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The Phils’ bullpen allows one to get away in extra-innings as the Phils lose to the Blue Jays, 6-5.

Philadelphia_PhilliesThe bullpen allows another game to slip through the Phils’ hand, as they lose to the Blue Jays in extra-innings, 6-5.

The Blue Jays took the lead in the top of the second as, with nobody out, Edwin Encarnacion hits a lead-off home run, his third home run of the season, giving the Blue Jays a 1- 0 lead. The Blue Jays increased their lead in the top of the fourth as, with runners on the corners, and with nobody out, Juan Francisco hits into an RBI force out, 4-6, wiping out Encarnacion, who had just singled, for the inning’s first out, while scoring Jose Bautista, who had started the inning off with a double, then moved up to third base on Encarnacion’s single, making it a 2- 0 Blue Jays’ lead. The Blue Jays then took a 4-0 lead two batters later as, with one man still on, and now with two men out, Colby Rasmus hits a two-run home run, his eighth home run of the year, knocking in Francisco. The Blue Jays then made it a 5-0 lead in the top of the sixth as, with one man on, and with two men out, Steve Tolleson hits an RBI double, knocking in Francisco, who had started the inning off with a single. The Phils would start a rally in their half of the sixth as, with runners on the corners, via a lead-off double by Carlos Ruiz, who then stopped at third base on Chase Utley’s single, and with nobody out, Ryan Howard hits an RBI single, knocking in Ruiz, making it a 5-1 Blue Jays’ lead, while moving Utley up to second base. The Phils then tied it at five-all four batters later as, with the bases now loaded, after pinch-hitter John Mayberry Jr. had walked, moving up both runners, Cody Asche hits a grand-slam home run, his third home run of the season, and his first career grand-slam, scoring before him Utley, Howard and Mayberry. The Blue Jays retook the lead in the top of the tenth as, with runners on second and third, and with one man out, Francisco hits a sacrifice fly to center field, scoring Melky Cabrera, who had started the inning off with a single, then moved up to third base on Bautista’s single, who then moved up to second base on pitcher Antonio Bastardo’s wild pitch, as he beat the throw home, giving the Blue Jays a 6-5 lead. That would end up being the final score as Aaron Loup received his second save of the season as he got Howard to ground out, 5-3, for the game’s final out.

Cole Hamels received a no-decision as he went six innings, giving up five runs on ten hits and a walk, while striking out six. Jeff Manship, Jake Diekman and Jonathan Papelbon combined for three scoreless innings, giving up two walks (Manship) between them, while striking out three (Diekman (1), Papelbon (2)). Antonio Bastardo (3-2, 3.77) took the lost as he pitched an inning, giving up a run on two hits and a wild pitch. Drew Hutchinson also received a no-decision as he pitched eight innings, giving up five runs on nine hits and a walk, while striking out six. Marcus Stroman (1-0, 4.50) got the win as he went one and a third innings, giving up a hit and a wild pitch, while striking out one. Aaron Loup collected his second save of the season as he pitched two-thirds of an inning, getting out both men whom he would face.

The Phils had ten hits in the game, with Cody Asche (Singles, Double, Home Run (4 RBIs) leading the team with four hits, followed by Carlos Ruiz (Single, Double) and Marlon Byrd (Doubles) with two hits each. Chase Utley (Single) and Ryan Howard (Single, RBI) had the other two Phils hits. The Phils also had a walk (pinch-hitter John Mayberry, Jr.) in the game, while the defense performed three doubleplays.

The Phils (15-16, 5th NL East) continue their home-home interleague play series with the Blue Jays (16-17, T-3rd AL East) with the first of two games in Toronto. The game will be played at the Rogers Centre and is to start at 7:07 pm EDT. The Phils will send to the mound Cliff Lee (3-2, 3.00), who is coming off a no-decision against the Nats on May 2, as he threw seven innings, giving up two runs, only one of which was earned, on four hits and two walks, while striking out five, in the Phils’ 5-3 lost. He will be trying to put a stop to the Phils’ present losing streak. The Blue Jays will counter with Mark Buehrle (5-1, 2.25), who is coming off a win against the Royals on May 1, as he went six and two-thirds innings, as he gave up three runs, only two of which were earned, on seven hits and two walks, while striking out four, in the Blue Jays’ 7-3 win. He’ll be going for his sixth win of the season. The Phils will be trying to get back to .500, while hoping to end their present losing streak.

