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The bats continued to sleep as the Phils lose to the Braves, 9-1.

Philadelphia_PhilliesThe Phils continue having a hard time getting hits as they lose their second straight spring training game to the Braves, losing 9-1.

The game stays a 0-0 tie until the bottom of the fifth as Dan Uggla hits a lead-off home run, his second home run of the spring, giving the Braves a 1-0 lead. The Braves would increase their lead in the bottom of the sixth as, with a runner on first, and with nobody out, Edward Salcedo hits a two-run home run, his first home run of the spring, knocking in Jason Heyward, who had started the inning off with a single, giving the Braves a 3-0 lead. The Braves would make it a 4-0 lead five batters later as, with two men on, and with two men out, Andrelton Simmons hits an RBI single, knocking in Jose Constanza, who had earlier singled, then stopped at second base on Uggla’s infield single, while sending pinch runner Philip Gosselin, who was pinch running for Uggla, up to second base. The Braves then made it a 6-0 lead as Jordan Schafer hits a two-run triple, knocking in Gosselin, and pinch runner Elmer Reyes, who was pinch running for Simmons. The Phils would get a run back in the top of the seventh as, with two men on, and with two men out, Kevin Frandsen hits an RBI single, scoring Tony Gwynn, Junior, who had started the inning off with a walk, then moved up to second base on Marlon Byrd’s walk, making it a 6-1 Braves’ lead, while sending pinch runner Clete Thomas, who was pinch running for Byrd, up to second base. The Braves would get the run back in the bottom of the eighth as, with a man on third, and with one man out, Gosselin hits an RBI single, knocking in Evan Gattis, who had started the inning off with a ground-rule double, then moved up to third base on Constanza’s ground out, 4-3, giving the Braves a 7-1 lead. The Braves then made it a 9-1 lead two batters later as, with a man still on first base, and now with two men out, Todd Cunningham hits a two-run home run, his second home run of the spring, scoring Gosselin. That would end up being the final score as Cory Gearrin threw a 1-2-3 ninth.

David Buchanan threw three scoreless innings, giving up a hit and a walk. Sean O’Sullivan took the lost (1-1, 7.04) as he pitched two and two-thirds innings, giving up six runs on eight hits, while he struck out a batter. Kyle Simon pitched a third of an inning, striking out the only man whom he would face. Antonio Bastardo pitched a 1-2-3 inning, striking out a batter. Jake Diekman pitched an inning, giving up three runs on three hits, as he struck out a batter. Julio Teheran pitched four 1-2-3 innings, striking out three. Atahualpa Severino (1-1, 11.25) got the win as he threw an inning, plus one batter, walking a batter. Anthony Varvaro collected his third hold of the spring as he pitched a 1-2-3 inning. Craig Kimbrel pitched an inning, giving up a run on a hit and two walks, while striking out a batter. Juan Jaime and Cory Gearrin combined for two scoreless innings, giving up a hit (Jaime), while striking out a batter (Gearrin) between them.

The Phils had only two hits in the game, an RBI single by Kevin Frandsen and a single by Reid Brignac. The Phils also had three walks (Tony Gwynn, Jr., Marlon Byrd, Cody Asche) in the game, while the defense performed a doubleplay.

The Phils (2-10-2) play their next spring training game against the Baltimore Orioles (9-3), at Ed Smith Stadium in Sarasota, Florida. The game is to start at 1.05 pm EDT. The Phils plan to send to the mound A.J. Burnett (0-2, 12.60) who be trying to recover from his previous spring training start. The Orioles plan to counter with Ubaldo Jimenez (1-0, 0.00). The Phils will be trying to get out of their present hitless funk, before it can get any worst.

The Phils drop their second Grapefruit League game as their give up five runs in the middle innings, as they lose to the Blue Jays, 7-5.

Philadelphia_PhilliesThe Phils lose their second straight spring training game to the Blue Jays as they lose, 7-5.

