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The Phils even up their spring training record as they defeat the Yanks, 10-5.

Philadelphia_PhilliesTimely hitting, and a few Yanks’ mistakes, help leads the Phils to their second straight win as they even up their spring record, as they win by the score of 10-5.

The Phils took the lead in the first as, with two men on, and with nobody out, Chase Utley reaches first base on first baseman Kyle Roller’s fielding error, allowing Jimmy Rollins, who had started the game off with a walk, then reached second base on Ben Revere’s single, to score, giving the Phils’ a 1-0 lead, while Revere, who had just singled, would move up to third base on the error. The Phils then made it a 2-0 lead as Ryan Howard hits into a 4-6-3 double play, wiping out Utley at second base, as Revere scored. The Phils increased their lead in the second as, with runners on the corners, and with two men out, Rollins hits a two-run double, scoring John Mayberry, Jr., who had earlier reached base on third baseman Kevin Youkilis’ fielding error, then stopped at third base on Steven Lerud’s single, and Lerud, who had just singled, giving the Phils a 4-0 lead. The Phils then added to their lead in the third as, with the bases loaded, via a single by Michael Young, and walks to Dom Brown and Darin Ruf, and with two men out, Mayberry hits a two-run single, knocking in Young and Brown, giving the Phils a 6-0 lead, while sending Ruf over to third base. The Yanks would get on the scoreboard in their half of the third as, with a runner on second, and with one man out, Robinson Cano hits an RBI single, knocking in Francisco Cervelli, who had just doubled, making it a 6-1 Phils’ lead. The Yanks then made it a 6-3 Phils’ lead in the fifth as, with two men on, and with nobody out, Addison Maruzak hits a two-run double, knocking in Cervelli, who had started the inning off with a walk, then stopped at second base on Walter Ibarra’s single, and Ibarra, who had just singled. The Yanks next cut the Phils’ lead down to 6-4 as Ronnie Mustelier hits a lead-off home run, his first home run of the spring. The Phils would get a run back in the seventh as, with the bases loaded, via singles by Josh Fields and Cody Asche, with Fields stopping at third base, and a walk to Brown, moving Asche up to second base, and with one man out, Fields would score on a force attempt, fielding error by third baseman Maruszak on a grounder hit by Ruf, giving the Phils a 7-4 lead, while both Asche and Brown would move up a base, leaving the bases loaded. The Phils then made it an 8-4 lead as Mayberry forced in a run with a walk, scoring Asche, while sending Brown over to third base, and moving Ruf up to second base, as the bases remained loaded. The Phils increased their lead as Humberto Quintero hits a sacrifice fly, scoring Brown, giving the Phils a 9-4 lead, while moving Ruf to third base. The Phils then took a 10-4 lead as, now with runners on the corners, and with two men out, Freddy Galvis hits an RBI single, scoring Ruf, while sending Mayberry on to third base. The Yanks would get a run back in their half of the seventh as, with two men out, Melky Mesa hits a solo home run, his second home run of the spring, making it a 10-5 Phils’ lead. That would end up as the final score as Rodrigo Lopez pitched two scoreless innings.

Roy Halladay got the win (1-0, 4.15) as he pitched two and a third innings, giving up a run on three hits and a walk, while striking out three. Cesar Jimenez pitched two-thirds of an inning, giving up two hits, while striking out two. Phillippe Aumont threw a scoreless inning, giving up a hit, while striking out a batter. Jonathan Papelbon pitched an inning, giving up two runs on two hits and a walk, while striking out two. Raul Valdes received his first hold of the spring as he threw two innings, giving up two runs on two hits, while striking out three. Rodrigo Lopez pitched two scoreless innings, giving up two hits and a walk, while he struck out a batter. Hiroki Kuroda (0-1, 5.40) took the lost as he pitched just an inning and two-thirds, giving up four runs, only one of which was earned, on three hits and a walk, while striking out two. David Robertson pitched a third of an inning, striking out the only man that he would face. Joba Chamerlain pitched an inning, giving up two runs on two hits and a walk, striking out a batter. Vidal Nuno threw three scoreless innings, giving up two walks, while striking out four. Cody Eppley pitched two-thirds of an inning, giving up four runs, only one of which was earned, on two hits and two walks. Preston Claiborne pitched an inning and a third, giving up two hits, while striking out two. Tom Kahnle pitched a scoreless inning, giving up a hit, as he struck out two.

