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The Phils take the series from the Padres behind shut out pitching by Vince Velasquez, winning 3-0.

Philadelphia_PhilliesBehind nine innings of shutout ball by starter Vince Velasquez, who would strike out sixteen Padres, the Phils would take the series from the Padres, as they even up their record, winning 3-0.

The Phils would take the lead in the bottom of the second as Ryan Howard hits a lead-off home run, his third home run of the season, giving the Phils a 1-0 lead. The Phils added to their lead in the bottom of the sixth as, with a runner on third, and with one man out, Howard hits a sacrifice fly, knocking in Odubel Herrera, who had started the inning off with a walk, stole second base, then moved up to third on Maikel Franco’s ground out, 5-3, giving the Phils a 2-0 lead. The Phils then made it a 3-0 lead in the bottom of the seventh as, with a man on third, and with two men out, Andres Blanco, who had started the inning off with a double, then moved up to third base on Peter Bourjos’ sacrifice bunt, would score on pitcher Carlos Villanueva’s wild pitch. That would end up being the final score as Velasquez would pitch a nine-inning shut out, as he struck out sixteen Padres, with Wil Myers being his last victim as he ended the ballgame striking out, swinging.

Vince Velasquez (2-0, 0.00) got the win as he threw a complete game shutout, giving up only three hits, all singles, while striking out sixteen. Drew Pomeranz (1-1, 3.27) took the lost as he threw six innings, giving up two runs on three hits and three walks, while striking out eight. Carlos Villanueva pitched an inning, giving up a run on a hit and a wild pitch, while striking out a batter. Brandon Maurer pitched a scoreless inning, giving up two walks, while striking out a batter.

The Phils had only four hits in the game, a home run by Ryan Howard (2 RBIs), a double by Andres Blanco, a double by Peter Bourjos and a single by Vince Velasquez. The other Phil run came in on a wild pitch. The Phils’ offense also had five walks (Odubel Herrera (3), Howard (1), Blanco (1)), a stolen base (Herrera), a sacrifice fly (Howard) and a sacrifice bunt (Bourjos), and one man caught stealing (Cesar Hernandez) in the ballgame.

The Phils (5-5, 2nd) will start a three-game series with the Nationals (6-1, 1st) tomorrow, starting with a night game. The game will be played at Citizens Bank Park and will start at 7:05 pm EDT. The Phils will send to the mound Jeremy Hellickson (1-0, 1.54), who is coming off a win against the Mets on April 10, as he went five and two-thirds innings, giving up two runs on three hits and a walk, while striking out five, in the Phils’ 5-2 win. He will be trying to get his second win of the season, while trying to lead the Phils to their first four game winning streak of the season. The Nationals have yet to announce their starter. The Phils will be trying to increase their winning streak to four game while trying to cut down the Nats’ present lead.

The Phils take the series’ lead behind strong pitching from Jerad Eickhoff, as they defeat the Padres, 2-1.

Philadelphia_PhilliesStrong pitching from Jerad Eickhoff and Maikel Franco’s bat leads the Phils to a win against the Padres, winning 2-1.

The Phils took the lead in the bottom of the first as, with two men out, Maikel Franco hits a solo home run, his second home run of the year, giving the Phils a 1-0 lead. The Phils made it a 2-0 lead in the bottom of the third as, with a man on second, and with two men out, Franco hits an RBI double, knocking in Odubel Herrera, who had just reached base on an infield single, then moved up to second base on second baseman Cory Spangenberg’s throwing error. That would stay the score as Phils starter Jerad Eickhoff would pitch seven strong innings, giving up just four hits as he struck out nine. The Padres tried to threaten in the top of the eighth as they loaded up the bases, via a lead-off single by Alexi Amarista, who then moved up to second base on a force attempt throwing error by first baseman Ryan Howard on a grounder hit by Jon Jay, who was safe on first on the play, and a walk to Spangenberg, moving both runners up a base, with only one man out. But the Phils would then get out of the inning as reliever David Hernandez came back by first striking out Matt Kemp, swinging, for the inning’s second out, then ending the inning by getting Wil Myers to also strike out, swinging. The Padres finally got on the scoreboard in the top of the ninth as, with a man on second, and with two men out, pinch-hitter Brett Wallace hits an RBI single, knocking in pinch-hitter Derek Norris, who had earlier walked, then moved up to second base on defensive indifference, making it a 2-1 Phils’ lead. That would end up being the final score as Jeanmar Gomez collected his fourth save of the season as he got pinch-hitter Alexei Ramirez to pop out to shortstop for the game’s final out.

