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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.

The Phils take the series from the Nats, as they win, 3-1.

Philadelphia_PhilliesThe Phils give Kyle Kendrick his eighth win of the season, as they take the series from the Nationals, winning, 3-1.

The Phils break up a 0-0 tie in the bottom of the fifth as, with a runner on second, and with two men out, Ben Revere hits an RBI single, knocking in Carlos Ruiz, who had earlier reached base on an infield single, then moved up to second base on Kyle Kendrick’s sacrifice bunt, 2-4, giving the Phils a 1-0 lead. The Nats tied the game up at 1-1 in the top of the fifth as, with a runner on third, and with one man out, Ryan Zimmerman hits a sacrifice fly to right, scoring Bryce Harper, who had just tripled. The Phils retook the lead in the bottom of the seventh as, with a runner on third, and with one man out, pinch-hitter Kevin Frandsen hits an RBI double, knocking in pinch-runner John McDonald, who was pinch running for Darin Ruf, who had started the inning off with a double, before moving up to third base on Ruiz’s sacrifice bunt, 2-4, giving the Phils a 2-1 lead. The Phils then added an insurance run in the bottom of the eighth as, with a man on third, and with one man out, Chase Utley, who had started the inning off with a double, then moved up to third base on Dom Brown’s fly out to right, would score on a fielder’s choice grounder hit by Michael Young, as he beat the wide throw to the plate by second baseman Anthony Rendon, giving the Phils a 3-1 lead. That would end up being the final score as Jonathan Papelbon collected his twentieth save of the year by pitching a 1-2-3 ninth.

Kyle Kendrick (8-6, 3.75) got the win as he pitched seven strong innings, giving a run on five hits, a walk and two wild pitches, striking out two. Antonio Bastardo received his fourteenth hold of the season as he threw a 1-2-3 inning, striking out a batter. Jonathan Papelbon collected his twentieth save of the season as he also threw a 1-2-3 inning, striking out a batter. Jordan Zimmermann (12-4, 2.58) took the lost as he went six and a third innings, giving up two runs on eight hits, as he struck out six. Ian Krol pitched an inning, giving up a run on a hit. Drew Storen pitched two-thirds of an inning, getting out both men whom he would face, striking out one.

The Phils had nine hits in the game, with Ben Revere (Singles, RBI) and Dom Brown (Single, Double) both leading the team with two hits each. Chase Utley (Double), Michael Young (Double, RBI), Darin Ruf (Double), Carlos Ruiz (Single), and pinch-hitter Kevin Frandsen (Double, RBI), had the other five Phils’ hits. The Phils also had two sacrifice bunts (Kyle Kendrick, Ruiz) in the game.

The Phils (46-47, 3rd NL East) will begin a three-game series with the White Sox (36-53, 5th AL Central), their final Interleague Series, and their final series before the All-Star break. The game will be played at Citizens Bank Park and is to start at 7:05 pm EDT, weather permitting. The Phils will send to the mound Jonathan Pettibone (5-3, 3.84), who is coming off a win against the Braves on July 7, as he went five and a third innings, giving up a run on five hits and a walk, while striking out six, in the Phils’ 7-3 win. He will be trying to get the Phils back at .500. The White Sox will counter with John Dinks (2-6, 4.31), who is coming off a lost to the Rays on July 7, as he went seven innings, giving up three runs on five hits and two walks, while striking out five, in the ChiSox’s 3-1 lost. He will be trying to improve his record. The Phils will be trying to get back to .500.

The Phils hold on to win the opener of their four-game series with the Nats, winning 3-2.

Philadelphia_PhilliesJohn Lannan threw eight scoreless inning against his old club, before the Phils hang on in the ninth to defeat the Nats, 3-2.

