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The Phils increased their winning streak to two games as they hold on to defeat the Pirates, 3-2.

Philadelphia_PhilliesThe Phils’ offense supported rookie starter Jonathan Pettibone’s major league debut by scoring enough runs to defeat the Bucos, 3-2.

The Pirates took the lead in the top of the second as, with one man out, Pedro Alvarez hits a solo home run, his third home run of the season, giving the Pirates a 1-0 lead. The Phils would come back to tie the game up at one-all in the bottom of the third as, with runners on the corners, and with one man out, Jonathan Pettibone, who had started the inning off with a walk, moved up to second base on Jimmy Rollin’s single, and then stopped at third base on John Mayberry, Jr.’s force out, 6-4, as Rollins is wiped out at second base for the inning’s first out, would score on A.J. Burnett’s wild pitch, while Mayberry, who had been safe at first on the force out, would move up to second base. The Phils would take the lead in the bottom of the third as, with the bases loaded, via a single by Michael Young, a walk by Dom Brown, moving Young up to second base, and a single by Ben Revere, moving both runners up a base, and with two men out, Rollins would force in a run as he is hit by a pitch, forcing in Young, giving the Phils a 2-1 lead, while both Brown and Revere would move up a base, leaving the bases loaded. The Pirates would tie the game up at two-all in the top of the fifth as Russell Martin hits a lead-off home run, his second home run of the season. The Phils took the lead for good in the bottom of the sixth as, with two men on, and with two men out, Rollins hits an RBI single, knocking in Erik Kratz, who had earlier walked, then stopped at second base on pinch-hitter Ezequiel Carrera’s single, giving the Phils a 3-2 lead, while sending Carrera on to third base, before moving up to second base on the late throw to third, as the Pirates tried to catch Carrera going too far from third base, as he thought about going home as Rollins almost got caught heading towards second base, as the throw to the plate was cut off. That would end up being the final score as Jonathan Papelbon recorded his fourth save of the year as he pitched a scoreless ninth.

Jonathan Pettibone received a no-decision as he made his major league debut, taking the place of the injured John Lannan, as he pitched five and a third innings, giving up two runs on six hits, as he struck out six Bucos. Raul Valdes (1-0, 10.24) got the win as he pitched two-thirds of an inning, striking out both men wh0m he would face. Antonio Bastardo and Mike Adams both collected their first hold of the season as they combined for two scoreless innings, giving up a hit (Bastardo) between them, as they struck out two batters (one batter each). Jonathan Papelbon collected his fourth save of the season as he threw a scoreless inning, giving up a hit, while he struck out a batter. A.J. Burnett also received a no-decision as he pitched five innings, giving up two runs on five hits and three walks, a wild pitch and a hit batter, as he struck out seven. Jared Hughes (1-2, 5.79) took the lost as he pitched an inning, giving up a run on two hits and a walk, while he struck out a batter. Vin Mazzaro pitched two scoreless innings, giving up a hit, while striking out a batter.

The Phils had eight hits in the game, with Jimmy Rollins (Singles, 2 RBIs) and Chase Utley (Singles), both leading the ballclub with two hits each. Ryan Howard, Michael Young, Ben Revere and pinch-hitter Ezequiel Carrera had the other four Phils’ hits, all singles. The final Phil run came in on a wild pitch. The Phils also had four walks (Young, Dom Brown, Erik Kratz and Jonathan Pettibone) and a hit batter (Rollins), in the game.

The Phils (9-11, 4th East) continue their four game series with the Pirates (10-9, 4th Central) with a night game tonight, already in progress.

The Phils spoil a good start by Cliff Lee as they lose the series opener to the Reds, 4-2.

Philadelphia_PhilliesThe Phils are unable to take advantage of the fifth straight quailty start by one of their starters, as they lose the opener of their series with the Reds, 4-2.

