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The bats have a field day as they pound the Dodgers, winning 16-1.

Philadelphia_PhilliesThe Phils’ offense finally have a laughter as they give John Lannan 16 runs, as they beat up on the Dodgers, 16-1.

The Phils took the lead in the top of the first as, with the bases loaded, via singles by Michael Young and Chase Utley, with M. Young stopping at second base, and a walk by Jimmy Rollins, moving both runners up a base, and with nobody out, Dom Brown hits into an RBI force out, 3-6, scoring M. Young, giving the Phils a 1-0 lead, while sending Utley up to third base, while Rollins is force out at second base for the inning’s first out, while Brown is safe at first. The Phils then took a 2-0 lead as the next batter, Delmon Young, hits an RBI single, scoring Utley, while sending Brown up to second base. Two batters later, after John Mayberry, Jr. hits into a 4-6 force out, sending Brown to third base, while D. Young is forced out at second base for the inning second out, while Mayberry is safe at first, the Phils increased their lead as Ben Revere hits an RBI single, knocking in Brown, giving the Phils a 3-0 lead, while sending Mayberry up to second base. The Phils added to their lead in the top of the second as, with a man on second base, and with two men out, Rollins hits an RBI single, knocking in Utley, who had just doubled, giving the Phils a 4-0 lead, before he moved up to second base on the late throw home. The Phils made it a 6-0 lead two batters later, after Brown reached base on first baseman Adrian Gonzalez’s fielding error, while Rollins moved up to third base, as D. Young hits a two-run double, scoring both Rollins and Brown. The Phils took a 7-0 lead in the top of the fourth as M. Young hits a lead-off home run, his fifth home run of the season. The Phils added to their lead in the top of the fifth as, with a runner on second base, and with two men out, John Lannan helped his own cause with an RBI single, knocking in Carlos Ruiz, who had just doubled, giving the Phils an 8-0 lead, before Lannan is thrown out trying to go to second base on the throw, 7-2-4, for the inning’s final out. The Phils then made it a 9-0 lead in the top of the sixth as, with two men on, and with one man out, Brown hits an RBI single, knocking in M. Young, who had started the inning off with a single, then moved up to second base on Utley’s single, while sending Utley, who had earlier singled, would stop at third base. The Phils then added to their lead as, with two men still on base, and with still one out, D. Young hits an RBI force out, 6-4, scoring Utley, giving the Phils a 10-0 lead, as Brown is forced out at second base for the inning’s second out, as D. Young reaches first base. The Phils then made it a 12-0 lead as Mayberry hits a two-run home run, his sixth home run of the year, knocking in D. Young. The Dodgers finally get onto the scoreboard in their half of the sixth as, with a man on base, and with two men out, pinch-hitter Scott Van Slyke hits an RBI double, scoring Yasiel Puig, who had just walked, making it a 12-1 Phils’ lead. The Phils increased their lead again in the top of the seventh as, with runners on the corners, and with two men out, pinch-hitter John McDonald hits an RBI single, knocking in Lannan, who had earlier singled, moved up to second base on M. Young’s single, then moved up to third base on pinch-hitter Kevin Frandsen’s force out, 6-4, wiping out M. Young at second base for the inning’s second out, giving the Phils a 13-1 lead, while sending Frandsen, who was safe at first on the force out, would stop at second base. Two  batters later, after Brown walks, loading up the bases, as both runners moved up a base, D. Young hits a two-run single, scoring Frandsen and McDonald, giving the Phils a 15-1 lead, while Brown would stop at second base. The Phils then took a 16-1 lead in the top of the eighth as, with a man on third, and with one man out, M. Young hits an RBI ground out, 3-unassisted, scoring Ruiz, who had started the inning off being hit by the pitch, went to second base on pinch-hitter Laynce Nix’s ground out, 3-unassisted, and then moved up to third base on pitcher Brandon League’s wild pitch. That would be the final score as Joe Savery threw a scoreless ninth inning.

John Lannan (1-2, 4.83) got the win as he pitched seven strong innings, giving up a run on five hits and a walk, striking out two. Phillippe Aumont and Joe Savery pitched two scoreless innings, giving up three walks (Aumont (1), Savery (2)) between them, while striking out two batters (one batter each). Chris Capuano (2-5, 4.72) took the last as he lasted only three and two-thirds innings, giving up seven runs, five of which were earned, on ten hits and a walk, while striking out four. Peter Moylan pitched two innings, giving up five runs on five hits and a walk. Matt Guerrier pitched an inning and a third, giving up three runs on four hits and two walks. Brandon League pitched an inning, giving up a run on a hit, a hit batter and a wild pitch. Skip Schumaker pitched a scoreless inning, giving up a hit and two walks, while striking out one.

The Phils had a season high twenty-one hits, with Michael Young (2 RBIs) leading the team with four hits, three singles and home run, followed by Delmon Young (2 Singles, Double, 6 RBIs) and John Lannan (Singles, RBI) with three hits each and Chase Utley (Single, Double), Jimmy Rollins (Singles, RBI), and Ben Revere (Single, Double, RBI) following with two hits apiece. Dom Brown (Single, 2 RBIs), John Mayberry, Jr. (Home Run, 2 RBIs), Carlos Ruiz (Double), Kevin Frandsen (Single) and pinch-hitter John McDonald (Single, RBI), had the other five Phils’ hits. The Phils also had six walks (Utley, Rollins, Brown, Mayberry (2) and Ruiz) and a hit batter (Ruiz) in the game.

