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An explosive eighth inning gives the Phils a come from behind win as they defeat the Cards, 10-2.

The Phils explode for nine runs in the eighth inning as the Cards’ bullpen implode as they come from behind to defeat the Redbirds, 10-2.

The game started as a pitchers’ duel between Cardinals’ starter Kyle McClellan, who pitched five innings keeping the Phils off-balanced, as he gave up two singles and three walks, while striking out two, and Roy Halladay, who for four innings kept the Cards off the scoreboard as he gave up a hit and two walks, while striking out four. The Cards took the lead in the fifth as, with the bases loaded, via singles to Yadier Molina, Daniel Descalsco, with Molina stopping at second base, and Skip Schumaker, with the runners stopping at third and second base, and with one man out, Ryan Theriot hits into an RBI force out, 5-4, forcing out Schumaker at second base, as Molina scored, as Placido Polanco was slow getting the ball out of his glove, giving the Cards a 1-0 lead, while Descalsco would move up to second base, as Theriot would beat the throw to first. The Phils would tie the game up at one-all in the seventh as, with two men on, and with two men out, pinch hitter Ross Gload hits an RBI single, knocking in Raul Ibanez, who had earlier walked, then went to second base on Carlos Ruiz’s single, crossing the plate before Ruiz, who had earlier singled, was tagged out between second and third by third baseman Descalsco, who had just cut off Matt Holliday’s throw to the plate, for the inning’s final out. The Cards retook the lead in their half of the seventh as, with runners on the corners, and with one man out, Schumaker hits a sacrifice fly, scoring Descalsco, who had earlier walked, then went to third on pinch hitter Mark Hamilton’s single. The Phils would then break the game open in the eighth, helped by the implosion of the Cards’ bullpen. After Jimmy Rollins started the inning off by lining out to left, Shane Victorino got on base with a single to right. Chase Utley followed by taking a walk, moving Victorino up to second base. Cardinals’ manager Tony LaRussa then came to the mound and relieved Trever Miller with Jason Motte to face Ryan Howard. On an 0-1 pitch, Motte hit Howard, loading up the bases as both runners moved up a base. Then with Polanco batting, Motte hit him on a 3-2 count, forcing in Victorino, tying the score up at two-all, while moving up both Utley and Howard, as the bases remained loaded. After Wilson Valdez comes in to pinch run for Polanco, as he is taken out of the ballgame to see if he was okay, as the ball had hit him on his left elbow, LaRussa replaces Motte with Brian Tallet, who proceeded to strikeout Ibanez swinging for the inning’s second out, leaving the bases loaded. The next batter was to be Dom Brown, but Phils’ manager Charlie Manuel sent out pinch hitter Ben Francisco to face Tallet. Francisco then gave the Phils a 3-2 lead with an RBI single, knocking in Utley, while moving up both Howard and Valdez, leaving the bases still loaded. LaRussa then replaced Tallet with Miguel Batista, who proceeded to walk Ruiz on five pitches, forcing in Howard as the Phils took a 4-2 lead, while both Valdez and Francisco moved up a base, the bases remaining loaded. Michael Martinez is then sent up to pinch hit for Michael Stutes, and proceeded to take a walk, forcing in a run, as Valdez scores, giving the Phils a 5-2 lead, while sending Francisco up to third base, and Ruiz over to second, as the Phils batted around. Rollins, batting for the second time in the inning, followed with a two-run single, scoring both Francisco and Ruiz, giving the Phils a 7-2 lead, while sending Martinez to second base. LaRussa then replaced Bastista with Maikal Cieto, hoping to final end this disastrous inning for the Redbirds. Cieto proceed to walk Victorino, the eleventh batter of the inning, reloading the bases as both Martinez and Rollins moved up a base. Utley, the twelfth Phils to bat in the inning, followed with a two-run single, knocking in both Matinez and Rollins, making it a 9-2 Phils’ lead, while sending Victorino to second base. Howard, the inning’s thirteenth batter, then made it a 10-2 Phils’ lead with an RBI single, knocking in Victorino, while sending Utley on to third. Cieto then finally ended the inning by getting Valdez, who was batting for the first time in the game, to fly out to right. That would end up being the final score as Antonio Bastardo and David Herndon threw a pair of scoreless innings against the Cards.

Roy Halladay received a no-decision as he pitched six innings, giving up a run on four hits and two walks, while striking out five. Michael Stutes (2-0, 2.38) got the win as he pitched an inning, giving up a run on a hit and a walk, while striking out one. Antonio Bastardo and David Herndon combined for two scoreless innings, giving up a walk (Bastardo), while striking out three (Bastardo (1), Herndon (2)) between them. Kyle McClellan also received a no-decision as he went seven innings, giving up a run on five hits and four walks, while he struck out two. Trever Miller (0-1, 3.86) took the lost, after receiving his four hold of the season, as he pitched a third of an inning, giving up two runs on a hit and a walk. Jason Motte blew his second save of the year as he pitched to two batters, hitting both of them. Brian Tallet pitched a third of an inning, giving up a run on a hit, as he struck out one. Miguel Batista pitched to three batters, as he gave up three runs on a hit and two walks, getting none of the three batters he faced out. Maikal Cieto pitched an inning and a third, giving up a run on three hits and two walks, while striking out one. The Cardinals’ bullpen blew up in the eighth inning, allowing fourteen men to come to the plate, giving up nine runs on six hits, three walks, and two hit batters.