The Phils and Reds were involved in a pitchers’ due between Phils’ starter Cliff Lee and Reds’ starter Bronson Arroyo for the first six plus innings, as Lee gives up just three hits and a walk in his first six innings, while striking out four, while Arroyo, in his first seven innings of work, would also give up just three hits, while striking out three Phils. The Reds would finally break the 0-0 tie in their half of the seventh as, with two men on, and with nobody out, Joey Votto, who had started the inning off with a single, then stopped at third base on Brandon Phillips’ double, would score on Lee’s wild pitch, giving the Reds a 1-0 lead, while it sends Philips, who had earlier doubled, up to third base. The Reds then took a 2-0 lead as, now with runners on the corners as Jay Bruce walks, and with still one man out, Todd Frazier hits a sacrifice fly to right, scoring Philips. The Phils got Lee off the hook in the top of the eighth as, with one man on, and with two-men out, pinch-hitter Chase Utley hits a two-run home run to center field, his third home run of the season, scoring Dom Brown, who had started the inning off with a single, tying the game up at two-all. The Reds would retake the lead in their half of the eighth as, with the bases loaded, via a lead-off infield single by Derrick Robinson, who then moves up to second base on Shin-Soo Choo’s sacrifice bunt, 1-3, a double by Zack Cozart, as right fielder Laynce Nix overran the ball while trying to make the catch, as Robinson stopped at third base, and an intentional walk to Votto, and with one man out, Phillips hits a two-run single, which was just able to get by second baseman Freddy Galvis, knocking in Robinson and Cozart, giving the Reds a 4-2 lead, while sending Votto up to second base. The Reds then tried to add more after Jay Bruce hits a single, reloading the bases as Votto and Philips both moved up a base, but Mike Adams buckled down as he struck out Frazier looking, for the inning’s second out, before ending the inning by getting Chris Heisey to pop out to Galvis. That would be the final score as Aroldis Chapman recorded his third save of the season by pitching a 1-2-3 ninth.

Cliff Lee received a no-decision as he threw seven innings, giving up two runs on five hits, a walk and a wild pitch, while striking out four. Jeremy Horst (0-1, 9.53) took the lost as he pitched a third of an inning, giving up two runs on two hits and a walk. Mike Adams pitched two-thirds of an inning, giving up two hits, while striking out a batter. Bronson Arroyo (2-1, 4.05) got the win as he pitched eight innings, giving up two runs on five hits, while striking out three. Aroldis Chapman collected his third save of the year as he threw a 1-2-3 inning, striking out two.

The Phils had only five hits in the game, singles by Freddy Galvis, Michael Young, Dom Brown and Laynce Nix and a home run by pinch-hitter Chase Utley (2 RBIs).

The Phils (6-7, 4th East) continues their series with the Reds (6-7, T-2nd Central) with a game tonight. The game will be played at Great American Ball Park, and is to start at 7:10 pm EDT. The Phils will send to the mound Kyle Kendrick (1-1, 5.40), who is coming off a win against the Mets on April 10, as he went six innings, giving up two runs on eight hits and two walks, while striking out six, in the Phils’ 7-3 win. He will be trying to become the second Phils’ starter to have more than one win. The Reds will counter with Homer Bailey (1-1, 5.73), who is coming off a lost against the Cardinals on April 10, as he threw five innings, giving up seven runs on nine hits and three walks, while striking out two, in the Reds’ 10-0 lost. He will try to recover from his last start. The Phils will be out to even the series.

The Phils score eight runs on three home runs as they routed the Mets, 8-3.

Philadelphia_PhilliesThree bombs by the Phils’ offense help to propel the Phils over the Mets, 8-3.

The Phils took the lead in the bottom of the first as, with a runner on second, and with one man out, Chase Utley hits a two-run home run, his second home run of the season, scoring Jimmy Rollins, who had just doubled, giving the Phils a 2-0 lead. Three batters later, with two men on, and with still one man out, Dom Brown hits a three-run bomb to deep right field, his second home run of the year, knocking in Ryan Howard, who had earlier singled, then moved up to second base on Michael Young’s walk, and Young, who had just walked, giving the Phils a 5-0 lead. The Mets got on the scoreboard in the top of the second as, with one man out, John Buck hits a solo home run, his fifth home run of the season, making it a 5-1 Phils’ lead. The Mets then threaten to add more, as they loaded the bases, via a Lucas Duda double, a walk to Mike Baxter, and a single by Ruben Tejada, moving up a base both Duda and Baxter, with still one man out. But Kyle Kendrick then got out of the inning by first striking out Jeremy Hefner, who never took the bat off of his shoulder, and then Jordany Valdespin looking on a 3-2 sinker, ending the threat. The Mets then made it a 5-2 Phils’ lead in the top of the fourth as, with one man out, Duda hits a solo home run, his second home run of the season. The Phils then increased their lead in the bottom of the sixth as, with one man on, and with one man out, pinch-hitter Laynce Nix hits a two-run home run, his first home run of the season, knocking in Erik Kratz, who had just singled, giving the Phils a 7-2 lead. The Mets would get that run back in the top of the eighth as, with two men out, Duda hits a solo home run, his third home run of the season, and his second of the ballgame, making it a 7-3 Phils’ lead. That would end up being the final score as Jonathan Papelbon pitched a scoreless ninth.

