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The Phils get infielder Jayson Nix from the Rays for cash.

Philadelphia_PhilliesThis past Friday, to fill in the hole left by backup shortstop Freddy Galvis  being placed on the 15-Day Disabled List as he recovers from MRSA, the Phils made a trade with the Tampa Bay Rays, receiving infielder Jayson Nix in exchange for cash. Jayson joined the team before yesterday’s opening day game with the Texas Rangers.

Nix, a six year veteran infielder, who had played for the Rockies, the White Sox, the Indians, the Blue Jays and the Yankees since 2008, has appeared in 425 games, with a batting average of .218 (267 for 1222), as he has hit 55 doubles, 2 triples and 37 home runs, and knocked in 126 RBIs, while scoring 141 times. He has also walked 105 times. Until Galvis has recovered from MRSA, he will act as the team’s backup shortstop.

Welcome to the team Jayson. Hope you’ll fill Freddy’s shoes admirably while he’s on the disabled list.

A few things had occurred since my last post…

Philadelphia_PhilliesFirst. yesterday, former Phil Roy Oswalt announced that he was officially retiring, as he signed a one-day contract with the Astros so that he could officially retire as an Astros. Oswalt, who is an fourteen-year veteran, ten of which was spent as an Astros, was a member of the Phils for part of the 2010 season and part of the 2011 season, during which he complied a winning record of 16-11. Oswalt would also play for the Rangers and the Rockies. Oswalt, during his career, would be the NL leader for ERA in 2006 with a 2.98 ERA, wins in 2004 with 20, games started with 35 games in both 2004 and 2005 and in WHIP in 2010 with a 1.03 WHIP. He was also a member of the 2005 Astros team that would win the NL pennant before losing to the White Sox in that year’s World Series, being swept by Chicago, 4-0. Overall, Oswalt had a career record of 163-102 with a 3.36 ERA as he pitched in 365 games, 341 of which were starts, as he completed 20 games, including 8 shutouts. He would pitch in 2245.1 innings, giving up 2199 hits and 897 runs, 838 of which were earned, as he struck out 1852 batters, while walking only 520. I wish you luck in your retirement, Roy.

Then, the Phils announced that Comcast plans to hire both Jamie Moyer and Matt Stairs to replace Chris Wheeler and Garry Matthews inside the TV broadcast booth, starting this season during Spring Training. Congratulations, guys. Hope you both do well in the broadcast booth.

Lastly, the Phils announced that they have just signed starter A.J. Burnett, who they have been pursuing during the off-season, to a one-year contract worth $16 million dollars. Burnett, who had pitched for the Pirates last year and in 2012, is coming off a 10-11 season, with a 3.30 ERA, as he pitched in 30 games, all starts, with a complete game, as he threw in 191 innings, giving up 165 hits and 79 runs, 70 of which were earned, as he struck out 209 batters, while walking only 67. Burnett, who has also pitched for the Marlins, the Blue Jays and the Yankees, being a member of the 2009 World Championship team, has a 147-132 record with a 3.99 ERA, as he appeared in 375 games, starting 370 of them, as he threw 23 complete games, 10 of which were shutouts. He threw a total of 2353.2 innings, giving up 2140 hits and 1142 runs, 1043 of which were earned, as he struck out 2180 batters, while walking only 955. Welcome to the team, A.J.

Burnett’ll more than likely be the number three man in the starting rotation, after Cole Hamels starts pitching after the start of the season, as the Phils announced that Cole will miss opening day as he has developed tendinitis in his left bicep, which will keep him from throwing the ball for the next eight to ten days, and slow down his participation in spring training, although Cole has said that he should be ready to pitch at some point in April. I’m just hoping that it is only a minor setback, as the Phils will need Cole to back up Cliff Lee, if they expect to get anywhere this season.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

The Phils win their first series under new manager Ryne Sandberg, as they defeat the Rockies for the second straight in walk-off fashion, winning 5-4.

Philadelphia_PhilliesFor the second straight night, the Phils win in walk-off fashion, as they defeat the Rockies, 5-4, giving new manager Ryne Sandberg his first series win.

