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The Phils’ offense exploded for nine runs in the last three innings, including two home runs, before defeating the Mets, 10-6.

The Phils explode for nine runs in the last three innings, including five coming in on a pair of home runs, as they defeated the Mets, 10-6.

The Mets took the lead in the first as, with one man on, and with one man out, David Wright hits an RBI double, knocking in Daniel Murphy, who had just walked, giving the Mets a 1-0 lead. The Phils tied the game up at one-all in the second as Ty Wigginton hits a lead-off home run, his fifth home run of the season. The Mets retook the lead in the sixth as, with one man on, and with two men out, Lucas Duda hits a two-run home run, his sixth home run of the year, scoring Scott Hairston, who had earlier doubled, giving the Mets a 3-1 lead. The Phils would retie the game up at three-all in the seventh as, with one man on, and with two men out, pinch hitter Carlos Ruiz hits a two-run home run, his eighth home run of the season, knocking in Brian Schneider, who had just doubled. The Phils would take the lead in the eighth as, with runners on the corners, and with one man out, Shane  Victorino hits a sacrifice fly, scoring Juan Pierre, who had started the inning off with a single, then went to third base on Hunter Pence’s single, giving the Phils a 4-3 lead. The Phils would take a commanding lead in the ninth as, with runners on the corners, and with one man out, Jimmy Rollins hits a three-run home run, knocking in pinch hitter Freddy Galvis, who had started the inning off with a walk, moved up to second base on Schneider’s sacrifice bunt, 1-4, and then stopped at third base on pinch hitter John Mayberry, Jr’s single, and Mayberry, who had just singled, giving the Phils a 7-3 lead. The Phils then added to their lead three batters later as Wigginton hits an RBI double, knocking in Pierre, who had earlier doubled, then was able to get back to second base on Pence’s fielder’s choice grounder to pitcher Chris Schwinden, avoiding the tag, giving the Phils an 8-3 lead, while sending Pence, who was safe at first on the fielder’s choice, would stop at third base. The Phils then took a 10-3 lead as Victorino hits a two-run single, knocking in both Pence and Wigginton. The Mets began a rally in their half of the ninth as Duda hits a lead-off home run, his seventh home run of the season, and his second of the game, making it a 10-4 Phils’ lead. The Mets then made it a 10-5 Phils’ lead four batters later as, with one man on, and with two men out, Andres Torres hits an RBI double, knocking in pinch hitter Kirk Nieuwenhuis, who had just singled. The Mets then cut the Phils’ lead down to 10-6 as Murphy hits an RBI single, scoring Torres. But that would be the final score as Jonathan Paplebon finally ended the inning by getting Wright to ground out, 4-3, for the game’s final out.

Cliff Lee received yet another no-decision as he pitched six innings, giving up three runs on seven hits and two walks, while striking out seven. Antonio Bastardo (2-1, 1.84) got the win as he pitched a scoreless inning, giving up a hit, while he struck out one. Jose Contreras collected his four hold of the season as he threw a 1-2-3 inning, striking out two. Raul Valdes pitched two-thirds of an inning, giving up three runs on three hits. Jonathan Papelbon pitched a third of an inning, giving up a hit. Dillon Gee also received a no-decision as he went sixth and two-thirds innings, giving up two runs on six hits and a walk, while striking out five. Bobby Parnell collected his first blown save of the season as he pitched a third of an inning, giving up a run on one hit. Jon Rauch (3-4, 4.09) took the lost as he pitched an inning, giving up a run on two hits, as he struck out one. Tim Byrdak pitched a third of an inning, giving up a run on a walk. Ramon Ramirez pitched to three batters, getting none of them out, as he gave up three runs on three hits. Chris Schwinden pitched two-thirds of an inning, giving up two runs on two hits.

The Phils had fourteen hits in the game, with Jimmy Rollins (2 Singles, Home Run, 3 RBIs) and Juan Pierre (2 Singles, Double) leading the ballclub with three hits each, followed by Ty Wigginton (Double, Home Run, 2 RBIs) with two hits. Hunter Pence (Single), Shane Victorino (Single, 3 RBIs), Mike Fontenot (Single), Brian Schneider (Double), pinch hitter Carlos Ruiz (Home Run, 2 RBIs) and pinch hitter John Mayberry, Jr. (Single) having the other six Phils’ hits. The Phils also had two walks in the game.

The Phils (27-25, 5th) have the day off.

Joe Blanton has his third straight bad outing, as the Phils lose to the Mets, 6-3.

Joe Blanton has his third staright bad start, giving up six runs this time, as the Phils drop one to the Mets, 6-3.