The Phils had eleven hits in the game, with Carlos Ruiz leading the team with four hits, all singles, knocking in a run, as he lifted his average to .256. Chase Utley followed with two hits, bith singles, as he knocked in two runs, Jimmy Rollins (Single, 2 RBIs), Shane Victorino (Single), Ryan Howard (Single, RBI), pinch hitter Ross Gload (Single, RBI) and pinch hitter Ben Francisco (Single, RBI), had the other five Phils’ hits. Placido Polanco (Hit by the Pitch) and Michael Martinez (Walk), had the other two Phils’ RBI, as the offense took advantage of the Cards’ bullpen’s meltdown in the eighth.

The Phils (46-28, 1st East) continue their series with the Cards (40-34, 2nd Central) with a night game tonight at Busch Stadium (III). The game will start at 8:15 pm EDT (7:15 pm CDT). The Phils will send to the mound Cliff Lee (7-5, 3.12), who is coming off a complete game win against the Marlins on June 16, as he gave up just two hits and two walks, while striking out four, in the Phils’ 3-0 win. He will be going for his fourth straight win, while trying to give the Phils their first series win in their last four tries on the road. The Cards will counter with Kyle Lohse (7-3, 2.88), who is coming off a no-decision against the Nationals on June 16, as he pitched six innings, giving up four runs on seven hits and a walk, as he struck out three, in the Cards’ 7-4  lost. He will be trying to even up the series for the Redbirds. The Phils will be trying to give Lee some runs support to give him his eighth win of the season.

The Phils sweep the doubleheader with a walk-off win in the bottom of the tenth as they defeat the Marlins, 5-4.

The Phils sweep the day-night twinbill from the fish as they take a walk-off win in the nightcap as they defeat the Marlins in ten innings, 5-4.

The Marlins took the lead in the first as, with a runner on third, and with one man out, Logan Morrison hits an RBI ground out, 3-unassisted, knocking in Hanley Ramirez, who had earlier doubled, then went to third on Chris Coghlan’s ground out, 4-3, giving the Marlins a 1-0 lead. The Marlins then took a 2-0 lead as the next batter, Gaby Sanchez hits a solo home run, his twelfth home run of the season. The Phils got a run back in their half of the first as, with one man on, and with one man out, Chase Utley hits an RBI double, scoring Jimmy Rollins, who had earlier walked, and just beat the throw to the plate, making it a 2-1 Marlins’ lead, before moving up to third on the throw to the plate. The Marlins then added to their lead in the fourth as, with runners on second and third, and with one man out, John Buck hits a two-run single, scoring Greg Dobbs, who had earlier hit a ground-rule double on a ball that was interferred with by a fan, then stopped at third on Jose Lopez’s double, and Lopez, who had just doubled, giving the fish a 4-1 lead. The Phils cut the Marlins’ lead down to 4-2 in the fifth as, with one man on, and with one man out, Utley hits an RBI triple, knocking in Shane Victorino, who had earlier singled, then stole second base. The Phils then tied it up at four-all in the ninth as, with runners on second and third, and with two men out, Victorino hits a two-run single, scoring both Carlos Ruiz, who had earlier singled, moved up to second base on pinch hitter’s Ross Gload’s single, then went to third on Rollins’ ground out, 1-3, off of reliver Leo Nunez’s leg, and pinch runner Michael Martinez, who was running for Gload, who had moved up to second on Rollins’ ground out. The Phils then won the game in the tenth as, with two men on, and with two men out, Ruiz hits an RBI single, knocking in Ryan Howard, who had earlier been hit by a pitch, then moved up to second on Dom Brown’s walk, giving the Phils a 5-4 walk-off extra-innings win.

Roy Halladay received a no-decision as he pitched seven innings, giving up four runs on six hits, while he struck out eight. Antonio Bastardo and Michael Stutes combine for two scoreless innings, giving up a walk (Stutes) between them. Ryan Madson (3-1, 2.10) picked up the win as he pitched a scoreless inning, giving up two walks, while striking out a batter. Anibal Sanchez also received a no-decision as he went seven innings, giving up two runs on four hits and four walks, while striking out six. Randy Choate received his ninth hold of the year as he pitched a scoreless inning, giving up a hit, while striking out two. Leo Nunez received his third blown save of the season as he gave up two runs on three hits. Michael Dunn (4-5, 4.15) took the lost as he pitched two-thirds of an inning, giving up a run on a hit, a walk and a hit batter, as he struck out one.

The Phils had nine hits in the game, with Shane Victorino (Singles, 2 RBIs), Chase Utley (Double, Triple, 2 RBIs) and Carlos Ruiz (Singles, RBI), all leading the team with two hits each. Ryan Howard (Single), Placido Polanco (Double) and pinch hitter Ross Gload (Single) had the other three Phils’ hits.

