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The Phils’ offense wasted Cole Hamels’ third straight quality start as the Phils are shutout by the Bucos, losing 2-0.

Philadelphia_PhilliesThe Phils’ offense wasted yet another good performance by Cole Hamels as they dropped one to the Pirates, 2-0.

The Pirates broke up a 0-0 pitchers’ due in the top of the fourth as, with a runner on first, and with nobody out, Brandon Inge hits an RBI double, knocking in Neil Walker, who had started the inning off with a single, giving the Pirates a 1-0 lead. The Pirates would add an insurance run in the top of the eighth as, with one man out, Gaby Sanchez hits a solo home run, his second home run of the year. That would be all the runs that the Pirates needed as Jason Grilli collected his eighth save of the season as he threw a 1-2-3 ninth.

Cole Hamels (0-3, 5.40) took the lost as he pitched eight strong innings, giving up two runs on seven hits and a walk, while striking out six, as he is once again left high and dry by an inconsistent Phils’ offense. Phillippe Aumont pitched a 1-2-3 inning. Jeff Locke (2-1, 3.74) got the win as he went six shutout innings, giving up two hits and two walks, while striking out six Phils. Tony Watson collected his fifth hold of the season as he threw a 1-2-3 inning, striking out two. Mark Melancon received his seventh hold of the year as he pitched a scoreless inning, giving up two hits, while striking out a batter. Jason Grilli picked up his eighth save of the year as he pitched a 1-2-3 inning, striking out two.

The Phils had only four hits in the game, a single by Michael Young, a double by Ryan Howard, a triple by John Mayberry, Jr. and a single by pinch-hitter Laynce Nix. The Phils also had two walks in the game (Young, Erik Kratz) as the offense was kept quiet by Pirates’ pitching.

The Phils (9-12, 4th East) continue their series with the Pirates (11-9, 4th Central) with a ballgame tonight. The game will be played at Citizens Bank Park and is to start at 7:05 pm EDT. The Phils will send to the mound Roy Halladay (2-2, 6.04) who is coming off a win against the Cardinals on April 19, as he pitched seven strong innings, giving up two runs on two hits and two walks, while striking out six, in the Phils’ 8-2 romp. He will be going for his third straight win, after having started the season with a pair of pitching disasters. The Pirates will oppose with Wandy Rodriguez (2-0, 0.56) who is coming off a win against the Braves on April 19, as he pitched seven scoreless innings, giving up only one hit, as he struck out five, in the Pirates’ 6-0 shutout. He hopes to give the Phils their second straight lost. The Phils will be looking to get even for last night’s lost, and retake the series lead.

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

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

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

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

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

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

Chase Utley’s two-run shot gives the Phils the win over the World Champs as they defeat the Cardinals, 3-1.

Chase Utley’s two-run home run in the eighth inning helps lead the Phils over the World Champs as they down the Cards, 3-1.

The Cards took a 1-0 lead in the second as Carlos Beltran hits a lead-off home run, his twenty-eighth home run of the year. The Phils would tie the game up at one-all in their half of the second as, with a runner on second, and with nobody out, Dom Brown hits an RBI single that was able to get past Cards’ second baseman Daniel Descalso, scoring Ryan Howard, who had started off the inning with a double, and just kept on running after making sure that the ball would get past Descalso. The game then became a pitchers’ duel between Phils’ starter Roy Halladay, who would go eight innings, giving up a total of two hits, the other hit being a two-out single by Jon Jay in the third, as well as hitting a batter (Yadier Molina in the fifth), and Cards’ starter Kyle Lohse, who gave up a total of four hits, with the other two hits being a one-out single in the fifth by Kevin Frandsen and a two-out single by Frandsen in the seventh, along with two walks. The Phils took the lead for good in the eighth as, with a man on third, and with one man out, Chase Utley hits a two-run home run, his eighth home-run of the season, knocking in Jimmy Rollins, who had started the inning off with a single, moved up to second base on a balk by pitcher Barret Browning, then stopped at third base on Juan Pierre’s sacrifice bunt, 2-4, giving the Phils a 3-1 lead. That would be the final score as Jonathan Papelbon recorded his twenty-fifth save of the season as he ended the game by catching Beltran trying to steal second base, 1-6, with Rollins applying the tag for the game’s final out.

