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The Phils outlast the Braves in their second straight pitchers’ duel, as the pitching staff blank Atlanta, 1-0.

Philadelphia_PhilliesThe Phils outlasted the Braves in the two team’s second straight pitchers’ duel, as they defeat Atlanta, 1-0.

The Phils and the Braves would be unable to score for the first seven innings, as both starters would pitch well, with Phils’ starter A.J. Burnett staying out of trouble, as he gave up just three hits, all singles, and two walks, while Braves’ starter Alex Wood, who gave up six hits, would be helped by three doubleplays. The Braves tried to start a rally against Phils’ reliever Antonio Bastardo in the top of the eighth as Gerald Laird led off the inning with a double. But Bastardo would get out of the inning by first getting Wood to strike out, swinging, for the inning’s first out, then getting Jason Heywood to lined out to right for the inning’s second out, and then ending the inning by getting B.J. Upton to pop up to short for the final out. The Phils then started their own rally in their half of the eighth as Dom Brown led the inning off with a single, before moving up to second base on Wil Nieves’ sacrifice bunt, 3-4, for the inning’s first out. Two batters later, after Jayson Nix strikes out, swinging, for the inning’s second out, and pinch-hitter Ryan Howard walks, to put runners on second and first, with two men out, Ben Revere hits an RBI single, knocking in Brown, giving the Phils a 1-0 lead, while sending pinch-runner Cody Asche, who was pinch-running for Howard, up to second base. That would end up being the final score as Jonathan Papelbon would come in and record his fourth save of the year, as he pitched a 1-2-3 ninth, getting Chris Johnson to strike out, swinging, for the game’s final out.

A.J. Burnett received a no-decision as he went seven scoreless innings, giving up three hits and two walks, while striking out five. Antonio Bastardo (2-1, 4.32) got the win as he threw a scoreless inning, giving up a hit, while striking out a batter. Jonathan Papelbon collected his fourth save of the season as he pitched a 1-2-3 inning, striking out two. Alex Wood (2-2, 1.67) took the lost as he pitched eight innings, giving up a run on eight hits and a walk, while striking out seven.

The Phils had eight hits in the game, all singles, with Ben Revere (RBI) leading the team with three hits, followed by Chase Utley with two. Marlon Byrd, Dom Brown and A.J. Burnett had the other three Phils’ hits. The Phils also had a walk (pinch-hitter Ryan Howard) and a sacrifice bunt (Wil Nieves) in the game, while they had a runner picked off/caught stealing (Revere), as the defense performed a doubleplay.

The Phils (7-8, 4th East) will go on the road to start a three-games series with the Rockies (7-9, 4th West) tomorrow night. The game will be played at Coors Field, and is to start at 8:40 pm EDT (6:40 pm MDT). The Phils will send to the mound Jonathan Pettibone (0-0, 1.80), who is coming off a good start against the Marlins on April 12, as he threw five innings, giving up two runs, only one of which was earned, on eight hits and a walk, while he struck out five, in the Phils’ 5-4 extra-innings walk-off win. He will be trying for his first win of 2014. The Rockies will send to the mound Tyler Chatwood (0-0, 6.00), as he is coming off a no-decision against the Giants on April 13, as he pitched six innings, giving up four runs on six hits, while he struck out five, in the Rockies’ 5-4 extra-innings’  lost. The Phils will be trying to start off their road trip on a good note.

The Phils end up on the wrong side of a complete game pitchers’ duel as they lose to the Braves, 1-0.

Philadelphia_PhilliesThe Phils are shutout in an old-fashioned pitchers’ duel, as they drop their second straight game to the Braves, 1-0.

The Braves took the lead in the top of the fourth as, with nobody out, Evan Gattis hits a lead-off home run, his fourth home run of the season, and his third in two games, giving the Braves a 1-0 lead. That would end up being the final score as Phils’ starter Cliff Lee and Braves’ starter Julio Teheran would both throw complete games, with Lee constantly pitching his way out of trouble, as he gave up eleven hits, while striking out thirteen Braves, but ended up being outpitched by Teheran, who gave up only three hits to the Phils, a lead-off single in the bottom of the fifth, breaking up Teheran’s no-hit bid, a two-out single by Carlos Ruiz in the bottom of the eighth, and a two-out single by Jimmy Rollins in the bottom of the ninth, who then stole second base, to put himself into scoring position. But Teheran would then end the threat, and the game, by getting Chase Utley to ground out, 4-3, for the game’s final out.