The Phils took the lead in the first as, with a runner on third, and with one man out, Jimmy Rollins, who had started the ballgame off with a double, then went to third on Juan Pierre’s sacrifice bunt, 1-3, would score on Jeremy Hefner’s wild pitch, giving the Phils a 1-0 lead. The Mets would tie the game up at one-all in their half of the first as, with runners on the corners, and with nobody out, David Wright hits an RBI single, scoring Mike Baxter, who had started the inning off by being hit by a pitch, then going to third on Kirk Nieuwenhuis’ single, while sending Nieuwenhuis, who had just singled, up to third base. The Mets then took the lead three batters later as, with runners on the corners, and now with two men out, Ike Davis hits an RBI single, knocking in Nieuwenhuis, who had reached third base on Daniel Murphy’s force out, 4-6, as Wright is wiped out at second base on Murphy’s grounder, giving the Mets a 2-1 lead, while sending Murphy, who was safe at first on the force out, up to second base. The Phils would tie the score up at two-all in the second as, with two men out, Brian Schneider hits a solo home run, his second home run of the season. The Mets retook the lead in their half of the second as, with a runner on third, and with one man out, Baxter hits an RBI double, knocking in Omar Quintanilla, who had started the inning off with a double, then went to third base on Hefner’s sacrifice bunt, 5-4, giving the Mets a 3-2 lead. The Mets added to their lead in the fourth as, with two men out, Hefner hits a solo home run, his first home run of the season and of his career, as well as his first major league hit. The Phils would get a run back in the sixth as, with one man on, and with nobody out, Hunter Pence hits a double to left, sending Pierre, who had started the inning off with a single, to third base, before he would head home on left fielder Baxter’s fielding error, making it a 4-3 Mets’ lead, while Pence would go on to third on the error. The Mets would increase their lead in their half of the sixth as, with one man on, and with nobody out, pinch hitter Scott Hairston hits a two-run home run, his sixth home run of the season, knocking in Quintanilla, who had started off the inning with a double, giving the Mets a 6-3 lead. That would end up being the final score as Frank Francisco recorded his fourteenth save of the year as he threw a scoreless ninth, striking out Schneider on a called third strike.

Joe Blanton (4-5, 5.05) took the lost as he pitched five innings, plus two batters, giving up six runs on nine hits, two walks and a hit batter, while striking out four. Raul Valdes threw a scoreless inning, striking out a batter. Jake Diekman and Joe Savery combined for two scoreless innings, giving up a hit (Savery) between them, while striking out three (Diekman (2), Savery (1)). Jeremy Hefner (1-2, 5.60) got the win, the first of his career, as he went six innings, giving up three runs on six hits, as he struck out four. Bobby Parnell collected his eleventh hold of the year as he pitched a 1-2-3 inning.  Jon Rauch received his fifth hold of the season as he threw a scoreless inning, giving up a hit. Frank Francisco collected his fourteenth save of the year as he pitched a scoreless inning, giving up a hit, while he struck out two.

The Phils had eight hits in the game, with Jimmy Rollins (Single, Double) and Placido Polanco (Singles) both leading the team with two hits each. Juan Pierre (Single), Hunter Pence (Double), Ty Wigginton (Single) and Brian Schneider (Home Run, RBI) had the other four Phils’ hits. The 0ther two Phils’ runs came in on a wild pitch and an error.

The Phils (26-25, 5th) will conclude their series with the Mets (28-22, T-2nd) with a night game tonight. The game will be played at Citi Field, and will start at 7:10 pm EDT. The Phils will send to the mound Cliff Lee (0-2, 2.82), who is coming off a no-decision against the Cardinals on May 25, as he pitched seven innings, giving up three runs on eight hits and three walks, while striking out seven, in the Phils’ 5-3 extra-innings win. He is still looking for his first win of the 2012 season. The Mets will counter with Dillon Gee (4-3, 4.92), who is coming off a win against the Padres on May 25, as he threw seven innings, giving up a run on four hits and three walks, while striking out nine, in the Mets’ 6-1 win. He will be trying to lead the Mets to a series win. The Phils will be going for the series win, while trying to give Lee his first victory of 2012.

The Phils’ losing streak is now at four games as Roy Halladay loses his first start against the Nats, as the Phils lose 5-2.

Roy Halladay loses his first start against the Nationals as the Phils’ losing streak rises to four games as they lose to the Nats, 5-2.

The Phils took the lead in the second as, with one man on, and with one man out, Hector Luna hits an RBI ground-rule double, scoring Hunter Pence, who had started the inning off with a single, then moved up to second base on Carlos Ruiz’s ground out, 1-3, giving the Phils a 1-0 lead. The Nats then took the lead in the third as, with two men on, and with nobody out, Bryce Harper hits a two-run triple, knocking in Jordan Zimmermann and Steve Lombarozzi, who had both singled, with Zimmermann stopping at second base on Lombarozzi’s single, giving the Nats a 2-1 lead. The Nats added to their lead two batters later as, with Harper still on third, and now with one man out, Adam LaRoche hits a sacrifice fly, knocking in Harper, and giving the Nats a 3-1 lead. The Nats then made it a 4-1 lead as Ian Desmond hits a solo home run, his eighth home run of the season. The Nats then took a 5-1 lead in the fourth as Rick Ankiel hits a lead-off home run, his third home run of the season. The Phils would get a run back in the eighth as, with one man out, pinch hitter Erik Kratz hits a solo home run, his first home run of the season, and the first home run of his career, making it a 5-2 Nats’ lead. But that would end up being the final score as Tyler Clippard recorded his first save of the year as he pitched a 1-2-3 ninth.

