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The Phils will start a ten-day trip out west with a three-day visit to San Francisco.

The Phils (4-5, 4th East) will begin a ten-day, ten-game, three-city trip to the west, starting with a three-day visit to San Francisco to visit the Giants (4-5, T-3rd West). The game will be played at AT&T Park, and will start at 10:15 pm EDT (7:15 pm PDT).

The Phils, who are coming off a 3-3 home stand, are coming off a win against the Mets, salvaging a win after having lost the first two game of the series as the offense, which had outhit the Mets but was unable to get any key hits earlier in the series, was finally able to strike late in yesterday’s game, scoring seven runs in the last two innings. The Giants, meanwhile, are coming off a lost against the Pirates, after having won the first two games in their weekend series, as they are involved in a six-game homestand, before they go on the road.

The Phils will be sending to the mound their ace Roy Halladay (2-0, 0.60), who is coming off a victory against the Marlins on April 11, as he pitched seven strong innings, giving up a run on five scattered hits and a walk, while he struck out three, in the Phils’ 7-1 win. Career-wise, Halladay does not have a good record against the Giants, as he is 0-2 against them with a 7.23 ERA, with 14 strikeouts. Halladay will be shooting for his third win of the young season, hoping that the offense will give him his first win against the Giants. The Giants will counter with their ace Tim Lincecum (0-1, 12.91), who is coming off a no-decision against the Rockies on April 11, as he went only two and one-thirds innings, the shortest outing so far of his career, giving up six runs on eight hits and two walks, while he struck out only three, in the Giants’ 17-8 lost. Against the Phils, Lincecum have very easily handled them, with a record of 4-1 and an ERA of 2.61, as he struck out 65 Phils. He will be trying to better his record, as he looks to record his first win of the season, while continuing to be a pain in the Phils’ collective side. The Phils will be out to start off their western road trip on a good note, while trying to see if they can continue Lincecum’s present pitching woes

The Phils continues their weekend series with the Mets.

The Phils (3-4, 3rd) will continue their weekend series with the Mets (5-2, 2nd) as they will play an afternoon game later this afternoon, a game that will be televised nationally by Fox Sports. The game will be played at Citizens Bank Park and is to start at 4:05 pm EDT.

The Phils will be out to even the series with the Mets after losing the opening game last night as the Mets got to their number two starter, Cliff Lee, in the first inning via three extra-bases hits, including a two-run home run by Jason Bay, before giving up a total of four runs to a team that he had been able to control in three previous starts. Meanwhile, the Phils would end up outhitting the Mets 11 hits to 6, but would only be able to score one run against Mets’ starter R.A. Dickey, a home run by Freddy Galvis, his first career home run, as they were not able to get the much needed key hit so that they could get back into the ballgame, as Dickey and his knuckleball found ways to frustrate several Phils’ rallies.

In the second game of the weekend series, the Phils will send to the mound their second-year starter Vance Worley (0-0, 1.50), who had received a no-decision in his opening start against the Pirates on April 8, as he went six innings, giving up just a run on five hits and a walk, while striking out five, in the Phils’ 5-4 ninth-inning lost. Career-wise, Worley has a 3-1 record against the Mets with a 3.00 ERA, while striking out 23 Mets. He will be out to even up the series for the Phils as he look for his first win of 2012. The Mets plan to counter with Jon Niese (1-0, 4.50) who is coming off a win against the Braves on April 8, as he pitched six innings, giving up four runs, three of which were earned, on two hits and four walks, while he struck out seven, in the Mets’ 7-5 win, as they completed their sweep of the Braves. Niese has a career record of 3-4 against the Phils, with a 4.07 ERA, while he struck out 48 Phils. He will be trying to give the Mets the series victory, hoping that Dickey’s knuckleball will have messed up the Phils’ batters timing.

A bad first inning does in Cliff Lee as the Phils lose to the Mets, 5-2.

Cliff Lee gives up three runs in the first inning, including a two-run home run, to the Mets, which would lead to the Phils losing to the Mets, 5-2.

