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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.

The Phils hang on to win a high scoring game with the World Champs as they defeat the Cardinals, 10-9.

The Phils hold on to defeat the World Champs in a high scoring game, as they defeat the Cardinals, 10-9.

The Phils took the lead in the first as, with the bases loaded, via a double by Placido Polanco, a walk by Hunter Pence and Carlos Ruiz being hit by a pitch, moving both Polanco and Pence up a base, and with one man out, Shane Victorino hits into an RBI force out, 3-6, scoring Polanco from third, while wiping out Ruiz at second base for the Phils’ second out of the inning, as he beat out the throw to first, giving the Phils a 1-0 lead, while sending Pence on to third base. The Phils then took a 2-0 lead as Ty Wigginton hits an RBI single, knocking in Pence, while sending Victorino up to second base. Two batters later, after John Mayberry, Jr. walks to reload the bases, moving both runners up a base, the Phils took a 4-0 lead as Freddy Glavis hits a two-run single, knocking in both Victorino and Wigginton, while sending Mayberry over to third base. The Phils then made it a 6-0 lead in the second as, with runners on the corners, and with two men out, Victorino hits a two-run double, knocking in Pence, who was earlier safe at first on a force out, 6-4, wiping out at second base Jimmy Rollins, who had started the inning off with a single, then stopped at third on Ruiz’s single, and Ruiz, who had just singled. The Cards would then start to chip away at the Phils’ lead in the third as, with runners on the corners, and with one man out, Matt Holliday hits an RBI ground out, 6-3, scoring Jake Westbrook, who had started the inning off with a single, then stopped at third base on Skip Schumaker’s double, making it a 6-1 Phils’ lead. The Cards then made it a 6-2 Phils’ lead as Carlos Beltran hits an RBI single, scoring Schumaker, before he would move up to second base on Ruiz’s missed catch error on Victorino’s throw to the plate. David Freese then made it a 6-3 Phils’ lead as he hit an RBI double, scoring Beltran. The Cards then cut the Phils’ lead down to 6-4 as Yadier Molina hits an RBI single, knocking in Freese, before he would go on to second base on the late throw to the plate. The Phils increased their lead in the fifth as, with two men on, and with two men out, Polanco hits an RBI single, scoring Galvis, who was safe at first on a 6-4 force out, as Mayberry, who had been safe at first on a throwing error by third baseman Freese, was wiped out at second base, and then moved up to second base on Rollins’ single, giving the Phils a 7-4 lead, while sending Rollins, who had just singled, on to third base. The Cards would get the run back in their half of the fifth as Holliday smashed a lead-off home run, his tenth home run of the season, making it a 7-5 Phils’ lead. Two batters later, with one man on, and with one man out, Molina tied the game up at seven-all as he crushed a two-run bomb to center field, his eighth home run of the year, knocking in Freese, as he was safe at first on a 6-5 force out, as Beltran, who had earlier doubled, is thrown out trying to go to third on Freese’s ground ball to short. The Phils retook the lead in the sixth as, with two men on, and with two men out, Galvis hits an RBI single, scoring Victorino, who had earlier singled, then stopped at second base on Wigginton’s single, giving the Phils an 8-7 lead, while sending Wigginton, who had just singled, up to second base. The Phils then took a 9-7 lead as pinch hitter Mike Fontenot hits an RBI single, knocking in Wigginton, while sending Galvis up to second base. The Cards would get a run back in the seventh as, with two men out, Freese hits a solo shot into left center field, his tenth home run of the year, making it a 9-8 Phils’ lead. The Phils would get that run back in the eighth as, with one man out,Wigginton hits a solo home run, his third home run of the season, giving the Phils a 10-8 lead. The Cards would get that run back in their half of the eighth as, with runners on the corners, and with one man out, Schumaker hits a sacrifice fly, scoring Steven Hill, who had started the inning off with a double, then stopped at third base on Rafael Furcal’s single, making it a 10-9 Phils’ lead. That would end up being the final score as Jonathan Papelbon recorded his thirteen save of the year with a scoreless ninth, getting Hill to fly out to center field for the game’s final out.

