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A long night finally ends with a walk-off sac fly with the bases loaded, as the Phils defeat the Reds in 19 innings, 5-4.

A sacrifice fly by Raul Ibanez in the bottom of the 19th inning, give the Phils a walk-off win as they defeat the Reds in a 19 innings marathon, 5-4, as Wilson Valdez becomes the first position player to win a game since 2000.

The Phils took a quick 2-0 lead in the first as Ben Francisco hits a two-run home run, his sixth home run of the season, scoring Jimmy Rollins, who had earlier singled. The Phils then made it a 3-o lead in the second as, with a runner on second, and with nobody out, John Mayberry, Jr. hits an RBI single, scoring Carlos Ruiz, who had earlier doubled. The Reds got a run back in the fifth as, with one man on, and with one man out, Joey Votto hits an RBI single, knocking in Drew Stubbs, who had earlier singled, then stole second base, cutting the Phils’ lead to 3-1. The Phils tried to make it a 4-1 lead in the sixth as Raul Ibanez led-off the inning with a triple, just missing a home run as it hit the top of the fence. But, he would be left stranded there as Reds’ starter Travis Wood got Ruiz to pop out to Votto in foul territory for the first out, then struck out Mayberry, looking, for the inning’s second out. After Wilson Valdez is intentionally walked to put runners on the corners, Wood gets out of the inning by getting Roy Halladay to ground out, 5-3. That would come back to haunt the Phils, as the Reds would tie the ballgame up at three-all in the seventh as, with the bases loaded, via singles by pinch hitter Miguel Cairo and Stubbs, with Cairo stopping at second base, a sacrifice bunt by Brandon Phillips, sending Cairo to third and Stubbs to second base, and an intentional walk to Votto, and with two men out, Jay Bruce hits a two-run single, scoring Cairo and Stubbs, and sending Votto to second base. The Phils tried to win it in the ninth as they loaded the bases, via a single by Mayberry, who is then moved over to second base by a sac bunt by Valdez, 1-4, an intentional walk by pinch hitter Chase Utley, both runners then moving up a base on a Nick Masset wild pitch, and an intentional walk to Rollins, but would be denied as Masset would get pinch hitter Dom Brown to pop out to the catcher in foul territory for the inning’s second out and then get Placido Polanco to hit into a force out, 6-4, wiping out Rollins at second base, to end the inning, sending the game into extra-innings.  The Reds then took a 4-3 lead in the top of the tenth as Bruce hits a lead-off home run, his thirteenth home run of the season. The Phils then tied it up at four-all in their half of the tenth as Ryan Howard hits a lead-off home run, his eleventh home run of the season. The Reds tried to retake the lead in the eleventh as they loaded the bases via Phillips being hit by the pitch, Votto walking, sending Phillips to second base, where he is picked off by J.C. Romero, for the inning’s second out, before Scott Rolen is walked, sending Votto up to second base, and then a walk to Bruce, before David Herndon ended the inning by getting Ramon Hernandez to ground out, 1-3. The score would stay that way until the nineteenth inning, when, as the Phils used up their last position player, Dane Sardinha, as a pinch hitter in the bottom of the eighteenth, they had to reorganize their defense, as they put Sardinha behind the plate, placed Ruiz at third, and moved Polanco over to second base, before sending Valdez to the mound. Valdez started his first inning as a pitcher off by getting Votto to fly out to center for the first out. After hitting Rolen, he then got Bruce to fly out to center, before finally ending the inning by getting Carlos Fisher to pop out to Polanco.  The Phils then began their half of the nineteenth with Rollins getting on base with a single. Brown followed with a walk, moving Rollins up to second base. Polanco then followed with a well executed sac bunt, sending Rollins to third, and Brown up to second base. Howard is then given an intentional walk to load up the base with only one out, bringing Ibanez to the plate. With both the Reds infield and outfield drawn in, Ibanez hits a long fly ball to center field which was caught for a sacrifice fly by Stubbs, allowing Rollins to score with the winning run, giving the Phils a 5-4, extra-innings, walk-off win.