The Phils took the lead in the bottom of the second as, with runners on the corners, and with one man out, Cody Asche hits an RBI double, knocking in Dom Brown, who had started the inning off with a single, stopped at second base on Carlos Ruiz’s single, then moved up to third base on Chad Bettis’ wild pitch, giving the Phils a 1-0 lead, while sending Ruiz, who had earlier singled, over to third base. The Rockies tied the game up at one-all in the top of the fifth as, with runners on second and third, and with one man out, Dexter Fowler hits a sacrifice fly, knocking in Nolan Arenado, who had started the inning off with a single, stopped at second base on DJ LeMahieu’s single, then went to third base on Bettis’ sacrifice bunt, 2-4, while LeMahieu would stop at second base, before he moved up to third on the late throw to the plate. The Rockies took the lead in the top of the sixth as, with two men on, via singles by Troy Tulowitzki and Michael Cuddyer, with Tulowitzki stopping at second base, and with nobody out, Wilin Rosario hits a three-run home run, his twentieth home run of the year, knocking in both Tulowitzki and Cuddyer, giving the Rockies a 4-1 lead. The Phils cut the Rockies’ lead down to 4-3 in the bottom of the eighth as, with one man on, and with two men out, Darin Ruf hits a two-run home run, his ninth home run of the season, knocking in Chase Utley, who had started the inning off with a walk, then moved up to second base on Dom Brown’s soft ground out, 2-3. The Phils tied the game up at four-all in the bottom of the ninth as, with a man on third, and with two men out, Michael Young hits a slow roller that got past closer Rafael Betancourt, before third baseman Arenado was unable to picked the ball up, for an RBI infield single, as Jimmy Rollins, who had earlier doubled, then took third base on defensive indifference, scored. Two batters later, after pitcher Jeff Francis comes in to replace Betancourt, who had gotten injured on the play, and a walk to Utley, sending Young up to second base, the Phils win the game in walk-off fashion as Brown hits an RBI single, knocking in Young, while Utley would stop at third base, giving the Phils a 5-4 win.

Kyle Kendrick received a no-decision as he threw five innings plus four batters, giving up four runs on eight hits and a walk, while striking out two. Zach Miner pitched two innings, striking out a batter. B.J Rosenberg pitched a scoreless inning, giving up a hit, while striking out two. Cesar Jimenez (1-0, 0.00) got the win as he pitched a 1-2-3 inning, striking out a batter. Chad Bettis also received a no-decision as he pitched five and a third innings, giving up a run on six hits, a walk and a wild pitch, while striking out five. Wilton Lopez received his sixth hold of the season as he pitched two and a third innings, giving up a hit and a walk, while striking out one. Josh Outman received his tenth hold of the year as he pitched two-thirds of an inning, giving up a run on a walk. Matt Belisle collected his twenty-first hold of the season as he also pitched two-thirds of an inning, giving up a run on a hit, while striking out a batter. Rafael Betancourt blew his third save attempt of the season, before taking the lost (2-5, 4.08) as he went two-thirds of an inning, giving up two runs on two hits. Jeff Francis pitched to two batters, getting neither of them out, as he gave up a hit, and walked a batter.

The Phils had eleven hits in the game, with a presently red-hot Carlos Ruiz (Singles) leading the team with three hits, followed by Jimmy Rollins (Single, Double) and Dom Brown (Singles, RBI) with two hits each. Michael Young (Single, RBI), Chase Utley (Single), Darin Ruf (Home Run, 2 RBIs) and Cody Asche (Double, RBI) had the other four Phils’ hits. The Phils also had four walks (Utley (3), pinch hitter Casper Wells) and one sacrifice bunt (Rollins) in the game.

The Phils (57-70, 4th NL East) will conclude their homestand with a three-game series with the Diamondbacks (65-61, 2nd West). The first game will be played tonight at Citizens Bank Park and is to start at 7:05 pm EDT. The Phils will send to the mound Cole Hamels (5-13, 3.61), who is coming off a no-decision against the Dodgers on August 18, as he pitched seven strong innings, giving up just two runs on seven hits, while striking out eight, in the Phils’ 3-2 walk-off win. He’ll be trying to continue his second half of better pitching while trying to lead the Phils to their fifth win in six games. The D-backs will counter with Wade Wiley (9-8, 3.56), who is coming off a no-decision against the Pirates on August 18, as he threw eight innings, giving up two runs on seven hits and two walks, while striking out eight, in the D-backs’ 4-2 win. He’ll be going for his tenth win of the season. The Phils will be trying to get their first three-game winning streak under new manager Ryne Sandberg.

The Phils win their second straight game as they once again come from behind, as they defeat the Rox, 8-7.

