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The Phils take the series from the Bucos as they defeat the Pirates, 6-4.

Philadelphia_PhilliesThe Phils’ offense give Cole Hamels his third win of the season as they defeat the NL Central leading Pirates, 6-4.

The Pirates took the lead in the bottom of the third as, with runners on second and third, and with two men out, Andrew McCutchen hits a two-run single, knocking in Starling Marte, who had earlier singled, reached second base on Jose Tabata infield single, before reaching third on second baseman Chase Utley’s missed catch error, and Tabata, who had just singled, then moved up to second base on Utley’s error, giving the Pirates a 2-0 lead. The Phils cut the Pirates’ lead in half in the top 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 singled, then moved up to second base on Cole Hamels’ sacrifice bunt, 1-4, making it a 2-1 Pirates’ lead, before he moved up to third base on center fielder McCurchen’s throwing error to the plate. The Phils then tied the game up at two-all in the top of the sixth as, with the bases loaded, via a walk by Ryan Howard, a single by Dom Brown, with Howard stopping at second base, and a single by Delmon Young, with both Howard and Brown moving up a base, and with one man out, Kevin Frandsen hits an RBI single, knocking in Howard, and moving both Brown and D. Young up a base, leaving the bases loaded. The Phils then took the lead as Ruiz hits a two-run single, knocking in Brown and D. Young, giving the Phils a 4-2 lead, while sending Frandsen up to third base. The Phils then made it a 5-2 lead two batters later, after reloading the bases as Hamels is hit by the pitch, moving Ruiz up to second base, as Revere hits into an RBI force out, 6-unassisted, as Frandsen scores while Ruiz is tagged out by shortstop Clint Barmes, for the inning’s second out, while Hamels reaches second base, and Revere is safe at first. The Phils added to their lead in the top of the eighth as, with runners on second and third, and with one man out, pinch-hitter Michael Young hits a sacrifice fly, knocking in D. Young, who had started the inning off with a single, moved up to second base as Frandsen is hit by a pitch, then moved up to third on Ruiz’s sacrifice bunt, 2-3, giving the Phils a 6-2 lead. The Pirates got a run back in the bottom of the eighth as, with two men on, and with nobody out, pinch-hitter Garrett Jones hits an RBI single, knocking in Jordy Mercer, who had started the inning off with a single, then moved up to second base on Marte’s single, making it a 6-3 Phils’ lead, while sending Marte, who had just singled, on to third base. The Pirates then made it a 6-4 Phils’ lead as McCutchen hits into a 5-4-3 double play, wiping out Jones at second base for the inning’s second out, as Marte scored. That would end up being the final score as Jonathan Papelbon collected his seventeenth save of the season as he threw a scoreless ninth.

Cole Hamel (3-11, 4.38) got the win as he pitched seven strong innings, giving up two runs, only one of which was earned, on five hits, as he struck out eight. Justin De Fratus pitched an inning, giving up two runs on three hits. Jonathan Papelbon collected his seventeenth save of the year as he pitched a scoreless inning, giving up a hit, while striking out a batter. Gerrit Cole (4-1, 3.94) took the lost as he went five and a third innings, giving up three runs on eight hits and a walk, while striking out five. Vin Mazzaro committed his second blown save of the season as he faced four batters, getting none of them out, as he gave up two runs on three hits and a hit batter. Tony Watson pitched one and two-thirds innings, giving up a hit, while striking out a batter. Ryan Reid pitched two innings, giving up a run on two hits, a hit batter and a walk, striking out one.

The Phils had fourteen hits in the game, with Ben Revere (2 RBIs) leading the team with three hits, all singles, as he raised his batting average to .290, followed by Chase Utley (Double, Triple .382), Jimmy Rollins (Singles), Delmon Young (Singles, .273) and Carlos Ruiz (Singles, 2 RBIs, .278) with two hits each. Ryan Howard (Single), Dom Brown (Single) and Kevin Frandsen (Single, RBI, .286) had the other three Phils’ hits. Pinch-hitter Michael Young knocked in the final Phil run with a sacrifice fly. The Phils also had two walks (Howard, Brown), two hit batters (Cole Hamels, Ruiz), and two sacrifice bunts (Hamels, Ruiz) in the game.

The Phils (41-45, 3rd) will start a three-game series with the Braves (49-36, 1st), starting with a ball 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 Cliff Lee (9-2, 2.59), who is coming off a no-decision against the Dodgers on June 29, as he pitched seven innings, giving up three runs on four hits and three walks, while striking out ten, in the Phils’ 4-3 lost. He will for the third straight start be trying for his tenth win. The Braves will counter with Paul Maholm (9-6, 3.69), who is coming off a win against the D-backs on June 30, as he threw six and two-thirds innings, giving up two runs on eight hits and two walks, while striking out three, in the Braves’ 6-2 win. He will also be going for his tenth win. The Phils will be trying to make up some ground against the Braves.

Another Phils starter is crushed, as the Phils dropped their second straight game to the Braves, 9-2.