Kyle Kendrick (1-1, 5.40) got the win as he pitched six innings, giving up two runs on eight hits and two walks, as he struck out six, while he pitched his way out of a couple of jams. Antonio Bastardo threw a scoreless inning, giving up a hit. Mike Adams pitched an inning, giving up a run on a hit, while striking out the side. Jonathan Papelbon threw a scoreless inning, giving up a hit, while striking out a batter. Jeremy Hefner (0-2, 6.00) took the lost as he pitched three innings, giving up five runs on six hits and three walks, while striking out two, as the Phils got to him for five runs in the first inning on two home runs. Josh Edgin pitched two scoreless innings, giving up a hit, while he struck out four Phils. LaTroy Hawkins pitched two-thirds of an inning, giving up two runs on three hits. Scott Rice pitched an inning and a third, striking out a batter. Bobby Parnell threw a scoreless inning, striking out two.

The Phils collected ten hits in the game, with Jimmy Rollins (Single, Double), Ryan Howard (Singles) and Michael Young (Single, Double) all leading the ballclub with two hits each. Chase Utley (Home Run, 2 RBIs), Dom Brown (Home Run, 3 RBI), Erik Kratz (Single) and pinch-hitter Laynce Nix (Home Run, 2 RBIs) had the other four Phils’ hits. The Phils also had three walks (Ben Revere, Young, Brown) in the game.

The Phils (4-5, 4th) have the day off.

The Phils end up a run short in the ninth inning, as they lose to the Royals, 9-8.

Philadelphia_PhilliesThe Phils end up a run short of their second straight walk-off win, as they lose to the Royals, 9-8.

The Phils took the lead in the bottom of the first as, win runners on the corners, and with nobody out, Chase Utley hits an RBI single, knocking in Ben Revere, who had started off the Phils’ half of the first with a single, then moved up to third base on Jimmy Rollins’ single, giving the Phils a 1-0 lead, while sending Rollins, who had just singled, over to third. Two batters later, after Ryan Howard had struck out for the inning’s first out, Michael Young gives the Phils a 2-0 lead with an RBI single, easily scoring Rollins, while sending Utley up to second base. The Phils them made it a 3-0 lead as Dom Brown hits an RBI single, knocking in Utley, while sending Young over to third base. The Phils then took a 4-0 lead as Erik Kratz hits a sacrifice fly to right, scoring Young. The Royals would get on the scoreboard in the top of the third as, with two men on, and with one man out, Alcides Escobar hits an RBI double, knocking in Chris Getz, who had got on base with a lead-off bunt single, beating Howard’s attempt to tag him out, then moved up to second base on Alex Gordon’s walk, making it a 4-1 Phils’ lead, while sending Gordon, who had just walked, over to third base. The Royal then cut the Phils’ lead down to 4-2 as Billy Butler hits an RBI ground out, 6-3, scoring Gordon. The Royal would take the lead in the top of the fifth as, with the bases loaded, via a lead-off double by Getz, a single by Gordon, sending Getz to third, and a walk to Escobar, moving Gordon up to second base, and with one man out, Butler hits a flyball to left center field which was originally called a double, as it bounce off of the wall, scoring Getz, Gordon and Escobar, giving the Royals a 5-4 lead, before it was reviewed and declared a grand-slam home run, as it had originally left the field and then bounced back in, giving Butler his first home run of the season, and his first career grand-slam home run, giving the Royals a 6-4 lead. The Royals increased their lead in the top of the six as, with the bases once again loaded, via a single by James Shields, a double by Gordon, sending Shields to third base, and a walk by Escobar, and with two men out, Butler hits a two-run single, scoring Shields and Gordon, giving the Royals an 8-4 lead, while sending Escobar on to third base. The Royals added an insurance run in the top of the eighth as, with a man on second, and with one man out, Gordon hits an RBI single, knocking in Jarrod Dyson, who had just doubled, giving the Royals a 9-4 lead. The Phils started a rally in the bottom of the ninth as, with two men on, and with one man out, Rollins hits a three-run home run, his first home run of the season, knocking in Ezequiel Carrera, who had started the inning off with a walk, then stopped at second base on Revere’s single, and Revere, who had just singled, cutting the Royals’ lead down to 9-7. Four batters later, with two men on, and now with two men out, the Phils made it a 9-8 Royals’ lead as pinch-hitter Laynce Nix hits an RBI single, knocking in Howard, who had earlier singled, then stopped at second base on Young’s single, while sending Young, who had just singled, up to second base. The Phils then had a chance to win the game as, with Kratz’s batting, Kelvin Herrera threw a wild pitch, allowing Young to reach third base, and Nix to stop at second base. But, the Phils would be denied as Herrera would strike out Kratz’s for the game’s final out.

