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The Phils get infielder Jayson Nix from the Rays for cash.

Philadelphia_PhilliesThis past Friday, to fill in the hole left by backup shortstop Freddy Galvis  being placed on the 15-Day Disabled List as he recovers from MRSA, the Phils made a trade with the Tampa Bay Rays, receiving infielder Jayson Nix in exchange for cash. Jayson joined the team before yesterday’s opening day game with the Texas Rangers.

Nix, a six year veteran infielder, who had played for the Rockies, the White Sox, the Indians, the Blue Jays and the Yankees since 2008, has appeared in 425 games, with a batting average of .218 (267 for 1222), as he has hit 55 doubles, 2 triples and 37 home runs, and knocked in 126 RBIs, while scoring 141 times. He has also walked 105 times. Until Galvis has recovered from MRSA, he will act as the team’s backup shortstop.

Welcome to the team Jayson. Hope you’ll fill Freddy’s shoes admirably while he’s on the disabled list.

Yesterday, the Phils lose their third straight spring training game, as they lose to the Rays, 6-1.

Philadelphia_PhilliesYesterday afternoon, the Phils get creamed for five runs in the bottom of the seven inning, before they lose to the Rays, 6-1.

The Phils took the lead in the top of the fourth as, with runners on the corners, and with one man out, Wil Nieves hits an RBI single, knocking in Leandro Castro, who had earlier doubled, then stopped at third base on Freddy Galvis’ single, giving the Phils a 1-0 lead, before Galvis, who had earlier singled, is thrown out at third base, 9-5, for the inning’s second out. The score would remain 1-0 Phils until the bottom of the seventh as the Rays tied the game up at one-all as, with two men on, and with one man out, Justin Christian, who had earlier walked, then stopped at third base on Jeremy Moore’s double, would score on Vince Belnome’s fielder’s choice ground ball to first baseman Darin Ruf, beating the throw to the plate, as Moore, who had earlier doubled, would move up to third base on the throw home. The Rays then took the lead three batters later, with the bases now loaded, after Moore is thrown out on a fielder’s choice throw to the plate on Eddy Rodriguez’s ground ball to the pitcher Michael Stutes, 1-2, for the inning’s second out, while Belnome would move up to second base, and then a walk to Jerry Sands, moving up both runners, and with two men out,  Ray Olmedo hits a two-run single, knocking in Belnome and Rodriguez, giving the Rays a 3-1 lead, while sending Sands over to third base. The Rays then made it a 5-1 lead as Cole Figueroa hits a two-run double, scoring both Sands and Olmedo, before going on to third on the throw to the plate. The Rays added to their lead in the bottom of the eighth as, with two men out. Moore hits a solo home run, his first home run of the spring, giving the Rays a 6-1 lead. That would be the final score as Kirby Yates threw a 1-2-3 ninth.

Roberto Hernandez pitched three strong innings, giving up just a hit, while striking out three. Jeff Manship recorded his first hold of the spring as he recorded two scoreless innings, giving up a hit, as he struck out two. Phillippe Aumont also recorded his first hold of the spring as he pitched a scoreless inning, hitting a batter. Michael Stutes recorded his first blown save of the spring before taking the lost (0-1, 22.50), as he pitched an inning, giving up five runs on three hits and two walks. Justin De Fratus pitched an inning, giving up a run on a hit. Matt Moore pitched one and two-thirds innings, giving up two hits and a walk, while striking out two. C.J. Riefenhauser pitched an inning and a third, giving up a hit and a walk. Heath Bell pitched an inning, giving up a run on three hits, while striking out a batter. Brandon Gomes and Josh Lueke combined for two scoreless innings, giving up a walk between them (Gomes), while striking out two (Gomes). Merrill Kelly (1-0, 0.00) got the win as he pitched two scoreless innings, giving up a hit and a walk, while striking out one. Kirby Yates threw a 1-2-3 inning.

The Phils had seven hits in the game, with Maikel Franco leading the team with two hits, both singles. Ben Revere (Single), Darin Ruf (Single), Leandro Castro (Double), Freddy Galvis (Single) and Wil Nieves (Single, RBI), had the other five Phils’ hit. The Phils also had four walks (Dom Brown (2), Ruf, pinch hitter Reid Brignac), and a stolen base (Revere (1)), in the game, while the defense performed a doubleplay.

The Phils’ next game is being played tonight against the Blue Jays at Bright House Field in a game already in progress.

The Phils take the series from the Nats, as they win, 3-1.