Roy Halladay (6-6, 3.80) got the win as he went eight innings, giving up a run on two hits and a hit batter, while striking out eight. Jonathan Papelbon recorded his twenty-fifth save of the year as he threw a scoreless ninth, giving up two hits. Kyle Lohse received a no-decision as he pitched seven innings, giving up a run on four hits and two walks, while striking out seven. Brett Browning (0-1, 4.11) took the lost as he gave up two runs on two hits and a balk, while striking out a batter.

The Phils had six hits in the game, with Kevin Frandsen leading the team with two hits, both singles. Jimmy Rollins (Single), Chase Utley (Home Run, 2 RBIs), Ryan Howard (Double) and Dom Brown (Single, RBI) had the other four Phils’ hits. The Phils also had two walks and a stolen base (Juan Pierre (28)) in the game.

The Phils (51-61, 4th East) will continue their three-game series with the World Champions Cardinals (61-52, 3rd Central). The game wiill be played at Citizens Bank Park will start at 7:05 pm EDT. The Phils will send out Cliff Lee (2-6, 3.78), who is coming off a no-decision against the Diamondbacks on August 5, as he went eight innings, giving up four runs on eight hits, while striking out five, in the Phils’ 5-4 walk-off win. He will be trying to pitch the Phils into a series win. The Cards will try to counter with Jake Westbrook (11-8, 3,76), who is coming off a win against the Giants on August 6, as he pitched six innings, giving up two runs on seven hits, as he struck out four, in the Cards’ 8-2 rout. He will be trying to even up the series. The Phils will be trying to take another series from the world champs.

The Phils losing streak rises to four games as Cliff Lee is once again denied his first win of 2012, as the Phils lose to the Dodgers, 2-1.

Another pitching gem by Cliff Lee is wasted as the Phils’ lack of run support while he is on the mound continue as the Phils lose to the Dodgers, 2-1.

The Phils took the lead in the first as, with a man on third, and with one man out, Hunter Pence hits an RBI single, scoring Jimmy Rollins, who had started the inning off with a double, then moved up to third base on Juan Pierre’s fly out to center, giving the Phils a 1-0 lead. The next six innings would see a pitchers’ duel between Phils’ starter Cliff Lee, who would only allow two hits and a walk, while striking out a season’s high twelve Dodgers, and Dodgers’ starter Chad Billingsley, who would give up just four more hits after the Pence’s single and a walk, while striking out only three Phils, before being lifted for a pinch hitter in the top of the eighth. The Dodgers would then start to put pressure on Lee in the eighth inning as Matt Treanor started the inning off with a double to center. The next batter, Tony Gwynn, Jr., tried to bunt Treanor over to third base, but the move fails as Lee quickly retrieved the ball, and threw it over to third base, whereupon third baseman Placido Polanco tags out Treanor for the inning’s first out on a 1-5 fielder’s choice, as Gwynn reaches first base safely. The next batter, pinch hitter Bobby Abreu then follows with a single to right, sending Gwynn up to second base, before Gwynn continues on to third base. Gwynn is gun down at third base by a strong throw from Pence, as Polanco applies the tag for the inning’s second out, 9-5, while Abreu stays at first base. With a chance to get out of the inning, Lee is unable to do so as Dee Gordon hits a single to right, moving Abreu up to second base. The Dodgers then take the lead as Elian Herrera hits a tw0-run double, knocking in both Abreu and Gordon, giving the Dodgers a 2-1 lead. That would end up being the final score as Kenley Jansen collected his eighth save of the year as he threw a scoreless ninth, getting Freddy Galvis to end the game by striking out, swinging.

Cliff Lee (0-3, 2.92) took the lost as he went seven and two-thirds innings, giving up two runs on six hits and a walk, while striking out twelve, as he is once again denied his first win of the 2012 season. Chad Qualls threw an inning and a third, giving up no hits. Chad Billingsley (3-4, 3.80) gets the win as he pitched seven innings, giving up a run on six hits and a walk, while striking out three. Josh Lindblom collected his twelfth hold of the season as he threw a 1-2-3 inning. Kenley Jensen received his eighth save of the season as he pitched a scoreless ninth, giving up a hit, while striking out two Phils.

The Phils had seven hits in the ballgame, with Jimmy Rollins (Single, Double), Hunter Pence (Singles, RBI) and Ty Wigginton (Singles) all leading the team with two hits each. Shane Victorino had the other Phil hit, a single. The Phils also had a walk in the game, as they were unable to get anything going after the first inning.