Joe Blanton received a no-decision as he went four and a third innings, giving up seven runs for his second straight start, this time on ten hits and a walk, while he struck out five. Raul Valdes got the win (1-0, 0.00) as he pitched two-thirds of an inning, getting out both men that he would face, as he struck out one. Chad Qualls collected his ninth hold of the season, as he pitched an inning and two-thirds, giving up a run on two hits, while he struck out one. Jake Diekman recorded his first career hold as he went a third of an inning, getting out the only man that he would face. Antonio Bastardo recorded his tenth hold of the season as he pitched an inning, giving up a run on two hits and a walk, while striking out two. Jonathan Papelbon recorded his thirteenth save of the season as he threw a scoreless inning, giving up a hit, as he struck out a batter. Jake Westbrook also got a no-decision as he went just three and two-thirds innings, giving up six runs on eight hits, three walks and a hit batter, while he struck out four. Brandon Dickman pitched an inning and a third, giving up an unearned run on two hits, as he struck out one. Fernando Salas (0-3, 6.32) took the lost as he pitched an inning, giving up two runs on four hits, as he struck out a batter. Victor Marte pitched one and two-thirds innings, giving up a run on three hits, while striking out three. Mitchell Boggs pitched one and a third scoreless innings, giving up a hit.

The Phils had a season high eighteen hits in the game, with Placido Polanco (2 Singles, Double, RBI), Carlos Ruiz (Singles), Ty Wigginton (2 Singles, Home Run, 2 RBIs) and Freddy Galvis (2 Singles, Double, 3 RBIs) all leading the team with three hits a piece, followed by Jimmy Rollins (Singles) and Shane Victorino (Single, Double, 3 RBIs) with two hits each. Pinch hitters Mike Fontenot (Single, RBI) and Pete Orr (Single) had the other two Phils’ hits. The Phils also had three walks in the game, as the offense was last night able to scored runs, although the pitchers almost let the game get away.

The Phils (23-23, 5th East) will continue their four-game series with the Cards (25-20, 2nd Central) with a night game tonight. The game will start at 8:15 pm EDT (7:15 pm CDT) and will be played at Busch Stadium (III). The Phils will send to the mound Cliff Lee (0-2, 2.66) who is coming off a lost to the Red Sox on May 20, as he threw seven innings, giving up five runs on nine hits and a walk, as he struck out six, in the Phils’ 5-1 lost. He will be out to win his first start of the season. The Cards will counter with Kyle Lohse (5-1, 2.91), who is coming off a no-decision against the Dodgers on May 20, as he threw five and two-thirds innings, giving up three runs on eleven hits and a walk, while striking out four, in the Cards’ 6-5 lost. He will be trying to put the Cards back into first place in the NL Central. The Phils will be out to give Lee his first victory of the season.

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: The Phils get pounded early as they lose to the Astros, 10-3.

The Phils get crush as they lose to the Astros, 10-3.