The Phils (39-42, 3rd East) continue their series with the Dodgers (36-43, 5th West) with a night game tonight. The game will be played at Dodgers Stadium and will start at 10:10 pm EDT (7:10 pm EDT). The Phils will send to the mound Cliff Lee (9-2, 2.51) who is coming off a no-decision against the Padres on June 24, as he went eight innings, giving up two runs on eight hits and a walk, while striking out seven, in the Phils’ 4-3 extra-innings lost. Lee will once again be going for his tenth win of the year, and hoping that the team won’t allow this start to slip away. The Dodgers will counter with Hyun-Jin Ryu (6-3, 2.85) who is coming off a no-decision against the Giants on June 24, as he went eight innings, giving up a run on eight hits and four walks, while striking out two, in the Dodgers’ 3-1 win. He will be trying to outpitch Lee. The Phils will be trying to win their second straight game against the Dodgers.

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.

33 games in 31 days: Game #10: The Phils complete their sweep of the Braves with a ninth inning walk-off win via a single by Ross Gload, 3-2, putting their lead in the NL East to ten and a half games.

The Phils complete their sweep of the Braves with a ninth inning walk-off win via a single by pinch hitter Ross Gload, winning 3-2, as they increase their lead in the NL East to ten and a half games.

The Phils took the lead in the second as, with two men out, Raul Ibanez hits a solo home run, his eighteenth home run of the year, giving the Phils a 1-0 lead. The Braves would tie the game up at one-all in the sixth as, with one man on, and with one man out, Chipper Jones hits an RBI single, scoring Michael Bourn, who had earlier doubled. The Braves took the lead in the seventh as, with a man on second, and with one man out, Freedie Freeman hits an RBI single, knocking in Jason Heyward, who had earlier singled, then wen to second base on Alex Gonzalez’s sacrifice bunt, 1-4. The Phils would tie the game up at two-all in the eighth as, with one man on, and with two men out, Placido Polanco hits an RBI single, scoring pinch hitter John Mayberry, Jr., who had earlier singled, then went to second base on pinch hitter Wilson Valdez’s sacrifice bunt, 5-4. The Phils then won the game in the ninth as, with two men on, and with one man out, pinch hitter Ross Gload hits an RBI single, knocking in Ibanez, who had earlier walked, then moved up to second base on Carlos Ruiz’s single, giving the Phils a 3-2 walk-off win.

Roy Oswalt received a no-decision as he pitched seven innings, giving up two runs on four hits and four walks, while striking out seven. Antonio Bastardo pitched a scoreless inning, giving up a hit and a walk. Ryan Madson (4-2, 2.79) got the win as he pitched a scoreless inning, giving up a hit. Brandon Beachy also received a no-decision, as he went five and two-thirds innings, giving up a run on two hits and a walk, while striking out seven. Eric O’Flaherty pitched one and a third scoreless innings, striking out two. Jonny Venters blew his third save opportunity of the season as he gave up a run on two hits and a walk, while he struck out two. Peter Moylan (1-1, 4.76) took the lost as he pitched a third of an inning, giving up a run on two hits and a walk.

The Phils had only six hits in the game, with Placido Polanco leading the team with two hits, both singles, as he knocked in a run. Raul Ibanez (Home Run, RBI), Carlos Ruiz (Single), pinch hitter John Mayberry, Jr. (Single) and pinch hitter Ross Gload (Single, RBI), had the other four Phils’ hits.

The Phils (91-48, 1st East) will start a four-game series with the Brewers (85-59, 1st Central), that will start with a night game tonight. The game will be played at Miller Park, and it will begin at 8:05 pm CDT (7:05 pm EDT). The Phils will send to the mound Cole Hamels (13-7, 2.63), who is coming off a no-decision against the Marlins on September 3, as he went seven innings, giving up three runs on four hits and three walks, while striking out seven, in the Phils’ 8-4 lost. He will for the fourth time be going after win no. fourteen, while trying to start off this series with a potential playoff opponent with a win. The Brewers will counter with Chris Narveson (10-6, 4.26), who is coming off a win against the Astros on September 3, as he went five innings, giving up two runs on four hits and four walks, while striking out four, in the Brewers’ 8-2 win. He will be trying to slow down the Phils. The Phils will be looking for win no. 92, while trying to see what the Brewers are made of.

33 games in 31 days: Game #8: Cliff Lee throws his sixth complete game shutout of the season as the bats erupt for nine runs, as the Phils crush the Braves, 9-0.

Cliff Lee pitches his major league leading sixth complete game shutout, as the bats erupt for nine runs, as the Phils clobber the Braves, 9-0.

