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Phillies are unable to sweep the Mets as the bullpen is unable to hold the lead in the eighth inning. Falls back into second place in the East.

The Phillies would spend less than a full day back in first place as the Mets rally past the Phillies’ bullpen to defeat the Phillies, 6-3. The Mets would get the game’s first run in the first, as, with a runner on second and two outs, Carlos Delgado would hit a RBI single, scoring Jose Reyes, who has earlier singled and has gone to second on a ground out, to give the Mets a quick 1-0 lead. The Phillies would take the lead in their half of the first, as, with a runner on second and two outs, Ryan Howard would hit a two-run home run, his thirty-fifth home run of the year, scoring Jimmy Rollins, who has earlier singled and then stole second, to make it 2-1 Phils. The Phillies would increase their lead in the second, as Jayson Werth would hit a lead off home run, his eighteenth home run of the year, to give the Phillies a 3-1 lead. That would remain the score until the sixth, when Delgado would hit a solo home run, his twenty-ninth home run of the year, to make it a 3-2 Phillies’ lead. After a Carlos Beltran single, Phils’ starter Kyle Kendrick would be taken out of the game, and the game would be handed over to the Phillies’ bullpen. Scott Eyre would take care of the five men that he would face in two innings of work, which would include a double play ball that would erase Beltran. At the same time, the Phillies’ offense would squander opportunities to score some more runs in the fifth, sixth and seventh innings. That would soon come back to haunt them, as Rudy Seanez would come in to pitch the top of the eighth. Seanez would quickly take care of the first two batters, but with Delgado coming up, Rich Dubee would come out to the mound to talk with Seanez about how to pitch to him. That might have turned out to be a big mistake, as the talk might have either disrupted Seanez’s rhythm, or made him think too much about Delgado, who had already hit two career home runs off of him, as with a 1-0 count, Delgado would hit his second solo home run of the game, his thirtieth home run of the year, tying the game at three all. After that, the wheels would come off for the Phils. Beltran would get on base with an infield single to third. Seanez would then be replaced with Brad Lidge, who would be brought out to try and keep the game at three all. Sadly, he would be unable to do so. Beltran would steal second, getting into scoring position. Lidge would then intentionally walk Ryan Church, putting two men on base. Daniel Murphy would then follow with a single, scoring Beltran, giving the Mets a 4-3 lead, and sending Church to third. Brian Schneider would then hit a two-run single over the head of the third basemen, scoring both Church and Murphy, making it 6-3 Mets. Lidge would finally get out of the inning by getting Damion Easley to hit into a force out, 4-6, but by then the damage has already been done. The Phillies would this night be unable to rally in the last two innings as the Mets’ bullpen would get out the last six Phillies’ batter, as Luis Ayala would this time be able to get the save, his second of the year.

Kyle Kendrick would get a no-decision, as he pitches five innings plus two batters, giving up two earned runs on eight hits. Scott Eyre would pitch two scoreless innings, giving up no hits while striking out three. Rudy Seanez would get the lost, while also blowing his first save of the year, as he goes two-thirds of an inning, giving up two earned runs on two hits. His record is now 5-4 with a 3.82 ERA. Brad Lidge would pitch a third of an inning, giving up two runs on on two hits and a walk. Andrew Carpenter would pitch an inning, giving up no runs on one hit and a walk. Johan Santana would also get a no-decision, as he goes six innings, giving up three earned runs on five hits. Brian Stokes would get the win as he pitches a scoreless inning, giving up only one hit. Pedro Feliciano (2/3) and Joe Smith (1/3) would combine for a scoreless inning, with neither man giving up a hit. Luis Ayala would pitch a scoreless ninth, giving up no hits as he records his second save of the year.

The Phillies’ offense would once again do in the Phils as they would be uable to score a run in either the fifth, sixth or seventh innings, a situation that is sadly all too familiar this year. Because of it, they would be unable to sweep the Mets and thereby increase their lead to a game and a half. Instead, they will be heading off to Chicago, a half game behind the Mets. But the bigger problem last night was the reasoning behind sending out Rich Dubee to talk to Rudy Seanez, after Seanez has very easily taken care of the first two Mets batters in the eighth. If the Phillies were so concerned about the possibility of Carlos Delgado hitting a home run off of Seanez, they should’ve just gone ahead and replaced him with a warm-uped Brad Lidge. Otherwise, leave the man alone, since he was obviously in the zone, and probably not even worrying about Delgado doing any damage against him. Sadly, Dubee would talk to Seanez, slowing down his rhythm, let Lidge stay in the pen, and then watch Delgado tie the ballgame with a home run. Sigh, some times you just have to wonder about the thinking behind some of these moves by Charlie Manuel.

The Phillies (73-60) will now go to Chicago to face the major league leading Cubs (83-50, 1st National League Central) for the first of four games. The first game will be played tonight at Wrigley Field and will begin at 8:05 pm Eastern (7:05 pm Central).The Phillies will send to the mound their ace Cole Hamels (11-8, 3.20), who is coming off his second straight gem before a nationally televised audience, as he defeated the Dodgers on August 23, going seven innings, giving up only two earned runs on five hits, while striking out five, in the Phillies’ 9-3 win. Lifetime against the Cubs, he is 3-1 with a 3.00 ERA in four starts. He will be going for his twelfth win of the year while trying to keep the Phils close to the Mets. The Cubs’ starter will be Ryan Dempster (15-5, 2.85), who is coming off a win against the Nationals on August 23, as he went seven and a third innings, giving up only an earned run on eight hits, in the Cubs’ 9-2 win. Dempster has won his last three starts. He will be going for his sixteenth win of the year, while trying to put the Phillies’ bats back to sleep.

