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Ryan Madson is now a Reds…

Ryan Madson, who had helped the team win the 2008 World Series, as well as reach the World Series in 2009, and the playoffs since 2007, is now a Red, as he had on Wednesday signed a one-year contract with the Reds worth $8.5 million dollars.

Madson, who had been a member of the Phils since 2003, began as a starter, before being placed in middle relief, than becoming the team’s eighth inning relief specialist (Bridge to Lidge), before becoming their closer last season. During his time with the Phils, he has a record of 47-30 with 52 saves in 78 save opportunities, with a career ERA of 3.59, as he played in 491 games, 18 of which as a starter (all but one in 2006), as he pitched in 630 innings. In those 491 games, he had struck out 547 batters, while walking only 191.

Congratulations on finally finding a team, Ryan. Sad to see you go. Wish you luck, except for when you’re facing the Phils.

As the Phils tender deals to their four arbitration eligible players, reports are coming out saying that they have signed a one-year deal with pitcher Dontrelle Willis.

The Phils have tendered contracts to the four players on the team who are still arbitration eligible after they had traded Ben Francisco to the Blue Jays: Cole Hamels, Hunter Pence, Kyle Kendrick and Wilson Vladez. Although it is expected that all four will receive an increase in salary whether they accept the proffered contracts, or go through arbitration, most of the fanbase would prefer that the Phils give multi-year contracts to both Hamels and Pence, especially Hamels, to keep them with the team for a while. As for Kendrick and Valdez, the two have shown their worth as insurance policies in case somebody gets hurt (although Kendrick had also shown that he can be a very good asset in the bullpen).

While this is going on, there has been reports that the Phils have signed to a one-year contract, pending him passing a physical, left-hander Dontrelle Willis. Willis, a former Rookie of the Year (2003 with the Marlins), pitched for the Reds last season, going 1-6 with a 5.00 ERA in 13 starts. Being mostly a starter during his nine-years career with the Marlins, the Tigers, the D-backs and the Reds, Willis had complied a record of  72-69 with an ERA of 4.17, as he had appeared in 205 games, all but three as a starter. The Phils, if he passes the physical, will more than likely be using him out of the bullpen as a left-handed specialist, and a spot-starter, as a kind of compliment to Kendrick, since there is really no way that he will be able to make the rotation, especially with his issues with his control.

Hopefully, the signing of Willis will end up being a good move for the Phils for next season.

The Phils decide not to make a Rule 5 pick this post-season.

This post-season, for the first time since 2005, the Phils decided not to make a pick in the Rule 5 draft, as the organization this year did not see anyone in the minor league farm systems that were left unprotected by the other 29 major league teams that they thought would make an immediate impact on the main club.

While they did not make any pick ups, the Phils lost four players in their minor league system, with three of them being taken in the minor league portion of the draft. The four are right-handed pitcher Lenny Castillo, who was picked up by the Cubs from the Phils’ Class A Lakewood team, where, in 2011, he went 4-2 with a 2.54 ERA. Castillo, who was selected in the Major League portion of the draft, will now have to remain on the Cubs’ roster for the 2012 season, unless the Cubs offer him back to the Phils if he doesn’t make it through spring training. In the Minor League phase, the Phils lost left-hander Andrew Loomis to the Orioles, shortstop Travis Mattair to the Reds and catcher Francisco Diaz to the Pirates.

With the Phils not picking up a player through the draft, it means that they will not have to reserve a spot on the regular season 25 man roster for 2012, and I, personally, am glad, since it means that all of the positions can only be filled by those who had either been on the team in the previous season, picked up by the team via free agency or trades during the present off-season or are already in the Phils’ minor league system.

Okay guys, lets see if we can now nail down Jimmy Rollins to a contract.

As they continue to try bringing Jimmy Rollins back into the fold, the Phils announce their signing of free agent Laynce Nix.

As the Phils continue trying to resign Jimmy Rollins to a new contract, although presently disrupted by the Angels’ signing of Albert Pujols to a ten-year deal, the Phils announced their signing of Laynce Nix to a two-year deal.