Roy Halladay received a no-decision as he pitched seven innings, giving up three runs on eleven hits and a walk, while striking out six. Michael Stutes pitched a scoreless inning, as he gave up a hit, while striking out three. Ryan Madison pitched a 1-2-3 inning, striking out a batter. Antonio Bastardo pitched two-thirds of an inning, giving up a run on two hits, while striking out a batter. Kyle Kendrick pitched two-thirds of an inning, hitting a batter, while striking out two. J.C. Romero pitched a third of an inning, walking three batters.  David Herndon pitched two and a third scoreless innings, before being sent back to Lehigh Valley to make room for the just activated Jose Contreras. Danys Beaz pitched five scoreless innings, giving up a hit and a walk, while striking out three. Wilson Valdez (1-0, 0.00) gets the win as he pitched a scoreless inning, hitting a batter. Travis Wood also received a no-decision, as he went six innings, giving up three runs on six hits and three walks, while striking out two. Jose Arredondo, Bill Bray and Nick Masset combine for three scoreless innings, giving up a hit (Masset) and two walks (Masset), while striking out one (Bray) between them. Francisco Cordero blew his second save opportunity of the year as he pitched two innings, giving up a run on two hits, while striking out two. Logan Ondrusek pitched two 1-2-3 innings, striking out two. Carlos Fisher (0-1, 0.87) took the lost as he piched five and two-thirds innings, giving up a run on four hits and three walks, while striking out four.

The Phils had thirteen hits in the game, with Wilson Valdez leading the team with three hits, two singles and a double. Jimmy Rollins (Singles), Ryan Howard (Single, Home Run, RBI), John Mayberry, Jr. (Singles, RBI) all followed with two hits each. Ben Francisco (Home Run, 2 RBIs), Placido Polanco (Single), Raul Ibanez (Triple, RBI) and Carlos Ruiz (Double), had the other four Phils’ hits during a rather long game.

The Phils (30-19, 1st East) are presently concluding their four-game series with the Reds (26-24, 3rd Central), with a game in progress.

Ryan Madson bad ninth inning leads to a Phils’ lost as they drop one to the Reds, 6-3.

Ryan Madson allows three Reds’ runs to score in the top of the ninth of a tied game as the Phils lose to the Reds, 6-3.

The Reds took the lead in the first as, with a runner on second, and with two men out, Scott Rolen hits an RBI single, knocking in Joey Votto, who had just doubled, giving the Reds a 1-0 lead. The Phils tied the game up at one-all in the second as, with a runner on second, and with nobody out, Raul Ibanez hits an RBI double, knocking in Ryan Howard, who had earlier doubled. Two batters later, with a runner on third, as Carlos Ruiz moved Ibanez to third on a 3-unassisted ground out, and with one man out, Dom Brown hits a sacrifice fly, scoing Ibanez, giving the Phils a 2-1 lead. The Phils tried to make it a 3-1 lead in the third as, with Jimmy Rollins on second base, after hitting a double, and with one man out, he tried to score on a single to center by Chase Utley, Utley’s first hit of the season, but he was gunned down down at the plate by center fielder Drew Stubbs, 8-2, for the second out of the inning, while Utley moved up to second base on the throw. The Phils then finally made it a 3-1 lead in the fourth as, with one man on, and with one man out, Ruiz hits an RBI double, knocking in Ibanez, who had earlier singled. The Reds then tied the game up at three-all in the fifth as, with runners on second and third, and with nobody out, Brandon Phillips hits a two-run bloop single, scoring Jonny Cueto, who had earlier walked, then stopped at third on Stubbs’ ground-rule double, and Stubbs, who had just hit a ground-rule double. The Reds then took the lead in the ninth as, with the bases loaded, via a bunt single by Stubbs, who then reached second on Ryan Madson’s throwing error to first, an intentional walk to Votto and then an infield single by Rolen, as he beat Placido Polanco’s throw to first, while Stubbs moved up to third base, and Votto reached second, and with two man out, Jay Bruce hits a bases clearing double, scoring Stubbs, Votto and Rolen, giving the Reds a 6-3 lead. That would end up being the final score as Francisco Cordero recorded his ninth save of the season with a 1-2-3 ninth.

Vance Worley received a no-decision as he went five innings, giving up three runs on six hits and four walks, while striking out three. David Herndon, Michael Stutes and Antonio Bastardo combined for three scoreless innings, giving up a hit (Stutes), while striking out three (one batter each) between them. Ryan Madson (2-1, 1.80) took the lost as he pitched an inning, giving up three runs on three hits and a walk. Johnny Cueto also received a no-decision as he went six innings, giving up three runs on seven hits and two walks, while striking out one. Bill Bray pitched one and two-thirds scoreless innings, giving up a hit. Logan Ondrusek (3-2, 2.08) gets the win as he pitched one-third of an inning, walking a batter. Francisco Cordero received his ninth save of the year as he pitched a 1-2-3 ninth.

