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The Phils’ bullpen allow in five runs in the last two innings, as the Phils end up losing again to the Brewers, 9-4.

Philadelphia_PhilliesThe Phils drop their third straight game as the bullpen allow five runs to score in the last two innings, as the Phils lose to the Brewers, 9-4.

The Brewers took the lead in the top of the first as, with two men on, and with one man out, Aramis Ramirez hits an RBI single, knocking in Jean Segura, who had earlier singled, then stole second base, giving the Brewers a 1-0 lead, while sending Ryan Braun, who had just walked, up to second base. The Brewers then took a 2-0 lead one batter later as, with two men on, and with still one man out, Braun would score on shortstop Jimmy Rollins’ fielding error of Jonathan Lucroy’s grounder, allowing Lucroy to reach base, while Ramirez would stop at second base. The Phils got a run back in their half of the first as, with runners on second and third, and with one man out, Rollins, who was safe at first on a force out, 1-5, as Ben Revere, who had started the inning off with a single, is tagged out at second base by shortstop Segura, after originally being called safe by the second base umpire as pitcher Matt Garza’s throw to second base took Segura off of the bag, as the play is overturned via instant replay as Brewers’ manager Ron Roenicke came out of the dugout to dispute the call, then stopped at third base on Carlos Ruiz’s double, goes home on a balk committed by Garza, while Ruiz, who had just doubled, would move up to third base on the balk. Two batters later, after Ryan Howard has walked, putting runners on the corners, with still one man out, the Phils will tied the game up at two-all as Ruiz scores on second baseman Scooter Gennett’s force attempt throwing error of Marlon Byrd’s grounder, allowing Howard to be safe at second base, before going on to third base, and Byrd to go on to second base. The Phils then took the lead as Don Brown hits an RBI ground out, 4-3, scoring Howard, giving the Phils a 3-2 lead, while sending Byrd on to third base. The Brewers would retie the game at three-all in the top of the second as, with a runner on second, and with two men out, Segura hits an RBI double, knocking in Carlos Gomez, who had just doubled. The Brewers would retake the lead in the top of the fourth as, with two men out, Gomez hits a solo home run, his third home run of the season, giving the Brewers a 4-3 lead. The Phils would retie the game at four-all in the bottom of the fifth as, with a runner on third, and with one man out, Byrd hits an RBI single, knocking in Ruiz, who had started the inning off with a double, his second of the game, then moved up to third on Garza’s wild pitch. The Brewers would retake the lead for good in the top of the eighth as, with a runner on third, and with one man out, Mark Reynolds, who had started the inning off with a walk, stole second base, then moved up to third on Gennett’s sacrifice bunt, 2-4, would score on Howard’s fielding error of Logan Schafer’s grounder, giving the Brewers a 5-4 lead, while Schafer, who had reached base on Howard’s error, would continue to second base. Three batters later, the Brewers would take a 7-4 lead as, with two men on, as Segura is hit by the pitch, and with two men out, Braun hits a two-run double, knocking in both Schafer and Segura. The Brewers then made it a 9-4 lead in the top of the ninth as, with one man on, and with one man out, Reynolds hits a two-run home run, his second home run of the season, knocking in Lucroy, who had started the inning off with a single. That would end up being the final score as Jim Henderson pitched a scoreless ninth, getting Ruiz to strike out, swinging, to end the game.

Roberto Gonzalez received a no-decision as he pitched five innings, giving up four runs, only three of which were earned, on seven hits, a walk and two wild pitches, while he struck out nine. Jeff Manship and Jake Diekman combined for two scoreless innings, giving up two hits (one hit each) between them, while striking out four (Manship (1), Diekman (3)). Antonio Bastardo (0-1, 2.08) took the lost as he pitched an inning, giving up three runs, only one of which was earned, on a hit, a walk and a hit batter. Justin De Fratus pitched an inning, giving up two runs on two hits. Matt Garza also received a no-decision as he went six innings, giving up four runs, only three of which were earned, on eight hits, two walks, a balk and a wild pitch, while striking out four. Tyler Thornburg (2-0, 1.50) got the win as he threw two 1-2-3 innings, striking out two. Jim Henderson pitched a scoreless inning, as he gave up a hit and a walk, while striking out a batter.