Roy Halladay (4-4, 3.58) took the lost as he pitched six innings, giving up five runs on nine hits and a walk, while he struck out six. Jake Diekman, Jose Contreras and Antonio Bastardo would combine for three scoreless innings, giving up a hit (Diekman) between them, while striking out six (Diekman (4), Contreras (1), Bastardo (1)). Jordan Zimmermann (3-4, 2.47) got the win as he pitched six innings, giving up a run on seven hits and two walks, while striking out two. Tom Gorzelanny pitched two innings, giving up a run on two hits. Tyler Clippard collected his first save of the season as he threw a 1-2-3 inning, striking out a batter.

The Phils had nine hits in the game, singles by Placido Polanco, Hunter Pence, Brian Schneider, Freddy Galvis, Mike Fontenot and Roy Halladay, doubles by Shane Victorino and Hector Luna and a home run by pinch hitter Erik Kratz, the first home run of his career, as the offense once against squandered several scoring opportunities in the early innings to get back into the game.

The Phils (21-23, 5th) will conclude their series with the Nats (26-17, 1st) with a night game for 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 Cole Hamels (6-1, 2.48), who is coming off a win against the Red Sox on May 18, as he pitched seven innings, giving up three runs on six hits and a walk, while striking out nine, in the Phils’ 6-4 win. He will be out to end the Phils’ present losing streak as he goes for win no. 7. The Nats will counter with Edwin Jackson (1-1, 3.31), who is coming off a no-decision against the Orioles on May 18, as he went eight innings, giving up a run on five hits and a walk, while striking out eight, in the Nats’ 2-1  extra-innings lost. He will be trying to lead the Nats to a series sweep of the Phils at home. The Phils will be out to end this bad home stand with a win before going on the road.

The Phils’ offense explodes for six runs in the ninth as they defeat the Cubs for their fourth straight win, 9-2.

The Phils win their fourth straight game for the first time this season as the offense explodes for six runs in the ninth inning as they defeated the Cubs, 9-2.

The Phils took the lead in the second as, with a man on second, and with two men out, Freddy Galvis hits an RBI double, scoring Carlos Ruiz, who had earlier singled, then moved up to second base on John Mayberry, Jr’s soft grounder near the plate, 2-3, giving the Phils a 1-0 lead. The Cubs took the lead in the fourth as, with one man on, and with one man out, Alfonso Soriano hits a two-run home run, his second home run of the season, knocking in Bryan LaHair, who had reached second base on Juan Pierre’s two-base fielding error as he allowed LaHair’s fly ball to hit off of his glove, giving the Cubs a 2-1 lead. The Phils would tied the game up at two-all in the fifth as, with two men on, and with one man out, Shane Victorino hits an RBI infield single, beating the throw to first by second baseman Darwin Barney, although replay would show that the umpire might have made a bad call, knocking in Kyle Kendrick, who had earlier singled, then stopped at third base on Pierre’s double, while sending Pierre, who had just doubled, on to third base. The Phils then took the lead in the eighth as, with one man out, a still red hot Ruiz hits a solo home run, his seventh home run of the year, giving the Phils a 3-2 lead. The Phils then put the game away in the ninth as, with the bases loaded, via a double by Galvis, his second of the ballgame, Mike Fontenot being hit by a pitch, and a walk to Jimmy Rollins, moving up a base both Galvis and Fontenot, and with nobody out, Ty Wigginton hits a two-run single, knocking in both Galvis and Fontenot, giving the Phils a 5-2 lead, while sending Rollins up to second base. Four batters later, with the bases once again loaded, after a double steal by Rollins and Wigginton, with Rollins stealing third, and Wigginton stealing second base, and with an intentional walk to Ruiz, and now with two men out, pinch hitter Hector Luna busted the game wide open with a grand slam home run, his first home run of the season, as well as his first hit of the season, scoring Rollins, Wigginton and Ruiz, giving the Phils a 9-2 lead. That would end up being the final score as Raul Valdes pitched a 1-2-3 ninth, striking out LaHair, swinging, for the game’s final out.

Kyle Kendrick received a no-decision as he pitched six innings, giving up two runs, only one of which was earned, on three hits, as he struck out four. Jose Contreras (1-0, 8.00) got the win as he pitched a 1-2-3 inning, striking out a batter. Antonio Bastardo collected his eighth hold of the year as he pitched a 1-2-3 inning, striking out two. Raul Vlades pitched a 1-2-3 inning, also striking out two Cubs. Matt Garza also received a no-decision as he went six and two-thirds innings, giving up two runs on eight hits and a walk, as he struck out two. James Russell pitched a third of an inning, walking a batter, while striking out one. Shawn Camp (2-2, 3.43) took the lost as he gave up a run on a hit, as he struck out two. Scott Maine pitched to three batters, getting none of them out, giving up three runs on a hit, a walk and a hit batter. Michael Bowden pitched an inning, giving up three runs on two hits and a walk, while striking out a batter.

