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The Phils finish a sweep of the Brew Crew as they defeat the Brewers, 4-2.

Behind Cole Hamels and the bullpen, the Phils finish a sweep of the Brewers as they defeat the Brew Crew, 4-2.

The Phils took the lead in the first as, with a runner on third, and with nobody out, Placido Polanco hits an RBI double, scoring Shane Victorino, who had earlier singled, stole second and then went to third on second baseman’s Rickie Weeks missed catch error, giving the Phils a 1-0 lead. In the second, the Phils took a 2-0 lead as, with one man on, and with one man out, Phils’ starter Cole Hamels help his own cause by hitting an RBI double, knocking in Paul Hoover, who had earlier doubled. The Phils will make it 3-0 in the third as, with two men on, and with two men out, Wilson Valdez hits an RBI ground-rule double, scoring Jayson Werth, who had earlier hit his own ground-rule double, while sending Raul Ibanez, who had just walked, on to third. The Brewers would get back into the game in the sixth as, with two men out, Casey McGhee hits a solo home run, his eighth home run of the season, to make it a 3-1 Phils’ lead. The next batter, Corey Hart, follows with his own solo home run, his fifth home run of the year, to cut the Phils’ lead down to 3-2. The Phils would get an insurance run in the eighth as, with runners on the corners, and with two men out, Chase Utley would strikeout, but the ball would get past catcher Gregg Zaun for a strikeout-wild pitch by reliever Carlos Villanueva, allowing Victorino, who had earlier walked, and had gone to third on Polanco’s single, to score, giving the Phils a 4-2 lead, while allowing Polanco, who had just singled, to move up to second base, and Utley to get to first. That would be the final score as J.C. Romero would pitch a 1-2-3 ninth, recording his first save of the season.

Cole Hamels gets the win, as he pitches six and two-thirds innings, giving up two runs on six hits and three walks, while striking out three. His record is now 4-2 with an ERA of 4.29. Chad Durbin receives his six hold of the season as he pitches a third of an inning, giving up a hit. Danys Baez pitches a scoreless inning, giving up two hits, recording his fourth hold of the year. J.C. Romero gets his first save of the season as he pitches a 1-2-3 ninth. Dave Bush took the lost as he pitches six innings, giving up three runs on nine hits and four walks, while striking out two. His record is now 1-4 with a 4.27 ERA. Mitch Stetter pitches a scoreless inning, giving up a hit, while striking out one. Todd Coffey pitches two-thirds of an inning, giving up a run on one hit and a walk. Carlos Villanueva pitches a third of an inning, throwing a wild pitch, while striking out two. Trevor Hoffman pitches a 1-2-3 inning, striking out a batter. 

The Phils had eleven hits in the game, with Shane Victorino, Placido Polanco and Ryan Howard all leading the team with two hits apiece. Victorino’s hits were two singles, scoring two runs, Polanco’s hits were a double and a single, knocking in a run, while Howard’s hits were both singles. Jayson Werth, Raul Ibanez, Wilson Valdez, Paul Hoover and Cole Hamels had the other five Phils’ hits, with Werth, Valdez, Hoover and Hamels’ hits being doubles, with Hamels and Valdez both knocking in runs, while Ibanez’s hit was a single.

The Phils (23-13, 1st East) will start a home stand with a two-game series against the Pirates (16-21, 3rd Central). The game will be played at Citizens Bank Park and will start at 7:05 pm Eastern. The Phils will send to the mound Kyle Kendrick (1-1, 5.89), who is coming off a no-decision against the Rockies on May 10, as he went six innings, giving up four runs on eight hits and two walks, while striking out one, in the Phils’ 9-5 win. He will be trying to get his second win of the season. The Pirates will counter with Charlie Morton (1-6, 9.19), who is coming off lost against the Reds on May 11, as he went six innings, giving up three runs on seven hits and two walks, while striking out four, in the Pirates’ 9-0 lost. He will also be trying to get his second win of the season. The Phils will be trying for their fourth straight win, while trying to start the home stand on a good note.

Jose Contreras ends a Brewers threat in the bottom of the ninth as the Phils give Joe Blanton as they defeat the Brew Crew, 10-6.

Jose Contreras ends a Brewers’ bases loaded threat in the bottom of the ninth by striking out two straight batters, collecting his first career save, as he preserves Joe Blanton’s first win of the year, as the Phils defeat the Brewers, 10-6. The Phils’ lead in the East is now at three games as the Nats lose a doubleheader to the Rockies.