The Phils had nine hits in the game, with Ben Revere (Singles) and Carlos Ruiz (Doubles) both leading the team with two hits. Marlon Byrd (Single, 2 RBIs), Dom Brown (Double, RBI), Jayson Nix (Single), pinch-hitter Tony Gwynn, Jr. (Single) and Cody Asche (Double), had the other five Phils’ hits, while the final Phil run came in on a balk. The Phils also had three walks (Revere, Jimmy Rollins, Ryan Howard) in the game, while the defense committed two errors (Rollins, Howard).

The Phils (3-5, T-4th East) will conclude their series with the Brewers (6-2, 1st Central) with a night game tonight. The game will be played at Citizens Bank Park and is to start at 7:05 pm EDT. The Phils will send to the mound Cliff Lee (2-0 , 6.00) who is coming off a win against the Cubs on April 5, as he threw seven shutout innings, as he gave up ten hits, while striking out six, in the Phils’ 2-0 win. He’ll be going for his third straight win, while trying to put a stop to the Phils’ present losing streak. The Brewers will counter with Marco Estrado (0-0, 1.59), who is coming off a no-decision against the Red Sox on April 4, as he pitched five and two-thirds innings, giving up two runs, one of which was earned, on three hits and three walks, while striking out six, in the Brewers’ 6-2 win. He will be trying for his first win, while trying to lead the Brew Crew to a series sweep. The Phils will be trying to end their losing streak.

Moves the Phils have made during the past off-season…

Philadelphia_PhilliesAs the Phils’ 2013 season wounded down, with the club wounding up in fourth place in the five-team NL East with a 73-89, .451 record, 23 games behind the first-place Atlanta Braves, the Phils first post-season move was to make interim manager, Hall of Famer Ryan Sandberg, the team’s 52nd manager, by signing him to a three-year contract on September 22, 2013. The Phils’ next move was to announce on September 30 that Rich Dubee was not returning as the team’s pitching coach, ending a nine season relationship with the Phils, as the team started to look for a new pitching coach. On that same day, they announced that they were promoting from the team’s Minor League system, Paul Fournier, as the team’s new strength and conditioning coach, replacing Doug Lien, who had held that position for the previous six seasons, as the club hopes to improve the team’s overall health.

The Phils next move was to make a shake-up in their 40 men roster as they outrighted infielders Michael Martinez and Pete Orr, right-handed pitcher Zach Miner and lefthander Mauricio Robles on October 3, while, on that same day, the Indians picked up right-hander Tyler Cloyd off of the waiver-wire, while the Astros picked up leftie Raul Valdes, opening up six spots on the roster.

Two days later, on October 5, the Phils announced that they would not be renewing the contract of bullpen catcher, Mick Billmeyer, who had been with the club since 2004, first as the catching instructor, then as the bullpen coach in 2009, before becoming the bullpen catcher in 2012. The next Phils move came from out of the blue as, on October 8, former Phils’ player and one time Phils’ manager, and fan favorite, Larry Bowa, rejoined the team as the new bench coach, while another ex-Phil, Pete Mackanin, would join the team as the new third base coach. The Phils also announced that Steve Henderson would remain as the team’s hitting coach while Wally Joyner would leave as the team’s assistant hitting coach, later being hired by the Detroit Tigers as their new hitting coach, while John Mizerock would later become the new assistant hitting coach and Jesus Tiamo would become the new catcher coach, as Juan Samuel would stay on as the team’s first base coach, while Rod Nichols would remain the bullpen coach.

The next move occurred on October 17 as John Lannan decided to become a free agent after he had been outrighted by the club, after refusing assignment.

