05 pm EDT. The Phils will send to the mound Cole Hamels (7-6, 2.53), who is coming off a win against the Mariners on August 20, as he pitched five innings, giving up three runs on nine hits and a walk, while striking out four, in the Phils’ 4-3 win. He will be trying to give the Phils their third straight series win with a victory tonight. The Nats will counter with Gio Gonzalez (6-9, 3.83), who is coming off a no-decision against the Diamondbacks on August 21, as he threw seven scoreless innings, giving up four hits and three walks, while striking out six, in the Nats’ 1-0 walk-off win. He will be trying to even up the series. The Phils will be trying to win their third straight series, and their third straight game with a win tonight.

The Phils win their second straight series as newcomer Williams pitches his third straight quality start as the Phils defeat the Cards, 7-1.

Philadelphia_PhilliesNew Phils’ starter Jerome Williams pitched his third straight quality start as the Phils defeat the Cards, 7-1.

The Phils took the lead in the bottom of the first as, with a man on second, and with one man out, Chase Utley hits an RBI single, knocking in Ben Revere, who had started the inning off with a walk, then moved up to second base on pitcher Justin Masterson’s wild pitch, giving the Phils a 1-0 lead. The Phils increased their lead in the bottom of the second as, with runners on the corners, and with one man out, Jerome Williams helped his own cause by hitting a safety squeeze sacrifice bunt, scoring Dom Brown, who had started the inning off with a single, then moved up to third base on Cody Asche’s single, giving the Phils a 2-0 lead, while moving up to second Asche, who had just singled. The Phils then took a 3-0 lead as Revere hits an RBI single, knocking in Asche. The Phils added to their lead in the bottom of the third as, with runners on second and third, and with two men out, Ryan Howard, who had earlier walked, then stopped at third base on Grady Sizeman’s double, scored on pitcher Masterson’s wild pitch, his second of the afternoon, giving the Phils a 4-0 lead, while Sizemore, who had earlier doubled, would move up to third base. The Phils then made it a 5-0 lead as Wil Nieves hits an RBI single, scoring Sizemore. The Cards got on the scoreboard in the top of the fourth as, with two men on, and with one man out, Oscar Taveras hits an RBI single, knocking in Jhonny Peralta, who had earlier doubled, making it a 5-1 Phils’ lead, while sending Jon Jay, who had just walked, up to second base. The Phils made it a 7-1 lead in the bottom of the seventh as, with one man on, and with one man out, Jimmy Rollins hits a two-run home run, his sixteenth home run of the season. That would end up being the final score as Justin De Fratus threw a scoreless ninth, getting Shane Robinson to fly out to right for the game’s final out.

Jerome Williams (4-5. 5.42) got the win as he threw eight strong innings, giving up a run on five hits and three walks, while striking out five. Justin De Fratus threw a scoreless inning, giving up a hit. Justin Masterson (6-8, 5.88) took the lost as he went just three innings, giving up five runs on six hits, two walks and two wild pitches, while striking out three. Nick Greenwood pitched three and a third innings, giving up two runs on two hits, while striking out two. Randy Choate pitched two-thirds of an inning, getting out both batter whom he would face. Carlos Martinez threw a 1-2-3 inning, striking out a batter.

The Phils had eight hits in the game with Ben Revere (RBI) leading the team with two hits, both singles. Jimmy Rollins (Home Run, 2 RBIs), Chase Utley (Single, RBI), Grady Sizemore (Double), Dom Brown (Single), Wil Nieves (Single, RBI) and Cody Asche (Single) had the other six Phils’ hits. Jerome Williams had the Phil’s final RBI, while their last run came in on a wild pitch. The Phils’ offense also had two walks (Revere, Ryan Howard), a stolen base (Revere (38)) and a sacrifice bunt (Williams) in the game, while the defense committed an error (Asche (14)) and performed a double play.

The Phils (58-72, 5th) will start a three-game series with the Nationals (75-54, 1st), starting with a game tonight. The game will be played at Citizens Bank Park and is to start at 7:05 pm EDT. The Phils will send to the mound A.J. Burnett (6-14, 4.42), who is coming off a lost against the Mariners on August 19, as he pitched seven and two-thirds innings, giving up five runs on six hits and four walks, while striking out nine, in the Phils’ 5-2 lost. He will be trying to end his six game losing streak, while trying to throw his first quality start in about a month. The Nats will counter with Tanner Roark (12-7, 2.80), who is coming off a no-decision against the Diamondbacks on August 20, as he went seven scoreless innings, giving up five hits and a walk, while striking out two, in the Nats’ 3-2 walk-off win. He will be trying for his sixth win in nine recent starts. The Phils will be trying to start the series on a good note.

The Phils rally in the bottom of the eight, scoring five runs, on their way to sweeping the Astros, winning 6-5.

Philadelphia_PhilliesRyan Howard’s thirteenth-career grand slam caps a five-run eighth inning as the Phils come from behind to sweep the Astros, winning by the score of 6-5.