The Mets took an early lead in the first as, with a runner on second, and with nobody out, Daniel Murphy hits an RBI double, knocking in Ruben Tejada, who had started the game off with a double, giving the Mets a 1-0 lead. Three batters later, with a runner on third, as Tejada moved up to third base on Ike Davis’ ground out, and with two men out, Jason Bays hits a two-run home run, knocking in Tejada, giving the Mets a 3-0 lead. The Phils would get a run back in the third as Freddy Galvis hits a lead-off home run, his first home run of the season, and of his career, cutting the Mets’ lead down to 3-1. The Mets would get that run back in the fifth as Scott Hairston hits a lead-off home run, his first home run of the season, giving the  Mets a 4-1 lead. The Mets added to their lead in the ninth as, with the bases loaded, via a walk to Murphy, a fielding error by Jimmy Rollins on Justin Turner’s grounder, with Murphy being safe at second base, a walk to Davis, with both Murphy and Turner moving up a base, and then a force out at home on a grounder hit by Bay, 5-2, with Murphy being out at home, and with the other runners both moving up a base, and with one man out, Lucas Duda hits a sacrifice fly, scoring Turner, giving the Mets a 5-1 lead. The Phils would get a run back in their half of the ninth as, with a runner on second, and with two men out, Carlos Ruiz, who had earlier doubled, would score on second baseman Murphy’s fielding error of pinch hitter Juan Pierre’s grounder as the balls went between his legs, making it a 5-2 Mets’ lead. That would end up being the final score as Shane Victorino ended the game by striking out, swinging.

Cliff Lee (0-1, 3.46) took the lost as he went seven innings, giving up four runs on five hits, while he struck out seven. Kyle Kendrick went an inning and a third, giving up an unearned run, while walking two. Joe Savery went two-thirds of an inning, giving up a walk. R.A. Dickey (2-0, 2.08) got the win as he went seven innings, giving up a run on nine hits and a walk, while striking out seven. Bobby Parnell pitched a scoreless inning, giving up a hit, while striking out one. Frank Francisco pitched an inning, giving up an unearned run on a hit, as he struck out the side.

The Phils had eleven hits in the game, with Jimmy Rollins leading the team with three hits, two singles and a double, followed by Freddy Galvis (Single, Home Run, RBI) and Cliff Lee (Singles) following with two hits apiece. Shane Victorino (Single), Jim Thome (Single, his first hit since rejoining the Phils), John Mayberry, Jr, (Single) and Carlos Ruiz (Double) had the other four Phils’ hit. The Phil second run came in on a Daniel Murphy error as the ball went between his legs. The Phils had only one walk in the game. as the offense, which had outhit the Mets, was keep off the scoreboard by Dickey.

The Phils (3-4, 3rd) will continue their three-game series with the Mets (5-2,  2nd), with an afternoon game tomorrow afternoon. The game will be played at Citizens Bank Park, and will start at 4:05 pm EDT, as one of the games to be televised nationally by Fox Sports. The Phils will send to the mound Vance Worley (0-0, 1.50), who received a no-decision in his start against the Pirates on April 8, as he went six innings, giving up a run on five hits and a walk, while striking out five, in the Phils’ 5-4 ninth-inning lost. He will be trying to even up the series for the Phils as he look for his first win of 2012. The Mets plan to counter with Jon Niese (1-0, 4.50) who is coming off a win against the Braves on April 8, as he pitched six innings, giving up four runs, three of which were earned, on two hits and four walks, while he struck out seven, in the Mets’ 7-5 win. He will be trying to give the Mets the series win. The Phils will be out to even up the series with the Mets at a game apiece.

The Phils will conclude their six-game home stand with the first of three games against the Mets.

The Phils (3-3, 3rd) will end their short home stand with a weekend series against the Mets (4-2, 2nd), starting with a night game tonight. The game will be played at Citizens Bank Park and will start at 7:05 pm EDT.