The Phils had eight hits in the game, with Raul Ibanez leading the team with three hits, two singles and a double, knocking in a run, as he raised his batting average to .252. Carlos Ruiz followed with two hits, a single and a double, as he knocked in a run, lifting his average to .256. Jimmy Rollins (Double), Ryan Howard (Double) and Chase Utley (Single) had the other three Phils’ hits. Dom Brown knocked in the third Phils’ run with a sac fly. The offense, after starting out fine, and missing an opportunity to score a fourth run because of Rollins being thrown out at the plate, seems to have stopped hitting after the fourth inning, thus allowing the Reds to win it in the ninth.

The Phils (29-19, 1st East) will continue their series with the Reds (26-23, T-2 Central) 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 their ace Roy Halladay (6-3, 2.21), who is coming of a win against the Rangers on May 20, as he went eight innings, giving up two runs on six hits and a walk, while he struck out seven, in the Phils’ 3-2 win. He will be going for his seventh win of the season. The Reds will try to counter with Travis Wood (3-3, 5.17) as he is coming off a no-decision against the Indians on May 20, as he pitched five and a third innings, giving up four runs on three hits and two walks, while striking out three, in the Reds’ 5-4 lost. He will be trying to give the Phils some fits. The Phils will be going out to give their ace some runs support to give him his seventh win of the season.

The Phils welcome Chase Utley’s return with a 10-run outburst as they routed the Reds, 10-3.

The Phils welcome Chase Utley’s return to the starting line-up with a ten-run offensive outburst, as they crush the Reds, 10-3.

The Phils took a quick 2-o lead in the first as, with one man on, and with one man out, Placido Polanco hits a two-run home run, his third home run of the season, knocking in Jimmy Rollins, who had earlier singled.  The Phils then busted the game wide open in the third. With two men on, and with one man out, Raul Ibanez gave the Phils a 3-0 lead with an RBI single, scoring Polanco, who had earlier singled, then stopped at second base on Ryan Howard’s single, while sending Howard, who had just singled, up to second base.  Three batters later, with the bases now loaded, via a walk to Carlos Ruiz, moving Howard to third base, and Ibanez up to second base, and now with two men out, the Phils took a 5-0 lead as John Mayberry, Jr., hits a two-run single, knocking in both Howard and Ibanez, while sending Ruiz up to third. The Phils then took a 6-0 lead as Cole Hamels hits an RBI single, knocking in Ruiz, while sending Mayberry up to second base. The Phils then took a 9-0 lead as Rollins hits a three-run home run, his third home run of the year, scoring both Mayberry and Hamels. The Reds then made it a 9-3 Phils’ lead in the fourth as, with two men on, and with one man out, Jay Bruce hits a three-run home run, his twelfth home run of the season, knocking in Brandon Phillips, who had earlier singled, then stopped at second base on Scott Rolen’s single, and Rolen, who had just singled. The Phils then made it a 10-3 lead in their half of the fourth as, with two men out, Ibanez hits a solo home run, his fifth home run of the year. That would be the final score, as Hamels, and the trio of Michael Stutes, Antonio Bastardo and Danys Baez, would shut the Reds down for the final five innings, with the three relievers throwing three 1-2-3 innings.

Cole Hamels (6-2, 3.06) got the win as he pitched six innings, giving up three runs on five hits and two walks, while striking out four. Michael Stutes, Antonio Bastardo and Danys Baez would combine for three 1-2-3 innings,  striking out three (Stutes (2), Baez (1)) between them. Bronson Arroyo (3-5, 5.28) took the lost as he lasted only two and two-thirds innings, giving up nine runs on ten hits and a walk, while striking out two. Matt Maloney pitched three and a third innings, giving up a run on three hits and a walk, while striking out two. Jose Arredondo pitched a scoreless inning, giving up a hit, while striking out a batter.  Logan Ondrusek pitched a 1-2-3 inning, striking out a Phil.

The Phils exploded for fourteen hits, with Carlos Ruiz leading the team with three hits, two singles and a double, as he raised his batting average to .241. Jimmy Rollins (Single, Home Run, 3 RBIs), Placido Polanco (Single, Home Run, 2 RBIs), Ryan Howard (Single, Double) and Raul Ibanez (Single, Home Run, 2 RBIs) followed with two hits each. Domonic Brown (Double), John Mayberry, Jr. (Single, 2 RBIs) and Cole Hamels (Single, RBI) had the other three Phils’ hits. All of the starters, except for a returning Chase Utley, who went 0 for 5, had a hit in the ballgame, as the offense resurfaced. Hopefully, this is the start of some good things, and not a tease.