Cole Hamels (0-2, 10.97) took the lost as he pitched five and two-thirds innings, giving up eight runs on nine hits and four walks, while striking out only two. Chad Durbin pitched an inning and a third, giving up a hit and a walk, while striking out two. Jeremy Horst pitched an inning, giving up a run on two hits. Phillippe Aumont pitched a scoreless inning, giving up a hit and two walks, while striking out two. James Shields (1-1, 3.75) got the win as he went six innings, giving up four runs on ten hits, while striking out eight. Tim Collins pitched two 1-2-3 innings, striking out four. J.C. Gutierrez pitched a third of an inning, giving up three runs on two hits and a walk, striking out a batter. Greg Holland collected his first hold of the year as he pitched a third of an inning, giving up a run on two hits. Kelvin Herrera received his first save of the season as he pitched a third of an inning, giving up a hit and a wild pitch, while striking out a batter.

The Phils had fifteen hits in the game, with Michael Young (3 Singles, Double, RBI) leading the team with four hits, followed by Ben Revere (Singles) with three hits and Jimmy Rollins (Single, Home Run, 3 RBIs) and Chase Utley (Singles, RBI) with two hits each. Ryan Howard (Single), Dom Brown (Single, RBI), John Mayberry, Jr. (Double) and pinch-hitter Laynce Nix (Single, RBI) had the other four Phils’ hits. Erik Kratz brought in the final Phil’s run with a sacrifice fly. The Phils also had a walk (Ezequiel Carerra) and a stolen base (Revere (3)) in the game, as the offense let Shields off the hook after the first inning, spoiling several scoring opportunities in the middle innings.

The Phils (2-4, 4th) start a three-games series with the Mets (4-2, T-2) starting with a night game tonight. The game will be played at Citizens Bank Park and is to begin at 7:05 pm. The Phils will send to the mound Roy Halladay (0-1, 13.50), who is coming off a stinker against the Braves on April 3, as he went only three and a third innings, giving up five runs on six hits and three walks, while striking out nine, in the Phils’ 9-2 lost. He will be trying to rebound from the lost. The Mets will counter with Matt Harvey (1-0, 0.00) who is coming off a win against the Padres on April 3, as he threw seven shut-out innings, giving up just a hit and two walks, while striking out ten, in the Mets’ 8-4 win. He will be out to increase his record to 2-0. The Phils will be trying to prove that they are better than they have looked so far, while hoping that Doc will regain his 2010-11 form.

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

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

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

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

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

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

The Phils win their final Grapefruit League road game for 2013 as they defeat the Tigers, 4-1.

Philadelphia_PhilliesBehind good pitching from Cole Hamels and the bullpen, the Phils win their last spring training game on the road, as they defeat the Tigers, 4-1.