The Phils, who presently own a two-game winning streak, will see if they can continue the Mets present two-game slide, as they send to the mound their number two starter, Cliff Lee (0-0, 1.50), who is presently coming off a no-decision against the Pirates on April 7, in which he pitched six innings, giving up just one run, thanks to a wild pitch, and his not being able to catch Carlos Ruiz’s throw back to him as he still had a chance to tag out the runner, on two hits and two walks, while he struck out four, in the Phils’ 2-1 extra-inning lost. Lee, who has a career record of 2-0 against the Mets with an ERA of 0.43 and seventeen strikeouts, as he pitched in 21 innings, will once again be going for his first win of the year. The Mets will counter with R.A. Dickey (1-0, 3.00), who is coming off a win against the Braves on April 7, where he pitched six innings, giving up just two runs on six hits and four walks, as he struck out three, in the Mets’ 4-2 win. Dickey, who has a caeer record of 2-3 against the Phils with a 2.61 ERA and twenty-seven strikeouts, will be trying to see if he can again give the Phils’ batters fits.

The Phils’ offense, after being able to score only eight runs in their first four games of the season, for an average of two runs per game, have scored a total of ten runs in their last two, while their pitching have allowed only two runs, after being rung up for six in the home opener. In their last two games, the Phils have cranked out a total of twenty-two hits, including six extra-base hits (2B (3), HR (3)), with Carlos Ruiz, Shane Victorino and Ty Wigginton all hitting their first home runs of the season. The offense would also have three stolen bases, with Victorino swiping his third and fourth stolen bases, and Juan Pierre swiping his second stolen base of the young season, as the team continues to use small ball, along with some timely hitting added in the second game of the series, as well as some Marlins’ fielding mistakes and some luck finally going their way. Pitching wise, the starters have had only one bad start, Cole Hamels’ opening day dud at home in which he gave up four runs, all but one of which was earned, while the rest of the staff (Roy Halladay, Cliff Lee, Vance Worley and Joe Blanton) have allowed a grand total of four runs in thirty-four innings pitched, for a record of 3-1 for the starters, with two no-decisions, in six starts. Lee will be trying to continue the so far excellent starting pitching when he faces the Mets tonight. The Phils hope that they can extend their winning streak, while putting the Mets back in their place, before they start an early trip to the West Coast.

The Phils rewards a good start by Joe Blanton with three runs, including two solo home runs, as they defeat the fish, 3-1.

Behind the three-hit pitching of Joe Blanton, the Phils win their home series with the fish, as they defeat the Marlins, 3-1.

The Phils broke up a 0-0 tie in the fourth as Shane Victorino hits a lead-off home run, his first home run of the season, giving the Phils a 1-0 lead. The Phils added to their lead four batters later as, with a runner on second, and with two men out, John Mayberry, Jr, hits an RBI single, scoring Hunter Pence, who had earlier doubled, giving the Phils a 2-0 lead. The Marlins got a run back in the fifth as, with a man on second, and with two men out, John Buck hits an RBI single on a ball that Pence was unable to catch, knocking in Omar Infante, who had earlier doubled, cutting the Phils’ lead down to 2-1. The Phils got the run back in the seventh as Ty Wigginton hits a lead-off home run, his first home run of the year, giving the Phils a 3-1 lead. That would end up being the final score as Jonathan Papelbon recorded his second save of the year as he got Buck to hit into a 6-4-3 doubleplay, wiping out at second base Infante, who had earlier singled, for the game’s final outs.

Joe Blanton (1-1, 2.35) got the win as he pitched seven strong innings, giving up a run on three hits and a walk, while striking out three. Chad Qualls collected his first hold of the season as he pitched a scoreless inning, giving up a hit and a walk, while striking out a batter. Jonathan Papelbon recorded his second save of the year as he pitched a scoreless inning, giving up two hits. Mark Buehrle (0-2, 3.65) took the lost as he went six and one-third innings, giving up three runs on eight hits, while striking out two. Randy Choate, Steve Cishek and Edward Mujica combined for one and two-thirds scoreless innings.

The Phils had eight hits in the ballgame, with Hunter Pence (Single, Double) leading the ballclub with two hits. Shane Victorino (Home Run, RBI), Placido Polanco (Single), Jimmy Rollins (Single), John Mayberry, Jr. (Single, RBI), Ty Wigginton (Home Run, RBI) and Freddy Galvis (Bunt Single) had the other six Phils’ hits.

