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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.

The Phils’ bat breaks the game open in the late innings, as they defeat the D-backs, 9-2.

The Phils’ offense erupt for seven runs in the late innings, as they beat the D-backs, 9-2.

The Phils took a 1-0 lead in the bottom of the first as Jimmy Rollins started off the game for the Phils by launching the first pitch into the left center field seats for a home run, his fourteenth home run of the year. The D-backs then took the lead in the second as, with one man on, and with nobody out, Paul Goldschmidt hits a two-run home run, his third home run of the year, knocking in Chirs Young, who had lead off the inning with a walk, giving the D-backs a 2-1 lead. The Phils then tied the game up at two-all in their half of the second as, with one man on, and with nobody out, John Mayberry, Jr. hits an RBI single, scoring Hunter Pence, who had started the inning off with a double. The game then became a pitchers’ duel between the Phils’ starter Cliff Lee, who only gave up only two more hits after the homer to Goldschmidt, and one more walk after the walk to Young, for the next five innings, while striking out a total of seven batters, and D-backs’ starter Joe Saunders, who would give up no more hits during the next four innings that he’d pitched, while walking a total of three Phils, as he struck out three. The Phils then retook the lead in the seventh as, with two men on, and with nobody out, Wilson Valdez hits a two-run double, scoring Pence, who had earlier walked, then went to third base on Mayberry’s single, and Mayberry, who had just singled, giving the Phils a 4-2 lead. The Phils then made it a 5-2 lead as, with a runner now on third, as Valdez moved up a base on Brian Schneider’s sacrifice bunt, 5-4, and with one man out, pinch hitter Ben Francisco hits a sacrifice fly, scoring Valdez. The Phils then broke the game wide open in the eighth as, with two men on, and with nobody out, Ryan Howard, who had started the inning off with a single, then stopped at second base on Pence’s single, scored from second base on Mayberry’s infield single, as third baseman Cody Ransom committed a throwing error, giving the Phils a 6-2 lead, while Pence, who had just singled, would stop at second base.  Two batters later, after a force attempt throwing error by relief pitcher Brad Ziegler on a Valdez grounder loaded up the bases, as Pence beat out Ziegler’s throw to third, while Mayberry would stop at second base, and Valdez would be safe at first, Schneider made it a 7-2 Phils’ lead as he hits an RBI single, scoring Pence, while both Mayberry and Valdez would move up a base, leaving the bases still loaded. Two more batters later, with the bases still loaded, and now with one man out, Rollins hits a sacrifice fly, scoring Mayberry, making it an 8-2 Phils’ lead. The Phils then took a 9-2 lead as Shane Victorino hits an RBI double, scoring Valdez, while sending Schneider on to third. That would be the final score as Ryan Madson easily handled the D-backs in the ninth.

Cliff Lee (13-7, 2.83) got the win, becoming the third Phils starter to reach thirteen wins, as he pitched seven innings, giving up just two runs on three hits and two walks, while striking out seven. Antonio Bastardo received his twelfth hold of the season as he pitched a 1-2-3 inning. Ryan Madson pitched a scoreless innings, giving up a walk, while striking out a batter. Joe Saunders (8-10, 3.91) took the lost as he went six innings, plus three batters, giving up five runs on five hits and four walks, while striking out three. Joe Paterson pitched an inning, giving up two hits. Brad Ziegler pitched to four batters, getting none of them out, as he gave up fours runs, only one of which was earned, on three hits and a walk. Zach Duke pitched an inning, giving up two hits.

 The Phils had twelve hits in the ballgame, with most of their hits coming in their last two at-bats. John Mayberry, Jr. lead the team with three hits, all singles, as he knocked in a run. Jimmy Rollins (Single, Home Run, 2 RBIs), Shane Victorino (Single, Double, RBI) and Hunter Pence (Single, Double) all followed with two hits each. Ryan Howard (Single), Wilson Valdez (Single, 2 RBIs) and Brian Schneider (Single) had the other three Phils’ hits. Pinch Hitter Ben Francisco knocked in one run with a sac fly, while another run (Howard) scored on Cody Ransom’s throwing error.

The Phils (79-42, 1st East) will conclude their series with the D-backs (69-54, 1st West) with a night game tonight. The game will start at 7:05 pm EDT and will be played at Citizens Bank Park. The Phils will send to the mound Vance Worley (8-1, 2.85), who is coming off a no-decision against the Dodgers on August 10, as he went only four innings, giving up six runs on seven hits and three walks, while striking out six, in the Phils’ 9-8 comback win. He will be trying to come back from that bad start. The D-backs will counter with their ace Ian Kennedy (15-3, 3.12), who is coming off a win against the Mets on August12, as he pitched seven innings, giving up a run on six hits and three walks, while striking out five, in the D-backs’ 4-3 win. He will be going for his eighth win in a row. The Phils will be going for another series win, while trying to end Kennedy’s winning streak.

