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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.

The Phils drops their third straight game to the Pirates as they lose 6-4.

Philadelphia_PhilliesThe Phils’ pitching staff has another late inning meltdown as the team loses their third straight game to the Pirates, 6-4.

The Phils took the lead in the bottom of the fourth as, with one man on, and with two men out, Dom Brown hits an RBI double, knocking in Chase Utley, who had started the inning off with a walk, giving the Phils a 1-0 lead. The Pirates tied the game up at one-all in the top of the sixth as Gaby Sanchez hits a lead-off home run, his third home run of the year. The Phils retook the lead in their half of the sixth as, with two men on, and with nobody out, Ryan Howard hits an RBI single, knocking in Kevin Frandsen, who had started the inning off with a walk, then went to third on Utley’s single, giving the Phils a 2-1 lead, while sending Utley, who earlier singled, then stole second base, on to third base. Two batters later, after Utley is thrown out at the plate, 5-2, on John Mayberry, Jr.’s fielder’s choice grounder to third baseman Pedro Alvarez, for the inning’s first out, as Howard’s moved up to second base on the play, and Mayberry reaches first base, and a wild pitch by Justin Wilson sends Howard to third base, and Mayberry to second, the Phils added to their lead as, with two men on, and with one man out, Brown hits a sacrifice fly, knocking in Howard, giving the Phils a 3-1 lead. The Pirates got a run back in the top of the seventh as, with two men on, and with one man out, Sanchez hits an RBI single, knocking in Starling Marte, who had earlier walked, then moved up to second base on Andrew McCutchen’s single, making it a 3-2 Phils’ lead, while sending McCutchen, who had just singled, over to third base. One batter later, the Pirates tied the game up at three-all as Michael McKenry hits an RBI single, knocking in McCutchen, while sending Sanchez over to third base. The Pirates took the lead in the top of the eighth as, with the bases loaded, via Clint Barmes bring hit by a pitch, a single by Travis Snider, moving Barmes up to second base, and a single by Marte, moving both runners up a base, and with no one out, pinch-hitter Garrett Jones hits a two-run double, scoring Barmes and Snider, making it a 5-3 Pirates’ lead, while sending Marte up to third base. Two batters later, after McCutchen is intentionally walked, reloading the bases, and with still nobody out, Sanchez hits a sacrifice fly, scoring Marte, making it a 6-3 Pirates’ lead, while sending Jones up to third base. The Phils would get a run back in their half of the eighth as, with a man on third, and with one man out, Howard hits an RBI ground out, 6-3, knocking in Frandsen, who had started the inning off with a double, then moved up to third base on Utley’s ground out, 2-3, making it a 6-4 Pirates’ lead. That would be the final score as Tony Watson collected his first save of the season by throwing a scoreless ninth.

Cliff Lee received a no-decision as he pitched seven innings, giving up three runs on ten hits, a walk and a hit batter, while he struck out seven. Philippe Aumont (1-3 4.05) took the lost as he lasted only a third of an inning, giving up three runs on three hits, striking out a batter. Chad Durbin pitched two-thirds of an inning, walking two. Raul Valdes pitched a scoreless inning, giving up a hit, while striking out a batter. James McDonald also received a no-decision as he pitched five innings, giving up three runs on five hits and three walks, while striking out four. Justin Wilson (2-0, 1.29) got the win as he pitched two 1-2-3 innings, striking out two. Tony Watson recorded his first save of the year as he pitched two innings, giving up a run on two hits, while striking out a batter.

The Phils had seven hits in the game, with Ryan Howard (Single, Double, 2 RBIs) and Dom Brown (Doubles, 2 RBIs) both leading the team with two hits each. Kevin Frandsen (Double), Chase Utley (Single) and Cliff Lee (Single) had the other three Phils’ hits, as the ballclub is once again held down by opposing pitching. The Phils also had three walks (Jimmy Rollins, Frandsen, Utley) and a stolen base (Utley (4)) in the game.