Jerad Eickhoff (1-1, 1.50) got the win as he pitched seven strong innings, giving up four hits, while striking out nine. David Hernandez collected his fourth hold of the season as he pitched a scoreless inning, giving up a hit and a walk, while striking out the side. Jeanmar Gomez collected his fourth save of the year as he pitched an inning, giving up a run on a hit and a walk. Colin Rea (0-1, 5.56) took the lost as he also pitched seven innings, giving up two runs on five hits and two walks, while striking out five. Ryan Buchter pitched a scoreless inning, as he gave up a walk, while striking out a batter.

The Phils had five hits in the game, with Maikel Franco, (Home Run, Double, 2 RBIs) leading the team with two hits. Cesar Hernandez, Odubel Herrera and Cameron Rupp had the other three Phils’ hits, all singles. The Phils also had three walks (Franco, Ryan Howard (Intentional) and Freddy Galvis), stolen base (Emmanuel Burriss) and a hit batter (Burriss) in the game, while the defense committed an error (Howard).

The Phils (4-5, 2nd NL East) conclude their series with the Padres (3-6, T-4th NL West) today with an afternoon game.

The Phils even the series as they blank the Padres, winning 3-0.

Philadelphia_PhilliesThe Phils win their first home game as they blank the Padres, 3-0.

The Phils break up a pitchers’ duel by taking the lead in the bottom of the sixth as, with a man on second, and with two men out, Odubel Herrera hits an RBI triple, knocking in Tyler Goeddel, who had started the inning off with a single, then moved up to second base on Padres’ pitcher Robbie Erlin’s wild pitch, giving the Phils a 1-0 lead. The Phils added to their lead in the bottom of the eighth as, with the bases loaded, via a lead-off walk by pinch-hitter Cedric Hunter, a walk by pitch-hitter Emmanuel Burris, moving Hunter up to second base and a walk to Herrera, moving both runners up a base, and with one man out, Maikel Franko hits into an RBI force out, 6-4, scoring Hunter, giving the Phils a 2-0 lead, before Burris comes home on second baseman Cory Spangenberg’s throwing error to first base, allowing Franco to reach base, and giving the Phils a 3-0 lead. The Padres then challenged the play, claiming that Herrera should’ve been called out for his slide under the new slide rule, which was rejected by the umpires, who upheld the call, allowing the two runs to score. That would end up being the final score as Jeanmar Gomez picked up his third save of the season by pitching a scoreless ninth, getting Alexi Amarista to ground out, 4-3, for the game’s final out.

Charlie Morton (1-1, 5.23) got the win as he pitched six and two-thirds shutout innings, giving up just three hits and four walks, while striking out seven. Hector Neris received his first hold of the season as he pitched a third of an inning, striking out the only batter that he would face. David Hernandez also collected his first hold of the season as he pitched a scoreless inning, giving up a walk, while striking out a batter. Jeanmar Gomez received his third save of the year as he threw a scoreless inning, giving up a hit. Robbie Erlin (1-1, 0.93) took the lost as he went six innings, giving up a run, on three hits, a wild pitch and two walks, while striking out seven. Ryan Buchter pitched a 1-2-3 inning. Kevin Quackenbush pitched a third of an inning, giving up two runs on no hits and two walks. Brad Hand pitched two-thirds of an inning, giving up a hit and a walk.

The Phils had only four hits in the game, an RBI triple by Odubel Herrera, a single by Ryan Howard, a single by Freddy Galvis and a single by Tyler Goeddel. The Phils also had five walks (Herrera (2), Carlos Ruiz, pinch-hitter Cedric Hunter, pinch-hitter Emmanuel Burris) in the game, while the defense threw out a base runner, performed two double plays and committed an error (Howard).

The Phils (3-5, T-3 NL East) will continue their four-game series with the Padres (3-5, T-4 NL West) 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 Jerad Eickhoff (0-1, 3.60), who is coming off a lost against the Mets on April 8, as he pitched five innings, giving up three runs, two of which were earned, on five hits and two walks, while striking out three, in the Phils’ 7-2 lost. He will be trying to even up his record, while trying to give the Phils the lead in the series. The Padres will counter with Colin Rea (0-0, 12.46), who is coming off a bad start against the Rockies on April 8, as he pitched three and a third innings, giving up five runs on six hits and four walks, while striking out five in the Padres’ 13-6 win. He will be trying for his first win of the season while trying to give the Padres the series’ lead. The Phils will be trying to take the series’ lead.