The Phils (29-18, 1st East) will continue their series with the Reds (25-23, 2nd Central) with a ballgame 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 Vance Worley (2-0, 1.13), who has been called back up from Lehigh Valley to take the injured Joe Blanton’s spot in the rotation. He last pitched on May 13, in a relief appearence against the Braves, as he pitched an inning, giving up just a hit, while striking out one, in the Phils’ 5-4 come from behind win. He will be trying to continue his success as a starter in the majors. The Reds will counter with Johnny Cueto (2-1, 1.45), who is coming off a lost against the Pirates on May 19, as he went five innings, giving up three runs on five hits and three walks, while striking out five, in the Reds’ 5-3 lost. He will be trying to stop the Phils’ offense. The Phils will be trying for their fifth win on the home stand, while hoping that the bats are truly back, and what happen last night was not a mirage.

The Phils once again waste a good pitching effort as they lose to the Rangers, 2-0.

The Phils waste another good effort by Roy Oswalt as they lose to the Rangers, 2-0.

The Phils and Rangers were involved in a pitchers’ duel during most of the game between Phils’ starter Roy Oswalt and Rangers’ starter Matt Harrison. The Rangers finally took the lead in the sixth as, with one man on, and with one man out, Mitch Moreland hits an RBI double, knocking in Michael Young, who had earlier singled, then went to second base on Adrian Beltre’s ground out, 2-3, giving the Rangers a 1-0 lead. The Rangers then took a 2-0 lead in the eighth as, with runners on the corners, and with one man out, Craig Gentry knocked in a run with a suicide squeeze bunt, scoring Beltre, who had earlier doubled, then went to third on Moreland’s ground out, 4-3, while sending up to second base Mike Napoli, who had earleir been hit by the pitch. That would be the final score as Neftali Feliz recorded his ninth save of the year as he pitched a scoreless ninth, getting pinch hitter Ross Gload to fly out to left for the final out.

Roy Oswalt (3-2, 2.77) took the lost as he pitched seven innings, giving up a run on eight hits and two walks, while striking out three. J.C. Romero pitched a third of an inning, giving up a run on a hit. David Herndon pitched one and two-thirds innings, as he struck out a batter. Matt Harrison (4-4, 3.62) got the win as he pitched eight and one-third shut out innings, giving up five scattered hits and three walks, while striking out three. Neftali Feliz recorded his ninth save of the season as he pitched two-thirds of an inning, getting out both men that he would face.

The Phils had only five hits in the game, all singles, by Wilson Valdez, Placido Polanco, Ryan Howard, Raul Ibanez and Dane Sardinha, as the Phils’ offense once again went into neutral. They were once again unable to get the key hit against an opponent’s pitcher, as they hope that a returning Chase Utley will help jump start the offense.

The Phils (28-18, 1st NL East) will begin a four-games series with the Reds (25-22, 2nd Central), 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 Cole Hamels (5-2, 2.92), who is coming off a win against the Rockies on May 18, as he pitched eight strong innings, giving up a run on five hits and a walk, while striking out eight, in the Phils’ 2-1 win. He will be going for his sixth win of the season. The Reds will counter by sending to the mound Bronson Arroyo (3-4, 4.11), who is coming off a lost against the Pirates on May 18, as he pitched seven innings, being hit for five runs on seven hits and two walks, while striking out four, in the Reds’ 5-0 lost. He will be trying to even up his record. The Phils will be trying to start off the long series with a win.

The Phils gets blanked as they drop the series opener to the D-backs, 4-0.

The Phils are once again snakebit in Phoenix as they are blanked by the D-backs, 4-0.

The D-backs took the lead in the third as, with one man on, and with two men out, Chris Young hits a two-run home run, his fifth home run of the year, knocking in Ryan Roberts, who had earlier singled, and then stole second base, giving the D-backs a 2-0 lead. The D-backs increased their lead to 3-0 in the fifth as, with one man out, Gerardo Parra hits a solo home run, his first home run of the season. The D-backs then increased their lead in the sixth as, with a runner on second, and with two men out, Xavier Nady hits an RBI single, scoring Justin Upton, who had earlier walked, then stole second, giving the D-backs a 4-0 lead. That would be all that D-backs starter Ian Kennedy would need as he threw a complete game, three-hit shut out on the Phils, ending the game by striking out Jimmy Rollins.

Cliff Lee (2-2, 4.18) took the lost as he pitched seven innings, giving up four runs on five hits and a walk, while striking out twelve. Michael Stutes made his major league debut as he pitched a 1-2-3 inning, striking out a batter. Ian Kennedy (3-1, 4.02) got the win as he pitched a complete game shut out, giving up only three hits, while striking out ten.

The Phils offense only had three hits in the game, two hits by Placido Polanco, a double and a single, and a single by Jimmy Rollins. The offense is doing nothing right now, as they are not even attempting to take walks, and swinging at bad pitches at the worst possible time, while either not swinging or fouling off ‘good’ pitches. This has got to change guys. This is suppose to be one of the worst pitching staffs in the NL. Act accordingly. PLEASE!!!