The Phils increased their winning streak to three games as they defeat the Marlins in extra-innings, 3-1.

Philadelphia_PhilliesThe Phils reached .500 as they increase their winning streak to three-games as they defeat the last place Marlins, 3-1.

The Phils broke up a o-o tie in the top of the sixth as, with a runner on third, and with two men out, Dom Brown hits an RBI double, knocking in Ryan Howard, who had earlier doubled, then moved up to third base on Michael Young’s ground out, 6-3, giving the Phils a 1-0 lead. The Marlins would tie the game up at one-all in their half of the sixth as, with a runner on second, and with two men out, Placido Polanco hits an RBI single, knocking in Juan Pierre, who had earlier been hit by the pitch, then moved up to second base on Donovan Solano’s ground out, 6-3. The score would stay tie until the top of the tenth as the Phils had a man on first, with two men out, as Chase Utley hits an RBI triple, knocking in Ben Revere, who had earlier singled, giving the Phils a 2-1 lead. The Phils increased their lead two batters later, after Howard is intentionally walked to put runners on first and third, and with still two men out, Young hits an RBI infield single, knocking in Utley, as Marlins’ shortstop Adeiny Hechavarria is unable to force out Howard at second base, giving the Phils a 3-1 lead. That would be the final score as Jonathan Papelbon recorded his second save of the year by pitching a 1-2-3 inning.

John Lannan received a no-decision as he pitched six innings, giving up a run on three hits, a walk and a hit batter, while striking out two Marlins, as he threw his second straight quality start. Antonio Bastardo and Mike Adams combined for two scoreless innings, giving up a hit (Adams) and a walk (Adams) between them, while striking out three (Bastardo). Phillippe Aumont (1-0 0.00) got the win, the first win of his career, as he pitched a scoreless inning, walking a batter. Jonathan Papelbon recorded his second save of the season as he pitched a 1-2-3 inning. Ricky Nolasco also received a no-decision as he went six innings, giving up a run on seven hits and a walk, as he struck out a batter. A.J. Ramos, Mike Dunn and Steve Cishek combined for three 1-2-3 innings, striking out two batters (Ramos (1), Cishek (1)) between them. Jon Rauch (0-1, 6.23) took the lost as he pitched an inning, giving up two runs on three hits and a walk, striking out a batter.

The Phils had ten hits, with Ben Revere (Singles), Ryan Howard (Doubles) and Dom Brown (Single, Double, RBI) all leading the team with two hits each. Chase Utley (Triple, RBI), Michael Young (Single, RBI), Erik Kratz (Single) and John Lannan (Double) had the other four Phils’ hits. The Phils also had two walks, both intentional (Laynce Nix, Howard) in the game.

The Phils (5-5, 4th) continue their series with the Marlins (1-9, 5th) with a night game tonight. The game will be played at Marlins Park and is to start at 7:10 pm EDT. The Phils will send to the mound their ace Cole Hamels (0-2, 10.97), who is coming off a lost against the Royals on April 7, as he pitched five and two-thirds innings, giving up eight runs on nine hits and four walks, as he struck out only two, in the Phils’ 9-8 lost. Hamels will be going for his first win, as he hopes to regain his grove at the Marlins’ expense. The Marlins plan to counter with Jose Fernandez (0-0, 1.80) as he came off a n0-decision against the Mets on April 7, as he threw five innings, giving up a run on three hits and a walk, while striking out eight, in the Marlins’ 4-3 lost. He will be trying for his first major league victory. The Phils will be trying for their fourth straight win, while hoping that Hamels will finally come out of his present rut.