The Phils took the lead in the first as, with a runner on third, and with one man out, Michael Young hits a sacrifice fly, knocking in Ben Revere, who started the game off with a single, moved up to second base on Justin Verlander’s throwing error on a pick-off attempt, then stopped at third base on Kevin Frandsen’s ground out, three-unassisted, giving the Phils a 1-0 lead. The Phils increased their lead in the fourth as, with two men on, and with two men out, Ender Inciarte hits an RBI single, scoring Carlos Ruiz, who had started the inning off with a single, then moved up to second base on John Mayberry, Jr’s walk, giving the Phils a 2-0 lead, while sending Mayberry, who had earlier walked, on to third base, before moving up to second base on the right fielder’s wide throw to the plate. The Tigers got on the board in the sixth as, with a runner on third, and with one man out, Austin Jackson hits a sacrifice fly, scoring Alex Avila, who had started the inning off with a single, moved up to second base on Zach Minor’s wild pitch, then went to third base on Omar Infante’s ground out, 4-3, making it a 2-1 Phils’ lead. The Phils got the run back in the seventh as, with runners on second and third, and with one man out, Young hits an RBI ground out, 6-3, knocking in Inciarte, who had started the inning off with a single, stole second base, then stopped at third base on Revere’s single, giving the Phils a 3-1 lead, while sending Revere, who had earlier singled, then stole second base, over to third base. The Phils then made it a 4-1 lead as, with runners on the corners, as Lynce Nix walked, and now with two men out, Revere would score on Bruce Rondon’s balk, while Nix moved up to second base. That would end up being the final score as Chris Nichols ended the game by getting pinch-hitter Corey Jones to ground out, three-unassisted, for the game’s final out.

Cole Hamels (3-0, 0.95) got the win as he threw three scoreless innings, giving up a hit and a walk, while striking out three. Chad Durbin recorded his second hold of the spring as he pitched a 1-2-3 inning. Zach Miner recorded his first hold of the spring as he threw two innings, giving up a run on two hits, a walk, and a wild pitch, while striking out a batter. Antonio Bastardo received his fourth hold of the spring as he threw a scoreless inning, striking out two. Brandon Erbe recorded his first hold of the spring as he went one and two-thirds innings, striking out a batter. Chris Nichols pitched a third of an inning, getting out the only man whom he would face. Justin Verlander (1-3, 4.01) took the lost as he went five and two-thirds innings, giving up two runs, only one of which was earned, on five hits, a walk and a hit batter, while striking out five. Jess Todd pitched a third of an inning, getting out the only man that he would face. Bruce Rondon pitched two-thirds of an inning, giving up two runs on two hits, two walks and a balk, while striking out a batter. Darin Down pitched one and a third innings, striking out three batters. Luis Marte pitched a scoreless inning, giving up a hit, while striking out one.

The Phils had eight hits in the game, with Ben Revere (Singles) and Ender Inciarte (Singles, RBI) both leading the team with two hits each. Michael Young (Double, 2 RBIs), Carlos Ruiz (Single), John Mayberry, Jr. (Double) and Troy Hanzawa (Single), had the other four Phils’ hits. The final Phil run came in on a balk. The Phils also had three walks (Laynce Nix,  Ruiz and Mayberry), a hit batter (Kevin Frandsen) and three stolen bases (Revere 2 (9) and Inciarte (2)) in the game.

The Phils (15-15) will play their final spring training game at Clearwater against the Blue Jays (14-16) tomorrow. Game time is 1:05 pm EDT. The Phils will be trying to end their Grapefruit League season on a high note.

Phils relief pitching let down the team again as they lose to the Blue Jays, 11-6.

Philadelphia_PhilliesA still leaking bullpen lets down the offense as the Phils are defeated by the Blue Jays, 11-6.