The Phils drop their home opener as they lose to the Padres, 4-3.

Philadelphia_PhilliesThe Phils lose their first game at home to the Padres, losing by the score of 4-3.

The Padres took the lead in the top of the third as, with two men on, and with one man out, Jon Jay hits an RBI double, knocking in Alexei Ramirez, who had started the inning off with a single, then stopped at second base on Alexi Amarista’s single, giving the Padres a 1-0 lead, while sending Amarista, who had earlier singled, on to third base. The Padres then made it a 2-0 lead as Cory Spangenberg hits an RBI groundout, 6-3, scoring Amarista, while moving Jay over to third base. The Padres then added to their lead in the top of the fourth as Wil Myers hits a lead-off home run, his second home run of the season, giving the Padres a 3-0 lead. The Phils got a run back in their half of the fourth as, with a runner on third, and with nobody out, Odubel Herrera hits an RBI single, knocking in Cesar Hernandez, who had started the inning off with a triple, making it a 3-1 Padres’ lead. The Phils then made it a 3-2 Padres’ lead in the bottom of the fifth as, with a runner on second, and with one man out, Peter Bourjos hits an RBI double, knocking in Cameron Rupp, who had started the inning off with a double. The Phils tied the game up at three-all in the bottom of the sixth as, with the bases loaded, via a lead-off walk to Hernandez, a single by Herrera, moving Hernandez up to second base, and a single by Maikel Franco, moving both runners up a base, and with nobody out, pinch-hitter Darin Ruf hits a sacrifice fly which sends home Hernandez, before Herrera is doubled up trying to go to third base, 6-5, while Franco moves up to second base, a play which the Phils then challenged and is later upheld by the umpires. The Padres retook the lead in the top of the seventh as, with runners on the corners, and with one man out, Derek Morris, who had earlier doubled, then moved up to third base on Ramirez’s infield single to third baseman Franco, whose throw to first was challenged by the Padres and was overturned by the umpires, scored on Amarista’s sacrifice bunt, 1-4, giving the Padres a 4-3 lead, while moving Ramirez, who had earlier reached base on a single, up to second base. That would end up being the final score as Fernando Rodney collected his first save of the season by throwing a scoreless ninth, getting Rupp to pop out to the second baseman for the game’s final out.

Aaron Nola (0-1, 3.21) took the lost as he pitched seven innings, giving up four runs on six hits, while striking out nine. James Russell and Dalier Hinojosa combined for two scoreless innings, giving up two walks (one walk each) between them. Andrew Cashner received a no-decision as he pitched five innings, plus three batters, as he gave up three runs on seven hits and a walk, while striking out five. Brad Hand committed his first blown save of the season as he pitched two-thirds of an inning. Kevin Quackenbush (1-0, 0.00) got the win as he pitched a third of an inning, striking out the only man he would face. Carlos Villanueva collected his first hold of the season as he pitched a 1-2-3 inning, striking out two. Brandon Maurer also received his first hold of the season as he threw a 1-2-3 inning, striking out a batter. Fernando Rodney collected his first save of the year as he pitched a scoreless inning, giving up a hit.

The Phils had eight hits in the game, with Maikel Franco leading the club with three hits, all singles, followed by Odubel Herrera (RBI) with two hits, also singles. Cesar Hernandez (Triple), Cameron Rupp (Double), Peter Bourjos (Double, RBI) had the other three hits. The Phiis’ final run came in on pinch-hitter Darin Ruf’s sacrifice fly-double play. The Phils’ offense had a walk (Hernandez) in the game, while the defense performed two doubleplays.

The Phils (2-5, 4th NL East) will continue their opening series at home with the Padres (3-4, 4th West) 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 Charlie Morton (0-1, 14.73), who is coming off a bad start against the Reds on April 7, as he went only three and two-thirds innings, giving up six runs on fives hits and two walks, in the Phils 10-6 lost. He will be trying to even up his record while trying to even up the present home series. The Padres will counter with Robbie Erlin (1-0, 0.00), who is coming off a win in relief against the Rockies on April 8, as he pitched three and two-thirds innings, giving up a hit, while striking out two, in the Padres’ 13-6 win. He will be trying to win the series for the Padres. The Phils will be trying to even up the series while going for their first win at home.