The Phils had twelve hits in the game, with Juan Pierre (Single, Double), Carlos Ruiz (Single, Home Run, RBI) and Freddy Galvis (Doubles, RBI), all leading the team with two hits apiece. Jimmy Rollins (Single), Ty Wigginton (Single, 2 RBIs), Shane Victorino (Single, RBI), Kyle Kendrick (Single), pinch hitter Mike Fontenot (Single) and pinch hitter Hector Luna (Home Run, 4 RBIs), had the other six Phils’ hits, with both Fontenot and Luna getting hits in their first official at-bats as a Phil, as the offense decided to break a tight game open in their last at-bat.

The Phils (19-19, 5th East) will be playing the final game of their two-game series with the Cubs (15-22, 5th Central) tonight. The game will be played at Wrigley Field, and is to start at 8:05 pm EDT (7:05 pm CDT). The Phils will send to the mound their ace Roy Halladay (3-3, 3.20), who is coming off a lost against the Padres on May 12, as he pitched seven strong innings, giving up just two runs on seven hits and a walk, while striking out ten, in the Phils’ 2-1 lost. Halladay will be out to end his personal three-game losing streak, while trying to lead the Phils to their five straight win. The Cubs will counter with Chris Volstad (0-5, 6.92), who is coming off a lost against the Brewers on May 12, as he pitched six innings, giving up six runs on nine hits and two walks, while striking out a batter, in the Cubs’ 8-2 lost. He will be trying to lead the Cubs to a split. The Phils will be looking for a series sweep before coming back home for their first interleague game series.

Spring Training: After Sunday’s crushing lost, the Phils roll off a two-game winning streak.

After being crushed by the Blue Jays on Sunday, the Phils rolled off a two-game winning streak, defeating the Tigers, 4-3 on Monday, then defeating the Orioles, 4-1 on Tuesday, before taking Wednesday off.

In Monday’s game, the Tigers took an early lead in the first as, with a runner on second, and with two men out, Don Kelly hits an RBI single, knocking in Miguel Cabrera, who had just walked, then stole second base, giving the Tigers a 1-0 lead. The Tigers then took a 3-0 lead in the third as, with one man on, and with one man out, Brennan Boesch hits a two-run home run, his third home run of the spring, knocking in Austin Jackson, who had just walked, then stole second base. The Phils then came back in the fifth as, with runners on the corners, and with nobody out, John Mayberry, Jr. hits an RBI single, knocking in Ty Wigginton, who had earlier singled, then went to third on Laynce Nix’s single, cutting the Tigers’ lead to 3-1, while sending Nix, who had just singled, up to second base.  Two batters later, with two men on, and now with one man out, the Phils tied the game up at three-all as Freddy Glavis hits a two-run triple, scoring both Nix and Mayberry.  The Phils then took the lead as Jimmy Rollins hits a sacrifice fly, scoring Galvis, giving the Phils a 4-3 lead. That would end up being the final score as David Purcey recorded his first save of the spring by getting Jackson to ground out, 5-3, for the game’s final out.

Scott Elarton got a no-decision as he went two and a third innings, giving up three runs on three hits and two walks, while he struck out four. Raul Valdes pitched one and two-thirds scoreless innings, giving up a hit, while striking out two. Joe Savery (1-0, 0.00) got the win as he pitched two scoreless innings, giving up a hit, while striking out three. Brian Sanches and Jake Diekman both received their first hold of the spring as they combined for two scoreless innings, giving up a hit (Sanches) between them, while striking out two batters (one batter each). David Purcey recorded his first save of the spring as he pitched an inning, giving up a hit, while striking out a batter. Max Scherzer (1-1, 4.85) took the lost as he gave up four runs on six hits, while striking out five. Collin Balester, Octavio Dotel and Jose Valverde combined for three scoreless innings, giving up two walks (Balester (1), Dotel (1)), while striking out one (Dotel) batter between them.

The Phils had six hits in the ballgame, a double by Shane Victorino, a single by Hunter Pence, a single by Ty Wigginton, a single by Laynce Nix, an RBI single by John Mayberry, Jr. and a two-run triple by Freddy Galvis. Jimmy Rollins had the other Phil RBI with a sac fly. The Phils also had two walks in the game.

In Tuesday’s game, the Phils took a 1-0 lead in the first as, with runners on the corners, and with one man on, Wigginton hits an RBI single, knocking in Lou Montanez, who had earlier walked, then went on to third on Pence’s single, while sending Pence, who had just singled, on to second base. The Orioles tied the game up at one-all in their half of the first as, with a runner on second, and with two men out, Adam Jones hits an RBI double, scoring Nolan Reimold, who had been hit by a pitch, then stole second base. The Phils retook the lead in the seventh as, with a man on second, and with two men out, Galvis hits an RBI triple, knocking in Michael Martinez, who had been hit by a pitch, before later leaving the game with a broken right foot, then moving up to second base on Roy Halladay’s sacrifice bunt, 3-4, giving the Phils a 2-1 lead. The Phils then took a 3-1 lead in the eighth as, with runners on the corners, and with two men out, Pete Orr hits an RBI single, scoring Scott Podsednik, who had earlier singled, then stopped at third on Brian Schneider’s single, while sending Brian Schneider, who had just singled, on to third. The Phils then made it a 4-1 lead in the ninth as pinch hitter Erik Kratz hits a lead-off home run, his first home run of the spring. That would end up being the final score as David Herndon threw his first save of the spring by striking out Matt Antonelli, looking, for the final out.