Philadelphia_PhilliesThe Phils win their second straight game coming from behind as they defeat the Rockies, 8-7.

The Rockies took the lead in the bottom of the first as, with two men on, Carlos Gonzalez hits a solo home run, his nineteenth home run of the season, tying him with Dom Brown for the lead in the NL, giving the Rockies a 1-0 lead. The Rockies increased their lead in the bottom of the second as, with the bases loaded, via a single by Todd Helton, a walk by Tyler Colvin, moving Helton up to second base, and an infield single by Yorvit Torrealba, on a grounder that second baseman Freddy Galvis couldn’t field cleanly, as Helton and Colvin both moved up a base, and with one man out,  Juan Nicasio helped his own cause by hitting a two-run single, scoring Helton and Colvin, giving the Rockies a 3-0 lead, before Torrealba is thrown out trying to get back to second base, 8-3-4, for the inning’s second out. The Phils got back into the game in the top of the fourth as, with one man on, and with one man out, John Mayberry, Jr. hits an RBI double, scoring Kevin Frandsen, who had earlier singled, cutting the Rockies lead down to 3-1. The Phils cut the Rockies’ lead down to 3-2 as, two batters later, with a runner still on second base, and now with two men out, Humberto Quintero hits an RBI single, scoring Mayberry. The Rockies got a run back in their half of the fourth as, with one man on, and with one man out, Torrealba hits an RBI double, knocking in Colvin, who had just singled, giving the Rockies a 4-2 lead. The Rockies then made it a 6-2 lead two batters later as, with a man still on second, and now with two men out, Josh Rutledge hits a two-run home run, his sixth home run of the year, knocking in Torrealba. The Rox then made it a 7-2 lead as, with two men on, and with one man out, Nolan Arenado hits an RBI single, knocking in Gonzalez, who had started the inning off with a walk, then stopped at second base on Michael Cuddyer’s single, while moving Cuddyer, who had earlier singled, up to second base. The Phils then started making a come back in the top of the sixth as, with two men on, and with one man out, Galvis redeemed his earlier mistake by hitting a two-run triple, knocking in Ryan Howard, who had started the inning off with a walk, then went to second base on Frandsen’s single, and Frandsen, who had earlier singled, making it a 7-4 Rockies’ lead. The Phils then made it a 7-5 Rox’s lead one batter later as Quintero hits an RBI ground out, 6-3, scoring Galvis. The Phils then tied the game up at 7-all in the top of the seventh as, with two men on, and with two men out, Galvis hits his second two-run triple of the game, knocking in Brown, who had earlier singled, stole second base as Howard struck out and the ball got away from catcher Torrealba, and then moved up to third base on Fransden’s fly out to center, and Mayberry, who had just walked. The Phils then took the lead one batter later as pinch-hitter Jimmy Rollins hits an RBI single, knocking in Galvis, giving the Phils an 8-7 lead. That would end up being the final score as Jonathan Papelbon recorded his thirteenth save of the season as he pitched a scoreless ninth.

Kyle Kendrick received a no-decision as he went four and a third innings, giving up seven runs on ten hits and two walks. Jeremy Horst pitched two-thirds of an inning, getting out both men whom he would face. Michael Stutes (2-0, 1.54) got the win as he pitched a scoreless inning, walking a batter. Jake Diekman received his first hold of the season as he went two-thirds of an inning, giving up a hit. Justin De Fratus received his second hold of the year as he pitched a third of an inning, getting out the only batter that he would face. Mike Adams collected his seventh hold of the season as he threw a scoreless inning, giving up a hit. Jonathan Papelbon received his thirteenth save of the year as he also threw a scoreless inning, giving up a hit, while striking out a batter. Juan Nicasio also received a no-decision as he pitched five and two-thirds innings, giving up five runs on seven hits, two walks and a hit batter, while striking out four. Josh Outman received his fifth hold of the year as he pitched two-thirds of an inning, giving up a run on two hits and a wild pitch, while striking out a batter. Wilton Lopez had his fourth blown save of the season, before taking the lost (1-3, 4.25) as he pitched a third of an inning, giving up two runs on three hits and a walk. Rob Scahill pitched an inning and a third, giving up a hit. Matt Belisle pitched a 1-2-3 inning.

