Results tagged ‘ Quality Starts ’

The Phils increased their winning streak to three games as they defeat the Marlins in extra-innings, 3-1.

Philadelphia_PhilliesThe Phils reached .500 as they increase their winning streak to three-games as they defeat the last place Marlins, 3-1.

The Phils broke up a o-o tie in the top of the sixth as, with a runner on third, and with two men out, Dom Brown hits an RBI double, knocking in Ryan Howard, who had earlier doubled, then moved up to third base on Michael Young’s ground out, 6-3, giving the Phils a 1-0 lead. The Marlins would tie the game up at one-all in their half of the sixth as, with a runner on second, and with two men out, Placido Polanco hits an RBI single, knocking in Juan Pierre, who had earlier been hit by the pitch, then moved up to second base on Donovan Solano’s ground out, 6-3. The score would stay tie until the top of the tenth as the Phils had a man on first, with two men out, as Chase Utley hits an RBI triple, knocking in Ben Revere, who had earlier singled, giving the Phils a 2-1 lead. The Phils increased their lead two batters later, after Howard is intentionally walked to put runners on first and third, and with still two men out, Young hits an RBI infield single, knocking in Utley, as Marlins’ shortstop Adeiny Hechavarria is unable to force out Howard at second base, giving the Phils a 3-1 lead. That would be the final score as Jonathan Papelbon recorded his second save of the year by pitching a 1-2-3 inning.

John Lannan received a no-decision as he pitched six innings, giving up a run on three hits, a walk and a hit batter, while striking out two Marlins, as he threw his second straight quality start. Antonio Bastardo and Mike Adams combined for two scoreless innings, giving up a hit (Adams) and a walk (Adams) between them, while striking out three (Bastardo). Phillippe Aumont (1-0 0.00) got the win, the first win of his career, as he pitched a scoreless inning, walking a batter. Jonathan Papelbon recorded his second save of the season as he pitched a 1-2-3 inning. Ricky Nolasco also received a no-decision as he went six innings, giving up a run on seven hits and a walk, as he struck out a batter. A.J. Ramos, Mike Dunn and Steve Cishek combined for three 1-2-3 innings, striking out two batters (Ramos (1), Cishek (1)) between them. Jon Rauch (0-1, 6.23) took the lost as he pitched an inning, giving up two runs on three hits and a walk, striking out a batter.

The Phils had ten hits, with Ben Revere (Singles), Ryan Howard (Doubles) and Dom Brown (Single, Double, RBI) all leading the team with two hits each. Chase Utley (Triple, RBI), Michael Young (Single, RBI), Erik Kratz (Single) and John Lannan (Double) had the other four Phils’ hits. The Phils also had two walks, both intentional (Laynce Nix, Howard) in the game.

The Phils (5-5, 4th) continue their series with the Marlins (1-9, 5th) with a night game tonight. The game will be played at Marlins Park and is to start at 7:10 pm EDT. The Phils will send to the mound their ace Cole Hamels (0-2, 10.97), who is coming off a lost against the Royals on April 7, as he pitched five and two-thirds innings, giving up eight runs on nine hits and four walks, as he struck out only two, in the Phils’ 9-8 lost. Hamels will be going for his first win, as he hopes to regain his grove at the Marlins’ expense. The Marlins plan to counter with Jose Fernandez (0-0, 1.80) as he came off a n0-decision against the Mets on April 7, as he threw five innings, giving up a run on three hits and a walk, while striking out eight, in the Marlins’ 4-3 lost. He will be trying for his first major league victory. The Phils will be trying for their fourth straight win, while hoping that Hamels will finally come out of his present rut.

Despite good outing, Happ loses as bats remain silent as the Phils lose to the D-backs, 4-0.

In spite of a quality start, J.A. Happ loses his second start in a row as the Phillies’ offense is unable to get the big hit as the Phils are blanked by the D-backs, 4-0. They now lead the Marlins in the NL East by six games, as they head on to San Francisco for four games with the wild card-leading Giants.