Then on November 5, the Phils announced that they were hiring Scott Freedman to help the ballclub better understand the use of analytics in the evaluation of players. Seven days later, on November 12, the Phils announced their first free agent signing, as they signed right fielder Marlon Byrd to a two-year contract worth $16 million dollars. Byrd, who is a right-handed batter, and an ex-Phil, has played in the majors from 2002, having played for the Phils (2002-05), the Nats (2005-06), the Rangers (2007-09), the Cubs (2010-12), the Red Sox (2012), the Mets (2013) and the Pirates (2013), appearing in 1250 games, hitting .280 (1222 for 4367), knocking in 533 RBIs as he scored 600 times. Among his 1222 hits were 252 doubles, 32 triples and 106 HRs, while he has also walked 307 times. The Phils plan to use him in the line-up behind Chase Utley and Ryan Howard, the later of whom the team hopes will bounce back from several injuries plagued seasons and regain his form as the team’s RBI and home runs leader. The Phils next announced on November 15 that they have given four players minor league contracts with invites to spring training: right-hander Shawn Camp, left-hander Cesar Jimenez and outfielders Clete Thomas and Leandro Castro.

The Phils then announced on November 18 that they have resigned present catcher Carlos Ruiz to a three-year deal worth $26 million dollars with a team option of $4.5 million or a $500,000 buyout for 2017. The next day, the team announced that they have signed a minor league contract, with a spring training invitation, to infielder Reid Brignac, who would be competing for a utility infielder position with Kevin Frandsen and Freddy Galvis. On November 20, the Phils announced that they were adding four minor league prospects to their 40-man roster to keep them from being picked up by other teams in December’s 5-Rule draft: outfielders Aaron Altheer and Kelly Dugan, catcher Tommy Joseph and left-hander Rob Rasmussen.

The following day, November 22, the Phils signed Bob McClure as their new pitching coach, replacing Dubee. On that same day, they announced that they have signed infielder Andres Blanco to a minor league contract, with an invite to spring training.

On December 4, the Phils made a trade with the Blue Jays, receiving right-handed pitcher Brad Lincoln in exchange for catcher Erik Kratz and minor league pitcher Rasmussen. Lincoln, who has pitched for the Pirates and the Blue Jays (2010-13) has appeared in 97 games, 22 of which was as a starter, for a record of 9-11 with a 4.66 ERA. With one career save in two attempts, he has pitched in 220 games, giving up 228 hits, 123 runs, 114 of which were earned, as he struck out 167 batters while walking only 77. The Phils will likely use him in the bullpen. After the trade, the ballclub would sign catcher Wil Nieves to a one-year deal on December 5, as the team’s back-up catcher. Nieves, who has played for the Padres (2002), the Yankees (2005-2007), the Nats (2008-10), the Brewers (2011), the Diamondbacks (2012), the Rockies (2012-13) and the Diamondbacks again (2013), has appeared in 385 games, hitting .242 (249 for 1029), with 46 doubles, 2 triples and 8 home runs, as he knocked in 103 RBIs while scoring 78 times. He has also walked 59 times. On that same day, the Phils signed right-handed pitcher Jeff Manship to a minor league contract with a spring training invitation.

Then, on December 9, Roy Halladay announced his retirement from baseball, ending a 16-year career with the Blue Jays and the Phils, as he didn’t think he would be able to pitch after his most recent arm injury. Halladay, who said that he had signed a one-day contract with the Blue Jays to end his career as a Jay, and had paid a full page ad in the Philly newspaper thanking the Phils fans for their support during his time as a Phils (2010-13), had appeared in 416 career games, 390 as a starter, with a career record of 203-105, with a 3.38 ERA and a career save, had completed 67 games, 20 for shutouts, as he pitched in 2749.1 total innings, striking out 2117 batters as he walked only 592, as he gave up 2646 hits and 1135 runs, only 1034 of which were earned. He also threw a perfect game and a no-hitter in the post-season, both of which occurred during his first season as a Phil (2010). Thanks for being a member of the Phils, Roy, and being a class act, and wish you luck getting into the Hall.