The Phils took the lead in the first as, with the bases loaded, via singles by Placido Polanco and Chase Utley, sending Polanco on to third base, and a walk to Ryan Howard, moving Utley to second base, and with one man out, Hunter Pence hits a two-run single, knocking in both Polanco and Utley, giving the Phils a 2-0 lead, while sending Howard up to second base. The Phils increased their lead in the fourth as, with two men on, and with two men out, Shane Victorino hits a two-run single, scoring John Mayberry, Jr., who had earlier walked, was safe at second on shortstop Alex Gonzalez’s force out attempt fielding error on Carlos Ruiz’s grounder, and went to third on Michael Martinez’s sacrifice bunt, 1-3, and Ruiz, who was safe at first on Gonzalez’s error, then went to second base on Martinez’s sac bunt, giving the Phils’ a 4-0 lead. The Phils then tried to make it a 5-0 lead as, with a man on second, after Victorino had stolen second base, Victorino stole third base, as Derek Lowe’s pitch got pass catcher Brian McCann. Victorino then tried to score, but is thrown out at the plate as McCann is able to get to the ball, and then throw it to Lowe, who tagged out Victorino at the plate for the inning’s third out. The Phils added to their lead in the fifth as, with runners on the corners, and with one man out, Pence hits an RBI double, knocking in Utley, who had earlier tripled, giving the Phils a 5-0 lead, while sending Howard, who had earlier been intentionally walk, on to third base.  Two batters later, after Mayberry is intentionally walked to load the bases, Carlos Ruiz broke the game wide open with an RBI single, scoring Howard and Pence, making it a 7-0 Phils’ lead, while sending Mayberry on to second base. The Phils then made it an 8-0 lead in the seventh as Howard hits a lead-off home run, his thirty-first home run of the season. The Phils then took a 9-0 lead in the eighth as, with two men on, and with one man out, Polanco hits an RBI single, knocking in Lee, who had earlier singled, then moved up to second base on Victorino’s walk, while Victorino, who had just walked, would stop at second base. That would be the end of the scoring, as Lee came in to pitch the top of the ninth, pitching a 1-2-3 inning, as he recorded his sixth complete game shutout, as he threw a five hitter at the Braves.

Cliff Lee (16-7, 2.47) gets the win as he threw his sixth complete game shut out, giving up just five hits, while striking out six. Derek Lowe (9-13, 4.65) took the lost as he went just five innings, giving up seven runs, five of which were earned, on eight hits and four walks, while he struck out four. Scott Linebrink pitched an inning plus one batter, giving up a run on a hit. Peter Moylan pitched a scoreless inning, striking out a batter. Arodys Vizcaino pitched an inning, giving up a run on two hits and a walk.

The Phils had eleven hits in the ballgame, with Placido Polanco (Singles, RBI), Chase Utley (Single, Triple), Ryan Howard (Single, Home Run, RBI) and Hunter Pence (Single, Double, 3 RBIs) all leading the team with two hits each. Shane Victorinio (2 RBIs), Carlos Ruiz (2 RBIs) and Cliff Lee  had the other three Phils’ hits, all singles.

The Phils (89-48, 1st) will continue their important series with the Braves (82-58, 2nd) weather permitting, with a game tonight. The game will be played at Citizens Bank Park and it is slated to start at 7:05 pm EDT. The Phils will send to the mound Vance Worley (10-1, 2.85), who is coming off a win against the Reds on September 1, as he pitched six innings, giving up four runs on eight hits and a walk, while striking out seven, in the Phils’ 6-4 win. He will be out to put the Phils’ lead in the East once again at nine and a half games. The Braves will counter with Tim Hudson (14-8, 3.05), who is coming off a win against the Nationals on September 1, as he went six innings, giving up a run on five hits and two walks, while striking out five, in the Braves’ 5-2 win. He will be out to even the series. The Phils will be out to place a stranglehold on first place in the East.

Friday: Countdown to the Playoffs, Game # 3: The Phils ruin the Braves’ night as they pound Atlanta, 11-5.

The Phils begin their final road series by pounding the Braves as they defeat Atlanta, 11-5, hurting the Braves chances to reach the playoffs as the NL Wild Card.