The Phils (28-29, 5th East) will continue their series with the Dodgers (35-21, 1st West) tonight with another night game. The game will start at 7:05 pm EDT and will be played at Citizens Bank Park. The Phils will send to the mound Kyle Kendrick (2-4, 4.02), who is coming off a win against the Marlins on June 1, as he threw five and a third innings, giving up two runs on eight hits and three walks, while striking out four, in the Phils’ 6-4 win. Kendrick will be trying to end the Phils’ present slide, while going after his third straight win. The Dodgers will counter with Chris Capuano (7-2, 2.12), who is coming off a lost against the Rockies on June 1, as he went five and a third innings, giving up four runs on seven hits and four walks, while striking out three, in the Dodgers’ 13-3 lost. He will be going for his eighth win of the season. The Phils will be trying to end their present losing streak.

As their hitting woes continue, the Phils are still able to give Vance Worley his first victory of 2012, as they defeat the Padres, 2-0.

The Phils’ bad news offense is still able to score enough runs in support of a strong effort by Vance Worley, as they defeat the Padres, 2-0.

The Phils took the lead in the first as, with runners on the corners, and with nobody out, Jimmy Rollins hits a sacrifice fly, knocking in Juan Pierre, who had earlier walked, then moved up to second base on Placido Polanco’s single to left, before going on to third on left fielder Will Venable’s fielding error, giving the Phils a 1-0 lead. The Phils threaten to add more as Hunter Pence and Shane Victorino followed with singles, loading up the bases, but Padres’s starter, rookie Joe Wieland, is able to get out of the inning, as he first got John Mayberry, Jr. to pop out to the second baseman, putting the infield fly rule into effect, and then getting Carlos Ruiz to hit into a force out, 6-4, wiping out Victorino at second base, for the inning’s final out. The game would then become a pitchers’ duel between Wieland, who would settle down and allow the Phils to have only two more hits against him, as he struck out seven, as the offense continue to have its problem putting together rallies, and then the Padres’ bullpen, and Phils’ starter Vance Worley, who would pitch an excellent game against the Padres, as he struck out a career-high eleven Padres, while pitching out of a man on third, no outs, jam in the second, and then a first and third, one man out, jam in the fifth, as he struck out Jeremy Hermida, swinging, for the inning’s second out, before Ruiz would throw to second base, trying to catch stealing Chase Headley, who had just singled, who then stopped in front of second base as Rollins catches the ball, trying to start a run down so that Venable, who had started the inning off with a single, then moved up to second base on Cameron Maybin’s sacrifice bunt, 1-3, for the inning’s first out, and then went up to third base on Headley’s single, could head for home during the run down to tie up the ballgame, but, Rollins did not bite, and instead threw home, beating Venable to the plate, as Ruiz put on the tag for the inning’s final out, keeping it a 1-o Phils’ lead, and then, finally, a two on, two out, jam in the seventh, as he struck out pinch hitter Mark Kotsay, looking. The Phils finally added an insurance run in the ninth as, with two men on, and with nobody out, Pence, who had earlier walked, then stopped at third base on Victorino’s single to left, as he was running on the pitch, would score on catcher John Baker’s passed ball, giving the Phils a 2-0 lead, while sending Victorino, who had earlier stole second base, on to third. That would be the final score as Jonathan Papelbon recorded his fourth save of the season as he threw a scoreless bottom of the ninth, striking out Jason Bartlett, looking, for the game’s final out.

Vance Worley (1-1, 2.37) got the win as he threw seven scoreless innings, giving up four hits and three walks, while he struck a career high eleven batters. Chad Qualls collected his third hold of the year as he threw a scoreless inning, giving up a walk. Jonathan Papelbon received his fourth save of the year as he also threw a scoreless inning, walking a batter. Joe Wieland (0-2, 5.73) took the lost as he went six innings, giving up a run on five hits and a walk, while striking out seven. Luke Gregerson and Andrew Cashner combined for two 1-2-3 innings, striking out a batter (Gregorson) between them. Ernesto Frieri pitched an inning, giving up ann unearned run on a hit, a walk and a passed ball, as he struck out two.

The Phils had only six hits in the ballgame, with Juan Pierre (Single, Triple) and Shane Victorino (Singles) leading the team with two hits apiece. Placido Polanco and Hunter Pence had the other two Phils hits, both singles. Jimmy Rollins had the Phil’s only RBI as he hit a sacrifice fly, while the other Phil run came in on a passed ball, as the Phils continue to waste scoring opportunities when they are presented to them. The Phils also had two walks and a stolen base (Victorino (8)) in the ballgame.