Nix, formerly of the Nationals, a nine-year vet, is a corner outfielder who, last season, batted .250, while hitting 16 home runs and knocking in 44 RBIs in 324 at-bats in 124 games. Also a former Ranger, Brewer and Red, Nix has a .244 lifetime average, with 409 hits in 1673 at-bats, hitting 96 doubles, 11 triples and 64 home runs, as he knocked in 226 RBIs.

With this move, the Phils seems to have finished fixing up their bench, especially with them not going the Rule 5 route, while they still need a regular shortstop (which will hopefully be a resigned Jimmy Rollins) and shoring up their bullpen, which will likely come from within their farm system.

Anyway, welcome to the Phils, Laynce. I hope you and the others will soon be helping the Phils off of the bench during the upcoming season.

33 games in 31 days: Game #8: Cliff Lee throws his sixth complete game shutout of the season as the bats erupt for nine runs, as the Phils crush the Braves, 9-0.

Cliff Lee pitches his major league leading sixth complete game shutout, as the bats erupt for nine runs, as the Phils clobber the Braves, 9-0.

The Phils took the lead in the first as, with the bases loaded, via singles by Placido Polanco and Chase Utley, sending Polanco on to third base, and a walk to Ryan Howard, moving Utley to second base, and with one man out, Hunter Pence hits a two-run single, knocking in both Polanco and Utley, giving the Phils a 2-0 lead, while sending Howard up to second base. The Phils increased their lead in the fourth as, with two men on, and with two men out, Shane Victorino hits a two-run single, scoring John Mayberry, Jr., who had earlier walked, was safe at second on shortstop Alex Gonzalez’s force out attempt fielding error on Carlos Ruiz’s grounder, and went to third on Michael Martinez’s sacrifice bunt, 1-3, and Ruiz, who was safe at first on Gonzalez’s error, then went to second base on Martinez’s sac bunt, giving the Phils’ a 4-0 lead. The Phils then tried to make it a 5-0 lead as, with a man on second, after Victorino had stolen second base, Victorino stole third base, as Derek Lowe’s pitch got pass catcher Brian McCann. Victorino then tried to score, but is thrown out at the plate as McCann is able to get to the ball, and then throw it to Lowe, who tagged out Victorino at the plate for the inning’s third out. The Phils added to their lead in the fifth as, with runners on the corners, and with one man out, Pence hits an RBI double, knocking in Utley, who had earlier tripled, giving the Phils a 5-0 lead, while sending Howard, who had earlier been intentionally walk, on to third base.  Two batters later, after Mayberry is intentionally walked to load the bases, Carlos Ruiz broke the game wide open with an RBI single, scoring Howard and Pence, making it a 7-0 Phils’ lead, while sending Mayberry on to second base. The Phils then made it an 8-0 lead in the seventh as Howard hits a lead-off home run, his thirty-first home run of the season. The Phils then took a 9-0 lead in the eighth as, with two men on, and with one man out, Polanco hits an RBI single, knocking in Lee, who had earlier singled, then moved up to second base on Victorino’s walk, while Victorino, who had just walked, would stop at second base. That would be the end of the scoring, as Lee came in to pitch the top of the ninth, pitching a 1-2-3 inning, as he recorded his sixth complete game shutout, as he threw a five hitter at the Braves.

Cliff Lee (16-7, 2.47) gets the win as he threw his sixth complete game shut out, giving up just five hits, while striking out six. Derek Lowe (9-13, 4.65) took the lost as he went just five innings, giving up seven runs, five of which were earned, on eight hits and four walks, while he struck out four. Scott Linebrink pitched an inning plus one batter, giving up a run on a hit. Peter Moylan pitched a scoreless inning, striking out a batter. Arodys Vizcaino pitched an inning, giving up a run on two hits and a walk.