The Phils (43-26, 1st) will conclude their four-game set with the Marlins (32-36, T-4th) with an afternoon game, already in progress, as they go for the series sweep.

Cliff Lee threw a seven-hitter while striking out ten as the Phils defeat the Dodgers, 3-1.

Cliff Lee starts off the home stand by throwing a seven-hitter against the Dodgers as the Phils defeat their old rival, 3-1.

The Phils took the lead in the third as, with runners on the corners, and with one man out, Placido Polanco hits an RBI single, scoring Wilson Valdez, who had earlier doubled, then went to third on Cliff Lee’s sacrifice bunt, 5-3, giving the Phils a 1-o lead, while sending Shane Victorino, who had earlier walked, to second base. Two batters later, with two men on, and with two men out, with both man running, Ryan Howard hits an RBI single, scoring Victorino, giving the Phils a 2-0 lead, while sending Polanco on to third. The Phils then made it a 3-0 lead in the eighth as, with two men on, and with two men out, Carlos Ruiz hits an RBI double, knocking in Chase Utley, who had earlier walked, then moved up to second on Ben Francisco’s walk, while sending Francisco, who had just walked, on to third. The Dodgers got on the scoreboard in the ninth as, with runners on the corners, and with nobody out, pinch hitter Andre Either hits into an RBI force out, knocking in pinch runner Dee Gordon, who was running for Juan Uribe, who had earlier singled, before he (Gordon) went to third on James Loney’s single, as Loney, who had just singled, is forced out at second base for the inning’s first out. That would be the final score as Ryan Madson collected his thirteenth save of the season as he struck out the next two batters, Rod Barajas swinging, and then pinch hitter Dioner Navarro on a foul tip.

Cliff Lee (5-5, 3.62) got the win as he pitched seven innings, giving up seven hits and a walk, while striking out ten. Antonio Bastardo collected his fifth hold of the season as he threw a 1-2-3 inning, striking out a batter. Ryan Madson recorded his thirteenth save of the year as he pitched an inning, giving up a run on two hits, as he struck out two. Ted Lilly (4-5, 4.13) took the lost as he went six innings, giving up two runs on five hits and a walk, while striking out four. Blake Hawksworth pitched a 1-2-3 inning. Mike MacDougal pitched an inning, giving up a run on a hit and two walks, while striking out a batter.

The Phils had only six hits in the ballgame, with Carlos Ruiz leading the team with two hits, a single and a double, with an RBI. Placido Polanco (Single, RBI), Ryan Howard (Single, RBI), Dom Brown (Single) and Wilson Valdez (Double) had the other four Phils’ hits, as the offense did just enough tonight to win.

The Phils (36-24, 1st East) will continue their series with the Dodgers (28-33, 4th West) with a night game tomorrow night. The game will be played at Citizens Bank Park and will start at 7:05 pm EDT. The Phils’ starter will be Roy Oswalt (3-3,  2.70), who is coming off a lost against the Nats on June 1, as he went five innings,  giving up two runs on six hits and two walks, while striking out three, in the Phils’  2-1 lost. He will be trying to put a stop to his present three-game losing streak. The Dodgers will counter with Rubby De La Rosa (1-0, 1.80),  who is coming off a relief appearance against the Rockies on May 31, as he went two innings, giving up a hit, while striking out two, in the Dodgers’ 8-2 win. He hope that he will give the Phils fits in his spot start. The Phils hope to finally give Roy O his first win since coming back to the rotation after seeing to his family.

Four runs in the last two innings give the Phils their third straight win as they defeat the Mets, 6-4.

Scoring four runs in the last two innings give the Phils their third straight victory as they hang on to beat the Mets, 6-4.

The Phils took the lead in the third as, with a man on second base, and with two men out, Jimmy Rollins hits an RBI single, scoring Carlos Ruiz, who had earlier walked, then went to second on Roy Oswalt’s sacrifice bunt, 3-4, giving the Phils a 1-0 lead. The Phils added to their lead in the fifth as, with a runner on third, and with nobody out, Oswalt hits an RBI single, knocking in John Mayberry, Jr., who had earlier reached base on a bloop single, moved up to second base on center fielder Angel Pagan’s missed catch error, before going on to third on left fielder Jason Bay’s throwing error to second base, giving the Phils a 2-0 lead. The Mets got a run back in their half of the fifth as, with two men on, and with two men out, Carlos Beltran hits an RBI single, scoring Jose Reyes, who had earlier reached base on an error by Chase Utley, who had run into Rollins as Rollins tried to catch a pop up, causing him to miss the ball, then moved up to second base on Justin Turner’s single, making it a 2-1 Phils’ lead, while sending Turner, who had just singled, on to third base. The Mets then tied the game up at two-all in the sixth as, with a man on second, and with one man out, Ronny Paulino hits an RBI single, knocking in Pagan, who had earlier singled, then stole second base. The Mets took the lead in the seventh as, with a runner on third, and with nobody out, Turner hits an RBI single, scoring Reyes, who had earlier doubled, then went to third when Michael Stutes tried to pick him off at second base, except that there was no one covering the bag, giving the Mets a 3-2 lead. The Phils then tied the game up at three-all in the eighth as, with one man on, and with nobody out, Rollins hits an RBI single, scoring Dom Brown, who had earlier hit a pinch hit single, then stole second base. The Phils then took the lead in the ninth as, with two men on, and with one man out, Brown hits an RBI single knocking in Ruiz, who had earlier singled, then stopped at second base on pinch hitter Ross Gload’s single, giving the Phils a 4-3 lead, while sending Michael Martinez, who was pinch running for Gload, who had just singled, over to third. The Phils then took a 5-3 lead as, now with runners on the corners, Rollins hits a sacrifice fly, scoring Martinez. The Phils then made it a 6-3 lead two batters later as, once again with runners on the corners, and now with two men out, Placido Polanco hits an RBI infield single as Utley, who had earlier singled, sending Brown on to third, beat second baseman Ruben Tejada’s throw to second base, allowing Brown to score. The Mets made it a 6-4 Phils’ lead in the bottom of the ninth as, with a runner on second, and with one man out, Reyes, who had earlier singled, then reached second on defensive indifference, scored on a Beltran single, after Martinez had committed a fielding error in center field. That would be the final score as Ryan Madson would record his tenth save of the year by getting Daniel Murphy to hit into a 6-4-3 double play, wiping out Bay, who had just singled, sending Beltran to third base, at second base for the final out.