Philadelphia_PhilliesThe second straight Phils’ starter is crushed by the Braves’ offense, as the Phils dropped their second straight game, losing this time, 9-2.

The Braves jumped to a quick 2-o lead in the bottom of the first as, with a runner on first, and with one man out, Justin Upton hits a two-run home run, his second home run of the season, knocking in Jason Heyward, who had just singled. The Braves added to their lead four batters later as, with two men on, and now with two men out, Juan Francisco hits an RBI single, knocking in Freddie Freeman, who had earlier walked, then moved up to second base on Dan Uggla’s walk, giving the Braves a 3-0 lead, while sending Uggla, who had just walked, over to third base. The Braves then made it a 4-o lead in the bottom of the fourth as Evan Gattis, making his major league debut, hits a lead-off home run, his first home run of his career, as well as his first career hit. The Braves then increased their lead five batters later as, with the bases loaded, via single by Andrelton Simmons, and walks to Heyward and Upton, and with one man out, Freeman hits a bases clearing double, scoring Simmons, Heyward and Upton, giving the Braves a 7-0 lead. The Phils would finally get on the scoreboard in the top of the seventh as, with two men on, and with one man out, Chase Utley hits a two-run double, knocking in pinch-hitter Laynce Nix, who had earlier singled, then stopped at second base on Ben Revere’s single, and Revere, who had just singled, making it a 7-2 Braves’ lead. The Braves would get both runs back in the bottom of the eight as, with one man on, and with two men on, Heyward hits a two-run home run, his first home run of the season, knocking in Simmons, who had just singled, giving the Braves a 9-2 lead. That would be the final score as Anthony Varvaro threw a 1-2-3 ninth inning.

Roy Halladay (0-1, 13.50) took the lost as he went only three and a third-innings, giving up five runs on six hits and three walks, as he struck out nine. Raul Valdes pitched one and two-thirds innings, giving up two runs on a hit and two walks, as he struck out three. Antonio Bastardo pitched a scoreless inning, walking a batter, while striking out one. Mike Adams pitched a 1-2-3 inning, striking out two. Jonathan Papelbon pitched an inning, giving up two runs on two hits, while striking out a batter. Paul Malholm (1-0, 0.00) got the win as he threw five and two-thirds shutout innings, giving up six hits and a walk, while striking out six. Cory Gearrin pitched a third of an inning, giving up a walk, while striking out a batter. Cristhian Martinez pitched a third of an inning, giving up two runs on three hits. Luis Avilan pitched two-thirds of an inning, striking out a batter. Anthony Varvaro pitched two 1-2-3 innings, striking out a batter.

The Phils had nine hits in the game, with Jimmy Rollins (Single, Double) and Dom Brown (Singles) both leading the ballclub with two hits. Ben Revere (Single), Chase Utley (Double, 2 RBIs), Michael Young (Single), John Mayberry, Jr. (Single) and pinch-hitter Laynce Nix (Single) had the other five Phils’ hits, as the offense squandered several scoring opportunitites. The Phils also had two walks (Ryan Howard, Mayberry) and a stolen base (Rollins (1)) in the game.

The Phils (0-2, T-4) conclude their three-games series with the Braves (2-0, T-1st) with a nightgame tonight. The game will start at 7:10 pm EDT and will be played at Turner Field. The Phils will send to the mound Cliff Lee (0-0, -.–), who will be trying to end the Phils’ losing streak tonight. The Braves will counter with Kris Medlen (0-0, -.–), who will be trying to lead the Braves to a series sweep. The Phils will be trying to end their series with the Braves with a win, before they come back home to Philly for their first home stand of the season.

Pitching let the offense down, as the Phils start the 2013 season off with a lost as they lose to the Braves, 7-5.

Philadelphia_PhilliesThe Phils’ offense is let down by the pitching as they lose their opening day game with their NL East rival, the Braves, 7-5.