The Phils end their three-game losing streak as Cole Hamels once again pitches well against his home town team as the Phils defeat the Padres, 5-2.

Philadelphia_PhilliesThe Phils end their losing streak as Cole Hamels once more defeat his home town team as the Phils beat the Padres, 5-2.

The Padres took the lead in the bottom of the fourth as, with a runner on second, and with one man out, Cameron Maybin hits an RBI single, knocking in Tommy Medica, who had started the inning off with a single, then stole second base, giving the Padres a 1-0 lead. The Phils took the lead in the top of the fifth as, with the bases loaded, via singles by Darin Ruf, Dom Brown and Carlos Ruiz, and with nobody out, Freddy Galvis hits a two-run single, knocking in Ruf and Brown, giving the Phils a 2-1 lead, while sending Ruiz up to second base. The Phils added to their lead two batters later, after Cole Hamels had hit a sacrifice bunt, 5-4, moving both runners up a base, putting runners on second and third, and with one man out, Ben Revere hits a two-run ground-rule double, scoring both Ruiz and Galvis, giving the Phils a 4-1 lead. The Phils added an insurance run in the top of the sixth as, with runners on the corners, and with nobody out, Ruiz hits a sacrifice fly, scoring Ruf, who had started the inning off with a double, then stopped at third base on Brown’s single, giving the Phils a 5-1 lead. The Padres got a run back in the bottom of the ninth as, with a runner on second, and with two men out, Alexi Amarista hits an RBI single, scoring Maybin, who had earlier walked, then went to second base on defensive indifference, making it a 5-2 Phils’ lead. That would end up being the final score as Ken Giles struck out Seth Smith, swinging, for the game’s final out.

Cole Hamels (9-7, 2.47) got the win as he pitched seven strong innings, giving up a run on seven hits and a walk, while striking out nine. Jake Diekman pitched a scoreless inning, giving up a hit and a walk, while striking out a batter. Ken Giles pitched an inning, giving up a run on a hit and a walk, while striking out two. Eric Stults (7-17, 4.59) took the lost as he pitched just four and one-third innings, giving up four runs on six hits, as he struck out two. R. J. Alvarez pitched two-thirds of an inning, walking a batter. Joe Wieland pitched two innings, giving up a run on three hits, while striking out a batter. Leonel Campos and Alex Torres combines for two 1-2-3 innings, striking out a batter (Campos) between them.

The Phils had nine hits in the game, with Ben Revere (Single, Double, 2 RBIs), Darin Ruf (Single, Double) and Dom Brown (Singles) all leading the team with two hits each. Maikel Franco (Double), Carlos Ruiz (Single, RBI) and Freddy Galvis (Single, 2 RBIs) had the other three Phils’ hits. The Phils also had a walk (Chase Utley), a stolen base (Ben Revere (46)) and a sacrifice bunt (Cole Hamels) while the defense performed two double plays.

The Phils (70-82, 5th NL East) will conclude their four-game series with the Padres (70-81, 3rd NL West) with a night game tonight. The game will be played at 9:10 pm EDT (6:10 pm PDT) and will be played at Petco Park.  The Phils will send to the mound Kyle Kendrick (9-12, 4.72), who is coming off a win against the Marlins on September 13, as he pitched six and a third innings, giving up a run on seven hits and a walk, while striking out six, in the Phils’ 2-1 win. He will be trying for his tenth win of the season, which would give his ten or more wins for the third straight season. The Padres will counter with Robbie Erlin (3-4, 4.89) , who is coming off a no-decision against the Rockies on September 7, as he pitched two innings in relief, giving up three runs on five hits, in the Padres’ 6-0 lost. He will be trying to give the Padres the series win. The Phils will be trying to leave San Diego with a split.

The Phils offensive woes continue as they lose the series to the Rockies, 3-1.

Philadelphia_PhilliesAs the offensive continue to be punchless, the Phils loses another series, as they lose to the Rockies, 3-1.