The Phils took the lead in the top of the first as, with the bases loaded, via a lead-off single by Ben Revere, who then went to third base on shortstop Jose Reyes’ force attempt throwing error to second base of Bobby Abreu’s grounder, while Abreu was safe at first and a walk to Darin Ruf, moving Abreu up to second base, and with one man out, Revere would score on catcher Erik Kratz’s passed ball, giving the Phils a 1-0 lead, while both Abreu and Ruf would move up a base. The Blue Jays would tie the game up at one-all in their half of the first as, with a runner on second, and with one man out, Jose Bautista hits an RBI double, knocking in Moises Sierra, who had earlier doubled. The Phils retook the lead in the top of the third as, with a man on first, and with nobody out, Ruf hits a two-run home run, his first home run of the spring, knocking in Abreu, who had started the inning off with a walk, giving the Phils a 3-1 lead. The Blue Jays would get a run back in their half of the third as, with a runner on first, and with two men out, Bautista hits an RBI double, his second double of the ballgame, scoring Sierra, who had earlier reached base on first baseman Ruf’s missed catch error of third baseman Cody Asche’s throw to first, making it a 3-2 Phils’ lead. The Blue Jays tied the game up again at 3-all in the bottom of the fourth as, with runners on the corners, and with two men out, Kenny Wilson hits an RBI single, knocking in Melky Cabrera, who was earlier safe at first base on a 6-4 force out, forcing out at second base Brett Lawrie, who had started the inning off with a single, then moved up to second base on Maicer Izturis’ single, then went to third on Kratz’s fly out to right, while Izturis, who had earlier singled, would stop at third base. The Blue Jays then took a 4-3 lead a batter later as Reyes hits an infield single to short, scoring Izturis, while sending Lawrie up to second base. The Blue Jays increased their lead in the bottom of the fifth as, with runners on the corners, and with nobody out, Lawrie hits an RBI double, scoring pinch-runner Kevin Nolan, who was pinch-running for Bautista, who had started the inning off with a single, then went to third base on Edwin Encarnacion’s single, giving the Blue Jays a 5-3 lead, while sending pinch-runner Andy LaRouche, who was pinch-running for Encarnacion, who had just singled, on to third base. The Blue Jays then made it a 7-3 lead as Cabrera hits a two-run double, scoring LaRouche and pinch-runner Jared Goedert, who was pinch-running for Lawrie. The Phils would get a run back in the top of the sixth as, with two men out, John Mayberry, Jr. hits a solo home run,  his first home run of the spring, making it a 7-4 Blue Jays’ lead. The Phils then cut the Blue Jays’ lead down to 7-5 in the top of the eighth as, with the bases loaded, via Maikel Franco reaching first base on third baseman Goedert’s fielding error, a walk to Reid Brignac, moving Franco up to second base, and Kelly Dugan being hit by the pitch, moving both runners up a base, and with one man out, Franco would score on a force attempt throwing error by first baseman LaRoche to second base as he tried to throw out Dugan on Tommy Joseph’s ground ball, while Brignac would move up to third base on the error, as Dugan would be safe at second base and Joseph would stop at first base. That would end up being the final score as Marcus Walden would record his first save of the spring by pitching a 1-2-3 ninth.

Cliff Lee pitched two innings, giving up a run on two hits, while striking out three. Brad Lincoln collected his first hold of the spring as he threw an inning, giving up an unearned run on a hit, while he struck out a batter. Jake Diekman blew his first save of the spring before taking the lost (0-1, 18.00) as he pitched an inning, giving up two runs on four hits. Ethan Martin pitched to four batters, getting none of them out, as he gave up three runs on three hits and a walk. Michael Stutes, Mario Hollands and B.J. Rosenberg would combine for four 1-2-3 innings, striking out two batters (Hollands (1), Rosenberg (1)) between them. R.A. Dickey pitched two innings, giving up an unearned run on two hits, two walks and a passed ball, while striking out two. Esmil Rogers pitched an inning, giving up two runs on a hit and a walk, while striking out a batter. Brett Cecil (1-0, 0.00) got the win as he pitched a scoreless inning, giving up a hit. Dustin McGowan pitched a 1-2-3 inning. Aaron Loup pitched an inning, giving up a run on one hit. Jeremy Jeffress collected his first hold of the spring as he pitched a scoreless inning, giving up a hit and a walk. Rob Rasmussen collected his first hold of the spring as he threw an inning, giving up an unearned run on a walk and a hit batter. Marcus Walden received his first save of the spring as he threw a 1-2-3 inning, striking out two.

The Phils had six hits in the game, with Ben Revere leading the team with three hits, all singles, followed by John Mayberry, Jr. (Single, Home Run). Darin Ruf had the other Phil hit, a two-run home run. Tommy Joseph had the other Phil RBI on a bases loaded throwing error while their final run came in on a Erik Kratz’s passed ball. The Phils also had five walks in the game (Bobby Abreu (2), Ruf, Maikel Franco, Mayberry), a stolen base (Mayberry (1)) and a hit batter (Dugan), while the defense committed two errors (Franco (2), Wil Nieves).

The Phils (0-2) will play their next game in Clearwater at Bright House Field against a Detroit Tigers (2-0) split-squad at 1:05 pm EST. Kyle Kendrick (10-13, 4.70 (2013)) is scheduled to start for the Phils, while the Tigers plan to send Jose Alvarez (1-5, 5.82 (2013)) to the mound. The Phils will try to gain their first Grapefruit League win before the start of March.

Spring Training: The Phils are done in by a three-run home run as they lose to the Tigers, 6-3.

A three-run home run do in the Phils as they lose to the Tigers, 6-3.