On December 12, through the Rule 5-draft, the Phils would acquire right-hander Kevin Munson from the Diamondbacks’ Reno club, while they would lose right-hander Seth Rosin to the Mets, who would then trade him to the Dodgers for cash in the major league portion of the draft, and shortstop Jonathan Roof to the Red Sox in the Triple-A part of it, both from their Reading affiliate.

Next, on December 18, the Phils signed a one-year deal with right-hander Roberto Hernandez for $4.5 million dollars, plus performance and award bonuses. Hernandez, who has previous pitched for the Indians (2006-12) and the Blue Jays (2013), has appeared in 216 games, 177 as a starter, with a 59-82 record, with a 4.67 ERA. He will be part of the Phils’ starting rotation, along with Cole Hamels, Cliff Lee, Kyle Kendrick and Jonathan Pettibone.

In January, the Phils made a new TV-deal with Comcast for 25-year, which included broadcasters Chris Wheeler and Gary Matthews not returning to the broadcast booth. On the 14, the Phils had four players file for salary arbitration: outfielders Ben Revere and John Mayberry, Jr. and pitchers Antonio Bastardo and Kendrick. The next day, January 15, the Phils announce that former manger Charlie Manuel would be returning to the team as a consultant to general manager Ruben Amaro, Jr. On the 17, the Phils announced that two of the four arbitration eligible players have signed one-year deals: Mayberry, who had agreed to a 1.587 million dollar deal, while Kendrick had agreed to one worth 7.675 million. The Phils then signed two minor league deals on the 21, one to veteran right-hander Chad Gaudin, and one to former Phil and veteran outfielder Bobby Abreu, with both being given spring training invites. On that same day, the Phils and Bastardo agreed to a one-year contract worth $2 million dollars. Three days later, on the 24, Ben Revere signed a one-year deal with the Phils for $ 1.95 million dollar.

With that, the last bit of news is that the Phils might be replacing Wheeler and Matthews with former Phils Matt Stairs and Jamie Moyer, both of whom have impressed the Phils in their separate interviews to join the broadcast team, and that finally, yesterday, the equipment truck has started heading south for the spring training facilities in Clearwater, Florida from Citizens Bank Park in Philly. It is now six more days before catchers and pitchers are suppose to appear in Clearwater.

Can’t wait for Spring Training to officially start. :-)

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.

Four solo home runs, including two by Dom Brown, powers the Phils to their second straight win, as they defeat the BoSox, 4-3.

Philadelphia_PhilliesLed by two home runs by an emerging Dom Brown, the Phils hits four solo home runs as they hang on to defeat the Red Sox, 4-3.

The Red Sox took the lead in the top of the first as, with a man on third, and with one man out, Dustin Pedroia hits a sacrifice fly to center field, scoring Jacoby Ellsbury, who had started the game off with a triple, giving the Red Sox a 1-0 lead. The Phils tied the game up at one-all in the bottom of the second as Ryan Howard hits a lead-off home run to left, his seventh home run of the season. The Phils took the lead in the bottom of the fourth as, with one man out, Dom Brown hits a solo home run to right, his twelfth home run of the season, giving the Phils a 2-1 lead. The Phils then made it a 3-1 lead as Erik Kratz followed with a solo home run of his own, his sixth home run of the year, giving the Phils a 3-1 lead. The Red Sox got a run back in the top of the sixth as Daniel Nava hits a lead-off home run, his seventh home run of the season, cutting the Phils’ lead down to 3-2. The Phils got that run back in the bottom of the eighth as Brown hits a lead-off home run, his team-leading thirteenth home run of the season, and his fourth home run in three games, giving the Phils a 4-2 lead. The Red Sox got a run back in the top of the ninth as, with two men on, and with two men out, Ellsbury hits an RBI double on a ball that left fielder Brown might have had a better chance catching by staying on his feet, scoring Stephen Drew, who had earlier walked, then moved up to second base on Jonny Gomes’ single, making it a 4-3 Phils’ lead, while Gomes, who had just singled, stopped at third base, thanks to Brown quickly getting back up, retrieving the ball and throwing it to third base. That would end up being the final score as Jonathan Papelbon collected his eleventh save of the year by getting Nava to ground out, three-unassisted, for the game’s final out.