The Astros took the lead in the top of the first inning as, with one man on, and with one man out, Chris Carter hits a two-run home run, his twenty-third home run of the season, knocking in Jason Castro, who had just walked, giving the Astros a 2-0 lead. The Astros made it a 3-0 lead one batter later as Marc Krauss followed with a solo home run, his sixth home run of the season. The Phils got a run back in the bottom of the second inning as, with two men on, and with one man out, Carlos Ruiz hits an RBI single, knocking in Marlon Byrd, who had earlier singled, then moved up to second base on Gary Sizemore’s single, making it a 3-1 Astros’ lead, while sending Sizemore, who had just singled, up to second base. The Astros’ increased their lead in the top of the third inning as, with one man on, and with nobody out, Carter hits a two-run home run, his twenty-fourth home run of the season, and his second two-run home run of the night, knocking in Castro, who has started the inning of with a single, giving the Astros a 5-1 lead. The Phils then rallied in the bottom of the eighth inning as, with a runner on second, and with no one out, Cody Asche hits an RBI single, knocking in Ruiz, who had started the inning off with a double, making it a 5-2 Astros’ lead. The Phils then took the lead five batters later as, with the bases now loaded, via singles by Ben Revere, sending Asche up to second base, and by Jimmy Rollins, moving up both runners, and with two men out, Ryan Howard hits a grand-slam home run, his eighteenth home run of the season, knocking in Asche, Revere and Rollins, giving the Phils a 6-5 lead. That would end up being the final score as Jonathan Papelbon came in and threw a 1-2-3 ninth, collecting his twenty-seventh save of the year.

Sean O’Sullivan received a no-decision as he pitched six innings, giving up five runs on seven hits and two walks, while striking out four. Mario Hollands (2-1, 4.32) got the win as he pitched two scoreless innings, giving up a hit, while striking out a batter. Jonathan Papelbon collected his twenty-seventh save of the season as he threw a 1-2-3 ninth, striking out a batter. Collin McHugh also received a no-decision as he pitched seven innings, giving up a run on five hits, while striking out eight. Josh Fields pitched a third of an inning, giving up three runs on three hits, while striking out a batter. Tony Sipp collected his first blown save of the year, before taking the lost (2-2, 2.91) as he pitched a third of an inning, giving up two runs on two hits. Chad Qualls pitched a third of an inning, getting out the only man whom he would face.

The Phils had ten hits in the game, with Ben Revere (Singles) and Carlos Ruiz (Single, Double, RBI) both leading the team with two hits apiece. Jimmy Rollins (Single), Chase Utley (Single), Ryan Howard (Home Run, 4 RBIs), Marlon Byrd (Single), Gary Sizemore (Single) and Cody Asche (Single) had the other six Phils’ hits. The Phils’ offense had no walks in the game, while the defense performed four double plays.

The Phils (52-63, 5th) will start a three-game series with the Mets (54-61, 4th), starting with a night game tonight. The game will be played at Citizens Bank Park and is to start at 7:05 pm EDT. The Phils will send to the mound A.J. Burnett (6-11, 4.16), who is coming off a lost to the Nationals on August 2, as he went just one and two-thirds innings, as he was ejected from the game for arguing balls and strikes with the umpire, giving up five runs, only one of which was earned, on three hits and two walks, while striking out one, in the Phils’ 11-0 lost. He hopes that today will have a different outcome, as he tries to continue the Phils present winning streak. The Mets will counter with Bartolo Colon (10-9, 4.12), who is coming off a lost to the Giants on August 3, as he pitched four and two-thirds innings, giving up six runs on eight hits, while striking out five, in the Mets’ 9-0 lost. He will be trying to stop the Phils’ bats. The Phils will be trying to increase their current winning streak to four games.

The Phils end their four-game series with the Marlins on a high note as Chase Utley hits a two-run walk-off home run in the bottom of the fourteenth, as the Phils beat the fish, 5-3.

Philadelphia_PhilliesA walk-off two-run shot by Chase Utley gives the Phils a series split with the fish, as they defeat the Marlins in extra-innings, 5-3.

The Marlins took the lead in the top of the third as Jarrod Saltalamacchia hits a lead-off home run, his seventh home run of the season, giving the Marlins a 1-0 lead. The Marlins then made it a 2-0 lead in the top of the fourth as Giancarlo Stanton hits a lead-off home run of his own, his twenty-first home run of the year. The Phils would get a run back in their half of the fourth as, with the bases loaded, via a lead-off single by Chase Utley, a single by Ryan Howard, moving Utley up to second base, and a one-out single by Cody Asche, sending Utley on to third base, and Howard up to second base, and with one man out, Carlos Ruiz hits a sacrifice fly, scoring Utley, making it a 2-1 Marlins’ lead. The Phils would tie the game up at two-all in the bottom of the fifth as, with a man on third, and with two men out, Utley hits an RBI single, knocking in Ben Revere, who had earlier singled, stole second base, and then stopped at third base on Jimmy Rollins’ ground out, 3-1. The Marlins would retake the lead in the top of the seventh as Marcell Ozuna hits a lead-off home run, the third solo home run given up by Phils’ starter Cole Hamels in the game, his thirteenth home run of the season, giving the Marlins a 3-2 lead. The Phils would retie the game at three-all in their half of the seventh as, with a runner on third, and with two men out, pinch-hitter Dom Brown, who had started the inning off with a single, moved up to second base on pinch-hitter Tony Gwynn, Jr’s sacrifice bunt, 5-3, and then stopped at third base on Revere’s ground out, 6-3, would score on first baseman Jeff Baker’s fielding error of Rollins’ grounder to first base. The Phils would win the game in the bottom of the fourteenth in walk-off fashion as, with a man on first, and with nobody out, Utley hits a two-run home run, his sixth home run of the year, knocking in Rollins, who had started the inning off with a single, giving the Phils a 5-3 win.