The Phils took a 1-0 lead in the first as, with a runner on third, and with two men out, Hunter Pence hits an RBI single, scoring Shane Victorino, who had earlier doubled, then stole third. The Phils then made it a 2-0 lead as Ty Wigginton hits an RBI double, knocking in Pence. The Tigers got a run back in their half of the first as, with runners on the corners, and with one man out, Prince Fielder hits a sacrifice fly, scoring Brennan Boesch, who had earlier tripled, making it a 2-1 Phils’ lead. The Tigers then tied the game up at two-all in the sixth as, with a runner on first, and with two men out, Don Kelly hits an RBI triple, knocking in pinch runner Brent Diugach, who was pinch running for Ryan Raburn, who was earlier safe at first on a force out, 6-4, forcing out pinch runner Rawley Bishop, who was pinch running for Prince Fielder, who had earlier walked. The Tigers then took the lead in the seventh as, with two men on, and with one man out, Tyler Collins hits a three-run home run, his first home run of the spring, scoring Gerald Laird, who had earlier singled, then went to second base on Andy Dirks’ walk, and Dirks, who had just walked, giving the Tigers a 5-2 lead. The Tigers then made it a 6-2 lead in the eighth as, with two men out, James McCann hits a solo home run, his first home run of the spring. The Phils got a run back in the ninth as, with two men out, Cody Overbeck hits a solo home run, his first home run of the spring, making it a 6-3 Tigers’ lead. That would end up being the final score as Chris Bootcheck got Tuffy Gosewisch to fly out to left for the game’s final out.

Scott Elarton got a no-decision as he pitched four innings, giving up a run on two hits and four walks. David Herndon blew his second save attempt of the spring as he went two innings, giving up a run on a hit and a walk. Joe Savery (1-1, 4.26) took the lost as he went an inning, giving up three runs on three hits and a walk, while he struck out one. Michael Stutes pitched an inning, giving up a run on one hit. Justin Verlander also received a no-decision as he went six innings, giving up two runs on seven hits, while striking out three. Phil Coke (1-0, 1.80) got the win as he pitched a scoreless inning, giving up a hit, as he struck out two. Jose Valverde collected his second hold of the spring, as he pitched a 1-2-3 inning, striking out a batter. Chris Bootcheck pitched an inning, giving up a run on a hit.

The Phils had nine hits in the ballgame, with Juan Pierre (Singles) and Shane Victorino (Single, Double) leading the team with two hits each. Hunter Pence (Single, RBI), Ty Wigginton (Double, RBI), Cody Overbeck (Home Run, RBI), Tuffy Gosewisch (Double) and Miguel Abreu (Single) had the other five Phils’ hits. The Phils also had a stolen base in the game.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

The Phils hang on to defeat the Astros, 7-6, as they win their final Grapefruit League game.

The Phils, after taking a big lead, hang on to defeat the Astros, 7-6, to win their last spring training game in Florida.

The Astros took a 1-0 lead in the first as, with the bases loaded, via a walk to Michael Bourn, a single by Angel Sanchez, sending Bourn up to second base, a ground out by Brett Wallace, 4-3, which sent Bourn to third base and moved Sanchez to second base, and Jason Michaels being hit by the pitch, and with one man out, Chris Johnson hits an RBI ground out, 5-3, scoring Bourn, while sending Sanchez to third and Michaels to second. The Phils would take the lead in their half of the first as, with two men on, and with two men out, Shane Victorino hits an RBI single, knocking in Luis Castillo, who had earlier walked, then moved up to second base on Raul Ibanez’s walk, before Ibanez, who had just walked, would score on right fielder Jason Bourgeois’ throwing error to third, giving the Phils a 2-1 lead, while Victorino would stop at third on the throwing error. The Phils then took a 3-1 lead in the third as, with a runner on third, and with one man out, Ibanez hits an RBI double, knocking in Castillo, who had earlier doubled, then went to third on Jimmy Rollins’ ground out, 3-unassisted. The Phils then added to their lead in the fifth as, with two men on, and with two outs, Victorino hits an RBI single, scoring Placido Polanco, who had earlier walked, then moved up to second on Castillo’s sacrifice bunt, 5-4, giving the Phils a 4-1 lead, while sending Ibanez, who had just walked, up to second base. One batter later, the Phils made it a 7-1 lead as, with two men on, and with still two men out, Ben Francisco hits a three-run home run, his fourth home run of the spring, knocking in both Ibanez and Victorino. The Astros got a run back in the seventh as, with the bases loaded, via a walk to Bourn, a single by Sanchez, moving pinch runner Brandon Barnes up to second base, and a walk to Wallace, moving both Barnes and pinch runner Matt Downs up a base, and with one man out, Michaels hits a sacrifice fly, scoring Barnes, making it a 7-2 Phils’ lead, while Downs would move up to third. The Astros then made it a 7-3 Phils’ lead as, with runners on the corners, and now with two men out, Downs scored on a Wilson Valdez throwing error of a Johnson grounder, while Oswaldo Navarro, who was pinch running for Wallace, would move up to second base, as Johnson was safe at first. The Astros then made it a 7-4 Phils’ lead in the top of the ninth as, with a runner on second, and with nobody out, Navarro hits an RBI single, scoring Downs, who had earlier doubled. One batter later, with still nobody out, J.B. Shuck hits a two-run home run, his second home run of the spring, scoring Navarro. That would end up as the final score as Ebelin Lugo would buckle down and strike out three of the last four Astros batters.