Kyle Kendrick (5-3, 3.27) got the win as he went six innings, giving up two runs on four hits and three walks, while striking out three. Antonio Bastardo received his seventh hold of the season as he pitched a scoreless inning, giving up a hit, while he struck out two. Mike Adams collected his fifth hold of the year as he threw a 1-2-3 inning, also striking out two. Jonathan Papelbon received his eleventh save of the season as he pitched an inning, giving up a run on two hits and a walk, while striking out two. John Lackey (3-5, 2.96) took the lost as he also went six innings, giving up three runs on six hits and three walks, while he struck out five. Andrew Miller pitched two-thirds of an inning, giving up a hit and two walks, as he struck out a batter. Koji Uehara pitched an inning and a third, giving up a run on a hit, while striking out one.

The Phils had eight hits in the game, with Dom Brown (Home Runs, 2 RBIs) leading the team with two hits. Ben Revere (Single), Kevin Frandsen (Single), Ryan Howard (Home Run, RBI), Delmon Young (Single), Erik Kratz (Home Run, RBI) and Kyle Kendrick (Single) had the other six Phils’ hits. The Phils also had five walks (Frandsen, Jimmy Rollins (2), Young, Kratz) and four stolen bases (Brown (3), Frandsen (1), John Mayberry, Jr. (3), Revere (10)) in the ballgame.

The Phils (26-27, 3rd NL East) will conclude their series with the Red Sox (32-22, 1st AL East) with a night game tonight. The game will be played at Citizens Bank Park and it is to start at 7:05 pm EDT. The Phils will send to the mound Jonathan Pettibone (3-0, 3.21) who is coming off a no-decision against the Nationals on May 25, as he pitched six innings, giving up three runs on nine hits and a walk, while he struck out six, in the Phils’ 5-3 win. He is still trying for his fourth win of the season, while trying to see if he’ll be about to keep the Red Sox’s bats under control. The Red Sox plan to counter with Franklin Morales (0-0, 0.0) as he is coming off the disabled list. He will be trying to help the Red Sox split the series. The Phils will be trying to win the home part of their back-to-back series with the Red Sox, while trying to put themselves back at .500.

As Cliff Lee throw eight strong innings, the offense scores enough runs for the Phils to leave Boston with a series split, as they defeat the BoSox, 3-1.

Philadelphia_PhilliesCliff Lee throws eight strong innings as the Phils leave Fenway Park with a split as they defeat the Red Sox, 3-1.

The Phils took the lead in the top of the first as, with one man out, Michael Young hits a solo home run, his second home run of the season, as he snaps an 0-21 hitless streak, giving the Phils a 1-0 lead. The Red Sox tied the game up at one-all in their half of the first as, with a man on second, and with one man out, Dustin Pedroia hits an RBI single, knocking in Jacoby Ellsbury, who had started the inning off with a single, then stole second base. The game would stay tied until the top of the seventh as the Phils played some much-needed small ball as, with a man on second, and with one man out, Erik Kratz hits an RBI single, scoring John Mayberry, Jr., who had started the inning off with a single, then moved up to second base on Freddy Galvis’ sacrifice bunt, 3-4, giving the Phils a 2-1 lead. The Phils then got an insurance run in the top of the ninth as Dom Brown hits a lead-off home run, his eleventh home run of the season, adding to his lead as the team’s home run leader, giving the Phils a 3-1 lead. That would end up being the final score as Jonathan Papelbon would come in and collect his tenth save of the season, as he threw a 1-2-3 ninth inning.