The Phils had eleven hits in the ballgame, with Placido Polanco (Singles, RBI), Chase Utley (Single, Triple), Ryan Howard (Single, Home Run, RBI) and Hunter Pence (Single, Double, 3 RBIs) all leading the team with two hits each. Shane Victorinio (2 RBIs), Carlos Ruiz (2 RBIs) and Cliff Lee  had the other three Phils’ hits, all singles.

The Phils (89-48, 1st) will continue their important series with the Braves (82-58, 2nd) weather permitting, with a game tonight. The game will be played at Citizens Bank Park and it is slated to start at 7:05 pm EDT. The Phils will send to the mound Vance Worley (10-1, 2.85), who is coming off a win against the Reds on September 1, as he pitched six innings, giving up four runs on eight hits and a walk, while striking out seven, in the Phils’ 6-4 win. He will be out to put the Phils’ lead in the East once again at nine and a half games. The Braves will counter with Tim Hudson (14-8, 3.05), who is coming off a win against the Nationals on September 1, as he went six innings, giving up a run on five hits and two walks, while striking out five, in the Braves’ 5-2 win. He will be out to even the series. The Phils will be out to place a stranglehold on first place in the East.

33 games in 31 days: Game #7: The Phils lose to the Marlins in a walk-off bases loaded walk in fourteen innings, 5-4.

The Phils lose the ballgame in fourteen innings on a walk-off bases loaded walk to the Marlins, 5-4.

The Marlins took the lead in the first as, with a man on third, and with nobody out, Omar Infante hits an RBI single, scoring Emilio Bonifacio, who had started the inning off with a triple, giving the Marlins a 1-0 lead. The Phils tied the game up at one-all as, with two men on, and with one man out, Marlins’ third baseman Greg Dobbs committed a throwing error on a Roy Halladay sacrifice bunt, allowing Carlos Ruiz, who had earlier singled, then moved up to second base on Wilson Valdez’s single, to score, while allowing Valdez, who had just singled, to reach third base, while Halladay would be safe at first. The Phils then took the lead two batters later as Michael Martinez hits an RBI single, scoring Valdez, while sending Halladay up to second base. The Marlins then tied the game up at two-all in the third as, with a runner on second base, and with two men on, Gaby Sanchez, who had earlier doubled, scored as Halladay committed a missed catch error on a grounder hit by Logan Morrison to Ryan Howard because he had broke off the mound late, and was thus unable to catch Howard’s throw to him. It looked like the Phils were starting to develop a rally in their half of the sixth as, with Howard on first, via a walk, and with nobody out, Hunter Pence hits a fly ball into deep right field that went off right fielder Bryan Petersen’s glove, and ended up being a double, placing Howard at third, as Pence stopped at second base. But Marlins’ skipper Jack McKeon asked for the play to be reviewed, claiming fan interference, which it was. Instead of telling him that the play could not be reviewed, since it had ended up being a double, and not a home run, as is stated by the rules on when instant reply could be used, the umpires, lead by Joe West, reviewed the play and called Pence out, claiming that Petersen may have been able to catch the ball if not for interference from the fan(s), while Howard was sent back to first base. Then Phils’ manager Charlie Manuel came out and tried to tell West that the umps should not have reviewed the play, as it was not used in the correct manner, but was not listened to by West, before being ejected. My take: the play, since it was not a home run, as it was called a double, should not have been reviewed, since it is only to be used to determine if a ball is a home run or not. Anyway, I’m afraid that this will open up a can of worm that MLB will only have itself to blame, as I’m sure that the Phils’ protest will be rejected, as the present day MLB is really reluctant to reprimand umps who make mistakes, and yes, this was a mistake. This would be immediately costly for the Phils as Raul Ibanez hits a double, which, instead of knocking in two runs, sent Howard back to third base. Ruiz is then walked to load up the bases, with one man out. The next batter, Valdez, then ended the threat by hitting into a 4-6-3 double play, wiping out Ruiz at second base. The Marlins then retook the lead in their half of the sixth as, with two men on, and with two men out, pinch hitter Jose Lopez hits an RBI single, knocking in Petersen, who had earlier singled, then stopped at second base on Jon Buck’s single, giving the Marlins a 3-2 lead, while sending Buck on to third base. The Phils then retook the lead in the seventh as, with two men on, and with two men out, Howard hits a two-run single, knocking in Shane Victorino, who had earlier walked, went to second on Martinez’s walk, before both runners moved up a base on Chase Utley’s ground out, 3-1, giving the Phils a 4-3 lead. The Marlins then tied up the game at four-all in their half of the seventh as, with runners on second and third, and with nobody out, Sanchez hits into a fielder’s choice ground out, 6-5, as Dobbs, who had earlier doubled, sending Infante, who had started the inning off with a walk, to third base, made a base running mistake by trying to go to third on the grounder, before he is tagged out by third baseman Martinez, for the inning’s first out, as Infante scored from third, while Sanchez was safe at first base. The game would stay tied until the bottom of the fourteenth, as the Phils develop no offense, while the Phils’ bullpen kept the Marlins off the scoreboard, especially David Herndon, who would get himself out of three straight bases loaded situations, after the game have gone into extra-innings. But, his luck would run out in the fourteenth inning, as the Marlins once again loaded the bases, via a walk to Bonifacio, who then moved up to second base on Infante’s sacrifice bunt, 1-4, for the inning’s first out, an intentional walk to Dobbs,  that was then followed by a lined out to left by Sanchez, for the inning’s second out, then an intentional walk to Morrison, moving up both runners, and with two men out, Mike Cameron walked, forcing in Bonifacio with the winning run, giving the Marlins a 5-4 walk-off win.