The Braves took a 1-0 lead in the first as, with one man on, and with two men out, Derrek Lee hits an RBI double, scoring Jason Heyward, who had earlier walked. The Phils tied the game up at one-all in the fourth as, with two men on, and with one man out, Raul Ibanez hits an RBI single, knocking in Ryan Howard, who had earlier singled, then went to second on a Jayson Werth single, while Werth, who had just singled, would stop at second base. The Phils then took the lead as, with two men still on, and now with two men out, Carlos Ruiz hits an RBI single, scoring Weth, to give the Phils a 2-1 lead, while Ibanez would stop at third. The Braves would tie the score up at two-all in the fifth as, with two men on, and with two men out, Lee hits an RBI single, knocking in Brandon Beachy, who had earlier walked, moved up to second on Omar Infante’s sacrifice bunt, then stopped at third on Brian McCann’s single, while McCann, who had just singled, stopped at second base. The Phils regained the lead in the sixth as, with the bases loaded, via a double by Werth, who is then replaced by pinch runner John Mayberry, Jr., an intentional walk to Ibanez and a force attempt throwing error by Braves third baseman Brooks Conrad to second base on a Ruiz grounder, as his throw never got close to second base, allowing Mayberry to reach third, Ibanez to reach second and Ruiz to be safe at first, and with two men out, pinch hitter Dom Brown received a walk, forcing in Mayberry, making it a 3-2 Phils’ lead, while moving both Ibanez and Ruiz up a base. One batter later, with the bases still loaded, Jimmy Rollins broke the game wide open with a grand slam home run, his eighth home run of the year, knocking in Ibanez, Ruiz and Brown, giving the Phils a 7-2 lead. The Phils then added to their lead in the eighth as, with the bases loaded once again, via singles to Greg Dobbs and Ruiz, sending Dobbs on to second base, and a walk to Wilson Valdez, moving up both Dobbs and Ruiz, and with two men out, Ben Francisco hits an RBI single, scoring Dobbs, making it an 8-2 Phils’ lead, while moving both Ruiz and Valdez up a base. Chase Utley then followed with a walk, forcing in Ruiz, giving the Phils a 9-2 lead, while moving Valdez and Francisco up a base. Ryan Howard then followed with a two-run single, scoring both Valdez and Francisco, making it an 11-2 Phils’ lead, while sending Utley up to third base. The Braves tried to rally in the ninth as, with the bases loaded, via singles to Conrad and pinch hitter Freddie Freeman, sending Conrad up to third base, and a walk to J.C. Boscan, moving Freeman up to second base, and with two men out, Lee hits a three-run double, scoring Conrad, Freeman and Boscan, making it an 11-5 Phils’ lead. That would end up being the final score as David Herndon got Matt Diaz to ground out, 6-3, ending the game.

Kyle Kendrick gets the win as he pitches five innings, giving up two runs on five hits and three walks, while striking out two. His record is now 11-10 with a 4.73 ERA. Antonio Bastardo, J.C. Romero, Chad Durban and Jose Contreras pitches three scoreless innings, giving up just two hits (Bastardo) and while striking out three batters (Bastardo) between them. Mike Zagurski pitches two-thirds of an inning, giving up three runs on three hits and a walk, while striking out one. David Herndon pitches a third of an inning, giving up a walk. Brandon Beachy took the lost as he pitches five and two-thirds innings, giving up four runs, only two of which were earned, on seven hits and a walk, while striking out five. His record is now 0-2 with a 3.00 ERA. Peter Moylan pitches to two batters, giving up two unearned runs and a walk. Michael Dunn pitches a third of an inning, giving up a run on a hit, while striking out a batter. Kyle Farnsworth pitches a scoreless inning, striking out two. Cristhian Martinez pitches two-thirds of an inning, giving up four runs on three hits and a walk, while striking out a batter. Mike Minor pitches an inning and a third, giving up just two hits and a walk, while striking out two.

The Phils had thirteen hits in the game, with Carlos Ruiz leading the team with three hits, two singles and a double, knocking in a run. Ryan Howard, Jayson Werth, Raul Ibanez and Greg Dobbs followed with two hits each, with Howard and Ibanez’s hits being all singles, with Howard knocking in two runs, while Ibanez knocked in one, while Werth and Dobbs’ both had a single and a double. Jimmy Rollins and Ben Francisco had the other two Phils’ hits, with Rollins’ hit being a grand slam home run, knocking in four runs, while Francisco’s hit was a single, bringing in a run. Pinch hitter Dom Brown and Chase Utley brought in the other two Phils’ runs, via bases loaded walks. The Phils are presently beating up on the Braves, seeming to have their number.

Countdown to the Playoffs, Game # 10: Oswalt and the bullpen throws a one-hitter at the Braves as the Phils sweep the series, winning 1-0. The magic number is now down to four.

Roy Oswalt, winning pitcher Ryan Madson and Brad Lidge combine to throw a one-hitter at the Braves, as the Phils score the winning run with two outs in the eighth, to defeat the Braves, 1-0, as they sweep the three-game series. The Phils now own a six games lead over the Braves in the NL East, as the magic number drops to four games.

The game was a pitchers’ duel between Phils’ starter Roy Oswalt, who threw seven scoreless innings, giving up just one hit, a two-out double to Martin Prado in the fourth, and a two-out walk to Brian McCann in the seventh, while striking out eight and Braves starter Tommy Hanson who pitched six scoreless innings, giving up a one-out double to Carlos Ruiz in the fifth and a one-out single by Chase Utley in the sixth, before pitching himself out of jams in both innings and three walks, while striking out four. After Ryan Madson came in to pitch a scoreless eighth, the Phils tried to start a rally in their half of the eighth as Utley was hit by the pitch for the second time that night, leading off the inning. But Ryan Howard then followed by hitting into a 6-5-3 doubleplay, hitting into the shift, as Utley is wiped out at second, for outs number one and two. Jayson Werth then gets on base with a walk. The next batter, Raul Ibanez, then followed by hitting a 2-0 sinker down the left field line, just barely dropping fair, for an RBI double, knocking in Werth, giving the Phils a 1-0 lead. The Phils then gave the ball to Brad Lidge for the save. Lidge proceeded to shut down the Braves, getting his twenty-sixth save of the year, although giving up a walk to Jason Heyward with two outs, who then stole second base. But, Lidge would then end the game by getting Prado to fly out to right.