The Phils took the lead in the second as, with two men on, and with one man out, Shane Victorino hits an RBI single, knocking in Paul Hoover, who had earlier singled, and moved up to second on Phils’ starter Joe Blanton’s sacrifice bunt, giving the Phils a 1-0 lead, while sending Blanton, who was safe at first on the sac bunt, up to second base. Two batters later, with two men on base, and now with two men out, Chase Utley hits a ground-rule double, knocking in Blanton, making it 2-0 Phils, while sending Victorino to third. The Brewers cut the Phils’ lead in the fifth as Prince Fielder hits a lead-off home run, his sixth home run of the season, making it a 2-1 Phils’ lead. The Phils’ increased their lead in the sixth as, with one man on, and with one out, Victorino hits a two-run home run, his eighth home run of the year, knocking in Hoover, who had earlier singled, to give the Phils a 4-1 lead. The Brewers got a run back in their half of the fifth as Alcides Escobar hits a pinch hit home run, his second home run of the year, making it a 4-2 Phils’ lead. The Phils then busted the game wide open in the seventh. With two men on, and with one man out, Hoover hits a two-run double, knocking in both Jayson Werth, who had earlier singled, moved up to second on Wilson Valdez’s single, and then moved up to third on Claudio Vargas’ wild pitch, and Valdez, who had just singled, and then went to second on Vargas’ wild pitch, making it a 6-2 Phils’ lead. Two batters later, Victorino would make it a 7-2 Phils’ lead, as he hit an RBI double, knocking in Hoover, who had gone to third on Blanton’s single, while sending Blanton on to third. Placido Polanco follows with an RBI single, scoring Blanton and giving the Phils an 8-2 lead, while sending Victorino on to third base. Utley next hits a sacrifice fly, scoring Victorino, to give the Phils a 9-2 lead. The Brewers struck back in their half of the seventh as, with two men on, and with two men out, Corey Hart hit a two-run home run, his fourth home run of the year, knocking in both Fielder, who had earlier doubled, and Gregg Zaun, who had just walked, making it a 9-5 Phils’ lead. The Phils got a run back in the eighth as, with runners on the corners, and with no one out, Hoover hit into a 6-4-3 double play, wiping out at second base Valdez, who had just singled, while scoring Raul Ibanez, who had earlier walked, and had gone to third on Hoover’s single, giving the Phils’ a 10-5 lead. The Brewers made it 10-6 in the ninth as, with runners on the corners, and with one man out, Hart hits an RBI double, knocking in Jody Gerut, who had earlier doubled, and had gone to third on Zaun’s single, while sending Zaun, who had earlier singled, on to third. After pinch hitter George Kottaras walked to load up the bases, Jose Contreras ended the game by getting Rickie Weeks to strike out swinging, and Craig Counsell to strike out looking, to record his first save of the year.

Joe Blanton gets the win as he pitches seven innings, giving up five runs on six hits and a walk, while striking out five. His record is now 1-2 with a 5.49 ERA. Chad Durbin pitches a scoreless inning, giving up a hit, while he strikes out one. David Herndon pitches a third of an inning, giving up a run on three hits. Jose Contreras records his first career save, as he pitches two-thirds of an inning, giving up a walk, while striking out two. Chris Narveson takes the lost as he pitches five and two-thirds innings, giving up four runs on eight hits and three walks, while striking out nine. His record is now 3-1 with a 5.29 ERA. Mitch Stetter pitches a third of an inning, striking out the only batter he would face. Claudio Vargas pitches a third of an inning, giving up five runs on six hits. Jeff Suppan pitches two-thirds of an inning, giving up a hit. John Axford pitches an inning, giving up a run on one hit and a walk, while striking out a batter. Carlos Villanueva pitches a scoreless inning, giving up a hit, while he strikes out one.

The Phils had seventeen hits in the game, the most hits in a game so far this season. Placido Polanco led the team with four hits, all singles, knocking in a run. Shane Victorino and Paul Hoover follows with three hits each, with Victorino’s hits being a single, a double and a two-run home run, knocking in four runs, while Hoover’s hits were two singles and a double, as he knocks in two runs, while a third run scores on his doubleplay grounder. Chase Utley and Wilson Valdez then follow with two hits apiece, with Utley’s hits being a ground-rule double and a regular double, knocking in two runs, while Valdez’s hits were both singles. Ryan Howard, Jayson Werth and Phils’ starter Joe Blanton had the other three Phils’ hits, all singles.

The Phils (22-13, 1st East) will conclude their road trip with a night game against the Brewers (15-21, 4th Central). The game will be played at Miller Park and will start at 8:05 pm Eastern, that will be nationally televised by ESPN. The Phils will send to the mound Cole Hamels (3-2, 4.53), who is coming off a win against the Braves on May 9, as he pitched five innings, giving up three runs on eight hits and four walks, while striking out five, in the Phils’ 5-3 win. He will be trying to lead the Phils to a series sweep while trying for his second strong start in three tries. The Brewers will counter with Doug Davis (1-4, 7.56), who is coming off a lost against the Braves on May 10, as he pitched five and two-thirds innings, giving up three runs on three hits and six walks, while striking out four, in the Brewers’ 8-2 lost. He will be trying to keep the Brewers from being swept. The Phils will be trying to end the trip on a high note, with a series sweep.

Jamie Moyer wins his fifth game of the season as the Phils defeat the Brew Crew in a throwback game, 9-5.

While wearing their old uniforms from their previous period of success, the modern Phils, behind the pitching of the seemingly ageless Jamie Moyer, defeat the Brewers, 9-5.

The Phils took a quick 2-0 lead in the first as, with one man on, and with two men out, Ryan Howard hits a two-run home run, his sixth home run of the season, knocking in Shane Victorino, who had earlier singled. The Phils added to their lead in the second, as, with one man on, and with nobody out, Wilson Valdez hits an RBI double, scoring Raul Ibanez, who had earlier doubled, giving the Phils a 3-0 lead. The lead then evaporates in the Brewers’ half of the second by three swings of the bat. Prince Fielder made it a 3-1 Phils’ lead as he hits a lead-off home run, his fifth home run of the year. Two batters later, with one man out, Jim Edmonds made it a 3-2 Phils’ lead as he hit a solo home run, his third home run of the year. Then two batters later, now with two men out, George Kottaras tied the game up at three-all as he hits a solo home run, his third home run of the season. The Phils then regained the lead in the fourth as Ibanez hits a solo home run, his fourth home run of the season, to give the Phils a 4-3 lead. Four batters later, the Phils took a 6-3 lead as Victorino hits a two-run triple, knocking in Valdez, who had earlier tripled, and Paul Hoover, who had earlier walked, and moved up to second on Jamie Moyer’s sacrifice bunt, 1-3. The Phils then added to their lead in the sixth as, with the bases loaded, via Valdez being safe on a throwing error by Manny Parra, a single by Hoover, sending Valdez up to second base, and a fielding error by Parra as he drops a Moyer sacrifice bunt attempt, moving Valdez and Hoover both up a base, while Moyer was safe at first, and with no one out, Victorino hits an RBI single, scoring Valdez, and giving the Phils a 7-3 lead, while moving Hoover to third, and Moyer up to second. The Phils then made it 8-3 as Placido Polanco hits a sacrifice fly, scoring Hoover. The Brewers tried to come back in the seventh as, with the bases loaded, via a single to Edmonds and walks to Alcides Escobar, which send Edmonds to second base, and to pinch hitter Craig Counsell, moving both Edmonds and Escobar up a base, and with one man out, Rickie Weeks hits into an RBI force out to short, 6-4, as Edmonds scores, making it an 8-4 Phils’ lead, forcing out Counsell at second base, before Chase Utley commits a throwing error as he attempts to double up Weeks, allowing Escobar to score, making it an 8-5 Phils’ lead, while Weeks moves up to second on the bad throw. The Phils gets a run back in the ninth as, Utley hits a lead-off home run, his ninth home run of the season. Jose Contreras then comes in and pitches a scoreless ninth, ending the game by getting Corey Hart to line out to short.