The D-backs took the lead in the first as, with a man on base, and one out, Justin Upton hits a two-run home run, his nineteenth home run of the season, knocking in Stephen Drew, who had earlier singled, giving the D-backs a 2-0 lead. Phils’s starter J.A. Happ, after the home run, would settle down and keep the D-backs from causing any more trouble as he pitched a quality six innings of work, giving up only one more hit after that, along with two walks, while striking out five. Meanwhile, D-backs’ starter Yusmeiro Petit pitched a bit better as he gave the Phils’ batters fits during the six innings that he worked, giving up only two hits and a walk in those innings, as he struck out eight Phils. It wouldn’t be until the seventh when the Phils would be able to mount a threat, as Ryan Howard started the inning off with a single. Raul Ibanez followed him with a double, putting runners on second and third with no one out, as Howard stops at third base. Petit is replaced on the mound by Juan Gutierrez, who proceeded to strike out first Jayson Werth, and then Greg Dobbs, both swinging. The next batter, Carlos Ruiz, then worked a walk, loading the bases. But Gutierrez would turn the Phils away as pinch hitter Pedro Feliz flies out to center for the final out. The D-backs then increased their lead in their half of the seventh as, Chris Snyder hits a lead-off home run, his sixth home run of the season, making it 3-0 D-backs. The D-backs added an insurance run in the eighth as, with one man on and nobody out, Upton hits an RBI single, knocking in Gerardo Parra, who had earlier doubled, on a play that was reviewed by the umpires and declared a double, giving the D-backs a 4-0 lead. That would be the final score as the Phils went down in the ninth.

J.A. Happ took the lost as he pitched six quality innings, giving up two runs on three hits and two walks, while striking out five. His record is now 7-2 with an ERA of 2.97. Scott Eyre pitched an inning, giving up a run on two hits. Tyler Walker also pitched an inning, also giving up a run on two hits, as he struck out two. Yusmeiro Petit got the win as he pitched six innings plus two batters of shut out ball, giving up only four hits and a walk, while he struck out eight, His record is now 1-5 with an ERA of 6.75. Juan Gutierrez then pitched a scoreless inning as he recorded his fourth hold, as he only walked a batter, while striking out two. Jon Rauch recorded his eighth hold of the year as he also pitched a scoreless inning, giving up two hits, while he struck out two. Chad Qualls pitched a scoreless ninth, giving up a hit.

The Phils had only seven hits in the game, with Ryan Howard and Raul Ibanez both collecting two hits, with one of Ibanez’s hits being a double. Jimmy Rollins, Chase Utley and Jayson Werth had the other three Phils’ hits, with Werth’s hit being a double. The Phils were unable to knock in a run as the Phillies’ bats were unable to get the necessary big hit to get into the ballgame, as they were a bit too aggressive in the batter’s box.

The Phillies (58-41, 1st National League East) continue their road trip with a four-games set with the Giants (55-46, 2nd National League West) starting with a night game tonight. The game will be played at At&T Park and will begin at 10:15 pm Eastern (7:15 pm Pacific). The Phils will send to the mound Rodrigo Lopez (3-0, 3.09), who is coming off a win against the Cardinals on July 25, as he went six innings, giving up three runs on ten hits and a walk, while striking out two, in the Phils’ 14-6 rout. He will be going for his fourth win in what is more than likely his last start for the Phils this season as Cliff Lee will join the team after the trade. The Giants will counter with Jonathan Sanchez (3-9, 4.92), who is coming off a lost against the Rockies on July 25, as he went five innings, giving up five runs on five hits and a walk, while striking out five, in the Giants’ 8-2 lost. He will be trying to keep from becoming another victim of the Phillies’ potent offense. The Phils will be trying to put together a new winning streak while showing that they can defeat anyone in the NL. They also would like to add on to their six games lead over the Marlins.

Preview: Phillies v. Reds at Great American Ball Park – 7:10 pm Eastern.