The Phils got on the scoreboard first in the first inning as, with a runner on second, and with one man out, Michael Young hits an RBI double, scoring Kevin Frandsen, who had just doubled, giving the Phils a 1-0 lead. The Phils then took a 3-0 lead as Ryan Howard hits a two-run blast, his second home run of the spring, knocking in Young. The Blue Jays cut the Phils’ lead in their half of the first as, with a runner on second, and with one man out, Melky Cabrera hits an RBI double, scoring Jose Reyes, who had started the inning off with a double, making it a 3-1 Phils’ lead. The Blue Jays then made it a 3-2 Phils’ lead as Edwin Encarnacion followed with an RBI single, scoring Cabrera. The Blue Jays then tied the game up at one-all in the second as, with two men out, Emilio Bonifacio hits a solo home run, his first home run of the spring. The Phils retook the lead in the fourth as, with one man out, Carlos Ruiz hits a solo home run, his first home run of the spring, giving the Phils a 4-3 lead. The Blue Jays retied the game in their half of the fourth as, with two men on, and with one man out, Bonifacio hits an RBI double, knocking in Adam Lind, who had started the inning off with a single, then moved up to second base on Brett Lawrie’s ground out, 6-3, while sending Moises Sierra, who had just walked, over to third base.  The Blue Jays then took the lead one batter later as Reyes hits a three-run home run, his first home run of the spring, knocking in both Sierra and Bonifacio, giving the Blue Jays a 7-4 lead. The Blue Jays increased their lead in the fifth as, with one man on, and with two men out, Sierra hits an RBI double, knocking in pinch runner Ryan Schimpf, who was pinch running for Lawrie, who had been safe at first on a force out, 5-4, as J.P. Arencibia, who had started the inning off with a single, was wiped out at second base, giving the Blue Jays an 8-4 lead. The Blue Jays then took a 9-4 lead as pinch hitter Jim Negrych hits an RBI single, scoring Sierra. The Blue Jays then made it a 10-4 lead in the sixth as, with a runner on first, and with two men out, Josh Thole hits an RBI double, knocking in Luis Jimenez, who had just singled, before moving on to third on right fielder Laynce Nix’s throwing error. The Blue Jays increased their lead once again in the seventh as, with runners on the corners, and with one man out, Ryan Goins hits an RBI ground out, scoring Schimpf, who had started the inning off with a walk, moved up to second base on Ricardo Nanita’s single, then moved up to third base on Negrych’s force out, 3-6, as Nanita was wiped out at second base, giving the Blue Jays an 11-4 lead, while Negrych, who was safe at first on the force out, would move up to second base on the out. The Phils got two runs back as, with one man on, and with one man out, Erik Kratz hits a two-run home run, his first home run of the spring, as he knocked in Jermaine Mitchell, who had started the inning off with a single, making it a 11-6 Blue Jays’ lead. That would end up being the final score, as Ryan Ortiz ended the game by striking out Tyson Gillies.

Cliff Lee received a no-decision as he threw three innings, giving up three runs on five hits, as he struck out three. Tyler Cloyd committed his first blown save of the spring, before taking the lost (0-1, 13.50), as he pitched two innings, giving up six runs on seven hits and a walk. Michael Stutes pitched an inning, giving up a run on two hits. Justin Friend pitched an inning, giving up a run on a hit and a walk, while striking out a batter. Chad Durbin pitched a 1-2-3 inning, striking out two.  R.A. Dickey also received a no-decision as he also went three innings, giving up three runs on four hits, while striking out a batter. Josh Johnson got the win (1-0, 2.25), as he threw two innings, giving up a run on one hit, as he struck out a batter. Steve Delabar, Esmil Rogers and Jeremy Jeffress combined for three scoreless innings, giving up a walk (Rogers) between them, while striking out four (Delabar (2), Rogers (1), Jeffress (1)).  Ryan Ortiz pitched an inning, giving up two runs on three hits, while striking out a batter.

The Phils collected eight hits in the game, a double by Kevin Frandsen, an RBI double by Michael Young, a two-run home run by Ryan Howard, a single by Dom Brown, a solo home run by Carlos Ruiz, a single by John Mayberry, Jr., a single by Jermaine Mitchell and a two-run home run by Erik Kratz. The Phils had only one walk (Ruiz) in the game.

The Phils (3-4-1) continued spring training as they play a pair of split squad games, one at home against the Blue Jays (5-4) and on the road against the Orioles (6-2), presently trailing in both games.

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

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

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

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

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

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

The Phils come back from an early Marlins’ lead to defeat the fish, 9-5.

The Phils overcomes an early Marlins’ lead to end up beating the fish, 9-5.