The Phils (6-7, 5th East) continues their series with the Padres (3-11, 5th West) with a night game tonight. The game will be played at Petco Park, and will start at 10:05 pm EDT (7:05 pm PDT). The Phils will send to the mound Cole Hamels (1-1, 3.65), who is coming off a win against the Mets on April 15, as he pitched seven strong innings, giving up two runs on six hits and a walk, while striking out ten, in the Phils’ 8-2 win. He will be going for his second straight win, while trying to give the Phils another pitching gem on this road trip, while hoping that the offense will final get out of its current scoring funk. The Padres will counter with Edinson Volquez (0-1, 4.24), who is coming off a no-decision against the Dodgers on April 15, as he threw five innings, giving up four runs on six hits and five walks, as he struck out only two, in the Padres’ 5-4 lost. He is still looking for his first win, as he hope he can take advantage of the Phils’ present batting troubles. The Phils will be out for their thirteen straight win at Petco Park, after last night setting the club record for the most wins at an opposing ballpark.

The Phils waste another good effort by one of their starters before losing to the Giants in extra-innings, 1-0.

The Phils wasted another good effort by Cliff Lee, as they are unable to capitalize in extra-innings, before finally losing to the Giants on a walk-off single, thanks to a defensive error, 1-0.

The Phils and Giants spent the first ten innings of last night’s game in a 0-0 pitchers’ duel between Phils’ starter Cliff Lee and Giants’ starter Matt Cain, although the later would then leave the game for a pinch hitter, and then Giants’ reliever Santiago Casilla, as Cain held the Phils to two hits and a walk, while striking out four, as he kept them from getting anything started, while Lee would throw ten scoreless innings, giving up seven scattered hits, as he struck out seven Giants, while getting out of a runners on the corners, nobody out, jam in the first, and a runner on second, no man out, jam in the fifth, before being taken out of the game for a pinch hitter in the top of the eleventh. The Phils then threaten to take the lead in the top of the eleventh as Carlos Ruiz started the inning off with a lead-off double, before going on to third on Freddy Galvis’ sacrifice bunt, 1-4, putting the go-ahead run on third, with less than two outs. But the Phils would be denied as first pinch hitter Jim Thome would strike out, swinging, for the inning’s second out, and then pinch hitter John Mayberry, Jr. would end the inning by grounding out, 6-3, for the inning’s final out. That would come back to haunt the Phils as the Giants started a rally going in their half of the eleventh as, with one man out, Brandon Belt got on base with a single to center field. Then, Angel Pagan followed with a grounder to third base which had doubleplay written all over it, but was instead booted by the third baseman, Ty Wigginton for a fielding error, allowing Belt to reach second base, and Pagan to reach first, with still one man out. The Giants then won the game as Melky Cabrera hits a walk-off RBI single to right, scoring Belt, who would beat right fielder Hunter Pence’s throw to the plate, giving the Giants the extra-innings, walk off, 1-0 win.

Cliff Lee got a no-decision as he pitched ten scoreless innings, giving up seven hits, while striking out ten. Antonio Bastardo (0-1, 4.50) took the lost as he pitched a third of an inning, giving up a run on two hits. Matt Cain also received a no-decision as he pitched nine scoreless innings, giving up only two hits and a walk, while striking out four Phils. Santiago Casilla threw a scoreless inning, giving up a hit. Sergio Romo pitched a third of an inning, giving up a hit. Javier Lopez pitched a third of an inning, striking out the only man that he would face. Clay Hensley (1-0, 0.00) got the win as he got out the only batter that he would face.

The Phils had only four hits in the ballgame, singles by Hunter Pence, Ty Wigginton and Freddy Galvis and a double by Carlos Ruiz, as they were very effectively handled by Giants’ starter Matt Cain and the Giants’ bullpen. The Phils sadly hurt themselves by not being patient during the whole game, as they only took one walk. I hate to say this so early in the season, but it needs to be said, this team is only going to win games if they act a bit more patiently at the plate, and that includes being willing to take walks. Otherwise, this is going to be a long season even before either Chase Utley or Ryan Howard comes back from their injuries.