The Phillies (20-16, T-1st) continue their three cities road trip with a three-games stop in Cincinnati to visit the Reds (21-17, 3rd National League Central). The game will be played at Great American Ball Park and will start at 7:10 pm Eastern. The Phillies starter will be their ace Cole Hamels (1-2, 5.04), who is coming off his best start of the season, as he pitched a no-decision against the Dodgers on May 14, where he went seven innings, giving up two runs, only one of which was earned, on seven hits and a walk, as he struck out nine Dodgers, in the Phils’ 5-3 lost. Last year, against the Reds, he had a 2-0 record with a 0.56 ERA in sixteen innings pitched. He will be going for his third straight quality start and to even his win-lost record. The Reds will oppose him with Johnny Cueto (4-1, 1.93), who is coming off a win against the Diamondback on May 13, his third straight win, as he went seven innings, giving up three runs on four hits and two walks, while striking out four, in the Reds’ 10-3 win. He will be trying for his fourth straight win. The Phils will be looking to make it five wins in a row, while hoping to retake first place from the Mets.

The Phillies sweep a rain-shortened day-night doubleheader, defeating the Nationals by the scores of 8-5 and 7-5.

The Phillies’ bats and a good start by Brett Myers in the afternoon half of a day-night double bill leads to the sweep of the Nationals in a day-night doubleheader before the rain arrived to stop play. The Phils won 8-5 in the afternoon make-up of an earlier rain out while they won 7-5 in the rain-shortened night cap.

In the first game, the Phils took a quick 1-0 lead in the first, as, with two men out, Raul Ibanez hits a solo home run, his eleventh home run of the year. In the bottom of the first, the Nats would tie the game up at one-all, as, with two men out, Ryan Zimmerman hits his own solo home run, his ninth home run of the year. The Phils retook the lead in the second as Jayson Werth hits a lead-off solo home run, his seventh home run of the year, giving the Phils a 2-0 lead. The Phillies increased their lead in the third, as, with two men on, and one man out, Ibanez busted the game open as he hits a three-run home run, his second home run of the game and his twelfth home run of the season, knocking in Jimmy Rollins, who had earlier singled, and had gone on to second on Shane Victorino’s single, and Victorino, who had just singled, giving the Phillies a 5-1 lead. In the fourth, the Nats got a run back, as, with two men out, Josh Willingham hits a solo home run, his sixth home run, making it a 5-2 Phillies’ lead. In the fifth, the Phils increased their lead to 6-2, when, with two men on, and nobody out, Werth hits an RBI single, scoring Ibanez, who had earlier reached first on Nats’ first baseman Nick Johnson’s fielding error, and had gone to second on Ryan Howard’s single, while sending Howard, who had earlier singled, to second. The Phillies would make it a 7-2 game in the eighth, as, with runners on the corners, and two men out, Rollins hits an RBI single, scoring Chris Coste, who had earlier doubled, while sending Matt Stairs, who had earlier walked, over to third. One batter later, Victorino would give the Phils an 8-2 lead as he hits an RBI single, scoring Stairs, while sending Rollins to second. The Nats would make it an 8-3 Phils’ lead, as, with two men on, and nobody out, Cristian Guzman hits an RBI double, knocking in Anderson Hernandez, who had earlier singled, and had moved up to third on Ronnie Belliard’s single, while sending Belliard, who had earlier singled, over to third. One batter later, the Nats cut the Phils’ lead down to 8-4 as Johnson hits a sacrifice fly, scoring Belliard. Zimmerman made it an 8-5 Phils lead by hitting an RBI single, knocking in Guzman. In the ninth, Brad Lidge came in and nailed down his sixth save of the year.

Brett Myers won the game, pitching his second straight quality start, as he pitched seven strong innings, giving up only two runs on three hits and two walks, while striking out eight. His record is now 3-2 with an ERA of 4.50. Ryan Madson pitched an inning, giving up three runs on four hits. Brad Lidge would record his sixth save of the season as he pitched a scoreless ninth, giving up only one hit, as he struck out a batter. Scott Olsen took the lost as he pitched five innings, giving up six runs, only five of which were earned, on nine hits and two walks, while he struck out only three. His record is now 1-4 with a 7.24 ERA. Garrett Mock pitched three innings in relief, giving up two runs on four hits and a walk, while striking out a batter. Jesus Colome pitched a scoreless inning, giving up just one hit, as he struck out one.