Cole Hamels received a no-decision as he went seven innings, giving up three runs, all solo home runs, on six hits, while striking out seven. Jake Diekman, Jonathan Papelbon, Antonio Bastardo, Ken Giles and Mario Hollands would all combine for five scoreless innings, giving up two hits (Diekman (1), Hollands (1)) and three walks (Diekman (2), Giles (1)) between them, while striking out four fish (Diekman (1), Papelbon (2), Bastardo (1)). Justin De Fratus (2-0, 1.71) got the win as he threw two scoreless innings, giving up a hit and a walk, while striking out a batter. Tom Koehler also received a no-decision as he pitched six innings, giving up two runs on seven hits, while striking out six. Bryan Morris pitched an inning, giving up an unearned run on a hit. Mike Dunn, Kevin Gregg and A.J. Ramos all combined for three and two-thirds scoreless innings, giving up a hit (Ramos) and three walks (Ramos) between them, while striking out five (Dunn (3), Gregg (1), Ramos (1)). Chris Hatcher (0-1, 3.93) took the loss as he pitched two and one third-innings, plus two batters, giving up two runs on four hits, while striking out two.

The Phils collected thirteen hits in the game, with Ben Revere (Singles) and Chase Utley (2 Singles, Home Run, 3 RBIs) leading the team with three hits apiece, followed by Ryan Howard and Cody Asche with two hits each, all singles. Jimmy Rollins, Marlon Byrd and pinch-hitter Dom Brown had the other three Phils’ hits, all singles. Carlos Ruiz had the final Phil RBI with a sac fly, while the final run scored on a Marlins’ fielding error. The Phils also had three walks in the game (Revere, Rollins, Byrd), a stolen base (Revere (21)) and a sacrifice bunt (pinch-hitter Tony Gwynn, Jr.), while the defense would perform two double plays.

The Phils (36-42, 4th) will start a three-game weekend series with the Braves (40-38, 2nd), starting with a game tonight. The game will be played at Citizens Bank Park and is to start at 7:05 pm EDT. The Phils will send to the mound Kyle Kendrick (3-7, 4.20), who is coming off a loss against the Cardinals on June 22, as he pitched six innings, giving up five runs on eight hits and a walk, while striking out two, in the Phils’ 5-3 loss. He will be trying to regroup after his last start. The Braves will counter with Julio Teheran (6-5, 2.41), who is coming off a loss against the Nationals on June 21, as he went seven innings, giving up three runs on seven hits and two walks, while he struck out ten, in the Braves’ 3-0 loss. He will be trying to put a stop his personal two-game losing streak. The Phils will be out to continue their present winning streak against the Braves.

The Phils’ pitching staff gives up nine runs in the seventh inning before they lose to the Blue Jays, 10-0.

Philadelphia_PhilliesThe Phils’ offense gets blanked for the second time in three days, while the pitching staff gets burned for nine runs in the seventh, as they get beaten by the Blue Jays, 10-0.

The Blue Jays took the lead in the bottom of the third as, with two men on, and with one man out, Jose Reyes hits a sacrifice fly, knocking in Colby Rasmus, who had earlier singled, then stopped at third base on Steve Tolleson’s ground-rule double, giving the Blue Jays a 1-0 lead. The Blue Jays increased their lead in the bottom of the seventh as, with a man on third, and with nobody out, Erik Kratz hits a two-run home run, his second home run of the season, knocking in Edwin Encarnacion, who had started the inning off with a triple on a ball that center fielder Ben Revere either lost in the roof or just simply misplayed, giving the Blue Jays a 3-0 lead. The Blue Jays then made it a 5-o lead two batters later as, with a man on first, via a single by Dioner Navarro, and with still nobody out, Juan Francisco hits his own two-run home run, his fourth home run of the season, scoring Navarro. The Blue Jays then added to their lead four batters later as, with runners on second and third, and with one man out, pitcher Mario Hollands struck out Melky Cabrera, swinging, for what should’ve been the inning’s second out, but instead becomes his second wild pitch of the inning as the ball gets past catcher Carlos Ruiz, allowing Tolleson, who had earlier doubled, then went to third base on Hollands’ first wild pitch, to score, giving the Blue Jays a 6-0 lead, while allowing Reyes, who had earlier walked, then stole second base, to move up to third base, as Cabrera safely reached first base, putting runners on the corners, with still one man out. The Blue Jays then took a 7-0 lead as Jose Bautista, the ninth man to bat in the inning, hits an RBI single, scoring Reyes, while sending Cabrera up to second base. The Blue Jays then took a 10-0 lead as Encarnacion, batting for the second time in the inning, ended the scoring by hitting a three-run home run, his fourth home run of the year, scoring Cabrera and Bautista. That would end up being the final score as Chad Jenkins threw a 1-2-3 ninth, getting Tony Gwynn, Jr. to lined out to center for the game’s final out.

Cliff Lee (3-3, 3.64) took the lost as he pitched six and a third innings, giving up six runs on seven hits and a walk, while striking out six. Mario Hollands pitched to two batters, getting neither of them out officially, as he gave up two runs on a walk and two wild pitches, while striking out one. Shawn Camp pitched one and two-thirds innings, giving up two runs on four hits, while striking out one. Mark Buehrle (6-1, 1.91) got the win as he pitched seven and a third shutout innings, giving up three hits and two walks, while striking out six. Sergio Santos and Chad Jenkins combined for two 1-2-3 innings, striking out a batter (Santos) between them.

The Phils had only three hits in the game, with a red hot Marlon Byrd (Single, Double) leading the team with two hits. Ben Revere had the other Phil hit, a single. The Phils also had two walks (Jimmy Rollins, Cody Asche) in the game, while the defense performed a doubleplay.