Roy Halladay (1-1, 6.59) got the win as he went six innings, giving up a run on three hits and a hit batter, while striking out five. Jonathan Papelbon recorded his second hold of the spring as he pitched a scoreless inning, walking a batter. Michael Stutes recorded his first hold of the spring as he threw a scoreless inning, giving up a hit and a walk, while striking out a batter. David Herndon recorded his first save of the spring as he pitched a 1-2-3 inning, striking out two. Brian Matusz received a no-decision as he pitched five innings, giving up a run on seven hits and a walk, while striking out three. Kevin Gregg pitched a scoreless inning, giving up two hits. Jim Johnson (0-2, 12.00) took the lost as he went an inning, giving up a run on a hit and a hit batter. Willie Eyre pitched an inning, giving up a run on three hits. Zach Phillips pitched an inning, giving up a run on two hits.

The Phils had fifteen hits in the game, with Hunter Pence (Single, Double), Ty Wigginton (Singles, RBI) and Carlos Ruiz (Singles) all leading the team with two hits each. Freddy Galvis (Triple, RBI), Juan Pierre (Single), John Mayberry, Jr. (Double), Scott Podsednik (Single), Brian Schneider (Single), Pete Orr (Single, RBI), Michael Martinez (Double), Roy Halladay (Single) and pinch hitter Erik Kratz (Home Run, RBI) had the other nine Phils’ hits. The Phils also had a walk in the game.

The Phils lost Michael Martinez as his right foot was broken by a Jim Johnson pitch. There is no timetable for his return. On Monday, Chase Utley left Clearwater to meet with an unamed specialist to check out what is wrong with his knees. The Phils, as of yet, have no idea how this will effect his return to the club. The Phils have also sent five players down to their minor league camp: they’d optioned right handers Phillippe Aumont and Michael Schwimer, while reassigning left handers David Purcey and Jeremy Horst and infielder Kevin Frandsen.

The next Phils (9-9) game will be this afternoon with the Blue Jays (14-4) at Dunedin. The game is to start at 1:05 pm EDT.

Spring Training: The Phils’ late rally comes up short as they lose to the Pirates, 3-2.

A late ninth-inning rally by the Phils comes up a run short as they lose to the Pirates, 3-2.

The Pirates take a quick 1-0 lead in the first as Starling Marte hits a lead-off home run, his first home run of the spring. The Pirates then took a 2-0 lead in the third as, with two men on, and with one man out, Casey McGehee hits an RBI ground out, 5-3, scoring Marte, who had earlier singled, stopped at second base on Clint Barmes’ single, then went to third on Cliff Lee’s wild pitch, while sending Barmes, who had earlier singled, then stopped at second base on Lee’s wild pitch, would move up to third base. The Pirates then made it a 3-0 lead in the fifth as pinch hitter Jake Fox hits a solo home run. The Phils finally get on the board in the ninth as, with the bases loaded, via Hector Luna being hit by a pitch, then moving up to second on Lou Montanez’s grounder before going on to third on third baseman Matt Pogue’s force attempt throwing error, Montanez reaching first base on Pogue’s error, and a walk to Tuffy Gosewisch, sending Montanez up to second base, and with one man out, Kevin Frandsen hits a sacrifice fly, scoring Luna, making it a 3-1 Pirates’ lead. while sending Montanez on to third. The Phils then made it a 3-2 Pirates’ lead one batter later as, with runners on the corners, and now with two men out, Miguel Abreu hits an RBI infield single, scoring Montanez, while sending Gosewisch up to second base. But, that would end up being the final score as Juan Pierre would end the game by grounding out, 4-3, for the final out.

Cliff Lee (1-1, 4.66) took the lost as he went four and two-thirds innings, giving up three runs on five hits and a walk, while striking out five. Kyle Kendrick pitched three and one-third scoreless innings, striking out five batters.  Kevin Correia (1-0, 0.00) got the win as he pitched four shutout innings, giving up a hit and a walk, while striking out two. Evan Meek collected his second hold of the spring as he pitched a scoreless inning, giving up a hit, while striking out a batter. Justin Wilson, Kyle McPherson and Daniel Moskos all received their first hold of the spring as they combined for three scoreless innings, giving up three hits (McPherson (1), Moskos (2)) and a walk (Wilson) between them, while striking out one (Wilson). Bryan Morris recorded his first save of the spring as he pitched an inning, giving up two runs on a hit, a walk and a hit batter, while striking out one.

The Phils had six hits in the game, a single by Scott Podsednik, a single by Lou Montanez, a double by Pete Orr, a double by Kevin Frandsen (RBI), a single by Freddy Galvis and a single by Miguel Abreu (RBI). The Phils also had three walks in the game as well as two stolen bases (Podsednik, Juan Pierre).

The Phils (6-8) next spring training game will be an afternoon game with the Blue Jays (12-2) at Bright House Field in Clearwater tomorrow afternoon. The game is to start at 1:05 pm EDT.

2011 National League Divisional Series, Game #3: The Phils retake the series lead thanks to Ben Francisco’s pinch hit three-run home run, as they hang on to defeat the Cards, 3-2.