The Phils took the lead in the bottom of the first as, with two men on, and with one man out, Dom Brown hits an RBI infield single, on a ball that was deflected to first baseman Adam LaRoche by starting pitcher Dan Haren, knocking in Ben Revere, who had started the inning off with a single, moved up to second base on Jimmy Rollins’ single, then was the leader in a double steal, reaching third base, giving the Phils a 1-0 lead, while moving Rollins, who had earlier singled, then stole second base as the back end of a double steal, up to third base. The Phils then increased their lead later in the inning as, with the bases loaded, after Brown had moved up to second base on Haren’s wild pitch, and then Michael Young walked, and with two men out, Darin Ruf forced in a run with a walk, forcing in Rollins, making it a 2-0 Phils’ lead, while moving up a base both Brown and M. Young. The Phils added an insurance run in the bottom of the sixth as, with a man on second, and with two men out, Rollins hits an RBI single, scoring Revere, who had just doubled, giving the Phils a 3-0 lead. The Nats finally got on the scoreboard in the top of the ninth as, with two men on, and with nobody out, Jayson Werth hits a sacrifice fly to center, knocking in Bryce Harper, who had started the inning off with a single, then stopped at third base on Ryan Zimmerman’s double, making it a 3-1 Phils’ lead, while sending Zimmerman, who had just doubled, up to third base. The Nats then made it a 3-2 Phils’ lead one batter later as LaRoche hits a sacrifice fly to center, scoring Zimmerman. That would end up being the final score as Jonathan Papelbon would finally record his nineteenth save of the season as he got pinch-hitter Chad Tracy to fly out to center for the game’s final out.

John Lannan (2-3, 4.23) got the win as he threw eight shut-out innings, giving up just four hits and two walks, while striking out four. Jonathan Papelbon collected his nineteenth save of the season as he went an inning, giving up two runs on two hits. Dan Haren took the lost (4-10, 6.00) as he pitched five innings, giving up two runs on seven hits, three walks, and a wild pitch, while striking out seven. Fernando Abad pitched an inning, giving up a run on two hits, while striking out a batter. Ross Ohlendorf threw two scoreless innings, giving up a hit, while striking out three.

The Phils had ten hits in the game, with Ben Revere (2 Singles, Double) leading the team with three hits, followed by Jimmy Rollins (Singles, RBI) and Michael Young (Singles), with two hits each. Dom Brown (RBI), Delmon Young and Darin Ruf (RBI) had the other three Phils’ hits, all singles. The Phils also had three walks (Brown, M. Young, Ruf) and two stolen bases (Revere (21), Rollins (9)) in the ballgame.

The Phils (44-46, 3rd) continue their series with the Nats (46-43) with a game tonight, already in progress.

The Phils take the series from the first-place Braves, as they win, 7-3.

Philadelphia_PhilliesThe Phils recovered from Saturday’s thumping to take the series from the first-place Braves, winning, 7-3.

The Phils took the lead in the bottom of the first as, with one man on, and with two men out, Dom Brown hits an RBI triple, knocking in Chase Utley, who had just singled, giving the Phils a 1-0 lead. The Phils then added to their lead two batters later as, now with runners on the corners, as Michael Young walks, and with still two men out, Delmon Young hits an RBI single, knocking in Brown, giving the Phils a 2-0 lead, while sending M. Young up to second base. The Phils increased their lead in the bottom of the fourth as, with runners on second and third, and with two men out, Ben Revere hits a two-run triple, knocking in D. Young, who had started the inning off with a walk, then went to third base on Darin Ruf’s double, and Ruf, who had earlier doubled, giving the Phils a 4-0 lead. The Braves got on the scoreboard in the top of the fifth as, with runners on second and third, and with two men on, Kris Medlen helped his cause with an RBI single, scoring Brian McCann, who had started the inning off with a single, then stopped at third base on Dan Uggla’s double, making it a 4-1 Phils’ lead, while sending Uggla, who had earlier doubled, up to third base. The Phils got that run back in their half of the fifth as, with one man out, Brown hits a solo home run, his team-leading twenty-third home run of the year, giving the Phils a 5-1 lead. The Phils added to their lead in the bottom of the sixth as, with two men on, and with two men out, Ruf, who had started the inning off with a walk, moved up to second base on Carlos Ruiz’s single, then went to third base on pinch-hitter John McDonald’s sacrifice bunt, 2-4, would score on relief pitcher’s Alex Wood wild pitch, giving the Phils a 6-1 lead, while Ruiz, who had earlier singled, then moved up to second base on McDonald’s sacrifice bunt, would move up to third base on the wild pitch, before heading home to score on catcher McCann’s throwing error to pitcher Wood, as he tried to cover the plate as Ruf scored, giving the Phils a 7-1 lead. The Braves got a run back in the top of the seventh as, with one man out, Chris Johnson hits a solo home run, his sixth home run of the season, making it a 7-2 Phils’ lead. The Braves then made it a 7-3 Phils’ lead three batters later as, with two men on, and with still one man out, Jason Heyward hits an RBI single, scoring pinch-hitter Tyler Pastornicky, who had earlier singled, then stopped at second base on Andrelton Simmons’ single, while sending Simmons, who had just singled, up to second base. That would end up being the final score as Jonathan Papelbon pitched a scoreless ninth.