Cliff Lee (6-2, 2.34) got the win as he went eight strong innings, giving up just one run on four scattered hits, as he struck out eight. Jonathan Papelbon received his tenth save of the year as he threw a 1-2-3 inning, striking out a batter. Ryan Dempster (2-6, 4.45) took the lost as he went seven innings, giving up two runs on six hits and three walks, while striking out four. Craig Breslow pitched a 1-2-3 inning, striking out two. Junichi Tazawa pitched an inning, giving up a run on three hits, as he also struck out two.

The Phils had nine hits in the game, with Ben Revere (Singles) and Erik Kratz (Singles, RBI) both leading the club with two hits apiece. Michael Young (Home Run, RBI), Ryan Howard (Single), Delmon Young (Single), Dom Brown (Home Run, RBI) and John Mayberry, Jr. (Single) had the other five Phils’ hits. The Phils also had three walks (Jimmy Rollins, Freddy Galvis, Kratz) and a stolen base (Revere, 9) in the ballgame.

The Phils (25-27, 3rd NL East) will start the home portion of their Interleague Play series with the Red Sox (32-21, 1st AL East), starting with a night game tonight. The game will be played at Citizens Bank Park, and will start at  7:05 pm EDT. The Phils will send to the mound Kyle Kendrick (4-3, 3.29), who is coming off a lost against the Nats on May 24, as he went just five innings, giving up five runs on nine hits and four walks, while striking out just one Nat, in the Phils’ 5-2 lost. Kyle will be trying to end his present two-game losing streak, while trying to give the Phils a chance to win the game against the BoSox. The Red Sox will counter with John Lackey (3-4, 2.72), who is coming off a win against the Indians on May 25, as he pitched seven innings, giving up an unearned run on two hits and three walks, while striking out eight, in the Red Sox’s 8-1 win. He will be going for his third win in a row. The Phils will once again be trying get back to being one game below .500.

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 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 hang on to win a high scoring game with the World Champs as they defeat the Cardinals, 10-9.

The Phils hold on to defeat the World Champs in a high scoring game, as they defeat the Cardinals, 10-9.

The Phils took the lead in the first as, with the bases loaded, via a double by Placido Polanco, a walk by Hunter Pence and Carlos Ruiz being hit by a pitch, moving both Polanco and Pence up a base, and with one man out, Shane Victorino hits into an RBI force out, 3-6, scoring Polanco from third, while wiping out Ruiz at second base for the Phils’ second out of the inning, as he beat out the throw to first, giving the Phils a 1-0 lead, while sending Pence on to third base. The Phils then took a 2-0 lead as Ty Wigginton hits an RBI single, knocking in Pence, while sending Victorino up to second base. Two batters later, after John Mayberry, Jr. walks to reload the bases, moving both runners up a base, the Phils took a 4-0 lead as Freddy Glavis hits a two-run single, knocking in both Victorino and Wigginton, while sending Mayberry over to third base. The Phils then made it a 6-0 lead in the second as, with runners on the corners, and with two men out, Victorino hits a two-run double, knocking in Pence, who was earlier safe at first on a force out, 6-4, wiping out at second base Jimmy Rollins, who had started the inning off with a single, then stopped at third on Ruiz’s single, and Ruiz, who had just singled. The Cards would then start to chip away at the Phils’ lead in the third as, with runners on the corners, and with one man out, Matt Holliday hits an RBI ground out, 6-3, scoring Jake Westbrook, who had started the inning off with a single, then stopped at third base on Skip Schumaker’s double, making it a 6-1 Phils’ lead. The Cards then made it a 6-2 Phils’ lead as Carlos Beltran hits an RBI single, scoring Schumaker, before he would move up to second base on Ruiz’s missed catch error on Victorino’s throw to the plate. David Freese then made it a 6-3 Phils’ lead as he hit an RBI double, scoring Beltran. The Cards then cut the Phils’ lead down to 6-4 as Yadier Molina hits an RBI single, knocking in Freese, before he would go on to second base on the late throw to the plate. The Phils increased their lead in the fifth as, with two men on, and with two men out, Polanco hits an RBI single, scoring Galvis, who was safe at first on a 6-4 force out, as Mayberry, who had been safe at first on a throwing error by third baseman Freese, was wiped out at second base, and then moved up to second base on Rollins’ single, giving the Phils a 7-4 lead, while sending Rollins, who had just singled, on to third base. The Cards would get the run back in their half of the fifth as Holliday smashed a lead-off home run, his tenth home run of the season, making it a 7-5 Phils’ lead. Two batters later, with one man on, and with one man out, Molina tied the game up at seven-all as he crushed a two-run bomb to center field, his eighth home run of the year, knocking in Freese, as he was safe at first on a 6-5 force out, as Beltran, who had earlier doubled, is thrown out trying to go to third on Freese’s ground ball to short. The Phils retook the lead in the sixth as, with two men on, and with two men out, Galvis hits an RBI single, scoring Victorino, who had earlier singled, then stopped at second base on Wigginton’s single, giving the Phils an 8-7 lead, while sending Wigginton, who had just singled, up to second base. The Phils then took a 9-7 lead as pinch hitter Mike Fontenot hits an RBI single, knocking in Wigginton, while sending Galvis up to second base. The Cards would get a run back in the seventh as, with two men out, Freese hits a solo shot into left center field, his tenth home run of the year, making it a 9-8 Phils’ lead. The Phils would get that run back in the eighth as, with one man out,Wigginton hits a solo home run, his third home run of the season, giving the Phils a 10-8 lead. The Cards would get that run back in their half of the eighth as, with runners on the corners, and with one man out, Schumaker hits a sacrifice fly, scoring Steven Hill, who had started the inning off with a double, then stopped at third base on Rafael Furcal’s single, making it a 10-9 Phils’ lead. That would end up being the final score as Jonathan Papelbon recorded his thirteen save of the year with a scoreless ninth, getting Hill to fly out to center field for the game’s final out.