The Phillies banged out fourteen hits in the game. Raul Ibanez and Jayson Werth led the way with three hits apiece, including three home runs (Ibanez (2), Werth (1)), with the two between them knocking in six RBIs (Ibanez (4) and Werth (2)). Jimmy Rollins, Shane Victorino and Chris Coste all followed with two hits each. Ryan Howard and Pedro Feliz had the Phils other two hits. Rollins and Victorino had the other two RBIs, as the bats came alive in the first game.

In the second game, the Phils sent to the mound rookie Andrew Carpenter, as J.A. Happ, the scheduled starter, was no longer available as he had pitched in relief Friday night. The Nats took the lead in the first, as, with a runner on second and nobody out, Johnson hits an RBI single, knocking in Guzman who had earlier doubled. The Phils tied the game up at one-all in the third, as, with a runner on third, and one man out, Chase Utley hits an RBI double, knocking in Rollins, who had earlier tripled. Two batters later, with Utley still on second, and now two men out, Howard would give the Phils the lead as he hits a two-run home run, his eighth home run of the year, knocking in Utley, giving the Phillies a 3-1 lead. The Nationals got a run back in the fourth, as, with a runner on second, and nobody out, Wil Nieves hits an RBI single, scoring Belliard, who had earlier doubled, cutting the Phils’ lead to 3-2. In the fifth, the Phils would break this game open, as, with two men on, and one out, Ibanez hits a three-run home run, his third home run of the day and his thirteenth home run of the season, knocking in Rollins, who had earlier singled and had gone on to third on Utley’s double, and Utley, who had just doubled, making it a 6-2 Phils’ lead. Five batters later, with the bases loaded, via a Howard double and walks to Stairs and Victorino, and with two men out, the Phils made it a 7-2 lead, as Feliz received an RBI walk, scoring Howard. The Nats tried to get back into the game in their half of the fifth. as the weather started to turn bad. With two men on, and one man out, Willie Harris hits a two-run single, scoring Zimmerman, who had earlier walked and had gone on to third on Willingham’s double, and Willingham, who had earlier doubled, making it a 7-4 Phillies’ lead. That would be it for Carpenter, as he would be replaced with Clay Condrey. Belliard would greet Condrey by hitting an RBI triple, scoring Harris, and making it a 7-5 Phils’ lead. But Condrey would end the inning by striking out both Nieves and pinch hitter Alex Cintron. The Phillies would load the bases in the top of the sixth via walks to Rollins and Utley and a single to Ibanez. With Howard batting, the rain started to come down, hard, and the umpires stopped the game. After waiting over an hour, the game would be call, with the Phils winning 7-5.

Andrew Carpernter received the win, his first major league win, as he pitched four and one-third innings, giving up five runs on eight hits and three walks, while striking out four. His record is now 1-0 with a 10.38 ERA. Clay Condrey recorded his first save of the year, as he pitched two-thirds of an inning, giving up a hit, while striking out two. Daniel Cabrera took the lost, as he pitched five innings, giving up seven runs on eight hits and four walks, while striking out three. His record is now 0-5 with a 5.95 ERA. Ron Villone pitched to three batters, giving up a hit and two walks, before the game was called.

The Phillies had nine hits in the second game, with Chase Utley leading the way with three hits, including two doubles. Jimmy Rollins, Raul Ibanez and Ryan Howard got the Phils other six hits, having two hits apiece, with both Howard and Ibanez hitting a home run, while Rollins got a triple. Ibanez knocked in three runs, while Howard brought in two and Utley and Ruiz each brought in a run. The Phillies bat seems to have come alive on their trip to the nation’s capital, as they get ready for a series sweep.