Cliff Lee (2-2, 4.00) took the lost as he pitched nine innings, giving up a run on eleven hits and a walk, as he struck out thirteen Braves. Julio Teheran (2-1, 1.93) got the win as he also pitched nine innings, giving up just three hits, while striking out four.

The Phils had only three hits in the game, all singles, by Ryan Howard, Carlos Ruiz and Jimmy Rollins. They also had a stolen base (Rollins (3)) in the ballgame, while the defense performed a doubleplay.

The Phils (6-8, 4th) conclude their series with the Braves (10-4, 1st) with an afternoon game, already in progress.

Kyle Kendrick and the bullpen combine for a five-hit shut out as the Phils beat the fish, 1-0.

A combine five-hit shutout by Kyle Kendrick and the bullpen allow the Phils to take the series from the fish as they defeat the Marlins, 1-0.

The Phils took a 1-0 lead in the first as Jimmy Rollins hits the second pitch of the game into the right field seats, his fourteenth home run of the season. That would be more than enough as Kyle Kendrick would throw seven shutout innings, giving up five scattered hits, while he struck out six, soon followed by Josh Lindblom, who pitched a 1-2-3 eighth, before handing the ball over to closer Jonathan Papelbon who would collect his twenty-sixth save of the season by throwing a scoreless ninth.

Kyle Kendrick (5-9, 4.53) got the win as he threw seven shutout innings, giving up five hits, while striking out six. Josh Lindblom collected his eighteenth hold of the year as he threw a 1-2-3 inning, striking out a batter. Jonathan Papelbon received his twenty-sixth save of the year as he threw a scoreless ninth, giving up a walk, while striking out a batter. Josh Johnson (7-9, 3.73) took the lost as he threw eight innings, giving up a run on three hits and a walk, while striking out seven. Mike Dunn pitched two-thirds of an inning, giving up a hit, while striking out a batter. Steve Cishek pitched a third of an inning, striking out a batter.

The Phils had four hits in the game, a home run by Jimmy Rollins, knocking in the game’s only RBI, a single by Chase Utley, a single by Dom Brown and a double by Brian Schneider. The Phils also had a walk in the game.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Spring Training: The Phils lose 1-0 to the Orioles on a solo home run.

The Phils’ spring training record even up at four-four as they lose 1-0 to the Orioles on a solo home run.

In the fourth, Chris Davis breaks up a 0-0 tie with a lead-off solo home run, his first home run of the spring, giving the Orioles a 1-0 lead. That would end up being the only score as neither team would be able to mount up much of an offense.

Joe Blanton received a no-decision as he pitched three strong innings, giving up four hits and a walk, while striking out three. Scott Elarton (0-1, 1.50) took the lost as he pitched four innings, giving up a run on a hit, while striking out four. Raul Valdes and Joe Savery combined for two 1-2-3 innings, striking out two batters (Valdes) between them. Brian Matusz (1-1, 4.50) got the win as he pitched four scoreless innings, giving up three hits, while striking out four. Alfredo Simon picked up his first hold of the spring as he pitched three scoreless innings, giving up two hits, while he struck out three. Oscar Villarreal also picked up his first hold of the spring as he pitched a 1-2-3 inning, striking out a batter. Miguel Socolovich picked up his first save of the spring as he pitched a scoreless inning, giving up a hit, while striking out one.

The Phils had six hits in the game, with Tuffy Gosewisch (Single, Double), leading the team with two hits. Jimmy Rollins (Single), Placido Polanco (Single), Shane Victorino (Double) and Laynce Nix (Single) had the other four Phils’ hits, as the team was unable to mustard up an offense. The Phils also had a stolen base (Scott Podsednik) in the game.

The Phils (4-4) next grapefruit league game will be a pair of split squad games, one against the Tigers at Bright House Field in Clearwater, and the other against the Yankees at George M. Steinbrenner Field in Tampa, Florida. Both games will start at 1:05 pm EDT.

2011 National League Divisional Series, Game #5: The Phils are once again knocked out of the playoffs, as they lose a 1-0 duel with the Cards.

The Phils are knocked out of the playoff, as they are three-hit by Cards’ ace Chris Carpenter, losing a 1-0 pitchers’ duel.

The Cards took a 1-0 lead in the first as, with a runner on third, and with nobody out, Skip Schumaker hits an RBI double, knocking in Rafael Furcal, who had started the game off with a triple. That would turn out to be the game’s only run, as Phils’ starter Roy Halladay would pitch his way out of a bases loaded jam later that inning, followed by a second bases loaded jam in the eighth, while Chris Carpenter almost went through the Phils’ line-up with little trouble, only getting into trouble in the fourth, before ending the game by getting Ryan Howard to ground out, 4-3, as he fell down in the baseline as he tore his achilles tendon on his left ankle trying to bust down the line.