Jamie Moyer receives the win as he pitches six and one third innings, giving up five runs, only four of which are earned, on five hits and three walks, while he strikes out three. His record is now 5-2 with a 4.57 ERA. David Herndon records his first hold of the season as he pitches two-thirds of an inning, striking out a batter, Danys Baez receives his third hold of the year as he pitches a scoreless inning, giving up two hits. Jose Contreras also pitches a scoreless inning, giving up a hit, as he strikes out one. Randy Wolf took the lost as he pitches five innings, giving up six runs on seven hits and two walks, while he strikes out two. His record is now 3-3 with an ERA of 4.66. Manny Parra pitches two innings, giving up two runs, both unearned, on three hits, while he strikes out three. Claudio Vargas pitches a 1-2-3 scoreless inning, striking out a batter. Mitch Stetter pitches two-third of an inning, giving up a run on one hit and a hit batter, while he strikes out a batter. Todd Coffey pitches a third of an inning, getting out the only man he would face.

The Phils had eleven hits in the game, with Shane Victorino leading the team with three hits, two singles and a triple, as he knocks in three runs. He was followed by Raul Ibanez and Wilson Valdez who had two hits each, with Ibanez’s hits being a double and a solo home run, knocking in a run, while Valdez’s hits were a double and a triple, knocking in a run. Chase Utley, Ryan Howard, Jayson Werth and Paul Hoover had the other four Phils’ hit, with Utley and Howard’s hits being home run, with Howard’s being a two-run shot, with Utley knocking in one run and Howard two, while Werth and Hoover’s hits were singles. Placido Polanco knocks in the other Phil run with a sac fly.

The Phils (21-13, 1st East),  continue their three-game series with the Brewers (15-20, 3rd Central) with a nationally televised afternoon game on Fox. The game is being played at Miller Park and will begin at 4:10 pm. The Phils will send to the mound Joe Blanton (0-2, 4.97), who is coming off a lost against the Braves on May 8, as he went six innings, giving up three runs on five hits and two walks, while striking out three, in the Phils’ 4-1 lost. He is still trying to get his first win of the season after coming off the disabled list. The Brewers will send to the mound Chris Narveson (3-0, 5.06), who is coming off a win against the D-backs on May 9, as he went five and two-thirds innings, giving up a run on three hits and a walk, while he struck out eight, in the Brewers’ 6-1 win. He will be trying to even the series for the brew crew. The Phils will be going for the series win this afternoon, and give Blanton his first win of the year.

Phillies lose another series as Cole Hamels is knocked out of the box, literally.

The Phillies dropped to 6-8 on the season as they lose another game, one in which they were almost no-hit by the Brewers, while their ace was taken out of the game after being hit on the shoulder by a line-drive hit by Prince Fielder.

The game started out as a pitchers’ duel between Phillies’ ace Cole Hamels and Brewers’ starter Dave Bush for the first three innings, in which Hamels gave up only a single (Corey Hart) while striking out six of the first nine batter that he had so far faced, while Bush had allowed only one Phil batter to reach base, via a hit batsman (Jimmy Rollins). That all changed in the fourth, as, with a runner on first and one man out, Ryan Braun hits a two-run home run to left, his fourth home run of the season, and his third home run in the series, as he knocked in Hart, who had earlier singled, giving the Brewers a 2-0 lead. The next batter, Prince Fielder, then hit a first pitch line drive up the middle, which hit Hamels’ on his left shoulder, as he was finishing his delivery. The Phillies, not taking any chances with their ace, decided to take Hamels out of the game, for what was later revealed to be a bruise on his shoulder. The Phils replaced him with J.A. Happ who then ended the inning with no further damage. The Brewers then added to their lead in the fifth, as Fielder hits a two-outs, based-loaded double, scoring Bush, who had earlier singled, had moved up to second on Rickie Weeks’ single, and had gone to third on Braun’s walk, Weeks, who had singled and had moved up to second base on Braun’s walk, and Braun, who had walked, giving the Brew Crew a 5-0 lead. The Brewers then made it 6-0 in the eighth as Bill Hall hits a one-out, solo home run, his first home run of the year. As the Brewers were piling it on, Bush was no-hitting the Phils, having allowed only four more man to reach base (three walks and a hit batter), by the time Matt Stairs came up to pinch hit with one out. With the count 3-1, Stairs broke up both the no-hitter and the shut out, as he hit a pinch hit home run to right, his second home run of the year, both as a pinch hitter, making it 6-1 Milwaukee. After Shane Victorino got the Phils’ second hit, a single, Bush was taken out of the game and replaced with Mitch Stetter, who would end the inning by getting Chase Utley to ground out, 4-3. Stetter would then end the game by pitching a scoreless ninth.