Roy Oswalt received a no-decision, as he went six innings, giving up two runs, one of which was unearned, on nine hits, while striking out two. Michael Stutes pitched an inning, as he gave up a run on two hits and a walk. Antonio Bastardo (3-0, 1.42) got the win as he pitched a scoreless inning, as he gave up a walk, while striking out one. Ryan Madson recorded his tenth save of the season as he pitched an inning, giving up a run on three hits. Chris Capuano also received a no-decision as he went six innings, giving up two runs on four hits and a walk, while striking out eight. Pedro Beato pitched a 1-2-3 inning. Jason Isringhausen blew his first save attmept of the year as he pitched an inning, giving up a run on two hits and a walk. Francisco Rodriguez (1-1, 1.80) took the lost as he pitched two-thirds of an inning, giving up three runs on five hits. Tim Byrdak pitched a third of an inning, striking out the only man that he would face.

The Phils had eleven hits in the game, with Jimmy Rollins (Single, Double, 3 RBIs) and Dom Brown (Singles, RBI) both leading the team with two hits each. Chase Utley (Single), Placido Polanco (Single, RBI), Ben Francisco (Single), Carlos Ruiz (Single), John Mayberry, Jr. (Single), Roy Oswalt (Single, RBI) and pinch hitter Ross Gload (Single), had the other seven Phils’ hits.

The Phils (32-19, 1st) continue their visit against the Mets (23-27, 4th) later today at Citi Field. The game will begin at 7:10 pm. The Phils will start Cole Hamels (6-2, 3.06), who is coming off a win against the Reds on May 23, as he went six innings, giving up three runs on five hits and two walks, while striking out four, in the Phils’ 10-3 rout. He will be going for his seventh win of the year. The Mets will send to the mound Mike Pelfrey (3-4, 5.37), who is coming off a lost against the Yanks on May 22, as he pitched six innings, giving up five runs on eight hits and two walks, while striking out four, in the Mets’ 9-3 lost. He will be trying to even his record. The Phils will be going for their fourth straight win.

The Phils lose in extra-innings as they drop one to the Brew Crew, 6-3.

Kyle Kendrick’s bad relief appearance allow the Brewers to win in extra-innings, as the Phils lose in twelve innings, 6-3.

The Phils took the lead in the first as, with two men on, and with one out, Ryan Howard hits an RBI single, scoring Placido Polanco, who had earlier singled, then was safe at second base on second baseman Rickie Weeks force out attempt fielding error of Jimmy Rollins’ grounder, giving the Phils a 1-0 lead, while sending Rollins, who was safe at first on Weeks’ fielding error, would stop at second base. The Brewers tied it up at one-all in the top of the third as, with a man on second, and with two men out, Carlos Gomez hits an RBI single, knocking in Jonathan Lucroy, who had earlier singled, then went to second base on Shaun Marcus’ sacrifice bunt, 3-unassisted, before moving up to second base on the throw to the plate. The Brewers then took a 2-1 lead as Ryan Braun hits an RBI single, knocking in Gomez. The Phils then tied the game up at two-all in seventh as, with runners on the corners, and with one man out, Shane Victorino gets an RBI as he hits a grounder to first that Prince Fielder threw wide to home plate, allowing Wilson Valdez, who had reached first on Casey McGehee’s fielding error, then stopped at third on pinch hitter Ross Gload’s single, to score, while sending pinch runner Michael Martinez, who was running for Gload, to second base on the fielder’s choice attempt. The Phils’ attempt to take the lead is then foiled as Polanco’s liner towards the second base bag is deflected off of Sergio Mitre’s body and is caught in the air by Yuniesky Betancourt for the inning’s second out, before he throws to Weeks at second base to double up Martinez, who was running on the play, for a 1-6-4 doubleplay. The Brewers retook the lead in the eighth as, with runners on second and third, and with one man out, Betancourt hits into an RBI ground out, 6-3, scoring Braun, who had earlier singled, then went to third on Fielder’s double, giving the Brewers a 3-2 lead. The Phils then retied the game up at three-all in the ninth as, with a man on second, and with one out, pinch hitter Pete Orr hits an RBI single, knocking in Carlos Ruiz, who had earlier walked, then moved up to second base on Valdez’s sacrifice bunt, 1-3, while Orr would stop at second on the late throw to the plate. After the game goes into extra-innings, neither team would get a threat going until the top of the twelfth when, with runners on the corners, via a walk by Weeks, a throwing error by Kyle Kendrick on a sacrifice bunt by Gomez, allowing Weeks to reach third base, while Gomez stayed at first, and with nobody out. Braun hits a deep sacrifice fly, scoring Weeks, giving the Brewers a 4-3 lead. Three batters later, with the bases now loaded, thanks to Fielder being hit by the pitch, sending Gomez to second base, a wild pitch by Kendrick sending the runners to second and third base, and an intentional walked to McGehee, and with still one man out, Betancourt hits a sac fly, scoring Gomez, giving the Brewers a 5-3 lead, while sending Fielder to third base, and McGehee up to second base on the throw to the plate. Two batters later, after Mark Kotsay is intentionally walk to reload the bases, the Brewers took a 6-3 lead as Lucroy hits an RBI single, knocking in Fielder, before McGehee is thrown out at home plate, 9-2, to end the inning. That would be the final score as Brandon Kintzler gets the win by holding the Phils down in their half of the twelfth.