Jonathan Pettibone (5-3, 3.84) got the win as he went five and one-third innings, giving up a run on five hits and a walk, while striking out six. Jake Diekman collected his fourth hold of the season as he pitched a third of an inning, getting out the only batter whom he would face. Justin De Fratus collected his fifth hold of the year as he pitched a third of an inning, getting out the only man that he would face. J.C. Ramirez pitched two-thirds of an inning, giving up two runs on four hits, as he struck out a batter. Antonio Bastardo collected his thirteenth hold of the year as he went an inning and a third, giving up a hit and a walk, as he struck out three. Jonathan Papelbon pitched a scoreless inning, as he gave up a walk, while striking out a batter. Kris Medlen (6-8, 3.45) took the lost as he went six and a third innings, giving up seven runs, six of which were earned, on eight hits and three walks, while striking out five. Alex Wood pitched two-thirds of an inning, throwing a wild pitch, as he struck out a batter. Luis Ayala and David Carpenter combined for two scoreless innings, giving up two hits (one hit each) between them, while striking out two (Carpenter).

The Phils had ten hits in the game, with Dom Brown (Triple, Home Run, 2 RBIs) and Carlos Ruiz (Singles) leading the team with two hits each. Ben Revere (Triple, 2 RBIs), Chase Utley (Single), Michael Young (Single), Delmon Young (Single, RBI), Darin Ruf (Double) and John McDonald (Single), had the other six Phils’ hits. The final two Phils’ run came in on a wild pitch and a throwing error. The Phils also had three walks (M. Young, D. Young, Ruf) and a sacrifice bunt (McDonald) in the game.

The Phils (43-46, 3rd) start a four-game series with the Nats (46-42, 2nd) with a game already in progress.

The Phils take the series from the Nats as they defeat Washington, 4-2.

Philadelphia_PhilliesThe Phils gain a tie for second place in the NL East with Washington, as they defeat the Nats, 4-2.

The Nats took the lead in the top of the fourth as, with two men out, Jayson Werth hits a solo home run, his seventh home run of the year, giving the Nats a 1-0 lead. The Phils tied it up at one-all in their half of the fourth as, with a runner on third, and with one man out, Ryan Howard hits a sacrifice fly, scoring Michael Young, who had started the inning of with a double, then went to third on Jimmy Rollins’ sacrifice bunt, 1-3. The Phils tried to take the lead in the bottom of the fifth as, with a runner on second, and with two men out, Cliff Lee tried to help his on cause with a single to center, as Delmon Young, who had started the inning off by being hit by a pitch, then moved up to second base on Kevin Frandsen’s ground out, 5-3, tried to score. but is gunned down at the plate by a strong throw home by center fielder Denard Span, 8-2, with catcher Kurt Suzuki applying the tag before D. Young could cross the plate, for the inning’s final out. The Phils took the lead in the bottom of the sixth as, with one man on, and with nobody out, M. Young hits an RBI double, knocking in Ben Revere, who had started the inning off with a single, giving the Phils a 2-1 lead. Five batters later, the Phils made it a 4-1 lead as, with the bases loaded, via a single by Rollins, sending M. Young to third base, and Howard being hit by a pitch, sending Rollins up to second base, and with two men out, Frandsen hits a two-run single, knocking in M. Young and Rollins, while sending Howard up to second base. The Nats got a run back in the top of the eighth as, with one man out, pinch-hitter Jeff Kobernus hits a solo home run, his first home run of the year, making it a 4-2 Phils’ lead. That would end up being the final score as Jonathan Papelbon collected his fourteenth save of the season as he threw a scoreless ninth.