The Braves took the lead in the bottom of the first as, with one man on, and with two men out, Freddie Freeman hits a two-run bomb to right field, his first home run of the season, knocking in Jason Heyward, who had earlier walked, giving the Braves a 2-0 lead. The Braves added to their lead in the second as Dan Uggla started off the bottom of the second with a solo home run, his first home run of the season, giving the Braves a 3-0 lead. The Braves then made it a 4-0 lead in the bottom of the third as, with a runner on third, and with two men out, Freeman hits an RBI single, scoring Andrleton Simmons, who had started the inning off with a double, then stopped at third base on Justin Upton’s fly out to right. The Phils then got on the board in the top of the fourth as Chase Utley started the inning off with a solo shot to straight center field, his first home run of the season, and the 200th home run of his career, cutting the Braves’ lead to 4-1. The Phils would make it a 4-3 Braves’ lead in the top of the fifth as, with the bases loaded, via a single by Cole Hamels, a walk by Ben Revere, moving Hamels up to second base, and a single by Jimmy Rollins, sending Hamels on to third base and Revere up to second base, and with one man out, Utley hits a two-run single, knocking in Hamels and Revere, while sending Rollins on to third base, beating the throw, before moving up to second base on the throw. After Braves’ manager Freddie Gonzalez replaces starter Tim Hudson with Luis Avilan, Avilan stops the damage by first striking out Ryan Howard for the inning’s second out, and after intentionally walking Michael Young to reload the bases, gets Dom Brown to ground out softly, 4-3, for the inning’s final out. The Braves would get a run back in their half of the fifth as, with one man out, Upton hits a solo home run, his first home run of the season, giving the Braves a 5-3 lead. The Braves increased their lead in bottom of the sixth as, with runners on second and third, and with nobody out, Gerald Laird hits an RBI single, knocking in Uggla, who had started the inning off with a walk, then stopped at third base on Chris Johnson’s double, giving the Braves a 6-3 lead, while sending Johnson, who had just singled, on to third base. The Braves then took a 7-3 lead as pinch-hitter Reed Johnson hits into a 1-6-3 double play, wiping out Laird at second base for the inning’s first out, scoring C. Johnson, who beat Howard’s wide and late throw to the plate. The Phils got one run back in the top of the seventh as, with a man on third, and with one man out, Howard hits an RBI ground out, three-unassisted, knocking in Utley, who had just tripled, making it a 7-4 Braves’ lead. The Phils then cut the Braves’ lead down to 7-5 in the top of the eighth as, with a runner on third, and with one man out, Erik Kratz hits an RBI single, knocking in John Mayberry, Jr., who had earlier doubled, then moved up to third on Jordan Walden’s wild pitch. That would be the final score as Craig Kimbrel would come in and collect his first save of the season as he pitched a 1-2-3 ninth, getting Howard to fly out for the game’s final out.

Cole Hamels (0-1, 9.00) took the lost as he went five innings, giving up five runs on seven hits and a walk, while striking out five. Chad Durbin pitched to three batters, getting none of them out, as he gave up two runs on two hits and a walk. Jeremy Horst pitched two innings, as he gave up a hit, while striking out two. Philippe Aumont pitched a scoreless inning, giving up a walk, while striking out a batter. Tim Hudson received a no-decision as he went four and a third-innings, giving up three runs on six hits and three walks, while striking out a batter. Luis Avilan (0-1, 0.00) picked up the win as he pitched two-thirds of an inning, giving up an intentional walk, while striking out a batter. Eric O’Flaherty pitched an inning, giving up a run on a hit. Jordan Walden recorded his first hold of the year as he threw an inning, giving up a run on two hits and a wild pitch, while striking out a batter. Craig Kimbrel recorded his first save of the season as he pitched a 1-2-3 ninth, striking out a batter.

The Phils had ten hits in the game, with Chase Utley (Single, Triple, Home Run, 3 RBIs) leading the team with three hits, being a double short of hitting the cycle. Ben Revere (Single), Jimmy Rollins (Single), Dom Brown (Single), John Mayberry, Jr. (Double), Erik Kratz (Single, RBI) and Cole Hamels (Single) had the other seven Phils’ hits. Ryan Howard knocked in the final Phil’s run with a ground out. The Phils also had a four walks (Revere, Young (2), Brown) and a stolen base (Revere (1)) in the ballgame.

The Phils (0-1, T-4th) will continue their three games series with the Braves (1-0, T-1st) with a night game tomorrow night at Turner Field. The game is to start at 7:05 pm EDT. The Phils will send to the mound Roy Halladay (0-0, -.–) who is coming off a bad 2012, and a so-so spring. Halladay and the Phils both hope that he’ll rebound from last season. The Braves will counter with Paul Malholm (0-0, -.–) who is coming off a so-so 2012 season between the Cubs and the Braves. He hopes to pitch better this season. The Phils will be trying to even up the series, while hoping that the old Doc will return.

The Phils’ bats support an excellent performance by Cole Hamels as they defeat the Braves, 10-5.

Philadelphia_PhilliesThe Phils took a quick lead in the first, and this time held on to it, as they defeat the Braves, 10-5.