The Phils (9-14, 4th) will start a three-game series with the Mets (10-10, 3rd) with a ballgame tonight. The game will be played at Citi Field and will start at 7:10 pm EDT. The Phils will send to the mound Kyle Kendrick (1-1, 3.28) who is coming off a no-decision against the Cardinals on April 21, as he threw six strong innings, giving up two runs on six hits and a walk, while striking out six, in the Phils’ 7-3 win. He will be trying for his second win of the season, hoping that the offense will finally wake up and start being more consistent. The Mets will counter with Dillon Gee (1-3, 5.95), who is coming off a win against the Nationals on April 21, as he went five and two-thirds innings, giving up just three hits and three walks, while striking out six, in the Mets’ 2-0 win. He’ll also be trying for his second win, hoping that he’ll have better luck this time against the Phils. The Phils will be trying to end their present three game losing streak, before things can get any worst.

The Phils have made several changes towards the end of 2012, which they hope will lead them back into the payoffs in 2013.

Philadelphia_PhilliesFirst off, I would like to take the time to say, Happy New Year’s, folks. Second, sorry for the lack of posts, but, I got too busy with other things to get myself in gear to do new posts. But, I now got the time, and boy, do I have a lot to cover, as the Phils made some wheeling and dealing and small-scale free agent signings which they hope will put them into position to get back into the playoffs this upcoming October.

First, in the Rule Five Draft they picked up outfielder Ender Inciarte from the Arizona Diamondbacks, whom they hope will anchor centerfield in a few seasons, while drafting in the Triple-A Phase of the draft right-handed pitcher Brendan Lafferty from the Kansas City Royals organization, while not losing a player to the draft.

On the same day, December 6, they made a trade with the Minnesota Twins, getting centerfielder Paul Revere, in exchange for minor league right-handed pitching prospect Trevor May and, coming as a complete surprise to most, right-handed starter Vance Worley. Revere, who appeared in 124 games for the Twins, batted .294 (150 for 511), hitting 13 doubles and 6 triples, as he scored 70 times, while knocking in 32. He had also stole 40 bases, ranking him third in the AL for 2012, being caught just 9 times. May spent 2012 pitching for the Reading Phillies (now the Fighting Phillies). Worley, who was placed on the disabled list towards the end of the 2012 season, before having an operation to remove bone chips from his elbow, would pitch in 23 games for the Phils before being shut down, all starts, as he collected a 6-9 record, with a 4.20 ERA and a WHIP of 1.51, as he pitched in 133 innings, giving up 154 hits and 69 runs, 62 of which were earned, as he struck out 107 batters, while walking only 47. Sorry to see you go, Vance, and I wish you luck in Minnesota, as long as you don’t pitch against the Phils. And, welcome to the team, Paul. I hope you’ll enjoy your stay here.

Then, on December 8, the Phils announced that they had made another trade, this one with the Texas Rangers, as they brought in Michael Young to take over duties at third base, in exchange for right-handed relief pitcher Josh Lindblom and pitching prospect Lisalverto Bonilla. Michael Young, who has also played first base, second base and shortstop, appeared in 156 games for the former American League Champs (2010-11) batting .277 (169 for 611), as he hit 27 doubles, 3 triples and 8 home runs during the season, knocking in 67 runs, while scoring 79 times. He also walked 33 times. Josh Lindblom, who had started the 2012 season pitching relief for the Los Angeles before being traded to the Phils as part of a trade involving Shane Victorino, appeared in 74 games for both clubs, all in relief, posting a combined record of 3-5 with one save in four save opportunities, as he fielded an ERA of 3.55 and a WHIP of 1.35. He pitched in 71 innings, allowing 61 hits and 31 runs to score, of which 28 were earned. He walked 35 batters while striking out 70. Bonilla spent 2012 pitching for Clearwater and then Reading in the Phils’ farm system. Welcome to the team, Michael. I hope that you can help the team via both your bat and your glove, especially the later, as it looks like you may not just be covering the hot corner of third base during the season.