The Phillies are now back in second place, trailing the Mets by half a game, who will have tomorrow off. They are five games ahead of the Marlins who had won their game with the Braves, planning to end their series with the Braves before heading back to Miami to face the Mets. The Phillies will be trying to retake first place, starting with trying to win tonight’s game so that they can end up being tied with the Mets for first place.

The Phillies defeat the Mets in 13 innings after being put into a 7-0 hole, 8-7, as they regain first place.

The 13th inning becomes a nightmare inning for the Mets as the Phillies would finish coming from behind to defeat the Mets, 8-7. The ballgame would appear to fall into three acts. Act one would involves the Mets knocking out of the box Phillies’ starter Jamie Moyer. The first sign of trouble would appear at the very start of the ballgame as the Mets’ lead off man, Jose Reyes, would start the game off with a triple. Damion Easley would then follow by knocking him in with a RBI single, making the score 1-0 Mets. David Wright would then hit a single, putting Mets’ runners on first and second. Three batters later, after Moyer loads up the bases by hitting Carlos Delgado, and with one out, Fernando Tatis would make it a 2-0 game with a RBI single, scoring Easley and leaving the bases loaded. Moyer would finally end the inning by getting Ryan Church to pop up to him under the Infield Fly Rule and Ramon Castro to ground out. The Phils would try to answer back in their half of the first, as Jimmy Rollins would get a double off of Mets’ starter Pedro Martinez, who would then hit Chase Utley with the pitch, thus putting runners on first and second base with no one out. After Pat Burrell flies out to right, Rollins and Utley would steal third and second on a double steal, putting both men in scoring position. But, that would be where they would stay, as Martinez would get both Ryan Howard and Shane Victorino to strike out. The Mets would then add a run in the second, as, with two men out, Easley would hit his sixth home run of the year, a solo shot, that would make it 4-0 Mets. The Mets would then increase their lead in the third to 6-0, when, with one swing of the bat, Tatis would hit his eleventh home run of the year, a three-run shot that would score Carlos Beltran and Delgado, who have both gotten on base with singles. Moyer would finally get out of the inning as he gives up only one more hit, a single to Martinez, adding insult to his very bad night. Moyer would then be lifted for a pinch hitter in the bottom of the third, as Martinez would put the Phillies down for the second straight inning, although giving up another hit to Rollins. The fourth would bring up Clay Condrey in relief of Moyer, who would then give up the seventh and, what no one at the time knew, would be the final Mets’ run, as, with a man on third, Wright would hit a ground out, second to first, scoring Easley, who has earlier tripled. After Condrey gets out the next two batters, that would bring down the curtain on the first act, with the Phillies trailing 7-0 and the game looking like a laugher for the Mets.

But, the curtain would then rise on the second act and the Phillies’ would surprisingly come back. In the bottom of the fourth, the Phillies would score their first run, when, with one out, Pedro Feliz would knock in Victorino, who has reached base on a force out of Howard, who has walked, stole second and then went to third on Jayson Werth’s single, on a sacrifice fly, making it 7-1 Mets. Then in the fifth, the Phillies would close the gap as, with a runner on second, and no outs, Rollins would hit a two-run home run, his ninth home run of the year, knocking in Condrey, who has earlier doubled, making it 7-3 Mets. Three batters later, with a man on first and one out, Howard would hit a two-run home run of his own, his thirty-fifth home run of the year, scoring Utley, who has earlier walked, to make it a 7-5 Mets’ lead. The Mets would try to increase their lead in the sixth, as they load the bases via two singles (Reyes and Easley) and a hit batter (Beltran), with only one out. But Condrey would dig in his heels and end the threat by getting Delgado to hit into a 6-4-3 double play. The Phillies would have their own threat in the sixth, as, with two out, Rollins and Utley would both reach base on singles, with Rollins going to third on Utley’s hit. But, sadly, the inning would end with Burrell, who would end up leaving eighteen men on base in two straight games, striking out. The Phillies would make it closer in the eighth, as, with two men on, and one out, Rollins would hit a RBI single, scoring Carlos Ruiz, who has earlier singled, and sending Chis Coste, who has also singled, to third. Utley would then strike out for the inning’s second out. After Rollins steals second to put two men in scoring position, Burrell would end the inning by flying out to left. Then, in the ninth, after Brad Lidge puts down the Mets 1-2-3 in the top of the inning, the Phillies would go to work on Mets’ reliever Luis Ayala, who the Mets were using as their closer in placed of the injured Billy Wagner. The inning would start off with Howard flying out to center field for out number one. Victorino would then ground out, short to first, for out number two. Werth would then get on base with a single. Pinch hitter Eric Bruntlett would then follow with a pinch hit double, scoring Werth, and tying the game up at 7 all, to the surprise of the Mets, who are probably now seeing the return of the nightmare of last September in their dreams. Ayala would finally end the inning by getting Ruiz to ground out, short to first, with a throw from Reyes that barely beat out Ruiz, which could’ve otherwise ended the game right there as Weth was running non-stop from second base with the potential winning run. The game would now go into its third act, extra-innings.