The Phils retake the lead in the divisional series as they ride Ben Francisco’s pinch hit three-run home run, before hanging on to defeat the Cards, 3-2.

The first six innings of the game featured a pitchers’ duel between Cards’ starter Jaime Garcia, who kept the Phils off-balance, while giving up only four hits and a walk, while striking out three, and Phils’ starter Cole Hamels, who would pitch himself out of trouble in the first, fourth and sixth innings, as he gave up just five hits and three walks, while striking out eight. The Phils then put pressure on Garcia in the seventh as Shane Victorino got on base with a single, before going to second base on a Yadier Molina passed ball, before Garcia got the next two batters out with a fly out to right (John Mayberry, Jr.) and a ground out (Placido Polanco), 5-3. After Carlos Ruiz is intentionally walked, the Phils sent Ben Francisco to pinch hit for Hamels. After getting a ball, Francisco drills one into the Phils’ bullpen in left, to give the Phils a 3-0 lead on his pinch hit home run, his first home run of the series, knocking in both Victorino and Ruiz. The Cards then started a comeback in their half of the seventh. After Vance Worley started the inning off by getting Rafael Furcal to ground out, 3-unassisted, for the inning’s first out, he walks Allen Craig, before giving up a single to Albert Pujols, which would send Craig up to second base. Lance Berkman then followed by hitting into a force out, 4-6, that would wipe out Pujols at second base for the inning’s second out, while Craig would reach third base, while Berkman would be safe at first, putting runners on the corners. The Cards then got on the board as David Freese hits an RBI single to center, knocking in Craig, cutting the Phils’ lead down to 3-1, while sending Berkman up to second base. Worley would finally end the inning by getting Molina to fly out to right. After the Phils are kept from scoring in the top of the eighth, the Cards attempted a rally in their half of the eighth as Ryan Theriot started the inning off with a single. Charlie Manuel then came out and replaced Worley with Antonio Bastardo, who then proceeded to get pinch hitter Nick Punto to fly out to center for the inning’s first out. Manuel then came back out and replaced Bastardo with Brad Lidge. That move seems to backfire as he gives up a single to pinch hitter Matt Holliday, moving Theriot up to second base, before he is replaced at first by pinch runner Adron Chambers. The next batter, Furcal, then loaded up the bases with a single to left, sending Theriot on to third base, while Chambers would stop at second base. Manuel then came back out, and took out Lidge, replacing him with his closer Ryan Madson. That move was rewarded with Craig hitting into a 4-3 doubleplay, as Furcal is wiped out at second base, to end the threat. After the Phils are unable to add an insurance run in the top of the ninth, Madson went back out to attempt a five-out save. He is greeted with a lead-off double by Pujols, which was his fourth hit of the ballgame, and his third double of the game. After Madson gets Berkman to fly out to center for the inning’s first out, he gets Freese to ground out, 4-3, for the inning’s second out, as Pujols moved up to third. Now, with a man on third, Madson tried to get out Molina to end the game. Molina, instead, hits the first pitch he saw into center field for an RBI single, knocking in Pujols, making it a 3-2 Phils’ lead. After Molina is replaced by pinch runner Kyle Lohse, Madson went after Theriot, who had already been on base with four hits, all singles. But, he wasn’t able to get hit no. five as Madson got him to ground out, 4-3, for the final out, collecting his first save of the series.

Cole Hamels (1-0, 0.00) gets the win as he pitched six scoreless innings, giving up five hits and three walks, while striking out eight. Vance Worley received his first hold of the series as he pitched an inning plus a batter, giving up a run on three hits. Antonio Bastardo received his first hold of the series as he pitched a third of an inning, getting out the only man that he would face. Brad Lidge pitched to two batters, giving up two hits. Ryan Madson collected his first save of the series as he pitched an inning and two-thirds, giving up a run on two hits, as he recorded a very rare five-out save. Jaime Garcia (0-1, 3.86) took the lost as he pitched seven innings, giving up three runs on six hits and two walks, while striking out three. Fernando Salas and Jason Motte combined for two scoreless innings, as they gave up a hit (Motte), while striking out a batter (Motte), between them.

The Phils had only seven hits in the ballgame, with Jimmy Rollins leading the team with two hits, a single and a double. Chase Utley (Single), Shane Victorino (Single), Placido Polanco (Single, his first hit of the series), Carlos Ruiz (single, his first hit of the series) and pinch hitter Ben Francisco (Home Run, his first hit of the series, 3 RBIs), had the other five Phils’ hits, with Francisco becoming the surprising hero of the game with his pinch hit shot to left.

The Phils, now with a 2-1 game lead in the divisional series, will continue the series with the Cards (2-1) in St. Louis. The game will be played in Busch Stadium (III) and will begin at 6:07 pm EDT (5:07 pm CDT). The Phils will send to the mound Roy Oswalt (9-10, 3.69), who will be trying to pitch the Phils into the NL Championship Series for the fourth straight year. The Cards will attempt to counter with Edwin Jackson (12-9, 3.79), who will be trying to force a fifth game back in Philly. The Phils will be trying to clinch their fourth straight appearance in the NL Championship Series, hoping that Oswalt will be at his best while the offense will do what it can to give him much needed run support, while watching out for the Cards putting out all the stops to force a game five.