The Rockies took the lead in the bottom of the third as, with a runner on first, and with one man out, D. J. LeMahieu hits a single to left center field, which sends Nolan Arenado, who had started the inning off with a single, to third base, as left fielder Dom Brown catches the ball, and throws it towards second base. At this point, the Rockies’ third base coach decide to send Arenado home, which prompts second baseman Chase Utley to throw the ball towards home plate, after having first caught Brown’s throw, while catcher Carlos Ruiz waited for the ball to arrive while preparing to block the plate. Ruiz soon caught the ball, then tagged out a sliding Arendo, for what was thought to be the inning’s first out. But Rockies’ manager Walt Weiss then came out of the Rockies’ dugout, and asked the umpires to review the play. The play was reviewed and the umpires overturned the call, claiming that Ruiz did not give Arendo a lane to slide through while waiting for the ball to arrive, giving the Rockies a 1-0 lead, while LeMahieu would move up to second base on the throw. The Rockies then added to their lead in the bottom of the fourth as, with one man on, and with one man out, Justin Morneau hits a two-run home run, his third home run of the season, knocking in Carlos Gonzalez, who had started the inning off with a single, giving the Rockies a 3-0 lead. The Phils would finally get on the scoreboard in the top of the eighth as, with runners on second and third, and with one man out, Jimmy Rollins hits an RBI ground out, 6-3, knocking in Cody Asche, who had started the inning off with a single, moved up to second base on pitcher Bobby Logan’s throwing error of pinch-hitter John Mayberry, Jr.’s grounder, then went to third base on Ben Revere’s ground out, 3-unassisted, making it a 3-1 Rockies’ lead, while sending Mayberry, who had reached first base on Logan’s throwing error, then moved up to second base on Revere’s ground out, up to third base. That would end up being the final score as LaTroy Hawkins collected his fifth save of the season as he threw a 1-2-3 inning, as he got Brown to fly out to center field for the final out.

Kyle Kendrick (0-2, 3.60) took the lost as he went seven innings, giving up three runs on six hits, while striking out three. Jake Diekman pitched a 1-2-3  inning,  as he struck out two. Jordon Lyles (3-0, 3.04) pitched seven innings, plus one batter, as he gave up a run on five hits and a walk, while he struck out two. Bobby Logan received his third hold of the year, as he pitched an inning, striking out a batter. LaTroy Hawkins received his fifth save of the season as he pitched a 1-2-3 ninth.

The Phils had only five hits in the game, all singles, with Jimmy Rollins (RBI) leading the team with two hits. Chase Utley, Ryan Howard and Cody Asche had the other three Phils’ hits. The Phils also had a walk (Marlon Byrd) in the game.

The Phils (7-10, 5th East) will conclude their series with the Rockies (10-9, 3rd West), with a game this afternoon. The game will be played at Coors Field and will be played at 4:10 pm EDT (2:10 pm MDT). The Phils will send to the mound Roberto Hernandez (1-0, 3.86),  who is coming off a no-decision against the Braves on April 14, as he pitched six innings, giving up two runs on four hits and six walks, while he struck out three, in the Phils’ 9-6 lost. He will be trying to help lead the Phils to a win before they leave Colorado. The Rockies will counter with Juan Nicasio (2-0, 3.50), who is coming off a win against the Padres on April 15, as he went six innings, giving up two runs on six hits and a walk, while he struck out three, in the Rockies’ 3-2 win. He will be trying to lead the Rockies to a series sweep. The Phils will be trying to end their short slide before they head for Los Angeles.

The Phils end their four-game losing streak as they defeat the Marlins, 6-3.

Philadelphia_PhilliesThe Phils win their first game at home as they defeat the Marlins, 6-3.