The Astros took an early 1-0 lead in the first as, with two men on, and with one man out, J.D. Martinez hits an RBI ground out, 6-3, knocking in Jordan Schafer, who had started the game off with a single, stopped at second base on Jose Altuve’s single, then went to third on Vance Worley’s wild pitch. The Astros increased their lead in the second as, with runners on the corners, and with one man out, Jason Castro hits an RBI single, scoring Jed Lowrie, who had earlier walked, then went to third on Brett Wallace’s single, giving the Astros a 2-0 lead, while sending Wallace, who had just singled, up to second base. The Astros then made it a 3-0 lead in the fourth as, with two men on, and with one man out, Schafer hits an RBI double, knocking in Wallace, who was earlier safe on a force out, 3-6, wiping out at second base Matt Downs, who had earlier singled, then moved up to second base on Castro’s single, while sending Castro, who had just singled, on to third. Two batters later, with two men still on, and now with two men out, the Astros busted the game open as Brian Bogusevic reached base on a throwing error by third baseman Kevin Frandsen, allowing Castro to score, making it a 4-0 Astros’ lead, before Schafer scored, after first stopping at third base, to make it 5-0 Astros.  The Astros then made it a 6-0 lead as, after Bogusevic had stole second base, Martinez brought him home as he hits an RBI double. The Astros added to their lead in the sixth as, with a man on second, and with one man out, Martinez hits an RBI double, his second of the game, scoring Marwin Gonzalez, who had earlier walked, then moved up to second base on pinch hitter Brandon Barnes’ ground out, 3-unassisted, giving the Astros a 7-0 lead. Four batters later, with the bases loaded, via a walk to Brian Bixler, and a single to Jonathan Singleton, moving both runners up a base, and with two men out, pinch hitter Diory Hernandez hits a two-run single, knocking in Martinez and Bixler, giving the Astros a 9-0 lead, while sending Singleton up to second base. The Astros then made it a 10-0 lead as pinch hitter Carlos Corporan hits an RBI single, scoring Singleton, while sending Hernandez up to second base. The Phils finally got on the scoreboard in the eighth as, with runners on second and third, and with tw0 men out, Lou Montanez hits a two-run double, knocking in Freddy Galvis, who had earlier walked, then stopped at third base on Scott Podsednik’s double, and Podsednik. who had just doubled, cutting the Astros’ lead down to 10-2. The Phils then made it a 10-3 Astros’ lead in the ninth as Hector Luna hits a lead-off home run, his first home run of the spring. But that would be the final score as Jose Valdez ended the game by getting Sebastian Valle to fly out to left for the final out.

Vance Worley (0-1, 9.oo) took the lost as he pitched two innings, giving up two runs on five hits, a walk and a wild pitch. Pat Misch pitched two innings, giving up four runs, only one of which was earned, on five hits and a walk, while striking out a batter. Jonathan Papelbon pitched a scoreless inning, giving up a hit and a walk, while striking out two. Dontrelle Willis pitched two and a third innings, giving up four runs on three hits and two walks. B.J. Rosenberg pitched an inning and a third, giving up a hit while striking out two. Chad Qualls and Michael Stutes pitched two scoreless innings, giving up a walk (Qualls), while striking out a batter (Stutes) between them. Bud Norris (1-0, 0.00) got the win as he pitched three scoreless innings, walking a batter.  Kyle Weiland, Lance Pendleton and Jorge De Leon combined for four scoreless innings, giving up two hits (Weiland) and two walks (Weiland (1), Pendleton (1)) between them, while strking out three  (Weiland (2), Pendleton (1)). Fernando Rodriguez pitched an inning, giving up a run on two hits and a walk, while striking out two. Jose Valdez pitched an inning, giving up a run on a hit.

The Phils had only five hits in the game, a single by Shane Victorino, a double by Scott Podsednik, a two-run double by Lou Montanez, a home run by Hector Luna and a single by Erik Kratz. The Phils also had four walks, as the offense was kept under control by Astros’ pitching.

The Phils’ (2-3) next game, another home game at Bright House Field, will be an afternoon game with the Pirates (2-2) tomorrow afternoon. The game will 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 #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 #18: The Phils lower their magic number to win the East to three games as they defeat the Marlins, 3-1.

The Phils reduce their magic number to win their fifth straight Eastern Division title to three games, as they defeat the Marlins, 3-1.