The Phils (5-7, 5th East) continue their trip out west with the first game of a four-game set with the Padres (3-10, 5th West), presently the worst team in the majors. The game will be played at Petco Park, and is to start tonight at 10:05 pm EDT (7:05 pm PDT). The Phils will send to the mount Vance Worley (0-1, 3.75), who is coming off a lost against the Mets on April 14, as he would pitch six innings, giving up four runs on eight hits and four walks, while striking out five, in the Phils’ 5-0 lost. Worley will be trying to bounce back from his previous start, while trying to give the Phils a chance to end their present slide. The Padres will counter with Joe Wieland (0-1, 10.80), who is coming off a lost against the Dodgers on April 14, as he would pitch five innings in his major league debut, giving up six runs on six hits and two walks, while striking out one, in the Pardes’ 6-1 lost. He hopes to do better in his second career start. The Phils’ offense will be out to show that not all rookies can give them fits the first time they see them, while trying to end their present two-game losing streak.

The Phils, as they score seven runs in their last two at-bats, are able to salvage a win, as they defeat the Mets, 8-2.

The Phils, as they score seven runs in their last two at-bats, reward Cole Hamels’ strong start as they salvage a victory as they beat the Mets, 8-2.

The Mets took a quick 2-0 lead in the first as, with one man on, and with two men out, a struggling Ike Davis hits a two-run home run, his first home run of the season, knocking in David Wright, who had just singled. The Phils got a run back in their half of the first as, with two men on, and with no one out, Jimmy Rollins hits an RBI single, knocking in Juan Pierre, who had started the inning off with a single, then moved up to second base on Shane Victorino’s single, cutting the Mets’ lead down to 2-1, while sending Victorino, who had just singled, up to second base. The game then became a pitchers’ duel for the next four and one-third innings, as Phils’ starter Cole Hamels gave up only four more hits and a walk, while striking out ten Mets, putting up a strong performance, while Mets’ starter Mike Pelfrey threw six strong innings of his own, as he refused to give the Phils the key hit that they’d been looking for, as he gave up eight total hits and two walks, while striking out just two Phils. The Phils tied the game up at two-all in the seventh as, with runners on second and third, and with one man out, Ty Wigginton hits a sacrifice fly deep to right, knocking in Rollins, who had earlier singled, stopped at second base on Hunter Pence’s single, then moved up to third on Ramon Ramirez’s wild pitch, while sending Pence, who had earlier singled, then stopped at second base on Ramirez’s wild pitch, up to third base. The Phils then took the lead one batter later as Laynce Nix hits an RBI double, his first hit of the season, knocking in Pence, giving the Phils a 3-2 lead. The Phils added to their lead in the eighth as, with the bases loaded, via a double by Pete Orr, his first hit of the season, Placidio Polanco reaching first on shortstop Ruben Tejada’s throwing error, Orr moving up to third on Victorino’s fly out to right for the inning’s second out, and Rollins’ walk, sending Polanco to second base, and with two men out, Pence forces in a run with a walk, scoring Orr, giving the Phils a 4-2 lead, while moving both Polanco and Rollins up a base. The Phils then busted the game wide open as Wigginton hits a bases clearing double, scoring Polanco, Rollins and Pence, giving the Phils a 7-2 lead. The Phils then made it an 8-2 lead as Wigginton scored all the way from second on a ball that John Mayberry, Jr. hits along the first base line that stayed fair for an infield single. That would end up being the final score as Jonathan Papelbon stopped a bases loaded threat by striking out pinch hitter Justin Turner, swinging.

Cole Hamels (1-1, 3.65) gets the win as he threw seven strong innings, giving up just two runs on six scattered hits and a walk, while he struck out ten. Chad Qualls recorded his second hold of the year as he pitched a scoreless inning, giving up a hit. Jonathan Papelbon threw a scoreless inning as he gave up two hits and a walk, while he struck out two. Mike Pelfrey took a no-decision as he threw six innings, giving up a run on eight hits and two walks, while striking out two. Ramnon Ramirez blew his first save opportunity of the season, before taking the lost (1-1, 6.23) as he pitched an inning, giving up two runs on three hits. Manny Acosta pitched two-thirds of an inning, giving up four unearned runs on one hit and two walks, while striking out a batter. Miguel Batista pitched a third of an inning, giving up a run on two hits.