The Phils took the lead in the bottom of the first as, with two men on, and with two men out, Marlin Byrd hits an RBI double, knocking in Chase Utley, who had earlier reached base on a force out, 6-4, as Jimmy Rollins, who had earlier singled, is wiped out at second base for the inning’s second out, then moved up to second base on Ryan Howard’s walk, giving the Phils a 1-0 lead, while sending Howard, who had just walked, over to third base. The Phils then took a 2-0 lead as Dom Brown hits an RBI single, knocking in Howard, before Byrd is thrown out at home plate by right fielder Giancarlo Stanton, 9-2, for the inning’s final out. The Marlins would tie the game up at two-all in the top of the second as, with one man on, and with two men out, Derek Dietrich hits a two-run home run, his second home run of the season, knocking in Jarrod Saltalamacchia, as he earlier reached base on a force out. The Phils retook the lead in the bottom of the third as, with the bases loaded, via a lead-off walk to Tony Gwynn, Jr., a walk to Jimmy Rollins, moving Gwynn up to second base and a single by Utley, moving up both runners, and with nobody out, Howard had an RBI walk, forcing in Gwynn, giving the Phils a 3-2 lead, while moving both Rollins and Utley up a base. Marlins’ starter Jose Fernandez then got himself out of trouble by striking out Byrd, Brown and Carlos Ruiz, all swinging, leaving the bases loaded. The Marlins then made a threat of their own in the top of the fifth as they loaded up the bases via a lead-off single by Marcell Ozuna, who then moved up to second base on pitcher A.J. Burnett’s wild pitch, then walks to first Garrett Jones and then to Casey McGehee, moving up both runners, and with one man out, after Burnett was taken out of the game for an injury, Jake Diekman got the Phils out of trouble by striking out both Saltalmacchia and Dietrich, swinging. The Phils then added to their lead in their half of the fifth as, with a man on third, and with nobody out, Utley hits an RBI single, knocking in Rollins, who had started the inning off with a triple, giving the Phils a 4-2 lead. After Howard followed with a single, moving Utley up to second base, the Phils took a 5-2 lead as Byrd hits an RBI single, knocking in Utley, while sending Howard up to second base. Two batters later, after Brown hits a single which loaded up the bases as both Howard and Byrd moved up a base, the Phils took a 6-2 lead as Ruiz hits into a 4-6-3 doubleplay. wiping out Brown at second base for the inning’s first out, while Howard scored, and Byrd moved up to third base. The Marlins would get a run back in the top of the eighth as, with runners on the corners, and with one man out, Jeff Baker hits a sacrifice fly, knocking in Saltalmacchia, who had started the inning off with a walk, moved up to second base as pinch-hitter Reed Johnson was hit by the pitch, then moved up to third on Adeiny Hechavarria’s fly out to right, making it a 6-3 Phils’ lead. But that would end up being the final score as Jonathan Papelbon collected his second save of the season as he pitched a 1-2-3 inning, getting Jones to fly out to center for the game’s final out.

A.J. Burnett threw a no-decision as he pitched four and a third innings, giving up two runs on five hits, six walks and a wild pitch, while striking out four. Jake Diekman (1-0, 4.26) got the win as he pitched two-thirds of an inning, striking out both men whom he would face. Mario Hollands pitched two scoreless innings, giving up two hits , while striking out a batter. Antonio Bastardo pitched an inning, giving up a run on a walk and a hit batter, while striking out one. Jonathan Papelbon recorded his second save of the year as he pitched a 1-2-3 inning, striking out a batter. Jose Fernandez (2-1, 3.78) pitched four innings, plus four batters, as he gave up six runs on eight hits and four walks, while striking out six. Kevin Slowey pitched three innings, giving up two hits and two walks. Steve Cishek pitched a scoreless inning, giving up a walk, while striking out a batter.

The Phils had ten hits in the game, with  Jimmy Rollins (Single, Triple), Chase Utley (Singles, RBI), Marlon Byrd (Single, Double, 2 RBIs) and Dom Brown (Singles, RBI) all leading the team with two hits each. Ryan Howard (Single, RBI) and Carlos Ruiz (Double) had the other two Phils’ hits, while the other Phil run came in on a bases loaded doubleplay. The Phils also had seven walks (Tony Gwynn, Jr., Rollins (2), Utley, Howard (2), Freddy Galvis), a stolen base (Rollins (2)) and a sacrifce bunt (Gwynn, Jr.) in the game, while the defense performed a doubleplay.

The Phils (4-6, T-4th) continued their series with the Marlins (5-6, 3rd) 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 be sending to the mound Jonathan Pettibone (0-0, -.-), who will be making his first start of 2014. The Marlins will counter with Nathan Eovaldi (1-1, 3.46), who is coming off a lost against the Padres on April 6, as he pitched seven innings, giving up three runs on six hits, while striking out eight, in the Marlins’ 4-2 lost. He will be trying to end the Marlins’ present slide. The Phils will be going for the series win.

The Phils get swept as they lose once again to the Brewers, 6-2.

Philadelphia_PhilliesThe Phils are swept by Milwaukee in their opening series at home, as they lose to the Brew Crew, 6-2.