The Phillies (19-16, 2nd) conclude their trip to Washington with an afternoon game with the Nationals (11-24, 5th). The game will be played at Nationals Park and will begin at 1:35 pm. Eastern. The Phils will send to the mound Chan Ho Park (1-1, 6.00), who is coming off his second straight quality start, this one against the Dodgers on May 12, as he went six innings, giving up only two runs on seven hits, while striking out three, in the Phils’ 5-3 win. He will be going for his third straight quality start and his second straight win, while giving the Phils the chance to sweep the series. The Nationals will send to the mound, Jordan Zimmermann (2-1, 5.90), who is coming off a no-decision against the Giants on May 12, as he went six innings, giving up five runs on seven hits and two walks, while striking out eight, in the Nationals’ 9-7 lost. He will be trying to keep the Nats from being swept. The Phillies will be trying to leave Washington with a sweep, after having already recorded a series win at the start of their road trip.

Cole Hamels wins his first start as the Phils beat the Braves, 10-6.

After being knocked out of two straight starts by freak injuries, Cole Hamels was able to stay on the mound long enough last night to pitch six strong innings against Atlanta, as he wins his first start of the year, as the Phils defeated the Braves, 10-6.

The Phils took the lead in the second inning, as, with the bases loaded via a walk to Jayson Werth, Pedro Feliz reaching base on Braves’ shortstop Yunel Escobar’s fielding error, and a walk to Chris Coste, and two men outs, Phillies’ starter Cole Hamels hits a ground ball to Braves’ starter Jo-Jo Reyes. Reyes, after picking up the grounder, threw it away for a throwing error, allowing both Werth and Feliz to score, giving the Phils a 2-0 lead, while allowing Coste to go to third, and Hamels to reach second base. Jimmy Rollins then followed with a two-run double, scoring both Coste and Hamels, making it 4-0 Phils. The Phillies added to their lead in the third, as, with one man on base, and one out, Werth hits a two-run home run, his sixth home run of the year, knocking in Ryan Howard, who had earlier hit a ground-rule double, giving the Phils a 6-0 lead. The Braves would finally get on the board in the fourth, as, with runners on second and third, and two men out, Brian McCann hits a two-run single, scoring Chipper Jones, who had earlier singled, and had gone to third on Garret Anderson’s double, and Anderson, who had earlier doubled and had just beaten out Werth’s throw to the plate, cutting the Phils’ lead to 6-2. The Phillies would get one of the runs back in their half of the fourth as Coste hits a lead-off home run, his first home run of the year, making it a 7-2 Phils’ lead. The Phils made it 8-2 in the fifth, as Chase Utley hits a lead-off home run of his own, his ninth home run of the year. The Braves made it an 8-3 Phils’ lead in the top of the eighth as Omar Infante hits a lead-off home run, his first home run of the year. The Phils would get that run back in their half of the eighth, as, with two men on, and one man out, Feliz hits an RBI double, knocking in Werth, who had earlier been hit by the pitch and had gone over to second on Raul Ibanez’s single, making it 9-3 Phils, while sending Ibanez, who had earlier singled, over to third. Two batters later, after Coste had walked to load the bases, with still only one out, pinch hitter Greg Dobbs hits an RBI single, scoring Ibanez, giving the Phillies a 10-3 lead, while moving both Feliz and Coste up a base, leaving the bases loaded. Then, in the ninth, the Braves made it a close game, as, with two men on, and nobody out, Casey Kotchman hits a three-run home run, his second home run of the year, knocking in McCann, who had earlier walked, and had gone on to third on Jeff Francoeur’s double, and Francoeur, who had earlier doubled, making it a 10-6 Phils’ lead. But that would be the final score as Brad Lidge would get out the next three batters to end the ballgame.

Cole Hamels got the win as he pitched six strong innings, giving up only two runs on three hits and two walks, while striking out seven. His record is now 1-2 with an ERA of 6.17. Jack Taschner pitched a scoreless inning, giving up just a walk. Clay Condrey pitched an inning, giving up a run on one hit. Brad Lidge would pitch the ninth, giving up three runs on two hits and a walk, while striking out two batters. Jo-Jo Reyes took the lost, as he went five innings, giving up eight runs, only four of which were earned, on five hits and two walks, while he struck out six. His record is now 0-2 with an ERA of 5.48. James Parr pitched a scoreless inning. Eric O’Flaherty also pitched a scoreless inning, striking out a batter. Jeff Bennett pitched an inning, giving up two runs on three hits and a walk.