The Phils will begin a three-games series with the last place Marlins.

Philadelphia_PhilliesThe Phils (4-5, 4th), after leaving Citizens Bank Park with their first series win of 2013, will start a three-games series with the last place Marlins (1-8, 5th), the team with presently the worst record in the National League. The game will be played at Marlins Park and will start at 7:10 EDT.

The Phils will put on the mound their fifth-game starter John Lannan (0-0, 3.86), who is coming off a rather good start against the Royals on April 6, in his first start as a Phil, as he went seven innings, giving up three runs on five hits, while striking out five, holding off the Royals until the Phils were able to make a comeback in the ninth inning to win the game by the score of 4-3. He will be trying to win his first start as a Phil, while trying to lead the club to their first three-game winning streak. The Marlins will counter with Ricky Nolasco (0-1, 3.97), who is making his third start of the season, as he comes off a no-decision against the Mets on April 6, as he went five and a third innings, giving up three runs on six hits and three walks, while striking out three, in the Marlins’ 7-3 lost. He will once again be looking for his first win of the season, while the fish will be looking for their second win of 2013. The Phils will be trying to take advantage of the Marlins’ early season woes, while trying to move up in the NL East standings, while trying to keep from falling any further behind the first place Braves.

After nine games, the Phils have three regulars with a .300 or better batting average, third baseman Michael Young (.375 (12 for 32)), second baseman Chase Utley (.333 (11 for 33)) and shortstop Jimmy Rollins (.316 (12 for 38)), with Utley presently leading the team with nine RBIs and is tied for the team’s lead in home runs with two (tied with Dom Brown) and for the team’s lead in triple with one (along with Young), while Rollins is the team’s leader in doubles with five. Utley and Rollins are tied for second place in stolen bases with three each, both trailing Ben Revere, who presently has four. Rollins is tied for second in RBIs with five with both Ryan Howard and Brown, as they all trail Utley. Rollins, for now, is batting a lot better as the second batter in the Phils’ line-up, looking like the Rollins of 2007-2008, while Utley appears to have gone back to what he was doing before his foot problems of the last two seasons (2011-2012). The biggest disappointment, at the moment, is Howard, who is presently batting (.200 (7 for 35)), despite him showing that he might have finally gotten it during spring training (.322 (28 for 87)), but seems to have gone back to swinging at the junk pitches of breaking balls out of the strike zone and high fastballs, as he have collected only one extra-base hit, a home run, as he has struck out a team leading twelve times. As long as he continue to go after the junk, opposing pitchers will not throw him any good pitches to hit, unless Young start to force them to start pitching to Howard by continuing to hit.

Cliff Lee just miss pitching a complete game as the Phils’ bats come to life to beat the Mets, 8-3.

Philadelphia_PhilliesCliff Lee is one out short of pitching a complete game as the Phils’ bats wake up to rout the Mets, winning 8-3.

The Phils take the lead in the bottom of the second as, with runners on second and third, and with one man out, John Mayberry Jr. hits a two-run double, knocking in Michael Young, who had earlier singled, then stopped at third base on Dom Brown’s single, and Brown, who had just singled, then moved up to second base on left fielder Lucas Duda’s throwing error, giving the Phils a 2-0 lead. Two batters later, with Mayberry still on second base, and now with two men out, Cliff Lee helped his own cause with an RBI single to center, knocking in Mayberry, giving the Phils a 3-0 lead. The Phils then made it a 4-0 lead two batters later, after Ben Revere had hit a single, moving Lee up to second base, as Jimmy Rollins hits an RBI double, scoring Lee, while sending Revere on to third base. The Phils added to their lead in the bottom of the third as Ryan Howard hits a lead-off home run, his first home run of the season, giving the Phils a 5-0 lead. The Phils then took a 6-0 lead as Young followed Howard with a solo shot of his own, his first home run of the season, and his first as a Phil. Two batters later, with one  man out, the Phils make it a 7-0 lead as Mayberry hits his own solo home run, his first home run of the season. The Mets got on the scoreboard in the top of the fourth as, with one man on, and with nobody out, John Buck hits a two-run home run, his fourth home run of the season, scoring David Wright, who had started the inning off by reaching base on Rollins’ throwing error, making it a 7-2 Phils’ lead. The Phils got one of the runs back in their half of the fourth as, with a runner on second, and with two men out, Young hits an RBI triple, knocking in Chase Utley, who had earlier walked, then stole second base, giving the Phils an 8-2 lead. The Mets got the run back in the top of the fifth as, with a man on third, and with one man out, Jordany Valdespin, after having first tripled, would score on catcher Erik Kratz’s passed ball, making it an 8-3 Phils’ lead. That would end up being the final score as Mike Adams would record the final out in the ninth by striking out Ruben Tejada looking.