Roy Halladay received a no-decision as he went six innings, giving up three runs, two of which were earned, on nine hits and a walk, while striking out four. Michael Schwimer committed his second blown save of the year as he pitched an inning, giving up a run on one hit and three walks, while striking out two. Brad Lidge and Michael Stutes combined for three scoreless innings, giving up two hits (one hit each) and a walk (Stutes), while striking out five (Lidge (1), Stutes (4)) between them. David Herndon (1-3, 3.83) would take the lost as he went three and two-thirds innings, giving up a run on four hits and seven walks. Anibal Sanchez also received a no-decision as he pitched sixth innings, giving up two unearned runs on six hits and three walks, as he struck out five. Burke Badenhop recorded his fourth hold of the year as he pitched a third of an inning, giving up two runs on two walks, striking out a batter.  Michael Dunn blew his three save opportunity of the season as he pitched two-third of an inning, giving up a hit. Edward Mujica, Leo Nunez, Jose Ceda and Steve Cishek combined for five scoreless innings, giving up three hits (Mujica (1), Cishek (2)) and two walks (Ceda (1), Cishek (1)), while striking out two (Nunez (1), Cishek (1)) between them. Clay Hensley (3-6, 5.34) got the win as he pitched two 1-2-3 innings, striking out a batter.

The Phils had ten hits in the ballgame, with Michael Martinez (Single, Double, RBI), Ryan Howard (Singles, 2 RBIs) and Raul Ibanez (Single, Double) all leading the team with two hits each. Shane Victorino (Single), Carlos Ruiz (Single), Wilson Valdez and Placido Polanco had the other four Phils’ hits. The other Phil run came in on a throwing error.

The Phils (88-48, 1st) will start a three-game series with the Braves (82-57, 2nd) 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 Cliff Lee (15-7, 2.59), who is coming off a win against the Reds on August 31, as he went eight and two-thirds innings, giving up six hits and a walk, while striking out seven, in the Phils’ 3-0 win. Lee will be going for his sixteenth win of the year, while trying to start off the series with a win. The Braves will counter with Derek Lowe (9-12, 4.52), who is coming off a win against the Nats on August 31, as he went six innings, giving up a run on three hits and two walks, while striking out six, in the Braves’ 3-1 win. He will be out to add to the Phils’ present losing streak. The Phils will be out to see if they can put the NL East away for good with a series win against the Braves.