Chris Carpenter (1-0, 3.00) gets the win as he pitched a complete game shutout, giving up just three hits, while striking out three. Roy Halladay (1-1, 2.25) took the lost as he went eight innings, giving up a run on six hits and a walk, while striking out seven. Ryan Madson pitched a 1-2-3 inning, striking out two.

The Phils had only three hits in the game, with Shane Victorino leading the team with two hits, a single and a double, while Chase Utley had the other Phil hit, a single, as the offense once again became a non-entity during a series, as the team gets knocked out early by the much more effective Cards.

With the lost, the Phils are now back to square one, while they might be facing 2012 with the lost of several players through free agency (Ryan Madson, Jimmy Rollins, Raul Ibanez) while looking at the prospect of having no Ryan Howard during all of 2012 because of his achillies tendon injury. This is not going to be a fun fall and winter. GRRRRRR!!!!

2011 National League Divisional Series, Game #4: The Phils are unable to clinch in St. Louis as they lose to the Cards, 5-3.

The Phils once again allow an early lead to slip away as they lose to the Cards, 5-3, forcing a game 7 in Philadelphia.

The Phils took the lead in the first as, with one man on, and with nobody out, Chase Utley hits an RBI triple, scoring Jimmy Rollins, who had started the game off with a ground-rule double, giving the Phils a 1-0 lead. The Phils then took a 2-0 lead as Hunter Pence hits an RBI single, knocking in Utley. The Phils then ran themselves out of a big inning as Ryan Howard struck out, looking, on a 3-2 slider, before Pence is thrown out trying to steal second base by Yadier Molina, although replays would show that he was actually safe. The Cards then got a run back in their half of the first as, with one man on, and with two men out, Lance Berkman hits an RBI double, knocking in Skip Schumaker, who had earlier singled, on a ball that had hit the wall, and was well played by center fielder Shane Victorino, who then, as he was getting ready to throw it in, slipped and lost control of the baseball, which then headed back towards the wall, which allowed Schumaker to score, making it a 2-1 Phils’ lead, while allowing Berkman to reach third base on Victorino’s throwing error. The Cards took the lead in the fourth as, with runners on the corners, and with one man out, David Freese hits a two-run double, knocking in Matt Holliday, who had walked, moved up to second base when Berkman was hit by a pitch, then went to third on Molina’s line out to right, and Berkman, who had earlier been hit by a pitch from Roy Oswalt, giving the Cards a 3-2 lead. The Cards then took a 5-2 lead in the sixth as, with one man on, and with two men out, Freese hits a two-run home run, his first home run of the series, knocking in Holliday, who had earlier singled. The Phils got a run back in the eighth as, with runners on the corners, and with one man out, Michael Martinez, who was pinch running for pinch hitter Ross Gload, who had gotten on base with a single, before going to third on Utley’s single, would score on Fernando Salas’ wild pitch, making it a 5-3 Cards’ lead, while sending Utley, who had just singled, up to second base. But that would be the ballgame as Jason Motte would collect his second save of the series as he pitched a 1-2-3 ninth.

Roy Oswalt (0-1, 7.50) took the lost as went six innings, giving up five runs on six hits and a walk, while striking out five. Joe Blanton and Brad Lidge combined for two 1-2-3 innings, striking out a batter (Lidge) between them. Edwin Jackson (1-0, 3.00) got the win as he pitched six inning, giving up two runs on five hits and a walk, while striking out four. Arthur Rhodes collected his second hold of the series as he pitched a third of an inning, striking out the only man that he would face. Octavio Dotel collected his first hold of the series as he pitched two-thirds of an inning, getting out both men that he would face. Fernando Salas collected his first hold of the series as he pitched two-thirds of an inning, giving up a run on two hits and a wild pitch. Marc Rzepcynski received his second hold of the series, as he pitched a third of an inning, getting out the only man that he would face. Jason Motte recorded his second save of the series as he pitched a 1-2-3 ninth, striking out a batter.

The Phils had five hits in the ballgame, with Jimmy Rollins (Single, Double) and Chase Utley (Single, Triple, RBI), both leading the team with twe hits each. Hunter Pence (RBI), Placido Polanco and pinch hitter Ross Gload had the other three Phils’ hits, all singles, as the offense continue to tail off after the first three batters, especially Ryan Howard, who, in a post-game interview, admitted he is being a bit antsy at the plate. The final Phil run came in on a wild pitch.