Cliff Lee (2-0, 1.08) got the win as he pitched eight and two-thirds innings, giving up three runs, two of which were earned, on eight hits, while he struck out six. Mike Adams pitched a third of an inning, striking out the only man that he would face. Dillon Gee (0-2, 7.71) took the lost as he went just three innings, giving up seven runs on ten hits, as he struck out two. Greg Burke pitched two innings, giving up a run on a hit and a walk, as he struck out two. Scott Rice, LaTroy Hawkins and Brandon Lyon would combine for three scoreless innings, giving up a walk (Rice) between them, while striking out three (one batter each).

The Phils had eleven hits in the game, with Michael Young leading the team (Single, Triple, Home Run, 2 RBIs), being a double short of hitting the cycle, followed by John Mayberry, Jr. (Double, Home Run, 3 RBIs) with two hits. Ben Revere (Single), Jimmy Rollins (Double, RBI), Ryan Howard (Home Run, RBI), Dom Brown (Single), Erik Kratz (Single) and Cliff Lee (Single, RBI), had the other five Phils’ hits. The Phils also had two walks (Chase Utley (2)) and two stolen bases (Utley (2 & 3)) in the game.

The Phils (3-5, 4th) will conclude their series with the Mets (5-3, 3rd) with a night game tonight. The game will be played at Citizens Bank Park and will start at 7:05 pm EDT. The Phils will send to the mound Kyle Kendrick (0-1, 7.94) who is coming off a bad start against the Royals on April 5, as he threw five and two-thirds innings. giving up five runs on eight hits and two walks, while striking out three, in the Phils’ 13-4 lost. Kendrick will be trying to regain the form he had early in the game, before the floodgates suddenly opened. Jeremy Hefner (0-1, 1.50) will pitch for the Mets, as he is coming off a lost to the Marlins on April 5, as he threw six innings, giving up a run on five hits and two walks, as he struck out three, in the Mets’ 7-5 lost. He will be trying to even his record while trying to give the Mets the series win. The Phils look to end the series with a win.

The Phils end up a run short in the ninth inning, as they lose to the Royals, 9-8.

Philadelphia_PhilliesThe Phils end up a run short of their second straight walk-off win, as they lose to the Royals, 9-8.