After Ryan Madson puts down the Mets in the top of the tenth, the Phillies would try to win the game in their half of the tenth. Coste would lead off the inning with a double. Instead of walking Rollins, who at this point has been five for five on the night, eight for his last eight, and been on base tenth straight times, Mets’ reliever Aaron Heilman would get him to fly out to left for the inning’s first out. Utley is then intentionally walked to put runners on first and second. Burrell would then come to the plate, and strike out looking for the inning’s second out. Howard would then end the threat by grounding out to first. In the eleventh, the Phillies would threaten again on Heilman. With one out, Werth would work a walk. Bruntlett would then single, putting two men on base with still one out. Pinch hitter Cole Hamels would then strike out for the second out. Coste would then single, loading up the bases. But Heilman would end this threat by getting Rollins to pop up to third. Neither team would be able to do anything in the twelfth inning. Then, in the thirteenth, with the Phillies down to their last relief pitcher and with tonight’s starter Kyle Kendrick warming up in the pen if needed, Rudy Seanez would put down the Mets’ 1-2-3. Then they would go to work on the last Mets’ reliever Scott Schoeneweis. Victorino would greet him with a triple to right. Schoeneweis would then intentionally walk both Werth and Bruntlett to load the bases, to face Seanez. Instead, pitcher Brett Myers would be sent out as a pinch hitter, with what turns out to be orders not to swing. Which he did, as he almost worked out a walk but would be instead called out on strikes on a 3-2 fastball on the inside corner. This would bring up Coste. After taking a ball, Coste, with both the infield and outfield in to try and prevent the winning run from scoring, would loft a fly ball deep to center, that would go past center fielder Beltran, who has already given up the chase, and drop in for a single in front of the warning track, scoring Victorino with the winning run, as the Phillies would finish the ballgame with a very dramatic, come from behind 8-7 win over a stunned New York ballclub, as they regain first place in the East.

Jamie Moyer would get a no-decision as his record of good outings end at fourteen straight, as he is only able to go three innings, giving up six earned runs on nine hits and a hit batter. Clay Condrey would pitch two and a third innings, giving up a run on three hits and a hit batter. Scott Eyre, Chad Durbin, Brad Lidge, Ryan Madson and J.C. Romero would all combine for six and two-thirds innings of scoreless ball, as they shut down the Mets’ offense, giving up only two hits (Madson), three walks (Durbin (2), Romero (1)) and striking out four (Eyre (1), Lidge (2), Romero (1)). Rudy Seanez would get the win as he pitches a 1-2-3 inning. His record is now 5-3 with a 3.38 ERA. Pedro Martinez would also receive a no-decison as he goes five innings, giving up five earned runs on seven hits, two walks and a hit batter, while striking out eight. Brian Stokes would pitch two scoreless innings, giving up only two hits and striking out two. Duaner Sanchez would pitch a third of an inning, giving up an earned run on one hit. Pedro Feliciano would also pitch a third of an inning, giving up no runs on two hits, with a strike out. Joe Smith would also go a third of an inning, giving up no runs or hits. Luis Ayala would receive his fifth blown save of the year, as he gives up an earned run on two hits. Aaron Heilman would pitch three tough scoreless innings, giving up three hits and walking two while striking out four. Scott Schoeneweis would get the lost as he goes a third of an inning, giving up an earned run on two hits and two walks while striking out one. His record is now 2-3 with a ERA of 3.10.

The Phillies’ offense, after being put in a deep 7-0 hole would come back, slow chipping away at the Mets’ lead before finally winning it in the thirteenth, while the bullpen would combine to keep the Mets from scoring another run after David Wright’s ground out RBI scoring Damion Easley in the fourth. The offense, in its comback, would get nineteen hits, with Jimmy Rollins leading the way with five hits, missing the cycle for the second straight night as he has three singles, a double and a home run, scoring a run and knocking in three. Chris Coste would be next, as he was 4 for 4 after coming off the bench, getting three singles, including the game winner, and a double, followed by Jason Werth, as he went 3 for 5, along with two walks, as he scored a run. All of the starters would contribute at least one hit, except for Pedro Feliz, who would go 0 for 2 with a sac fly before being replaced by Greg Dobbs in the sixth in a double switch, and Pat Burrell who went 0 for 7, leaving ten men on base and eighteen runners in two days. Of their nineteen hits, seven would be for extra-bases (2B (4), 3B (1), HR (2)), with one of them being a double by pitcher Clay Condrey, which would start off the rally in the fifth inning. The Phillies would also steal six bases, with Rollins leading the way there with three. The Phillies seems to have regain their swagger from last year, and it would seem that they have finally found their leader: Shane Victorino, based on his reaction to getting his triple at the start of the thirteenth inning.

The now first place Phillies (73-59), back in first place, and for the first time fourteen games over .500, will faced the now second place Mets (73-60), looking to see if they can sweep the now stunned New Yorkers and end the very successful home stand at 8-1. The game will be played at Citizens Bank Park and will start at 7:05 pm  Eastern. The Phillies’ starter will be Kyle Kendrick (11-7, 4.87), who is coming off a victory against the Dodgers on August 22, as he went five and two-thirds innings, giving up only one earned run on three hits, in the Phillies’ 8-1 win. In his last start against the Mets on July 6, he received a no-decision, as he gave up only one earned run on eight scattered hits, in the Phillies’ 4-2 lost. Careerwise, he is 1-1 with a 2.40 ERA in three starts against the Mets. His mission will be two fold, to get through as many innings as he can to give the bullpen a sorely needed rest after last night’s game and to keep the Mets’ offense as silent as possible so that the resurgent Phillies’ offense can work over the Mets’ pitching staff. The Mets will counter with their ace Johan Santana (12-7, 2.64), who is coming off a win over the Astros on August 22, where he went seven innings, giving up no runs on eight hits, in the Mets’ 3-0 win. He has won his last three starts. In his last two starts against the Phillies, he has thrown two no-decisions, as the Mets’ bullpen would lose both games, as he would go a combine sixteen innings, giving up only four earned runs on fourteen hits. Santana’s mission will be trying to keep the Phillies’ bats quiet while hoping the Mets’ will score enough runs so that the bullpen won’t be able to blow it this time.