The Phils (15-7, 1st NL East) will continue their series with the D-backs (9-12, 4th NL West) with a night game tonight. The game will be played at Chase Field and will begin at 9:40 pm EDT (6:40 pm PDT). The Phils will send to the mound Roy Oswalt (3-0, 1.88), who is coming off a win against the Padres on April 21, as he went six strong shut out innings, giving up only a hit and two walks, in the Phils’ 3-0 win. He will be going for his fourth win, while trying to even the series in Phoenix. The D-backs will counter with Daniel Hudson (0-4, 5.92), who is coming off a lost against the Reds on April 21, as he went five and one-thirds innings, giving up 5 runs on seven hits and four walks, while striking out only three, in the D-backs’ 7-4 lost. He will be trying for his first win of the year, while hoping that the Phils’ bat won’t decide to erupt on him. The Phils will be trying to even up the series, while trying to get the bats out of their present funk.

The Phils sweep the series behind the strong arm of Roy Halladay, 3-1.

The Phils finished their sweep of the punchless Padres behind the strong pitching of Roy Halladay, as they win, 3-1.

The Phils took the lead in the sixth as, with two men on, and with nobody out, Ben Francisco hits an RBI single, scoring Jimmy Rollins, who had earlier singled, then stopped at second base on Ryan Howard’s single, giving the Phils a 1-0 lead. The Phils then took a 2-0 lead as, with still two men on, and with still nobody outs, John Mayberry, Jr. hits an RBI double, scoring Howard, while sending Francisco on to third base. The Phils then made it 3-0 in the seventh as Shane Victorino hits a lead-off inside-the-park home run, his third home run of the season, on a ball that bounced off of right fielder’s Will Venable’s glove and then bounced into center field. The Padres finally scored a run in the ninth as, with two men on, and with two men out, Venable hits an RBI single, knocking in Jason Bartlett, who had earlier grounded into a force out, 1-6, forcing out Cameron Maybin, who had earlier singled, then went to second base on Chase Headley’s single, cutting the Phils’ lead down to 3-1, while sending Headley, who had earlier singled, would stop at second base. The Phils replaced Roy Halladay with Antonio Bastardo, who then ended the game with one pitch, recording his first save of the year by getting pinch hitter Nick Hundley to fly to right.

Roy Halladay (3-1, 2.41) got the win as he pitched eight and two-thirds innings, giving up only one run on five hits and a walk, while he struck out a career-tying fourteen batters. Antonio Bastardo converted his first save of the year as he get out the only man he would face. Wade LeBlanc (0-1, 3.38) took the lost as he pitched eight innings, giving up three runs on nine hits and four walks, while striking out two. Ernesto Frieri pitched a scoreless inning, striking out a batter. Doc dominated the Padres, as he struck out fourteen batters, striking out six in a row at one point.

The Phils had nine hits in the game, with Ryan Howard and Ben Francisco leading the team with two hits each, all singles, with Francisco knocking in a run. Shane Victorino (Home Run, RBI), Placido Polanco (Single), Jimmy Rollins (Single), John Mayberry, Jr. (Double, RBI), Mike Martinez (Single), had the other five Phils’ hits. The Phils’ offense once again scratched out a victory.

Phils (15-6, 1st NL East) will continued their western road trip with a three-game series with the D-backs (8-12, 4th NL West) with a game tomorrow night. The game will be played at Chase Field and will begin at 9:40 pm EDT (6:40 pm MDT). The Phils will send Cliff Lee (2-1, 3.91), who is coming off a no-decision against the Brewers on April 20, as he went six innings, giving up two runs on eight hits and one walk, as he struck out one, in the Phils’ 4-3 win. He will be going for his third win of the season, while trying to increase the Phils winning streak to six games. The D-backs will send to the mound Ian Kennedy (2-1, 5.64), who is coming off a win against the Reds on April 20, as he pitched five and one-thirds innings, giving up a run on four hits and a walk, while striking out three, in the D-backs’ 3-1 win. He will be trying to end the Phils present winning streak. The Phils will be out to increase their winning streak to six games.

Philadelphia Phillies – Team History: Second Place Finishes.

In the Phillies’ 128-year history as a member of the National League, they have spent most of that time being either a cellar dweller or as a member of the second division. But, the team has spent some time in the first division, winning two World Series Championship, seven National League pennants, with two in consecutive seasons (2008-2009) and ten National League Eastern Division flags, including winning the last four (2007-2010). The team has also finished in second place in either the National League (1883-1968) or in the National League Eastern Division (1969 to the present) a grand total of thirteen time.