The Phils took the lead in the bottom of the first as, win runners on the corners, and with nobody out, Chase Utley hits an RBI single, knocking in Ben Revere, who had started off the Phils’ half of the first with a single, then moved up to third base on Jimmy Rollins’ single, giving the Phils a 1-0 lead, while sending Rollins, who had just singled, over to third. Two batters later, after Ryan Howard had struck out for the inning’s first out, Michael Young gives the Phils a 2-0 lead with an RBI single, easily scoring Rollins, while sending Utley up to second base. The Phils them made it a 3-0 lead as Dom Brown hits an RBI single, knocking in Utley, while sending Young over to third base. The Phils then took a 4-0 lead as Erik Kratz hits a sacrifice fly to right, scoring Young. The Royals would get on the scoreboard in the top of the third as, with two men on, and with one man out, Alcides Escobar hits an RBI double, knocking in Chris Getz, who had got on base with a lead-off bunt single, beating Howard’s attempt to tag him out, then moved up to second base on Alex Gordon’s walk, making it a 4-1 Phils’ lead, while sending Gordon, who had just walked, over to third base. The Royal then cut the Phils’ lead down to 4-2 as Billy Butler hits an RBI ground out, 6-3, scoring Gordon. The Royal would take the lead in the top of the fifth as, with the bases loaded, via a lead-off double by Getz, a single by Gordon, sending Getz to third, and a walk to Escobar, moving Gordon up to second base, and with one man out, Butler hits a flyball to left center field which was originally called a double, as it bounce off of the wall, scoring Getz, Gordon and Escobar, giving the Royals a 5-4 lead, before it was reviewed and declared a grand-slam home run, as it had originally left the field and then bounced back in, giving Butler his first home run of the season, and his first career grand-slam home run, giving the Royals a 6-4 lead. The Royals increased their lead in the top of the six as, with the bases once again loaded, via a single by James Shields, a double by Gordon, sending Shields to third base, and a walk by Escobar, and with two men out, Butler hits a two-run single, scoring Shields and Gordon, giving the Royals an 8-4 lead, while sending Escobar on to third base. The Royals added an insurance run in the top of the eighth as, with a man on second, and with one man out, Gordon hits an RBI single, knocking in Jarrod Dyson, who had just doubled, giving the Royals a 9-4 lead. The Phils started a rally in the bottom of the ninth as, with two men on, and with one man out, Rollins hits a three-run home run, his first home run of the season, knocking in Ezequiel Carrera, who had started the inning off with a walk, then stopped at second base on Revere’s single, and Revere, who had just singled, cutting the Royals’ lead down to 9-7. Four batters later, with two men on, and now with two men out, the Phils made it a 9-8 Royals’ lead as pinch-hitter Laynce Nix hits an RBI single, knocking in Howard, who had earlier singled, then stopped at second base on Young’s single, while sending Young, who had just singled, up to second base. The Phils then had a chance to win the game as, with Kratz’s batting, Kelvin Herrera threw a wild pitch, allowing Young to reach third base, and Nix to stop at second base. But, the Phils would be denied as Herrera would strike out Kratz’s for the game’s final out.

Cole Hamels (0-2, 10.97) took the lost as he pitched five and two-thirds innings, giving up eight runs on nine hits and four walks, while striking out only two. Chad Durbin pitched an inning and a third, giving up a hit and a walk, while striking out two. Jeremy Horst pitched an inning, giving up a run on two hits. Phillippe Aumont pitched a scoreless inning, giving up a hit and two walks, while striking out two. James Shields (1-1, 3.75) got the win as he went six innings, giving up four runs on ten hits, while striking out eight. Tim Collins pitched two 1-2-3 innings, striking out four. J.C. Gutierrez pitched a third of an inning, giving up three runs on two hits and a walk, striking out a batter. Greg Holland collected his first hold of the year as he pitched a third of an inning, giving up a run on two hits. Kelvin Herrera received his first save of the season as he pitched a third of an inning, giving up a hit and a wild pitch, while striking out a batter.

The Phils had fifteen hits in the game, with Michael Young (3 Singles, Double, RBI) leading the team with four hits, followed by Ben Revere (Singles) with three hits and Jimmy Rollins (Single, Home Run, 3 RBIs) and Chase Utley (Singles, RBI) with two hits each. Ryan Howard (Single), Dom Brown (Single, RBI), John Mayberry, Jr. (Double) and pinch-hitter Laynce Nix (Single, RBI) had the other four Phils’ hits. Erik Kratz brought in the final Phil’s run with a sacrifice fly. The Phils also had a walk (Ezequiel Carerra) and a stolen base (Revere (3)) in the game, as the offense let Shields off the hook after the first inning, spoiling several scoring opportunities in the middle innings.