Nate Bump (1-0, 1.80) got the win as he pitched five strong innings, giving up a run on eight hits and a walk, while striking out a batter. Danys Baez pitched a scoreless inning, giving up a walk, as he struck out a batter.  Jose Contreras pitched a third of an inning, getting out the only man he would face. Derrick Loop pitched two-thirds of an inning, giving up two runs, only one of which was earned, on a hit and two walks. Michael Cisco pitched a scoreless inning, giving up a hit, while he struck out a batter. Ebelin Lugo pitched an inning, giving up three runs on three hits, while striking out the side. Bud Norris (1-3, 7.71) took the lost as he pitched five innings, giving up seven run, six of which were earned, on six hits and four walks, while he struck out two. Aneury Rodriguez, Enerio Del Rosario and Fernando Abad combined for three scoreless innings, giving up a hit (Abad), while striking out three (Rodriguez (2), Del Rosario (1)) between them.

The Phils had only seven hits in the game, with Shane Victorino leading the team with two hits, both singles, knocking in two runs as he raised his spring batting average to .323. Luis Castillo (Double), Raul Ibanez (Double, RBI), Rich Thompson (Single), Ben Francisco (Home Run, 3 RBIs) and Carlos Ruiz (Single), had the other five Phils’ hits. The seventh Phils’ run came in on an Astros’ error.

The Phils’ Grapefruit League record is now 20-13, as they head back to Philadelphia for two spring training games at Citizens Bank Park.

A six-run fifth leads the Phils to a win over the Twins, 6-3.

A six-run breakthrough in the fifth leads the Phils to a 6-3 win over the Twins.

After four scoreless innings, the Phils took the lead in the fifth as, with runners on the corners and with nobody out, Josh Barfield hits an RBI double, knocking in Michael Martinez, who had earlier doubled and had moved up to third on Freddy Galvis’ bunt single, while sending Glavis, who had earlier got on base on a bunt single, over to third base, giving the Phils a 1-0 lead. The Phils then made it a 3-0 lead as Wilson Valdez hits a two-run double, knocking in both Galvis and Barfield. The Phils then took a 6-0 lead as, with two men on, and with one man out, Delwyn Young hits a three-run home run, his first home run of the spring, knocking in Valdez, who had moved up to third on a Ben Francisco ground out, 5-3, and John Mayberry, Jr., who had just walked, and then stole second base. The Twins tried to come back in their half of the seventh, as, with runners on second and third, and with nobody out, Yangervis Solarte, who was pinch running for Delmon Young, who had earlier doubled, and then moved up to third on a Matt Anderson wild pitch, scored on a second Anderson wild pitch, making it a 6-1 Phils’ lead, while sending Mike Hollimon, who had earlier singled, had moved up to first second base and then to third on the two wild pitches. The Twins then made it a 6-2 Phils’  lead as Jim Thome reached base on a fielding error by first baseman Mayberry, scoring Hollimon from third. Five batters later, with the bases loaded, via Chase Lambin being hit by the pitch, moving pinch runner Daniel Rohlfing up to second base, and a walk to Steve Holms, which moved both runners up a base, and with two men out, Rohlfing would score on a wild pitch, the third of the inning, while Lambin would moved up to third and Holms would go to second base, making it a 6-3 Phils’ lead. That would be the final score, as Chris Kissock recorded his first save of the spring.

Michael Stutes received a no-decision as he pitched three scoreless innngs, as he only walked a batter, while striking out one. Danys Baez (1-0, 0.00) received the win as he pitched a scoreless inning. Jason Grilli pitched two scoreless innings, giving up a walk, while striking out three. Matt Anderson pitched a third of an innings, giving up three runs, only two of which were earned, on two hits, a walk and two wild pitches. Ryan Edell recorded his first hold of the year as he pitched one and two-thirds innings, giving up a hit, while striking out three. Chris Kissock recorded his first save of the spring as he pitched an inning, giving up a hit and a walk. Francisco Liriano also received a no-decision as he pitched three innings, giving up just four hits and two walks, while striking out two. Jose Mijares pitched a scoreless innings, giving up a hit, while striking out a batter. Joe Nathan (0-1, 12.46) took the lost as he pitched a third of an inning, giving up six runs on five hits and a walk. Kyle Gbson pitched one and two-thirds innings, striking out a batter. Eric Hacker and Yorman Bazardo combined for three scoreless innings, giving up a hit (Hacker), while striking out three batters (Hacker (2), Bazardo (1)).