Roy Oswalt receives a no-decision as he pitches seven strong innings, giving up just one hit and a walk, while striking out eight. Ryan Madson gets the win as he pitches a 1-2-3 inning. His record is now 6-2 with a 2.32 ERA. Brad Lidge receives his twenty-sixth save of the year, as he gives up a walk. Tommy Hanson also gets a no-decision as he pitches six shut out innings, giving up just two hits and three walks, while striking out four. Peter Moylan and Craig Kimbrel combine for a scoreless inning, giving up a hit (Moylan) and a walk (Kimbrel), while striking out a batter (Kimbrel) between them. Jonny Venters took the lost as he gives up a run on one hit, a walk and a hit batter. His record is now 4-3 with a 1.83 ERA.

The Phils only had four hits in the game, with Carlos Ruiz leading the team with two hits, a single and a double. Chase Utley and Raul Ibanez had the other two Phils’ hits, with Utley’s hit being a single and Ibanez’s hit being an RBI double, knocking in the only run of the game. The offense was once again handcuffed by the Braves’ pitching, but thanks to Oswalt, they were able to hang in there until someone was finally able to knock in the winning run.

The Phils (92-61, 1st) have the day-off today, before starting the final series of the regular season at Citizens Bank Park, a three-game weekend series with the Mets (74-78, 4th).

Countdown to the Playoffs, Game # 11: Roy Halladay gets his twentieth victory of the year, as the Phils decrease their magic number to 6, as they defeat the Braves, 5-3.

Roy Halladay becomes the first Phils starter, since Hall of Famer Steve Carlton won 23 in 1982, to win 20 games in a season, as the Phils defeat the Braves, 5-3. The Phils’ lead in the NL East increases to five games, while their magic number falls to six games.

The Phils took the lead in the third as, with two men on, and with one man out, Jayson Werth hits a three-run home run, his twenty-fifth home run of the year, knocking in Placido Polanco, who had earlier walked, and had moved up to second on Chase Utley’s single, and Utley, who had earlier singled, giving the Phils a 3-0 lead. The Braves got a run back in the fifth as, with runners on the corners, and with nobody out, Eric Hinske hits an RBI force out, 4-6, knocking in Alex Gonzalez, who had earlier doubled, then went to third on Rick Ankiel’s single, making it a 3-1 Phils’ lead, while Ankiel, who had earlier singled, was wiped out at second base. The Braves scored again in the sixth as, with runners on second and third and with nobody out, Derrek Lee hits a sacrifice fly, knocking in Martin Prado, who had earlier singled, and had gone to third on Brian McCann’s double, making it a 3-2 Phils’ lead, before McCann, who has earlier doubled, is thrown out at third, 8-5, trying to move up to third, on a sacrifice fly-double play, for the second out of the inning. The Phils got the runs back in their half of the sixth as, with two men on base, and with two men out, Raul Ibanez hits a two-run double, knocking in Ryan Howard, who had earlier walked, and moved up to second on Werth’s single, and Werth, who had just singled, giving the Phils a 5-2 lead. The Braves got a run back in the seventh as, with two men out, pinch hitter Freddie Freeman hits a pinch hit solo home run, the first of his major league career, making it a 5-3 Phils’ lead. That would be the final score as the bullpen would hold down the Braves in the eighth and in the ninth, with Brad Lidge collecting his twenty- fifth save of the year, as he got Ankiel to end the game by poping up to the shortstop for the final out.

Roy Halladay gets the win as he pitches seven innings, giving up three runs on seven hits and two walks, striking out three. His record is now 20-10 with an ERA of 2.53. Ryan Madson collects his fourteenth hold as he pitches a scoreless inning, giving up a hit, while striking out one. Brad Lidge gets his twenty-fifth save of the season as he pitches a scoreless inning, giving up a hit, while striking out a batter. Mike Minor took the lost as he pitches only two and one-third innings, giving up three runs on seven hits and a walk. His record is now 3-2 with a 6.18 ERA. Cristhian Martinez and Kyle Farnsworth combines for two and two-thirds scoreless innings, giving up  a hit (Martinez) and two walks (Martinez), while striking out four (Martinez (3), Farnsworth (1)) between them. Michael Dunn pitches two-thirds of an inning, giving up two runs on two hits and a walk, while striking out a batter. Peter Moylan, Craig Kimbrel and Jonny Venters combine for two and a third scoreless innings, giving up two hits (Kimbrel (1), Venters (1)), while striking out three (Kimbrel (1), Venters (2)) between them.

 The Phils had twelve hits in the game, with Placido Polanco, Chase Utley, Jason Werth, Raul Ibanez and Wilson Valdez leading the team with two hits each, with Polanco, Utley and Valdez’s hits being all singles, with Werth’s hits being a single and a three-run home run, knocking in three runs, and Ibanez’s hits being a pair of doubles, knocking in two runs. Ryan Howard and Roy Halladay had the other two Phil hits, both singles. The Phils’ offense left twelve men on base, failing to cash in on several scoring opportunities, but scoring enough runs to win once again.