After the two trades, the Phils then made a pair of minor free agent signings, both pitchers, one a reliever and the other a starter. First, they signed to a two-years, $12 million dollars contract, with relief pitcher Mike Adams, formerly of the Rangers, who will be acting as the eight-inning bridge to Jonathan Papelbon, as he plans to take over an inning that was a major problem for the ballclub all season long. For the Rangers, Adams pitched in 61 games, compiling a 5-3 record with a 3.27 ERA and a WHIP of 1.39, as well as collecting a save in two save attempts. He would pitch in 52 and a third innings, giving up 56 hits and 21 runs, 19 of which were earned, as he struck out 45 batters, while walking only 17. The Phils then signed former Washington Nationals’ starter John Lannan, who is to become the Phils’ fifth starter, to replace Worley in the rotation, to a one-year deal worth $2.5 million dollars. Lannan, who had spent his entire career with the Nats, before becoming a free agent, appeared in only six games last year, all of them starts, as he compiled a record of 4-1 with a 4.13 ERA and a WHIP of 1.44, as he pitched a total of 32 and two-thirds innings, giving up 33 hits and 15 runs, all earned. He struck out 17 batters, while walking 14. During his six seasons with the Nats, Lannan had a win-lost record of 42-52, as he compiled an ERA of 4.01 and a career WHIP of 1.42, as he pitched a total of 783 and two-thirds innings, while appearing in 134 games, all starts. He would give up a total of 820 hits, as opponents scored 393 times, with 349 of those runs being earned. He would strikeout a total of 410 batters, while walking just 296. Welcome to the ballclub, guys. I hope that you two were worth the money spent.

The Phils have during the month mention that they would like to add a veteran corner outfielder, either via free agent signing or another trade, but it looks like they have the club they want before they enter spring training next month. I’m just hoping this team will improve on their third place finish last year.

The Phils end the season at .500 as they lose their final game of the regular season to the Nats, 5-1.

The Phils end the 2012 season at the .500 mark as they lose their final game to the Nats, 5-1.

The Phils took the lead in the fourth as, with a runner on third, and with one man out, Darin Ruf hits a sacrifice fly, scoring Carlos Ruiz, who had started the inning off with a double, then stopped at third base on Dom Brown’s ground out, 4-3, giving the Phils a 1-0 lead. The Nats quickly tied the game up at one-all in their half of the fourth as Ryan Zimmerman hits a lead-off home run, his twenty-fifth home run of the year. The Nats took the lead two batters later as, with a runner on second, and with still nobody out, Tyler Moore hits an RBI double, knocking in Michael Morse, who had just doubled, giving the Nats a 2-1 lead. The Nats increased their lead in the sixth as, with one man out, Moore hits a solo home run, his tenth home run of the season, giving the Nats a 3-1 lead. The Nats then added to their lead in the eighth as, with one man on, and with nobody out, Morse hits a two-run home run, his eighteenth home run of the year, knocking in pinch runner Bryce Harper, who was pinch running for Zimmerman, who had started the inning off with a walk, giving the Nats a 5-1 lead. That would end up being the final score as Michael Gonzalez pitched a scoreless ninth.

Cliff Lee (6-9, 3.16) took the lost as he pitched six innings, giving up three runs on eight hits, while striking out seven. Justin De Fratus pitched a 1-2-3 inning. Jonathan Papelbon pitched a third of an inning, giving up two runs on a hit and a walk, while striking out a batter. Tyson Brummett, making his major league debut, pitched two-thirds of an inning, giving up two hits, while striking out two. Edwin Jackson (10-11, 4.03) got the win as he pitched six and two-thirds innings, giving up a run on six hits and a walk, while striking out six. Christian Garcia collected his fourth hold of the year as he pitched a third of an inning, getting out the only batter whom he would face. Sean Burnett collected his thirty-first hold of the season as he pitched a 1-2-3 inning, striking out a batter. Michael Gonzalez pitched a scoreless inning, giving up a walk, while striking out one.