The once again first place Phillies lead the presently shocked Mets by half a game, as they won their fifth game in a row, and the ninth in their last eleven games since being swept by the Dodgers. The Marlins trail the Phillies by six as they lost to the Braves. The Phillies will be trying to increase their lead over the Mets before they head off to Chicago to meet the Major League leading Cubs for four games.

The Phillies’ offense erupt for the second straight game while Cole Hamels pitched another gem as the Phillies beat the Dodgers again, 9-2.

The Phillies’ offense would knock out of the box not one, but two Dodgers’ pitchers, as they would score nine runs, while Cole Hamels would pitch his second straight pitching gem in front of a national audience, as the Phillies defeated the Dodgers, 9-2. After Hamels put down the Dodgers 1-2-3 in the first, the Phillies would take a quick 3-0 lead in their half of the inning as Pat Burrell would hit a three-run home run off of Dodgers’ starter, Clayton Kershaw, his thirtieth home run of the year, knocking in Jimmy Rollins, who has been hit by the pitch, and Chase Utley, who has gotten on base with a single. The Dodgers would cut the lead down to 3-2 in the third when Russell Martin would hit a two-run home run, his twelfth home run of the year, scoring James Loney, who has earlier doubled. The Phillies would add to their lead in the fifth inning. Rollins would start the inning off with a single. Utley would follow with a walk, sending Rollins to second. Burrell would then hit a fly ball to center that should have been the inning’s first out. Instead, it would end up being a double as center fielder Matt Kemp would somehow lose sight of the ball, which would then drop in behind him for a hit. Rollins would score to make it 4-2 Phillies, while Utley would go on to third base. Ryan Howard would then follow with a two-run double of his own, scoring both Utley and Burrell, to give the Phillies a 6-2 lead, and knocking out Kershaw, who would be replaced by Jason Johnson, who would finally end the Phillies’ threat. The Phillies would then break the game open in the sixth, as Hamels would start the inning off by being hit by the pitch. After a Rollins’ ground out, second to first, sends Hamels over to second, Utley would send him home with a RBI single, making it 7-1 Phillies. Burrell would follow with a single, sending Utley to second. Burrell’s hit would knock out Johnson, who would be replaced on the mound with Joe Beimel. Howard would greet him with a walk, loading up the bases. Victorino would then follow him with a two-run single, scoring both Utley and Burrell and sending Howard to third, giving the Phils a 9-2 lead. Beimel would finally end the inning by striking out both Jayson Werth and Pedro Feliz. That would be how the ball game would end as Hamels, Scott Eyre and Rudy Seanez would together put down the last nine Dodgers’ batters with ease.

Cole Hamels would get the win as he pitched his second straight gem in front of a national audience, as he pitches seven strong innings, giving up only two earned runs on five hits, while striking out five. His record is now 11-8 as his ERA drops to 3.20. Scott Eyre and Rudy Seanez would each pitch a scoreless inning, with neither man giving up a hit. Clayton Kershaw would get the lost, as he lasts only four innings plus four batters, giving up six earned runs on seven hits while striking out five and hitting a batter. His record is now 2-4 with a 4.11 ERA. Jason Johnson would pitch an inning and a third in relief, giving up three earned runs on two hits and also hitting a batter. Joe Beimel would pitch one and two-thirds innings of scoreless relief, giving up a hit. Ramon Troncoso would pitch a scoreless inning, giving up no hits.

For the second straight game, the Phillies’ offense would score more than three runs in a game, while also getting ten hits for their second straight game. And they would also knock out an opposing starter for their second straight game, as well as a reliver for good measure, in their nine runs eruption. Every starter would get at least a hit, except for Chris Coste, who took the collar. Pat Burrell would lead the attack with three hits, while also driving in five runs, tying his career high, followed by Chase Utley with two. And they did it in part via situational hitting and smart baserunning. Although it would appear that the offense is back, I won’t believe it is until I see what they do against the Mets this coming week.

The Phillies (70-59) will continue their four games series with the Dodgers (65-64, 2nd National League West) tomorrow night, with their second straight nationally televised game, this time to be shown on ESPN. The game will be played at Citizens Bank Park and will start at 8:05 pm Eastern. The Phillies’ starter will be Joe Blanton (6-12 (1-0), 4.87), who is coming off his second straight so-so outing, this one against the Nationals on August 19, as he would go five innings, giving up four earned runs on four hits, in the Phillies’ 5-4 win. He has pitched against the Dodgers the previous week, on August 13, in his previous so-so outing, only going five innings, giving up four earned runs on nine hits while striking out six, in the Phillies’ 7-6 lost. He will be trying to get back to the way he was pitching before his two starts slide, while hoping that the offense will continue its present attack. The Dodgers will be sending to the mound Hiroki Kuroda (7-9, 3.97), who is coming off a lost to the Rockies on August 19, where he went six innings, giving up four earned runs on six hits, in the Dodgers’ 8-3 lost. He has faced the Phillies once already this year, a victory on August 14, where he went seven innings, giving up only one earned run on two hits, in the Dodgers’ 3-1 win. He will be trying to stop the Phillies’ offense while trying to improve his record.

The Phillies are once again trailing the Mets by a game and a half, as the Mets have lost to the Astros. They are ahead of the Marlins by four and a half games, as the D-backs beat the fish. The Phillies will try to see if they can sweep the Dodgers in front of a national audience while hoping to get even closer to the Mets before their two games series next week.

Still in San Diego, trying to win a series on the left coast.