Philadelphia_PhilliesThe Phils give Kyle Kendrick his eighth win of the season, as they take the series from the Nationals, winning, 3-1.

The Phils break up a 0-0 tie in the bottom of the fifth as, with a runner on second, and with two men out, Ben Revere hits an RBI single, knocking in Carlos Ruiz, who had earlier reached base on an infield single, then moved up to second base on Kyle Kendrick’s sacrifice bunt, 2-4, giving the Phils a 1-0 lead. The Nats tied the game up at 1-1 in the top of the fifth as, with a runner on third, and with one man out, Ryan Zimmerman hits a sacrifice fly to right, scoring Bryce Harper, who had just tripled. The Phils retook the lead in the bottom of the seventh as, with a runner on third, and with one man out, pinch-hitter Kevin Frandsen hits an RBI double, knocking in pinch-runner John McDonald, who was pinch running for Darin Ruf, who had started the inning off with a double, before moving up to third base on Ruiz’s sacrifice bunt, 2-4, giving the Phils a 2-1 lead. The Phils then added an insurance run in the bottom of the eighth as, with a man on third, and with one man out, Chase Utley, who had started the inning off with a double, then moved up to third base on Dom Brown’s fly out to right, would score on a fielder’s choice grounder hit by Michael Young, as he beat the wide throw to the plate by second baseman Anthony Rendon, giving the Phils a 3-1 lead. That would end up being the final score as Jonathan Papelbon collected his twentieth save of the year by pitching a 1-2-3 ninth.

Kyle Kendrick (8-6, 3.75) got the win as he pitched seven strong innings, giving a run on five hits, a walk and two wild pitches, striking out two. Antonio Bastardo received his fourteenth hold of the season as he threw a 1-2-3 inning, striking out a batter. Jonathan Papelbon collected his twentieth save of the season as he also threw a 1-2-3 inning, striking out a batter. Jordan Zimmermann (12-4, 2.58) took the lost as he went six and a third innings, giving up two runs on eight hits, as he struck out six. Ian Krol pitched an inning, giving up a run on a hit. Drew Storen pitched two-thirds of an inning, getting out both men whom he would face, striking out one.

The Phils had nine hits in the game, with Ben Revere (Singles, RBI) and Dom Brown (Single, Double) both leading the team with two hits each. Chase Utley (Double), Michael Young (Double, RBI), Darin Ruf (Double), Carlos Ruiz (Single), and pinch-hitter Kevin Frandsen (Double, RBI), had the other five Phils’ hits. The Phils also had two sacrifice bunts (Kyle Kendrick, Ruiz) in the game.

The Phils (46-47, 3rd NL East) will begin a three-game series with the White Sox (36-53, 5th AL Central), their final Interleague Series, and their final series before the All-Star break. The game will be played at Citizens Bank Park and is to start at 7:05 pm EDT, weather permitting. The Phils will send to the mound Jonathan Pettibone (5-3, 3.84), who is coming off a win against the Braves on July 7, as he went five and a third innings, giving up a run on five hits and a walk, while striking out six, in the Phils’ 7-3 win. He will be trying to get the Phils back at .500. The White Sox will counter with John Dinks (2-6, 4.31), who is coming off a lost to the Rays on July 7, as he went seven innings, giving up three runs on five hits and two walks, while striking out five, in the ChiSox’s 3-1 lost. He will be trying to improve his record. The Phils will be trying to get back to .500.

Kyle Kendrick pitches his second complete game of 2013, and a red-hot Dom Brown crushes his league leading seventeenth home run, as the Phils beat the fish, 7-2.

Philadelphia_PhilliesThe Phils increase their winning streak to two games as Kyle Kendrick pitches his second complete game of the season and Domonic Brown crushes his league leading seventeenth home run, as the Phils sink the Marlins, 7-2.