The Phils took the lead in the first as, with runners on the corners, and with one man out, Ryan Howard hits an RBI double, knocking in Ben Revere, who had started off the Phils’ half of the first with a walk, moved up to second base on Jimmy Rollins’ ground out, 6-3, then stopped at third base on Chase Utley’s single, giving the Phils a 1-0 lead, while Utley, who had just singled, would stop at third base. The Phils then made it a 3-0 lead, as Utley and Howard would both score on second baseman Tyler Pastornicky’s fielding error of Michael Young’s grounder.  The Braves would get a run back in the third as, with a man on third, and with one man out, Pastornicky hits an RBI single, scoring Ramiro Pena, who had earlier singled, before stopping at third base on left fielder Darin Ruf’s fielding error, making it a 3-1 Phils’ lead. The Phils would get the run back in their half of the third as, with a man on third, and with two men out, Utley, who had earlier doubled, then moved up to third base on Howard’s fly out to center, would score on Young’s infield single to third baseman Chris Johnson, after the ball had been deflected by pitcher Paul Maholm, giving the Phils a 4-1 lead. Two batters later, after Dom Brown took a walk, moving Young up to second base, the Phils’ took a 5-1 lead as Ruf hits an RBI single, knocking in Young, while sending Brown on to third base, before moving up to second base on the late throw to the plate. The Phils then made it a 6-1 lead as Howard hits a lead-off home run, his first home run of the spring. The Phils then increased their lead four batters later as, with runners on the corners, and with one man out, Laynce Nix hits an RBI ground out, 3-unassisted, knocking in Brown, who was safe at first on first baseman Ernesto Mejia’s missed catch error, as Young, who had just walked, was wiped out at second base, 6-4, for the inning’s first out, then reached third base on Ruf’s double, giving the Phil’s a 7-1 lead. The Braves would get a run back in the sixth as, with two men out, Johnson would hit a solo home run, his first home run of the spring, making it a 7-2 Phils’ lead. The Phils got that run back in their half of the sixth as, with a man on second, and with nobody out, Freddy Galvis hits an RBI double, knocking in Revere, who had started the inning off with a double, giving the Phils an 8-1 lead. Two batters later, with a man still on second base, and now with one man out, the Phils took a 10-2 lead as John Mayberry, Jr. hits a two-run home run, his first home run of the spring, knocking in Galvis. The Braves cut the Phils’ lead down to 10-5 in the seventh as, with two men on, via a walk to Todd Cunningham and a single by Pena, moving Cunningham up to second base, and with no one out, Pastornicky hits a three-run bomb, scoring both Cunningham and Pena. That would end up being the final score as Ethan Martin threw two scoreless innings.

Cole Hamels got the win (1-0, 0.00) as he pitched three strong innings, giving up an unearned run on four hits, as he struck out five. Mike Adams pitched a scoreless inning, giving up a hit, as he struck out a batter. Jake Diekman pitched a scoreless inning, giving up a walk. Jonathan Pettibone pitched two innings, giving up four runs on three hits and a walk, as he struck out a batter. Ethan Martin pitched two scoreless innings, giving up a hit, while striking out one. Paul Maholm took the lost (0-1, 9.64) as he went two and two-thirds innings, giving up five runs on six hits and two walks, while striking out two. Luis Avilan pitched an inning and a third, giving up a hit, while striking out one. Craig Kimbrel pitched an inning, giving up two runs, one of which was earned, on two hits and a walk. Cristhian Martinez pitched an inning, giving up three runs on three hits. David Hale and Alex Wood combined for two scoreless innings, giving up a hit (Wood) and two walks (Wood), while striking out two (one batter each).

The Phils collected thirteen hits in the game, with Ben Revere (Single, Double), Chase Utley (Single, Double), Ryan Howard (Double, Home Run, 2 RBIs), Darin Ruf (Single, Double, RBI) and Freddy Galvis (Single, Double, RBI) each leading the ballclub with two hits apiece. Michael Young (Single, 2 RBIs), Dom Brown (Single, RBI) and John Mayberry, Jr. (Home Run, 2 RBIs), had the other three Phils’ hit. The final Phil run came in on a Braves’ error. The Phils also had five walks in the game (Revere, Mayberry, Young, Brown and Cody Asche).

The Phils (2-3-1)  will play their next spring training game against the Yankees (1-6) tomorrow afternoon at George M. Steinbrenner Field in Tampa, Fla. The game will start at 1:05 pm EST. The Phils will send to the mound Roy Halladay (0-0, 4.50) who is coming off a no-decision against the Tigers on February 24, as he pitched two innings, giving up a run on a hit, as he struck out two, in the Phils’ 5-5 tie with the Tigers. He will be trying to continue showing that last year was just a down year. The Yanks will counter with Hiroki Kuroda (0-0, -.-), who is making his first start of the spring. He will be trying to stop the Yanks’ present slide. The Phils will be going for their second straight win, while hoping that Halladay will continue the starters present series of good starts.

The Phils are done in again by the bullpen as they lose to the Twins, 12-5.

Philadelphia_PhilliesThe bullpen allows 11 runs to score, doing in the Phils as they lose their third spring training game, dropping this one to the Twins, 12-5.