The Phils had just six hits in the game, with Nate Schierholtz leading the team with three hits, a single and two doubles, followed by Kevin Frandsen with two hits, a single and a double. Carlos Ruiz had the other Phil hit, a double. Darin Ruf knocked in the Phil’s only run with a sacrifice fly. The Phils also had two walks in the game.

The bullpen once again comes up short as the Phils lose to the Nats, 4-2.

The Phils’ bullpen comes up short as the Phils lose to the Nats, 4-2.

The Phils took the lead in the fourth as Darin Ruf hits a lead-off home run, his second home run of the season, giving the Phils a 1-0 lead. The Nats tied it up at one-all in their half of the fourth as, with a man on third, and with two men out, Roger Bernadina hits an RBI single, knocking in Adam LaRoche, who had started the inning off with a double, then moved up to third base on Chad Tracy’s ground out, 3-1. The Nats took the lead in the sixth as LaRoche hits a lead-off home run, his thirty-third home run of the season, giving the Nats a 2-1 lead. The Nats tried to add to their lead five batters later as, with the bases loaded, via a walk to Tracy, a single by Mark DeRosa, moving Tracy up to second base, and Sandy Leon being hit by a pitch, moving up a base both runners, and with one man out, Eury Perez hits into a force out, 6-2, as shortstop Michael Martinez threw home, forcing out at home Tracy, as catcher Erik Kratz touches home plate for the inning’s second out, as Perez safely reaches first base, while both DeRosa and Leon move up a base, leaving the bases loaded. The Nats then took a 3-1 lead as Steve Lombardozzi hits an RBI single, scoing DeRosa, while both Leon and Perez moved up to third and second base respectively, as the bases remained loaded. The Phils would get a run back in the eighth as Ruf hits a lead-off home run, his third home run of the year, and his second home run of the game, making it a 3-2 Nats’ lead. The Nats tried to get the run back in their half of the eighth as, with the bases once again loaded, this time via a lead-off double by DeRosa, Bernadina being hit by a pitch, and a walk to Leon, moving both runners up a base, and with nobody out, Perez hits into a force out, 6-2, as Martinez threw home to Kratz, who touches the plate, forcing out DeRosa for the inning’s first out, while Perez would be safe at first, as Bernadina and Leon both moved up a base, as the bases stayed loaded. The Nats then took a 4-2 lead as Lombardozzi hits a sacrifice fly, scoring Bernadina. That would end up being the final score as Drew Storen collected his fourth save of the season as he pitched a 1-2-3 ninth.

B.J. Rosenberg received a no-decision as he pitched four innings, giving up a run on three hits and two walks, while striking out three. Jake Diekman pitched a scoreless inning, as he gave up two hits, while striking two batters. Josh Lindblom (3-5, 3.55) took the lost as he went an inning, giving up two runs on three hits, a walk and a hit batter. Jeremy Horst pitched a 1-2-3 inning, striking out two batters. Antonio Bastardo pitched an inning, as he gave up a run on a hit, a walk, and a hit batter. Tom Gorzelanny also received a no-decision as he pitched three and two-thirds innings, giving up a run on four hits and two walks, while striking out five. Christian Garcia pitched one and one-third scoreless innings. Zach Duke (1-0, 1.32) got the win as he pitched a scoreless inning, giving up two hits and a walk, while striking out a batter. Ryan Mattheus collected his eighteenth hold of the year as he pitched a scoreless inning, giving up a hit, while striking out two. Tyler Clippard collected his thirteenth hold of the season as he pitched an inning, giving up a run on two hits. Drew Storen received his fourth save of the year as he threw a 1-2-3 inning.

The Phils had nine hits in the game, with Kevin Frandsen (Doubles), Darin Ruf (Home Runs, 2 RBIs) and Michael Martinez (Singles), all leading the ballclub with two hits each. Ty Wigginton, Dom Brown and Erik Kratz had the other three Phils’ hits, all singles. The Phils also had three walks in the game.