The Marlins took the lead in the top of the third as, with two men on, and with one man out, Derek Dietrich hits an RBI single, knocking in Juan Pierre, who had earlier singled, then moved up to second base on Ed Lucas’ walk, giving the Marlins a 1-0 lead, while sending Lucas, who had just walked, over to third base. The Marlins then took a 2-0 lead as the next batter, Marcell Ozuna, hits an RBI single, scoring Lucas, while sending Dietrich up to second base. The Phils cut the Marlins’ lead in half in the bottom of the fifth as Erik Kratz hits a lead-off home run, his seventh home run of the season, making it a 2-1 Marlins’ lead. The Phils tied the game up at one-all three batters later as, with a runner on third, and with the Marlins’ infield in to try to stop the tying run from scoring, Ben Revere hits an RBI single, knocking in Kyle Kendrick, who had earlier tripled, the first triple of his major league career. The Phils then took the lead a batter later as, with a runner on third, after Revere had stolen second base, and then had gone on to third base on catcher Rob Brantley’s throwing error as he tried to throw Revere out at second base, with the Marlins’ infield once again drawn in, and with still one man out, Cesar Hernandez hits an RBI ground out, three-unassisted, his first RBI of his major league career, scoring Revere, who had been running on contact, giving the Phils a 3-2 lead. The Phils increased their lead in the sixth as, with a runner on second, and with nobody out, a still red-hot Dom Brown hits a two-run home run to right, his league leading seventeenth home run of the season, knocking in Ryan Howard, who had started the inning off with a double, giving the Phils a 5-2 lead. A batter later the Phils took a 6-2 lead as Delmon Young hits a solo home run of his own, his fifth home run of the season. The Phils then made it a 7-2 lead three batters later as, with a man on third, and with one man out, Kendrick got an RBI on a fielder’s choice ground ball hit to shortstop Adeiny Hechavarria, who then threw to home plate, as Freddy Galvis, who had earlier tripled, slid under the tag attempt made by Brantley, as Kendrick reaches first base on the play. The Phils then tried to break the game wide open as they loaded up the bases, via a single by Revere, as Kendrick stopped at second base, before he moved up to third on Hernandez’s fly out to center field, for the inning’s second out, a steal of second base by Revere, his second steal of the game, and then a walk to Jimmy Rollins, and with two men out, as the Phils’ batted around. But they would be turned back as Howard ended the inning by grounding out, 4-3. But that would turn out to be all that Kendrick would need as he proceeded to pitch a complete game, giving up just six hits and a walk to the Marlins, before ending the game by getting Hechavarria to ground out, 6-3, for the final out.

Kyle Kendrick (6-3, 3.12) got the win as he threw a complete game, his second of the season, as he gave up two runs on six hits and a walk, while striking out five. Tom Koehler (0-4, 3.70) took the lost as he pitched five innings, plus two batters, giving up five runs, only four of which were earned, on seven hits and two walks, as he struck out four. Ryan Webb pitched two-thirds of an inning, giving up two runs on three hits and a walk, as he struck out a batter. Edgar Olmos pitched an inning and a third, giving up a hit. Dan Jennings threw a 1-2-3 inning, striking out a batter.

The Phils had eleven hits in the game, with a still red-hot Dom Brown (.291 average, 2 RBI), leading the team with two singles and a home run. Ben Revere (Singles, RBI) and Erik Kratz (Single, Home Run, RBI) followed with two hits apiece. Ryan Howard (Double), Delmon Young (Home Run, RBI), Freddy Galvis (Triple) and Kyle Kendrick (Triple, RBI) had the other four Phils’ hit. Cesar Hernandez knocked in the other Phil run, his first RBI of his career. The Phils also had three walks (Jimmy Rollins (2), Howard (1)) and two stolen bases (Revere (2, 12 & 13)) in the game.

The Phils (28-30, 4th) continue their series with the Marlins (16-42, 5th) with a night game tonight. The game will be played at Citizens Bank Park and is to begin at 7:05 pm EDT. The Phils will send to the mound Jonathan Pettibone (3-1, 3.64), who is coming off a lost, the first of his major league career, against the Red Sox on May 30, as he went five innings, giving up four runs on six hits and four walks, while striking out five, in the Phils’ 9-2 lost. He will be trying to recover from that start. The Marlins will counter with Ricky Nolasco (3-6, 3.69), who is coming off a lost to the Rays on May 30, as he went six and two-thirds innings, giving up three runs on four hits and four walks, while striking out five, in the Marlins’ 5-2 lost. He will be trying to bounce back from his lost. The Phils will be out to win the series, while trying to continue riding on Brown’s presently hot bat.

The Phils salvage a win as they hang on to beat the Brew Crew, 7-5.

Philadelphia_PhilliesThe Phils almost allow one to slip away as they hang on to salvage a victory in their series against the Brewers, winning, 7-5.