The Phils took the lead in the first as, with two men on, and with one man out, Ryan Howard hits an RBI single, knocking in Ben Revere, who had started the game off with a single, then stole second base, giving the Phils a 1-0 lead, while sending Dom Brown, who had just walked, on to third base. One batter later, the Phils took a 2-0 lead as Carlos Ruiz hits a sacrifice fly, scoring Brown. The Twins got a run back in the second as, with runners on the corners, and with two men out, Aaron Hicks hits an RBI single to third, knocking in Chris Parmelee, who had earlier singled, had moved up to second base on Chris Colabello’s walk, then stopped at third base on Pedro Florimon’s force out, 5-4, wiping out Colabello at second base, cutting the Phils’ lead to 2-1. The Phils would get a run back in the third as, with two men on, and with one man out, Ruiz hits an RBI single, knocking in Brown, who had reached base on first baseman Colbello’s fielding error, then moved up to second base on Howard’s walk, giving the Phils a 3-1 lead, while sending Howard, who had just walked, up to second base. The Twins cut the Phils’ lead down to 3-2 in the fourth as, with a man on third, via a three base fielding error by right fielder John Mayberry, Jr. and with nobody out, Hicks hits an RBI double, knocking in Florimon, who had gone to third on Mayberry’s error. Four batters later, with men on the corners, as Hicks stopped at third base on Josh Willingham’s single, and with two men out, the Twins took the lead as Ryan Doumit hits a three-run home run, his first home run of the spring, knocking in both Hicks and Doumit, giving the Twins a 6-3 lead. The Phils got a run back in the fifth as, with one man on, and with one man out, Brown hits an RBI double, knocking in Revere, who had started the inning off by reaching first base on second baseman Ray Olmedo’s fielding error, making it a 6-4 Twins’ lead. The Phils then made it a 6-5 Twins’ lead two batters later as, with Brown now on third base, via a Howard’s ground out, 3-unassisted, and wth two men out, Ruiz hits an RBI single, scoring Brown. The Twins increased their lead in the sixth as, with two men on, via a double by Wilkin Ramirez and a walk by pinch hitter Joe Benson, and with one man out, Drew Butera hits an RBI single, knocking in Ramirez, giving the Twins a 7-5 lead, while sending Benson all the way to third base. The Twins then took an 8-5 lead as Mark Sobolewski hits an RBI single, scoring Benson, while moving Butera up to second base. Two batters later, with runners still on first and second, and now with two men out, Jeff Clement hits an RBI single, knocking in Butera, making it a 9-5 Twins’ lead, while sending Sobolewski on to third base, before going up to second base on the late throw to third. The Twins increased their lead again in the seventh as, with runners on second and third, and with nobody out, Ramirez hits an RBI infield single, scoring Brandon Boggs, who had started the inning off with a walk, then stopped at third base on Olmedo’s double, giving the Twins a 10-5 lead, while sending Olmedo, who had just doubled, over to third. Three batters later, after Benson had walked to load up the bases, and Butera had hit into a 5-2 force out for the inning’s first out, as catcher Sebastian Valle touched home plate in front of Olmedo, while Ramirez and Benson both moved up a base, leaving the bases loaded, and now with one man out, Sobolewski hits a two-run infeld single to short, scoring both Ramirez and Benson, giving the Twins a 12-5 lead, while sending Butera on to second base. That would be the final score as Caleb Thielbar pitched a 1-2-3 ninth, striking out the side.

John Lannan received a no-decision as he pitched two innings, giving up a run on four hits and a walk, while striking out a batter. Adam Morgan blew his first save attempt of the spring, before taking the lost (0-1, 5.40) as he pitched one and two-thirds innings, giving up four runs on five hits , while striking out four. Kyle Simon pitched a third of an inning, giving up a run on a hit. Antonio Bastardo pitched a 1-2-3 inning. Justin De Fratus pitched a third of an inning, giving up three runs on four hits and a walk. B.J. Rosenberg also pitched an inning, giving up three runs on three hits and two walks. Maurice Robles pitched a 1-2-3 inning. Kevin Correia also received a no-decision as he pitched two and a third innings, giving up three runs, two of which were earned, on five hits and two walks, as he struck out two. Brian Duensing (1-0, 10.13) got the win as he pitched one and two-thirds scoreless innings, striking out a batter. Jared Burton recorded his first hold of the spring as he pitched two-thirds of an inning, giving up two runs on three hits. Glen Perkins recorded his first hold of the spring as he went an inning and a third, giving up a hit, while striking out a batter. P.J. Walters, Andrew Albers and Caleb Thielbar would combine for three scoreless innings, giving up a hit (Albers) and a walk (Walters) between them, while striking out six batters (Walters (1), Albers (2), Thielbar (3)).

The Phils had ten hits in the game, with Ben Revere (Singles), Carlos Ruiz (Singles, 3 RBIs) and Kevin Frandsen (Singles) all leading the team with two hits each. Dom Brown (Double, RBI), Ryan Howard (Single, RBI), John Mayberry, Jr. (Double) and Pete Orr (Single) had the other four Phils hits. The Phils also had two stolen bases (Revere (2), Orr (1)) and three walks (Brown (2), Howard (1)) in the game, along with a sacrifice fly (Ruiz).

The Phils (1-3-1) next game will be played at home at Bright House Field against the Braves (3-3) tomorrow afternoon. The game is to start at 1.05 pm EDT. The Phils starter will be Cole Hamels (0-0, 0.00), who’d pitched a couple of scoreless innings in his start against the Astros on February 23, in the Phils’ 8-3 lost. He will be trying to continue his strong showing on the mound. The Braves will send to the mound Paul Maholm (0-0, 0.00), who is also coming off a strong start on February 23, throwing a pair of 1-2-3 innings, in the Braves’ 8-3 lost to the Yankees. He will be trying to add to his previous start. The Phils will be trying to put a second win under their belts.

Cliff Lee wins his second straight start as the Phils defeat the Braves, 5-1.

Cliff Lee wins his second straight start as the Phils beat the Braves, 5-1.