The Phils had eleven hits in the game, with Josh Barfield, Wilson Valdez, Delwyn Young and Michael Martinez each leading the team with two hits each, with Barfield, Valdez and Martinez’s each hitting a single and a double, with Barfield knocking in a run, and Valdez bringing in two, while Young’s hits were a single and a three-run home run. Erik Kratz, Tuffy Gosewisch and Freddy Galvis had the other three Phils’ hits, all singles.

The Phils’ Grapefruit League record is now 11-7.

Saturday: Countdown to the Playoffs, Game # 2: Phils broke open a scoreless game in the late innings as they defeat the Braves again, 7-0.

The Phils score seven runs in the last three innings, en route to a shut out over the Braves, as they once again delay the Braves entrance into the playoffs, as they spoil Bobby Cox’s day, 7-0. The victory help the Phils clinch the best record in baseball, doing it for the first time in the team’s long history.

The first six innings would involve a pitchers’ duel between the Phils and Braves’ pitching staff before the Phils finally scored in the seventh inning. The Phils took the lead in the seventh as, with runners on the corners, and with nobody out, Chase Utley hits an RBI single, knocking in pinch runner Brian Bocock, who had replaced Jimmy Rollins, who had earlier walked, before heading to third on Braves third baseman Brooks Conrad’s force attempt throwing error to second on a Placido Polanco grounder, giving the Phils a 1-0 lead, while sending pinch runner Wilson Valdez, who was running in place of Polanco, who was safe at first on the error, up to third base. Two batters later, after Utley had stolen second base, Raul Ibanez hits an RBI single, knocking in Valdez, giving the Phils a 2-0 lead, while Utley would stop at third base. The Phils then made it 3-0 as Shane Victorino followed with an RBI single, knocking in Utley, while moving Ibanez up to second base. Three batters later, with the bases now loaded, thanks to a Brian Schneider walk, moving both Ibanez and Victorino up a base, and now with two men out, a Craig Kimbrel wild pitch allowed Ibanez to score, making it a 4-0 Phils’ lead, while sending Victorino up to third and Schneider to second base. The Phils added to their lead in the eighth as, with a runner on second, and with two men out, Ibanez hits an RBI single, knocking in Utley, who had earlier singled, stole second, and then went to third on Braves catcher Brian McCann’s throwing error, giving the Phils a 5-0 lead. The Phils then increased their lead in the ninth as, with two men on, and with one man out, Valdez hits an RBI double, knocking in Schneider, who had earlier walked, then went to second on Ross Gload’s single, giving the Phils a 6-0 lead, while Gload, who had earlier singled, would stop at third base. After Chase Utley is intentionally walked to load up the bases, with still one man out, pinch hitter John Mayberry, Jr. is walked, forcing in Gload, giving the Phils a 7-0 lead, while moving up a base both Valdez and Utley. That would be the final score as Jose Contreras pitches a 1-2-3 ninth, getting Conrad to end the game by striking out, swinging.

Vance Worley receives a no-decision as he pitches five strong innings, giving up just one hit and two walks, while striking out three. Antonio Bastardo gets the win as he pitches a shut out inning, giving up a hit, while striking out a batter. His record is now 2-0 with an ERA of 4.34. Danys Baez, Ryan Madson and Jose Contreras combine for three scoreless innings, giving up just a hit (Madson), while striking out three (Baez (1), Contreras (2)), between them. Tommy Hanson also receives a no-decision as he pitches five shut out innings, giving up six hits and two walks, while striking out six. Jonny Venters took the lost as he pitches an inning and a third, giving up four runs, only two of which were earned, on four hits and a walk, while striking out three. His record is now 4-4 with a 1.97 ERA. Craig Kimbrel pitches two-thirds of an inning, giving up two walks and a wild pitch, while striking out two. Michael Dunn also pitches two-thirds of an innings, giving up a run on two hits, a walk, and a wild pitch, while striking out two. Kyle Farnsworth pitches a third of an inning, getting out the only man that he would face. Takashi Saito pitches a third of an inning, giving up two runs on two hits and three walks. Scott Proctor pitches two-thirds of an innings, striking out both men that he would face.

The Phils had fourteen hits in the game, with Shane Victorino leading the team with three hits, two singles and a double, knocking in a run. Placido Polanco, Chase Utley, Raul Ibanez and Brian Schneider all followed with two hits each, all singles, as Utley knocked in a run, and Ibanez brought in two. Jimmy Rollins, Wilson Valdez and Ross Gload had the other three Phils’ hit, with Rollins and Valdez’s hits being doubles, with Valdez knocking in a run, and Gload’s hit being a single. John Mayberry, Jr. had the Phil other RBI via a bases loaded walk. The other Phil run came in on a wild pitch. The Phils’ offense missed a lot of early scoring opportunities before finally cashing in in the last three innings.