Joe Blanton got a no-decision as he pitched seven strong innings, giving up two runs on seven hits and a walk, while striking out four. Ryan Madson pitched an inning, giving up a run on two hits and a walk, while striking out a batter. J.C. Romero pitched two-thirds of an inning, before being taken out as he sustained an injury, giving up a hit. David Herndon pitched a third of an inning, getting out the only man that he would face. Jose Contreras pitched a 1-2-3 inning, striking out a batter. Antonio Bastardo pitched a scoreless inning, walking a batter. Kyle Kendrick (1-0, 3.00) took the lost as he pitched an inning, giving up three runs, only one of which was earned, on a hit and three walks. Shaun Marcus also received a no-decision as he pitched six innings, giving up an unearned run on five hits, as he struck out five. Sean Green recorded his first hold of the year as he pitched one-third of an inning, giving up an unearned run on one hit. Sergio Mitre received his first blown save of the season as he pitched two-thirds of an inning. Kameron Loe recorded his fifth hold of the season as he pitched a scoreless inning, giving up a hit. John Axford blew his second save attempt of the season as he gave up a run on a hit and two walks, while striking out a batter. Mitch Stetter recorded a scoreless inning, as he struck out a batter. Brandon Kintzler (1-0, 3.38) gets the win as he pitched two scoreless innings, giving up a hit and a walk. As Joe Blanton pitched a good game, J.C. Romero would go down trying to field a grounder in the ninth, before Kyle Kenrdick would blow it for the Phils with a bad twelfth inning.

The Phils had nine hits in the game, with Placido Polanco and Ryan Howard both leading the team with two hits each, both singles, with Howard knocking in a run. Shane Victorino (RBI), Raul Ibanez, Wilson Valdez, pinch hitter Ross Gload and pinch hitter Pete Orr (RBI), had the other five Phils’ hits, all singles. The offense was once again slow to get going, although hitting into a bit of buzzard’s luck in the seventh, before blowing an opportunity to win in the ninth as Victorino struck out on a 3-2 high fastball, before Jimmy Rollins ended the inning by popping up to the shortstop on  a 3-1 fastball.

The Phils (10-5, 1st NL East) will continue their three-game series with the Brewers (8-8, T-2nd NL Central), with a game tonight. The game will be played at Citizens Bank Park, and will begin at 7:05 pm EDT. Roy Halladay (2-0, 1.23) will start the game for the Phils, as he is coming off a complete game win against the Nationals on April 13, as he gave up two runs on six hits and a walk, while striking out nine, in the Phils’ 3-2 win. He will be going for his third win of the season, while trying to tie up the series for the Phils. The Brewers will counter with Randy Wolf (1-2, 4.32), who is coming off a win against the Pirates on April 14, as he went six and two-thirds innings, giving up just three hits and two walks, while striking out ten, in the Brewers’ 4-1 win. He will be trying to give the Brewers the series win. The Phils will be trying to get back on the winning track while hoping that their ace will give them another good performance.

The Phils come from behind in the ninth to defeat the Orioles, 4-3.

The Phils defeat the Orioles in the bottom of the ninth with a bases loaded, no out, walk-off win, evening their Grapefruit League record to 6-6.