The Phils (91-61, 1st) will conclude their series with the Braves (86-66, 2nd) with a night game tonight. The game will be played at Citizens Bank Park and will start at 7:05 pm Eastern. The Phils will send to the mound Roy Oswalt (13-13 (7-1), 2.90 (1.94)), who is coming off a win against the Nats on September 17, as he went six innings, giving up a run on six hits and a walk, while striking out seven, in the Phils’ 9-1 rout. In his last three starts, his record is 3-0 as he had pitched twenty-two innings, giving up five runs on sixteen hits and three walks, while striking out twenty. He will be trying to lead the Phils to a sweep of the Braves. The Braves will counter with Tommy Hanson (10-11, 3.62), who is coming off a win against the Mets on September 17, as he pitched six innings, giving up four runs on five hits and a walk, while striking out four, in the Braves’ 6-4 win. In his last three starts, his record is 1-1 with a no-decision, as he had pitched nineteen innings, giving up twelve runs, nine of which were earned, on fourteen hits and three walks, while striking out thirteen. He will be trying to help the Braves avoid the sweep. The Phils will be trying to sweep the Braves, to extend their lead in the NL East to six games and set things up for an early clinching.

Countdown to the Playoffs, Game # 12: Cole Hamels shut down the Braves as the Phils take a four-game lead in the East, as they defeat the Braves, 3-1.

A brilliant eight innings pitching performance by Cole Hamels leads the Phils to a 3-1 win over the Braves, as they increase their lead in the NL East to four games, while their magic number to winning the division drops down to eight.

The Braves took the lead in the second as, with one man on, and with nobody out, Brian McCann hits an RBI double, knocking in Derrek Lee, who had earlier singled, giving the Braves a 1-0 lead. The Braves threaten to add to their lead as they put runners on the corners after Matt Diaz hits a single, sending McCann over to third base, with still nobody out, but Phils starter Cole Hamels got out of further trouble by first striking out Alex Gonzalez, swinging, for the inning’s first out, then getting Melky Cabrera to hit into a 4-6-3 doubleplay, wiping out Diaz at second base. The Phils would tie the game up at one-all in their half of the first as, with a runner on third, and with two men out, Carlos Ruiz hits an RBI double, scoring Ryan Howard, who had earlier doubled, then moved up to third on Raul Ibanez’s ground out, 1-3. The Phils would take the lead in the fifth as, with a runner on third, and with nobody out, Placido Polanco hits an RBI ground out, 6-3, knocking in Shane Victorino, who had earlier reached third on a three-base fielding error by Jason Heyward, as the ball glance off of his glove, to give the Phils a 2-1 lead. Four batters later, the Phils made it a 3-1 lead as, with the bases loaded, via a Chase Utley single, who later stole second base, and then walks to first Howard, and then to Jayson Werth, moving both Utley and Howard up a base, and with still one man out, Ibanez hits an RBI ground out, 6-3, knocking in Utley, while moving both Howard and Werth up a base. That would be all that Hamels would need as he would pitch eight strong innings, giving up only a run on just six hits and a walk, while he would strike out six Braves, before handing the ball over to Brad Lidge, who would pitch a strong 1-2-3 ninth to collect his twenty-fourth save of the season, ending the game by striking out Lee, swinging.

Cole Hamels gets the win as he pitches eight strong innings, giving up only one run on six hits and a walk, while he strikes out six. His record is now 12-10 with a 2.93 ERA. Brad Lidge records his twenty-fourth save of the year as he pitches a 1-2-3 ninth, striking out two batters. Brandon Beachy took the lost in his major league debut, as he pitches four and a third innings, giving up three runs, only one of which was earned, on four hits and three walks, while he strikes out only one. His record is now 0-1 with a 2.08 ERA. Eric O’Flaherty, Peter Moylan, Michael Dunn and Kyle Farnsworth combine for four and two-thirds scoreless innings, giving up just one hit (Dunn) and three walks (O’Flaherty (2), Moylan (1)), while striking out four (Moylan (1), Dunn (1), Farnsworth (2)) between them.

The Phils had just five hits in the game, singles by Shane Victorino, Chase Utley and Jayson Werth and double by Ryan Howard and Carlos Ruiz, with Ruiz knocking in one run, while Placido Polanco and Raul Ibanez knocked in the other two Phils’ runs with ground outs. The offense, although hitting the ball hard, especially against the rookie Brandon Beachy, have little to show for it, although a Braves error allowed them to get the runs they would need to win, with Cole Hamels pitching strongly last night

The Phils (90-61, 1st) will continue their three-games series with the Braves (86-65, 2nd) with a night game tonight. The game will be played at Citizens Bank Park and will start at 7:05 pm Eastern. The Phils will send to the mound their ace Roy Halladay (19-10, 2.49), who is coming off a win against the Marlins on September 15, as he pitched six innings, giving up three runs on ten hits, as he struck out nine, in the Phils’ 10-5 win. In his last three starts, his record is 3-0, as he pitched twenty and two-thirds innings, giving up eleven runs on twenty-five hits and two walks, while striking out twenty. Doc will be going for his fourth win in a row, while trying to pitch his first strong outing in over a month, while planning to make it 3-0 against the Braves this season. The Braves will counter with Mike Minor (3-1, 5.84), another rookie, who is coming off a lost against the Nationals on September 15, as he pitched five innings, giving up four runs on four hits and a walk, while striking out six, in the Braves’ 4-2 lost. In his last three starts, his record is 0-1 with two no-decisions, as he had pitched fourteen innings, giving up fourteen runs on twenty hits and two walks, while striking out fifteen. He will be trying to get the Braves back into the pennant race by hoping to regain what he was doing during his first four starts in the majors. The Phils, the first NL team to reach 90 wins, will be going for the series win tonight, hoping to put themselves firmly into the driver’s seat for the final ten games of the season.