The Phils collected thirteen hits in the game, with Michael Young (Single, Double), Kevin Frandsen (Singles) and Freddy Galvis (Triples, 4 RBIs) all led the team with two hits apiece. Ben Revere (Single), Dom Brown (Single), John Mayberry, Jr. (Double, RBI), Humberto Quintero (Single, 2 RBIs), pinch-hitter Delmon Young (Single), pinch-hitter Jimmy Rollins (Single, RBI) and pinch-hitter Laynce Nix (Single) had the other seven Phils’ hits. The Phils also had three walks (Ryan Howard (2), Mayberry), a hit batter (Frandsen) and a stolen base (Brown (7)) in the game.

The Phils (33-35, 3rd NL East) will continue their series with the Rockies (35-33, 3rd NL West), with an afternoon game. The game will be played at Coors Field and it will start at 4:10 pm EDT (2:10 pm MDT). The Phils will send to the mound Jonathan Pettibone (3-2, 3.70) who is coming off a lost against the Brewers on June 9, as he pitched five and a third innings, giving up four runs on four hits and two walks, while striking out four, in the Phils’ 9-1 lost. He will be trying to win for the first time in six starts, and help the Phils get a game under .500 once again. The Rockies will counter with Tyler Chatwood (3-1, 2.14) who is coming off a lost against the Reds on June 3, as he went four innings, giving up a run on four hits and a walk, while striking out four, in the Rockies’ 3-0 lost. He will be trying to end the Phils’ present winning streak. The Phils will be trying to win their third straight game.

The Phils end their five-game losing streak as they come from behind to defeat the Twins, 3-2.

Philadelphia_PhilliesThe Phils avoid a sweep, as they end their five-game losing streak by hanging on to defeat the Twins, 3-2.

The Phils took the lead in the top of the first as, with runners on the corners, and with one man out, Ryan Howard comes through with an RBI single, scoring Ben Revere, who had started the game off with a single, stole second base, then stopped at third on pitcher Kevin Correia’s fielding error of Jimmy Rollins’ grounder to the mound, giving the Phils a 1-0 lead, while Rollins, who was safe at first on Correia’s error, would stop at second base. The Phils tried to add to their lead in the top of the sixth as, with two men on, on back to back singles by Michael Young and Rollins, with M. Young stopping at second base, and with two men out, Young tried to score on Howard’s single to right, but he is instead thrown out at home plate by right fielder Ryan Doumit, as catcher Joe Mauer is able to tag him out before he can touch home plate. The Twins took the lead in the bottom of the seventh as, with two men on, and with two men out, Justin Morneau hits a two-run double, knocking in Mauer, who had earlier walked, then reached second base on Doumit’s single, and Doumit, who had just singled, giving the Twins a 2-1 lead. The Phils tied the game up at two-all in the top of the eighth as, with runners on the corners, and with nobody out, M. Young hits an RBI single, scoring pinch-hitter Kevin Frandsen, who had started the inning off with a double, then reached third base on Revere’s bunt single, while sending Revere, who had reached base on a bunt single, over to third base. The Phils then retook the lead as, once again with men on the corners, and with still nobody out, Rollins hits a fielder’s choice ground ball up the first base line, as Revere beats the throw to the plate, giving the Phils a 3-2 lead, while M. Young moved up to second base, and Rollins was safe at first on the play. That would be the final score as Jonathan Papelbon came in and recorded his twelfth save of the season with a 1-2-3 ninth.

Cliff Lee (8-2, 2.55) got the win as he went seven innings, giving up two runs on three hits and a walk, while striking out six. Mike Adams collected his sixth hold of the season as he pitched a 1-2-3 inning, striking out a batter. Jonathan Papelbon received his twelfth save of the year as he also threw a 1-2-3 inning, striking out two. Kevin Correia received a no-decision as he went five innings, giving up a run on eight scattered hits and a walk, while he struck out six. Anthony Swarzak pitched two scoreless innings, giving up four hits, as he struck out a batter. Jared Burton received his third blown save of the season, before taking the lost (0-4, 3.68) as he pitched an inning, giving up two runs on three hits and a walk, while striking out a batter. Josh Roenicke and Caleb Thielbar combined for a scoreless inning, giving up a hit (Roenicke), while striking out two (one batter each) between them.