The first time they would end up in second place would be in 1887, the fifth year of the team’s existence, as they would finish the season behind the first place Detroit Wolverines with a record of 75-48 for a winning percentage of .610, finishing 3.5 games behind the Wolverines in a league of eight teams, before the expansion to twelve teams in 1892. For the Phils, who were also called the Quakers at the time, this would be their only second place finish in the 19th Century. The next time the Phils would finish in second place, and the first time in the 20th Century, would occur in 1901, as they fell behind the Pittsburgh Pirates, who were at the beginning of winning three straight NL pennants (1901-1903), as they finish the season with a record of 83-57, with a .593 winning percentage, finishing 7.5 games behind the Bucos. The next time that the Phils would end up in second place would occur in 1913, as they finished behind the New York Giants, who had won their third straight NL pennant (1911-1913), ending the year with a record of 88-63 for a winning percentage of .583, ending up 12.5 games behind the Giants. The Phils would then finished second for the two seasons after they had won their first NL pennant in 1915. The first time, for the fourth time overall, would occur in 1916, when they would finish behind the Brooklyn Robins, now Dodgers, with a 91-62 record, winning one game more than they did the year that they won the pennant, with a winning percentage of .595, finishing 2.5 games behind the Robins. The following season, 1917, they would finish in second place again, this time behind the Giants, with a record of 87-65, with a .572 winning percentage, trailing the Giants by 10 games. The Phils would then spend most of the next 47 years in the second division before once again finishing second. The Phils would then end up tied for second place with the Cincinnati Reds in 1964, after collapsing in September, finishing behind the St. Louis Cardinals with a record of 92-70, with a winning percentage of .568, a game out of first. This would be the sixth and final time that they would finish in second place in the National League before the two major leagues split into divisions in 1969, with the Phils becoming a member of the NL East. The first time the Phils would end up in second place in the NL East would occur in 1975, when they finished second to the Pirates, finishing the year with a record of 86-76, with a .531 winning percentage, finishing 6.5 games before the Pirates. The second time they would end up in second place in the NL East would happen in 1982, as they trail the Cardinals, ending up with a record of 89-73, with a winning percentage of .549, finishing 3 games behind the redbirds. The third time they would finish second in the NL East would be in 1986, as they finished behind the New York Mets with a record of 86-75, with a .534 winning percentage, trailing by 21.5 games. The fourth time they would finish the season in second place in the NL East would not occur until 2001, when they finished behind the Atlanta Braves with an 86-76 record, a winning percentage of .531, ending up 2 games out of first. The Phils will then end up in second place in the East, missing being the wild card winner each season, in 2004, 2005, and 2006, finishing behind the Braves in 2004 and 2005 and then behind the Mets in 2006. In 2004, they finished the season with an 86-76 record, a .531 winning percentage, as they finished 10 games behind the Braves. In 2005, they finished the year with a record of 88-74, with a winning percentage of .543, 2 games behind the Braves. In 2006, they would end the baseball season with a record of 85-77, a winning percentage of .525, 12 games in back of the Mets.

Of their thirteen finishes in second place, six occurred as a member of the NL, and the other seven as a member of the NL East. They would finish in second place once in the 19th Century, eight times in the 20th Century (5 (NL), 3 (NL East)), and four, so far, in the 21st Century as a member of the NL East. Their best record in second place was when they finished second in 1964, when they finished with a record of 91-70. Their worst second place finish was in 1887, the first time they would finish second, as they had a record of 75-48. Their highest winning percentage would be the .610 of 1887, while the worst would be the .525 of 2006. Their best game behind finish was when they ended a game behind (with the Reds) in 1964, while their worst was when they fell 21.5 games behind (the Mets in the East) in 1986.

With the way the Phils are presently structured, they could remain as either a first or a second place team in the NL East for several more seasons.

The Phils have hired Juan Samuel as their new third base coach. Huh?!?

Samuel joins Phillies as third-base coach

By Todd Zolecki / MLB.com

Wait, I thought that he was going for Davey Lopes’ job???

PHILADELPHIA — The Phillies announced on Thursday they have hired  Juan Samuel to be their third-base coach and outfield instructor.

Sam Perlozzo, who served as the team’s third-base coach the previous two  seasons, will move from third to first base and handle the club’s  baserunning instruction. The Phillies hired Samuel because Davey Lopes,  who handled the team’s outfield and baserunning duties as first-base  coach the previous four seasons, left the organization following a  stalemate during contract negotiations.