The Phils (3-3, 3rd) will tomorrow night start a new three-game series with the Mets (4-2, 2nd), with a night game at Citizens Bank Park. The game is to start at 7:05 pm EDT. The Phils will send to the mound Cliff Lee (0-0, 1.50), who is coming off a no-decision against the Pirates on April 7, as he went six innings, giving up just one run on two hits and two walks, while he struck out four, in the Phils’ 2-1 extra-inning lost. Lee will once again be going for his first win of the year. The Mets will counter with R.A. Dickey (1-0, 3.00), as he is coming off a win against the Braves on April 7, as he pitched six innings, giving up two runs on six hits and four walks, while he struck out three, in the Mets’ 4-2 win. He will be trying to see if he can once again gives Phils’ batters fits. The Phils will be out to win their third straight game, as they will try to get a handle of Dickey’s knuckleball.

A fourteen-hit attack supports a five-hit effort by team ace Roy Halladay, as the Phils defeated the Marlins, 7-1.

The Phils explodes for seven runs in support of a five-hit effort by their ace Roy Halladay, as they defeated the Marlins, 7-1.

The Marlins took the lead in the second as, with a runner on third, and with one man out, Josh Johnson hits an RBI ground out, 4-3, knocking in Omar Infante, who had earlier doubled, then moved up to third base on John Buck’s fly out to right, giving the Marlins a 1-0 lead. The Phils tied the game up at one-all in the third as, with a man on second, and with one man out, Juan Pierre, who had earlier singled, then stole second base, would score on Placido Polanco’s RBI infield single to shortstop, after having first been deflected by Johnson, beating the throw to the plate, while Polanco would move up to second base on the throw home. The Phils took the lead one batter later as Jimmy Rollins hits an RBI single, scoring Polanco, giving the Phils a 2-1 lead, while Rollins would move up to second base on a fielding error by left fielder Logan Morrison. The Phils then made it a 3-1 lead as Hunter Pence hits an RBI single, knocking in Rollins, before he moved up to second base on the throw to the plate.  Three batters later, with the bases loaded, via a single by Shane Victorino, which sent Pence on to third base, before he stole second base, and an intentional walk to Carlos Ruiz, and with two men out, Freddy Galvis hits a two-run double, scoring both Pence and Victornio, giving the Phils a 5-1 lead, while sending Ruiz on to third base. The Phils then made it a 6-1 lead in the fourth as, with two men on, and with one man out, Victorino hits an RBI single, scoring Rollins, who had earlier singled, then stopped at second base on Pence’s single, while sending Pence, who had earlier singled, on to second base. The Phils added to their lead in the seventh as, with one man out, Ruiz hits a solo home run, his first home run of the season, giving the Phils a 7-1 lead. That would end being the final score as Gaby Sanchez flied out to center for the game’s final out.

Roy Halladay (2-0, 0.80) got the win as he pitched seven strong innings, giving up a run on five hits and a walk, while he struck out three. Chad Qualls and Michael Stutes combined for two 1-2-3 innings. Josh Johnson (0-2, 8.38) took the lost as he went just three and two-thirds innings, giving up six runs on eleven hits and a walk, while he struck out a batter. Chad Gaudin pitched two and one-third scoreless innings, giving up two hits, while striking out two. Ryan Webb pitched two innings, giving up a run on a hit, as he struck out one.

The Phils erupted for fourteen hits in the ballgame, with Hunter Pence leading the team with three hits, all singles, knocking in a run, followed by Placido Polanco (Singles, RBI), Jimmy Rollins (Singles, RBI), Shane Victorino (Singles, RBI) and Carlos Ruiz (Double, Home Run, RBI) with two hits apiece. Juan Pierre (Single), John Mayberry, Jr. (Single) and Freddy Galvis (Double, 2 RBIs) had the other three Phils’ hits. The Phils also had a walk and three stolen bases (Pierre, Victorino (2)) in the ballgame.