The Phils unloaded fourteen hits in the ballgame, with Juan Pierre leading the club with three hits, all singles, followed by Jimmy Rollins (Singles, RBI) and Hunter Pence (Singles, RBI) following with two hits each. Shane Victorino (Single), Ty Wigginton (Double, 4 RBIs), Laynce Nix (Double, RBI), John Mayberry, Jr. (Single, RBI), Carlos Ruiz (Single), Pete Orr (Double) and Cole Hamels (Single), had the other seven Phils’ hits, as the offense was finally able to get the key hits that they had been missing all weekend. The Phils also had four walks and two stolen bases (Rollins (2nd), Pence (2nd)), which came on a double steal in the first inning.

The Phils (4-5, 4th East) will now begin a ten-game road trip out west, starting with a three-game series with the Giants (4-4, T-3rd West). The opening game of the series will be played at AT&T Park in San Francisco, and will start at 10:15 pm EDT (7: 15  pm PDT). The Phils will send to the mound their ace Roy Halladay (2-0, 0.60), who is coming off a win against the Marlins on April 11, as he went seven innings, giving up a run on five scattered hits and a walk, while he struck out three, in the Phils’ 7-1 win. He will be shooting for his third win of the young season, while hoping that the offense had finally arrived. 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, giving up six runs on eight hits and two walks, while he struck out only three, in the Giants’ 17-8 lost. He will be trying to better his record as he looks to record his first win of the season. The Phils will be trying to take advantage of Tim Lincesum’s present pitching woes, as they hope to start their trip out west with a win.

Roy Halladay dominate the Pirates, while Jonathan Papelbon knot his first save as a Phil, as the Phils win a tight opening day game, 1-0.

Roy Halladay threw eight shut-out innings, while Jonathan Papelbon records his first Phil save, as the Phils squeak out an opening day win against the Pirates, 1-0.

The first six innings involved a pitcher’s duel between Phils’ starter Roy Halladay, who would give up two lead-off hits in the first, before inducing a doubleplay ball, before going through the Pirates’ line-up with little further trouble, allowing only a hit batter in the fourth to reach base, striking out three batters, and Pirates’ starter Erik Bedard, who would scatter four hits and a walk, as he was helped by a couple of doubleplay balls, while striking out four Phils. The Phils finally broke up the 0-0 tie in the seventh as, with runners on second and third, and with one man out, Carlos Ruiz hits a sacrifice fly, scoring Ty Wigginton, who had earlier singled, then stopped at third on John Mayberry Jr’s double, beating right fielder Jose Tabata’s throw to the plate, giving the Phils a 1-0 lead. After Halladay kept the Pirates’ bats quiet in the seventh and eighth innings, the ball was handed over to new closer Jonathan Papelbon, who would record his first save of the 2012 season as he pitched a 1-2-3 ninth inning, getting Andrew McCutchen to ground out, 5-3, for the game’s final out.

Roy Halladay (1-0, 0.00) gets the win as he threw eighth strong innings, giving up just two hits and two hit batters, while striking out five. Jonathan Papelbon received his first save of the season as he threw a 1-2-3 ninth, striking out a batter. Erik Bedard (0-1, 1.29) took the lost as he pitched seven innings, giving up a run on six hits and a walk, while striking out four. Chris Resop and Juan Cruz would combine for two scoreless innings, giving up two hits (one hit each) and a walk (Resop), while striking out four (two batters apiece) between them.

The Phils had eight hits in the game, with Carlos Ruiz (Singles, RBI) leading the team with three hits, followed by John Mayberry, Jr. (Single, Double) with two hits. Jimmy Rollins (Single), Ty Wigginton (Single) and Roy Halladay (Single), had the other three Phils’ hits. The Phils also had two walks, and a stolen base (Shane Victorino) in the ballgame.

The Phils (1-0, T-1 NL East) will have the day off tomorrow, before continuing their three games series with the Pirates (0-1, 6 NL Central) Saturday night. The game is to start at 7:05 pm EDT, and will be played at PNC Park. The Phils will send to the mound their no. 2 pitcher, Cliff Lee (0-0, -.–), who had a record of 17-8 in 2011, with an ERA of 2.40 and a WHIP of 1.03. He would pitch in 232.2 innings, striking out 238 batters. He will be trying to see if he can lead the Phils to their second straight win at the start of the 2012 season. The Pirates will counter with Jeff Karstens (0-0, -.–), who had ended last season with a record of 9-9, with a 3.38 ERA and a WHIP of 1.21. Karstens would pitch in 162.1 innings, striking out just 96 batters. He will be trying to even up the series at a game apiece. The Phils will be trying to see if they can start the 2012 season with a 2-0 record.