The Phils combined for sixteen hits, with Ben Revere (3 Singles, Triple) leading the team with four hits, followed by Ryan Howard (Singles, RBI) with three hits and Michael Young (Singles, RBI) and Laynce Nix (Singles) with two hits each. Jimmy Rollins (Single, RBI), Dom Brown (Single), Delmon Young (Single), Freddy Galvis (Single) and pinch-hitter Kevin Frandsen (Double), had the other five Phils’ hits. The Phils also had a stolen base (Revere (15) and two walks (Brown) in the game. 

The Phils (32-35, 3rd East) will begin a three-game series with the Rockies (35-32, 3rd West). starting with a ballgame tonight. The game will be played at Coors Field and is to start at 8:40 pm EDT (6:40 MDT). The Phils will send to the mound Kyle Kendrick (6-4, 3.22), who is coming off a lost to the Brewers on June 8, as he went six innings, giving up three runs on eight hits and a walk, as he struck out six, in the Phils’ 4-3 lost. He will be out to continue the Phils present winning streak. The Rockies will counter with Juan Nicasio (4-2, 4.61), who is coming off a no-decision against the Padres on June 9, as he also went six innings, giving up two runs on four hits and a walk, while striking out seven, in the Rockies’ 8-7 extra-innings walk-off win. He will be trying to slow down the Phils. The Phils will be out to score some runs out in Denver.

The Phils have signed right-handed pitchers Aaron Cook and Juan Cruz to minor league deals, invited to spring training.

Philadelphia_PhilliesYesterday, the Phils had announced that, along with Rodrigo Lopez, they have signed right-handed pitchers Aaron Cook and Juan Cruz to minor league deals and have given them invitations to spring training, as they continue to add depth to their pitching staff.

Aaron Cook, who had spent part of 2012 pitching for the Boston Red Sox, compiling a record of 4-11 with a 5.65 ERA and a WHIP of 1.47 in 18 starts, in which he pitched in 94 innings, allowing 117 hits and 68 runs, 59 of which were earned, as he struck out 20 batters, while walking 21. Before joining the Red Sex, he had spent 10 years playing for the Colorado Rockies, compiling a career record of 76-79 with an ERA of 4.60 and a WHIP of 1.47, as he pitched in 256 games, 224 of which were starts, as he threw a total of 1406 and a third innings, giving up 1636 hits and 776 runs, of which 716 were earned, as he struck out 578 batters, while allowing 126 free passes.

Juan Cruz, who in 12 seasons have pitched in relief for the Chicago Cubs, the Atlanta Braves, the Oakland Athletics, the Arizona Diamondbacks, the Kansas City Royals, and the Tampa Bay Rays, spent 2012 pitching for the Pittsburgh Pirates, appearing in 43 games, going 1-1 with three saves in four save opportunities, as he compiled an ERA of 2.78 and a WHIP of 1.63, as he allowed 39 hits and 12 runs, all but one of which were earned, while he struck out 33 batters, while walking only 19. Cruz would compile a career record of 38-36, along with 6 saves in nineteen save opportunities, as he pitched in 447 games, all but 38 of which were in relief, as he appeared in 655 total innings, compiling an ERA of 4.05 and a WHIP of 1.41, as he gave up 576 hits, as 332 runners scored, 295 of which were earned, as he struck out 659 batters, while walking 346.

Both pitchers will more than likely end up pitching for the Phils’ triple-A ballclub, the Iron Pigs, unless somebody on the staff gets hurt during the season.

The Phils announced that they have signed veteran pitcher Rodrigo Lopez to a minor league deal.

Philadelphia_PhilliesYesterday, the Phils announced that they’d added some pitching depth as they signed veteran starter Rodrigo Lopez to a Minor League deal, while also giving him an invite to Spring Training.

Lopez, who had pitched for the Phils once before, in 2009, before being sent back to the minors by the team when they added future Hall of Famer Pedro Martinez to the ballclub during the summer, last pitched for the Chicago Cubs. He appeared in four games in 2012 for the Cubbies, going 0-1 with a 5.68 ERA and a WHIP of 2.05, as he pitched for 6.1 innings, giving up 8 hits and 6 runs, four of which were earned, as he struck out only two while walking five. When he pitched for the Phils in 2009, he had a record of 3-1 with an ERA of 5.70 with a 1.77 WHIP, as he pitched in seven games, five of which were starts, as he appeared in 30 innings, giving up 42 hits and 24 runs, 19 of which were earned, as he struck out 19 batters while giving up 11 free passes.