The Phils (97-64, 1st) clinched the best record in baseball as the Yankees lose the second game of a day-night double header to the Red Sox, the first time that it has happen in the team’s history. They have only one more game to play in the regular season.

The Phillies make it four wins in a row as they rout the Reds, 22-1, increasing their lead to two games in the East.

The Phils tie a franchise record by scoring ten runs in the first inning while in route to a 22-1 rout of the Reds, one of the most lop-sided scores in the team’s long history. The Phils’ lead in the National League East is now at two games over the Marlins, as they lose to the Giants.

After Phils’ starter Cole Hamels had an easy first inning, the Phils’ batters went to work on Reds’ starter Johnny Cueto. After Jimmy Rollins worked a walk, Shane Victorino gave the Phils a quick 2-0 lead as he belt Cueto’s ninth pitch into the right field seats for a two-run home run, his sixth home run of the season, scoring Rollins in front of him. After Chase Utley is called out on strike for the first out of the inning, and Ryan Howard then lined out to the third baseman, 5-unassisted, Jayson Werth continued the inning with a single. The next batter, Greg Dobbs, made it 4-0 Phils as he hits a two-run shot of his own, also to right field, his fifth home run of the year, knocking in Werth. After Pedro Feliz was hit by the pitch and then Carlos Ruiz was walked, moving Feliz up to second base, Hamels helped his own cause by hitting a two-run double, scoring both Feliz and Ruiz, giving the Phils a 6-0 lead, as the Phils batted around. Rollins, up for the second time in the inning, hits an RBI double of his own, scoring Hamels, and making it 7-0 Phils. After Victorino was walked, Reds’ manager Dusty Baker had seen enough, as he came to the mound and took out Cueto, replacing him with Daniel Ray Herrera. Utley quickly greeted Herrera with a three-run shot to right center field, his nineteenth home run of the season, knocking in both Rollins and Victorino, giving the Phils a 10-0 lead, tying the Phillies’ franchise record for the most runs scored in the first inning, which had been done three previous times, with the most recent one occurring on June 2, 2002, against the Expos. The inning finally ended with Howard being called out on strikes for the inning’s final out.

The Reds would get onto the scoreboard in the second as Jonny Gomes hits a lead-off home run, his fifth home run of the year, making it a 10-1 Phils’ lead. But that would be it for the Reds, as Hamels kept them quiet during the seven innings that he would pitch, going after them, as he gave up only three hits, while walking none and striking out only two batters. Meanwhile, the Phils just kept on scoring. They would make it 11-1 in their half of the second as, with two men on, and one out, Ruiz hits an RBI single, knocking in Dobbs, who had earlier singled, and had gone to second on Feliz’s single, while seconding Feliz up to second base. The Phils increased their lead to 12-1 in the third as, with runners on the corners, and one man out, Werth hits a sacrifice fly for the inning’s second out, knocking in Victorino, who had earlier hit a ground-rule double, and had gone to third, when Howard hit in a force play, 3-6, as Utley, who had just walked, was wiped out at second base, while Howard was safe at first. The Phils then proceeded to really pile it on in the fourth. With two men out, Hamels got on base with a single. Rollins followed with a walk, sending Hamels on to second base. Victorino then followed with an RBI double, knocking in Hamels, giving the Phils a 13-1 lead, while sending Rollins up to third. Utley then hits an RBI infield single as he beats out Reds’ third baseman Edwin Encarnacion’s throw to first, which allowed Rollins to score, making it a 14-1 Phils’ lead, while Victornio stopped at third. Utley is then replaced at first base by pinch runner Eric Bruntlett, giving Utley some rest. Howard then followed with an RBI single to right, which scored Victorino, making it a 15-1 Phils’ lead, before it became 16-1 as Bruntlett would score on Reds’ right fielder Jay Bruce’s fielding error, which also allowed Howard to move to second, before he is in turn replaced by pinch runner John Mayberry, Jr., so that he can also get some rest.

The score would stay 16-1, as Hamels, and then Tyler Walker kept the Reds under control, while the Reds’ bullpen would keep the Phils off of the board until the bottom of the eighth inning. With one man out, pinch hitter Matt Stairs would get on base with a walk. Rollins would follow with a single, sending Stairs up to second base. Victorino followed with a single, scoring Stairs, making it a 17-1 Phils’ lead, while moving Rollins up to second base. Bruntlett followed him with an RBI double, knocking in Rollins, giving the Phils an 18-1 lead, while Victorino would stop at third. Mayberry then walked, loading the bases. Werth would then clear the bases with a grand slam home run, his seventeenth home run of the year, sending home Victorino, Bruntlett and Mayberry before him, as he gave the Phils a 22-1 lead, the team’s highest runs total since the 26 runs that they would score against the Mets on June 11, 1985, and the fifth highest runs total in franchise’s history, as well as being the highest numbers of runs that they would score at Citizens Bank Park. This would be the final score as Scott Eyre, coming off of the 15-days disabled list, would pitch a scoreless ninth.