Cole Hamels gets thirteenth win as he pitches a complete game against the Giants as the Phils win their third straight game from the World Champs, 2-1.

The Phils win another series as Cole Hamels pitches a complete game as he win his 13th start as the Phils defeat the Giants, 2-1.

The Phils took the lead in the first as, with two men on, and with two men out, Hunter Pence hits an RBI single, scoring Jimmy Rollins, who had earlier doubled, giving the Phils a 1-0 lead, while sending Chase Utley, who had earlier walked, over to third, as Pablo Sandoval committed a miss catch error on Carlos Beltran’s throw to third base. The Phils then took a 2-0 lead as Utley scored on Eli Whiteside’s passed ball. That would remain the score for the next seven and a half innings, as the Giants’ starter Matt Cain and the Phils’ starter Cole Hamels would be involved in a pitcher’s duel as Cain would allow only two more man on base via a single and a walk, while striking out eight batters, while Cole would allow only six hits, as he is helped out of trouble in both the first and the fourth innings by a strikeout, one of five, and two doubleplays, and by a pop up with two men on in the eighth. After the Phils are unable to score an insurance run in the top of the ninth, the first two Giants made outs by flying out (Jeff Keppinger) and lining out (Beltron) before Sandoval came up. Sandoval made it a 2-1 Phils’ lead as he hits his twelfth home run of the season on a 2-1 fastball. But, Hamels would then shut the door as he gets Orlando Cabrera to ground out, 6-3, for the final out.

Cole Hamels (13-6, 2.53) gets the win as he pitches a complete game, giving up a run on seven hits, striking out five. Matt Cain (9-8, 3.00) took the lost as he went eight innings, giving up two runs, only one of which was earned, on three hits and two walks, while he struck out eight. Javier Lopez pitched a third of an inning, as he gave up two hits. Sergio Romo pitched two-thirds of an inning, getting out both man that he would face.

The Phils had just five hits in the game, with Hunter Pence leading the team with two hits, both single, as he knocked in the only RBI for the Phils. Jimmy Rollins (Double), Shane Victorino (Single) and Ryan Howard (Single), had the other three Phils’ hits. The other Phils run came in on a passed ball.

The Phils (74-39, 1st West) will conclude their series tomorrow with the Giants (62-52, T-1st West) with an afternoon game. The game will be played at AT&T Park and will begin at 4:05 pm EDT (1:05 pm PDT). The Phils will send to the mound Roy Oswalt (4-6, 3.79), who will be coming off the disabled list. His last major league start was a lost against the Cardinals on June 23, as he went just two innings, giving up four runs on five hits, while striking out just one batter, in the Phils’ 12-2 lost. He will be trying to see if he can help pitch the Phils into their tenth straight win while trying to get his fifth win of the season. The Giants will counter with Tim Lincecum (9-9, 2.77), who is coming off a lost against the Diamondbacks on August 2, as he went seven innings, giving up two runs on three hits and three walks, while striking out eight, in the Giants’ 6-1 lost. He will be trying to keep the Giants from being swept. The Phils will be going out to sweep the Giants for their third straight series sweep.

The Phils start the home stand with a walk-off win in the ninth as they defeat the A’s, 1-0.

The Phils take a walk-off win as they scored the only run to end a scoreless game in the ninth as they defeat the A’s, 1-0.

The game was a pitchers’ duel between both teams’ pitching staffs as their respective offenses would get only two hits apiece, along with five walks each, through the first eight innings. In the top of the ninth, Michael Stutes would throw an eight-pitch inning, as he would strike out two A’s on six pitches, before getting Kurt Suzuki to end the inning by popping out to Chase Utley. The Phils then went to work as Shane Victorino got on base with a walk from Brian Fuentes. After Raul Ibanez flied out to left for the inning’s first out, Dom Brown followed with a single to right, his second hit of the night, moving Victorino up to second base. The runners then both moved up a base on a ground out to first by Brian Schneider, who had just returned from the DL, putting runners on second and third, with two men out. The next batter, pinch hitter Ben Francisco, then hit a single to left, which would score Victorino, that would be the winning run for the Phils as they took a 1-0 walk-off win from the A’s.