The Phils (81-80, 3rd) play their final game of the season today, facing the Nats (97-64, 1st).

The Phils shutout the Nationals, as they positioned themselves to at least end the season at .500, as they win 2-0.

The Phils will end up with at least a  .500 record as they shutout the Nats, 2-0.

The Phils took the lead in the second as, with two men on, and with one man out, Darin Ruf hits a two-run triple, knocking in Carlos Ruiz, who had started the inning off with a walk, then moved up to second base on Dom Brown’s single, and Brown, who has just singled, giving the Phils a 2-0 lead. That would be all the runs they would need as Kyle Kendrick would pitch seven shutout innings, giving up just four hits and a walk, while the bullpen would combine for two shutout innings, with Phillippe Aumont collecting his second career save as he threw a 1-2-3 ninth.

Kyle Kendrick (11-12, 3.90) got the win as he threw seven shutout innings, giving up four scattered hits and a walk, while striking out four. Justin De Fratus collected his fifth hold of the year as he pitched two-thirds of an inning, giving up a hit and a walk. Jeremy Horst collected his sixth hold of the season as he threw a third of an inning, striking out the only batter that he would face. Phillippe Aumont received his second career save as he pitched a 1-2-3 inning, striking out a batter. John Lannan (4-1, 4.13) took the lost as he pitched five innings, giving up two runs on six hits and three walks, while he struck out two. Craig Stammen, Ryan Mattheus and Drew Storen combined for four 1-2-3 innings, striking out seven batters (Stammen (6), Mattheus (1)) between them.

The Phils had six hits in the game, with Ken Frandsen (Singles) and Dom Brown (Single, Double) leading the ballclub with two hits apiece. Ty Wigginton (Single) and Darin Ruf (Triple, 2 RBIs) had the other two Phils’ hits. The Phils also had three walks in the ballgame.

The Phils (81-79, 3rd) will continue their series with the 2012 National League Eastern Division Champions Nationals (96-64, 1st), who had clinched the East as the Braves lost to tbe Pirates, with a night game tonight. The game will be played at Nationals Park, and will start at 7:05 pm EDT. The Phils will send to the mound B.J. Rosenberg (1-2, 6.86), who will be making his first major league start. His last appearance in relief was on September 26 against the Nationals, as he threw three scoreless innings, giving up a walk, while striking out three, in the Phils’ 8-4 lost. He will be trying to help the Phils secure their tenth straight season with a winning record. The Nats will counter with Tom Gorzelanny (4-2, 2.90), who is also coming out of the bullpen. His last relief appearance was 0n September 28 against the Cardinals, as he pitched two and two-thirds scoreless innings,  giving up a hit and two walks, while striking out two batters, in the Nats’ 12-2 lost. He’ll be out to even up the series for the Nats. The Phils will be out to win their last series.

The Phils offense give Cole Hamels his career-high 17th win as they defeat the Marlins, 4-1.

Cole Hamels wins his career-high 17th start as they Phils defeat the Marlins, 4-1.