Cole Hamels took the lost, in spite of pitching a good game before being taken out because of a bruised left shoulder. He pitched three and one third innings, giving up just two runs on four hits and a hit batter, while striking out six. His record is now 0-2 with a 9.69 ERA. Hamels thinks that he will be able to take his next turn in the rotation. We’ll see. J.A. Happ pitched an inning and a third in relief, giving up three runs on three hits and three walks, while he struck out three. Jack Taschner followed him, pitching two scoreless innings, giving up just a hit and a walk. Chad Durbin pitched an inning, giving up one run on on a hit, while striking out one. Brad Lidge pitched a scoreless ninth, giving up a hit, as he struck out one. Dave Bush got the win, as he gave up only one run on two hits, three walks and two hit batters, as he struck out four, in eighth and two-third innings. His record is now 1-0 with a 3.86 ERA. Mitch Stetter pitched one and one-third scoreless innings, giving up no hits.

The Phils got only two hits yesterday, Matt Stairs’ pinch hit home run and Shane Victorino’s single, as Bush no-hit them for the first seven and a third innings before Stairs finally broke it up with his home run. Before the home run, the Phils got only five men on base, via two hit batsmen (Jimmy Rollins and Victorino) and three walks (Victorino, Raul Ibanez and Chris Coste). After their eleven run explosion on Monday, the Phils have scored just two runs. This has got to stop.

The Phillies (6-8, 3rd) now go on the road to face the Florida Marlins (11-4, 1st), who are presently mired in a three games losing streak, for a three-games series at Dolphin Stadium in Miami, Florida. The first game of the three-games set will be played tonight at 7:10 pm Eastern. The Phillies will send to the mound Brett Myers (1-1, 5.03), who is coming off a no-decision against the Padres on April 18, where he pitched a strong six and two-thirds innings, giving up just three runs on six hits and four walks, while striking out three, in the Phillies’ 8-5 lost. He will be shooting for his second straight win. His opponent will be Josh Johnson (2-0, 2.91), who is also coming off a no-decision, with his coming against the Nationals on April 18, as he pitched six innings, giving up six runs on six hits and two walks, while striking out six, in the Marlins’ 9-6 extra-innings win. He will be trying for his third win of the season. The Phillies hope to improve their record at the expense of the fish.

National League Divisional Series: Game 2: The Phillies show that C.C. is just as human as anyone else as they ride Shane Victorino’s Grand Slam to a 5-2 win over the Brewers. They now head to Milwaukee with a 2-0 lead.

The Phillies show to the rest of the league that C.C. Sabathia is as human as the rest of us by scoring five runs off of him in the second inning before running him out of the game in the fourth as the Phillies’ ride Brett Myers’ two-hit pitching and Shane Victorino’s grand slam to a 5-1 victory over the Brew Crew. Things didn’t start out so brightly in the first inning, as the Brewers, after Mike Cameron started the game off by striking out on three pitches, would load the bases on Phillies’ starter Brett Myers via a walk to Ray Durham on four pitches, a double to Ryan Braun, which would send Durham to third, and an intentional walk to Prince Fielder. J.J. Hardy would then follow with a walk of his own, forcing in Durham with the game’s first run, giving the Brewers a 1-0 lead. But Myers would then get out of the inning as the next batter, Corey Hart, would hit the first pitch thrown to him directly to Myers. Myers would throw home for the second out of the inning as Carlos Ruiz would touch home plate before Braun can cross it. Ruiz would then throw over to first, beating out Hart, for the inning’s final out. That would turn out to be the first key moment of the game, as Myers would then settle down after the first inning. Meanwhile, the Phillies would try to strike back in their half of the first, as they would have a runner on third, via a Shane Victorino double and a stolen base, and one man out, when Brewers’ starter Sabathia would end the inning by striking out both Chase Utley and Ryan Howard swinging, and doing it by throwing only seventeen pitches. But, after Myers pitches a 1-2-3 second, the Phillies would go back to work on Sabathia. After Pat Burrell would start the inning off with a fly out to left, Jayson Werth would get on base with a double. Pedro Feliz would follow him with a RBI double, knocking in Werth, and tying the game at 1-1. After a Ruiz ground out to first would put Feliz on third, Myers would come up to bat. Myers would battle with Sabathia until on the ninth pitch thrown to him, he would get a walk, putting runners on the corners. That would be the second key moment of the game, as Sabathia’s pitch count starts to rise and he is beginning to miss the plate. Jimmy Rollins would follow Myers with a four pitch walk, loading the bases, as Myers would move up to second, bringing up to the plate Victorino. Trailing in the count, 1-2, Victorino would belt a slider into the left field seats for a grand slam home run, the first one ever hit by a Phillie in the playoffs, scoring Feliz, Myers and Rollins, and giving the Phils a 5-1 lead. Sabathia would finally end the inning by getting Utley to once again strike out swinging, but by then the damage has already been done, as Sabathia’s pitch count was now up to fifty-one pitches. In the third, Myers would pitch another 1-2-3 inning, while Sabathia would only let one batter get on base, Werth via his second double of the game, but Sabathia’s pitch count was still rising as he has now thrown seventy-two pitches in three innings. In the fourth, after Myers would breeze through another inning, even though he would hit Hart with a pitch with two men out, Sabathia would finally get knocked out of the box by the Phils. They would start their half of the fourth off with a one pitch ground out, 1-3, by Ruiz. Myers would then battle Sabathia again, getting him mad in the process, as he would get the count up to 3-2 on nine pitches, before finally flying out to center on pitch number 10. Rollins would then follow with a double, the fifth double, and the sixth extra-base hit, that the Phillies would get off of Sabathia. After intentionally walking Victorino, the Phils would get a double steal as Rollins and Victorino would both move up a base, with Utley batting. These would be the third and fourth stolen bases that the Phils would get off of Sabathia. Utley would then get a walk, loading up the bases, and leading to the removal of Sabathia by Brewers’ manager Dale Sveum. At that point, Sabathia’s pitch count has risen to ninety-eight pitches. Sveum would then bring in reliever Mitch Stetter to face Howard. Stetter would get the Brewers out of the inning by striking out Howard, leaving the bases loaded. In the fifth, the Phillies would reload the bases, with two outs, via two walks (Burrell and Ruiz) and a single (Myers), but the Brewers would get out of that jam as Rollins would line out to Fielder who made a great catch on a ball that would have broken the game wide open if it has gotten through. The Phillies would threaten again in the sixth as they would put runners on second and first, with one out, via a double (Victorino) and an intentional walk (Howard), but the Brewers would get out of the inning as Seth McClung, pitching in his second inning in relief of Stetter, would strike out Burrell for the second out of the inning and then get Werth to fly out. In the seventh, the Brewers would get a run back as Craig Counsell would ground out, 4-3, scoring Hardy, who has reached base earlier with a double, only the second hit given up by Myers, and would then move to third on Hart’s fly out to right, making it a 5-2 Phillies’ lead. The Phillies half of the seventh would see the Phils go down 1-2-3 for the only time yesterday. In the Brewers’ eighth, Myers would be taken out of the game and replaced by Ryan Madson. The inning would start with a fielding error by Rollins of pinch hitter Rickie Weeks’ grounder. Madson would then get Cameron to pop (foul) out to the third baseman for the inning’s first out. Durham would then hit into a force out, 1-6, forcing out Weeks, while Durham would beat out Rollins’ throw to first. Braun would then follow with a single, moving Durham up to second base with still two men out. Madson is then taken out of the game by Charlie Manuel and replaced by J.C. Romero, to face Fielder. On Romero’s first pitch, Fielder would hit a slow grounder towards Utley, who would shovel the ball over to Howard for the inning’s final out, ending the short-lived Brewers’ threat. In the ninth, Lidge would be given the ball for the save. Unlike Tuesday’s game, Lidge would have an easy 1-2-3 inning, ending the game with a fly out to center, giving the Phillies a 5-2 win and a 2-0 lead in the series, as the two teams now head for Milwaukee for the third game of the series.