The Phils (2-3, 3rd) will conclude their series with the Marlins (2-4, 4th) with a night game tomorrow night. The game will be played at Citizens Bank Park, with a start time of 7:05 pm EDT. The Phils will send to the mound Joe Blanton (0-1, 13.50), who is coming off a lost in relief against the Pirates on April 7, as he went two-thirds of an inning, giving up a run on two-hits, in the Phils’ 2-1 ninth-inning lost. Joe hopes that he will do better in his first start of the season. The Marlins will counter with Mark Buehrle (0-1, 3.00), who is coming off a lost against the Reds on April 5, as he went six innings, giving up two runs on seven hits and two walks, while he struck out six, in the Marlins’ 4-0 lost. He will be trying to do better in his second National League start. The Phils will be out to even their record, and win their first series in the young season.

The Phils hope to get back onto the winning track tomorrow night behind their ace Roy Halladay.

The Phils (1-3, 4th) will try to end their three-game losing streak tomorrow night as they face the Marlins (2-3, 3rd) in the second game of their three-game series. The game will be played at Citizens Bank Park, and will start at 7:05 pm EDT.

The Phils will send to the mound their ace Roy Halladay (1-0, 0.00) who is coming off an eight inning masterpiece against the Pirates on April 5, as he gave up only two runs and hit two batters, while striking out five, in the Phils’ 1-0 win. He will be trying to secure his second win of the young season, while trying to put an end to the team’s present three-game slide. The Marlins will counter with their ace Josh Johnson (0-1, 4.50) who is coming off a lost against the 2011 World Champions Cardinals on April 4, as he went six innings, giving up three runs on ten hits and two walks, while striking out four, in the Marlins’ 4-1 lost in their home opener at their new ballpark, Marlins Park.

The Phils will be out to generate some offense behind their ace Roy Halladay to get their first win at home, while hoping that he will keep the fish off of the scoreboard, as he did last Thursday against the Pirates, so that the Phils can obtain their second victory of the young season, their first at home. Halladay will be hoping that the offense, which has been effectively using small ball, will now start getting  some clutch hits to go along with it. They also hope that the Marlins will be a bit distracted as their manager Ozzie Guillen faces a five-day suspension after making a comment about former Cuban leader Fidel Castro.

An error and a leaky bullpen allows the Pirates to win their second straighth walk-off victory against the Phils as the Phils lose, 5-4.

An error on a strikeout, and a leaky bullpen allows the Pirates to pull off another walk-off win against the Phils as they lose in the bottom of the ninth, 5-4.

The Phils took the lead in the first as, with one man on, and with one man out, Hunter Pence hits an RBI double, knocking in Shane Victorino, who had earlier singled, then moved up to second base on Jimmy Rollins’ ground out, 3-unassisted, giving the Phils a 1-0 lead. The Phils added to their lead in the fourth as, with one man out, Pence hits a solo home run, his first home run of the season, giving the Phils a 2-0 lead. The Pirates got a run back in the fifth as Pedro Alvarez hits a lead-off home run, his first home run of the season, making it a 2-1 Phils’ lead. The Phils increased their lead in the seventh as, with two men on, and with two men out, Juan Pierre hits a two-run single, knocking in Ty Wigginton, who had earlier walked, then went to second base on Freddy Galvis’ sacrifice bunt, before going on to third as second baseman Neil Walker committed a missed catch error on pitcher Jared Hughes’ throw, and Galvis, who was safe at first on Walker’s error, before going on to second base on the error, giving the Phils a 4-1 lead. The Pirates got a run back in their half of the seventh as, with a runner on first, as Alvarez reaches first base on a strikeout,  as Wigginton committed a fielding error on Brian Schneider’s throw for the out attempt, and with two men out, Casey McGehee hits an RBI double, scoring Alvarez, making it a 4-2 Phils’ lead. The Pirates then made it a 4-3 Phils’ lead as Alex Presley hits an RBI single, knocking in McGehee. The Pirates then tied the game up at four-all in the eighth as, with two men on, and with two men out, pinch hitter Matt Hague hits an RBI single, his first major league hit, scoring Andrew McCutchen, who had earlier singled, then stole second base, while sending pinch hitter Yamaico Navarro, who had earlier walked, on to second base. The Pirates then won the game in the bottom of the ninth as, with a man on third, and with two men out, McCutchen hits an RBI single, scoring pinch runner Josh Hamilton, who was pinch running for McGehee, who had earlier doubled, then went to third on Presley sacrifice bunt, 2-4, giving the Pirates a 5-4 walk-off win.