The Brewers tried to score first in the top of the first as, with one man out, Carlos Gomez reaches base with a double. But Phils’ starter Cliff Lee is able to pitch himself out of trouble by first getting Ryan Braun to ground out, 5-3, on a ball that third baseman Freddy Galvis made a spectacular play on, for the inning’s second out, and then by getting Jonathan Lucroy to also ground out, 6-3, on a ball that was grabbed by shortstop Jimmy Rollins, who then threw Lucroy out to end the inning. The Phils then took the lead in their half of the first as, with two men on, and with two men out, a red-hot Dom Brown hits a three-run home run, his NL leading sixteenth home run of the season, knocking in Rollins, who had earlier doubled, and Ryan Howard, who had just walked, giving the Phils a 3-0 lead. Two batters later, the Phils took a 4-0 lead as, with a man on second, and with still two men on, Erik Kratz hits an RBI double, knocking in John Mayberry, Jr., who had earlier singled, and was running on the pitch. The Phils then added to their lead as Galvis followed with an RBI triple, as the team hit for the cycle in the inning, scoring Kratz, giving the Phils a 5-0 lead. The Phils increased their lead in the bottom of the second as, with runners on the corners, and with one man out, Howard hits a sacrifice fly to left, scoring Ben Revere, who had started the inning off by reaching first base on shortstop Jeff Bianchi’s throwing error, stole second base, then stopped at third on Rollins’ single, giving the Phils a 6-0 lead, while sending Rollins, who had just singled, up to second base. The Phils then made it a 7-0 lead as Brown hits an RBI triple, his fourth RBI in the game, scoring Rollins. That would stay the score up to the top of the eighth, as Lee would stay out of trouble, only giving up three hits up to that point, while striking out eleven. The Brewers would finally get on the scoreboard in the top of the eighth as, with runners on the corners, and with two men out, Norichika Aoki hits an RBI single, knocking in Rickie Weeks, who had started the inning off with a single, went to second base on Bianchi’s single, then moved up to third base on Logan Schafer’s double play, 4-6-3, making it a 7-1 Phils’ lead. After Gomez had reached base with a single, moving Aoki up to second base, Phils’ manager Charlie Manuel came out and took Lee off the mound and replaced him with reliever Justin De Fratus. After pinch-hitter Aramis Ramirez walked to load the bases, with Aoki and Gomez both moving up a base, Lucroy followed with what appeared to have been a grand-slam home run, scoring Aoki, Gomez and Ramirez, making it look like a 7-5 Phils’ lead. But, Manuel came out of the dug out to dispute the call, saying that it had hit off the top of the left field fence, and came back into play, thus not being a home run. The umpires reviewed the play and came back saying that it was indeed not a grand-slam home run, but instead saying that it was a bases clearing triple, putting Lucroy on third, and instead making it a 7-4 Phils’ lead. The Phils then got out of the inning as Yuniesky Betancourt lined out to center for the inning’s final out. The Brewers then cut the Phils’ lead down to 7-5 in the top of the ninth as, with two men on, and with nobody out, Bianchi hits an RBI single, knocking in Alex Gonzalez, who had started the inning off with a single, then moved up to second base on Weeks’ walk, while sending Weeks, who had just walked, up to second base. Antonio Bastardo then buckled down to record his first save of the season by getting pinch-hitter Jeff Segura to ground out, 3-unassisted, for the inning’s first out, as Weeks and Gonzalez both moved up a base, then getting Aoki to fly out to shallow left field for the inning’s second out, and after intentionally walking Gomez to load up the bases, got pinch-hitter Martin Maldonaldo to end the game by flying out to center field.

Cliff Lee (7-2, 2.45) got the win as he pitched seven and two-thirds innings, giving up three runs on seven hits, while striking out eleven. Justin De Fratus pitched a third of an inning as he gave up a run on a hit and a walk. Antonio Bastardo collected his first save of the season as he threw an inning, giving up a run on two hits and a walk. Mike Fiers (1-4, 7.25) took the lost as he lasted only one and two-thirds innings, giving up seven runs, only five of which were earned, on seven hits and a walk, while striking out only one. Alfredo Figaro pitched three and a third scoreless innings, giving up two hits, while striking out two. Tom Gorzelanny and Burke Bedanhop combined for three scoreless innings, giving up just two walks (Gorzelanny), while striking out two (one batter each).

The Phils had nine hits in the game, with Dom Brown (4 RBIs) leading the team with three hits, a single, a triple and a home run, being a double short of hitting for the cycle. Jimmy Rollins (Single, Double) and Freddy Galvis (Single, Triple, RBI) followed with two hits each. John Mayberry, Jr, (Single) and Erik Kratz (Double, RBI) had the other two Phils’ hits. Ryan Howard knocked in the final Phils’ run with a sacrifice fly. The Phils also had three walks (Rollins, Howard, Brown) and a stolen base (Ben Revere (11)) in the game.