The Phils and Cards will play the fifth and deciding game of the series on Friday night in Philadelphia. The game will be played at Citizens Bank Park and will start at 8:37 pm EDT. The Phils will send to the mound their ace Roy Halladay (1-0, 3.38), who is coming off a win in the first game of the series on October 1, as he went eight innings, giving up three runs on three hits and a walk, while striking out eight, in the Phils’ 11-6 rout. Halladay will be trying to continue his post-season dominance, while trying to give the Phils the best chance to clinch at home. The Cards will counter with Chris Carpenter (0-0, 12.00), who is coming off a no-decision in the second game of the series on October 2, as he pitched only three innings, giving up four runs on five hits and three walks, while striking out only two, in the Cards’ 5-4 win. He will be trying to improve on his previous start. The Phils are expecting a strong performance from Doc Halladay, while seeing if they can not only jump on Carpenter, but this time pour it on like they did in game one of the series, to avoid another disappointing post-season.

33 games in 31 days: Game #17: The Phils clinch a playoff spot as their ace, Roy Halladay, throws a complete game shutout, as the Phils win, 1-0

Roy Halladay throws a complete game shutout at the Astros as the Phils clinched their fifth straight playoff spot, as the Phils win 1-0.

The Phils took the lead in the first as, with one man on, and with nobody out, Placido Polanco hits an RBI single, knocking in Shane Victorino, who had earlier doubled, giving the Phils a 1-0 lead, before moving up to second base on the late throw to the plate. The Astros tried to tie the game up in the second as they loaded up the bases, via a fielding error by third baseman Polanco, allowing Carlos Lee to reach first base, a single by Brian Bogusevic, sending Lee up to second base, and a bunt single by Jimmy Paredes, moving both runners up a base, and with nobody out, before Phils’ starter Roy Halladay pitched himself out of the jam. First, he got Jose Altuve to hit into a force out, 5-2, as Polanco threw home, forcing out Lee, as Carlos Ruiz touched home plate for the inning’s first out, while Bogusevic and Paredes would both move up a base while Altuve would be safe at first. Then, he got Humberto Quintero to hit into a 5-4-3 doubleplay, as Altuve is wiped out at second base, ending the inning. The Phils tried to add to their lead in the sixth as they loaded up the bases, with Halladay starting the inning off with a single, Victorino following with a walk, sending Halladay up to second base, Polanco then bunting into a force out, 1-5, as Astros’ starter Bud Norris made a good play on the ball before throwing it to third, beating Halladay to the bag, while Victorino moved up to second base, and then a single by Hunter Pence, moving up both runners. But Norris would deny the Phils by first striking out Ryan Howard, swinging, on three pitches, and then getting Raul Ibanez to fly out to center field for the final out. The Phils’ one run would then end up being all that they would need as Halladay kept the Astros under control, pitching a 1-2-3 ninth inning to get the win, as the Phils clinch a playoff spot for the fifth year in a row.

Roy Halladay (18-5, 2.34) gets the win as he pitched a complete game shutout, his first for the season, as he gave up six hits and a walk, while striking out seven. Bud Norris (6-10, 3.68) took the lost as he went seven innings, giving up a run on four hits. Wilton Lopez and Wesley Wright would combine for two scoreless innings, striking out four batters (two each) between them.

The Phils had just four hits in the ballgame, a double by Shane Victorino, a single by Placido Polanco, knocking in a run, a single by Hunter Pence and a single by Roy Halladay, as the Phils were put to sleep during the series. Hopefully they’ll wake up during tomorrow’s doubleheader.

The Phils (95-51, 1st) will now return home and will play a make-up doubleheader with the Marlins (67-81, 5th), with the first game starting tomorrow afternoon. The game will be played at Citizens Bank Park and will start at 2:35 pm EDT. The Phils will send to the mound Kyle Kendrick (7-6, 3.29), who is coming off a lost to the Mets on August 24, as he went only four innings, giving up six runs, only two of which were earned, on seven hits and a walk, while striking out a batter, in the Phils’ 7-4 lost. He will be trying to help lower the Phils’ magic number for winning the East. The Marlins will counter with Anibal Sanchez (8-7, 3.64), who is coming off a win against the Pirates on September 10, as he pitched a complete game shutout, giving up just one hit and three walks, while striking out eleven, in the Marlins’ 3-0 win. He will be trying to delay the Phils’ clinching of the East. The Phils will be out to take out their frustrations in Houston out on Sanchez and the Marlins.

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