Vance Worley received a no-decision as he pitched six scoreless innings, missing a no-hit bid as Kurt Suzuki had a two-out double in the top of the sixth, giving up a hit and four walks, while striking out four. David Herndon and Juan Perez combined for two scoreless innings, giving up a hit (Herndon) and a walk (Herndon), while striking out one man (Herndon) between them. Michael Stutes (3-0, 2.28) got the win as he pitched a 1-2-3 inning, striking out two. Guillermo Moscoso also received a no-decision as he went seven scoreless innings, as he also had a no-hit bid broken up in the sixth, as Placido Polanco had a one-out single, as he gave up two hits and three walks, while striking out two. Joey Devine pitched a scoreless inning, as he gave up two walks. Brian Fuentes (1-8, 4.76) took the lost as he pitched two-thirds of an inning, giving up a run on two hits and a walk.

The Phils had only four hits in the game, with Dom Brown leading the team with two hits, both singles. Placido Polanco (Single) and pinch hitter Ben Francisco (Single, RBI), had the other two Phils’ hits, with Francisco’s hit plating the winning run in the bottom of the ninth.

The Phils (48-29, 1st NL East) will continue their interleague play series with the A’s (34-43, 4th AL West) tomorrow night at Citizens Bank Park. The game will start at 7:05 pm EDT. The Phils will send to the mound Cole Hamels (9-3, 2.51), who is coming off a lost against the Mariners on June 19, as he pitched six and one-third innings, giving up two runs on seven hits, as he struck out six, in the Phils’ 2-0 lost. Hamels will once again try for his tenth win of the season. The A’s will try to counter with Trevor Cahill (7-5, 3.24), who is coming off a win against the Giants on June 19, as he went eight innings, giving up a run on five hits and a walk, while striking out seven, in the A’s 2-1 win. He will be trying to even the series for the A’s. The Phils will be going for their second straight series win.

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

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

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

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

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

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

The Phils drop one as they are three-hit by Jason Vargas of the Mariners, losing 2-0.

The Phils are shutout as they are three-hit by Jason Vargas, losing to the Mariners, 2-0.

The first five and one-half innings of the game was a pitchers’ duel between Mariners’ starter Jason Vargas, as he gave up only two hits and two walks, while striking out four for six innings, and Phils’ starter Cole Hamels, who spent five innings giving up just two hits, as he struck out six, getting his 1000th career strikeout with the sixth one. The Mariners then took the lead in their half of the sixth as, with a runner on second, and with one man out, Justin Smoak hits an RBI single, scoring Ichiro Suzuki, who had earlier singled, moved up to second base on Brendan Ryan’s ground out, 6-3, giving the Mariners a 1-0 lead. The Mariners then increased their lead in the seventh as, with a man on third, and with one man out, pinch hitter Adam Kennedy hits an RBI single, knocking in Dustin Ackley, who had earlier tripled, the first triple of his career, giving the Mariners a 2-0 lead. That would be the final score as Vargas would throw a complete game shut out.

Cole Hamels (9-3, 2.51) took the lost as he went six and one-third innings, giving up two runs on seven hits, while he would strike out six, including his 1000th career strikeout. Jose Contreras pitched two-thirds of an inning, getting out the only man that he would face as part of a doubleplay. David Herndon pitched a scoreless inning, giving up a hit and a walk. Jason Vargas (5-4, 3.75) got the win as he pitched a complete game shutout, giving up three hits and two walks, while he would strike out six.

The Phils had only three hits in the game, with Ryan Howard leading the team with two hits, both singles. Ben Francisco had the other Phil hit, a single, as Vargas kept the Phils’ bats under control.

The Phils (45-28, 1st East) will have the day off tomorrow, before facing the Cardinals (40-33, T-1st Central) on Tuesday night in St. Louis for three.

The Phils back up Cole Hamels with enough runs as they shut out the Dodgers, 2-0.

The Phils scored enough runs to back up a strong six-hit performance by Cole Hamels as they shut out the Dodgers, 2-0.