The Phils took the lead in the first as, with two men on, and with nobody out, Chase Utley hits a sacrifice fly, scoring Jimmy Rollins, who had started the game off with a walk, then reached third base on Juan Pierre’s single, as he beat center fielder Gorkys Hernandez’s throw, while Pierre would move up to second base on the throw, just beating the throw to second base, giving the Phils a 1-0 lead. The Phils then took a 2-0 lead as Carlos Ruiz hits an RBI double, easily scoring Pierre. The Phils then added to their lead two batters later as, with Ruiz still on second base, as he just got back to second base as shortstop Jose Reyes’ throw to second base, after he had caught Dom Brown’s line drive for the inning’s second out, went wide of the bag, and with two men out, Nate Schierholtz hits an RBI single, knocking in Ruiz, giving the Phils a 3-0 lead. The Marlins tried to get on the scoreboard in the fourth as, with runners on second and third, and with one man out, Bryan Petersen, who had earlier singled, then stopped at third base on Reyes’ double, tried to score on Giancarlo Stanton’s grounder to third, but is tagged out at the plate by catcher Ruiz, thanks to an excellent throw home by third baseman Pete Orr, for a 5-2 fielder’s choice out, as Stanton reached first base on the play, while Reyes, who had earlier doubled, stayed at second base. One batter later, after Cole Hamels had committed a throwing error as he tried to pick off Reyes at second base, allowing both Reyes and Stanton to move up a base, with runners once again on second and third, and now with two men out, the Marlins finally got on the scoreboard as Carlos Lee hits an RBI single, making it a 3-1 Phils’ lead as Reyes scores, but, as Stanton tries to score as well, he is thrown out at home thanks to a strong throw by right fielder Brown, 9-2, as Ruiz applies the tag, for the inning’s final out. The Phils added an insurance run in the eighth as, with runners on the corners, and with nobody out, Brown hits a sacrifice fly, knocking in Utley, who had started the inning off with a single, then stopped at third base on Ruiz’s single, giving the Phils a 4-1 lead. That would end up being the final as Jonathan Papelbon recorded his thirty-eighth save of the season as he pitched a scoreless ninth.

Cole Hamels (17-6, 3.05) got the win as he went seven innings, giving up a run on five hits and a walk, while striking out eight. Antonio Bastardo collected his twenty-sixth hold of the year as he threw a 1-2-3 inning, striking out two. Jonathan received his thirty-eighth save of the year as he pitched a scoreless inning, giving up two hits, while striking out two. Nathan Eovaldi (4-13, 4.30) took the lost as he pitched six innings, giving up three runs on six hits and a walk, while striking out seven. Dan Jennings pitched a scoreless inning, giving up a walk, while striking out a batter. Mike Dunn pitched a third of an inning, giving up a run on three hits. Ryan Webb would pitched two-thirds of an inning, giving up no runs or hits. Heath Bell pitched a 1-2-3 inning, striking out a batter.

The Phils had nine hits in the game, with Carlos Ruiz (RBI) leading the team with three hits, two singles and a double, followed by Nate Schierholtz (RBI) with two singles. Juan Pierre, Chase Utley (RBI), Darin Ruf and Pete Orr had the other four Phils’ hits, all singles. Dom Brown knocked in the final Phil’s run with a sacrifice fly. The Phils also had two walks in the ballgame.

The Phils (80-79, 3rd) will play their final series of the 2012 season against the Nats (96-63, 1st), starting with a night game tonight. The game will be played at Nationals Park and is to start at 7:05 pm EDT. The Phils will send to the mound Kyle Kendrick (10-12, 4.08), who is coming off a lost against the Nats on September 26, as he lasted only two innings, giving up four runs on five hits and two walks, while striking out a batter, in the Phils’ 8-4 lost. He will be trying to end 2012 with a good start. The Nats will counter with John Lannan (4-0, 4.23), who is coming off a win against the Phils on September 26, as he went five and two-thirds innings, giving up two runs on five hits and a walk, while striking out three, in the Nats’ 8-4 win. He’ll be going for his third straight win against the Phils. The Phils will be out to keep the Nats from winning the division tonight.

The Phils are one-step closer to not making the playoffs as they lose their final home game to the Nats, 7-3.

The Phils are closer to being eliminated as they lose their final home game to the Nats, 7-3.