The Phillies (65-57) continue their three games series with the Padres (47-75, 5th National League West) with a night game. The game will be played at PETCO Park and will start at 10:05 pm Eastern (7:05 pm Pacific). The Phillies’ starter will be Kyle Kendrick (10-6, 4.74), who is coming off a recent disastrous start against the Dodgers on August 11, where he would only go three and a third innings, giving up seven earned runs on nine hits, in the Phillies’ 8-6 lost. In his only career start against the Padres, he would give up only one run in six innings of work. He will be trying once again for his eleventh win, while hoping to both bounce back from his previous start and for the Phillies’ bat to wake up. The Padres’ starter will be rookie Chad Reineke (0-0, -.–), making his major league debut, as he comes in to pitch in place of the original starter, Chris Young, who has just been placed on the disabled list. He is coming up from Triple-A Portland, where he has gone 5-10 with a 4.37 ERA in 22 games (21 starts), but, in his last three starts, he is 0-1 with a 4.41 ERA. He will be gunning for his first major league win, while trying to see what mischief he can cause the Phils.

The Phillies will be trying to make it two wins in a row while trying to stay close to the Mets after the disaster in Los Angeles. The Phillies have just gotten back Rudy Seanez, Greg Dobbs and Shane Victorino from injuries while Brad Lidge has claimed to have done some work on his mechanics during his enforced rest, and they wait for Pedro Feliz to return from his back injuries. Even with the good news, the Phillies are still waiting for their offense to finally wake up and show itself to be the monster of its pre-season press releases. Of course, that may only happen if the players start to take care of the little things instead of just thinking about hitting home runs and only home runs. But hey, I’m becoming that broken record again. I better stop before I start to stratch the record.

The Phillies are trailing the Mets by a game while they are ahead of the Marlins by two and a half games. They will be trying to see if they can win the series with the Padres with a victory tonight, before trying for a sweep, and end the road trip with a better record than they would’ve expected after getting out of L.A.

Phillies have picked up Scott Eyre via waivers for a minor league pitcher.

Phillies acquire reliever Eyre from Cubs
Left-hander clears waivers in trade for Minor League pitcher

Kyle Kendrick gets his ninth win of the year as the Phillies complete their sweep of the Nationals.

The Phillies have completed their sweep of the last place Nationals as Kyle Kendrick goes six and two-thirds innings to record his ninth win of the year as the Phillies defeated the Nats, 8-4. The Phillies would take the lead in the second inning as Jayson Werth hits a solo home run, his fifteenth home run of the year, to give the Phillies a quick 1-0 lead. Four batters later, with runners on second and third, and one out, Jimmy Rollins would hit a RBI ground ball, third to first, scoring Eric Bruntlett, who has gotten on base earlier with a single, making it 2-0 Phillies. The next batter, Shane Victorino, would also hit a ground ball to the third baseman, but Ryan Zimmerman would this time throw the ball away trying to get the out at first, allowing Carlos Ruiz, who has earlier singled, to score on the throwing error, giving the Phillies a 3-0 lead, and allowing Victorino to reach second base. In the bottom of the second, Kory Casto would score the Nationals’ first run on a Kyle Kendrick wild pitch, after getting on base with a double, and going to third on a ground out, short to first, to make it a 3-1 Phillies’ lead. The Nationals would make it a 3-2 Phils’ lead as Jesus Flores would hit a RBI single, knocking in Zimmerman, who has reached base earlier after being hit by a pitched ball. The Phillies would increase their lead in the fourth to 5-2 as Rollins would hit a two-run home run, his ninth home run of the year, scoring Kendrick, who has earlier reached first base on catcher Jesus Flores’ throwing error to first after Kendrick has struck out on a pitch that Flores has to block in the dirt. Then in the sixth, with a runner on second, and two outs, Victorino would get a single on a hard grounder to the third baseman, reaching first safely on Ronnie Belliard’s throwing error, while Rollins, who has doubled earlier, would score on the error, to make it 6-2 Phillies. Ryan Howard would two batters later get a RBI single, scoring Victorino, giving the Phillies a 7-2 lead. Pat Burrell would follow with a RBI single, scoring Chase Utley, who has earlier singled, to give the Phillies an 8-2 lead. In the ninth, with Rudy Seanez on the mound, the Nationals tried to create a very late rally. Pete Orr would start the inning off with a single. Pinch hitter Felipe Lopez would follow with a double, putting Orr on third. Willie Harris would then hit a RBI ground ball to first base for the inning’s first out, scoring Orr, while moving Lopez to third, making it an 8-3 Phillies’ lead. Lasting Milledge would then hit a slow ball towards first, that Seanez would grab before he tags out Milledge for the second out of the inning, while Lopez scores, giving the Phillies an 8-4 lead. After a walk to Ryan Langerhans, Charlie Manuel would come out and replace Seanez with Chad Durbin. Durbin would then end the game by getting Austin Kearns to fly out to left.

Kyle Kendrick would get the win, as he pitches six and two-thirds innings of strong ball, giving up only two earned runs on seven hits. His record is now 9-5 with a 4.59 ERA. Clay Condrey would pitch an inning and a third of shut out ball, giving up no hits. Rudy Seanez would pitch two-thirds of an inning, giving up two earned runs on two hits. Chad Durbin would pitch to only one batter, getting him to fly out. John Lannan would get the lost, lasting five and two-thirds innings, giving up eight runs, six of which were earned, on nine hits. His record would fall to 6-11 with a ERA of 3.61. Chris Manning would pitch to one batter, giving up a hit. Garrett Mock would pitch an inning and a third, giving up a hit and no runs. Jesus Colome would go two innings, giving up no runs on no hits.