The Phils took the lead in the first as, with a runner on second and with one man out, Hunter Pence hits an RBI double, scoring Placido Polanco, who had earlier singled, then went to second base on Anibal Sanchez’s balk, giving the Phils a 1-0 lead. The Phils then may it a 2-0 lead as, now with two men out, Raul Ibanez hits an RBI single, scoring Pence. The Marlins got a run back in the fifth as Logan Morrison hits a lead-off home run, his twentieth home run of the season, cutting the Phils’ lead down to 2-1. The Phils added to their lead in the seventh as, with the bases loaded, via a single by Brian Schneider, a walk by Michael Martinez, sending Schneider up to second base, and a single by pinch hitter Chase Utley, moving both men up a base, and with two men out, Placido Polanco forced in a run with an RBI walk, scoring Schneider, while moving both Martinez and Utley up a base, giving the Phils a 3-1 lead. The Marlins threaten to score a run in the eighth as, with two men on, and with one man out, Omar Infante, who had earlier doubled, tried to score on Gaby Sanchez’s single to left, but is cut down at the plate by a strong throw from left fielder Ibanez, as Schneider tagged him out, for the inning’s second out, while pinch hitter Mike Stanton, who had just walked, would stop at second base. After Morrison loads up the bases with a walk, Brad Lodge gets out of the inning by striking out Joe Buck, swinging. The Marlins threaten again in the ninth as the first two batters, Bryan Pattersen and Donnie Murphy, both got on base via singles, with Pattersen stopping at second base, before moving up to third and second base, respectively, on pinch hitter John Baker’s sacrifice bunt, 1-4. But Ryan Madson would record his thirty-first save of the season by first striking out Emilio Bonifacio, swinging, for the inning’s second out, before ending the game by getting Infante to foul out to the catcher.

Kyle Kendrick (8-6, 3.22) got the win as he pitched five strong innings, giving up a run on two hits. while he struck out six. Michael Stutes received his eleventh hold of the season as he threw two scoreless innings, giving up two hits and a walk, while striking out a batter. Antonio Bastardo recorded his seventeenth hold of the season as he pitched a third of an inning, giving up a hit and a walk. Brad Lidge received his sixth hold of the year as he went two-thirds of an inning, giving up a hit and a walk, while striking out a batter. Ryan Madson recorded his thirty-first save of the year as he pitched a scoreless inning, giving up two hits, while striking out a batter. Anibal Sanchez (8-8, 3.62) took the lost as he went six innings, giving up two runs on four hits and a walk, while striking out seven. Ryan Webb pitched two-thirds of an inning, giving up a run on two hits and two walks, while striking out two. Chris Hatcher pitched a third of an inning, getting out the only man that he would face. Michael Dunn and Jose Ceda combine for a scoreless inning, giving up three hits (Dunn), while striking out a batter (Dunn) between them.

The Phils had nine hits in the ballgame, with Placido Polanco (Singles, RBI) and Raul Ibanez (Single, Double, RBI) both leading the team with two hits each. Hunter Pence (Double, RBI), Jimmy Rollins (Single), Brian Schneider (Single), pinch hitter Chase Utley (Single) and pinch hitter Carlos Ruiz (Single), had the other five Phils’ hits.

The Phils (96-51, 1st) will conclude their short make-up doubleheader with the Marlins (67-82, 5th) with the night half of the day/night doublebill. The game will be played at Citizen Bank Park and will start at 7:35 pm EDT. The Phils will send to the mound Cliff Lee (16-7, 2.44), who is coming off a no-decision against the Brewers on September 10, as he went seven innings, giving up two runs, only one of which was earned, on six hits and two walks, while striking out seven, in the Phils’ 3-2 extra-innings win. He will be out to cut the magic number down to 2. The Marlins will counter with Alex Sanabia (0-0,0.00), who will be making his first start of 2011, after pitching an inning of relief against the Pirates on September 9, giving up a hit and two walks, while striking out two. He hopes to be to stay even with Lee. The Phils will be out to cut down their magic number to win the East to two games.

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 #4: Vance Worley gets win no. 10 as the Phils sweep the Reds, 6-4.

Vance Worley records his tenth win of his rookie season as the Phils sweep the Reds, 6-4.