33 games in 31 days: Game #28: The Phils now have seven straight losts as they lose to the Mets, 2-1.

The Phils continue to forget what a win feels like, as they dropped their seventh straight, setting a major league record for most loses since clinching a pennant, as they lose to the Mets, 2-1. I hope you guys are real proud of that achievement in inepitude. Morons!!

The Phils break up a pitcher’s duel in the seventh as, with one man out, and with one man on, Ryan Howard hits an RBI single, scoring Shane Victorino, who had earlier doubled, giving the Phils a 1-0 lead. The Mets tied it up at one-all in their half of the seventh as, with two men out, pinch hitter Valentino Pascucci hits a solo home run, his first home run of the year. The Mets took the lead in the eighth as, with one man on, and with one man out, David Wright hits an RBI double, scoring Ruben Tejada who had earlier singled, then stole second base, giving the Mets a 2-1 lead. That would end up being the final score as Manny Acosta collected his third save of the year by pitching a scoreless ninth.

Cole Hamels took a no-decision as he went seven innings, giving up a run on four hits and three walks, while striking out seven. Brad Lidge took the lost (0-2, 1.56) as he went an inning, giving up a run on two hits, while striking out a batter. R.A. Dickey also received a no-decision as he went seven innings, giving up a run on three hits and a walk, while striking out four. Miguel Bastista pitched two-thirds of an inning, giving up a hit and a walk, while striking out a batter. Bobby Parnell got the win (4-6, 3.83) as he pitched a third of an inning, getting out the only man that he would face. Manny Acosta recorded his third save of the season, as he gave up a hit and a walk, while striking out one.

The Phils had just five hits in the ballgame, with Raul Ibanez leading the team with two hits, both singles. Shane Victorino (Double), Ryan Howard (Single, RBI) and Carlos Ruiz (Single), had the other three Phils’ hits as the offense continues to forget how to score runs, or to get hits for that matter.

The Phils (98-59, 1st) continue their series with the Mets (75-82, 4th) as they play the night half of the day/night doubleheader. The game will be played at Citi Field, and will start at 7:10 pm EDT. The Phils will send to the mound Joe Blanton (1-2, 5.30), who is making his first start since mid-May. His last appearance was on September 21 against the Nats, as he pitched a scorelesss inning in relief, giving up a hit, while striking out a batter, in the Phils’ 7-5 lost. He will be out to pitch a good game, while hoping that the offense will now be embarrassed enough to do something about the losing streak. (Yeah, right. They don’t want to know what winning feels like before the playoffs. Yeah, I’m being sarcastic and grumpy. Thanks for asking.) The Mets will counter with Dillon Gee (12-6, 4.48), who is coming off a no-decision against the Braves on September 18, as he went only four and one-third innings, giving up four runs on eight hits and five walks, striking out four, in the Mets’ 7-5 win. He will be seeing if he can give the Mets a doubleheader win against the presently clueless Phils. The Phils will be seeing how much worst things can get for them before they, as a team, decide to stop being a bunch of idiots and start playing to win ballgames, before its too late.

33 games in 31 days: Game #24: The Phils drop their third game in a row as they lose to the Nats in extra-innings, 4-3.

The Phils lackluster offense continues as they lose their third game in a row, this time to the Nats, in extra-innings, 4-3.

The game starts out as a six innings pitchers’ duel between Phils’ starter Kyle Kendrick, who gives up just four hits, while striking out four, and Nats’ starter Tom Milone against the Phils C-team line-up, who also gave up only four hits, while striking out two. The Nats took the lead in the seventh as, with two men on, and with two men out, Roger Bernadina hits a three-run home run, his seventh home run on the season, scoring Alex Cora, who had earlier singled, then went to second base on Ian Desmond’s grounder, as Steve Lombardozzi, who had earlier singled, then stopped at third on Cora’s single, is tagged out at home plate, tw0-unassisted, for the inning’s second out, giving the Nats a 3-0 lead. The Phils would tie the game up at three-all in their half of the seventh as, with two men on, and with nobody out, pinch hitter Raul Ibanez hits a three-run home run, his twentieth home run of the year, knocking in Pete Orr and Michael Martinez, who had both singled, with Orr stopping at second base on Martinez’s single. The Nats retook the lead in the tenth as, with two men on, and with two men out, pinch hitter Ryan Zimmerman hits an RBI single, scoring Michael Morse, who had earlier walked, then moved up to second base on a Erik Kratz’s passed ball, giving the Nats a 4-3 lead, while sending Danny Espinosa, who had earlier been intentionally walked, on the third base, before moving up to second base on the late throw to the plate. That would be the final score as Drew Storen would collect his thirty-ninth save by pitching a scoreless tenth.