33 games in 31 days: Game #5: Roy Oswalt joins the victory parade as he help leads the Phils to a team record as the Phils defeat the fish, 5-3.

Roy Oswalt pitches well enough to win, leading the Phils to a club record 42 wins over .500, as the Phils defeat the Marlins, 5-3.

The Phils took the lead in the first as, with a man on third, via a lead-off triple by Shane Victorino, and with nobody out, Placido Polanco hits a sacrifice fly, scoring Victorino, giving the Phils a 1-0 lead. The Marlins would tie the game up at one-all in their half of the first as, with runners on the corners, and with nobody out, Greg Dobbs hits into a double play, wiping out at second base Omar Infante, who had earlier reached base on a bunt single, while scoring Emilio Bonifacio, who had started the Marlin’s inning off with a double, then went to third base on Infante’s bunt single. The Marlins took the lead in the third as, with a man on third, and with one man out, Mike Stanton hits into an RBI ground out, 6-3, knocking in Infante, who had started the inning off with a double, then moved up to third on Dobbs’ ground out, 4-3, giving the Marlins a 2-1 lead. The Phils then retook the lead in the fifth as, with one man on, with Hunter Pence reaching first base on shortstop Bonifacio’s throwing error, and with nobody out, John Mayberry, Jr. hits a two-run home run, his thirteenth home run of the season, scoring Pence, giving the Phils a 3-2 lead. The Phils added to their lead in the sixth as, with the bases loaded, via Chase Utley being hit by a pitch, a walk by Ryan Howard, sending Utley to second base, a wild pitch by Chris Hatcher, moving both runners up a base, and a walk by Pence, and with nobody out, Mayberry hits a sacrifice fly, scoring Utley, giving the Phils a 4-2 lead. The Marlins cut the Phils’ lead down to 4-3 as, with two men out, Jose Lopez hits a solo home run, his sixth home run of the season. The Phils got the run back in the seventh as, with a man on third, and with one man out, Victorino, who had earlier singled, then went to second base on right fielder’s Stanton’s missed catch error, before going to third on Polanco’s ground out, 4-3, scored on Michael Dunn’s wild pitch, giving the Phils a 5-3 lead. That would end up being the final score as Ryan Madson recorded his twenty-seventh save of the year with a scoreless ninth.

Roy Oswalt (7-8, 3.80) got the win as he pitched six and one-third innings, giving up three runs on eight hits and one walk, while striking out seven. Michael Stutes received his ninth hold of the year as he pitched two-thirds of an inning, giving up a walk. Antonio Bastardo recorded his sixteenth hold of the year as he pitched a 1-2-3 inning, striking out a batter. Ryan Madson recorded his twenty-sixth save of the year, as he pitched a scoreless inning, giving up a hit, while he struck out two. Brad Hand (1-5, 4.23) took the lost as he went five innings plus two batters, as he gave up four runs, three of which were earned, on four hits and three walks, while striking out four. Chris Hatcher pitched a scoreless inning, walking two batters, while striking out two. Ryan Webb pitched a third of an inning, giving up an unearned run on a hit. Michael Dunn and Jose Ceda combined for two and two-thirds scoreless innings, giving up two hits (Ceda) and a walk (Ceda), while striking out three (Dunn (1), Ceda (2)) between them.

The Phils had seven hits in the ballgame, with Shane Victorino leading the team with two hits, a single and a triple. Placido Polanco (Single, RBI), Hunter Pence (Single), John Mayberry, Jr. (Home Run, 3 RBIs), Carlos Ruiz (Single) and Wilson Valdez (Double) had the other five Phils’ hits. The other Phil run came in on a wild pitch.