The Phils and the Dodgers spent the first four and one-half innings in a pitchers’ duel, as Phils’ starter Cole Hamels pitched five shut out innings, giving up just two hits, while striking out six, while Dodgers’ starters and Phils’ regular season nemesis Hiroki Kuroda pitched four shut out innings up to this point, giving up a hit and a walk, as he struck out six. Then, with two men out and with no one on, Michael Martinez got on base with a two-out triple, soon followed by a walk to Hamels, putting runners on the corners. Then, with Shane Victorino batting, with a 2-1 count, Huroki threw a wild pitch, which allowed Hamels to go to second base, but Martinez stayed on third. Victorino is then intentionally walked to load the bases, before Dom Brown finally ended the inning by flying out to right. After Hamel pitched a 1-2-3 top of the sixth, the Phils finally ended the 0-0 tie in their half of the sixth as, with one man out, Ryan Howard hits a solo home run, his thirteenth home run of the year, giving the Phils a 1-0 lead. The Dodgers then tried to tie the game up in the seventh as Andre Ethier began the inning off with a double, before stopping at third on Matt Kemp’s single, putting runners on the corners, with nobody out. Hamels got out of the inning by first getting Juan Uribe to pop out to the second baseman for out number one, then striking out Marcus Thames swinging for out number two, before finally ending the inning by getting Rod Barajas to pop out to shortstop. The Phils then added a run in their half of the seventh as, with a man on third, and with one man out, Victorino, who had earlier tripled, scored on a fielder’s choice grounder to second baseman Jamey Carroll by Brown, beating the thrown to home, giving the Phils a 2-1 lead, while Brown would be safe at first. The Dodgers again threaten to score in the eighth as, with runners on the corners, via a pinch hit single by Aaron Miles, and an infield single by Casey Blake, while Miles would stop at third on Placido Polanco’s throwing error. But, Hamels would get out of trouble by getting Ethier to ground out, 3-1, for the inning’s final out. Ryan Madson then recorded his fourteenth save of the season by putting down the Dodgers in the ninth.

Coel Hamels (8-2, 2.58) got the win as he went eight innings, giving up six hits, while striking out nine. Ryan Madson collected his fourteeth save of the season, giving up a hit. Hiroki Kuroda (5-7, 3.35) took the lost as he pitched five and a third innings, giving up a run on four hits and three walks, while striking out seven. Mike MacDougal pitched two-thirds of an inning, walking a batter, while striking out one. Matt Guerrier pitched an inning, giving up a run on a hit, while striking out one.  Josh Lindblom pitched a 1-2-3 inning, striking out a batter.

The Phils had only five hits in the game, a triple by Shane Victorino, a single by Placido Polanco, a home run by Ryan Howard (RBI), a double by Raul Ibanez and a triple by Michael Martinez. Dom Brown knocked in the other Phil run on a fielder’s choice grounder, as Victorino beat the throw home. The Phils once again had few hits, but this time they were able to score enough runs to win the ballgame.

The Phils (37-25, 1st East) with begin a four-game series with the Cubs (24-36, 5th Central), starting with a night game tomorrow night at Citizens Bank Park. The game will start at 7:05 pm EDT.  The Phils will send to the mound Kyle Kendrick (3-4, 3.78), who is coming off a lost against the Pirates on June 4, as he went five innings, giving up four runs on eight hits, in the Phils’ 6-3 lost. Kendrick will be trying to do better than he did in his previous start. The Cubs will counter with Randy Wells (1-1, 5.74), who is coming off a no-decision against the Cards on June 4, as he pitched five and two-third innings, giving up four runs on three hits and a walk, while striking out one, in the Cubs’ 5-4 lost. He will be going for his second win of the season. The Phils will be trying to start their next home series with a win.

The Phils once again waste a good pitching effort as they lose to the Rangers, 2-0.

The Phils waste another good effort by Roy Oswalt as they lose to the Rangers, 2-0.

The Phils and Rangers were involved in a pitchers’ duel during most of the game between Phils’ starter Roy Oswalt and Rangers’ starter Matt Harrison. The Rangers finally took the lead in the sixth as, with one man on, and with one man out, Mitch Moreland hits an RBI double, knocking in Michael Young, who had earlier singled, then went to second base on Adrian Beltre’s ground out, 2-3, giving the Rangers a 1-0 lead. The Rangers then took a 2-0 lead in the eighth as, with runners on the corners, and with one man out, Craig Gentry knocked in a run with a suicide squeeze bunt, scoring Beltre, who had earlier doubled, then went to third on Moreland’s ground out, 4-3, while sending up to second base Mike Napoli, who had earleir been hit by the pitch. That would be the final score as Neftali Feliz recorded his ninth save of the year as he pitched a scoreless ninth, getting pinch hitter Ross Gload to fly out to left for the final out.

Roy Oswalt (3-2, 2.77) took the lost as he pitched seven innings, giving up a run on eight hits and two walks, while striking out three. J.C. Romero pitched a third of an inning, giving up a run on a hit. David Herndon pitched one and two-thirds innings, as he struck out a batter. Matt Harrison (4-4, 3.62) got the win as he pitched eight and one-third shut out innings, giving up five scattered hits and three walks, while striking out three. Neftali Feliz recorded his ninth save of the season as he pitched two-thirds of an inning, getting out both men that he would face.