Kyle Kendrick received a no-decision, as he pitched six shutout innings, giving up four hits, while striking out four. Michael Schwimer pitched an inning, giving up three runs on three hits, while striking out two. Joe Savery made his major league debut as he pitched a third of an inning, giving up a hit. Brad Lidge pitched two-thirds of an inning, striking out a batter. Ryan Madson pitched a scoreless inning, giving up a hit, while striking out one. Michael Stutes (6-2, 3.86) took the lost as he pitched an inning, giving up a run on a hit and two walks. Tom Milone also received a no-decision, as he also pitched six shutout inning, giving up just four hits, while striking out two. Doug Slaton pitched to two batters, with both men reaching base, as he gave up two runs on two hits. Tyler Clippard committed his seven blown save of the year as he pitched an inning, giving up a run on two hits and a walk, while he struck out a batter. Sean Burnett pitched a scoreless inning, giving up a walk. Tom Gorzelanny (4-6, 4.09) got the win as he pitched a scoreless inning, giving up a hit and a walk. Drew Storen collected his thirty-ninth save of the season as he pitch a scoreless inning, giving up a hit and a walk, while striking out one.

The Phils had ten hits in the ballgame, with John Mayberry, Jr. and Hunter Pence leading the team with two hits each, all singles. Wilson Valdez (Single), Erik Kratz (Double), Pete Orr (Single), Michael Martinez (Single), pinch hitter Raul Ibanez (Home Run, 3 RBIs) and pinch hitter Placido Polanco (Single), had the other six Phils’ hits, as the offense continue to struggle stringing together hits and scoring runs.

The Phils (98-55, 1st) will continue their doubleheader with the Nationals (73-79, 3rd), 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 Cliff Lee (16-7, 2.38), who is coming off a no-decision against the Marlins on September 15, as he went nine innings, giving up a run on five hits, while striking out twelve, in the Phils’ 2-1 extra-inning win. He will once again go for win no. seventeen, while trying to put a stop to the Phils’ present slide. The Nats plan to counter with Ross Detwiler (2-5, 4.42), who is coming off a no-decision against Mets on September 12, as he pitched five and two-thirds innings, giving up two runs on three hits and three walks, while striking out two, in the Nats’ 3-2 win. He will be trying to give the Nats a sweep, while hoping the Phils don’t decide to wake up from their offensive sleepwalking and take it out on him.  The Phils will be out to end their present offensive ineptitude.

33 games in 31 days: Game #6: Eight inning meltdown by the Phils’ bullpen leads to the end of the Phils’ winning streak as they drop one to the Marlins, 8-4.

A bullpen meltdown in the eighth inning leads to the end of the Phils’ five-game winning streak as they lose to the Marlins, 8-4.

The Phils took the lead in the second as, with runners on the corners, and with two men out, Wilson Valdez hits a two-run triple, knocking in Ryan Howard, who had earlier doubled, then went to third on Carlos Ruiz’s single, and Ruiz, who had just singled, giving the Phils a 2-0 lead. The Phils then increased their lead as Cole Hamels hits an RBI infield single, as he beat out first baseman Gaby Sanchez to the bag, allowing Valdez to score, giving the Phils a 3-0 lead. The Marlins cut the Phils’ lead down to 3-2 in their half of the second as, with one man on, and with nobody out, Mike Cameron hits a two-run home run, his eighth home run of the year, knocking in Sanchez, who had earlier walked. The Marlins then tied the game up at three-all in the third as, with two men out, Mike Stanton hits a solo home run, his thirty-second home run of the season. The Phils retook the lead in the fourth as, with one man on, and with two men out, Hamels helped his cause with an RBI single, scoring Ruiz, who had earlier singled, then went up to second on Valdez’s ground out, 4-3, giving the Phils a 4-3 lead. The Marlins then took the lead in the eighth as, with two men on, via walks to both Omar Infante and Logan Morrison, and a sacrifice bunt by Jose Lopez, which sent Infante to third, and Morrison up to second base, and with one man out, Sanchez hits a three-run home run, his eighteenth home run of the season, scoring both Infante and Morrison, giving the Marlins a 6-4 lead. The Marlins then made it a 7-4 lead as Cameron followed with a solo home run, his ninth home run of the season, and his second home run of the ballgame. Two batters later, now with two men out, pinch hitter Greg Dobbs hits a solo home run, his seventh home run of the year, giving the Marlins an 8-4 lead. That would be the final score as Leo Nunez would pitch a scoreless ninth.

Cole Hamels would receive a no-decision as he went seven innings, giving up three runs on four hits and three walks, while striking out seven. Antonio Bastardo (6-1, 1.69) took the lost as he pitched to two batters, walking both, giving up two runs. David Herndon blew his first save attempt, as he pitched an inning, giving up three runs on three hits. Ricky Nolasco also received a no-decision as he went six innings, giving up four runs on seven hits and a walk, while striking out three. Ryan Webb pitched a 1-2-3 inning. Edward Mujica (9-5, 2.91) gets the win as he pitched a 1-2-3 inning. Leon Nunez pitched a scoreless ninth, giving up a hit.

The Phils had eight hits in the game, with Carlos Ruiz (Singles) and Cole Hamels (Singles, 2 RBIs) leading the team with two hits each. Chase Utley (Triple), Ryan Howard (Double), Raul Ibanez (Single) and Wilson Valdez (Triple, 2 RBIs) had the other four Phils’ hits.

The Phils (88-47, 1st) are presently concluding their series with the Marlins (61-77, 5th), with a game already in progress.

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