Joe Blanton received a no-decision as he went four and a third innings, giving up seven runs for his second straight start, this time on ten hits and a walk, while he struck out five. Raul Valdes got the win (1-0, 0.00) as he pitched two-thirds of an inning, getting out both men that he would face, as he struck out one. Chad Qualls collected his ninth hold of the season, as he pitched an inning and two-thirds, giving up a run on two hits, while he struck out one. Jake Diekman recorded his first career hold as he went a third of an inning, getting out the only man that he would face. Antonio Bastardo recorded his tenth hold of the season as he pitched an inning, giving up a run on two hits and a walk, while striking out two. Jonathan Papelbon recorded his thirteenth save of the season as he threw a scoreless inning, giving up a hit, as he struck out a batter. Jake Westbrook also got a no-decision as he went just three and two-thirds innings, giving up six runs on eight hits, three walks and a hit batter, while he struck out four. Brandon Dickman pitched an inning and a third, giving up an unearned run on two hits, as he struck out one. Fernando Salas (0-3, 6.32) took the lost as he pitched an inning, giving up two runs on four hits, as he struck out a batter. Victor Marte pitched one and two-thirds innings, giving up a run on three hits, while striking out three. Mitchell Boggs pitched one and a third scoreless innings, giving up a hit.

The Phils had a season high eighteen hits in the game, with Placido Polanco (2 Singles, Double, RBI), Carlos Ruiz (Singles), Ty Wigginton (2 Singles, Home Run, 2 RBIs) and Freddy Galvis (2 Singles, Double, 3 RBIs) all leading the team with three hits a piece, followed by Jimmy Rollins (Singles) and Shane Victorino (Single, Double, 3 RBIs) with two hits each. Pinch hitters Mike Fontenot (Single, RBI) and Pete Orr (Single) had the other two Phils’ hits. The Phils also had three walks in the game, as the offense was last night able to scored runs, although the pitchers almost let the game get away.