The Phils took the lead in the second as, with two men on, and with one man out, Brian Schneider hits an RBI single, scoring Hunter Pence, who had earlier doubled, giving the Phils a 1-0 lead, while sending Raul Ibanez, who had just walked, up to second base. Two batters later, after Wilson Valdez had loaded up the bases with an infield single to the shortstop, moving both runners up a base, the Phils took a 2-0 lead on an RBI single by Vance Worley, who knocked in Ibanez, before Schneider is thrown out at home for the inning’s second out, 8-2, while Valdez would stop at second base. The Phils then added to their lead as Shane Victorino hits an RBI single, knocking in Valdez, giving the Phils a 3-0 lead, while sending Worley up to second base. The Reds got a run back in the third as, with a runner on third, and with one man out, Joey Votto hits a sacrifice fly, scoring Brandon Phillips, wh0 had earlier doubled, then went to third on Edgar Renteria’s ground out, 6-3, making it a 3-1 Phils’ lead. The Phils then took a 4-1 lead in the sixth as, with one man out, Ryan Howard hits a solo home run, his thirtieth home run of the season. The Phils then made it a 6-1 lead as, with a man on third, and with two men out, Michael Martinez hits a two-run home run, his third home run of the year, scoring Valdez, who had earlier singled, went to second base on Worley’s sacrifice bunt, 2-4, then moved up to third base on Victorino’s ground out, 4-3. The Reds cut the Phils’ lead down to 6-4 as, with runners on the corners, and with nobody out, pinch hitter Chris Heisey hits a three-run home run, his thirteenth home run of the season, knocking in Drew Stubbs, who had earlier doubled, then went to third on Ryan Hanigan’s single, and Hanigan, who had just singled. But that would end up being the final score as Ryan Madson recorded his twenty-sixth save of the year by pitching a 1-2-3 ninth.

Vance Worley (10-1, 2.85) gets the win as he pitch six innings, plus three batters, giving up four runs on eight hits and a walk, while striking out seven. Brad Lidge received his four hold of the year as he pitched a third of an inning, walking a batter, while striking out one. Antonio Bastardo recorded his fifteenth hold of the season as he pitched a scoreless inning and two-thirds, striking out three. Ryan Madson recorded his twenty-sixth save of the year as he pitched a 1-2-3 inning, striking out a batter. Mike Leake (11-9, 4.12) took the lost, as he went six innings, giving up four runs on seven hits and a walk, while striking out three. Jared Burton pitched two-thirds of an inning, giving up two runs on three hits. Jeremy Horst, Bill Bray and Francisco Condero combined for two and a third scoreless innings, giving up two hits (Horst (1), Condero (1)) between them.

The Phils had twelve hits in the ballgame, with Shane Victorino (Singles, RBI), Ryan Howard (Single, Home Run, RBI) and Wilson Valdez (Singles) all leading the team with two hits each. Michael Martinez (Home Run, 2 RBIs), Chase Utley (Single), Hunter Pence (Double), Brian Schneider (Single, RBI), Vance Worley (Single, RBI) and pinch hitter Ross Gload (Single), had the other six Phils’ hits.

The Phils (87-46, 1st) will begin a three-games weekend series with the Marlins (60-76, 5th), starting with a night game later today. The game will be played at Sun Life Stadium and will start at 7:10 pm EDT. The Phils will send to the mound Roy Oswalt (6-8, 3.77), who is coming off a lost against the Marlins on August 26, as he went five and two-thirds innings, giving up five runs on twelve hits and a walk, while striking out only two, in the Phils’ 6-5 lost. He will be out to give the Phils a five game winning streak, as well as improve his record. The Marlins will counter with Brad Hand (1-4, 4.08), who made his last start in a lost on August 8 against the Braves, as he went five innings, giving up seven runs on nine hits and three walks, while striking out three, in the Marlins’ 8-5 lost. He will be trying to halt the Phils’ present winning streak. The Phils will be out to increase their present winning streak to five games.

Four home runs help leads the Phils to victory as they hang on to beat the Padres, 8-6.

Four home runs, two from Chase Utley, help leads the Phils to victory as they hang on to defeat the Padres, 8-6.