The Phils (27-30, 3rd) start a three-game series with the Marlins (16-41, 5th), with a game tonight. The game will be played at Citizens Bank Park and is to start at 7:05 pm. The Phils will start Kyle Kendrick (5-3, 3.27), who is coming off a win against the Red Sox on May 29, as he went six innings, giving up two runs on four hits and three walks, while he struck out three, in the Phils’ 4-3 win. He will be trying to give the Phils the lead in the series. The Marlins will counter with Tom Koehler (0-3, 3.22), who is coming off a lost against the Rays on May 29, as he threw eight innings, giving up three runs on seven hits and a walk, while striking out four, in the Marlins’ 3-1 lost. He is still looking for his first win, while trying to continue the Marlins’ present winning streak. The Phils hopes to finally figure out Koehler, while increasing their present winning streak.

As the Phils get close to stablizing their roster, they crush the Rays, 10-1.

Philadelphia_PhilliesAs the Phils get close to finalizing their 25 men roster before heading north, the batters support a good performance by the pitching staff, as they crush the Rays, 10-1.

The Rays scored first in the third as, with one man on, and with two men out, Sean Rodriguez hits an RBI double, scoring Jason Bourgeois, who had earlier singled, giving the Rays a 1-0 lead, before going on to third on the late throw to the plate. The Phils then tied the game up at one-all in the fifth as, with runners on second and third, and with nobody out, Kevin Frandsen hits an RBI groundout, three-unassisted, scoring Ryan Howard, who had started the inning off with a single, then stopped at third base on Dom Brown’s double, while sending Brown, who had just doubled, over to third base. The Phils then took the lead one batter later as, with a man on third, and with one man out, Pete Orr hits an RBI single, knocking in Brown, giving the Phils a 2-1 lead. The Phils then made it a 4-1 lead as Freddy Galvis hits a two-run home run, his third home run of the spring. The Phils increased their lead in the sixth as, with runners on the corners, and with nobody out, Brown hits an RBI double, scoring Chase Utley, who had started the inning off with a double, then stopped at third base on Howard’s single, giving the Phils a 5-1 lead, while sending Howard, who had earlier singled, over to third base. The Phils then made it a 7-1 lead as Frandsen followed Brown with a two-run double, scoring both Howard and Brown. Two batters later, with a man still on second base, and now with one man out, Galvis hits an RBI single, scoring Frandsen, giving the Phils an 8-1 lead, before moving up to second base on the late throw home. The Phils then made it a 9-1 lead as Humberto Qunitero hits an RBI single, scoring Galvis, before moving up to second base on the late throw to the plate. The Phils added to their lead in the eighth as, with a runner on second base, and with two men out, Quintero, who had earlier reached base with a double, would score on a throwing error by first baseman Shelley Duncan on a grounder hit by Ender Inciarte, giving the Phils a 10-1 lead. That would be the final score as Jonathan Papelbon pitched a 1-2-3 ninth.

Raul Valdes received a no-decision as he went three innings, giving up a run on two hits, while striking out five. Michael Stutes threw a scoreless inning, walking a batter. Jeremy Horst (2-1, 4.80) got the win as he threw two scoreless innings, giving up a hit and a wild pitch, while striking out a batter. Colby Shreve, Antonio Bastardo, Steven Inch and Jonathan Papelbon combined for three scoreless innings, giving up a walk (Shreve) between them, while striking out three Rays (Bastardo (1), Papelbon (2)). Roberto Hernandez (0-2) took the loss as he pitched six innings, giving up nine runs on eleven hits and a walk. Cesar Romos pitched an inning and two-thirds, giving up a run on two hits. Adam Liberatore pitched a third of an inning, getting out the only man whom he would face.

The Phils collected thirteen hits in the game, with Dom Brown leading the team with three hits (Single, 2 Doubles, RBI), followed by Ryan Howard (Singles), Freddy Galvis (Single, Home Run, 3 RBIs) and Humberto Quintero (Single, Double, RBI) with two hits each. Jimmy Rollins (Single), Chase Utley (Double), Kevin Frandsen (Double, 3 RBIs) and Pete Orr (Single, RBI) had the other four Phils’ hits. The final Phil run came in on a throwing error. The Phils also had a walk (Ben Revere) in the game.