The Phillies have completed their first sweep of the second half, while winning their fifth straight game. This is the fourth game during their winning streak that the Phillies’ offense have knocked in eight runs or more, while getting three extra-bases hits (1 (2B), 2 (HR)). This is also the first time in a while that the Phillies have been ten games over .500 since Interleague play. The Phillies would end July with a 15-10 record. The Phillies hope that their rejuvenated offense will continue in St. Louis, the city where their dangerous offense would begin to disappear back in mid-June.

The Phillies (59-49) will now go on to St. Louis to play the Cardinals (61-50, 2nd-T National League Central) in a three games weekend series. The first game of the series will be played in the new Busch Stadium and will start at 8:15 pm Eastern (7:15 pm Central). The Phillies’ starter will be their ace Cole Hamels (9-6, 3.27), who is coming off a bad outing against the Braves on July 26, where he would get a no-decision as he would only last three and two-thirds innings, giving up nine runs, only four of which would be earned, in the Phillies’ 10-9 win. He has already faced the Cardinals once before this year on July 8, losing that game as he went seven innings, giving up just two earned runs on three hits, in the Phillies’ 2-0 lost. He will for his fifth straight start try for his tenth win of the year, while trying to increase the Phillies’ present winning streak to six games. The Cardinals will counter with Kyle Lohse (12-3, 3.68), who is coming off a lost against the Mets on July 27, pitching five innings as he gave up seven earned runs on eleven hits, in the Cardinals’ 9-1 lost. He has already faced the Phils once before back on June 14, winning the game as he goes eight innings, giving up two earned runs on four hits, in the Cardinals’ 3-2 win. He will be trying to improve his record while trying to silence the Phillies’ bats.

With the win, the Phillies’ lead over the Mets is now a game, as the Mets gets ready to play the Astros for a three games series in Houston. The Phillies’ lead over the Marlins is now at one and a half games, as they continue their four games series with the Rockies. Their lead over the Braves stay at nine games, as they start a three games series with the Brew Crew. The Phillies will be trying to increase their lead in the East while increasing their winning streak to six wins in a row.

The Phillies use the long ball to win their first series of the second half as they defeat the Braves, 12-10.

The Phillies would use a combination of the long ball and situational hitting to come from behind again to defeat the Braves as they win their first series of the second half, 12-10. It didn’t look that way at the start as the Braves would score two runs in the top of the first off of Phillies’ starter Joe Blanton. With two men on and one out, Brian McCann would hit a RBI single, scoring Yunel Escobar, who has earlier singled, making it 1-0 Braves. Mark Kotsay would follow with a RBI double, scoring Mark Teixeira, who has earlier walked, to give the Braves a 2-0 lead. In the bottom of the second, with Eric Bruntlett batting, the rain would come down, delaying the game for over two hours. The long rain delay would force the removal of both teams’ starters, Blanton and Jorge Campillo. The Braves would increase their lead in the top of the fourth off of Adam Eaton. With a runner on second and one out, Eaton would give up a two-run home run to Kelly Johnson, his ninth home run of the year, scoring Kotsay, who has earlier singled, to make it 4-0 Braves. Omar Infante would follow with a solo shot, his second home run of the year, to give the Braves a 5-0 lead. The Phillies would then come back in their half of the fourth. With two men out, and a runner on first, Chris Coste would hit a two-run home run, his eighth home run of the year, scoring Jayson Werth, who has earlier walked, cutting the Braves’ lead to 5-2. The next batter, pinch hitter So Taguchi would then get on base with a pinch single. Jimmy Rollins would follow by working a walk. Shane Victorino would then hit a three-run home run, his eighth home run of the year, scoring Taguchi and Rollins, tying the game at five all. In the fifth, the Phillies will take the lead as Pat Burrell would hit a solo home run, his twenty-sixth home run of the year, making it 6-5 Phillies. The Phils would then break the game wide open in the sixth. With Royce Ring now on the mound, he would be greeted by pinch hitter Carlos Ruiz with a pinch double. Ruiz would then go to third on a single by Rollins. Victorino would follow with a RBI single, scoring Ruiz, and sending Rollins to second to make the score 7-5 Phillies. Chase Utley would then strike out, making the first out of the inning. With Ryan Howard at the plate, Rollins and Victorino would perform a double steal, with Victorino just beating McCann’s throw from behind home plate. Howard would then hit a RBI single with the infield pulled in, scoring Rollins easily, and then scoring Victorino, as he knocks over McCann, as McCann tries to catch left fielder Jeff Francoeur’s throw from left on one hop, and then tries to turn around quickly to tag out Victorino, making it 9-5 Phillies. McCann would then lay on the ground for the next several minutes, with Victorino and Rollins, among others, looking to see if he was alright, before he is finally taken out of the game, and replaced by Corky Miller. Meanwhile, Royce is replaced on the mound by Blaine Boyer. Burrell would then fly out for the second out of the inning. Werth would then follow with a two-run home run, his fourteenth home run, to give the Phillies an 11-5 lead. Bruntlett would then end the inning by flying out. In the seventh, Rollins would increase the Phillies’ lead by hitting a solo home run, his seventh home run of the year, to give the Phils a 12-5 lead. The Braves would then make it close in the eighth. With Rudy Seanez on the mound, Kotsay would start the inning off with a single. After Francoeur pops up for the first out of the inning, Johnson would get on base with a walk, sending Kotsay to second. Infante would follow with a RBI double, scoring Kotsay and sending Johnson to third, cutting the Phillies’ lead to 12-6. Greg Norton would then load the bases as Seanez commits an error on his ground ball. Ryan Madson is then brought in to relieve Seanez. Gregor Blanco would then walk, scoring Johnson, while leaving the bases loaded as the Phillies now lead 12-7. Escobar would then pop out to Bruntlett in foul territory for the second out of the inning. Pinch hitter Martin Prado would then hit a double that a diving Werth would be unable to catch, scoring Infante, Norton and Blanco after it gets past Werth, making it a 12-10 Phillies’ lead. Madson would finally end the inning by getting Miller to ground out, third to first. In the ninth, Brad Lidge would proceed to nail down his twenty-fourth save of the year to finally end the ballgame.