Cliff Lee (9-2, 2.53) got the win as he pitched eight strong innings, giving up two runs on five hits, while striking out nine. Jonathan Papelbon received his fourteenth save of the year as he pitched a scoreless ninth, giving up a hit. Ross Detwiler (2-5, 3.34) took the lost as he went six innings, giving up four runs on seven hits and two hit batters, while striking out four. Craig Stammen and Drew Storen combined for two scoreless innings, giving up two hits (one hit each) between them, while striking out three (Stammen (2), Storen (1)).

The Phils had nine hits in the game, with Michael Young (RBI) leading the team with three hits, all doubles. Ben Revere (Single), Jimmy Rollins (Single), Ryan Howard (Triple, RBI), Kevin Frandsen (Single, 2 RBIs), Carlos Ruiz (Single) and Cliff Lee (Single), had the other six Phils’ hits. The Phils also had two hit batters (Delmon Young, Howard) in the game.

The Phils (34-37, T-2nd) will conclude their series with the Nats (34-35, T-2nd) with a ballgame tonight, looking for the sweep.

The Phils defeat the Nats in walk-off fashion with a run in the bottom of the ninth, winning 5-4.

Philadelphia_PhilliesThe Phils defeat the Nats in the bottom of the ninth with a walk-off single, winning 5-4.

The Nats took the lead in the top of the first as, with two men on, and with one man out, Jayson Werth hits an RBI single, scoring Anthony Rendon, who had earlier walked, then moved up to second base as Ryan Zimmerman is hit by a pitch, giving the Nats a 1-0 lead. The Phils tied it up at one-all in the bottom of the second as Ryan Howard hits a lead-off home run, his eighth home run of the year. The Phils took the lead in the bottom of the third as, with the bases loaded, via a triple by Michael Young, a walk by Jimmy Rollins, who then stole second base, and a walk by Howard, and with two men out, Delmon Young hits a two-run double to right, knocking in M. Young and Rollins, giving the Phils a 3-2 lead, before Howard is thrown out at the plate, 9-4-5, for the inning’s third out. The Nats got a run back in the top of the fourth as, with a runner on second, and with one man out, Steve Lombardozzi hits an RBI double, knocking in Kurt Suzuki, who had just doubled, making it a 3-2 Phils’ lead. The Phils added to their lead in the bottom of the fifth as, with a runner on second base, and with two men out, Howard hits an RBI single, knocking in Ben Revere, who had started the inning off with a single, then stole second base, making it a 4-2 Phils’ lead. The Nats cut the Phils’ lead in the top of the eighth as, with a man on third, and with two men out, Ian Desmond hits an RBI single, scoring Zimmerman, who had earlier doubled, then went to third on Werth’s ground out, 6-3, making it a 4-3 Phils’ lead. The Nats tied the game up at four-all in the top of the ninth as, with two men out, Chad Tracy hits a solo home run, his third home run of the season. The Phils won the game in their half of the ninth as, with runners on second and third, and with two men out, Dom Brown hits an RBI single, knocking in Revere, who had started the inning off with a single, then moved up to third base on Rollins’ single, before Rollins moved up to second base on defensive indifference, to give the Phils a 5-4 walk-off win.