The Phils (2-4, 4th) start a three-games series with the Mets (4-2, T-2) starting with a night game tonight. The game will be played at Citizens Bank Park and is to begin at 7:05 pm. The Phils will send to the mound Roy Halladay (0-1, 13.50), who is coming off a stinker against the Braves on April 3, as he went only three and a third innings, giving up five runs on six hits and three walks, while striking out nine, in the Phils’ 9-2 lost. He will be trying to rebound from the lost. The Mets will counter with Matt Harvey (1-0, 0.00) who is coming off a win against the Padres on April 3, as he threw seven shut-out innings, giving up just a hit and two walks, while striking out ten, in the Mets’ 8-4 win. He will be out to increase his record to 2-0. The Phils will be trying to prove that they are better than they have looked so far, while hoping that Doc will regain his 2010-11 form.

Cliff Lee’s eight innnings of two-hit pitching help lead the Phils to their first win of 2013 as they blank the Braves, 2-0.

Philadelphia_PhilliesEight scoreless innings by Cliff Lee help lead the Phils to their first victory of the 2013 season, as they beat the Braves, 2-0.

The Phils took the lead in the top of the second as, with the bases loaded, via a single by Laynce Nix, leading off the inning, a double by Erik Kratz, with Nix stopping at third base, and a walk to Cliff Lee, and with nobody out, Nix would score on Ben Revere’s force out grounder to the shortstop, 6-4, for the inning’s first out, as Lee is wiped out at second base, giving the Phils a 1-0 lead, as Kratz moved up to second base, and Revere is safe at first. The Phils increased their lead two batters later as, with the bases once again loaded, after Revere steals second base, and Jimmy Rollins gets on base with a walk, and with one man still out, Chase Utley hits a sacrifice fly to right, scoring Kratz, who beats the throw home, giving the Phils a 2-0 lead. That would end up being all the run the Phils would need as Lee would keep the Braves’ offense under control for eight shutout innings, allowing only three men to reach base, a two-out single in the bottom of the second to Dan Uggla, a one-out single by Justin Upton in the bottom of the fourth, before he is wiped out on a 6-3 doubleplay grounder hit by Freddie Freeman, and Gerald Laird who, in the bottom of the sixth, lead off the inning by reaching base on a fielding error by Utley, before being left stranded. Jonathan Papelbon would then take over in the ninth and collect his first save of the season as he throws a 1-2-3 ninth.

Cliff Lee (1-0, 0.00) got the win as he threw eight scoreless inning, giving up two hits, while he struck out eight. Jonathan Papelbon recorded his first save of the season as he pitched a 1-2-3 inning, striking out two. Kris Medlen (0-1, 3.60) took the lost as he went five innings, giving up two runs on six hits and four walks, while striking out three. Cory Gearrin, Jordan Walden and Anthony Varvaro combined for four scoreless innings, giving up two hits (Walden (1), Varvaro (1)) between them, while striking out only one Phil (Varvaro).

The Phils had eight hits in the game, with Jimmy Rollins (Single, Double) leading the team with two hits. Ben Revere (Single, RBI), Chase Utley (Single, RBI), Ryan Howard (Single), Dom Brown (Single), Laynce Nix (Single) and Erik Kratz (Double) had the other six Phils hits, as the offense continue to squander scoring opportunities. The Phils also had four walks (Rollins, Utley, Michael Young, Cliff Lee) and two stolen bases (Revere (2), Rollins (2)) in the game.

The Phils (1-2, 4th NL East) begins their first series at home with an interleague series with the Royals (1-2, 5th AL Central) in a game already in progress.

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 have made several changes towards the end of 2012, which they hope will lead them back into the payoffs in 2013.

Philadelphia_PhilliesFirst off, I would like to take the time to say, Happy New Year’s, folks. Second, sorry for the lack of posts, but, I got too busy with other things to get myself in gear to do new posts. But, I now got the time, and boy, do I have a lot to cover, as the Phils made some wheeling and dealing and small-scale free agent signings which they hope will put them into position to get back into the playoffs this upcoming October.