Cole Hamels got the win, as he pitched the team’s fifth straight quality start, and the fourth for the present home stand, as he went seven innings, giving up just one run on three hits, while he struck out two. His record is now 5-5 with an ERA of 4.70. Tyler Walker pitched a 1-2-3 inning, striking out a batter. Scott Eyre pitched a scoreless inning, giving up just two hits, as he struck out two. Johnny Cueto lasted only two-thirds of an inning, giving up nine runs on five hits and three walks, while striking out only one batter. His record is now 8-5 with a 3.45 ERA. Daniel Ray Herrera pitched two and a thirds innings of relief, giving up three runs on five hits and a walk, as he struck out two. Nick Masset pitched an inning, giving up four runs, three of which were earned, on four hits and a walk, as he struck out one. Carlos Fisher and Josh Roenicke would combine for three scoreless innings, giving up only three hits (Fisher (2), Roenicke (1)), while they each struck out two batters. Paul Janish, normally a position player, pitched an inning, giving up six runs on four hits and two walks, while striking out a batter.

The Phils had twenty-one hits in the game, the most hits that they have had in one game so far this year. Shane Victorino and Greg Dobbs leads the team with four hits each, followed by Jimmy Rollins with three hits. Chase Utley, Jayson Werth, and Cole Hamels come next with two hits a piece. Ryan Howard, Pedro Feliz, Carlos Ruiz and Eric Bruntlett have the other four Phils’ hits. The Phils had ten extra-base hits in the game (2B (6), HR (4)) as Victorino was a triple short of hitting the cycle. Werth knocked in the most runs with five, thanks to his grand slam home run and his earlier sac fly. Victorino and Utley followed with four RBIs each, followed by Dobbs and Hamels with two RBIs a pieces, then by Rollins, Howard, Ruiz and Bruntlett with one RBI each. All of the Phils’ starters had a hit in last night’s game, with each man who had batted in the first, except for Howard, getting a hit that inning. The Phils ended up leaving only six men on base, as they have now won four straight games at home, after coming home from a 3-6 road trip.

The Phillies (43-37, 1st National League East) continued their so far successful home stand with a night game against the Reds (40-41, 4- T National League Central). The game will start at 7:05 pm and will be played at Citizens Bank Park. The Phillies will send to the mound J.A. Happ (5-0, 2.96), presently their best starter this season, as he comes off a no-decision against the Braves on July 2, where he pitched seven strong innings, giving up only two runs on seven hits and two walks, as he struck out five, in the Phils’ 5-2 lost. He will be going for his sixth win of the year, and planning to pitch the fifth straight quality start on the home stand. The Reds will counter with Aaron Harang (5-8, 3.86), who is coming off a no-decision against the D-backs on July 3, where he went seven innings, giving up two runs on four hits and three walks, while striking out eighth, in the Reds’ 3-2 win. He will be trying to break a personal four-games losing streak, while hoping that the Phils’ bats will not be as potent as they were last night. The Phils will be shooting for their fifth straight win at home, while trying to take care of business while increasing their lead over the rest of the Eastern Division.

Victorino’s patient with the bases loaded leads to a walk-off win in extra-innings for the Phils over the Mets, 6-5.

Shane Victorino’s patient at home plate with the bases loaded leads to a walk-off win for the Phillies over their main rival in the East, the Mets, in extra-innings, 6-5, leaving them just a game behind the 1st place Marlins.