Brett Myers would get the win as he pitches seven innings, giving up two earned runs on two hits, three walks and a hit batter, while striking out four. His post-season record is now 1-0 with a 0.00 ERA. Ryan Madson would pitch two-thirds of an inning, giving up no runs on one hit. J.C. Romero would pitch a third of an inning, getting out the only man he would face on one pitch. Brad Lidge would get his second post season save and his forty-third save in forty three tries, as he pitches a 1-2-3 inning. C.C. Sabathia would get the lost as he is only able to go three and two-thirds innings, giving up five earned runs on six hits, walking four batters, while striking out five. His post-season record is now 0-1 with a 12.27 ERA. Mitch Stetter, Seth McClung, Eric Gagne and Salomon Torres would pitch a combined total of four and one-thirds innings of shut out ball, giving up just three hits (McClung (2), Torres (1)) and walking three (McClung), with each one striking out a batter for a total of four strike outs.

The victory gives the Phillies a commanding 2-0 lead in the series as they show that C.C. Sabathia is indeed human. This is mainly because most of the batters remained patient, with Brett Myers’ two at-bats against Sabathia being the key at-bats, especially the first one, as Sabathia would lose his composure after each one, leading to Shane Victorino’s grand slam in the second and Sabathia’s removal with the bases loaded, after throwing 98 pitches, in the fourth. It would seem that pitching Sabathia with only three days rest for the fourth straight game has come back to haunt the Brewers as they are now backed into a corner with the wily veteran Jamie Moyer up next to attempt to seal the deal for the Phillies. The Brewers’ ace was hit hard by the Phillies as all six of the hits off of him would be for extra-bases (5 (2B), 1 (HR)) while they also ran wild on him, stealing four bases, with Victorino leading the way with two steals. Meanwhile, Myers, after starting out a little wild and maybe being a little pinched by the home plate umpire, would gain control of the game after Corey Hart’s 1-2-3 double play ball ending the first inning, ending the Brewers best, and as it would turn out, only chance to get control of this game.  After that inning, the Brewers would not be able to handle Myers’ pitches, especially after he starts to throw at them more than just his fastball. It would appear that the Myers of the second half is back, and if he is, thank god for that.

The five games National League Divisional Series will now move to Milwaukee. The third game of the series will be played in Miller Park on Saturday and will start at 6:30 pm Eastern (5:30 pm Central). The Phillies’ starter will be veteran Jamie Moyer (16-7, 3.71), who is coming off a victory against the Nationals on September 27, as he went six innings, giving up only an earned run on six hits, in the Phillies’ 4-3 win. He has last faced the Brewers on September 11, defeating them in the game that would lead to a four game swept of the Brew Crew, as he would pitch five and two-thirds innings, giving up three earned runs on four hits, while striking out five, in the Phillies’ 6-3 win. Moyer will be trying to, like he did last Saturday, pitch the Phillies deeper into the playoff with a win. His opponent will be Dave Bush (9-10, 4.18), who is coming off his fifth straight no-decision, this time against the Cubs on September 27, as he would pitch three innings in relief, giving up no runs on no hits, while walking a batter and striking out one, in the Brewers’ 7-3 lost. His last start would be on September 23 against the Pirates, also a no-decision, as he went five innings, giving up three earned runs on five hits, in the Brewers’ 7-5 win. His last start against the Phillies would be on September 14, as he pitched a no-decision, going six innings, giving up three earned runs on five hits, in the Brewers’ 7-3 lost in the first game of a day/night doubleheader. Bush will be trying to prevent a sweep of the Brewers.