The Phils (15-17, 5th NL East) will conclude their home-home interleague play series with the Blue Jays (17-17, T-3rd AL East) with a night game tonight. The game will be played at Rogers Centre and is to start at 7:07 pm EDT. The Phils will send to the mound A.J. Burnett (2-1, 2.06), who is coming off a win against the Nats on May 3, as he pitched six innings, giving up a run on three hits and two walks, while striking out seven, in the Phils’ 7-2 win. He will be going for his third straight win, while trying to end the Phils’ present slide at three games. The Blue Jays will counter with R.A. Dickey (2-3, 5.01), who is coming off a no-decision against the Pirates on May 3, as he pitched six innings, giving up three runs on five hits and four walks, while striking out three, in the Blue Jays’ 8-6 lost. He will be trying to lead the Blue Jays to a combine series sweep. The Phils will be trying to salvage a win before their next series.

The Phils’ bullpen allows one to get away in extra-innings as the Phils lose to the Blue Jays, 6-5.

Philadelphia_PhilliesThe bullpen allows another game to slip through the Phils’ hand, as they lose to the Blue Jays in extra-innings, 6-5.

The Blue Jays took the lead in the top of the second as, with nobody out, Edwin Encarnacion hits a lead-off home run, his third home run of the season, giving the Blue Jays a 1- 0 lead. The Blue Jays increased their lead in the top of the fourth as, with runners on the corners, and with nobody out, Juan Francisco hits into an RBI force out, 4-6, wiping out Encarnacion, who had just singled, for the inning’s first out, while scoring Jose Bautista, who had started the inning off with a double, then moved up to third base on Encarnacion’s single, making it a 2- 0 Blue Jays’ lead. The Blue Jays then took a 4-0 lead two batters later as, with one man still on, and now with two men out, Colby Rasmus hits a two-run home run, his eighth home run of the year, knocking in Francisco. The Blue Jays then made it a 5-0 lead in the top of the sixth as, with one man on, and with two men out, Steve Tolleson hits an RBI double, knocking in Francisco, who had started the inning off with a single. The Phils would start a rally in their half of the sixth as, with runners on the corners, via a lead-off double by Carlos Ruiz, who then stopped at third base on Chase Utley’s single, and with nobody out, Ryan Howard hits an RBI single, knocking in Ruiz, making it a 5-1 Blue Jays’ lead, while moving Utley up to second base. The Phils then tied it at five-all four batters later as, with the bases now loaded, after pinch-hitter John Mayberry Jr. had walked, moving up both runners, Cody Asche hits a grand-slam home run, his third home run of the season, and his first career grand-slam, scoring before him Utley, Howard and Mayberry. The Blue Jays retook the lead in the top of the tenth as, with runners on second and third, and with one man out, Francisco hits a sacrifice fly to center field, scoring Melky Cabrera, who had started the inning off with a single, then moved up to third base on Bautista’s single, who then moved up to second base on pitcher Antonio Bastardo’s wild pitch, as he beat the throw home, giving the Blue Jays a 6-5 lead. That would end up being the final score as Aaron Loup received his second save of the season as he got Howard to ground out, 5-3, for the game’s final out.

Cole Hamels received a no-decision as he went six innings, giving up five runs on ten hits and a walk, while striking out six. Jeff Manship, Jake Diekman and Jonathan Papelbon combined for three scoreless innings, giving up two walks (Manship) between them, while striking out three (Diekman (1), Papelbon (2)). Antonio Bastardo (3-2, 3.77) took the lost as he pitched an inning, giving up a run on two hits and a wild pitch. Drew Hutchinson also received a no-decision as he pitched eight innings, giving up five runs on nine hits and a walk, while striking out six. Marcus Stroman (1-0, 4.50) got the win as he went one and a third innings, giving up a hit and a wild pitch, while striking out one. Aaron Loup collected his second save of the season as he pitched two-thirds of an inning, getting out both men whom he would face.

The Phils had ten hits in the game, with Cody Asche (Singles, Double, Home Run (4 RBIs) leading the team with four hits, followed by Carlos Ruiz (Single, Double) and Marlon Byrd (Doubles) with two hits each. Chase Utley (Single) and Ryan Howard (Single, RBI) had the other two Phils hits. The Phils also had a walk (pinch-hitter John Mayberry, Jr.) in the game, while the defense performed three doubleplays.

The Phils (15-16, 5th NL East) continue their home-home interleague play series with the Blue Jays (16-17, T-3rd AL East) with the first of two games in Toronto. The game will be played at the Rogers Centre and is to start at 7:07 pm EDT. The Phils will send to the mound Cliff Lee (3-2, 3.00), who is coming off a no-decision against the Nats on May 2, as he threw seven innings, giving up two runs, only one of which was earned, on four hits and two walks, while striking out five, in the Phils’ 5-3 lost. He will be trying to put a stop to the Phils’ present losing streak. The Blue Jays will counter with Mark Buehrle (5-1, 2.25), who is coming off a win against the Royals on May 1, as he went six and two-thirds innings, as he gave up three runs, only two of which were earned, on seven hits and two walks, while striking out four, in the Blue Jays’ 7-3 win. He’ll be going for his sixth win of the season. The Phils will be trying to get back to .500, while hoping to end their present losing streak.

The Phils take the weekend series from the Nats, after losing the series opener, 5-3, by taking the next two games by the scores of 7-2 and 1-0.

Philadelphia_PhilliesAfter losing the series opener, 5-3, the Phils come back to take the weekend series from the Nats, winning by the scores of 7-2 and 1-0.