The Orioles took the lead in the first as, with two men on, and with one man out, Jake Fox hits an RBI double, scoring Randy Winn, who had earlier walked, and then moved up to second on a Brendan Harris walk, which sending Harris, who had earlier walked, over to third base, giving the Orioles a 1-0 lead. One batter later, the Orioles made it a 2-0 lead as Josh Bell hit a sacrifice fly, scoring Harris from third. The Phils got a run back in the fourth as Ryan Howard hits a lead-off home run, his third home run of the spring, making it a 2-1 Orioles’ lead. The Phils then tied it up at two-all in the fifth as, with a runner on second, and with one man out, Shane Victorino hits an RBI double, knocking in Josh Barfield, who had been safe at first on a force out, 6-4, as Carlos Ruiz, who had earlier walked, was wiped out at second base, then stole second base. The Orioles retook the lead in the sixth as, with a runner on second, and with one out, Bell hits an RBI double, scoring Nolan Reimold, who had earlier been hit by the pitch, then stole second base, giving the Orioles a 3-2 lead. The Phils then rallied in the ninth as they loaded the bases, via walk by Dane Sardinha and Barfield, with pitch runner Wilson Valdes, who was running for Sardinha, stopping at second base, and a bunt single by Michael Martinez, with Valdez stopping at third, and Barfield moving up to second base, and with no one out, Carlos Rivero won the game with a two-run, walk-off single, knocking in both Valdez and Barfield, while Rivero would stop at second, giving the Phils a 4-3, come from behind, win.

Cole Hamels received a no-decision as he pitched four innings, giving up two runs on one hit and two walks, while striking out two. Jose Contreras pitched a scoreless inning, as he gave up a hit, while striking out two. Brad Lidge pitched an inning, giving up a run on a hit and a hit batter, while striking out two. Danys Baez and Dan Meyer both followed with a scoreless inning, striking out two batters (Baez) between them. Drew Carpenter (1-0, 0.00) received the win as he pitched a scoreless inning, striking out a batter. Justin Duchscherer also received a no-decision as he pitched two innings, giving up a hit and a walk. Brian Matusz received his first hold of the spring as he pitched two and a third innings, giving up two runs on two hits and a walk, while striking out a batter. Chris George received his first blown save of the spring as he pitched two-thirds of an inning, giving up a hit. Michael Gonzalez recorded his second hold of the spring as he pitched a scoreless inning, as he gave up a hit and a walk, while striking out one. Jim Johnson received his first hold of the spring as he also pitched a scoreless inning, giving up two hits, while striking out a batter. Adrian Rosario recorded his first blown save of the spring before getting the lost (0-1, 9.00), as he pitched an inning plus four batters, giving up two runs on two hits and three walks, while striking out a batter.

The Phils had nine hits in the game, with Shane Victorino, Martin Martinez and Carlos Rivero each leading the team with two hits, with Victorino’s hit being a single and a double, knocking in a run, Martinez’s hits being two singles, and Rivero’s two hits also being two singles, knocking in two runs. Ryan Howard, Delwyn Young and John Mayberry, Jr., had the other three Phils’ hits, with Howard’s hit being a solo home run, Young’s hit being a single, and Mayberry’s hit being a double.

The Phils’ Grapefruit League record is now 6-6.

2010 National League Championship Series, Game # 1: The Phils start off on the wrong foot as they lose to the Giants in a tight game, 4-3. They trail the series 0-1.

With the Doc not at his dominant best, the Phils fall behind and are unable to defeat the Giants, as they lose 4-3. They trail the Giants in the championship series, 0-1.

The Giants took the lead in the third as, with one man out, Cody Ross hits a solo home run, his first home run of the series, giving the Giants a 1-0 lead. The Phils would tie the score up at one-all in their half of the third as Carlos Ruiz hits a lead-off home run, his first home run of the series. The Giants retook the lead in the fifth as, with one man out, Ross hits his second solo home run of the night, and of the series, giving the Giants a 2-1 lead. The Giants then added to their lead in the sixth as, with one man on, and with two men out, Pat Burrell hits an RBI double, knocking in Buster Posey, who had earlier singled, giving the Giants a 3-1 lead. One batter later, after Burrell is replaced on second base by pinch runner Nate Schierholtz, Juan Uribe knocks him in with an RBI single up the middle, making it a 4-1 Giants’ lead, before he went up to second base on Shane Victorino’s offline throw to home plate. The Phils then cut the Giants’ lead down to 4-3 in their half of the sixth as, with one man on, and with one man out, Jayson Werth hits a two-run home run, his first home run of the series, knocking in Chase Utley, who had earlier singled. But that would end up being the final score as the Phils are unable to mount a rally in the last three innings, as Brian Wilson picks up his first save of the series by getting a four-out save, striking out Shane Victorino swinging to end the game.

Roy Halladay took the lost as he is unable to do an encore to his no-hitter, as he pitches seven innings, giving up  four runs on eight hits, as he strikes out seven. His record in the series is now 0-1 with a 5.14 ERA. Ryan Madson and Brad Lidge pitches two scoreless innings, giving up just one hit (Lidge) and a walk (Lidge), while striking out three (Madson (1), Lidge (2)) between them. Tim Lincecum gets the win as he also pitches seven innings, giving up three runs on six hits and three walks, while striking out eight. His record in the series is now 1-0 with a 3.86 ERA. Javier Lopez collects his first hold of the series as he pitches two-thirds of an inning, getting out both men that he would face, one by strikeout. Brian Wilson collects his first save of the series as he pitches a scoreless inning and a third, giving up a hit, while striking out four.