The Phils collected ten hits in the game, with Cody Asche leading the team with two hits, both singles. Jimmy Rollins (Double, 2 RBIs), Ben Revere (Single, RBI), Michael Young (Single), Darin Ruf (Single, RBI), John Mayberry, Jr. (Single, 3 RBIs), Steven Lerud (Single), Freddy Galvis (Single, RBI) and Josh Fields (Single), had the other eight Phils’ hit. Humberto Quintero had the final Phil RBI, via sacrifce fly, while the last Phil run would score on a Ryan Howard’s doubleplay ball. The Phils also had seven walks (Rollins (2), Brown (3), Ruf (1), Mayberry (1)) in the game.

The Phils (3-3-1) will play their next spring training game tomorrow afternoon against the Blue Jays (4-4) at Florida Auto Exchange Stadium in Dunedin, Florida. The game will start at 1:05 pm EST. The Phils will be out to win their third straight game, while hoping that their starter will give them their eighth straight excellent start.

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.

Roy Halladay leaves the game early feeling the heat, literally, as the Phils are burned by the Cubs, 6-1.

Roy Halladay leaves the game early thanks to literally feeling the heat in Chicago as the Phils are torched by the Cubs, 6-1.

The Cubs took the lead in the first as, with two men out, Aramis Ramirez hits a solo home run, his seventeenth home run of the year, giving the Cubs a 1-0 lead. The Cubs then added to their lead in the third as, with the bases loaded, via a single by Rodrigo Lopez, a walk by Kosuke Fukudome, sending Lopez on to second base, and a single by Stalin Castro, moving both runners up a base, and with nobody out, Ramirez hits a sacrifice fly, scoring Lopez, giving the Cubs a 2-0 lead, while sending Fukudome on to third base. The Cubs then took a 3-0 lead as Carlos Pena hits an RBI single, scoring Fukudome, while sending Castro to second base. The Phils got a run back in the fourth as Jimmy Rollins hits a lead-off home run, his ninth home run of the year. The Cubs got the run back in the sixth as, with one man on, and with nobody out, Darwin Barney hits an RBI double, knocking in Koyie Hill, who had earlier walked, then stole second base, giving the Cubs a 4-1 lead. The Cubs then added another run two batters later as, with a man on third, as Lopez moved Barney over with a sacrifice bunt, 3-4, for the inning’s first out, Fukudome hits an RBI double of his own, scoring Barney. The Cubs then made it a 6-1 lead in the seventh as Pena hits a lead-off home run, his twentieth home run of the season, and the 250th home run of his career. That would be the final score as Carlos Marmol recorded a scoreless ninth.

Roy Halladay (11-4, 2.57) took the lost as he lasted only four innings plus one batter, as he was unable to handle the heat, giving up three runs on seven hits and a walk, while striking out only one batter. Andrew Carpenter pitched two innings, giving up two runs on three hits and a walk. David Herndon pitched two innings, giving up a run on two hits, while he struck out two. Rodrigo Lopez (2-2, 2.55) got the win as he went six and two-thirds innings, giving up a run on five hits, while he struck out one. James Russell pitched a third of an inning, getting out the only man that he would face. Jeff Samardzija pitched a 1-2-3 inning, striking out a batter. Carlos Marmol pitched a scoreless inning, giving up two walks, while striking out two.

The Phils had just five hits in the ballgame, with John Mayberry, Jr. leading the team with two hits, a single and a double. Jimmy Rollins (Home Run, RBI), Michael Martinez (Single) and Carlos Ruiz (Single), had the other three Phils’ hits.

The Phils (59-36, 1st East) will continue their series with the Cubs (39-58, 5th Central) with a night game tonight. The game will be played at Wrigley Field and will start at 8:05 pm EDT (7:05 pm CDT). The Phils will send to the mound Cliff Lee (9-6, 2.82), who is coming off a n0-decision against the Braves on July 9, as he went eight innings, giving up just one run on three hits and two walks, while striking out nine, in the Phils’ 3-1 lost. He will once again be going after win number 10. The Cubs will counter with Matt Garza (4-7, 3.97), who is coming off a no-decision against the Marlins on July 14, as he went seven innings, giving up six hits and three walks, while striking out six, in the Cubs’ 6-3 lost. He will be trying to give the Cubs the series win. The Phils will be out to even up the series.

After a wild eighth inning, the Phils hold on to defeat the Mets, 8-5.

After getting through a very wild eighth inning, the Phils hold on to leave New York with a series win, as they defeat the Mets, 8-5.