The Phils took the lead in the bottom of the second as, with one man out, Marlon Byrd hits a solo home run, giving the Phils a 1-0 lead. The Brewers would tie the game up at one-all in the top of the fourth as, with one man on, and with nobody out, Aramis Ramirez hits an RBI double, knocking in Ryan Braun, who had started the inning off with a single. Two batters later, after Ramirez has moved up to third base on Jonathan Lucroy’s ground out, 4-3, for the inning’s first out, the Brewers would take the lead as Khris Davis hits an RBI single, scoring Ramirez, giving the Brewers a 2-1 lead. The Brewers increased their lead in the top of the sixth as, with a man on second, and with two men out, Davis hits an RBI double, knocking in Lucroy, who had just doubled, making it a 3-1 Brewers’ lead. The Phils would get a run back in their half of the sixth as, with the bases loaded, via a walk to Jimmy Rollins, a single by Chase Utley, sending Rollins up to third base, and a walk to Ryan Howard, moving Utley up to second base, and with two men out, Byrd hits an RBI infield single, knocking in Rollins, as Utley would reach third base, and Howard would stop at second base, making it a 3-2 Brewers’ lead. But the Phils threat would then end as Brewers’ starter Marco Estrado would get Dom Brown to fly out to center for the inning’s final out. The Brewers would get the run back in the top of the seventh as, with two men on, and with nobody out, Carlos Gomez hits an RBI single, knocking in Rickie Weeks, who had started the inning off with a walk, then stopped at second base on pitch-hitter Logan Schafer’s sacrifice bunt, making it a 4-2 Brewers’ lead, while sending Schafer, who had been safe at first on his bunt attempt, over to third base. The Brewers then took a 5-2 lead as Joe Segura hits an RBI single, knocking in Schafer, while sending Gomez over to third base. The Brewers then made it a 6-2 lead as Braun hits a sacrifice fly, scoring Gomez. That would end up being the final score as Francisco Rodriguez pitched a 1-2-3 ninth, striking out Cody Asche, swinging, to end the game.

Cliff Lee (2-1, 5.50) took the lost as he pitched six innings, giving up three runs on eight hits, while he struck out eight. Jeff Manship pitched to three batters, getting none of them out, as he gave up three runs on two hits. Jake Diekman pitched an inning, giving up a hit, while striking out one. Justin De Fratus pitched two scoreless innings, giving up a walk. Marco Estrado (1-0, 2.31) got the win as he went six innings, giving up two runs on five hits and two walks, while striking out six. Tyler Thornburg, Will Smith and Francisco Rodriguez would combine for three scoreless innings, giving up a hit (Smith) and a walk (Smith) between them, while striking out six (two batters apiece).

The Phils had only six hits in the game, with  Chase Utley (Single) and Marlon Byrd (Single, Home Runs, 2 RBIs) both leading the team with two hits each. Jimmy Rollins (Single) and Carlos Ruiz (Single), had the other two Phils hits. The Phils also had three walks in the game (Rollins, Ryan Howard (2)), while Rollins was caught stealing second base, while the defense committed an error (Cody Asche) and an outfield assist (Dom Brown), while performing a doubleplay and a pickoff (Jake Diekman).

The Phils (3-6, 5th) will start a three-game series with the Marlins (5-5, 3rd), 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 (0-1, 3.66), who is coming off a lost against the Cubs on April 6, as he went five and two-thirds innings, giving up eight runs, four of which are earned, on five hits and six walks, while striking out three, in the Phils’ 8-3 lost. He will be trying to recover from his previous start. The Marlins will counter with Jose Fernandez (2-0, 0.71), who is coming off a win against the Padres on April 5, as he threw six and two-thirds innings, giving up three hits and two walks, while striking out eight, in the Marlins’ 5-0 win. He’ll be trying for his third win of the season. The Phils will be trying to put a stop to their four-game losing streak, while trying to get all parts of their game to work together.

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 Altherr 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.🙂

Cliff Lee strike out fourteen batters and knocked in four RBIs on his way to his fourteenth victory of the season as the Phils defeat the fish, 12-2.

Philadelphia_PhilliesPhils’ starter Cliff Lee wins his fourteenth game of the season, as he help his own cause by knocking in four RBIs, as the Phils crush the Marlins, 12-2.