On Friday night, the Phils took a quick 3-0 lead in the bottom of the first as, with two men on, and with two men out, Marlon Byrd, after right fielder Jayson Werth had committed a fielding error on his foul pop in the right field foul area, hits a three-run home run, his fourth home run of the season, knowing in Chase Utley, who had earlier singled, and Ryan Howard, who had just singled, sending Utley to third base. The Nats would get a run back in the top of the third as Tyler Moore hits a lead-off home run, his second home run of the year, making it a 3-1 Phils’ lead. The Nats would cut the Phils’ lead down to 3-2 in the top of the fifth as, with runners on second and third, and with one man out, Denard Span hits an RBI ground out, 4-3, scoring Moore, who had started the inning off with a single, reached second base on second baseman Utley’s force attempt fielding error of Jose Lobaton’s grounder, and then moved up to third base on Stephen Strasburg’s sacrifice bunt, 1-4, while moving Lobaton, who had earlier reached base on Utley’s error, then moved up to second base on Strasburg’s bunt, up to third base. The Nats would tie the game up at three-all in the top of the eighth as, with a runner on third and with nobody out, Anthony Rendon hits an RBI single, knocking in Span, who had started the inning off with a double, then stole third base. The Nats then took the lead two batters later, after Werth had hit a single, moving Rendon up to second base, and with still nobody out, as Adam LaRoche hits an RBI single, knocking in Rendon, giving the Nats a 4-3 lead, which sending Werth up to second base. The Nats then took a 5-3 lead as Ian Desmond followed with an RBI double, knocking in Werth, while sending LaRoche on to third base. That would end up being the final score as Rafael Soriano collected his sixth save of the season as he threw a scoreless ninth, getting pinch-hitter Freddy Galvis to pop up to the third baseman for the game’s final out.

Cliff Lee received a no-decision as he pitched seven innings, giving up two runs, only one of which was earned, on four hits and two walks, while he struck out five. Mike Adam blew his second save of the season before taking the lost (1-1, 8.31) as he pitched to three batters, giving up three runs on three hits. Jake Diekman pitched an inning, giving up two hits and a walk, while striking out three. Antonio Bastardo pitched an inning, giving up a hit and a walk, while striking out a batter. Stephen Strasburg also received a no-decision as he went six innings, giving up three unearned runs on six hits, a walk and a wild pitch, while striking out five. Aaron Barrett pitched a third of an inning, as he gave up a hit. Jerry Blevins (2-1, 3.38) got the win as he pitched two-thirds of an inning, getting out both men whom he would face. Tyler Clippard collected his sixth hold of the season as he threw a scoreless inning, giving up a hit and a walk, while striking out two. Rafael Soriano collected his sixth save of the year as he pitched a scoreless ninth, giving up a walk.

The Phils had eight hits in the game, with Chase Utley (Singles), Marlon Byrd (Single, Home Run, 3 RBIs) and Cody Asche (Single, Double), all leading the team with two hits each. Ryan Howard and Carlos Ruiz had the other two Phils’ hits, both singles. The Phils also had three walks (Jimmy Rollins (2), Ruiz) in the game, while the defense performed a doubleplay.

In Saturday night’s game, the Phils, like on Friday, took a quick 3-0 lead in the bottom of the first as, with two men on, and with one man out, Ryan Howard hits a three-run home run, his sixth home run of the season, knocking in Jimmy Rollins, who had earlier singled, then stole second base, and Chase Utley, who had just walked. The Phils then added to their lead in the bottom of the second as, with one man out, Cody Asche hits a solo home run, his second home run of the season, giving the Phils a 4-0 lead. The Phils then made it a 5-0 lead in the bottom of the fourth as, with a runner on second, and with one man out, Ruiz hits an RBI double, knocking in Dom Brown, who had just doubled. The Phile then made it a 7-0 lead as, with the bases loaded, via a lead-off single by Tony Gwynn, Junior, a single by Rollins, sending Gwynn over to third base, and a walk to Utley, moving Rollins up a base, and with one man out, Marlon Byrd hits a two-run single, knocking in Gwynn and Rollins, while moving Utley up to second base. The Nats would get on the scoreboard in the top of the sixth as, with one man out, Adam LaRoche hits a solo home run, his fifth home run of the season, making it a 7-1 Phils’ lead. The Nats would make it a 7-2 Phils’ lead in the top of the seventh as, with two men out, pinch-hitter Zach Walters hits a solo home run, his third home run of the season. That would end up being the final score as Antonio Bastardo pitched a scoreless ninth as he got Sandy Leon to strike out, swinging, to end the ball game.

A.J. Burnett (2-1, 2.06) got the win as he pitched six innings, giving up a run on three hits, two walks and a hit batter, while striking out seven. Mario Hollands pitched an inning, giving up a run on a hit, while striking out one. Mike Adams and Antonio Bastardo combined for two scoreless innings, striking out five (Adams (2), Bastardo (3)) between them. Tanner Roark (2-1, 4.17) took the lost as he went four innings plus two batters, as he gave up seven runs on seven hits and a walk, while striking out five. Ryan Mattheus pitched two innings, giving up three hits and a walk, while striking out one. Craig Stammen pitched two scoreless innings, as he gave up two hits, while striking out a batter.

The Phils collected twelve hits in the game, with Jimmy Rollins leading the team with four hits, all singles, followed by Tony Gwynn, Jr. (Singles) and Marlon Byrd (Single, Double, 2 RBIs) with two hits each. Ryan Howard (Home Run, 3 RBIs), Dom Brown (Double), Carlos Ruiz (Double, RBI) and Cody Asche (Single, RBI) had the other four Phils’ hits. The Phils also had three walks (Gwynn (1), Chase Utley (2)) and a stolen base (Rollins (5)), while the defense committed an error (Asche).