The Phils’ bullpen blew another game in extra-innings as the Phils fall to the Braves, 6-3.

Lack of offensive punch, and a bullpen implosion in the eleventh inning, leads to another lost as the Phils drop one to the Braves in eleven innings, 6-3. They are once again trailing the Braves by five games in the NL East.

The Braves took the lead in the top of the first as, with the bases loaded, via singles to Martin Prado and Omar Infante and a walk to Chipper Jones, which moved both Prado and Infante up a base, and with nobody out, Troy Glaus hits into a doubleplay, 4-3, allowing Prado to score from third, as Jones was wiped out at second, to give the Braves a 1-0 lead, while Infante moved up to third. The Phils took the lead in their half of the first as, with one man on, and with one man out, Raul Ibanez hits a two-run home run, his seventh home run of the year, scoring Jimmy Rollins, who had earlier walked, and then stole second base as Shane Victorino struck out, to give the Phils a 2-1 lead. The Braves tied the game up at two-all in the fourth as, with a runner on second, and with two men out, David Ross hits an RBI single, knocking in Matt Diaz, who had just doubled. The Braves took the lead in the eighth as, with two men out, Prado hits a solo home run, his tenth home run of the season, to give the Braves a 3-2 lead. The Phils came back to tie it up at three-all in their half of the seventh as, with a runner on first, and with nobody out, Ryan Howard hits an RBI triple, just missing a home run, knocking in Ibanez, who had earlier walked. The Phils then blew an opportunity to take the lead with a runner on third, and nobody out, as Jayson Werth is called out on strikes for the inning’s first out, then pinch hitter Ben Francisco hits a fly ball to center which is not deep enough to score Howard from third for the second out of the inning, and then Wilson Valdez grounded out, 5-3, on a sensational play by Jones, to end the inning. The Braves then took the lead for good in the eleventh as, with a runner on base, and with nobody out, Diaz hits an RBI double, scoring Yunel Escobar, who had earlier singled, to make it a 4-3 Braves’ lead. Three batters later, with a runner on second, and with two men out, Erick Hinske hits a two-run home run, his sixth home run of the season, scoring Diaz, to give the Braves a 6-3 lead. That would be the final score as Billy Wagner records his eighteen save of the year by getting Ibanez to strike out with a man on second base, for the game’s final out.

Cole Hamels received a no-decision as he went seven innings, giving up three runs on eight hits and two walks, while striking out eight. Jose Contreras pitches two-thirds of an inning, giving up two hits. J.C. Romero pitches a third of an inning, getting out the only man whom he would face. Brad Lidge pitches a scoreless inning, striking out two. David Herndon took the lost as he pitches an inning, plus two batters, giving up two runs on two hits. His record is now 0-2 with a 4.08 ERA. Mike Zagurski pitches an inning, giving up a run on one hit, while striking out three. Jair Jurrjens also receives a no-decision, as he pitches six innings, plus two batters, giving up three runs on two hits and three walks, while striking out four. Peter Moylan pitches a third of an inning, striking out the only man whom he would face. Jonny Venters pitches two-thirds of an inning, getting out both men whom he would face. Takashi Saito and Eric O’Flaherty combined for two scoreless innings, striking out a batter between them (O’Flaherty). Jesse Chavez gets the win as he pitches a scoreless inning, walking a batter. His record is now 1-1 with a 5.63 ERA. Billy Wagner records his eighteenth save of the year as he also pitches a scoreless inning, giving up a hit, while striking out a batter.

The Phils had only three hits in the game, a two-run home run by Raul Ibanez, an RBI triple by Ryan Howard and a single by Shane Victorino. The Phils hurt themselves last night by not being more patient at the plate, after getting Jurrjens pitch count up to 28 pitches in the very first inning. This seems to be their major problem. Although they were called an American League team early in the season, they have a bad habit to not act like an AL team, i.e. show patient at the plate, and especially not swing at the pitcher’s junk. Of course, some of the key cogs in their hitting machine is out of commission, but that is still no excuse for the piss poor way they are playing right now. Guys, if you are going to try to run up the pitcher’s pitch count, stop swinging at the first and/or second pitch he throws at you. Wear him out. Sheesh. Is that too much to ask for?