The Phils took the lead in the first as, with a runner on second, and with two men out, Ryan Howard hits an RBI single, scoring Chase Utley, who had earlier walked, then stole second base, giving the Phils a 1-0 lead. The Phils then took a 4-0 lead in the fifth as, with two men on, via singles by Kyle Kendrick and Jimmy Rollins, with Kendrick stopping at second base, and with one man out, Michael Martinez hits a three-run home run, his first home run of the season, and of his career, knocking in both Kendrick and Rollins. The Phils then added to their lead in the seventh as, with runners on the corners, and with one man out, Martinez hits a sacrifice fly, knocking in Brian Schneider, who had earlier singled, moved up to second base on Kendrick’s sacrifice bunt, 2-4, and then stopped at third on Rollins’ single, giving the Phils a 5-0 lead. The Mets finally got on the scoreboard in their half of the seventh as, with a runner on second, and with one man out, pinch hitter Scott Hairston hits an RBI single, knocking in Ronny Paulino, who had earlier doubled, making it a 5-1 Phils’ lead. The Phils then took advantage of a defensive mistake by the Mets in the top of the eighth as left fielder Jason Bay committed a fielding error on Howard’s fly ball as it hit his glove, allowing Howard to reach first base safely. After Raul Ibanez popped out to the first baseman in foul territory for the inning’s first out, Dom Brown walked, sending Howard to second base. Then, after John Mayberry, Jr., popped out to the first baseman in foul territory for the second out of the inning, Schneider walked, loading up the bases, moving up a base both Howard and Brown, with two men out, while bringing up to the plate pinch hitter Ross Gload. Gload proceeded to walk, forcing in Howard to make it a 6-1 Phils’ lead, while sending Brown on to third base and Schnieder up to second base, as the bases remained loaded. The next batter, Rollins, then hits a two-run single, scoring both Brown and Schneider, giving the Phils an 8-1 lead, while sending Gload all the way to third. Martinez then ended the inning by striking out, swinging. The Mets then started to make things close in their half of the eighth as Phils’ reliever Juan Perez would load up the bases by walking Willie Harris, Daniel Murphy and Bay, with nobody out. Charlie Manuel then came out, and replaced Perez with Ryan Madson. Madson then proceeded to get Lucas Duda to hit into a 4-6-3 doubleplay, wiping out Bay at second base, as Harris scored, making it an 8-2 Phils’ lead, while Murphy would reach third base. Paulino then followed with an RBI single, knocking in Murphy, making it an 8-3 Phils’ lead. After Madson hits Ruben Tejada with a pitch, sending Paulino up to second base, he reloaded the bases as he walked pinch hitter Nick Evans, moving up a base both Paulino and Tejada. The Mets then made it an 8-4 Phils’ lead as Angel Pagan hits an RBI single, scoring Paulino, while sending Tejada to third, and Evans to second, leaving the bases loaded. Manuel then came out, and called in Antonio Bastardo to attempt a four-out save. Bastardo finally ended the inning by striking out Justin Turner, swinging, as the Mets batted around in the inning. In the ninth, the Mets cut the Phils’ lead down to 8-5 as, with one man on, and with two men out, Luca hits an RBI triple, scoring Murphy, who had earlier doubled. But that would be the final score as Bastardo recorded his sixth save of the year by getting Paulino to ground out, 5-3, for the game’s final out.

Kyle Kendrick (5-4, 3.34), got the win as he pitched seven strong innings, pitching his way out of a couple of early jams, as he gave up just one run on six hits and three walks. Juan Perez pitched to three batters, giving up two runs, as he walked all three of the men that he would face. Ryan Madson pitched two-thirds of an inning, as he gives up a run on two hits, a walk and a hit batter. Antonio Bastardo collected his sixth save of the year as he went an inning and a third, giving up a run on two hits, while striking out a batter. Mike Pelfrey (5-9, 4.67) took the lost as he went five innings, giving up four runs on six hits and a walk, while striking out two. D.J. Carrasco pitched an inning and a third, giving up a run on three hits. Tim Byrdak pitched two-thirds of an inning, getting out both men that he would face. Pedro Beato pitched two-thirds of an inning, giving up three unearned runs, as he walked three batters. Ryota Igarashi pitched a third of an inning, giving up a hit, while he struck out one. Jason Isringhausen pitched a scoreless inning, giving up a hit and a walk, while striking out two.

The Phils had eleven hits in the ballgame, with Jimmy Rollins leading the team with three hits, all singles, knocking in two runs, as he raised his batting average to .271. Raul Ibanez (Singles), Brian Schneider (Singles) and Kyle Kendrick (Singles), all followed with two hits each. Michael Martinez (Home Run, 4 RBIs) and Ryan Howard (Single, RBI), had the other two Phils’ hits. Ross Gload had the other Phil RBI with a bases loaded walk.