The Nats took the lead in the first as, with one man out, Bryce Harper hits a solo home run, his twenty-first home run of the season, giving the Nats a 1-0 lead. The Phils took the lead in their half of the first as, with the bases loaded, via a single by Chase Utley, who then stole second base, then walks to Ryan Howard and John Mayberry, Jr., with both Utley and Howard moving up a base on Mayberry’s walk, and with two men out, Darin Ruf hits a bases-clearing double, knocking in Utley, Howard and Mayberry, giving the Phils a 3-1 lead. The Nats cut the Phils’ lead down to 3-2 in the second as Michael Morse hits a lead-off home run, his fifteenth home run of the season. The Nats tied the game up at three-all in the fourth as, with a man on third, and with one man out, Morse hits an RBI ground out, 6-3, knocking in Ryan Zimmerman, who had started the inning off with a double, then stopped at third base on Adam LaRoche’s fly out to center. The Nats retook the lead in the fifth as, with two men on, and with two men out, Harper hits an RBI single, knocking in Danny Espinosa, who had started the inning off with a walk, then moved up to second base on Gio Gonzalez’s sacrifice bunt, 1-4, giving the Nats a 4-3 lead, while sending Jayson Werth, who had just walked, over to third base. The Nats increased their lead in the sixth as, with a runner on second, and with nobody out, Morse hits a two-run home run, his sixteenth home run of the year, and his second home run of the ballgame, knocking in LaRoche, who had started the inning off with a double, giving the Nats a 6-3 lead. The Nats then made it a 7-3 lead as, with the bases loaded, via a single by pinch hitter Mark DeRosa, who is then pinch runned for by Eury Perez, a stolen base by Perez, and then walks by Werth and Harper, with Perez and Werth moving up a base on Harper’s walk, and with nobody out, Perez would score as pitcher Jeremy Horst threw a wild pitch on a strikeout of Zimmerman, while both Werth and Harper would move up a base. The Nats tried to make it an 8-3 lead as the next batter, LaRoche hits a grounder to second baseman Utley, who threw a strike to home plate, cutting down Werth, who is tagged out by Kratz for the inning’s second out, as Harper moved up to third base, while LaRoche would be safe at first on the fielder’s choice force out. That would be it for the scoring as Drew Storen ended the game by pitching a 1-2-3 ninth.

Tyler Cloyd (2-2, 4.91) took the lost as he pitched five innings, plus two batters, giving up six runs on six hits and two walks, while striking out four. Jeremy Horst pitched one and two-thirds innings, giving up a run on a hit, two walks and a wild pitch, while striking out three. Phillippe Aumont pitched an inning and a third, giving up a hit, while striking out a batter. Jake Diekman pitched a scoreless inning, giving up a hit, while striking out one. Gio Gonzalez (21-8, 2.89) got the win as he pitched six innings, giving up three runs on six hits and three walks, while striking out six. Sean Burnett, Tyler Clippard and Drew Storen combined for three scoreless innings, giving up a hit (Burnett) between them, while striking out two (Clippard).

The Phils had seven hits in the game, with Kevin Frandsen (Single, Double) and Darin Ruf (Single, Double, 3 RBIs) both leading the team with two hits each. Jimmy Rollins (Single), Chase Utley (Single) and Dom Brown (Double) had the other three Phils’ hits. The Phils also had three walks and a stolen base (Utley (10)) in the game.

The Phils (78-78, 3rd) with start their next to last series of the season with the Marlins (66-90, 5th), starting with a night game tonight. The game will be played at Marlins Park and is to start at 7:10 pm EDT. The Phils will send to the mound Cliff Lee (6-8, 3.18), who is coming off a lost against the Braves on September 23, as he went eight innings, giving up two run, only one of which was earned, on nine hits, as he struck out eleven, in the Phils’ 2-1 lost. He will be trying for his seventh winning start. The Marlins will counter with Mark Buehrle (13-13, 3.84), who is coming off a lost against the Mets on September 22, as he went six innings, giving up four runs on five hits and three walks, while striking out three, in the Marlins’ 4-3 win. He will be trying to see if he can dominate the Phils again. The Phils will be trying to see if they can end the season with a winning record.

The Phils are brought closer to elimination as they drop one to the Nats, 8-4.

The Phils are hurt early by the long ball as they lose to the Nats, 8-4.