The Phils took a quick 3-0 lead in the first as, with runners on the corners, and with one man out, Chase Utley hits a three-run shot to left, his fifth home run of the year, knocking in Jimmy Rollins, who had lead-off the inning with a double, then stole third base as Shane Victorino walked, and Victorino, who had just walked. The Padres would cut the Phils’ lead in the sixth as, with one man on, and with nobody out, Cameron Maybin hits a two-run home run, his sixth home run of the year, knocking in Mat Latos, who had earlier singled, cutting the Phils’ lead down to 3-2. Two batters later, now with one man out, the Padres tied the game up at three-all as Chase Headley hits a solo home run, his third home run of the season. The Padres then took the lead in the seventh as, with a man on third, and with two men out, Maybin hits an RBI single, scoring Logan Forsythe, who had earlier tripled, giving the Padres a 4-3 lead. The Phils tied the game up at four-all in their half of the seventh as, on one pitch, pinch hitter Ryan Howard hits a solo pinch hit home run, his nineteenth home run of the season. Three batters later, with two men on, and with still nobody out, Michael Martinez hits a three-run home run of his own, his second home run of the season, knocking in pinch runner Wilson Valdez, who was running for pinch hitter Ross Gload, who had got on base with a pinch hit double, then went to third on Chad Qualls’ wild pitch, and Rollins, who had just walked, then went to second on Qualls’ wild pitch, after Martinez had earlier missed on two bunt attempts, giving the Phils a 7-4 lead. Two batters later, now with one man out, Utley hits a solo home run, his sixth home run of the year, and his second home run of the game, giving the Phils an 8-4 lead. The Padres tried to come back in the eighth as, with the bases loaded, via singles by Ryan Ludwick and Chris Denorfia, with Ludwick stopping at second base, and a walk to Forsythe, moving both runners up a base, and with two men out, Antonio Bastardo threw a wild pitch, allowing Ludwick to score, cutting the Phils’ lead down to 8-5, while allowing Denorfia to reach third base, and Forsythe to move up to second base. Two batters later, after Rob Johnson has walked, reloading the bases, the Padres made it an 8-6 Phils’ lead, as pinch hitter Kyle Phillips walked, forcing in Denorfia, while Forsythe and Johnson both moved up a base. The Phils then got out of the inning as, after Phillips was replaced at first base by pinch runner Cory Luebke, Maybin hit into a 1-3 ground out. That would be it as Ryan Madson recorded his seventeenth save of the season by getting Kyle Blanks to strikeout, swinging.

Kyle Kendrick received a no-decision as he went five and two-thirds innings, giving up three runs on six hits and two walks, while he struck out one. Michael Stutes (5-1, 3.38) got the win as he pitched an inning and a third, giving up a run on two hits, as he struck out one. Antonio Bastardo pitched two-thirds of an inning, giving up two runs on two hits, a wild pitch and two walks. David Herndon recorded his third hold of the year as he pitched a third of an inning, giving up a walk. Ryan Madson received his seventeenth save of the season as he pitched a scoreless inning, giving up a hit, while he struck out two. Mat Latos also received a no-decision as he went six innings, giving up three runs on five hits and two walks, as he struck out seven. Chad Qualls blew his fourth save opportunity of the year before taking the lost (4-5, 3.51), as he pitched a third of an inning, giving up five runs on four hits and a walk. Anthony Bass pitched two-thirds of an inning, giving up a hit, as he struck out a batter. Josh Spence pitched a third of an inning, giving up a hit and a walk, while he struck out one.

The Phils had eleven hits in the ballgame, with Chase Utley leading the team with three hits, a single and two home runs, knocking in four runs, as he raised his average to .286. Jimmy Rollins (Double), Michael Martinez (Home Run, 3 RBIs), Shane Victorino (Single), Dom Brown (Double), John Mayberry, Jr. (Single), pinch hitter Ryan Howard (Home Run, RBI), pinch hitter Ross Gload (Double) and pinch hitter Carlos Ruiz (Double), had the other eight Phils’ hits, as the team came out swinging late in the game to win it.

The Phils (63-36, 1st East) will continue their series with the Padres (44-57, 4th West) with an afternoon game, already in progress.

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