The Phils (59-35, 1st East) will start a three-game series with the Cubs (38-58, 4th Central) with a game tonight. The game will be played at Wrigley Field and will start at 8:05 pm EST (7:05 pm CST). The Phils will send to the mound their ace Roy Halladay (11-3, 2.45), who is coming off a no-decision against the Braves on July 8, as he went seven innings, giving up two runs on six hits, while striking out seven, in the Phils’ 3-2 win. He will be going for win no. 12 on the season. The Cubs will counter with Rodrigo Lopez (1-2, 4.02), who is coming off a no-decision against the Pirates on July 8, as he pitched six innings, giving up three runs on eight hits and a walk, while striking out three, in the Cubs’ 7-4 lost. He will be trying to beat his old team. The Phils will be trying to start off the series with another opening series victory.

The Phils rally late to give Roy Oswalt his first win in over a month, as they beat the Cubbies, 4-3.

The Phils come from behind to defeat the Cubs, 4-3, taking the four games series.

The Cubs took the lead in the first as, with one man on, and with one man out, Starlin Castro hits an RBI double, knocking in Darwin Barney, giving the Cubs a 1-0 lead. The Cubs then jumped to a 3-0 lead as, with one man on, and now with two men out, Aramis Ramirez hits a two-run home run, his fourth home run of the year, scoring Castro. The Phils got a run back in their half of the first as, with two men on, and with one man out, Ryan Howard hits an RBI double, knocking in Shane Victorino, who was earlier safe at first on a force out, 6-4, as Jimmy Rollins, who had earlier singled, was wiped out at second, then stopped at third on Chase Utley’s single, making it a 3-1 Cubs’ lead, while Utley, who had just singled,  would stop at third base. The Phils then made it a 3-2 Cubs’ lead in the third as, with the bases loaded, via a walk to Utley, a single by Howard, sending Utley to third, and a walk to Ben Francisco, moving Howard up to second base, and with one man out, Raul Ibanez hits an RBI single, scoring Utley, while sending Howard to third base and Francisco up to second base because the ball was hit sharply to right. The Phils took the lead in the seventh as, with two men on, and with nobody out, Howard hits a two-run single scoring Victorino, who had been hit by the pitch, then stopped at third on Utley’s double, and Utley, who had just doubled, giving the Phils a 4-3 lead. That would be the final score as Ryan Madson would convert his fifteenth save of the year with a strong ninth inning.

Roy Oswalt (4-4, 3.14) got the win, as he pitched seven innings, giving up three runs on five hits and two walks, as he struck out five. Michael Stutes collected his fourth hold of the year as he pitched a 1-2-3 inning, striking out two. Ryan Madson collected his fifteenth save of the year as he pitched a scoreless inning, giving up a hit, as he struck out a batter. Doug Davis received a no-decision as he went five innings, giving up two runs on five hits and five walks, as he struck out six. Jeff Samardzija collected his second hold of the season as he pitched a 1-2-3 inning, striking out a batter. Sean Marshall blew his second save of the year, before taking the lost (3-1, 2.08), as he pitched an inning, giving up two runs on two hits and a hit batter, as he struck out one. Rodrigo Lopez and John Grabow combine for a scoreless inning.

The Phils had seven hits in the game, with Ryan Howard leading the team with three hits, two singles and a double, as he knocked in three runs. Chase Utley followed with two hits, a single and a double. Jimmy Rollins (Single) and Raul Ibanez (Single, RBI), had the other two Phils’ hits.

The Phils (40-26, 1st), the first team in the majors to reach 40 wins, will take the day off tomorrow.

The Phils let one get away as they lose to the Cubs in extra-innings, 4-3.

The Phils allow a win to get away from them as they lose to the Cubs in extra-innings, 4-3.