The Marlins took a quick 2-0 lead in the first as, with the bases loaded, via singles by Bryan Petersen and Donovan Solano, with Petersen stopping at second base, and a walk to Jose Reyes, and with nobody out, Giancarlo Stanton hits a two-run single, knocking in Petersen and Solano, while sending Reyes up to second base. Three batters later, the Marlins added to their lead as, with runners still on first and second, and now with two men out, Rob Brantly hits an RBI single, knocking in Reyes, while sending Stanton over to third base. The Phils got two of the runs back in the second as, with runners on the corners, and with two men out, Pete Orr hits a two-run double, knocking in Dom Brown, who was safe at first on a force out, 3-6, as Carlos Ruiz, who had started the inning off with a single, is wiped out at second base for the inning’s first out, and then moved up to third base on Nate Schierholtz’s single, and Schierholtz, who had just singled, making it a 3-2 Marlins’ lead. The Marlins added to their lead in the third as Stanton hits a lead-off home run, his thirty-fifth home run of the year, giving the Marlins a 4-2 lead. The Phils tied the game up at four-all in the fifth as, with runners on second and third, and with one man out, Chase Utley hits a two-run single, knocking in Roy Halladay, who had reached first base on an infield single near home plate, then moved up to second base on Jimmy Rollins’ single, then went to third base on Juan Pierre’s sacrifice bunt, 1-3, and Rollins, who had earlier singled, then stopped at second base on Pierre’s sac bunt. The Phils then took the lead two batters later, after Utley had moved up to second base on Ruiz’s ground out, 4-3, as Brown hits an RBI triple, knocking in Utley, giving the Phils a 5-4 lead. The Phils increased their lead in the seventh as, with two men on, and with one man out, Ruiz hits a two-run double, knocking in Rollins, who had earlier singled, then moved up to second base on Pierre’s second sac bunt of the night, 2-3, and Utley, who had just walked, giving the Phils a 7-4 lead. The Phils added to their lead in the eighth as, with two men on, and with two men out, Utley hits an RBI single, knocking in Rollins, who had earlier walked, then moved up to second base on Pierre’s walk, giving the Phils an 8-4 lead, while sending Pierre, who had just walked, up to second base. The Marlins got a run back in their half of the first as, with the bases loaded, via a strikeout-wildpitch that allowed Stanton to reach first base, then moved up to second base on Ruiz’s throwing error, a walk to Carlos Lee, then both runners moving up a base on Antonio Bastardo’s wild pitch, and a walk to Greg Dobbs, and with one man out, Gil Velazquez hits an RBI single, knocking in Stanton, making it an 8-5 Phils’ lead, while moving up a base both Lee and Dobbs, leaving the bases loaded. But, the Phils then gets out of the inning as pinch hitter Austin Kearns strikes out, swinging, for the inning’s second out, but the ball gets away from Ruiz, and Lee attempts to score from third, but Ruiz gets to the ball, and throws to the plate, which was covered by Bastardo, who then tagged out Lee for the inning’s final out, for a strikeout-doubleplay. The Phils got that run back in the ninth as, with a man on third, and with two men out, Kevin Frandsen hits an RBI single, knocking in Darin Ruf, who had earlier doubled, giving the Phils a 9-6 lead. That would end up being the final score as Jonathan Papelbon pitched a scoreless inning.

Roy Halladay (11-8, 4.49) got the win as he pitched five innings, giving up four runs on six hits and three walks, while he struck out seven. Jeremy Horst collected his fifth hold of the season as he pitched one and one-third scoreless innings, striking out a batter. Justin De Fratus collected his fourth hold of the year as he threw two-thirds of an inning, getting out both men that he would face. Phillippe Aumont pitched to two batters, getting neither officially out, as he gave up a run on a walk, while striking out one, who would get on base on a wild pitch. Antonio Bastardo received his twenty-fifth hold of the season as he pitched an inning, giving up a hit and a walk, while striking out one. Jonathan Papelbon pitched a scoreless inning, giving up three hits, while striking out two. Ricky Nolasco (12-13, 4.48) took the lost as he pitched five innings as well, giving up five runs on nine hits, while striking out four. Dan Jennings pitched a 1-2-3 inning. Mike Dunn pitched a third of an inning, giving up two runs on a hit and a walk. Tom Koehler pitched two-thirds of an inning, giving up a hit and a walk, striking out a batter. A.J. Ramos pitched two-thirds of an inning, giving up a run on two hits and two walks, while striking out a batter. Chad Gaudin pitched a third of an inning, striking out the only batter that he would face. Chris Hatcher pitched an inning, giving up a run on two hits.

The Phils had fifteen hits in the game, with Jimmy Rollins leading the ballclub with three hits, all singles, followed by Chase Utley (Singles, 3 RBIs), Carlos Ruiz (Single, Double, 2 RBIs), Nate Schierholtz (Singles) and Kevin Frandsen (Singles, RBI) all with two hits apiece. Dom Brown (Single, RBI), Darin Ruf (Double), Pete Orr (Double, 2 RBIs) and Roy Halladay (Single) had the other four Phils’ hits. The Phils also had four walks and three stolen bases (Pierre (2, 36 & 37), Utley (11)) in the ballgame.

The Phils (79-79, 3rd) will conclude their series with the Marlins (67-91, 5th) with a game now in progress.