The Phils (14-15)  play their next spring training game against the Tigers (18-12) at Joker Merchant Park in Jupiter, Florida. The game is to start at 1:05 pm EDT. The Phils will send to the mound Cole Hamels (2-0, 1.13), who is coming off a strong start against the Red Sox on March 21, receiving a no-decision, as he went six innings, giving up just one run on four hits and two walks, while striking out five, in the Phils’ 6-1 lost. He will be going for one final strong start as he prepare to be the Phils’ opening day pitcher. The Tigers will counter with Justin Verlander (1-2, 4.74), who is coming off a lost against the Astros on March 21, as he went five and two-thirds innings, giving up four runs on six hits, as he struck out five, in the Tigers’ 7-2 lost. He will be trying to end his spring training with a good start. The Phils will be trying to do well in their last spring training game on the road.

The Phils have just announced that they have signed free agent outfielder Delmon Young to a one-year contract.

Philadelphia_PhilliesJust when you thought that the Phils were satisfied with their outfield arrangements, they decided to throw everyone a curve. Earlier this afternoon, the Phils have announced that they had signed free agent Delmon Young, formerly of the American League Champions Detroit Tigers, to a one-year contract worth $750,000, plus performance bonuses. Young, who is an outfielder, and was last year’s ALCS MVP, appeared in 151 games, batting .267 (153 for 574), hitting 27 doubles, 1 triple and 18 home runs, as he knocked in 74 RBIs, while crossing the plate 54 times. During a seven years career, which includes stints with the Rays and the Twins, Young have compiled a career batting average of .284 (955 for 3358), as he had played in a total of 880 games, during which he have hit 185 doubles, 10 triples and 89 home runs, as he had 482 RBIs, while he had scored 396 times. Along with his .284 career batting average, he has a career slugging percentage of .425 and a career OPS of .742.

Young will likely be patrolling one of the corner outfield spots, while Paul Revere will handle center field. If that is indeed the case, it will leave John Mayberry, Jr. and Dom Brown sharing a platoon at the other corner outfield spot, with Laynce Nix on the bench, while Darin Ruf will be playing in Triple-A Lehigh Valley for more seasoning.

Welcome to the team, Young. Hope you and your bat will help the team during the upcoming season.

The Phils have signed right-handed pitchers Aaron Cook and Juan Cruz to minor league deals, invited to spring training.

Philadelphia_PhilliesYesterday, the Phils had announced that, along with Rodrigo Lopez, they have signed right-handed pitchers Aaron Cook and Juan Cruz to minor league deals and have given them invitations to spring training, as they continue to add depth to their pitching staff.

Aaron Cook, who had spent part of 2012 pitching for the Boston Red Sox, compiling a record of 4-11 with a 5.65 ERA and a WHIP of 1.47 in 18 starts, in which he pitched in 94 innings, allowing 117 hits and 68 runs, 59 of which were earned, as he struck out 20 batters, while walking 21. Before joining the Red Sex, he had spent 10 years playing for the Colorado Rockies, compiling a career record of 76-79 with an ERA of 4.60 and a WHIP of 1.47, as he pitched in 256 games, 224 of which were starts, as he threw a total of 1406 and a third innings, giving up 1636 hits and 776 runs, of which 716 were earned, as he struck out 578 batters, while allowing 126 free passes.

Juan Cruz, who in 12 seasons have pitched in relief for the Chicago Cubs, the Atlanta Braves, the Oakland Athletics, the Arizona Diamondbacks, the Kansas City Royals, and the Tampa Bay Rays, spent 2012 pitching for the Pittsburgh Pirates, appearing in 43 games, going 1-1 with three saves in four save opportunities, as he compiled an ERA of 2.78 and a WHIP of 1.63, as he allowed 39 hits and 12 runs, all but one of which were earned, while he struck out 33 batters, while walking only 19. Cruz would compile a career record of 38-36, along with 6 saves in nineteen save opportunities, as he pitched in 447 games, all but 38 of which were in relief, as he appeared in 655 total innings, compiling an ERA of 4.05 and a WHIP of 1.41, as he gave up 576 hits, as 332 runners scored, 295 of which were earned, as he struck out 659 batters, while walking 346.

Both pitchers will more than likely end up pitching for the Phils’ triple-A ballclub, the Iron Pigs, unless somebody on the staff gets hurt during the season.

The Phils are unable to overcome a five-run first as they drop one to the Pirates, 5-4.

The Phils are unable to overcome a five-run first inning as they end up splitting the series with the Pirates, losing 5-4.