The Phillies had eight hits in the game. Jimmy Rollins, Chase Utley, Ryan Howard, Jayson Werth, Raul Ibanez, Pedro Feliz, Chris Coste and Greg Dobbs each had a hit, with Rollins, Howard and Feliz’s hits being doubles, while Utley, Werth and Coste’s hits were home runs. Rollins and Werth both knocked in two runs, while Utley, Feliz, Coste and Dobbs knocked in one run each. Hamels has pitched his best game, so far, this season, which could be an harbinger of things to come from the rest of the staff, if they can just follow up the other two quality starts that were thrown earlier this week.

The Phillies (15-12, 1st) continue their three-games series with the Braves (13-16, 4th) at Citizens Bank Park. The game will be nationally televised on Fox Sports and will start at 3:40 pm Eastern. The Phils’ starter will be Joe Blanton (1-2, 6.84), who is coming off a quality start against the Cardinals on May 4, when he went six strong innings, giving up just one run on four hits and two walks, while striking out three, in the Phillies’ 6-1 win. He win be trying for both his second straight win and quality start. The Braves will counter with Javier Vazquez (2-3, 4.19), who is coming off a lost against the Mets, also on May 4, as he pitched six and two-thirds innings, giving up six runs on seven hits and three walks, while striking out eight, in the Braves’ 6-4 lost. The Phillies will be looking for their second straight win, while looking for the second straight quality start from their starters.

The Phillies sweep the first place Marlins by crushing them, 13-2

For the first time in 2009, the Phillies took an early lead and held onto it, as they proceeded to sweep the first place Marlins by defeating them handily, 13-2. The victory place them in second place, a game and a half behind the now slumping fish in the National League East.

The Phils took the lead in the first as, with runners on second and third, and with one man out, Ryan Howard hits an RBI bloop single into left field, scoring Shane Victorino, who had earlier walked, moved up to second base on Eric Bruntlett’s walk and had gone over to third on Chase Utley’s ground out, 3-unassistant, giving the Phils a 1-0 lead, while sending Bruntlett, who had earlier walk and had gone to second on Utley’s ground out, over to third. After Jayson Werth had walked, loading up the bases as Howard moved over to second, Raul Ibanez made it a 2-0 Phillies’ lead as he hits a sacrifice fly to left, scoring Bruntlett. In the fourth, the Phillies made it 4-0 when, with runners on second and third, and two men outs, Utley hits a two-run single, scoring Phillies’ starter Jamie Moyer, who had earlier singled and had gone over to third on Bruntlett’s double, and Bruntlett, who had earlier doubled. The Marlins would finally score a run in the fifth as, with runners on first and second, and two men out, Hanley Ramirez hits an RBI single, making it a 4-1 Phils’ lead, scoring Cody Ross, who had earlier singled, and had gone to second base on Burke Badenhop’s sacrifice bunt attempt, beating Chris Coste’s throw to second, while sending Badenhop, who had earlier been safe on his sacrifice bunt attempt, went over to second. Moyer would then get out of the inning by getting Jorge Cantu to fly out to left field on a spectacular catch by Ibanez. The Phillies finally broke the game wide open in the seventh. With runners on second and third, and one man out, Pedro Feliz hits a RBI single, easily scoring Werth, who had earlier reached base on a Jeremy Hermida’s two-base fielding error, ending up on second, and stealing third as part of a double steal with Ibanez, giving the Phils a 5-1 lead, while sending Ibanez, who had been intentionally walked and had stolen second, to third base, putting runners on the corners. Coste was then hit by the pitch, sending him to first, while Feliz moved up to second, loading up the bases. Pinch hitter Greg Dobbs then walks, forcing in Ibanez, making the score 6-1 Phillies, while Feliz and Coste both moved up a base, leaving the bases loaded. Victorino then broke the game wide open as he hits a two-run RBI single, giving the Phillies an 8-1 lead, as he scored both Feliz and Coste, while sending Dobbs over to second. The Phils added to their lead in the eighth. With the bases loaded, via a single to Howard, a walk to Werth and a single to Ibanez, Feliz hits an RBI single, making the score 9-1 Phils as Howard scored, while Werth and Ibanez moved up to third and second base, with no one out. After Coste strikes out, pinch hitter Matt Stairs took a walk, focing in Werth, and making it a 10-1 Phils’ lead, while both Ibanez and Feliz moved up a base, with one out. Victorino followed with a two-run double, knocking in both Ibanez and Feliz, while sending Stairs over to third, as he made it a 12-1 Phils’ lead. Bruntlett then knocked in the thirteenth and final Phils’ run with a sacrifice fly, scoring Stairs from third base. In the bottom of the ninth, Alfredo Amezega made the score 13-2 Phils, when, with a runner on third, and one out, he hits a sacrfice fly, scoring Ronny Paulino from third, who had earlier doubled and had gone to third on a J.A. Happ’s wild pitch, for the inning’s second out. Happ then struck out Cameron Maybin for the final out.