The Phillies will be trying to end the series early, handing the ball over to Jamie Moyer to do it. And, with the Brewers now trying to keep from getting swept, Moyer should be the right person for the job, as he’ll be trying to use the Brewers’ aggressiveness against them.

National League Divisional Series: Game 1: Behind the two-hit pitching of Cole Hamels, the Phillies take game one of the series, 3-1.

Behind Cole Hamels’ eight innings of shut out ball, the Phillies would take a 1-0 lead over the Brewers in their National League Divisional Series. After Phillies’ starter Cole Hamels and Brewers’ starter Yovani Gallardo would both pitch two straight shut out innings, Hamels would pitch a 1-2-3 third, striking out four of the first nine men that he would face. Gallardo wouldn’t be so lucky, as he would give up a lead-off single to Carlos Ruiz, the first hit of the ballgame. Hamels would then come to bat and laid down a sacrifice bunt that would become a catch error by the Brewers’ second baseman Rickie Weeks. Both men would then be safe on the play, with Ruiz reaching second and Hamels being safe on first. Jimmy Rollins would then fly out to left for the inning’s first out. Jayson Werth would then follow by striking out swinging, for the second out of the inning. Chase Utley would then come up, and on a 2-2 pitch, hit a double to center that would not be caught by Brewers’ center fielder Mike Cameron, scoring both Ruiz and Hamels and giving the Phillies a quick 2-0 lead. The Phillies would then load up the bases via an intentional walk to Ryan Howard and a walk to Pat Burrell. The next batter, Shane Victorino would also get a walk, forcing in Utley and giving the Phillies a 3-0 lead, and leaving the bases loaded as Howard and Burrell would both move up a base. With a chance to break the game wide open early, Pedro Feliz, the ninth batter of the inning, would instead end it by flying out to center. Now with a lead, Cole Hamels would then proceed to breeze through the Brewers’ lineup, giving up only two hits, while striking out nine Brewers. He had only one troublesome inning, the sixth. After striking out Jason Kendall, he would give up a single to Craig Counsell and then would walk Cameron, which would put Counsell on second. But Hamels would get out of the inning by first getting Bill Hall to strike out swinging for the second out of the inning, and then, on one pitch, he would get Ryan Braun to pop up to Jimmy Rollins, for the inning’s final out. Meanwhile, the Brewers’ bullpen would keep the Phillies’ bats pretty much muzzled until the bottom of the eight, when they would threaten to add on to their lead. After Utley would ground out, 4-3, for the inning’s first out, Howard would reach base with a walk. Eric Bruntlett, a defensive replacement for Burrell, would get a single off of Brewers’ shortstop J.J. Hardy, putting runners on first and second, as Howard would reach second base, with one out. The next batter, Victornio would then hit into a force out, 4-6, as Bruntlett is wiped out at second, while he would beat the throw to first base. In the meantime, Howard would reach third, putting runners on the corner. After Guillermo Mota is sent to the mound in place of Manny Parra, Victorino would steal second, putting both runners in scoring position. Sadly, Feliz would be unable to knock them in as he pops up on a ball that Counsell would just be able to catch in the outfield, ending the inning. Brad Lidge would then be given the ball to nail it down for the Phillies. After getting Cameron out on a called third strike, Lidge would give up a single to pinch hitter Ray Durham. Braun would follow him with a double to right, scoring Cameron, thanks in part to a catch error by Utley, preventing him from making a possible play at the plate, giving the Phillies a 3-1 lead. Lidge would then get Prince Fielder to strike out swinging for the inning’s second out. Hardy would then get on base with a walk, putting runners on first and second. With Corey Hart batting, Lidge would uncork a wild pitch, putting Braun on third and Hardy on second with the tying run and two outs. Lidge would then, on a 2-2 pitch, strike out Hart swinging on a high fastball, to end the game, striking out the side, and giving the Phillies a 1-0 lead in the series.

Cole Hamels will get the win, as he pitch eight shut out innings, giving up only two hits and a walk, while striking out nine. He is now 1-0 in the post-season with a 0.00 ERA. Brad Lidge would get the save, his forty-second save in forty two tries, and his first for the post season, as he gives up an earned run on two hits and a walk while striking out three. Yovani Gallardo would get the lost as he pitches only four innings, giving up three runs, all unearned, on three hits and five walks, while striking out three. He is now 0-1 in the post-season with an ERA of 0.00. Mitch Stetter, Carlos Villanueva, Manny Parra and Guillermo Moto would combine for four shut innings, giving up only one hit (Parra) and a walk (also by Parra), while striking out four (Stetter (1), Villanueva (3)).

With the win, the Phillies has started the series off on a good foot as they have won their first post season game since they have won game five in the 1993 World Series. They will now try for a sweep at home, but they will have to bat better than they did in today’s game against the hard to hit C.C. Sabathia. If they don’t, they’ll be heading to Milwaukee with a spilt. They will also need a good start from Brett Myers, who has gotten bombed in his last two starts after being almost unhittable since his return from his minor league assignement.

Game 2 of the NLDS will be played tomorrow night at Citizens Bank Park and will start at 6 pm Eastern. The Phillies will send out Brett Myers (10-13, 4.55), who is coming off his second straight bad performance, after going 7-2 in his previous eleven starts. In his last two starts, he would only go a combined total of eight and a third innings, giving up fourteen earned runs on ninteen hits. He will be trying to recover from those two starts and prove that he can help the Phillies get further along in the playoffs. His opponent will be the Brewers’ ace of the second half, C.C. Sabathia (17-10, 1.65), who is coming off his third straight game of pitching with three days rest, and winning his second straight start, as he pitched nine inning against the Cubs on September 28, giving up an unearned run on four hits, in the Brewers’ 3-1, which would help get them into the post season. He will once again be pitching with three days rest. The Phillies should be able to defeat him if he start to show any fatigue from pitching so many games with less rest than he would normally get, and if the Phillies’ batters show some patient while batting against him. Sabathia will be trying to even the series.