Vance Worley received a no-decision as he went six strong innings, giving up a run on five hits and a walk, while striking out five. Michael Stutes collected his first hold of the season as he pitched an inning, giving up two unearned runs on two hits, while striking out two. Kyle Kendrick picked up his first hold of the year as he went a third of an inning, giving up a run on a hit. Antonio Bastardo received his first blown save of the season as he went two-thirds of an inning, giving up a hit and a walk, while striking out two. David Herndon (0-1, 13.50) took the lost as he went two-thirds of an inning, giving up a run on two hits, while he struck out a batter. James McDonald also received a no-decision as he went six innings, giving up two runs on two hits and two walks, while he struck out three. Jared Hughes pitched an inning, giving up two runs on a hit and two walks, while striking out a batter. Evan Meek pitched a 1-2-3 inning, striking out one. Joel Hanrahan (1-0, 0.00) got the win as he pitched a 1-2-3 inning, striking out two.

The Phils had just five hits in the ballgame, with Juan Pierre (Singles, 2 RBI) and Hunter Pence (Double, Home Run, 2 RBIs) both leading the ball club with two hits each. Shane Victorino (Single) had the other Phil hit, a single. The Phils also had two stolen bases as Pierre and Victorino were involved in a double steal. The offense is performing some early small ball. Sadly it is not translating into runs, as they are presently leaving too many men in scoring position.

The Phils (1-2, 3rd) will start their first home stand of the season with a three-game series with the Marlins (1-3, 4th). The game will be played at Citizens Bank Park and it will start at 1:05 pm EDT. The Phils will send to the mound for their home opener Cole Hamels (0-0, -.–) who ended 2011 with a 14-9 record with an ERA of 2.79 and a WHIP of 0.99. He pitched in 32 games, all but one of them as a starter, throwing a total of 216 innings, in which he struck out 184 batters, while walking only 44. Cole will be trying to continue where he left off last year, while trying to end the Phils present losing streak. The Marlins will counter with Anibal Sanchez (0-0, -.–), who is coming off a 2011 season with a record of 8-9, with a 3.67 ERA and a WHIP of 1.28. Sanchez started in 32 games, for a total of 196.1 innings, striking out 202 batters, while walking just 64. He will be trying to stop the Marlins early slide. The Phils will be trying to end their first losing slide, after spoiling two straight quality starts with so-so offense.

Lack of offense comes back to haunt the Phils as they lose to the Pirates on an extra-innings walk-off infield single, losing 2-1.

The Phils lack of offense would come back to haunt them late in the ballgame, before they finally lose to the Pirates in extra-innings on a walk-off infield single, as they lose to Pittsburgh 2-1.

The Phils took the lead in the first as, with two men on, and with one man out, Hunter Pence hits an RBI infield single to the shortstop, scoring in Shane Victorino, who had earlier singled, moved up to second base on Placido Polanco’s single, then stopped at third on Jimmy Rollins’ sacrifice bunt, 4-3, giving the Phils a 1-0 lead, while sending Polanco, who had earlier singled, then moved up to second base on Rollins’ sacrifice bunt, to third. The Pirates would tie the game up at one-all in the sixth as, with runners on the corners, and with two men out, Yamaico Navarro, who had earlier walked, would stop at second base on Jose Tabata’s single, then stopped at third on Alex Presley’s force out, 4-6, wiping out Tabata at second base for the inning’s second out, would score on Cliff Lee’s wild pitch, crossing the plate after Lee misses Carlos Ruiz throw back to him as he tried to cover home plate, while Presley, who was safe on the force out, would move up to second base. The game then became a duel between both teams’ bullpens until the bottom of the tenth as, with runners on the corners, and with two men out, Presley hits an RBI infield single, knocking in Michael McKenry, who was pinch running for Rod Barajas, who had earlier doubled, then moved up to third base on Clint Barmes’ sacrifice bunt, 5-4, as Presley beat out Rollins’ throw to first, giving the Pirates a 2-1 walk-off win.