The Phils (88-46, 1st) continues their series with the Marlins (60-77, 5th) with a night game for tonight. The game will be played at Sun Life Stadium and will begin at 7:10 pm EDT. The Phils will send to the mound Cole Hamels (13-7, 2.58), who is coming off a no-decision against the Reds on August 29, as he went six innings, giving up a run on two hits, while striking out seven, in the Phil’s 3-2 win. He will once again be going for win no. 14, while trying to give the bats a shot at their sixth straight win. The Marlins will counter with Ricky Nolasco (9-10, 4.34), who is coming off a lost against the Mets on August 29, as he went six and two-thirds innings, giving up four runs on nine hits, while striking out three, in the Marlins’ 5-1 lost. He will be trying to end the Phils’ winning streak. The Phils will be going for their sixth straight win.

33 games in 31 days: Game #4: Vance Worley gets win no. 10 as the Phils sweep the Reds, 6-4.

Vance Worley records his tenth win of his rookie season as the Phils sweep the Reds, 6-4.

The Phils took the lead in the second as, with two men on, and with one man out, Brian Schneider hits an RBI single, scoring Hunter Pence, who had earlier doubled, giving the Phils a 1-0 lead, while sending Raul Ibanez, who had just walked, up to second base. Two batters later, after Wilson Valdez had loaded up the bases with an infield single to the shortstop, moving both runners up a base, the Phils took a 2-0 lead on an RBI single by Vance Worley, who knocked in Ibanez, before Schneider is thrown out at home for the inning’s second out, 8-2, while Valdez would stop at second base. The Phils then added to their lead as Shane Victorino hits an RBI single, knocking in Valdez, giving the Phils a 3-0 lead, while sending Worley up to second base. The Reds got a run back in the third as, with a runner on third, and with one man out, Joey Votto hits a sacrifice fly, scoring Brandon Phillips, wh0 had earlier doubled, then went to third on Edgar Renteria’s ground out, 6-3, making it a 3-1 Phils’ lead. The Phils then took a 4-1 lead in the sixth as, with one man out, Ryan Howard hits a solo home run, his thirtieth home run of the season. The Phils then made it a 6-1 lead as, with a man on third, and with two men out, Michael Martinez hits a two-run home run, his third home run of the year, scoring Valdez, who had earlier singled, went to second base on Worley’s sacrifice bunt, 2-4, then moved up to third base on Victorino’s ground out, 4-3. The Reds cut the Phils’ lead down to 6-4 as, with runners on the corners, and with nobody out, pinch hitter Chris Heisey hits a three-run home run, his thirteenth home run of the season, knocking in Drew Stubbs, who had earlier doubled, then went to third on Ryan Hanigan’s single, and Hanigan, who had just singled. But that would end up being the final score as Ryan Madson recorded his twenty-sixth save of the year by pitching a 1-2-3 ninth.

Vance Worley (10-1, 2.85) gets the win as he pitch six innings, plus three batters, giving up four runs on eight hits and a walk, while striking out seven. Brad Lidge received his four hold of the year as he pitched a third of an inning, walking a batter, while striking out one. Antonio Bastardo recorded his fifteenth hold of the season as he pitched a scoreless inning and two-thirds, striking out three. Ryan Madson recorded his twenty-sixth save of the year as he pitched a 1-2-3 inning, striking out a batter. Mike Leake (11-9, 4.12) took the lost, as he went six innings, giving up four runs on seven hits and a walk, while striking out three. Jared Burton pitched two-thirds of an inning, giving up two runs on three hits. Jeremy Horst, Bill Bray and Francisco Condero combined for two and a third scoreless innings, giving up two hits (Horst (1), Condero (1)) between them.

The Phils had twelve hits in the ballgame, with Shane Victorino (Singles, RBI), Ryan Howard (Single, Home Run, RBI) and Wilson Valdez (Singles) all leading the team with two hits each. Michael Martinez (Home Run, 2 RBIs), Chase Utley (Single), Hunter Pence (Double), Brian Schneider (Single, RBI), Vance Worley (Single, RBI) and pinch hitter Ross Gload (Single), had the other six Phils’ hits.