Jamie Moyer got the win, as he pitched six solid innings, giving up only one run on seven scattered hits and a walk, while striking out six. His record is now 3-1, tying him for the team’s lead in wins, while reducing his ERA to 5.09. His record against the Marlins is now 12-1. Chad Durbin pitched a scoreless inning, giving up no hits. J.A. Happ pitched two innings, giving up a run on one hit and a wild pitch, as he struck out three. The Phils’ pitching staff gave up no home runs in the game. Rookie Graham Taylor took the lost, being wild early, as he would only go three and two-thirds innings, giving up four runs on four hits, six walks and a hit batter, as he struck out only two batters. His record is 0-1 with a 9.82 ERA. Burke Badenhop then pitched two and one-third scoreless innings, giving up only a hit and a walk, while he struck out two. Hayden Penn pitched an inning plus three batters, giving up seven runs, only six of which were earned, on four hits, three walks, a hit batter and a wild pitch, while he struck out two. Kiko Calero pitched an inning, giving up two runs on two hits and a walk, as he struck out a Phillie batter. Regular position player, Cody Ross, came in to pitched a scoreless ninth, giving up just a hit.

The Phillies had twelve hits in the game, with Pedro Feliz leading the team with three hits, all singles, as he raised his batting average to .298. Shane Victorino and Ryan Howard followed with two hits apiece, with one of Victorino’s hits being a double. Eric Bruntlett, Chase Utley, Jayson Werth, Raul Ibanez and Jamie Moyer each recorded a hit, with Bruntlett’s hit being a double. Victorino knocked in four runs in the game, Utley and Feliz each knocked in two runs, while Bruntlett, Howard, Ibanez, Dobbs and Stairs each had an RBI. The Phils also gathered eleven walks in the game, along with two hit batsmen.

The Phillies (9-8, 2nd) comes back home to start a three-games series at Citizens Bank Park with the last place Nationals (4-13, 5th). The game will start at 7:05 pm Eastern. Joe Blanton (0-2, 7.31), will take the mound for the Phils, coming off his second straight lost, this one at the hands of the Brewers on April 22, as he pitched a quality start, giving up three runs on eight hits and a walk, as he struck out five, in six innings of work, in the Phillies’ 3-1 lost. He will be looking for his first win of the year and his third straight quality start. The Nationals will countered with Shairon Martis (2-0, 4.11), who is coming off his second straight win against the Braves on April 21, as he pitched six strong innings, giving up only two runs on six hits and four walks, while he struck out two, in the Nationals’ 4-3 win. He will be going for his third straight victory of the season, his second against the Phillies. The Phils hope to increase their winning streak to four games.

Sarge Jr. comes to Citizens Bank Park: The Phillies face the best in the American League West.