The Phillies took a quick lead in the first inning, as, with a runner on third, and no one out, Raul Ibanez hits a sacrifice fly, knocking in Shane Victorino, who had earlier tripled, giving the Phils a 1-0 lead. Three batters later, with two men on base, and one man out, Jimmy Rollins hits an RBI single, scoring Jayson Werth, who had earlier walked, and had gone to third on Ryan Howard’s single, making it 2-0 Phillies, while sending Howard, who had earlier singled, to second base. In the second, the Mets cut the lead to 2-1 Phils, as, with runners on the corners, and one man out, Daniel Murphy hits a sacrifice fly, scoring Gary Sheffield, who had earlier walked, had moved up to second on David Wright’s walk, and had gone over to third on Fernando Tatis grounder to Rollins, who threw over to second, forcing out Wright, 6-4. The Phils got the run back in their half of the second, making it 3-1 Phillies, as with a runner on second, and two men out, Werth hits an RBI double, knocking in Victorino, who had earlier doubled. The Mets cut the lead once again, this time making it 3-2 Phils, as, with two men on and one man out, Wright hits a sacrifice fly to Howard in foul territory, scoring Luis Castillo, who had earlier walked, and had moved over to third on Sheffield’s double. The Phillies got that run back in the bottom of the third, making it 4-2 Phillies, as, with the bases loaded via walks to Rollins, Eric Bruntlett and Carlos Ruiz, who had been reactivated by the Phils, and one man out, Phillies’ starter Jamie Moyer received an RBI walk, scoring Rollins, while Bruntlett and Ruiz would both move up a base. That would be the game for Mets’ starter Oliver Perez, who was replaced by reliever rookie Ken Takahashi. Takahashi ended the inning by getting Victorino to hit into a very wierd double play, as the ball stopped in front of the mound, which Takahashi picked up and threw home. Catcher Ramon Castro touched home plate in front of Bruntlett for the inning’s second out, then threw the ball to second base upon seeing that Moyer hasn’t yet reached second. The throw would beat Moyer to the bag, as shortstop Jose Reyes touched second for the inning’s final out for a 1-2-6 double play. The score would stay 4-2 Phils until the sixth, when, with two men out, Murphy hits a solo home run to right, his third home run of the season, making it 4-3 Phils. The next batter, Castro, tied the game up at four-all as he hits a solo home run to center, his second home run of the year. After Moyer gives up a triple to pinch hitter Alex Cora, Moyer is replaced by Scott Eyre. Two batters later, with runners on the corners, as Eyre gave up a walk to Reyes, Castillo gave the Mets the lead, 5-4, with an RBI single, scoring Cora, and sending Reyes over to third. Eyre then loaded up the bases by hitting Carlos Beltran. Eyre was then replaced with Clay Condrey, who ended the inning by getting Sheffield to ground out, 4-3. The Phils would tie the game up at five-all, as, with one out, Ibanez hits a solo home run, his eighth home run of the season. The score would remain 5-5 for the next three innings, although the Mets threathen to score in the eighth. With runners on first and second, with pinch runner Omir Santos on second, after replacing Castro, who had gotten to first base with a walk, while Santos had moved on to second on a Cora sacrifice bunt, and pinch hitter Carlos Delgado walk, who in turn was replaced on first by pinch runner John Maine, and two men out, Santos tried to score on a single to right by Beltran. Right fielder Werth made a good throw to the plate, which was caught by Ruiz, who then tagged out a sliding Santos for the inning’s final out. In the tenth, the Phils loaded up the bases, with two outs, via a single by Pedro Feliz, Matt Stairs being hit by the pitch, and a walk to pinch hitter Chris Coste. Victorino took the count up to 3-2 before taking a sinker low for ball four, scoring Feliz and giving the Phils a walk-off 6-5 win in extra-innings.

Jamie Moyer received a no-decision as he pitched five and two-thirds innings, giving up five runs on seven hits and four walks, while he struck out two. Scott Eyre faced three batters, getting none out, as he gave up a hit a walk and hit a batter. Clay Codrey pitched one and one-third scoreless innings. Ryan Madson pitched a scoreless inning, giving up a hit and two walks, while striking out one. Brad Lidge pitched a scoreless inning, giving up two walks. Jack Taschner got the win as he pitched a scoreless inning, giving up two hits, while striking out a batter. His record is now 1-0 with a 4.76 ERA. Oliver Perez also got a no-decision as he pitched only two and one-third innings, giving up four runs on five hits and six walks, striking out only two. Ken Takahashi followed, pitching two and two-thirds innings of relief, giving up just one hit and a walk, while striking out one. Pedro Feliciano blew the save as he gave up one run on one hit, while he struck out a batter. Bobby Parnell pitched a scoreless inning, giving up a hit. J.J. Putz pitched two scoreless innings, giving up no hits, while he struck out two. Sean Green took the lost, as he only pitched two-thirds of an inning, giving up a run on one hit, two walks and a hit batter. His record is now 0-2 with a 8.76 ERA.

The Phillies had nine hits in the game. Shane Victorino, Raul Ibanez and Pedro Feliz lead the team with two hits each. Victorino’s hits were a double and a triple, Ibanez’s hits were a home run and a double, while Feliz had two singles. Jayson Werth, Ryan Howard and Jimmy Rollins had the other three hits, with Werth’s hit being a double. Ibanez had two RBIs in the game, while Victorino, Werth, Rollins and Jamie Moyer had the other four RBIs.

The Phillies’ (12-10, 2nd) game with the Mets (10-13, 4th), scheduled for this afternoon, has just been postponed because of rain. The Phillies’ next game will be against the Cardinals in St. Louis tomorrow night.

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