The Phils (87-46, 1st) will begin a three-games weekend series with the Marlins (60-76, 5th), starting with a night game later today. The game will be played at Sun Life Stadium and will start at 7:10 pm EDT. The Phils will send to the mound Roy Oswalt (6-8, 3.77), who is coming off a lost against the Marlins on August 26, as he went five and two-thirds innings, giving up five runs on twelve hits and a walk, while striking out only two, in the Phils’ 6-5 lost. He will be out to give the Phils a five game winning streak, as well as improve his record. The Marlins will counter with Brad Hand (1-4, 4.08), who made his last start in a lost on August 8 against the Braves, as he went five innings, giving up seven runs on nine hits and three walks, while striking out three, in the Marlins’ 8-5 lost. He will be trying to halt the Phils’ present winning streak. The Phils will be out to increase their present winning streak to five games.

33 games in 31 days: Game #3: The Phils once more shut downs the Reds as they defeat the Reds, 3-0.

The Phils win another series, as Cliff Lee and Ryan Madson combine for a six-hit shutout, as the Phils defeat the Reds, 3-0.

The Phils took the lead in the first as, with runners on the corners, and with one man out, Ryan Howard hits into an RBI force out, 3-4, wiping out at second base for the inning’s second out Chase Utley, who had earlier been safe at first on an earlier force out, 4-6, forcing out at second base Placido Polanco, who had earlier walked, for the inning’s first out, while scoring Shane Victorino, who had started off the game with a walk, went to second base on Polanco’s walk, then stopped at third on Utley’s force out, as Howard beats the throw back to first, giving the Phils a 1-0 lead. The Phils then added to their lead in the sixth as Hunter Pence hits a lead-off home run, his eighteenth home run of the year, and his seventh as a Phil, giving the Phils a 2-0 lead. The Phils then made it a 3-0 lead in the seventh as, with runners on the corners, and with nobody out, Utley hits an RBI force out, forcing out Polanco at second base, who had earlier singled, as the inning’s first out, while scoring Victorino, who had earlier walked, then went to third on Polanco’s single. The Reds tried to break up the shutout in the bottom of the ninth, as they loaded up the bases via a double by Joey Votto, a walk by Jay Bruce, and then Miguel Cairo being hit by a pitch while behind in the count, sending Votto to third, and Bruce to second base, and with two men out, before Ryan Madson, who was pitching in relief of Cliff Lee, recorded his twenty-fifth save of the season as he ended the game by getting pinch htter Yonder Alonso to pop out to third to end the game.

Cliff Lee (15-7, 2.59) gets the win as he went eight and two-thirds shutout innings, giving up six hits and a walk, while striking out seven. Ryan Madson recorded his twenty-fifth save of the year as he pitched a third of an inning, getting out the only man that he would face. Dontrelle Willis (0-4, 4.10) took the last as he pitched six and two-thirds innings, giving up three runs on five hits and five walks, while striking out six. Jose Arredondo and Aroldis Chapman combined for two and a third scoreless innings, as they gave up just three hits (Arredondo (2), Chapman (1)), while striking out one batter (Chapman) between them.

The Phils had eight hits in the ballgame, with Carlos Ruiz leading the team with three hits, all singles. Placido Polanco followed with two hits, both singles. Hunter Pence (Home Run, RBI), John Mayberry, Jr. (Single) and Wilson Vladez (Single), had the other three Phils’ hits. Chase Utley and Ryan Howard knocked in the other two Phils’ runs with force outs.

The Phils (86-46, 1st East) will conclude their four-game series with the Reds (67-69, 3rd Central) with a day game later today. The game will be played at Great American Ball Park and will start at 12:35 pm EDT. The Phils will send to the mound Vance Worley (9-1, 2.65), who is coming off a win against the Mets on August 23, as he pitched seven innings, giving up a run on seven hits and a walk, while striking out nine, in the Phils’ 9-4 win. Worley will going for his tenth win of the season while also trying to lead the Phils to a sweep of the Reds. The Reds will counter with Mike Leake (11-8, 4.04), who is coming off a win against the Nats on August 27, as he went six innings, giving up two runs on six hits and a walk, while he struck out four, in the Reds’ 6-3 win. He will be trying to help the Reds avoid a sweep. The Phils will be out to sweep the Reds.