Yesterday afternoon, the Phils took a 1-0 lead in the bottom of the first as, with a runner on third, and with one man out, Chase Utley hits an RBI single, knocking in Jimmy Rollins, who had just tripled. That would end up being all the runs the Phils would need as starter Roberto Hernandez would throw seven and a third scoreless innings, giving up just four hits, a single to Jayson Werth in the top of the first, with a man on first, via a one-out walk to Kevin Frandsen, who is thrown out at third base, trying to go from first to third as the ball was deflected off of third baseman Jayson Nix into left field, 7-5, as John Mayberry, Jr. threw him out, as Werth moved up to second base on the throw, a lead-0ff infield single to Ian Desmond in the top of the second, a lead-off single to Denard Span in the top of the third and a lead-off single to Span in the top of the eighth, followed by a sacrifice bunt by Frandsen, 1-4, for the inning’s first out, moving Span up to second base. After a pitching change, Mike Adams gets Werth to ground out, 3-unassisted, for the inning’s second out, the Phils get out of trouble after another pitching change, as Bastardo, after walking LaRoche, who is then replaced at first base by pinch-runner Steven Souza, Jr., putting runners on the corners, gets out of the inning by striking out Anthony Rendon, swinging. Jonathan Papelbon would then come in and collect his ninth save of the season as he pitched a scoreless ninth, striking out pinch-hitter Zach Walters, swinging, for the game’s final out.

Roberto Hernandez (2-1, 4.50) got the win as he pitched seven and a third scoreless innings, giving up four hits and three walks, while striking out three. Mike Adams collected his second hold of the season as he pitched a third of an inning, getting out the only man whom he would face. Antonio Bastardo recorded his fourth hold of the season as he pitched a third of an inning, giving up a walk, while striking out a batter. Jonathan Papelbon received his ninth save of the year as he threw a scoreless inning, giving up a hit, while striking out a batter. Gio Gonzalez (3-2, 2.91) took the lost as he pitched seven and a third innings, giving up a run on four hits and two walks, while striking out seven. Jerry Blevins pitched two-thirds of an inning, giving up a walk, while striking out a batter.

The Phils had just four hits in the game, a triple by Ben Revere, a triple by Jimmy Rollins, an RBI single by Chase Utley and a single by Jayson Nix. The Phils also had three walks (Rollins, John Mayberry, Jr., Nix) and two sacrifice bunts (Roberto Hernandez, Tony Gwynn, Jr.) in the game, while the defense committed an error (Utley) and an outfield assist (Mayberry)

The Phils (15-14, 4th NL East) starts a home-home interleague games series with the Blue Jays (14-17, 5th AL East), beginning the first of two home games, already in progress.

The Phils drop back to .500 as they lose to the Mets, 6-1.

Philadelphia_PhilliesThe Phils fall back to .500 as Cole Hamels had an awful start in the rain as the Phils lose to the Mets, 6-1.

The Mets took the lead in the top of the third as, with a runner on third, and with one man out, Daniel Murphy hits an RBI single, knocking in Ruben Tejada, who had started the inning off with a double, then stopped at third base on Jon Niese’s sacrifice bunt, 1-4, giving the Mets a 1-0 lead. The Mets added to their lead in the top of the fourth as, with two men on, and with one man out, Josh Satin hits an RBI single, knocking in Chris Young, who had earlier walked, then moved up to second base on Cole Hamel’s wild pitch, giving the Mets a 2-0 lead, while sending Curtis Granderson, who had just walked, up to third base. The Mets increased their lead three batters later as, now with the bases loaded, via a walk to Tejada, moving Young up to second base, and with two men out, Niese had an RBI walk, forcing in Granderson, giving the Mets a 3-0 lead, while both runners moved up a base. The Phils would get a run back in their half of the third as, with two men out, Marlon Byrd hits a solo home run, his third home run of the year, making it a 3-1 Mets’ lead. The Mets would get that run back in the top of the fifth as, with one man on, and with one man out, Young hits an RBI double, scoring Murphy, who had started the inning off with a single, giving the Mets a 4-1 lead. The Mets then took a 6-1 lead four batters later as, with the bases loaded, via Satin being hit by a pitch, and Travis d’Arnaud receiving a walk, moving up both runners, and with two men out, Tejada hits a two-run single, knocking in Young and Satin, while sending d’Arnaud up to second base. That would end up being the final score as Jose Valverde pitched a scoreless inning, getting Dom Brown to fly out to right for the game’s final out.

Cole Hamel (0-2, 6.75) took the lost in one of his worst pitching performances, as he went only four and two-thirds innings, giving up six runs on eight hits, five costly walks, a hit batter and a wild pitch, while striking out only three. Roberto Hernandez pitched a third of an inning, striking out the only man whom he would face. Mario Hollands, Jeff Manship and Shawn Camp combined for four scoreless innings, giving up a hit (Camp) between them, while striking out two (Hollands). Jon Niese (2-2, 2.20) got the win as he threw seven innings, giving up a run on four hits and a walk, while striking out five. Jose Valverde threw a scoreless inning, giving up a hit.

The Phils had only five hits in the game, with Ryan Howard leading the team with two hits, a single and a double. Chase Utley (Single), Marlon Byrd (Home Run, RBI) and Carlos Ruiz (Single), had the other three Phils’ hits. The Phils also had a walk (Ruiz) and a stolen base (Ben Revere (10)) in the ballgame, while the defense performed two douleplays.

The Phils (13-13, 4th) next game will be this Friday night against the Nats (15-12, 3rd), as tonight’s game with the Mets has been rained out, with a make-up date yet to be determined, and they have the day off tomorrow.