The Pirates took the lead in the first as, with runners on the corners, and with one man out, Garrett Jones hits an RBI single, knocking in Drew Sutton, who had started the game off with a single, moved up to second base on Neil Walker’s walk, then went to third on Andrew McCuthen’s fly out to right, giving the Pirates a 1-0 lead, while sending Walker, who had earlier walked, up to second base. The Pirates then took a 4-0 lead as Casey McGehee hits a three-run home run, his fifth home run of the year, knocking in both Walker and Sutton. The Pirates then made it a 5-o lead as Pedro Alvarez followed with a solo home run, his fourteenth home run of the season. Phils’ starter Kyle Kendrick would then settle down, and keep the Pirates off the scoreboard for the next six and two-thirds innings, while the Phils tried to chip away at the Pirates’ lead. The Phils made it a 5-2 Pirates’ lead in the second as, with one man on, and with two men out, Erik Kratz hits a two-run home run, his second home run of the season, knocking in Ty Wigginton, who had earlier singled. The Phils then cut the Pirates’ lead down to 5-3 in the sixth as, with runners on the corners, and with one man out, Placido Polanco hits into an RBI force out, 5-4, scoring Shane Victorino, who had earlier singled, then went to third base on Hunter Pence’s single, as Pence, who had just singled, is forced out at second base for the inning’s second out. The Phils then made it a 5-4 Pirates’ lead in the eighth as Pence hits a lead-off home run, his fourteenth home run of the season. That would end up being the final score as Joel Hanrahan collected his twentieth save of the season by pitching a scoreless ninth.

Kyle Kendrick (2-8, 5.35) took the lost as he pitched seven innings, giving up five runs on six hits and three walks, while striking out six. Brian Sanches and Jeremy Horst combined for two scoreless innings, giving up a hit (Sanches) and three walks (Sanches (1), Horst (2)) between them, while striking out two batters (one batter each). A.J. Burnett (9-2, 3.31) got the win as he pitched six and two-thirds innings, giving up three runs on six hits and two walks, while striking out seven. Juan Cruz collected his thirteenth hold of the season as he threw a third of an inning, walking a batter. Jason Grilli received his eighteenth hold of the year as he pitched an inning, giving up a run on two hits, striking out two batters. Joel Hanrahan recorded his twentieth save of the year as he pitched a scoreless ninth, giving up a hit, while striking out a batter.

The Phils had nine hits in the game, with Shane Victorino (Singles) and Hunter Pence (Single, Home Run, RBI) leading the ballclub with two hits each. Jimmy Rollins (Single), Juan Pierre (Single), Ty Wigginton (Single), Mike Fontenot (Single) and Erik Kratz (Home Run, 2 RBIs) had the other nine hits, as the offense was unable to get the key hit to either tie or win the game. The Phils also had three walks and two stolen bases (Pierre (18), Rollins (13)) in the game.

The Phils (36-42, 5th) will go on the road to start a series with the Marlins (35-40, 4th), starting with a night game tonight. The game will be played at Marlins Park and will start at 7:10 pm EDT. The Phils will send to the mound Cliff Lee (0-4, 3.72), who is coming off a lost against the Rays on June 24, as he went seven innings, giving up five runs on six hits and three walks, while striking out nine, in the Phils’ 7-3 lost. Lee will be out to finally end his long winless streak. The Marlins will counter with Josh Johnson (4-5, 3.96), who is coming off a no-decision against the Blue Jays on June 23, where he went seven innings, giving up a run on two hits and two walks, while striking out seven, in the Marlins’ 7-1 lost. He’s be trying to even up his record. The Phils will be out to win their first game since Chase Utley’s return to the line-up.

The Phils increase their winning streak to two games as they hold on in a close game to defeat the Pirates, 5-4.

The Phils hold on to win a close game with the Pirates as they increase their winning streak to two game, winning 5-4.