Samuel and Perlozzo join pitching coach Rich Dubee, hitting coach Greg  Gross, bench coach Pete Mackanin and bullpen coach Mick Billmeyer on the  2011 coaching staff.

“I feel fortunate that we were able to add someone of Juan’s stature to  our coaching staff,” Phillies manager Charlie Manuel said in a  statement. “He was a tremendous Major League player and a big part of  Phillies history, and I’m looking forward to him passing on his  knowledge of the game to our players. He’s a great addition to our  organization.”

There were indications Samuel would return to Baltimore next season as  its third-base coach, but the sides never finalized a deal, and the  Phillies wooed him to Philadelphia.

Samuel, 49, was the Orioles’ third-base coach from 2007-10. He also  served as interim manager this season after the Orioles dismissed Dave  Trembley. Samuel also served as a first- and third-base coach with the  Detroit Tigers (1999-2005).

Samuel, a three-time National League All-Star, played with the Phillies  from 1983-89 and was inducted into the organization’s Wall of Fame in  2008. He hit .259 with 161 home runs, 703 RBIs and 396 stolen bases in  1,720 games for the Phillies, Mets, Dodgers, Royals, Reds, Tigers and  Blue Jays.

He is the 34th man in franchise history to both play and coach for the Phillies.

H/T Phillies.com

Okay. Let me get this straight: Juan is joining the staff to replace Davey Lopes, but, he is going to be the team’s third-base, not first-base, coach, and will also work with the outfielders, while Sam Perlozzo will now become the team’s first-base coach and will be handling the baserunning duties?!? Anyone else besides me confused by this arrangement? Okay, guys, you better know what you’re doing since I think Juan should be the one handling the baserunning duties and vice versa. I’ll guess we’ll all see how it works out during the ’11 season.

With that said, welcome back, Juan.

Philadelphia Phillies – Team History: 90 + wins.

In the team’s 128 years history, the Phils would win 90 games or more only fourteen times.

The team has won 100 games or more only twice in its history, as they would win 101 games twice. The first time occurred in 1976, when the team would win 101 games, losing only 61, as they would win the first of three straight NL Eastern Division titles, before losing to the World Champions Cincinnati Reds 3-0 in the NL Championship Series. They would duplicate that record the following year, 1977, as they would win their second straight NL Eastern Division crown, before falling to the Los Angeles Dodgers in the NL Championship Series, 3-1.

Their third highest victory total would be 97 games, which they would do twice. The first time would occur in 1993, when they would unexpectively win the Eastern Division that season with a record of 97-65, then win the NL title by defeating the National League Champions Braves in the NL Championship Series, 4-2, before finally falling to the World Champions Toronto Blue Jays in the World Series, 4-2. They would then duplicate the record this year as they would win their fourth straight NL Eastern Division crown, the first time that they would do that in the team’s history, before defeating the Cincinnati Reds in the NL Divisional Series, 3-0, and then losing to the San Francisco Giants in the NL Championship Series, 4-2.

The fifth best team was the 1899 Phillies, who finished that season in third place with a 94-58 record, the team’s best record for the 19th Century, ending up nine games behind the first place Brooklyn Superbas. The sixth best team was the 2009 team which finished with a record of 93-69, winning the team’s third straight Eastern Division title, doing so for the second time in the team’s history, before defeating the Colorado Rockies in the Divisional Series, 3-1, then beating the Dodgers in the NL Championship Series, 4-1, winning the team’s second straight NL title, doing so for the first time in the team’s history, before losing their World Series crown to the American League Champions New York Yankees in the World Series, 4-2.

The next two teams ended up with identical records of 92-70, giving them both the seventh best winning total. The first one was the 1964 team, the one that had the most infamous late season collapse in baseball history, until the Mets team of 2007. That team would end up being tied for second place with the Reds, a game behind the St. Louis Cardinals. The other team to win 92 games was the 2008 Phils, who would win their second straight Eastern Division title, before defeating first the Milwaukee Brewers in the NL Divisional Series, 3-1, then the Dodgers in the NL Championship Series, 4-1, and then the American League Champions Tampa Bay Rays in the World Series, 4-1, winning the team’s second World Championship.

The team with the ninth best record was the 1980 Phils, who ended the season with a record of 90-72, finishing first in the Eastern Division, before first defeating the Houston Astros in the NL Championship Series, 3-2, then defeating the American League Champions Kansas City Royal, 4-2, winning the team’s first World Championship. The tenth best team was the 1916 team which ended the season with a 91-62, finishing in second place, two and a half-games behind the Brooklyn Dodgers.