The Phils took a 3-0 lead as, with two men on, and with two men out, Jimmy Rollins hits a three-run home run, his fourth home run of the year, scoring Raul Ibanez, who had earlier singled, then moved up to second base on Dane Sardinha’s walk, and Sardinha, who had just walked. After an hour plus rain delay in the bottom of the third, the Cubs slowly chipped away at the Phils’ lead. The Cubs got on the board in the sixth as, with one man on, and with two men out, Starlin Castro hits an RBI single, knocking in Darwin Barney, who had earlier been hit by the pitch, and then stole second base, making it a 3-1 Phils’ lead. The Cubs then cut the Phils’ lead down to 3-2 in the eighth as, with a man on second base, and with two men out, Carlos Pena hits an RBI double, scoring Castro, who had earlier doubled. The Cubs then tied the game up at three-all in the ninth as, with one man out, Geovany Soto hits a solo home run, his fourth home run of the year. One batter later, it looked like the Cubs had taken a 4-3 lead as Tyler Colvin hits a fly ball into the right field seats. But, the call was overturned when instant reply showed that a fan had reached over the fence to catch the ball, and then pulled it in, as Colvin is instead given a ground-rule double, while the fan was ejected for fan interference. The Cubs took the lead in the eleventh as, with a man on second, and with two men out, Placido Polanco committed a throwing error to first on a Barney ground ball, allowing Colvin, who had earlier singled, then went to second base on a Carlos Ruiz passed ball, to score, giving the Cubs a 4-3 lead. That would end up being the final sc0re as Carlos Marmol collected his twelfth save of the year as he put down the Phils in the bottom of the eleventh.

Kyle Kendrick received a no-decision as he pitched three scoreless innings, giving up two hits, while striking out two. Danys Baez pitched two and two-thirds innings, giving up a run on a hit, a hit batter and a walk, while he struck out one. J.C. Romero collected his third hold of the year as he got out the only man that he would face. Michael Stutes received his sec0nd hold of the season as he pitched two-thirds of an inning, giving up a hit and a walk, while striking out a batter. Antonio Bastardo collected his sixth hold of the season, as he pitched two-thirds of an inning. Jose Contreras collected his fourth hold of the year as he pitched two-thirds of an inning, giving up a run on two hits. Ryan Madson blew his first save of the season as he pitched an inning, giving up a run on two hits and a walk, while striking out one. David Herndon (0-1, 5.30) took the lost as he went two innings, giving up a run on three hits, while striking out three, as the bullpen could not hold onto the lead. Randy Wells also received a no-decision as he went two and a third innings, thanks to the rain delay, giving up three runs on three hits and two walks, as he struck out two. Rodrigo Lopez, James Russell and John Grabow combined for six scoreless innings, giving up two hits (Lopez) and three walks (Lopez (1), Grabow (2)), while striking out two (Russell and Grabow one each), between them. Sean Marshall (3-0, 0.95) got the win as he pitched two scoreless innings, giving up a hit and two walks, while striking out four. Carlos Marmol recorded his twelfth of the season as he pitched a scoreless inning, giving up a hit.

The Phils had only seven hits in the game, with Raul Ibanez leading the team with two hits, both singles. Jimmy Rollins (Home Run, 3 RBIs), Placido Polanco (Single), Chase Utley (Single), Shane Victorino (Single) and Carlos Ruiz (Single), had the other five Phils’ hits.

The Phils (37-26, 1st East) continue their series with the Cubs (25-36, 5th Central) with a night game tonight at Citizens Bank Park. The game will start at 7:05 pm EDT. The Phils will send to their mound their ace Roy Halladay (8-3, 2.56), who is coming off a victory against the Pirates on June 5, as he went seven innings, giving up two runs on six hits and a walk, as he struck out six, in the Phils’  7-3 win. He will be going for win no. 9. The Cubs will counter with Carlos Zambrano (5-2, 3.98), who is coming off a no-decision against the Cardinals on June 5, as he went seven innings, giving up a run on five hits and two walks, while striking out three, in the Cubs’ 3-2 extra-innings lost. He will be trying to increase the Phils’ present losing streak. The Phils will be trying to recover from last night’s lost.

A two-run home run by Jimmy Rollins help leads the Phils to 3-1 win over the Braves.

A two-run homer by Jimmy Rollins in the first is enough to lead the Phils to a 3-1 Grapefruit League win over the Braves.

In the bottom of the first, with one man on, and with one man out, Jimmy Rollins gives the Phils an early 2-0 lead as he hits a two-run home run, his first home run of the spring, as he knocked in Luis Castillo, who had earlier walked. The Phils made it 3-0 in the third as, with one man on, and with two men out, Ryan Howard hits an RBI triple, scoring Rollins, who had earlier singled. The Braves would finally get on the board in the seventh as, with a man on second base, and with one man out, Brandon Hicks hits an RBI single, knocking in Brooks Conrad, who had earlier doubled, cutting the Phils’ lead to 3-1. That would be the final score as Jose Contreras collected his first save of the spring as he pitched a 1-2-3 ninth.