Moves the Phils have made during the past off-season…

Philadelphia_PhilliesAs the Phils’ 2013 season wounded down, with the club wounding up in fourth place in the five-team NL East with a 73-89, .451 record, 23 games behind the first-place Atlanta Braves, the Phils first post-season move was to make interim manager, Hall of Famer Ryan Sandberg, the team’s 52nd manager, by signing him to a three-year contract on September 22, 2013. The Phils’ next move was to announce on September 30 that Rich Dubee was not returning as the team’s pitching coach, ending a nine season relationship with the Phils, as the team started to look for a new pitching coach. On that same day, they announced that they were promoting from the team’s Minor League system, Paul Fournier, as the team’s new strength and conditioning coach, replacing Doug Lien, who had held that position for the previous six seasons, as the club hopes to improve the team’s overall health.

The Phils next move was to make a shake-up in their 40 men roster as they outrighted infielders Michael Martinez and Pete Orr, right-handed pitcher Zach Miner and lefthander Mauricio Robles on October 3, while, on that same day, the Indians picked up right-hander Tyler Cloyd off of the waiver-wire, while the Astros picked up leftie Raul Valdes, opening up six spots on the roster.

Two days later, on October 5, the Phils announced that they would not be renewing the contract of bullpen catcher, Mick Billmeyer, who had been with the club since 2004, first as the catching instructor, then as the bullpen coach in 2009, before becoming the bullpen catcher in 2012. The next Phils move came from out of the blue as, on October 8, former Phils’ player and one time Phils’ manager, and fan favorite, Larry Bowa, rejoined the team as the new bench coach, while another ex-Phil, Pete Mackanin, would join the team as the new third base coach. The Phils also announced that Steve Henderson would remain as the team’s hitting coach while Wally Joyner would leave as the team’s assistant hitting coach, later being hired by the Detroit Tigers as their new hitting coach, while John Mizerock would later become the new assistant hitting coach and Jesus Tiamo would become the new catcher coach, as Juan Samuel would stay on as the team’s first base coach, while Rod Nichols would remain the bullpen coach.

The next move occurred on October 17 as John Lannan decided to become a free agent after he had been outrighted by the club, after refusing assignment.

Then on November 5, the Phils announced that they were hiring Scott Freedman to help the ballclub better understand the use of analytics in the evaluation of players. Seven days later, on November 12, the Phils announced their first free agent signing, as they signed right fielder Marlon Byrd to a two-year contract worth $16 million dollars. Byrd, who is a right-handed batter, and an ex-Phil, has played in the majors from 2002, having played for the Phils (2002-05), the Nats (2005-06), the Rangers (2007-09), the Cubs (2010-12), the Red Sox (2012), the Mets (2013) and the Pirates (2013), appearing in 1250 games, hitting .280 (1222 for 4367), knocking in 533 RBIs as he scored 600 times. Among his 1222 hits were 252 doubles, 32 triples and 106 HRs, while he has also walked 307 times. The Phils plan to use him in the line-up behind Chase Utley and Ryan Howard, the later of whom the team hopes will bounce back from several injuries plagued seasons and regain his form as the team’s RBI and home runs leader. The Phils next announced on November 15 that they have given four players minor league contracts with invites to spring training: right-hander Shawn Camp, left-hander Cesar Jimenez and outfielders Clete Thomas and Leandro Castro.

The Phils then announced on November 18 that they have resigned present catcher Carlos Ruiz to a three-year deal worth $26 million dollars with a team option of $4.5 million or a $500,000 buyout for 2017. The next day, the team announced that they have signed a minor league contract, with a spring training invitation, to infielder Reid Brignac, who would be competing for a utility infielder position with Kevin Frandsen and Freddy Galvis. On November 20, the Phils announced that they were adding four minor league prospects to their 40-man roster to keep them from being picked up by other teams in December’s 5-Rule draft: outfielders Aaron Altheer and Kelly Dugan, catcher Tommy Joseph and left-hander Rob Rasmussen.

The following day, November 22, the Phils signed Bob McClure as their new pitching coach, replacing Dubee. On that same day, they announced that they have signed infielder Andres Blanco to a minor league contract, with an invite to spring training.

On December 4, the Phils made a trade with the Blue Jays, receiving right-handed pitcher Brad Lincoln in exchange for catcher Erik Kratz and minor league pitcher Rasmussen. Lincoln, who has pitched for the Pirates and the Blue Jays (2010-13) has appeared in 97 games, 22 of which was as a starter, for a record of 9-11 with a 4.66 ERA. With one career save in two attempts, he has pitched in 220 games, giving up 228 hits, 123 runs, 114 of which were earned, as he struck out 167 batters while walking only 77. The Phils will likely use him in the bullpen. After the trade, the ballclub would sign catcher Wil Nieves to a one-year deal on December 5, as the team’s back-up catcher. Nieves, who has played for the Padres (2002), the Yankees (2005-2007), the Nats (2008-10), the Brewers (2011), the Diamondbacks (2012), the Rockies (2012-13) and the Diamondbacks again (2013), has appeared in 385 games, hitting .242 (249 for 1029), with 46 doubles, 2 triples and 8 home runs, as he knocked in 103 RBIs while scoring 78 times. He has also walked 59 times. On that same day, the Phils signed right-handed pitcher Jeff Manship to a minor league contract with a spring training invitation.

Then, on December 9, Roy Halladay announced his retirement from baseball, ending a 16-year career with the Blue Jays and the Phils, as he didn’t think he would be able to pitch after his most recent arm injury. Halladay, who said that he had signed a one-day contract with the Blue Jays to end his career as a Jay, and had paid a full page ad in the Philly newspaper thanking the Phils fans for their support during his time as a Phils (2010-13), had appeared in 416 career games, 390 as a starter, with a career record of 203-105, with a 3.38 ERA and a career save, had completed 67 games, 20 for shutouts, as he pitched in 2749.1 total innings, striking out 2117 batters as he walked only 592, as he gave up 2646 hits and 1135 runs, only 1034 of which were earned. He also threw a perfect game and a no-hitter in the post-season, both of which occurred during his first season as a Phil (2010). Thanks for being a member of the Phils, Roy, and being a class act, and wish you luck getting into the Hall.