John Lannan received a no-decision as he threw five innings in his first start since his injury back in April, giving up two runs on six hits, a walk and a hit batter, while striking out four. Michael Stutes collected his second hold of the season as he pitched two 1-2-3 innings. Mike Adams collected his eighth hold of the year as he pitched two-thirds of an inning, giving up a run on two hits. Antonio Bastardo collected his eighth hold of the season as he went a third of an inning, getting out the only batter that he would face. Jonathan Papelbon committed his first blown save of the season, before getting the win (1-0, 1.75) as he pitched an inning, giving up a run on a hit, while striking out a batter. Dan Haren also received a no-decision as he went six innings, giving up four runs on seven hits and three walks, while striking out three. Ian Krol and Tyler Clippard combined for two scoreless innings, giving up two hits (Clippard) and a hit batter (Clippard) between them, while striking out two (Clippard). Fernando Abad (0-2, 1.69) took the lost as he went two-thirds of an inning, giving up a run on three hits, while striking out a batter.

The Phils had twelve hits in the game, with Ryan Howard (2 Singles, Home Run, 2 RBIs) leading the team with three hits, followed by Ben Revere (Singles) and Domonic Brown (Singles, RBI) with two hits each. Michael Young (Triple), Jimmy Rollins (Single), Delmon Young (Double, 2 RBIs), Kevin Frandsen (Single) and Humberto Qunitero (Single) had the other five Phils’ hits. The Phils also had three walks (Rollins, Howard, Brown), two stolen bases (Rollins (7), Revere (17)) and a hit batter (Qunitero) in the game.

The Phils (34-37, 3rd) will continue their series with the Nats (34-35, 2nd), with a game that is presently being delayed by rain.

Four solo home runs, including two by Dom Brown, powers the Phils to their second straight win, as they defeat the BoSox, 4-3.

Philadelphia_PhilliesLed by two home runs by an emerging Dom Brown, the Phils hits four solo home runs as they hang on to defeat the Red Sox, 4-3.

The Red Sox took the lead in the top of the first as, with a man on third, and with one man out, Dustin Pedroia hits a sacrifice fly to center field, scoring Jacoby Ellsbury, who had started the game off with a triple, giving the Red Sox a 1-0 lead. The Phils tied the game up at one-all in the bottom of the second as Ryan Howard hits a lead-off home run to left, his seventh home run of the season. The Phils took the lead in the bottom of the fourth as, with one man out, Dom Brown hits a solo home run to right, his twelfth home run of the season, giving the Phils a 2-1 lead. The Phils then made it a 3-1 lead as Erik Kratz followed with a solo home run of his own, his sixth home run of the year, giving the Phils a 3-1 lead. The Red Sox got a run back in the top of the sixth as Daniel Nava hits a lead-off home run, his seventh home run of the season, cutting the Phils’ lead down to 3-2. The Phils got that run back in the bottom of the eighth as Brown hits a lead-off home run, his team-leading thirteenth home run of the season, and his fourth home run in three games, giving the Phils a 4-2 lead. The Red Sox got a run back in the top of the ninth as, with two men on, and with two men out, Ellsbury hits an RBI double on a ball that left fielder Brown might have had a better chance catching by staying on his feet, scoring Stephen Drew, who had earlier walked, then moved up to second base on Jonny Gomes’ single, making it a 4-3 Phils’ lead, while Gomes, who had just singled, stopped at third base, thanks to Brown quickly getting back up, retrieving the ball and throwing it to third base. That would end up being the final score as Jonathan Papelbon collected his eleventh save of the year by getting Nava to ground out, three-unassisted, for the game’s final out.

Kyle Kendrick (5-3, 3.27) got the win as he went six innings, giving up two runs on four hits and three walks, while striking out three. Antonio Bastardo received his seventh hold of the season as he pitched a scoreless inning, giving up a hit, while he struck out two. Mike Adams collected his fifth hold of the year as he threw a 1-2-3 inning, also striking out two. Jonathan Papelbon received his eleventh save of the season as he pitched an inning, giving up a run on two hits and a walk, while striking out two. John Lackey (3-5, 2.96) took the lost as he also went six innings, giving up three runs on six hits and three walks, while he struck out five. Andrew Miller pitched two-thirds of an inning, giving up a hit and two walks, as he struck out a batter. Koji Uehara pitched an inning and a third, giving up a run on a hit, while striking out one.