The first place Phillies (42-32) will be facing Gary Matthews, Jr and the Los Angeles Angles of Anaheim (43-30, 1st American League West) at Citizens Bank Park for a three games weekend series. The first game of the home stand will start at 7:05 pm Eastern. The Phillies will be sending to the mound Adam Eaton (2-4, 4.57), who is coming off his fifth straight quality start, although losing to the Cardinals on June 14, as he would pitch six and two-thirds innings, giving up three earned runs on nine hits, in the Phillies’ 3-2 lost. In those five starts, he is 2-1 with a no-decision, which the Phils won, pitching a combined total of thirty-two and a third innings, giving up eleven earned runs on thirty-two hits. Eaton will be trying for his sixth straight quality start while trying to get his third win of the season to help the Phillies to once again put some distance between them and their opponents in the National League East. The Angels will counter with Ervin Santana (8-3, 3.40), who is coming off a lost to the Braves on June 14, where would only go five and two-thirds innings, giving up six earned runs on nine hits, in the Angels’ 9-4 lost. He will once again be looking for his ninth win while trying to dominate the Phils’ bats.

This will be the first time that Sarge’s son will make an appearance at Citizens Bank Park, where he will be watched by his father from the broadcast booth. The Phillies’ offense will be trying to get back on the winning track, hopefully with the batters being a bit more patient at the plate and being a lot more consistant in runs production. Also, Chase Utley will be trying to break out of his present 0-20 slump which has caused his batting average to dip under .300 (.294), twenty-fourth best in the NL. Although he is still leading the league in home runs with twenty-two, he is now third in RBIs with sixty-two, fourth in runs scored with fifty-six, eleventh in hits with eighty-three and sixth in slugging percentage (.606). The Phils will need him to get back to being able to get hits and knock in runs for the offense to get going again.

The Phillies’ lead in the National League East is now at two games as the second place Marlins head to Oakland for a three games series with the Athletics. They are presently leading the now third place Mets by five and a half games as they go to Denver for a three games weekend series with the Rockies. The now fourth place Braves, thanks to their lost to the Angels yesterday afternoon, trail the Phillies by six games as they get ready to play host to the Seattle Mariners for a three game series. The Phillies, as they try to win their first series since their sweep of the Braves, hope that the rest of their division will do poorly against their opponents this weekend.

Quality starts, the Bullpen and Adam Eaton.

The Phillies have played 23 games so far this season. Of those 23 games, the starters have had 12 quality starts. For those who don’t know what a quality start is, it means that a starter has gone at least six full innings, and has given up three runs or less during those innings. Ten of those quality starts had occurred before the Phils second series against the Mets.

The important of quailty starts is mainly this: the deeper that the starters can go into games that they are starting, the longer they can keep the bullpen out of the game until they are needed for the late innings. This gives the manager a large numbers of options on how to use his relief staff than he would if the starters were constantly getting knocked out early in the game, and forcing him to bring in those relievers that make up his middle relief corps.

With that said, the Phillies present relief corps, believe it or not, is leading the National League with a 2.60 ERA. That’s right, the Phils relievers are leading the league. Well, surprise, surprise, surprise. I was expecting them to be more towards the middle of the pack, not the ones leading it. Well, guess we’ll see how long that’ll last, won’t we? Now if the pitching staff, as a whole, can get their ERA down from the present 3.68, fifth best in the National League, the Phillies might really go somewhere.

With that said, Adam Eaton, tonight’s starter, have so far pitched four games during the season, of which three has actaually been quailty starts. That’s right. Three quality starts. He has pitched at least six innings and gave up at least three EARNED runs. (Sadly, that has been the numbers of runs that he have given up in each of those games, all earned, and in at least two he was the losing pitcher of record before the Phils rally late to get him off the hook.) In his last start he only pitched five innings and gave up four earned runs, but all of the runs came in the sixth when both he and Chad Durbin were together unable to keep the Mets off of the scoreboard before Durbin was finally able to put the fire out. That seems to be Eaton’s luck so far this year. He pitched good enough to win his first start, but he couldn’t keep the Reds from scoring the tying run late in the game, which led to a lost in the 9th; the Phils got him off the hook by coming back from behind against the Mets on April 10 before finally losing; he was the pitcher of record against Houston on the 15th before the Phils came from behind in the ninth to win that game; and I’d already mentioned what happened during his last outing against the Mets. Now, he’s going to be the starter against the Pirates tonight. Hopefully the Phils will score some runs early and often against the Bucos to get him the victory, as Adam deserves a victory in the worst possible way.

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