The Phils took the lead in the bottom of the first inning as, with two men on, and with nobody out, Chase Utley hits an RBI ground out, 4-3, as he knocked in Cesar Hernandez, who had started the inning off with a walk, then stopped at third base on Jimmy Rollins’ ground-rule double, giving the Phils a 1-0 lead, while sending Rollins, who had earlier doubled, on to third base. The Phils added to their lead in the bottom of the third inning as, with two men on, and with one man out, Utley hits a three-run home run, his seventeenth home run of the season, knocking in Hernandez, who had earlier singled, then stopped at second base on Rollins’ walk, and Rollins, who had just walked, giving the Phils a 4-0 lead. The Phils then made it a 5-0 lead three batters later as, once again with two men on, and now with two men out, Cody Asche hits an RBI single, knocking in Dom Brown, who had earlier singled, then moved up to second base on Darin Ruf’s walk, as he bowled over Marlins’ catcher Jeff Mathis, as he was unable to hold onto right fielder Giancarlo Stanton’s throw to the plate, while Ruf, who had just walked, would move up to third base, while Asche would stop at second base on the throw to the plate. The Phils then took a 7-0 lead two batters later, after Roger Bernadina had walked to load up the bases, as Cliff Lee helped out his own cause with an RBI single, scoring Ruf and Asche, while sending Bernadina on to third base. The Marlin got on the scoreboard in the top of the fifth as, with a runner on third, and with one man out, Adeiny Hechavarria hits an RBI single, knocking in Justin Ruggiano, who had started the inning off with a double, then moved up to third base on Logan Morrison’s ground out, 3-unassisted, making it a 7-1 Phils’ lead. The Phils got the run back in their half of the fifth as, with one man on, and with two men out, Lee helped his cause again as he hits an RBI triple, the first triple of his major league career, knocking in Ruf, who had started the inning off with a single, giving the Phils an 8-1 lead. The Phils then made it a 9-1 lead as Hernandez hits an RBI single, scoring Lee. The Marlins made it a 9-2 Phils’ lead in the top of the sixth as, with a runner on second, and with two men out, Ruggiano hits an RBI double, knocking in Ed Lucas, who had started the inning off with a double. The Phils increased their lead in their half of the sixth as, with one man on, and with two men out, Ruf hits a two-run home run, his fourteenth home run of the season, knocking in Brown, who had just walked, giving the Phils an 11-2 lead. The Phils made it a 12-2 lead in the bottom of the seventh as, with a man on third, and with nobody out, Lee helped his cause one more time as he hits an RBI single, knocking in Bernadina, who had started the inning off with a triple. That would be the final score as Ethan Martin pitched a scoreless ninth.

Cliff Lee (14-6, 2.95) got the win as he went eight strong innings, giving up just two runs on eight scattered hits, while he struck out fourteen. Ethan Martin pitched a scoreless inning, as he gave up a walk, while striking out one. Sam Dyson (0-1, 9.28) took the lost as he lasted only two and two-thirds innings, giving up seven runs on six hits and four walks, while striking out a batter. Arquimedes Caminero pitched an inning and a third, giving up a hit. Chris Hatcher pitched two innings, giving up four runs on four hits and a walk, striking out three. Dan Jennings pitched two innings, giving up a run on three hits, while striking out four.

The Phils had fourteen hits in the game, with Cliff Lee (2 Singles, Triple, 4 RBIs) leading the team with three hits, followed by Cesar Hernandez (Singles, RBI), Jimmy Rollins (Single, Double), Chase Utley (Single, Home Run, 4 RBIs) and Darin Ruf (Single, Home Run, 2 RBIs) all following with two hits each. Dom Brown (Single), Cody Asche (Single, RBI) and Roger Bernadina (Triple) had the other three Phils’ hits. The Phils also had five walks (Hernandez, Rollins, Brown, Ruf and Bernadina).

The Phils (70-80, 3rd) will continue their series with the Marlins (55-95, 5th) 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 Roy Halladay (3-4, 7.28), who is coming off a no-decision against the Padres on September 12, as he went four and one-third innings, giving up five runs, four of which were earned, on four hits and five walks, while striking out six, in the Phils’ 10-5 win. He will be trying to get back into pitching shape. The Marlins will counter with Brian Flynn (0-1, 10.13), who is coming off a lost to the Braves on September 12, as he went four innings, giving up six runs on six hits and six walks, while striking out four, in the Marlins’ 6-1 lost. Flynn will be trying to keep from being smack again. The Phils will be trying for another series win at home.

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