The Phils had eight hits in the game, with Dom Brown (Home Runs, 2 RBIs) leading the team with two hits. Ben Revere (Single), Kevin Frandsen (Single), Ryan Howard (Home Run, RBI), Delmon Young (Single), Erik Kratz (Home Run, RBI) and Kyle Kendrick (Single) had the other six Phils’ hits. The Phils also had five walks (Frandsen, Jimmy Rollins (2), Young, Kratz) and four stolen bases (Brown (3), Frandsen (1), John Mayberry, Jr. (3), Revere (10)) in the ballgame.

The Phils (26-27, 3rd NL East) will conclude their series with the Red Sox (32-22, 1st AL East) with a night game tonight. The game will be played at Citizens Bank Park and it is to start at 7:05 pm EDT. The Phils will send to the mound Jonathan Pettibone (3-0, 3.21) who is coming off a no-decision against the Nationals on May 25, as he pitched six innings, giving up three runs on nine hits and a walk, while he struck out six, in the Phils’ 5-3 win. He is still trying for his fourth win of the season, while trying to see if he’ll be about to keep the Red Sox’s bats under control. The Red Sox plan to counter with Franklin Morales (0-0, 0.0) as he is coming off the disabled list. He will be trying to help the Red Sox split the series. The Phils will be trying to win the home part of their back-to-back series with the Red Sox, while trying to put themselves back at .500.

As Cliff Lee throw eight strong innings, the offense scores enough runs for the Phils to leave Boston with a series split, as they defeat the BoSox, 3-1.

Philadelphia_PhilliesCliff Lee throws eight strong innings as the Phils leave Fenway Park with a split as they defeat the Red Sox, 3-1.

The Phils took the lead in the top of the first as, with one man out, Michael Young hits a solo home run, his second home run of the season, as he snaps an 0-21 hitless streak, giving the Phils a 1-0 lead. The Red Sox tied the game up at one-all in their half of the first as, with a man on second, and with one man out, Dustin Pedroia hits an RBI single, knocking in Jacoby Ellsbury, who had started the inning off with a single, then stole second base. The game would stay tied until the top of the seventh as the Phils played some much-needed small ball as, with a man on second, and with one man out, Erik Kratz hits an RBI single, scoring John Mayberry, Jr., who had started the inning off with a single, then moved up to second base on Freddy Galvis’ sacrifice bunt, 3-4, giving the Phils a 2-1 lead. The Phils then got an insurance run in the top of the ninth as Dom Brown hits a lead-off home run, his eleventh home run of the season, adding to his lead as the team’s home run leader, giving the Phils a 3-1 lead. That would end up being the final score as Jonathan Papelbon would come in and collect his tenth save of the season, as he threw a 1-2-3 ninth inning.

Cliff Lee (6-2, 2.34) got the win as he went eight strong innings, giving up just one run on four scattered hits, as he struck out eight. Jonathan Papelbon received his tenth save of the year as he threw a 1-2-3 inning, striking out a batter. Ryan Dempster (2-6, 4.45) took the lost as he went seven innings, giving up two runs on six hits and three walks, while striking out four. Craig Breslow pitched a 1-2-3 inning, striking out two. Junichi Tazawa pitched an inning, giving up a run on three hits, as he also struck out two.

The Phils had nine hits in the game, with Ben Revere (Singles) and Erik Kratz (Singles, RBI) both leading the club with two hits apiece. Michael Young (Home Run, RBI), Ryan Howard (Single), Delmon Young (Single), Dom Brown (Home Run, RBI) and John Mayberry, Jr. (Single) had the other five Phils’ hits. The Phils also had three walks (Jimmy Rollins, Freddy Galvis, Kratz) and a stolen base (Revere, 9) in the ballgame.

The Phils (25-27, 3rd NL East) will start the home portion of their Interleague Play series with the Red Sox (32-21, 1st AL East), starting with a night game tonight. The game will be played at Citizens Bank Park, and will start at  7:05 pm EDT. The Phils will send to the mound Kyle Kendrick (4-3, 3.29), who is coming off a lost against the Nats on May 24, as he went just five innings, giving up five runs on nine hits and four walks, while striking out just one Nat, in the Phils’ 5-2 lost. Kyle will be trying to end his present two-game losing streak, while trying to give the Phils a chance to win the game against the BoSox. The Red Sox will counter with John Lackey (3-4, 2.72), who is coming off a win against the Indians on May 25, as he pitched seven innings, giving up an unearned run on two hits and three walks, while striking out eight, in the Red Sox’s 8-1 win. He will be going for his third win in a row. The Phils will once again be trying get back to being one game below .500.