The Phils had only five hits in the game, all singles, by Wilson Valdez, Placido Polanco, Ryan Howard, Raul Ibanez and Dane Sardinha, as the Phils’ offense once again went into neutral. They were once again unable to get the key hit against an opponent’s pitcher, as they hope that a returning Chase Utley will help jump start the offense.

The Phils (28-18, 1st NL East) will begin a four-games series with the Reds (25-22, 2nd Central), 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 will send to the mound Cole Hamels (5-2, 2.92), who is coming off a win against the Rockies on May 18, as he pitched eight strong innings, giving up a run on five hits and a walk, while striking out eight, in the Phils’ 2-1 win. He will be going for his sixth win of the season. The Reds will counter by sending to the mound Bronson Arroyo (3-4, 4.11), who is coming off a lost against the Pirates on May 18, as he pitched seven innings, being hit for five runs on seven hits and two walks, while striking out four, in the Reds’ 5-0 lost. He will be trying to even up his record. The Phils will be trying to start off the long series with a win.

The Phils produce enough offense to defeat the Rockies, 2-1, ending a four-game losing streak.

The Phils’ offense produce enough runs to finally reward a good pitching performance as they defeat the Rockies, 2-1, ending a four-game losing streak.

The first four and a half innings of the game was a pitchers’ duel between Phils’ starter Cole Hamels who, in the first five innings, gave up only two hits and a walks to the Rox, while striking out four, while Rockies’ starter Jorge De La Rosa would, in his four innings, give up just a hit, while striking out two. The Phils would score first in the bottom of the fifth as, with two men on, and with one man out, Wilson Valdez hits an RBI single, knocking in Raul Ibanez, who had earlier singled, would move up to second base when Carlos Ruiz was hit by a pitch, then stopped at third on a Chris Iannetta passed ball, giving the Phils a 1-0 lead, while sending Ruiz, who had been hit by a pitch, then moved up to second base on Iannetta’s passed ball, would stop at third.  The Rockies then tied the game up at one-all in the seventh as, with a runner on second, and with two men out, Todd Helton hits an RBI double, knocking in Carlos Gonzalez, who had earlier doubled. The Phils retook the lead in the eighth as, with a runner on third, and with one man out, Jimmy Rollins hits a sacrifice fly, scoring Valdez, who had earlier singled, moved up to second on pinch hitter Shane Victorino’s sacrifice bunt, then stopped at third on a De Le Rosa’s wild pitch, giving the Phils a 2-1 lead. That would end up being the final score as Ryan Madson collected his seventh save in seven attempts as he pitched a scoreless ninth, striking out the side, in between a single and an intentional walk.

Cole Hamels (5-2, 2.92) gets the win as he pitched eight innings, giving up just one run on five hits and a walk, while striking out eight. Ryan Madson recorded his seventh save of the season as he gave up a hit and a walk, while striking out three. Jorge De La Rosa took the lost (5-2, 3.34) as he pitched eight innings, giving up two runs, only one of which was earned, on five hits, while striking out four.

The Phils had just five hits in the game, with Wilson Valdez leading the team with two hits, both singles, while knocking in a run. Jimmy Rollins (Single, RBI), Raul Ibanez (Single) and Carlos Ruiz (Single), had the other three Phils’ hits, as the offense’s batting struggles continue. Although they were able to score enough runs to win the game, it was only because of a passed ball and a wild pitch that they were able to win last night’s game. That is not going to continue. They need to help themselves to keep winning.

The Phils (26-16, 1st East) will conclude this short series with the Rockies (22-19, 2nd West) with a night game tonight. The game will be played at Citizens Bank Park, and it will begin at 7:05 pm EDT.  The Phils will send to the mound Joe Blanton (1-2, 5.50), who is coming off a lost against the Braves on May 14, as he pitched five innings, giving up two runs on five hits and a walk, while striking out five, in the Phils’ 5-3 lost. Blanton will be going for his second win of the season, while trying to improve on his previous outing. The Rox will counter with Jhoulys Chacin (4-2, 2.89), who is coming off a no-decision against the Padres on May 14, as he went six innings, giving up three runs on five hits and two walks, while striking out six, in the Rockies’ 9-7 lost. He will be trying to improve his record. The Phils will be trying to sweep the short series, while hoping that the bats will finally explode and knock in some runs in support of a bunch of good pitching performances. Show the pitching some love guys!!!

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