Joe Blanton (2-1, 3.21) got the win as he pitched six shut out innings, giving up five hits, while striking out four. Danys Baez collected his second hold of the spring as he pitched an inning, giving up a run on two hits. Ryan Madson collected his first hold of the spring as he pitched a scoreless inning, giving up a hit. Jose Contreras collected his first save of the spring as he pitched a 1-2-3 ninth inning, striking out two Braves. Rodrigo Lopez took the lost (0-2, 3.85) as he went five innings, giving up three runs on five hits and three walks, while striking out three. Cristhian Martinez and Craig Kimbrel combined for three scoreless innings, giving up two hits (one hit each) and three walks (Martinez (2) and Kimbrel (1)), while striking out 1 (Martinez) between them.

The Phils had seven hits in the game, with Jimmy Rollins (Single, Home Run, 2 RBIs) leading the team with two hits, as he raised his spring training batting average to .250. Luis Castillo (Single), Ryan Howard (Triple, RBI), John Mayberry, Jr. (Single), Ben Francisco (Single) and Joe Blanton (Single), had the other five Phils’ hits.

The Phils Grapefruit League record is now 18-11 with six games left, including a pair of split squad games tomorrow, before they start opening day on Friday, April 1, at Citizens Bank Park, against the Astros.

In other news, it is likely that Chase Utley will be placed on the disabled list (come on guys, just go ahead and do it already) at the start of the season. He will be having company on the list as the Phils have announced that Brad Lidge (man, can’t he get through spring training without an injury?) will be placed on the disabled list because of problems with the back of his shoulder. He should be out for at least fifteen days at the start of the season. Meanwhile, Roy Oswalt, who was hit behind his right neck by a line drive off of the bat of Manny Ramirez on Wednesday, said he should be able to make his last spring training start next Tuesday. I’m keeping my fingers cross on this one, folks. Also, Placido Polanco returned to the lineup during the Phils’ game with the Braves, going 0 for 2. I hope this will be the last time I will hear the word, injury, around Polanco.

Three two-run home runs help propel the Phils over the last-place D-backs, 9-5, increasing their winning streak to six games.

The presently red hot Phils’ offense hit three two-run home runs to propel themselves over the last-place D-backs, 9-5, as they extend their winning streak to six games, and their present winning streak at home to nine, as their ace, Roy Halladay prepares to make a house call.

The D-backs took the lead in the first as, with the bases loaded, via a single to Justin Upton, Adam LaRoche being hit by the pitch, moving Upton to second base, and a walk to Miguel Montero, moving both Upton and LaRoche up a base, and with two men out, Mark Reynolds receives an RBI walk, scoring Upton, to give the D-backs a 1-0 lead, while moving up both LaRoche and Montero. The Phils tied it up at one-all in the third as, with two men on, and with one man out, Ryan Howard hits an RBI single, scoring Placido Polanco, who was safe at first on a fielder’s choice when Shane Victorino, who had earlier singled, and then stole second base, was caught between second and third on Polanco’s grounder, 6-4-5, then moved up to third on a single by Raul Ibanez, while Ibanez, who had just singled, would move up to third base. Three batters later, the Phils took the lead, after Jayson Werth walks to load up the bases as Howard moves up to second base, and with two men out, Carlos Ruiz receives an RBI walk, scoring Ibanez, while both Howard and Werth would move up a base, giving the Phils a 2-1 lead. The D-backs would tie it up at two-all in the fourth as, with one man out, Reynolds hits a solo home run, his twenty-fourth home run of the season. The D-backs took the lead in the fifth as, with runners on the corners, and with two men out, Stephen Drew hits an RBI single, scoring LaRoche, who had earlier doubled, and had gone to third on Montero’s ground out, three-unassisted, giving the D-backs a 3-2 lead, while sending Reynolds, who had been intentionally walked, on to second base. The Phils retook the lead in their half of the fifth as, with one man on, and with nobody out, Werth hits a two-run home run, his fourteen home run of the season, scoring Howard, who had earlier walked, to give the Phils a 5-4 lead. The D-backs would tie it up at four-all in the sixth as, with the bases loaded, via a Chris Young double, a walk to Kelly Johnson, and then a force attempt error by Howard that allowed Johnson to be safe at second and Gerardo Parra to reach first, while Young moved up to third, and with nobody out, LaRoche hits a sacrifice fly, scoring Young from third, while sending Johnson to third. The D-backs then took the lead as, with runners on the corners, and now with one man out, Montero hits a grounder to Polanco, who tried to tag out Parra in the basepath, but misses, before throwing to first for the out, 4-3, before Howard tried to throw out Parra at second for a doubleplay, but misses, allowing Johnson to score, to give the D-backs a 5-4 lead. The Phils then tied the game up at five-all in their half of the sixth as, with one man on, and with two men out, Ibanez hits an RBI single, scoring Victorino, who had earlier singled, and then had gone to second on Polanco’s grounder (liner) to the pitcher, 1-3, then went to third on Jordan Norberto’s wild pitch. One batter later, the Phils took the lead for good as Howard hits a two-run bomb into deep left center field, his twenty-third home run of the year, scoring Ibanez, giving the Phils a 7-5 lead. The Phils then made it 9-5 in the seventh as, with a man on, and with one man out, Cody Ransom hits a two-run home run, his second home run of the season, and the third two-run shot for the Phils in the ballgame, scoring Ruiz, who had earlier singled, then went to second on Wilson Valdez’s sacrifice bunt, 5-3. That would end up being the final score as Ryan Madson pitches a 1-2-3 ninth.