The Phillies will be trying to go to Milwaukee with a 2-0 lead in this short series, if they can get past Sabathia. Otherwise, they will be trying to win both games in Milwaukee. 

Phillies’ bats sting the Brewers as they tighten up things in both the Wild Card and in the East.

The Phillies’ bats would hurt the Brew Crew yesterday afternoon as they force the races to tighten up in both the Wild Card chase (2 games) and in the Eastern Division (2 and 1/2 games) as they defeated the Brewers, 7-3. The Phillies took a quick lead in the first, as, with a runner on first and with no one out, Chase Utley would hit a RBI double, scoring Jimmy Rollins, who has earlier singled, giving the Phillies a 1-0 lead, while Utley would go on to third on Rickie Weeks’  throwing error. Jayson Werth would make it 2-0 Phillies as he would hit a RBI single, scoring Utley from third. After Werth goes to second on Brewers’ starter Manny Parra’s wild pitch, Ryan Howard would reach base with a walk, putting runners on first and second with still no outs. After Pat Burrell strikes out for the inning’s first out, Shane Victorino would hit a RBI single, scoring Werth, making it 3-0 Phillies. The Phillies would increase their lead in the second, as, with the bases loaded via a double (Rollins), a single (Utley) and a walk (Werth) and with no one out, Howard would hit a two-run double, scoring both Rollins and Utley, giving the Phillies a 5-0 lead. The Brewers would cut the Phillies’ lead to 5-2 in the fourth, as, with two men on and with two outs, Jason Kendall would hit a two-run double on a ball that was misplayed by Burrell, scoring both Mike Cameron, who has earlier walked and would then move to second on Bill Hall’s single, and Hall. The Phillies would then add to their lead in the sixth, as, with a runner on second and two outs, Rollins would hit a two-run home run, his elevnth home run of the year, scoring Pedro Feliz, who has earlier singled, and has gone to second on Phillies’ starter Cole Hamels’ sacrifice bunt, making it 7-2 Phillies. The Brewers would shorten the Phillies’ lead in the eighth inning, as Ryan Braun hit a lead-off home run, his thirty-fifth home run of the year, making it 7-3 Phils. That would end up being the final score as Brad Lidge would put down the Brewers easily in the ninth.

Cole Hamels would get the win as he pitches six and a third innings, giving up only two earned runs on six hits. His record is now 13-9 with a 3.11 ERA. Chad Durbin would pitch an inning and a third, giving up an earned run on two hits. J.C. Romero would pitch a third of an inning, giving up no runs on no hits while walking one. Brad Lidge would pitch a scoreless inning, giving up a walk. Manny Parra would get the lost as he lasts only an inning and a third, as he gives up five earned runs on seven hits while walking three. His record is now 10-8 with an ERA of 4.28. Tim Dillard would pitch two-thirds of an inning, giving up no runs on no hits. Seth McClung would pitch a scoreless inning, giving up no hits. Carlos Villanueva would pitch three innings, giving up two earned runs on two hits while striking out four. Mark DeFelice and Todd Coffey would both pitch a scoreless inning, giving up no hits.

The Phillies (81-67) will conclude their four games series with the Brewers (83-65, 2nd National League Central, 1st Wild Card) by playing a makeup day/night doubleheader. Both games will be played later today at Citizens Bank Park. The first game will start at 1:35 pm Eastern. The Phillies’ starter will be Joe Blanton (7-12 (2-0), 4.86), who is coming off a win against the Marlins on September 8, where he went five innings, giving up four earned runs on five hits, in the Phillies’ 8-6 win. He has never pitched against the Brewers in his career. He will be going for his third win since putting on the red pinstripes while trying to get the Phillies closer to the wild card lead while also trying to eat up some more innings to help out the bullpen. His opponent will be Dave Bush (9-10, 4.23), who is coming off a no-decision against the Reds on September 8, where he went eight innings, giving up two earned runs on seven hits, in the Brewers’ 5-4 lost. He will be trying to even his record while trying to stop the Brewers’ present slide.

The second game of the twinbill will start at 7:35 pm Eastern. The Phillies’ starter will be Brett Myers (9-11, 4.22), who is coming off a hard lost to the Marlins on September 10, where he went seven and one third innings, giving up four earned runs on eight hits, while striking out nine, in the Phillies’ 7-3 lost. After coming back from the minors, he has gone 6-2 with two no-decisions in ten starts. He will be pitching on three days rest, eager to help his team. His opponent will be Jeff Suppan (10-8, 4.63 ), who is coming off a no-decision against the Reds, as he went five and one third innings, giving up four earned runs on six hits, in the Brewers’ 5-4 lost. He will be trying to improve his record while trying to keep the Phillies from getting any closer in the wild card race.

The Phillies are now trailing the Mets in the East by two and a half games as they spilt a doubleheader with the Braves. They are five games ahead of the Marlins as they defeated the Nationals. In the Wild Card chase, they now trail the Brewers by two games as they prepare to finish their series. They are ahead of the Astros by half a game as they prepare to finally play the Cubs while they are five games ahead of the Cardinals as they lost to the Pirates. The Phillies will be trying to sweep the doubleheader so that they can leave Philadelphia tied for the Wild Card lead and close to the Mets in the East.

Phillies gain ground in the East and in the Wild Card Race as they defeated the Brewers, 6-3.