The Phils took the lead in the first as, with two men on, and with two men out, John Mayberry,  Jr. hits an RBI single, knocking in Juan Pierre, who had earlier been safe at first on a force out, 4-unassisted, as Jimmy Rollins, who had started the game off with a single, is tagged out for the inning’s first out, then moved up to second base on Ryan Howard’s single, giving the Phils a 1-0 lead, while Howard, who had just singled, would stop at second base. The Phils then increased their lead in the third as Rollins hits a lead-off home run, his sixteenth home run of the year, as the ball hit the foul pole. The Phils then took a 3-0 lead in the fifth as, with one man on, and with two men out, Chase Utley hits an RBI double, knocking in Pierre, who had just singled. The Phils then increased their lead in the sixth as, with the bases loaded, via singles by Laynce Nix and Kevin Frandsen, with Nix stopping at second base, and an infield single by Erik Kratz, moving up both runners, and with nobody out, Cliff Lee helped his own cause by taking an RBI walk, forcing in Nix, giving the Phils a 4-0 lead, while moving up a base both Frandsen and Kratz. The Phils then made it a 5-0 lead two batters later as, with the bases still loaded, and now with one man out, pinch hitter Ty Wigginton hits into an RBI force out, 5-4, knocking in Frandsen, as Lee is wiped out at second base for the inning’s second out, while Kratz would move up to third base. The Braves would finally get onto the scoreboard in the eighth as Martin Prado hits a lead-off home run, his ninth home run of the season, making it a 5-1 Phils’ lead. That would end up being the final score as Antonio Bastardo pitched a scoreless ninth.

Cliff Lee (4-7, 3.52) got the win as he pitched seven shutout innings, giving up five scattered hits and a walk, while striking out five. B.J. Rosenberg pitched a third of an inning, as he gave up a run on a hit. Antonio Bastardo pitched a scoreless inning and two-thirds, giving up a hit, while striking out four. Tim Hudson (13-5, 3.76) took the lost as he pitched five innings, plus four batters, giving up five runs on nine hits and three walks, while striking out three. Luis Avilan, Peter Moylan and Miguel Batista combined for four scoreless innings, giving up a hit (Batista) and a walk (Batista) between them, while striking out a batter (Batista).

The Phils had ten hits in the game, with Jimmy Rollins leading the team with three hits, two singles and a home run, knocking in a run. Juan Pierre (Single), Chase Utley (Double, RBI), Ryan Howard (Single), John Mayberry, Jr. (Single, RBI), Laynce Nix (Single), Kevin Frandsen (Single) and Erik Kratz (Single) had the other seven hits. Cliff Lee brought in a run on a bases loaded walk, while pinch hitter Ty Wigginton brought in the final Phils’ run on a force out. The Phils also had four walks and a stolen base (Rollins, 25) in the game. 

The Phils (64-69, 3rd) will conclude their series with the Braves (74-59, 2nd) with a late afternoon game. The game will be played at Turner Field, and is to start at 5:05 pm EDT. The Phils will send to the mound Cole Hamels (14-6, 2.99), who is coming off a no-decision against the Reds on August 23, as he pitched six innings, giving up three runs on six hits and three walks, while striking out four, in the Phils’ 4-3 extra-innings win. He will again be trying for his fifteenth win of the year. The Braves will counter with Paul Maholm (11-9, 3.44), who is coming off a lost against the Padres on August 27, as he went six and two-thirds innings, giving up two runs on eight hits and a walk, while striking out five, in the Braves’ 3-0 lost. He will be trying to keep the Braves from being swept. The Phils will be going for the sweep.

The Phils’ offense goes back into hibernation as they lose to the Cubs, 5-1.

The Phils’ offense return to hibernation as they drop the series opener to the Cubs, 5-1.

The Cubs took the lead in the fourth as, with a man on second, and with one man out, Starlin Castro hits an RBI bloop single to center, scoring Tony Campana, who had earlier reached base with a bunt single, then stole second base, giving the Cubs a 1-0 lead. The Cubs added to their lead in the sixth as, with runners on the corners, and with one man out, Alfonso Soriano hits an RBI single, knocking in Campana, who had earlier singled, then stopped at third base on Bryan LaHair’s single, giving the Cubs a 2-0 lead, while sending LaHair, who had just singled, on to second base. The Cubs then took a 3-0 lead as Ian Stewart hits an RBI double, scoring LaHair, while sending Soriano over to third base. The Phils would finally get on the scoreboard in the seventh as, with one man out, Ty Wigginton hits a solo home run, his second home run of the year, making it 3-1 Cubs’ lead. The Cubs would get the run back in the ninth as, with a man on first, and with two men out, Reed Johnson hits an RBI triple, knocking in Geovany Soto, who had just walked, giving the Cubs a 4-1 lead. The Cubs then made it a 5-1 lead as David DeJesus hits an RBI triple, scoring Johnson. That would be the final score as Rafael Dolis recorded his first save of the season as he pitched a 1-2-3 ninth, getting Carlos Ruiz to end the game by lining out to center.