Cliff Lee got a no-decision as he pitched six innings, giving up a run on two hits, two walks and a costly wild pitch, while striking out four batters. Kyle Kendrick, Chad Qualls, Michael Stutes and Antonio Bastardo combined f0r three scoreless innings, giving up two hits (Qualls (1), Stutes (1)) and a walk (Bastardo) between them. Joe Blanton (0-1, 13.50) took the lost as he went two-thirds of an inning, giving up a run on two hits and a hit batter. Jeff Karstens also received a no-decision as he went six innings, giving up a run on five hits and a walk, while striking out two. Tony Watson, Jason Grilli and Joel Hanrahan combined for three scoreless innings, giving up just two walks (Hanrahan), while striking out three (Grilli (1), Hanrahan (2)) between them. Juan Cruz (1-0, 0.00) got the win as he pitched a scoreless inning, giving up two hits, while striking out a batter.

The Phils had seven hits in the game with Shane Victorino and Placido Polanco both leading the team with two hits apiece, all singles. Jimmy Rollins, Hunter Pence and Carlos Ruiz had the other three Phils’ hits, all singles. The Phils also had three walks and a stolen base (Pence) in the game.

The Phils (1-1, 3 NL East) will conclude their three-game series with the Pirates (1-1,  T-2 NL Central) with an afternoon game tomorrow afternoon at PNC Park. The game is to start at 1:05 pm EDT. The Phils will send to the mound Vance Worley (0-0, -.–), who is coming off a rookie season in which he ended up with a record of 11-3, with a 3.01 ERA and a WHIP of 1.23, as he appeared in 25 games, 21 of which were starts, as he pitched a total of 131.2 innings, striking out 119 batters, while walking only 50.  Worley will be trying to help the Phils leave Pittsburgh with a series win, while out to prove that the previous season was not a fluke. The Pirates will counter with James McDonald (0-0, -.–), who last season had a record of 9-9 with a 4.21 ERA, as he started in 31 games, totaling 171 innings pitched, as he struck out 142 batters, while walking 78. He will be trying to give the Pirates the series win. The Phils will be out to win the series while trying to see if they can establish some kind of offense before coming back to Philly for their home opener.

The Phils will continue their three-game series with the Pirates will a pair of games this weekend.

The Phils (1-0, T-1 NL East) will continue their three-games series with the Pirates (0-1, T-5 NL Central) with a pair of weekend games.

The first game will be a night game on Saturday, with a start time of 7:05 pm EDT. The Phils will send to the mound their number two man in the rotation, Cliff Lee (0-0, -.–) who is coming of a 17-8 2011 season, with an ERA of 2.40 and a WHIP of 1.03. Lee pitched in 32 games, all starts, for a total of 232.2 innings, in which he struck out 238 batters, while walking only 42. Lee will be out to see if he can lead the Phils to a 2-0 start on the season while trying to collect his first win of 2012. The Pirates will try to counter with Jeff Karstens (0-0, -.–) who had ended the 2011 season with a 9-9 record, with a 3.38 ERA and a WHIP of 1.21. Karstens appeared in 30 games, 26 of which were starts, in which he threw a total of 162.1 innings, striking out just 96 batters, while walking 33. Karstens will be trying to see if he can even up the series at a game apiece.

The second of the final two games of the three game set will be an Sunday afternoon game, with a start time of 1:05 pm EDT. The Phils will send to the mound Vance Worley (0-0, -.–), who will be in his second full season as a Phil, as he is coming off a 2011 campaign with a record of 11-3, with a 3.01 ERA and a WHIP of 1.23, as he appeared in 25 games, 21 of which were starts, as he accumulated a total of 131.2 innings, striking out 119 batters, while walking only 50. Worley will be trying to prove that he had deserved his third place showing in the 2011 National League Rookie of the Year balloting. The Pirates will send to the mound James McDonald (0-0, -.–), who in 2011 had a record of 9-9 with an ERA of 4.21, as he had 31 starts, totaling 171 innings, as he struck out 142 batters, while walking 78. He will be out to show that he can pitch better than his record would show.

The Phils will be out to win at least one of these two games, to leave Pittsburgh with a winning record, before starting their opening home stand with a three-game series with the Miami (formerly Florida) Marlins.

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