The Phils (23-23, 5th East) will continue their four-game series with the Cards (25-20, 2nd Central) with a night game tonight. The game will start at 8:15 pm EDT (7:15 pm CDT) and will be played at Busch Stadium (III). The Phils will send to the mound Cliff Lee (0-2, 2.66) who is coming off a lost to the Red Sox on May 20, as he threw seven innings, giving up five runs on nine hits and a walk, as he struck out six, in the Phils’ 5-1 lost. He will be out to win his first start of the season. The Cards will counter with Kyle Lohse (5-1, 2.91), who is coming off a no-decision against the Dodgers on May 20, as he threw five and two-thirds innings, giving up three runs on eleven hits and a walk, while striking out four, in the Cards’ 6-5 lost. He will be trying to put the Cards back into first place in the NL Central. The Phils will be out to give Lee his first victory of the season.

The Phils’ losing streak is now at four games as Roy Halladay loses his first start against the Nats, as the Phils lose 5-2.

Roy Halladay loses his first start against the Nationals as the Phils’ losing streak rises to four games as they lose to the Nats, 5-2.

The Phils took the lead in the second as, with one man on, and with one man out, Hector Luna hits an RBI ground-rule double, scoring Hunter Pence, who had started the inning off with a single, then moved up to second base on Carlos Ruiz’s ground out, 1-3, giving the Phils a 1-0 lead. The Nats then took the lead in the third as, with two men on, and with nobody out, Bryce Harper hits a two-run triple, knocking in Jordan Zimmermann and Steve Lombarozzi, who had both singled, with Zimmermann stopping at second base on Lombarozzi’s single, giving the Nats a 2-1 lead. The Nats added to their lead two batters later as, with Harper still on third, and now with one man out, Adam LaRoche hits a sacrifice fly, knocking in Harper, and giving the Nats a 3-1 lead. The Nats then made it a 4-1 lead as Ian Desmond hits a solo home run, his eighth home run of the season. The Nats then took a 5-1 lead in the fourth as Rick Ankiel hits a lead-off home run, his third home run of the season. The Phils would get a run back in the eighth as, with one man out, pinch hitter Erik Kratz hits a solo home run, his first home run of the season, and the first home run of his career, making it a 5-2 Nats’ lead. But that would end up being the final score as Tyler Clippard recorded his first save of the year as he pitched a 1-2-3 ninth.

Roy Halladay (4-4, 3.58) took the lost as he pitched six innings, giving up five runs on nine hits and a walk, while he struck out six. Jake Diekman, Jose Contreras and Antonio Bastardo would combine for three scoreless innings, giving up a hit (Diekman) between them, while striking out six (Diekman (4), Contreras (1), Bastardo (1)). Jordan Zimmermann (3-4, 2.47) got the win as he pitched six innings, giving up a run on seven hits and two walks, while striking out two. Tom Gorzelanny pitched two innings, giving up a run on two hits. Tyler Clippard collected his first save of the season as he threw a 1-2-3 inning, striking out a batter.

The Phils had nine hits in the game, singles by Placido Polanco, Hunter Pence, Brian Schneider, Freddy Galvis, Mike Fontenot and Roy Halladay, doubles by Shane Victorino and Hector Luna and a home run by pinch hitter Erik Kratz, the first home run of his career, as the offense once against squandered several scoring opportunities in the early innings to get back into the game.

The Phils (21-23, 5th) will conclude their series with the Nats (26-17, 1st) with a night game for tonight. The game will be played at Citizens Bank Park and will start at 7:05 pm EDT. The Phils will send to the mound Cole Hamels (6-1, 2.48), who is coming off a win against the Red Sox on May 18, as he pitched seven innings, giving up three runs on six hits and a walk, while striking out nine, in the Phils’ 6-4 win. He will be out to end the Phils’ present losing streak as he goes for win no. 7. The Nats will counter with Edwin Jackson (1-1, 3.31), who is coming off a no-decision against the Orioles on May 18, as he went eight innings, giving up a run on five hits and a walk, while striking out eight, in the Nats’ 2-1  extra-innings lost. He will be trying to lead the Nats to a series sweep of the Phils at home. The Phils will be out to end this bad home stand with a win before going on the road.

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