Roy Halladay (3-2, 1.95) took the lost as he went seven innings, giving up three runs on six hits and two walks, while striking out five. Antonio Bastardo pitched a scoreless inning, giving up a hit and a walk. Michael Schwimer pitched an inning, giving up two runs on two hits and a walk. Paul Maholm (2-2, 6.20) got the win by pitching six and a third innings, giving up a run on five hits, striking out a batter. James Russell got his first hold of the year as he pitched two-thirds of an inning, giving up two hits. Rafael Dolis pitched two scoreless innings, giving up a hit.

The Phils had eight hits in the game, with Placido Polanco (Singles) and Ty Wigginton (Single, Home Run, RBI) both leading the team with two hits each. Juan Pierre (Single), Carlos Ruiz (Double), Freddy Galvis (Single) and pinch hitter John Mayberry, Jr. (Single), had the other four Phils’ hits, as the offense went silent again, putting Roy Halladay out to dry in the process.

The Phils (9-11, 4th East) will continue their wraparound series with the Cubs (7-13, 6th Central). The game will be played at Citizens Bank Park and will start at 7:05 pm EDT. The Phils will send to the mound Joe Blanton (1-3, 4.34), who is coming off a lost against the Padres on May 22, as he went six innings, giving up six runs, only four of which were earned, on seven hits and two walks, while striking out two, in the Phils’ 6-1 lost. He will be trying to improve his record, while hoping that the offense will be able to give him some run support. The Cubs will counter with Randy Wells (0-0, 3.60), who is coming off a no-decision against the Reds on April 22, as he went five innings, giving up two runs on six hits and five walks, while he struck out just two batters, in the Cubs’ 4-3 win. He will be trying to continue the Phils’ offensive woes. The Phils will be trying to get back the hot bats that they had been using in Phoenix, as they go to tie up the series.

The Phils start a four-game series with the Cubs.

The Phils (9-10, 4th East), who had yesterday off, have just returned from Phoenix, Arizona, with a two-game winning streak and their first series win on the road, after having spilt their previous four-game series with the Padres. The Phils’ offense supported solid pitching performances from Vance Worley (2-1, 2.16) and Cole Hamels (3-1, 2.73), who, between them, gave up only three runs in fourteen innings pitched, by erupting for fifteen runs in eighteen innings, after having scored five runs in their last at-bats during their Monday night lost. The Phils will be facing the Cubs (6-13, 6th Central), one of the prersently bad clubs in the National League, who are coming off a lost against the Cardinals on Wednesday, after having won the previous two games. 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 their ace Roy Halladay (3-1, 1.50), who is coming off a tough lost against the Padres on April 21, as he threw seven innings, giving up two runs on five hits and a very high (for him) four walks, while striking out five, in the Phils’ 5-1 lost. Career-wise, Halladay have had very little success against the Cubs, as he has a record of 1-4 with a 3.72 ERA, as he had struck out 23 Cubbies. He will be out for his fourth win of the season, trying to continue the Phils’ present winning streak while also trying to improve his personal record against the Cubs. The Cubs will counter with Paul Maholm (1-2, 8.36), who is coming off a victory against the Reds on April 21, as he pitched six innings, giving up a run on four hits and three walks, while he struck out five, in the Cubs’ 6-1 win. Against the Phils, Maholm has a career record of 3-2 with an ERA of 4.50 in seven starts, as he struck out 27 Phils. He will be out to build on his previous win, while trying to give the Cubs the series’ opener win. The Phils will be trying to once again even their record, while trying to see if they can end the month of April on a more positive note.

Seems injuries have decided to make things interesting…

This past Saturday, during the Phils’ 4-3 lost to the Pirates, Dom Brown, during an at-bat against pitcher Paul Maholm, fractured the hook of the hamate bone on his right hand as he fouled off a pitch, before getting his only hit of spring training, a single. Brown has returned to Philadelphia to visit hand specialist Randall Culp, to see how bad it is, although the Phils expect that Brown will need surgery on his right hand, and will therefore be out for four to six weeks. This will mean that Dom Brown will more than likely start the year at Triple-A Lehigh Valley, before being called back to the main club, while Ben Francisco, who has been hitting the cover off of the ball so far this spring (before going 0 for 3 in today’s game with the Yankees), will be the one who will be the starter in right field, although no one have yet to say that he is.

This could end up being a blessing in disguise, as it should allow Brown to get away from all of the hype around him as he is considered the team’s number one prospect, as well as being the number one candidate for the job in right field, although he have not had a good spring as he had gone 0 for 15 before getting the single.

Meanwhile, in spite of taking a week off to allow his right knee to heal after it was announced that he was suffering from patellar tendenitis, Chase Utley was given a cortisone shot to help it heal. This is not good news, as the leg was expected to heal on its own, after being given some rest, although Utley have taken batting practice as he waited for his knee to get better. Hopefully his knee will be okay by the time that the team head north near the end of the month and it will make Utley sit out a few games during the regular season when told to by Charlie Manuel.

Kyle Kendrick pitches his first complete game start of his career as the bats come alive to crush the Pirates, 12-4.