On December 12, through the Rule 5-draft, the Phils would acquire right-hander Kevin Munson from the Diamondbacks’ Reno club, while they would lose right-hander Seth Rosin to the Mets, who would then trade him to the Dodgers for cash in the major league portion of the draft, and shortstop Jonathan Roof to the Red Sox in the Triple-A part of it, both from their Reading affiliate.

Next, on December 18, the Phils signed a one-year deal with right-hander Roberto Hernandez for $4.5 million dollars, plus performance and award bonuses. Hernandez, who has previous pitched for the Indians (2006-12) and the Blue Jays (2013), has appeared in 216 games, 177 as a starter, with a 59-82 record, with a 4.67 ERA. He will be part of the Phils’ starting rotation, along with Cole Hamels, Cliff Lee, Kyle Kendrick and Jonathan Pettibone.

In January, the Phils made a new TV-deal with Comcast for 25-year, which included broadcasters Chris Wheeler and Gary Matthews not returning to the broadcast booth. On the 14, the Phils had four players file for salary arbitration: outfielders Ben Revere and John Mayberry, Jr. and pitchers Antonio Bastardo and Kendrick. The next day, January 15, the Phils announce that former manger Charlie Manuel would be returning to the team as a consultant to general manager Ruben Amaro, Jr. On the 17, the Phils announced that two of the four arbitration eligible players have signed one-year deals: Mayberry, who had agreed to a 1.587 million dollar deal, while Kendrick had agreed to one worth 7.675 million. The Phils then signed two minor league deals on the 21, one to veteran right-hander Chad Gaudin, and one to former Phil and veteran outfielder Bobby Abreu, with both being given spring training invites. On that same day, the Phils and Bastardo agreed to a one-year contract worth $2 million dollars. Three days later, on the 24, Ben Revere signed a one-year deal with the Phils for $ 1.95 million dollar.

With that, the last bit of news is that the Phils might be replacing Wheeler and Matthews with former Phils Matt Stairs and Jamie Moyer, both of whom have impressed the Phils in their separate interviews to join the broadcast team, and that finally, yesterday, the equipment truck has started heading south for the spring training facilities in Clearwater, Florida from Citizens Bank Park in Philly. It is now six more days before catchers and pitchers are suppose to appear in Clearwater.

Can’t wait for Spring Training to officially start. :-)

The Phils give Charlie Manuel his 1,000 career win as a manager, as they defeat the Braves, 5-1.

Philadelphia_PhilliesBehind the complete game pitching of Cole Hamels, the Phils give their manager Charlie Manuel his 1000th career win as a manager, as they also end their road losing streak, as they defeat the Braves, 5-1.

The Phils took the lead in the top of the third as, with a runner on third, and with one man out, Jimmy Rollins hits an RBI single, scoring Cole Hamels, who had just tripled, giving the Phils a 1-0 lead. The Phils added to their lead in the top of the sixth as, with two men on, and with one man out, Cody Asche hits a three-run home run, his second home run of the season, knocking in Chase Utley, who had started the inning off with a single, then moved up to second base when Darin Ruf was hit by a pitch, and Ruf, who was just hit by a pitch, giving the Phils a 4-0 lead. The Phils made it a 5-0 lead in the top of the ninth as, with a runner on second, and with one man out, Carlos Ruiz hits an RBI single, scoring Asche, who had earlier singled, then stole second base, his first career steal. The Braves got on the scoreboard in their half of the ninth as, with a runner on second, and with two men out, Chris Johnson hits a ground-rule double, knocking in Justin Upton, who had started the inning off with a double, making it a 5-1 Phils’ lead. That would end up being the final score as Dan Uggla grounds out softly, 5-3, for the game’s final out.

Cole Hamels (5-13, 3.65) got the win as he threw a complete game, giving up just one run on six scattered hits and a walk, while striking out nine. Julio Teheran (9-6, 3.08) took the lost as he pitched six innings, giving up four runs on six hits, a walk and a hit batter, while striking out six. Luis Ayala and Scott Downs combined for two scoreless innings, giving up a walk (Ayala) between them, while striking out a batter (Downs). Anthony Varvaro pitched an inning, giving up a run on two hits, while striking out a batter.

The Phils had eight hits in the game, with Jimmy Rollins (Single, Double, RBI), Chase Utley (Singles) and Cody Asche (Single, Home Run, 3 RBIs), all leading the team with three hits each. Carlos Ruiz (Single, RBI) and Cole Hamels (Triple) had the other two Phils’ hits. The Phils also had two walks (Dom Brown, Hamels), a hit batter (Darin Ruf), a stolen base (Asche (1)) and a sacrifice bunt (Hamels) in the game.

The Phils (53-65, 4th) continue their series with the Braves (72-47, 1st) with a night game tonight. The game is to start at 7:10 pm EDT and is to be played at Turner Field. The Phils will sent to the mound Ethan Martin (1-1, 6.75) who is coming off his first career win against the Cubs on August 8, as he threw five innings, giving up a run on four hits and a walk, while striking out four, in the Phils’ 12-1 rout. He will be going for his second straight victory. The Braves will counter with Kris Medlen (9-10, 3.85) who is coming off a victory against the Nationals on August 7, as he went seven innings, giving up three runs on three hits and a walk, while he struck out six, in the Braves’ 6-3 win. He will be going for his tenth straight win. The Phils will be going for both the series win, and their second straight win on the road.

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