During a 11 years career, Lopez had been with the Orioles, the Padres, the Rockies and the Diamondbacks, as well as the Phils and the Cubs, compiling a record of 81-89, with a 4.82 ERA and a WHIP of 1.42. He had appeared in 257 games, 215 of which were starts, as he pitched in 1350 and two-thirds innings, giving up a total of 1506 hits and 789 runs, 742 of which were earned, as he struck out 865 batters, while walking 416.

More than likely, Lopez will start the season with the Lehigh Valley Iron Pigs, but he should be available if any member of the Phils’ starting rotation gets injured during the season.

The Phils winning streak ends at seven games as they are once again snakebit in Houston, as they lose to the Astros, 6-4.

The Phils are once again snakebitten at Minute Maid Park as they drop one in the late innings to the Astros, 6-4.

The Phils took the lead in the second as, with one man on, and with two men out, Erik Kratz hits an RBI double, scoring Dom Brown, who had earlier walked, giving the Phils a 1-0 lead. The Phils added to their lead in the third as, with runners on the corners, and with one man out, Ryan Howard hits a sacrifice fly, scoring Juan Pierre, who had earlier singled, then stopped at third base on Chase Utley’s single, giving the Phils a 2-0 lead, while Utley, who had just singled, would move up to second base on the throw to the plate. The Phils then made it a 3-o lead as John Mayberry, Jr. hits an RBI single, knocking in Utley, before he moved up to second base on right fielder Jimmy Paredes’ fielding error. Two batters later, after Mayberry had moved up to third base on pitcher Lucas Harrell’s wild pitch, and Brown had walked for his second straight at bat, the Phils t0ok a 4-0 lead as Kevin Frandsen hits an RBI single, knocking in Mayberry, while moving Brown up to second base. The Astros cut down the Phils’ lead in the fourth as, with two men on, and with nobody out, Matt Dominguez hits a three-run home run, his fourth home run of the season, scoring both Justin Maxwell and Jason Castro, who had both singled, with Maxwell stopping at second base on Castro’s single, making it a 4-3 Phils’ lead. The Astros took the lead in the eighth as, with two men on, and with two men out, pinch hitter Jed Lowrie hits a two-run double, knocking in Dominguez, who had earlier walked, then moved up to second base after Scott Moore was hit by a pitch, and pinch runner Jordan Lyles, who was pinch running for Moore, who had been hit by a pitch, giving the Astros a 5-4 lead. The Astros then made it a 6-4 lead as Brandon Barnes hits an RBI single, scoring Lowrie, before moving up to second base on the throw to the plate. That would end up being the final score as Wilton Lopez collected his fifth save of the season as he threw a scoreless ninth.

Tyler Cloyd received a no-decision as he threw three innings, plus three batters, giving up three runs on five hits, as he struck out four. B.J. Rosenberg pitched two innings, giving up a hit, while striking out two. Josh Lindblom collected his twenty-first hold of the season as he pitched a scoreless inning, walking a batter, while striking out two. Antonio Bastardo also collected his twenty-first hold of the season, as he threw a scoreless inning, giving up a hit, while striking out one. Phillippe Aumont collected his fourth hold of the season, but took the lost (0-1, 3.00) as he pitched two-thirds of an inning, giving up two runs on two walks and a hit batter. Jake Diekman committed his first blown save of the season as he pitched a third of an inning, giving up a run on three hits, while striking out a batter. Lucas Harrell also recieved a no-decision as he pitched five and two-thirds innings, giving up four runs, three of which were earned, on seven hits, five walks and a wild pitch, while striking out four. Xavier Cedeno pitched an inning, walking a batter, while striking out one. Hector Ambriz pitched tw0-thirds of an inning, getting out both men whom he would face, striking out a batter. Wesley Wright (1-2, 3.33) got the win as he pitched two-thirds of an inning, giving up a hit and a walk, while striking out a batter. Wilton Lopez collected his fifth save of the season as he threw a scoreless inning, giving up a hit, while striking out a batter.

The Phils had nine hits in the game, with Juan Pierre leading the team with two hits, both singles. Chase Utley (Single), Ryan Howard (Single, RBI), John Mayberry, Jr. (Single, RBI), Kevin Frandsen (Single, RBI), Erik Kratz (Double, RBI), pinch hitter Pete Orr (Single), pinch hitter Carlos Ruiz (Single) had the other seven Phils’ hits, as the Phils’ lose another game in the eighth inning, as the offense is unable to knock in an extra run or two late in the game. The Phils also seven walks and two stolen bases (Orr (3), Jimmy Rollins (27, 400 of his career)) in the ballgame.