The eleventh team to win at least 90 games was the 1950 ‘Whiz Kid’ who won the pennant in 1950 with record of 91-63, only to lose the World Series to the World Champions Yankees, 4-0. The twelfth team was the 1915 team, which won the Phils’ first National League pennant with a record of 90-62, only to lose the World Series to the Boston Red Sox, 4-1. The final two teams would end up with identical records of 90-72. The first one was the 1978 team, which won the National League Eastern Division title, the third straight for the team, doing so for the first time in the team’s history, before losing the NL Championship Series to the National League Champions Dodgers, 3-1. The fourteenth, and final team, with 90 or more wins, was the 1983 team, nicknamed the ‘Wheeze Kids’, who would win the NL East, then defeat the Dodgers in the NL Championship Series, 3-1, before losing the World Series to the American League Champions Baltimore Orioles, 4-1.

Will the 2011 team become the fifteen team to win 90 games or more? Maybe, maybe not, but we won’t know for sure until next year comes and goes.

2010 National League Championship Series, Game # 1: The Phils start off on the wrong foot as they lose to the Giants in a tight game, 4-3. They trail the series 0-1.

With the Doc not at his dominant best, the Phils fall behind and are unable to defeat the Giants, as they lose 4-3. They trail the Giants in the championship series, 0-1.

The Giants took the lead in the third as, with one man out, Cody Ross hits a solo home run, his first home run of the series, giving the Giants a 1-0 lead. The Phils would tie the score up at one-all in their half of the third as Carlos Ruiz hits a lead-off home run, his first home run of the series. The Giants retook the lead in the fifth as, with one man out, Ross hits his second solo home run of the night, and of the series, giving the Giants a 2-1 lead. The Giants then added to their lead in the sixth as, with one man on, and with two men out, Pat Burrell hits an RBI double, knocking in Buster Posey, who had earlier singled, giving the Giants a 3-1 lead. One batter later, after Burrell is replaced on second base by pinch runner Nate Schierholtz, Juan Uribe knocks him in with an RBI single up the middle, making it a 4-1 Giants’ lead, before he went up to second base on Shane Victorino’s offline throw to home plate. The Phils then cut the Giants’ lead down to 4-3 in their half of the sixth as, with one man on, and with one man out, Jayson Werth hits a two-run home run, his first home run of the series, knocking in Chase Utley, who had earlier singled. But that would end up being the final score as the Phils are unable to mount a rally in the last three innings, as Brian Wilson picks up his first save of the series by getting a four-out save, striking out Shane Victorino swinging to end the game.

Roy Halladay took the lost as he is unable to do an encore to his no-hitter, as he pitches seven innings, giving up  four runs on eight hits, as he strikes out seven. His record in the series is now 0-1 with a 5.14 ERA. Ryan Madson and Brad Lidge pitches two scoreless innings, giving up just one hit (Lidge) and a walk (Lidge), while striking out three (Madson (1), Lidge (2)) between them. Tim Lincecum gets the win as he also pitches seven innings, giving up three runs on six hits and three walks, while striking out eight. His record in the series is now 1-0 with a 3.86 ERA. Javier Lopez collects his first hold of the series as he pitches two-thirds of an inning, getting out both men that he would face, one by strikeout. Brian Wilson collects his first save of the series as he pitches a scoreless inning and a third, giving up a hit, while striking out four.

The Phils had seven hits in the game, with Jayson Werth leading the team with two hits, a single and a two-run home run. Placido Polanco, Chase Utley, Ryan Howard, Carlos Ruiz and Roy Halladay had the other five Phils’ hits, with Polanco, Utley and Halladay’s hits being singles, Howard’s hit being a double, and Ruiz’s hit being a solo home run. The Phils’ offense is still being held in check, not being patient and, in some cases, swinging at junk. The bats need to come out and put together some sustain rallies, else its going to be a short series.

The Phils (0-1) will tonight face the Giants (1-0) in the second game of the 2010 National League Championship Series. The game will be played at Citizens Bank Park and will start at 8 pm Eastern Time. The Phils will send to the mound Roy Oswalt, who is coming off a bad start against the Reds on October 8, as he received a no-decision as he pitched five innings, giving up four runs, only three of which were earned, on five hits and a walk, while striking out five, in the Phils’ 7-4 win. He will be going out to improve on his divisional series start, while trying to pitch the Phils into a series tie. The Giants will counter with Jonathan Sanchez, who is also coming off a no-decision in the third game of the divisional series with the Braves on October 10, as he pitched seven and a third innings, giving up a run on two hits and a walk, while striking out eleven in the Giants’ 3-2 win. He will be trying to give the Giants a 2-0 series lead. The Phils will be looking for a good start from Oswalt while trying to get the lumber out against Sanchez to even up the series.

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