The Phils had seven hits in the game, with Jayson Werth leading the team with two hits, a single and a two-run home run. Placido Polanco, Chase Utley, Ryan Howard, Carlos Ruiz and Roy Halladay had the other five Phils’ hits, with Polanco, Utley and Halladay’s hits being singles, Howard’s hit being a double, and Ruiz’s hit being a solo home run. The Phils’ offense is still being held in check, not being patient and, in some cases, swinging at junk. The bats need to come out and put together some sustain rallies, else its going to be a short series.

The Phils (0-1) will tonight face the Giants (1-0) in the second game of the 2010 National League Championship Series. The game will be played at Citizens Bank Park and will start at 8 pm Eastern Time. The Phils will send to the mound Roy Oswalt, who is coming off a bad start against the Reds on October 8, as he received a no-decision as he pitched five innings, giving up four runs, only three of which were earned, on five hits and a walk, while striking out five, in the Phils’ 7-4 win. He will be going out to improve on his divisional series start, while trying to pitch the Phils into a series tie. The Giants will counter with Jonathan Sanchez, who is also coming off a no-decision in the third game of the divisional series with the Braves on October 10, as he pitched seven and a third innings, giving up a run on two hits and a walk, while striking out eleven in the Giants’ 3-2 win. He will be trying to give the Giants a 2-0 series lead. The Phils will be looking for a good start from Oswalt while trying to get the lumber out against Sanchez to even up the series.

Countdown to the Playoffs, Game # 1: The Phils end the regular season on a losing note as they fail to catch the Braves late, 8-7.

A late rally comes too late as the Phils lose the final game of the regular series to the Braves, 8-7. They will begin the NL Divisional playoffs facing the National League Central Division Champs, the Cincinnati Reds this coming Wednesday at Philadelphia.

The Phils took a 2-0 lead in the third as, with one man on, and with one man out, pinch hitter John Mayberry, Jr. hits a two-run home run, his second home run of the season, knocking in Carlos Ruiz, who had earlier been hit by the pitch. The Braves got a run back in their half of the third as, with one man on, and with two men out, Jason Heyward hits an RBI triple, knocking in Rick Ankiel, who had earlier singled, then went to second on Tim Hudson’s sacrifice bunt, 3-4, cutting the Phils’ lead down to 2-1. The Braves tied it up at two-all in the fourth as, with two men on, and with one man out, Brooks Conrad hits an RBI single, knocking in Matt Diaz, who had earlier singled, then moved up to second on Alex Gonzalez’s single, while sending Gonzalez, who had just singled, over to third base. Two batters later, with runners still on the corners, and now with two men out, Hudson hits an RBI single, scoring Gonzalez, giving the Braves a 3-2 lead, while sending Conrad up to second base. The Braves then took a 5-2 lead as Omar Infante hits an RBI triple, knocking in both Conrad and Hudson. The Braves added to their lead in the sixth as Derrek Lee hits a lead-off home run, his nineteenth home run of the year, giving the Braves a 6-2 lead. Four batters later, with two men on, and with one man out, Conrad hits an RBI single, scoring Brian McCann, who had earlier singled, moved up to second on Diaz’s single, then went to third on Gonzalez’s ground out, 5-3, giving the Braves a 7-2 lead, before Diaz, who had earlier singled, then moved up to second on Gonzalez’s ground out, is thrown out at home plate by a throw to home by Ryan Howard, after Jayson Werth’s throw into the infield gets pass him, with Brian Schneider applying the tag, 9-3-2, for the second out of the inning, while Conrad would go to second on the play. The Braves then made it an 8-2 lead in the sixth as, with two men on, and with two men out, Diaz hits an RBI single, scoring Heyward, who had earlier walked, and was safe at second on a 5-3 doubleplay on a grounder by Lee, as Infante, who had earlier singled, and had gone to second on Heyward’s walk, was wiped out at third base, while McCann, who had just walked, moved up to second base. The Phils made it an 8-4 Braves’ lead in the seventh as, with one man on, and with one man out, Werth hits a two-run home run, his twenty-seventh home run of the year, scoring Howard, who had just walked. The Phils then cut the Braves’ lead further in the eighth as, with two men on, and with two men out, Wilson Valdez hits an RBI single, knocking in Brian Bocock, who was pinch running for Jimmy Rollins, who had earlier singled, then went to third on Braves third baseman Omar Infante’s throwing error of pinch hitter Mike Sweeney’s grounder, making it an 8-5 Braves’ lead, while sending Sweeney, who was safe on Infante’s error, up to second base. The Phils then cut the Braves’ lead down to 8-7 as pinch hitter Ben Francisco hits a two-run double, scoring both Sweeney and Valdez. That would end up being the final score as Billy Wagner would record his thirty-seventh save of the year by recording a 1-2-3 ninth, striking out Greg Dobbs, looking.