The Nats took the lead in the first as, with one man on, and with nobody out, Bryce Harper hits a two-run home run, his twentieth home run of the season, knocking in Jayson Werth, who had started the game off with a walk, giving the Nats a 2-0 lead. The Nats made it a 3-0 lead in the second as Ian Desmond hits a lead-off home run, his twenty-fifth home run of the year. The Nats added to their lead two batters later as, with one man on, and with still nobody out, Kurt Suzuki hits a two-run home run, his sixth home run of the season, scoring Steve Lombardozzi, who had earlier reached base on second baseman Chase Utley’s fielding error, giving the Nats a 5-0 lead. The Phils got a run back in the thrid as, with a runner on second, and with nobody out, Kevin Frandsen, who had started the inning off with a double, would move up to third base on B.J. Rosenberg’s sacrifice bunt attempt, before scoring as catcher Suzuki committed as throwing error allowing Rosenberg to reach first base, making it a 5-1 Nats’ lead. The Phils then made it a 5-2 Nats’ lead in the fourth as, with a man on third, and with two men out, Rosenberg hits an RBI single, his first career hit as he knocked in his first career RBI. The Phils cut the Nats’ lead down to 5-3 in the seventh as, with two men out, Jimmy Rollins hits a solo home run, his twenty-third home run of the season. The Phils then made it a 5-4 Nats’ lead in the eighth as, with runners on the corners, and with one man out, Dom Brown hits a sacrifice fly, scoring Utley, who had started the inning off with a double, then moved up to third on pitcher Tyler Clippard’s wild pitch. The Nats increased their lead in the ninth as, with runners on second and third, and with two men out, Werth hits a two-run single, scoring Desmond, who had started the inning off with a walk, stole second base, then stopped at third base on Suzuki’s single, and Suzuki, who had earlier singled, then stole second base, giving the Nats a 7-4 lead. The Nats then added to their lead as Harper hits an RBI triple, knocking in Werth, giving the Nats an 8-4 lead. That would end up being the final score as Drew Storen threw a 1-2-3 ninth.

Kye Kendrick (10-12, 4.08) took the lost as he pitched just two innings, plus two batters, as he gave up five runs, only four of which were earned, on five hits and two walks, while he struck out a batter. B.J. Rosenberg pitched three innings, giving up a walk, while striking out three. Josh Lindblom and Jeremy Horst combined for three scoreless innings, giving up a hit (Horst) between them, while striking out three (Lindblom (2), Horst (1)). Justin De Fratus pitched two-thirds of an inning, giving up three runs on two hits and a walk, while striking out a batter. Antonio Bastardo pitched a third of an inning, giving up a hit, while striking out a batter. John Lannan (4-0, 4.23) got the win as he went five and a third innings, giving up two runs on five hits and a walk, while striking out three. Ryan Mattheus collected his sixteenth hold of the season as he pitched one and two-thirds innings, giving up a run on a hit, while striking out a batter. Tyler Clippard collected his eleventh hold of the year as he gave up a run on two hits, a walk and a wild pitch, while striking out two. Drew Storen pitched a 1-2-3 inning, striking out a batter.

The Phils had eight hits in the ballgame, with Chase Utley (Single, Double) and Kevin Frandsen (Double, Triple) both leading the team with two hits apiece. Jimmy Rollins (Home Run, RBI), John Mayberry, Jr. (Single), Darin Ruf (Single) and B.J. Rosenberg (Single, RBI) had the other four Phils’ hits. Dom Brown knocked in the third Phil’s run with a sacrifice fly, while the final one came in on a Nats’ error. The Phils also had two walks in the game.

The Phils (78-77, 3rd) will conclude their last home series with the Nats (94-61, 1st) 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 Tyler Cloyd (2-1, 3.86), who is coming off a win against the Mets on September 20, as he pitched eight strong innings, giving up a run on three hits and two walks, while striking out six, in the Phils’ 16-1 rout. He will be trying to give the Phils the series win. The Nats will counter with Gio Gonzalez (20-8, 2.84), who is coming off a win against the Brewers on September 22, as he went seven scoreless innings, giving up three hits and a walk, while striking out five, in the Nats’ 10-4 win. He will be trying to put the Nats closer to winning the NL East crown. The Phils will be planning to end the season at home on a high note.

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