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

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

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

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

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

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

33 games in 31 days: Game #24: The Phils drop their third game in a row as they lose to the Nats in extra-innings, 4-3.

The Phils lackluster offense continues as they lose their third game in a row, this time to the Nats, in extra-innings, 4-3.

The game starts out as a six innings pitchers’ duel between Phils’ starter Kyle Kendrick, who gives up just four hits, while striking out four, and Nats’ starter Tom Milone against the Phils C-team line-up, who also gave up only four hits, while striking out two. The Nats took the lead in the seventh as, with two men on, and with two men out, Roger Bernadina hits a three-run home run, his seventh home run on the season, scoring Alex Cora, who had earlier singled, then went to second base on Ian Desmond’s grounder, as Steve Lombardozzi, who had earlier singled, then stopped at third on Cora’s single, is tagged out at home plate, tw0-unassisted, for the inning’s second out, giving the Nats a 3-0 lead. The Phils would tie the game up at three-all in their half of the seventh as, with two men on, and with nobody out, pinch hitter Raul Ibanez hits a three-run home run, his twentieth home run of the year, knocking in Pete Orr and Michael Martinez, who had both singled, with Orr stopping at second base on Martinez’s single. The Nats retook the lead in the tenth as, with two men on, and with two men out, pinch hitter Ryan Zimmerman hits an RBI single, scoring Michael Morse, who had earlier walked, then moved up to second base on a Erik Kratz’s passed ball, giving the Nats a 4-3 lead, while sending Danny Espinosa, who had earlier been intentionally walked, on the third base, before moving up to second base on the late throw to the plate. That would be the final score as Drew Storen would collect his thirty-ninth save by pitching a scoreless tenth.

Kyle Kendrick received a no-decision, as he pitched six shutout innings, giving up four hits, while striking out four. Michael Schwimer pitched an inning, giving up three runs on three hits, while striking out two. Joe Savery made his major league debut as he pitched a third of an inning, giving up a hit. Brad Lidge pitched two-thirds of an inning, striking out a batter. Ryan Madson pitched a scoreless inning, giving up a hit, while striking out one. Michael Stutes (6-2, 3.86) took the lost as he pitched an inning, giving up a run on a hit and two walks. Tom Milone also received a no-decision, as he also pitched six shutout inning, giving up just four hits, while striking out two. Doug Slaton pitched to two batters, with both men reaching base, as he gave up two runs on two hits. Tyler Clippard committed his seven blown save of the year as he pitched an inning, giving up a run on two hits and a walk, while he struck out a batter. Sean Burnett pitched a scoreless inning, giving up a walk. Tom Gorzelanny (4-6, 4.09) got the win as he pitched a scoreless inning, giving up a hit and a walk. Drew Storen collected his thirty-ninth save of the season as he pitch a scoreless inning, giving up a hit and a walk, while striking out one.

The Phils had ten hits in the ballgame, with John Mayberry, Jr. and Hunter Pence leading the team with two hits each, all singles. Wilson Valdez (Single), Erik Kratz (Double), Pete Orr (Single), Michael Martinez (Single), pinch hitter Raul Ibanez (Home Run, 3 RBIs) and pinch hitter Placido Polanco (Single), had the other six Phils’ hits, as the offense continue to struggle stringing together hits and scoring runs.

The Phils (98-55, 1st) will continue their doubleheader with the Nationals (73-79, 3rd), with a night game. The game will be played at Citizens Bank Park and will start at 7:05 pm EDT. The Phils will send to the mound Cliff Lee (16-7, 2.38), who is coming off a no-decision against the Marlins on September 15, as he went nine innings, giving up a run on five hits, while striking out twelve, in the Phils’ 2-1 extra-inning win. He will once again go for win no. seventeen, while trying to put a stop to the Phils’ present slide. The Nats plan to counter with Ross Detwiler (2-5, 4.42), who is coming off a no-decision against Mets on September 12, as he pitched five and two-thirds innings, giving up two runs on three hits and three walks, while striking out two, in the Nats’ 3-2 win. He will be trying to give the Nats a sweep, while hoping the Phils don’t decide to wake up from their offensive sleepwalking and take it out on him.  The Phils will be out to end their present offensive ineptitude.

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