The Phils (72-72, 3rd East) continue their series with the Astros (46-98, 6th Central) with a night game tonight. The game will be played at Minute Maid Park and is to start at 8:05 pm EDT (7:05 pm CDT). The Phils will send to the mound Cole Hamels (14-6, 3.03), who is coming off a no-decision against the Rockies on September 9, as he pitched seven innings, giving up two runs on five hits and a walk, while striking out six, in the Phils’ 3-2 walk-off win. He will be trying to collect his fourth straight win for the fourth time. The Astros will counter with Edgar Gonzalez (2-0, 1.74), who is coming off a win against the Reds on September 9 as he went five innings, giving up a run on two hits and a walk, while striking out six, in the Astros’ 5-1 win. He will be trying for his third straight win since being called up. The Phils will be trying to put the previous game behind them, as they try to stay in the race for the second wild card spot.

The Phils increase their present winning streak to seven straight, as they sweep their second straight three-game series as they defeat the Marlins, 3-1.

The Phils end their present home stand with a two-series sweep as they sweep the fish, 3-1.

The Marlins ended a 0-0 pitchers’ duel by taking the lead in the sixth as, with two men on, and with two men out, Carlos Lee hits an RBI single, knocking in Donovan Solano, who had earlier reached first base on Jimmy Rollins’ fielding error, then was safe at second base on Cliff Lee’s force attempt throwing error of Jose Reyes’ grounder, giving the Marlins a 1-0 lead, while sending Reyes, who had reached first base on C. Lee’s throwing error, moved up to third base. The Phils would tie the game up at one-all in their half of the sixth as, with two men on, and with two men out, John Mayberry, Jr. hits an RBI single, knocking in Jimmy Rollins, who had started the inning off with a single, ending pitcher Josh Johnson’s no-hit bid, then moved up to second base on Juan Pierre’s sacrifice bunt, 2-3, while sending Chase Utley, who had earlier walked, over to third base, just barely beating center fielder Gorkys Hernandez’s throw to third base. The Phils took the lead in the seventh as, with one man on, and with two men out, Rollins hits a two-run home run, his nineteenth home run of the year, knocking in pinch hitter Pete Orr, who had just singled, then stole second base, giving the Phils a 3-1 lead. That would be the final score as Jonathan Papelbon collected his thirty-fourth save of the season as he threw a scoreless inning, striking out the side.

Cliff Lee (5-7, 3.36) got the win as he pitched seven innings, giving up an unearned run on four hits and a walk, while striking out six. Phillippe Aumont recorded his third hold of the season as he threw a scoreless inning, giving up a walk, while striking out a batter. Jonathan Papelbon recorded his thirty-fourth save of the year by pitching a scoreless inning, walking a batter, while striking out three. Josh Johnson (8-12, 3.81) took the lost as he also pitched seven innings, giving up three runs on four hits and three walks, while striking out six. Ryan Webb pitched a scoreless inning, giving up a walk, while striking out one.

The Phils had only four hits in the game, with Jimmy Rollins leading the team with two hits, a single and a two-run home run, knocking in two runs. John Mayberry, Jr, (Single, RBI) and pinch hitter Pete Orr (Single) had the other two hits, as Josh Johnson had the Phils batters under control, before finally allowing three runs to score. The Phils also had four walks and a stolen base (Orr, (2)) in the ballgame.

The Phils (72-71, 3rd East) will start a four-game series with the Astros (45-98, 6th Central), beginning with a game tonight. The game will be played at Minute Maid Park and is to start at 8:05 pm EDT (7:05 pm CDT). The Phils will send to the mound Tyler Cloyd (1-1, 4.24), who is coming off a no-decision against the Rockies on September 9, as he threw four innings, giving up four runs on eight hits and a walk, while striking out two, in the Phils’ 7-4 win. He will be trying to help the Phils increase their winning streak to eight games. The Astros will counter with Lucas Harrell (10-9, 3.83), who is coming off a no-decision against the Reds on September 7, as he went six innings, giving up three runs on seven hits and four walks, while striking out five, in the Astros’ 5-3 win. He will be trying to end the Phils’ present winning streak. The Phils will be trying to avoid their late season troubles with the Astros as they try to stay in the race for the second wild card spot.

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