The Phils are one-step closer to not making the playoffs as they lose their final home game to the Nats, 7-3.

The Phils are closer to being eliminated as they lose their final home game to the Nats, 7-3.

The Nats took the lead in the first as, with one man out, Bryce Harper hits a solo home run, his twenty-first home run of the season, giving the Nats a 1-0 lead. The Phils took the lead in their half of the first as, with the bases loaded, via a single by Chase Utley, who then stole second base, then walks to Ryan Howard and John Mayberry, Jr., with both Utley and Howard moving up a base on Mayberry’s walk, and with two men out, Darin Ruf hits a bases-clearing double, knocking in Utley, Howard and Mayberry, giving the Phils a 3-1 lead. The Nats cut the Phils’ lead down to 3-2 in the second as Michael Morse hits a lead-off home run, his fifteenth home run of the season. The Nats tied the game up at three-all in the fourth as, with a man on third, and with one man out, Morse hits an RBI ground out, 6-3, knocking in Ryan Zimmerman, who had started the inning off with a double, then stopped at third base on Adam LaRoche’s fly out to center. The Nats retook the lead in the fifth as, with two men on, and with two men out, Harper hits an RBI single, knocking in Danny Espinosa, who had started the inning off with a walk, then moved up to second base on Gio Gonzalez’s sacrifice bunt, 1-4, giving the Nats a 4-3 lead, while sending Jayson Werth, who had just walked, over to third base. The Nats increased their lead in the sixth as, with a runner on second, and with nobody out, Morse hits a two-run home run, his sixteenth home run of the year, and his second home run of the ballgame, knocking in LaRoche, who had started the inning off with a double, giving the Nats a 6-3 lead. The Nats then made it a 7-3 lead as, with the bases loaded, via a single by pinch hitter Mark DeRosa, who is then pinch runned for by Eury Perez, a stolen base by Perez, and then walks by Werth and Harper, with Perez and Werth moving up a base on Harper’s walk, and with nobody out, Perez would score as pitcher Jeremy Horst threw a wild pitch on a strikeout of Zimmerman, while both Werth and Harper would move up a base. The Nats tried to make it an 8-3 lead as the next batter, LaRoche hits a grounder to second baseman Utley, who threw a strike to home plate, cutting down Werth, who is tagged out by Kratz for the inning’s second out, as Harper moved up to third base, while LaRoche would be safe at first on the fielder’s choice force out. That would be it for the scoring as Drew Storen ended the game by pitching a 1-2-3 ninth.

Tyler Cloyd (2-2, 4.91) took the lost as he pitched five innings, plus two batters, giving up six runs on six hits and two walks, while striking out four. Jeremy Horst pitched one and two-thirds innings, giving up a run on a hit, two walks and a wild pitch, while striking out three. Phillippe Aumont pitched an inning and a third, giving up a hit, while striking out a batter. Jake Diekman pitched a scoreless inning, giving up a hit, while striking out one. Gio Gonzalez (21-8, 2.89) got the win as he pitched six innings, giving up three runs on six hits and three walks, while striking out six. Sean Burnett, Tyler Clippard and Drew Storen combined for three scoreless innings, giving up a hit (Burnett) between them, while striking out two (Clippard).

The Phils had seven hits in the game, with Kevin Frandsen (Single, Double) and Darin Ruf (Single, Double, 3 RBIs) both leading the team with two hits each. Jimmy Rollins (Single), Chase Utley (Single) and Dom Brown (Double) had the other three Phils’ hits. The Phils also had three walks and a stolen base (Utley (10)) in the game.

The Phils (78-78, 3rd) with start their next to last series of the season with the Marlins (66-90, 5th), starting with a night game tonight. The game will be played at Marlins Park and is to start at 7:10 pm EDT. The Phils will send to the mound Cliff Lee (6-8, 3.18), who is coming off a lost against the Braves on September 23, as he went eight innings, giving up two run, only one of which was earned, on nine hits, as he struck out eleven, in the Phils’ 2-1 lost. He will be trying for his seventh winning start. The Marlins will counter with Mark Buehrle (13-13, 3.84), who is coming off a lost against the Mets on September 22, as he went six innings, giving up four runs on five hits and three walks, while striking out three, in the Marlins’ 4-3 win. He will be trying to see if he can dominate the Phils again. The Phils will be trying to see if they can end the season with a winning record.

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