Cole Hamels receives a no-decision as he pitches only five innings, giving up three runs on six hits, four walks, and two hit batters, while striking out eight. David Herndon blew his first save of the year, before receiving his first career win (a win which he did not really deserve) as he pitches an inning, giving up two runs, one of which was earned, on a hit and a walk. His record is now 1-2 with a 4.19 ERA. Danys Baez records his sixth hold of the year as he pitches a 1-2-3 inning. Jose Contreras and Ryan Madson combine for two scoreless innings, giving up a hit (Contreras) and a walk (Contreras), while striking out two (Madson) between them. Rodrigo Lopez also receives a no-decision as he also pitches five innings, giving up four runs on seven hits and five walks, while striking out four. Blaine Boyer receives his fourth hold of the year as he pitches two-thirds of an inning, giving up a run on a hit. Jordon Norberto threw his first blown save of the year, before taking the lost, as he pitches to two batters, getting neither one out, as he gives up two runs on two hits and a wild pitch. His record is now 0-1 with a 11.05 ERA. Esmerling Vasquez pitches a third of an inning, giving up a hit, while striking out a batter. Chad Qualls pitches two innings, giving up two runs on two hits.

The Phils had thirteen hits in the game, with Shane Victorino, Placido Polanco, Raul Ibanez, Ryan Howard, Jayson Werth and Carlos Ruiz each getting two hits. Victorino, Ibanez and Ruiz’s hits were all singles, with Ibanez and Ruiz both knocking in a run, while Polanco’s hits were a single and a double, and both Howard and Werth’s hits were a single and a two-run home run, with Howard knocking in three runs, and Werth two. Cody Ransom had the Phil’s other hit, a two-run home run. The offense exploded last night, but is now back to the problem with the Disabled List as Victorino might be out for at least fifteen days because of his left hip bothering him late in the game. When will this stop???

The Phils (54-46, 2nd NL East) will continue their series with the D-backs (37-63, 5th NL West) with a night game tonight. The game will be played at Citizens Bank Park and will start at 7:05 pm Eastern. The Phils starter will be their ace Roy Halladay (11-8, 2.28), who is coming off a win against the Rockies on July 23, as he pitched eight shut out innings, giving up just five hits and a walk, while striking out nine, in the Phils’ 6-0 win. In his last three starts, his record is 1-1 with a no-decision, as he pitched twenty-four innings, giving up six runs, five of which were earned, on seventeen hits and two walks, while striking out twenty-one. He will be going for win no. twelve, while hoping the offense will continue to give him run support. The D-backs will try to counter with Edwin Jackson (6-9, 5.01), who is coming off a lost against the Giants on July 23, as he went six innings, giving up six runs, four of which were earned, on eight hits and a walk, while striking out four, in the D-backs’ 7-4 lost. In his last three starts, his record is 0-3, as he pitched seventeen and a third-innings, giving up fifteen runs, thirteen of which were earned, on twenty-three hits and ten walks, while striking out twelve. He will be hoping that he will not become the Phils’ offense latest victim. The Phils will be going for the series win tonight, while hoping that they can continue their six game winning streak and their nine game winning streak at home.

Phils win their fifth game in a row as they defeat the Rockies, 5-4.

The Phils win a close one as Brad Lidge records his second straight save with the bases loaded as the Phils sweep the Rockies, 5-4.