The Phils score two runs in the eighth inning to defeat the Nats, 5-3.

Philadelphia_PhilliesBefore a national television audience, the Phils break up a 3-3 tie by scoring two runs in the eighth inning, before going on to defeat the second place Nats, 5-3.

The Phils took the lead in the top of the second as, with two men out, Dom Brown hits a solo home run, his team leading ninth home run of the season, giving the Phils a 1-0 lead. The Phils then made it a 2-0 lead as Erik Kratz followed with a solo home run of his own, his fourth home run of the season. The Nats got a run back in the bottom of the third as, with runners on the corners, and with two men out, Adam LaRoche hits an RBI single, knocking in Denard Span, who had earlier singled, moved up to second base on Bryce Harper’s single, then went to third base on Ryan Zimmerman’s line out to center, cutting the Phils’ lead down to 2-1. The Nats tied the game up at two-all in the fourth as, with a man on third, and with two men out, Span hits an RBI single, scoring Steve Lombardozzi, as he reached base on an infield single, before going on to second base on shortstop Jimmy Rollins’ throwing error, then went to third on Jonathan Pettibone’s wild pitch. The Phils regain the lead in the top of the fifth as, with a man on second, and with two men out, Rollins redeemed himself with an RBI double, knocking in Pettibone, who had earlier doubled, his second career hit, and the first double of his career, giving the Phils a 3-2 lead. The Nats would retie the game at three-all in their half of the fifth as, with one man out, LaRoche hits a solo home run, his eighth home run of the season. The Phils would retake the lead in the top of the eighth as, with a man on first and with two men out, Delmon Young hits an RBI single, that went down the right field line far enough to allow Michael Young, who had just walked, to score, as he went around the backside of the plate, giving the Phils a 4-3 lead. The Phils then added an insurance run as, after D. Young was replaced by pinch-runner Michael Martinez, Brown hits an RBI double which split the right center field gap, knocking in Martinez, giving the Phils a 5-3 lead. That would end up being the final score as Jonathan Papelbon recorded his ninth save of the season as he pitched a scoreless ninth.

Jonathan Pettibone received a no-decision as he pitched six innings, giving up three runs on nine hits, a walk and a wild pitch, striking out sixth. Antonio Bastardo pitched two-thirds of an inning, giving up two walks. Chad Durbin (1-0, 7.71) got the win as he also went two-thirds of an inning, giving up a hit and a walk. Jeremy Horst collected his second hold of the year as he pitched two-thirds of an inning, getting out both men whom he would face. Jonathan Papelbon would received his ninth save of the year, as he pitched a scoreless inning, giving up a hit, while striking out the side. Dan Haren also received a no-decision as he went six inning, giving up three runs on four hits and a walk, as he struck out ten Phils. Henry Rodriguez pitched a scoreless inning, as he hit a batter. Drew Storen (0-1, 5.21) took the lost as he went an innings, giving up two runs on two hits and a walk, as he struck out a batter. Fernando Abad pitched a scoreless inning, as he walked a batter, while striking out one.

The Phils had just six hits in the game, with Dom Brown leading the team with two hits, a home run, and a double, knocking in two runs. Jimmy Rollins (Double, RBI), Delmon Young (Single, RBI), Erik Kratz (Home Run, RBI) and Jonathan Pettibone (Double) had the other four Phils’ hits. The Phils also had three walks (Michael Young, D. Young, pinch-hitter Humberto Quintero) and a hit batter (pinch-hitter Kevin Frandsen), in the game.

The Phils (24-25, 3rd) will conclude their series with the Nats (25-24, 2nd), with an afternoon game already in progress, as they hope to win the series and put themselves in a second place tie with the Nats.

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