The Phils (43-39, 3rd) will conclude their series with the Braves (49-35, 1st) with a night game tonight. The game will be played at Citizens Bank Park and will start at 7:05 pm Eastern. The Phils will send to the mound Jamie Moyer (9-7, 4.13), who is coming off a lost against the Pirates on July 2, as he pitched six innings, giving up two runs, only one of which was earned, on five hits and two walks, while he struck out eight, in the Phils’ 2-0 lost. In his last three starts, he is 2-1, as he pitched twenty-one innings, giving up five runs, only four of which were earned, on thirteen hits and three walks, while he struck out twenty. He will be going for his tenth win of the season, hoping that the Phils’ bats will actually hit behind him. The Braves will counter with Kris Medlen (5-1, 3.01), who is coming off a no-decision against the Marlins on July 2, as he pitched six and a third innings, giving up a run on six hits and a walk, while he struck out five, in the Braves’ 4-3 win. In his last three starts, he is 1-0 with two no-decisions, as he pitched nineteen and one-third innings, giving up six runs, five of which were earned, on seventeen hits and four walks, while he struck out fifteen. He will be going for his sixth win of the year. The Phils will be going for the series win, to put themselves four games behind the Braves in the pennant chase.

Joe Blanton has another strong start but still ends up with the lost as the Phils lose to the Braves, 4-1.

Despite throwing his second straight strong outing since coming off the disable list, Joe Blanton takes the lost as the Phils’ offense is unable to capitalize on several scoring opportunities as the Phils lost to the Braves, 4-1.

The Phils took the lead in the second as, with two men on, and with two men out, Shane Victorino hits an RBI single, knocking in Brian Schneider, who had earlier singled, and then moved up to second on Joe Blanton’s single, giving the Phils a 1-0 lead, while sending Blanton, who had earlier singled, up to second base. Blanton then took control, stopping several Braves’ rallies, while not giving up a hit, until Braves’ starter Kris Medlen got a lead-off single in the fifth, while first Medlen, and then reliever Eric O’Flaherty, kept the Phils from getting any more runs. Then the Braves got back into the game in the sixth as, with runners on the corners, and with one man out, Eric Hinske hits an RBI double, knocking in Chipper Jones, who had earlier singled, moved up to second on Brian McCann’s single, then went to third on Troy Glaus’ fly out to center, tying the game up at one-all, while sending McCann up to third. One batter later, the Braves took the lead on an RBI single by Melky Cabrera, scoring McCann, giving the Braves a 2-1 lead, while sending Hinske over to third. The Braves then made it 3-1 as Omar Infante hits a sacrifice fly to center, scoring Hinske, while Cabrera moved up to second. The Braves then added an insurance run in the ninth as, with runners on the corners, and with two men out, Glaus hits an RBI single, scoring Nate McLouth, who had earlier singled, went to second on Martin Prado’s sacrifice bunt, then moved up to third on Jones’ ground out, 4-3, giving the Braves a 4-1 lead, while sending McCann, who had just walked, up to second base. That would be the final score as Billy Wagner put the Phils’ down 1-2-3, to records his fourth save of the year.

Joe Blanton took the lose as he pitches six innings, giving up three runs on five hits and two walks, while striking out three. His record is now 0-2 with a 4.97 ERA. J.C. Romero, Chad Durbin and Jose Contreras combine for two scoreless innings, giving up only three walks (Romero (2), Contreras (1)), while striking out two batters (Romero and Chad one batter each). Danys Baez pitches an inning, giving up a run on two hits and a walk. Kris Medlen receives a no-decision as he pitches four and a third innings, giving up a run on nine hits, as he strikes out three. Eric O’Flaherty got the win as he pitches two-thirds of an inning, getting out both men that he would face. His record is now 2-1 with an ERA of 2.19. Craig Kimbrel records his first hold of the season as he goes a third of an inning, giving up two walks. Peter Moylan records his fifth hold of the year as he pitches one and one-third scoreless innings, giving up two walks. Jonny Venters records his first hold of the year as he pitches a third of an inning, getting out the only man he would face. Takashi Saito records his second hold of the season as he pitches a scoreless inning, striking out two batters. Billy Wagner records his fourth save of the year as he throws a 1-2-3 ninth, striking out a batter.

The Phils had nine hits, all singles, in the game, unable to deliever a key hit to take an early commanding lead. Placido Polanco had three hits. Shane Victorino, Ryan Howard, Raul Ibanez, Brian Schneider, Carlos Ruiz and Joe Blanton had the other six hits, with Victorino knocking in the only Phil run.

The Phils (18-12, 1st) will conclude their series and the home stand with an afternoon game against the Braves (13-17, 5th). The game will be played at Citizens Bank Park. The Phils will send to the mound Cole Hamels (2-2, 4.42), who is coming off a no-decision against the Cardinals on May 4, when he went eight plus innings, giving up just one run on eight hits and two walks, as he struck out eight, in the Phils’ 2-1 extra-innings walk-off win. He will try to build on his two previous strong starts while trying for his third win of the season. The Braves will counter with Kenshin Kawakami (0-5, 5.47), who is coming off a lost against the Nationals on May 4, as he went only five innings, giving up three runs on seven hits, while he struck out one, in the Braves’ 6-3 lost. He will be trying to gain his first win of the season. The Phils will be trying to end their good home stand on a high note before going on the road to face the Rockies in Denver. 

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