The Rockies took the lead in the first as, with two men on, and with one man out, Jason Giambi hits an RBI single, scoring Jonathan Heerera, who had earlier walked, and had moved to second base on Carlos Gonzalez’s single, giving the Rockies a 1-0 lead, while sending Gonzalez, who had just singled, on to second base. Ryan Spilborghs made it 2-0 Rockies with an RBI single, knocking in Gonzalez, while sending Giambi to second. The Phils would tie the game up at two-all in the second as, with two men on, and with one man out, Brian Schneider hits a two-run triple, scoring Ross Gload, who had earlier singled, and then went to third on Greg Dobbs’ double, and Dobbs, who had just doubled. Two batters later, with runners on the corners, as Phils’ starter Joe Blanton had reached first on a miss catch error committed by first baseman Giambi, and with still one man out, Jimmy Rollins hits a grounder to Giambi, who then committed his second error of the inning, this one a throwing error to second base, allowing Blanton to reach second, and Rollins to reach first, while Schneider scores, giving the Phils a 3-2 lead. The Phils added to their lead in the sixth as, with two men on, and with two men out, Placido Polanco hits an RBI single, scoring Dobbs, who had earlier singled, moved up to second on Schneider’s walk, then went to third on pinch hitter Cody Ransom’s sacrifice bunt, 5-4, making it a 4-2 Phils’ lead, while sending Schneider, who had earlier walked, and had gone to second on Ransom’s sac bunt, to third base. The Phils then made it 5-2 Phils as Raul Ibanez follows with an RBI single, scoring Schneider, while sending Polanco up to second base. In the ninth, the Rockies made it a close game as, with a man on second, and with two men out, Seth Smith hits a two-run home run, his fourteenth home run of the season, knocking in Miguel Olivo, who had earlier doubled, to make it a 5-4 Phils’ lead. The Rockies then loaded up the bases on a Herrera walk, a Gonzalez single, sending Herrera to second, a Brad Lidge wild pitch, sending the runners to second and third, and an intentional walk to Giambi, with still two men out, before Brad Lidge recorded his tenth save by getting Spilborghs to ground out, 1-3, for the final out.

Joe Blanton gets the win as he goes six innings, giving up two runs on six hits and three walks, while striking out two. His record is now 4-6 with a 5.85 ERA. Chad Durbin gets his eighth hold of the year as he pitches a scoreless inning, giving up a hit, while striking out a batter. J.C. Romero collects his sixth hold of the season as he also pitches a scoreless inning, giving up a walk, while striking out a batter. Brad Lidge receives his tenth save of the year, as he pitches an inning, giving up two runs on three hits, two walks and a wild pitch. Jason Hammel took the lost as he pitches only five and a third innings, giving up five runs, four of which were earned, on seven hits and three walks, while striking out eight. His record is now 7-6 with a 4.34 ERA. Randy Flores and Taylor Buchholz combines for two and a third scoreless innings, giving up just one hit (Flores) and a walk (Buchholz), while striking out three (Flores (1), Buchholz (2)) between them.

The Phils had eight hits in the game, with Placido Polanco and Greg Dobbs leading the team with two hits each, with Polanco’s hits being two singles, knocking in a run, while Dobbs’ hits were a single and a double, scoring two runs. Raul Ibanez, Ross Gload, Shane Victorino and Brian Schneider had the other four Phils’  hits, with Ibanez, Gload and Victorino’s hits being singles, with Ibanez knocking in a run, while Schneider’s hit was a two-run double. Jimmy Rollins knocked in the other Phil’s run on a throwing error. The offense had enough hits yesterday to squeak out the win.

The Phils (53-46, 2nd NL East) continue their home stand with a three-game set against the Diamondbacks (37-62, 5th NL West) starting with a night game tonight. The game will be played at Citizens Bank Park and will start at 7:05 pm Eastern. The Phils will send to the mound Cole Hamels (7-7, 3.40), who is coming off a no-decision against the Cardinals on July 22, as he pitched eight strong innings, giving up just a hit and a walk, while striking out seven, in the Phils’ 2-0 extra-innings win. In his last three starts, he had gone 1-0 with two no-decisions, as he had pitched twenty-two and two-thirds innings, giving up just one run on fifteen hits and six walks, while striking out sixteen. He will be going for his eighth win, while trying to pitch his four straight game of giving up one run or less to his opponents. The D-backs will counter with Rodrigo Lopez (5-9, 4.58), who is coming off a lost against the Giants on July 22, as he pitched seven innings, giving up three runs on five hits and a walk, while striking out seven, in the D-backs’ 3-0 lost. In his last three starts, his record is 1-2, as he pitched twenty innings, giving up thirteen runs, twelve of which were earned, on sixteen hits and four walks, while he had struck out thirteen. He will be trying to end the Phils’ present winning streak. The Phils will be going for their sixth win in a row and their ninth straight win at home, while hoping to feast on the last place D-backs.

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