The Phillies, behind the pitching of Jamie Moyer and the bullpen, would gain ground on both the Mets in the East and the Brewers in the Wild Card chase as they defeated the slumping Brew Crew, 6-3. The Phillies would take a quick 2-0 lead in the bottom of the first as Ryan Howard hit a monster 2-run shot into center field, his forty-third home run of the year, scoring Jimmy Rollins, who has earlier singled, and has moved to second on Jayson Werth’s ground out, third to first. The Brewers would cut the Phils’ lead in the third inning as, with two outs, J.J. Hardy hit a solo home run, his twenty-fourth home run of the year, to make it 2-1 Phillies. The Phillies would increase their lead in the fourth, as, with a runner on first and no one out, Howard would hit a RBI double, scoring Chase Utley, who has earlier singled, to give the Phillies a 3-1 lead. Three batters later, with a runner on third, and two out, Pedro Feliz would hit a RBI double, knocking in Howard, who has gone to third on Shane Victorino’s ground out to first for the inning’s second out, making it 4-1 Phillies. The Brewers would shorten the Phillies’ lead again in the sixth as, with a man on third and two outs, a slumping Prince Fielder would hit a two-run home run, scoring Rickie Weeks, who has earlier doubled and has gone to third on Ryan Braun’s deep fly out to center field, to make it a 4-3 Phillies’ lead. The Phils would get a run back in their half of the sixth, as, with a runner on first and one man out, Carlos Ruiz would hit a RBI double, scoring Feliz, who has earlier singled, to give the Phillies a 5-3 lead. The Brew Crew tried to get close in the eighth. With Ryan Madson still pitching in relief of Phils’ starter Jamie Moyer, Weeks would start the inning off with a single. Madson would then get the next two batters, Hardy and Braun, to strike out swinging. Charlie Manuel would then take out Madson and bring in Scott Eyre to face the still dangerous Fielder, since Eyre has his number career-wise. But, on this occassion, Fielder woule be able to work a walk, putting two men on base with the go ahead run coming up to the plate in Corey Hart. Manuel would come back out and replace Eyre with Chad Durbin. Durbin would then, with one pitch, end the inning as Hart hit sharply to Rollins, who would throw over to Utley to force out Fielder at second for the third out. In the Phillies’ eighth, they would tack on one more run as Ruiz would use a sacrifice squeeze to force in Victorino, who has reached base on a single, went to second on relief pitcher Carlos Villanueva’s throwing error on a pickoff attempt, and has gone to third on Feliz’s sacrifice bunt, giving the Phillies a 6-3 lead. That would turn out to be the ballgame as Brad Lidge would come out and shut the door on the Brewers with a 1-2-3 ninth, as he records his thirty-sixth save in as many tries.

Jamie Moyer would get the win, as he pitched five and two-thirds innings, giving up only three earned runs on four hits. His record is now 14-7, the team’s leader in wins, with a 3.68 ERA. Ryan Madson pitched two scoreless innings, giving up only two hits while striking out two. Scott Eyre would face only one batter, walking him. Chad Durbin would pitch a third of an inning, facing only one batter and retiring him on a force out. Brad Lidge would pitch a 1-2-3 ninth, giving up no hits as he striked out one batter. Ben Sheets would get the lost as he pitches six innings, giving up five earned runs on nine hits. His record is now 13-8 with a 2.97 ERA. Carlos Villanueva would pitch two innings in relief, giving up an unearned run on one hit, while striking out three.

The Phillies’ offense, for once, refused to just score runs early and then just quit, as they would score their final run of the game on a suicide squeeze, a play that they would normally not use. Maybe they have finally decided to do everything that they can to manufacture runs if they can’t normally do so with the bat? I guess we’ll see during their last fifteen games. Jamie Moyer, with three games rest, wasn’t perfect, but he was good enough to keep the slumping, but still very dangerous, bats of the Brew Crew silent during his five and two-thirds innings of work, giving up only four hits, although all four would be for extra-bases (2B (2), HR (2)). The Phillies’ bullpen would then come on to keep the Brewers quiet for the rest of the game, although just barely getting out of the now seemingly dangerous eighth inning by the skin of their teeth.

The Phillies (80-67) continue their four games series with the Brewers (83-64, 2nd National League Central, 1st NL Wild Card) with a night game tonight. It will be played at Citizens Bank Park and will begin at 7:05 pm Eastern. The Phillies’ starter will be their ace Cole Hamels (12-9, 3.12), who is coming off a disastrous start against the Mets on September 7, where he only went five innings, giving up four earned runs on nine hits, in the Phils’ 6-3 lost. Lifetime against the Brew Crew, he is 1-1 with a 4.76 ERA in four starts. He will be trying once again for his thirteenth win, while trying to see if he can keep the slumping Brewers’ bats quiet and put the Brewers into panic mode with a win against them. The Brewers will counter with Manny Parra (10-7, 4.03), who is coming off a lost against the Padres on September 7, as he goes five innings, giving up six runs, only one of which was earned, on six hits, in the Brewers’ 10-1 lost. He will be trying to see if he can stop the Brewers present slide while trying to stop the Phillies from getting any closer them in the wild card race.

With the victory, the Philles are now three games behind the Mets, as the Mets prepare to face the Braves for a three games weekend series. The Phillies are ahead of the Marlins by five and a half games as the fish prepare to meet the Nationals for three games. In the wild card chase, the Phillies trail the Brewers by three games as they continue their series, while they are still tied with the Astros for second place in the wild card as they’d defeated the Pirates, before they go to wait out Hurricane Ivan for the next two days before facing the Cubs on the 14th, while they are both ahead of the Cardinals by a game and a half after losing to the Cubs before they begin a series against the Pirates this weekend. The Phillies hope to be able to gain ground in both the East and in the wild card race.

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