33 games in 31 days: Game #2: The Phils offense hits four home runs in support of Roy Halladay as they crush the Reds, 9-0.

The Phils’ offense hits four home runs in support of Roy Halladay, as they crush the shellshocked Reds, 9-0.

The Phils took the lead in the fourth as, with one man on, and with one man out, Ryan Howard hits a two-run home run, his twenty-eighth home run on the year, knocking in Chase Utley, who had earlier walked, giving the Phils a 2-0 lead. The Phils then made it a 3-0 lead in the sixth as, with one man out, Hunter Pence hits a solo home run, his seventeenth home run of the season, and his sixth home run as a Phil. Four batters later, after the Phils had loaded up the bases via singles by Raul Ibanez and Carlos Ruiz, and a force out attempt fielding error by third baseman Miguel Cairo as he muffed a Wilson Valdez grounder, being unable to force out Ruiz at second base, while Ibanez would stop at third base, and Valdez would reach first base, and with still one man out, Roy Halladay would hit a bases clearing double, scoring Ibanez, Ruiz and Valdez, giving the Phils a 6-0 lead. The Phils then took an 8-0 lead in the seventh as, with one man on, and with one man out, Ibanez hits a two-run home run, his seventeenth home run of the season, knocking in Pence, who had earlier singled. The Reds tried to get onto the scoreboard in their half of the seventh as they loaded up the bases via a Joey Votto double, Jay Bruce being hit by a pitch, and then a walk to Drew Stubbs, moving both runners up a base, and with one man out, before Halladay got out of trouble by first striking out Todd Frazier, looking, for out number two, and then getting Ryan Hanigan to hit into a force out, 5-4, wiping out Stubbs at second base, to end the inning. The Phils added to their lead in the ninth as, with one man out, Howard hits a solo home run, his twenty-ninth home run of the season, and his second home run of the night, making it a 9-0 Phils’ lead. That would be the final score as Michael Schwimmer pitched a scoreless ninth.

Roy Halladay (16-5, 2.47) pitched seven shutout innings, giving up just two hits and two walks, while striking out nine. Brad Lidge and Michael Schwimmer combined for two scoreless innings, giving up two hits (one hit apiece) and a walk (Lidge), while striking out two (one each) between them. Bronson Arroyo (8-11, 5.13) took the lost as he pitched five and one-third innings, giving up six runs, five of which were earned, on eight hits and two walks, while striking out two. Logan Ondrusek pitched one and two-thirds innings, giving up two runs on two hits, striking out a batter. Sam LeCure pitched an inning, giving up a run on a hit and a walk.

The Phils had eleven hits in the ballgame, with Raul Ibanez leading the team with three hits, two singles and a home run, knocking in two runs. Ryan Howard (Home Runs, 3 RBIs) and Hunter Pence (Single, Home Run, RBI) followed with two hits each. Shane Victorino (Double), Chase Utley (Single), Carlos Ruiz (Single) and Roy Halladay (Double, 3 RBIs), had the other four Phils’ hits.

The Phils (85-46, 1st East) will continue their series with the Reds (67-68, 3rd Central) with a night game tomorrow night. The game will be played at the Great American Ball Park and will start at 7:10 pm EDT. The Phils will send to the mound Cliff Lee (14-7, 2.71), who is coming off a win against the Mets on August 22, as he threw seven shutout innings, giving up just three hits and three walks, while striking out seven, in the Phils’ 10-0 rout. He will be going for win no. 15, while trying to give the Phils the series win. The Phils will counter with Dontrelle Willis (0-3, 4.10), who is coming off a no-decision against the Nationals on August 26, as he went seven innings, giving up three runs on six hits and five walks, while striking out four, in the Reds’ 4-3 win. He’ll be trying to stop the Phils’ bats. The Phils will be out to give Lee another win in August.

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