Kyle Kendrick throws his first complete game start of his career as the Phils’ offense scored early and often, as the Phils finally defeat the Bucos, 12-4.

The Phils took a quick 1-0 lead in the first as, with one man on, and with nobody out, Shane Victorino hits an RBI triple, scoring Jimmy Rollins, who had earlier singled. The Phils added to their lead as, with Victorino still on third, and now with one man out, Ryan Howard hits an RBI single, knocking in Victorino, giving the Phils a 2-0 lead. The Pirates would cut the Phils’ lead to 2-1 as, with one man out, Pedro Alvarez hits a solo home run, his first major league home run of his career. The Phils then busted the game wide open in the third. With the based loaded, via a walk to Rollins, a Victorino infield single, moving Rollins up to second, and a throwing error by shortstop Bobby Crosby on a force attempt of a Jayson Werth grounder, as Victorino beats the throw to second, while Rollins reached third, and Werth was safe at first, and with nobody out, Howard hits a two-run single, scoring both Rollins and Victorino, giving the Phils a 4-1 lead, while sending Werth over to third. The Phils then made it 5-1 one batter later, as Ben Francisco hits into an RBI force out, 5-4, as Werth scores from third while Howard was wiped out at second for the inning’s first out, before Francisco beats the throw to first. Two batters later, with two men on base, as Wilson Valdez reaches base with a single, sending Francisco up to second, and with still one man out, Cody Ransom, who the Phils have just called up, hits an RBI single, scoring Francisco, giving the Phils a 6-1 lead, while sending Valdez up to second base. The Phils then made it 7-1 as, with two men on base, and still with one man out, Dane Sardinha hits an RBI double, knocking in Valdez, while sending Ransom to third. The Phils added to their lead in the fourth as, with a runner on base, and with nobody out, Jayson Werth hits an RBI double, knocking in Victorino, who had earlier singled, making it an 8-1 Phils’ lead. The Phils made it 10-1 in the fifth as, with one man on, and with two men out, Jimmy Rollins hits a two-run home run, scoring Ransom, who had earlier singled. The Pirates got a run back as Ryan Church hits a solo home run, his third home run of the season, making it a 10-2 Phils’ lead. The Phils made it 11-2 in the sixth as, with two outs, Francisco hits a solo home run, his first home run of the year. The Phils added their final run in the seventh as, with one man on, and with two men out, Rollins hits an RBI double, knocking in Kyle Kendrick, who had earlier doubled, making it a 12-2 Phils’ lead. The Pirates made it 12-3 in the eighth as, with a runner on third and with two men out, pinch hitter Ronny Cedeno hits an RBI double, scoring Delwyn Young, who had earlier reached base on a Ransom fielding error, moved to second on a Jose Tabata’s ground out, 1-3, and went to third on a Neil Walker’s ground out, 3-unassisted. In the ninth, the Pirates made it a 12-4 Phils’ lead as, with runners on the corner, and with two men out, Young hits an RBI single, scoring Alvarez, who had earlier singled, moved up to second on Church’s single, and then went to third on Crosby’s force out, 6-4, wiping out Church at second base, while sending Crosby, who was safe on the force out, over to second. The game was then ended as Tabata hits into a force out, 1-5, wiping out Crosby at third for the game’s final out.

Kyle Kendrick gets the win as he pitches a complete game, his first career complete game, as he gives up four runs, three of which were earned, on ten hits and two walks, as he strikes out four. His record is now 5-3 with a 4.70 ERA. Paul Maholm takes the lost as he goes only three innings, plus two batters, as he gives up eight runs, seven of which were earned, on ten hits and two walks, while striking out just one Phil. His record is now 5-7 with a 4.50 ERA. Justin Thomas pitches three innings, giving up three runs on three hits, while striking out one. Brendan Donnelly pitches an inning, giving up a run on two hits. D.J. Carrasco and Javier Lopez combined for two scoreless innings, giving up no hits, while striking out two (Carrasco).

The Phils errupted for fifteen hits in the game, with both Jimmy Rollins and Shane Victorino leading the team with three hits, with Rollins’ hits being a triple short of the cycle, as he had a single, a double and a two-run home run, knocking in three runs, while scoring three runs, while Victorino’s hits were two singles and a triple, as he scored three runs, while knocking in one run. Ryan Howard and Cody Ransom followed with two hits apiece, with Howard’s hits being two singles, knocking in three runs, while Ransom’s hits were also singles, knocking in a run. Jayson Werth, Ben Francisco, Wilson Valdez, Dane Sardinha and Kyle Kendrick had the other five Phils’ hits, with Werth, Sardinha and Kendrick’s hits being doubles, with Werth and Sardinha both knocking in a run, while Valdez’s hit was a single and Francisco’s hit being a solo home run. Just when it looks like the Phils were feeling sorry for themselves, the bats wake up. Question is, how long will they stay awake, as the Phils face both the Reds and the Braves after today’s game.

The Phils (42-37, 3rd NL East) will conclude their four-game series with the Pirates (29-52, 6th NL Central) with an afternoon game, already in progress, with the Phils leading 4-2 in the top of the fifth.

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