Cole Hamels pitches two scoreless innings, walking a batter, while striking out two. Roy Oswalt pitches an inning, giving up a run on two hits, while striking out a batter. Danys Baez took the lost as he pitches two-thirds of an inning, giving up four runs on five hits, while striking out one. His record is now 3-4 with a 5.48 ERA. Mike Zagurski pitches a third of an inning, striking out the only man that he would face. Joe Blanton pitches an inning, giving up two runs on four hits and a walk. J.C. Romero pitches two-thirds of an inning, before leaving the game because of a bad back, giving up a run on a hit and a walk. Chad Durbin pitches an inning and a third, giving up a hit and two walks, as he strikes out a batter. Brad Lidge pitches an inning, giving up a hit and two walks, while striking out a batter. Tim Hudson gets the win as he pitches seven innings, giving up four runs on two hits, a walk and a hit batter, while he strikes out three. His record is now 17-9 with a 2.83 ERA. Jonny Venters pitches two-thirds of an inning, giving up two unearned runs on a hit, while striking out a batter. Billy Wagner records his thirty-seventh save of the season as he pitches an inning and a third, giving up a run on two hits and a walk, while striking out four.

The Phils had only five hits in the game, a single by Jimmy Rollins, a single by Wilson Valdez, knocking in a run, a two-run home run by Jayson Werth, a two-run pinch hit home run by John Mayberry, Jr. and a two-run pinch hit double by Ben Francisco. The Phils’ offense was otherwise kept quiet yesterday.

The Phils, at 97-65, ended the season with the best record in the majors, doing so for the first time in the team’s 128-years history. They will begin the divisional series at home this coming Wednesday, facing the Cincinnati Red, the Central Division champs, looking for some revenge for 1976, when they were swept in a three game series for the NL Championship.

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

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

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

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

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

Countdown to the Playoffs, Game # 8: Two defensive mistakes by the Phils lead to the end of their winning streak, as they lose to the Mets, 5-2. The magic number is still at two.

Two defensive mistakes by the Phils in the seventh inning allowed the Mets to score five runs in that inning, as the Phils’ winning streak ends at eleven games, as they lose to the Mets, 5-2. The magic number stays at two as the Braves have earlier defeated the Nationals.

The Phils took the lead in the first as, with one man on, and with two men out, Ryan Howard hits a two-run home run, his thirty-first home run of the year, knocking in Chase Utley, who had earlier singled, giving the Phils a 2-0 lead. The game then became a pitchers’ duel between Phils’ starter Kyle Kendrick, who, in the first six innings, would give up only three hits, while striking out four, while the Mets’ starter Dillon Gee kept the Phils off-balanced for the next five innings, giving up only three more hits and two walks, while striking out five Phils. Kendrick’s good fortune would come to an end in the seventh. Carlos Beltran started the inning off with a single. The next batter, David Wright followed by hitting a grounder that went to the left of Kendrick. After getting the ball, Kendrick threw it to second to start a possible double play with Utley, but Wilson Valdez steps in front of Utley, and then touched second base, forcing out Beltran. But, because of his momentum, he is not able to throw to first, allowing Wright to reach first safely. Ike Davis then followed with a single, sending Wright up to second base. Angel Pagan then got on base on a fielding error by Howard as he allowed the ball to eat him up, before going into right field, loading the bases as Wright stops at third, and Davis stops at second. The next batter, Josh Thole, followed with an RBI single, knocking in Wright, cutting the Phils’ lead to 2-1, while moving up a base both Davis and Pagan, leaving the bases loaded. Charlie Manuel would then come out and take the ball from Kendrick, replacing him with Chad Durbin. Pinch hitter Lucas Duda welcomes Durbin with a bases clearing double, scoring Davis, Pagan and Thole, giving the Mets a 4-2 lead, with still only one man out. After Durbin strikes out Gee for the inning’s second out, Jose Reyes makes it a 5-2 Mets’ lead with an RBI double, knocking in Joaquin Arias, who was pinch running for Duda. That would be the final score as the Mets would shut down the Phils for the final three innings, with Hisanori Takahashi recording his eighth save of the season by getting Carlos Ruiz to fly out to center for the final out.

Kyle Kendrick took the lost as he pitches six and one-third innings, giving up four runs, three of which were earned, on six hits, while striking out four. His record is now 10-10 with a 4.76 ERA. Chad Davis collects his first blown save of the year as he pitches two-thirds of an inning, giving up a run on two hits, while striking out two batters. J.C. Romero and David Herndon pitches two scoreless innings, giving up three hits (Romero (1), Herndon (2)) and a walk (Romero). Dillon Gee gets the win as he pitches seven innings, giving up two runs on five hits and two walks, while striking out five. His record is now 2-1 with a 2.00 ERA. Elmer Dessens receives his ninth hold of the year as he pitches two-thirds of an inning, getting out both man that he would face. Pedro Feliciano records his twentieth hold of the year as he pitches a third of an inning, getting out the only man that he would face. Hisanori Takahashi records his eighth save of the year as he pitches a scoreless inning, giving up a walk, while striking out a batter.

The Phils had only five hits in the game, singles by Chase Utley, Jayson Werth and Kyle Kendrick, a double by Wilson Valdez and a two-run home run by Ryan Howard, knocking in the Phils only runs. The Phils offense got shut down after scoring in the first innings.

The Phils (93-62, 1st) will conclude their regular season home schedule with a day game against the Mets (75-79, 4th), with the Phils presently trailing late in the game.

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