First, in the Rule Five Draft they picked up outfielder Ender Inciarte from the Arizona Diamondbacks, whom they hope will anchor centerfield in a few seasons, while drafting in the Triple-A Phase of the draft right-handed pitcher Brendan Lafferty from the Kansas City Royals organization, while not losing a player to the draft.

On the same day, December 6, they made a trade with the Minnesota Twins, getting centerfielder Paul Revere, in exchange for minor league right-handed pitching prospect Trevor May and, coming as a complete surprise to most, right-handed starter Vance Worley. Revere, who appeared in 124 games for the Twins, batted .294 (150 for 511), hitting 13 doubles and 6 triples, as he scored 70 times, while knocking in 32. He had also stole 40 bases, ranking him third in the AL for 2012, being caught just 9 times. May spent 2012 pitching for the Reading Phillies (now the Fighting Phillies). Worley, who was placed on the disabled list towards the end of the 2012 season, before having an operation to remove bone chips from his elbow, would pitch in 23 games for the Phils before being shut down, all starts, as he collected a 6-9 record, with a 4.20 ERA and a WHIP of 1.51, as he pitched in 133 innings, giving up 154 hits and 69 runs, 62 of which were earned, as he struck out 107 batters, while walking only 47. Sorry to see you go, Vance, and I wish you luck in Minnesota, as long as you don’t pitch against the Phils. And, welcome to the team, Paul. I hope you’ll enjoy your stay here.

Then, on December 8, the Phils announced that they had made another trade, this one with the Texas Rangers, as they brought in Michael Young to take over duties at third base, in exchange for right-handed relief pitcher Josh Lindblom and pitching prospect Lisalverto Bonilla. Michael Young, who has also played first base, second base and shortstop, appeared in 156 games for the former American League Champs (2010-11) batting .277 (169 for 611), as he hit 27 doubles, 3 triples and 8 home runs during the season, knocking in 67 runs, while scoring 79 times. He also walked 33 times. Josh Lindblom, who had started the 2012 season pitching relief for the Los Angeles before being traded to the Phils as part of a trade involving Shane Victorino, appeared in 74 games for both clubs, all in relief, posting a combined record of 3-5 with one save in four save opportunities, as he fielded an ERA of 3.55 and a WHIP of 1.35. He pitched in 71 innings, allowing 61 hits and 31 runs to score, of which 28 were earned. He walked 35 batters while striking out 70. Bonilla spent 2012 pitching for Clearwater and then Reading in the Phils’ farm system. Welcome to the team, Michael. I hope that you can help the team via both your bat and your glove, especially the later, as it looks like you may not just be covering the hot corner of third base during the season.

After the two trades, the Phils then made a pair of minor free agent signings, both pitchers, one a reliever and the other a starter. First, they signed to a two-years, $12 million dollars contract, with relief pitcher Mike Adams, formerly of the Rangers, who will be acting as the eight-inning bridge to Jonathan Papelbon, as he plans to take over an inning that was a major problem for the ballclub all season long. For the Rangers, Adams pitched in 61 games, compiling a 5-3 record with a 3.27 ERA and a WHIP of 1.39, as well as collecting a save in two save attempts. He would pitch in 52 and a third innings, giving up 56 hits and 21 runs, 19 of which were earned, as he struck out 45 batters, while walking only 17. The Phils then signed former Washington Nationals’ starter John Lannan, who is to become the Phils’ fifth starter, to replace Worley in the rotation, to a one-year deal worth $2.5 million dollars. Lannan, who had spent his entire career with the Nats, before becoming a free agent, appeared in only six games last year, all of them starts, as he compiled a record of 4-1 with a 4.13 ERA and a WHIP of 1.44, as he pitched a total of 32 and two-thirds innings, giving up 33 hits and 15 runs, all earned. He struck out 17 batters, while walking 14. During his six seasons with the Nats, Lannan had a win-lost record of 42-52, as he compiled an ERA of 4.01 and a career WHIP of 1.42, as he pitched a total of 783 and two-thirds innings, while appearing in 134 games, all starts. He would give up a total of 820 hits, as opponents scored 393 times, with 349 of those runs being earned. He would strikeout a total of 410 batters, while walking just 296. Welcome to the ballclub, guys. I hope that you two were worth the money spent.