Joe Blanton would get a no-decision thanks to the rain delay, as he pitches two innings, giving up two earned runs on three hits. Adam Eaton would also pitch two innings, giving up three earned runs on five hits. Clay Condrey would get the win as he pitches two innings, giving up no runs on one hit. His record is now 3-2 with a 3.72 ERA. J.C. Romero would go an inning, giving up no runs on no hits. Rudy Seanez would go one-third of an inning, giving up four earned runs on two hits. Ryan Madson would go two-thirds of an inning, giving up an earned run on one hit. Brad Lidge would pitch an inning, as he records his twenty-fourth save of the year, giving up no runs on no hits. Jorge Campillo would also pitch a no-decision because of the rain delay, going one and two-thirds innings, giving up no runs on two hits. Jo-Jo Reyes would go two and two-thirds innings, giving up five earned runs on four hits. Julian Tavarez would take the lost as he goes two-thirds of an inning, giving up an earned run on one hit. His record is now 0-3 with a 6.48 ERA.Royce Ring would pitch a third of an inning, giving up four earned runs on four hits. Blaine Boyer would pitch two-thirds of an innings, giving up a run on one hit. Buddy Carlyle would pitch an inning, giving up one run on one hit. Will Ohman would pitch a scoreless inning, giving up no hits.

The Phillies (56-49) have finally won their first series of the second half as well as the short home stand, while also starting a two game winning streak. For the second straight game the Phillies’ offense would score ten or more runs, this time with them doing it with a combination of the long ball and situational hitting. Does this mean that the offense is back? I’m going to wait until after the next several series before saying yes or no. The next Phillies’ game will be played on Tuesday as they meet the Washington Nationals at Nationals Park.

With the win, the Phillies continue to trail the Mets by a game, as they won their game against the Cardinals. The Marlins would drop to third place, a game behind the Phillies, as they lost to the Cubs. The Braves now trail the Phillies by six and a half games. As the Phillies take the day off before starting their series with the Nationals in D.C., the Mets go to Miami to start a three games series with the Marlins, while the Braves prepare for a four games series with the Cardinals.

The Phillies play situational ball as they come from behind to defeat the Braves, 10-9.

The Phillies used situational baseball to come from behind to defeat the Braves after it looked like they had finally imploded in the top of the fourth inning. The Phillies would score the game’s first runs in the second inning. Ryan Howard would start the inning off by getting on first base with a walk. He would be followed by a double from Pat Burrell, which would put runners on second and third with nobody out. Jayson Werth would then follow with a ground out, third to first, for the first out of the inning, doing what the Phillies’ batters have been doing too much of lately, hitting a ball to an opposing player with less than two outs, unable to score the runner(s) on base. Eric Bruntlett is then intentionally walked to load the bases. Chris Coste would follow him with a two-run double, scoring Howard and Burrell, making it 2-0 Phillies, while sending Bruntlett to second. Cole Hamels would then bunt the runners over to third and second base respectively, while making the second out of the inning. Unfortunately, Jimmy Rollins would then end the inning with a ground ball to the pitcher. The Phillies would increase their lead in the third, as Chase Utley would hit a sacrifice fly, scoring Shane Victorino, who has earlier tripled, to make it 3-0 Phillies. But then the roof would appear to fall in on the Phillies and Cole Hamels in the fourth. The inning would begin with Hamels giving up a walk to Yunel Escobar. Mark Teixeira would follow with a single, sending Escobar to second. Hamels would then walk Brian McCann to load the bases with Braves. The next batter, Omar Infante, would then hit a two-run RBI double into left field, scoring both Escobar and Teixeira, cutting the Phillies’ lead to 3-2, while sending McCann to third. Jeff Francoeur would then hit a sacrifice fly for the first out of the inning, sending home McCann with the tying run, while Infante stayed at second. Martin Prado would then hit a grounder to second that was stopped by Utley. But instead of getting back up, picking up the ball and throwing out Prado, Utley would look at Prado and tried to pick up the ball at the same time, and dropped the ball, committing the first error of the inning, and leaving runners on the corners as Infante moved up to third. The next batter, Mark Kotsay would then hit a RBI single, scoring Infante and sending Prado to second, giving the Braves a 4-3 lead. Mike Hampton then followed with a ground ball right to Hamels. Instead of taking his time and throwing the ball straight to Rollins at second base to start a 1-6-3 double play to end the inning, he would throw the ball away as he throws it to where Rollins had originally started out, allowing Prado to score, Kotsay to reach third, and Hampton to be safe at first, on the second error of the inning, making it 5-3 Braves. Gregor Blanco would then follow with a single, scoring Kotsay and sending Hampton to second, as the Braves increased their lead to 6-3. Escobar, who has originally started the inning, would come up for the second time, but this time he would fly out to right for the second out of the inning. Teixeira would then come up for the second time and cap off the disastrous inning by hitting a three-run home run off of Hamels, his twentieth home run of the year, giving the Braves a 9-3 lead, and what looks to be the final knockout blow to the Phillies’ season. Charlie Manuel would after that finally come out and take a very snake bitten Hamels out of the game, replacing him with Rudy Seanez. Seanez would then end the inning with one pitch as he gets McCann to pop up to Utley, although that almost became a disaster in itself as the ball almost got away from him as it came back down. After Adam Eaton have come into his first game since being sent down to the bullpen after the Joe Blanton trade and put down the Braves in the top of the fifth, the Phillies’ batter would go after Braves’ starter Mike Hampton as they used something that they have not done for a while, playing situational baseball. Rollins would start the inning off with a single. Victorino would then hit a grounder towards deep shortstop that would be picked up by Braves’ shortstop Escobar, who would end up having no play, thus becoming an infield single as Rollins’ speed would allow him to get to second. Utley would then follow them with a single that would load the bases with Phillies. Hampton would then be taken out of the game at this point, replaced by Royce Ring. Howard would greet Ring with a two-run RBI single, scoring both Rollins and Victorino, cutting the Braves’ lead to 9-5, while sending Utley to third. Bobby Cox would then come out for the second time in the inning, and replace Ring with Blaine Boyer. Burrell would then hit a sacrifice fly, scoring Utley, making it 9-6 Braves. Werth would follow with a single, sending Howard to second. Bruntlett would then hit a deep fly ball to center, but Howard would stay at second, instead of going to third. It at first look like a base running blunder, but the next batter, Coste would hit a RBI single in the hole between first and second, allowing Howard to score, making it now a 9-7 Braves’ lead. Greg Dobbs would then come up to pinch hit for Eaton. On a 1-2 pitch, he would crush the ball into the second deck in right field for a three-run home run, his third home run of the year, and his team record tying twentieth pinch hit of the season, scoring both Werth and Coste, giving the Phillies a 10-9 lead. Rollins would then come up for the second time and tried to bunt himself back on. He would instead be thrown out by Boyer. The Phillies would then hold on, as Ryan Madson, Chad Durbin and J.C. Romero would combine for three shut out innings in which they would keep the Braves at bay, before the ball is finally handed over to Brad Lidge in the ninth, who would redeem himself for his previous night’s implosion by getting the Braves to go 1-2-3 for his twenty-third straight save without blowing it, breaking the team record that was originally set by Billy Wagner.