The Pirates tried to take the lead in the first as, with runners on second and third, and with one man out, Vance Worley, after catching Garrett Jones’ grounder back to the mound, threw the ball home for a fielder’s choice out, as Jose Tabata, who had started the game by being hit by a pitch, then moved up to second base on Neil Walker’s walk, before going to third on Andrew McCutchen’s ground out, 6-3, is tagged out by Carlos Ruiz for the inning’s second out, while Walker, who had earlier walked, and went to second base on McCutchen’s ground out, would move up to third, while Jones would be safe at first on the play. Worley then got out of trouble by getting Casey McGehee to hit into a force out, 6-4, wiping out Jones at first base. The Phils then took the lead in their half of the first as, with a man on third, and with two men out, Ruiz hits an RBI single, scoring Hunter Pence, who had just tripled, giving the Phils a 1-0 lead. The Pirates would tie the game up at one-all in the second as, with a man on third, and with one man out, Michael McKenry hits a sacrifice fly, knocking in Pedro Alvarez, who had started the inning off with a double, then moved up to third on Clint Barmes’ ground out, 6-3. The Phils retook the lead in their half of the second as, with two men on, and with two men out, Placido Polanco hits an RBI single, knocking in Mike Fontenot, who had earlier singled, then moved up to second base on Worley’s sacrifice bunt, 1-4, giving the Phils a 2-1 lead, before Jimmy Rollins, who had just walked, is thrown out trying to go to third base, 7-5-3, for the inning’s final out. The Phils added to their lead in the third as, with one man on, and with two men out, Ty Wigginton hits a two-run home run, his eighth home run of the season, knocking in Ruiz, who had earlier singled, giving the Phils a 4-1 lead. The Pirates would get a run back in the sixth as, with a man on third, and with two men out, McGehee hits an RBI single, knocking in McCutchen, who had earlier doubled, then moved up to third on Jones’ ground out, 3-unassisted, making it a 4-2 Phils’ lead. The Pirates then cut the Phils’ lead down to 4-3 in the seventh as, with two men on, and with nobody out, pinch hitter Drew Sutton hits an RBI double, knocking in Barmes, who had started the inning off with a walk, then stopped at second base on McKenry’s single, while McKenry, who had just singled, would stop at third base. After Michael Schwimer replaces Worley on the mound, the Phils would get out of further trouble as Tabata grounds out to the pitcher,  1-3, after Schwimer looks McKenry back to third, for the inning’s first out, then Walker flies out to left for the inning’s second out, before John Mayberry, Jr. throws a strike to home plate, as McKenry tries to score on the fly out, but is tagged out by Ruiz for the inning’s third out on a fly out-doubleplay, keeping the score 4-3 Phils. The Phils added to their lead in the eighth as Ruiz hits a lead-off home run, his tenth home run of the season, a career high, as he gives the Phils a 5-3 lead. The Pirates would get a run back in the ninth as, with one man out, McHenry hits a solo home run, his fourth home run of the year, making it a 5-4 Phils’ lead. But that would be the final score as Jonathan Papelbon would record his eighteenth save of the season by getting out the next two batter, as he got Tabata to end the game by striking out, swinging.

Vance Worley (4-4, 2.92) gets the win as he pitched six inning, plus three batters, as he gives up three runs on six hits and two walks, while striking out five. Michael Schwimer collected his first hold of the season as he pitched a scoreless inning, getting out the two men that he would face, thanks to a fly out-doubleplay. Antonio Bastardo collected his fifteenth hold of the season as he threw a scoreless inning, giving up a hit, while striking out a batter. Jonathan Papelbon received his eighteen save of the season as he pitched an inning, giving up a run on a hit, while striking out two. Erik Bedard (4-8, 4.27) took the lost as he went six innings, giving up four runs on eight hits and two walks, while striking out three. Juan Cruz pitched an inning, plus three batters, giving up a run on two hits and a walk, while striking out a batter. Tony Watson pitched an inning, getting out all three men whom he would face, striking out one.

The Phils had ten hits in the game, with Carlos Ruiz (2 Singles, Home Run, 2 RBIs) leading the team with three hits, followed by Placido Polanco (Singles, RBI) and Ty Wigginton (Single, Home Run, 2 RBIs) with two hits apiece. Hunter Pence (Triple), Shane Victorino (Single) and Mike Fontenot (Single) had the other three Phils’ hits. The Phils also had three walks and a stolen base (Victorino (18)) in the ballgame.

The Phils (36-40, 4th East) will continue their series with the Pirates (38-35, 3rd Central) with a night game tonight. The game will be played at Citizens Bank Park and is to start at 7:05 pm. The Phils will send to the mound Raul Valdes (2-0, 1.84) who will be making a spot start, as the Phils plan to use the bullpen tonight. Valdes last pitched on June 23, throwing two innings in relief against the Rays, giving up no runs on a hit, while striking out four. Valdes hopes to keep the Phils in the game. The Pirates will counter with James McDonald (6-3, 2.19), who is coming off a complete game win against the Twins on June 21, as he gave up a run on six hits, while striking out five, in the Pirates’ 9-1 blow out. He will be trying to stop the Pirates’ present losing streak. The Phils will be going for the series win, while hoping that Chase Utley will be ready to go both on the field and at the plate.

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