The Phils have during the month mention that they would like to add a veteran corner outfielder, either via free agent signing or another trade, but it looks like they have the club they want before they enter spring training next month. I’m just hoping this team will improve on their third place finish last year.

Raul Ibanez have signed a one-year deal with the Yankees, as a DH.

The New York Yankees have announced earlier today that they have signed former Phil Raul Ibanez to a one-year, $1.1 million dollars contract, as a designated hitter.

Ibanez, who was the Phils’ left fielder for 2009-11, last year played in 144 games, hitting .245 (131 for 535), hitting 31 doubles, 1 triple and 20 home runs, knocking in 84 RBIs, while scoring 65 runs. During a 16-years career, while includes stints with the Seattle Mariners (two) and the Kansas City Royals, Ibanez would appear in 1817 games, hitting .280 (1791 for 6387), including 377 doubles, 43 triples and 252 home runs, as he knocked in 1054 runs, while scoring 928. He also has a career slugging percentage of .471 and a career on-base percentage of .342. As he joins the Yankees, Ibanez is expected to be their left-handed designated hitter, while also adding some depths to their outfield.

With the signing, as far as the Phils are concerned, it should give them a draft pick based on Ibanez’s free agent status.

Wish you luck with the Yanks, Raul.

Cliff Lee throws his second straight complete game shutout as he six-hit the Cards in the 4-0 Phils win.

Two home runs support a six-hit complete game shutout thrown by Cliff Lee, his second in two straight starts, as the Phils defeat the Cards, 4-0.

The Phils took the lead in the fourth as Jimmy Rollins hits a lead-off home run, his seventh home run of the season, giving the Phils a 1-0 lead. Three batters later, with one man on, and with one man out, the Phils took a 3-0 lead as Ryan Howard hits a  two-run home run, his sixteenth home run of the season, scoring Chase Utley, who had just singled. The Phils then took a 4-0 lead in the ninth as, with one man on, and with one man out, Utley hits a sacrifice fly, knocking in Shane Victorino, who had earlier tripled. That would be all the runs support that Cliff Lee would need as he proceeded to pitch a six-hit complete game shut out, his second straight complete game shutout.

Cliff Lee (8-5, 2.87) got the win as he pitched a complete game shutout, giving up just six hits and a walk, while striking out only three batters. Kyle Lohse (7-4, 2.91) took the lost as he pitched eight innings, giving up four runs on seven hits. Mitchell Boggs pitched an inning, giving up a run on a hit, as he struck out one.

The Phils had eight hits in the ballgame, with Jimmy R0llins (Single, Home Run, RBI) and Ryan Howard (Single, Home Run, 2 RBIs) both leading the team with two hits each. Shane Victorino (Triple), Chase Utley (Single, RBI), Placido Polanco (Single) and Carlos Ruiz (Single) had the other four Phils’ hits.

The Phils (47-28, 1st East) will conclude their three-game series with the Cards (40-35, 2nd Central) with a night game at Busch Stadium (III). The game will start at 8:15 pm EDT (7:15 pm CDT). The Phils will send to the mound Roy Oswalt (4-5, 3.38) , who is coming off a lost against the Mariners on June 17, as he went six and a third innings, giving up four runs on eight hits and a walk, while striking out just three, in the Phils’ 4-2 lost. He will be trying  to even up his record, while also trying to pitch the Phils to their second sweep in their last three series.  The Cards will counter with Chris Carpenter (1-7, 4.47), who is coming off a lost against the Royals on June 17, as he pitched eight innings, giving up five runs, four of which were earned, on ten hits and a walk, while striking out seven, in the Cards’ 5-4 lost. He will be trying to keep the Cards from being swept by the Phils. The Phils will be going for the series sweep, before coming home to face the Athletics during the weekend.

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