Cole Hamels would get a no-decision as he pitches three and two-thirds innings, giving up nine runs, four of which were earned, on six hits and three walks, two of whom would later score. Rudy Seanez would pitch a third of an inning, getting one man out on one pitch. Adam Eaton would get the win, as he pitched one inning, giving up no runs on one hits. Eaton’s record is now 4-8 with a 5.66 ERA. Ryan Madson, Chad Durbin and J.C. Romero would each pitch a scoreless inning, although Durbin would also pitch to one batter in the eighth, giving up only two hits (Durbin), while walking four. Brad Lidge would get a 1-2-3 inning, recording his twenty-third straight save without blowing one. Mike Hampton would also get a no-decision as he pitches four innings plus three batters, giving up six earned runs on six hits. Royce Ring would only pitch to one batter, giving up a single. Blaine Boyer would get the lost as he pitches an inning, giving up three earned runs on three hits. His record is now 2-6 with a 4.18 ERA. Will Ohman, Rafael Soriano and Julian Tavarez would each pitch a scoreless inning, giving up no hits to the Phillies.

I don’t know which one I am more shocked by, the implosion in the fourth inning, or the comeback in the fifth, using situational hitting. Seeing the Phillies collapse the way they did in the top of the fourth seems to show the way the Phillies have been screwing up so far this season, especially with Hamels throwing away the double play ground ball because he have been feeling frustrated up to that point in the inning, when he needed to just take his time and throw to Rollins at second for the second out of the inning, to lead to the end of the inning with a double play, and then to follow that up a few batters later by throwing up a home run pitch to Mark Teixeira in what, to me at least, seems to be the final collapse of the Phillies’ season. But then, to watch the team come back the way they did in the fifth inning, and doing it by using some situational hitting, something that they finally seems to be able to do, appear to show that the team isn’t dead yet. But, I’m going to wait to see if they can continue doing this for a while before thinking that the run machine is finally back and is now running once again on all cylinders.

The Phillies (55-49) will finish their three games weekend series with the Braves (49-54) this afternoon at Citizens Bank Park. The game will start at 1:35 pm Eastern. The Phillies will send to the mound Joe Blanton (5-12, 5.00), who is coming off a so-so start against the Mets on July 22, where he would go six innings, giving up five earned runs on eight hits, in the Phillies’ dramatic come from behind 8-6 win. This will be his first ever start against the Braves as he try to continue adjusting to pitching to National League batters while trying to help the Phillies get their first series win of the second half. The Braves will counter with Jorge Campillo (5-4, 2.83), who is coming off a win against the Marlins, where he went seven innings, giving up no earned runs on two hits. He has pitched four time against the Phillies, twice in relief and twice as a starter, being 0-1 with a no-decision against them as a starter, and 0-0 as a reliever, pitching a combine total of thirteen and two-thirds innings, giving up eight earned runs on twenty-one hits. He will be trying to do better than he did in his last start against them, while trying to help the Braves will the series.

The Phillies stayed tied with the Marlins in second place, both now traling the Mets by a game, as the Mets have lost their game with the Cardinals in extra-innings. The Braves still trail the two second place teams by five and a half games. The Phillies will be trying for their first series win of the second half.

Phillies rally to score six runs in the ninth off of a Wagner-less Mets’ bullpen to beat the Mets, 8-6.

The Phillies rally to score six runs in the top of the ninth inning off of a Billy Wagner-less Mets’ bullpen while new Phil Joe Blanton is unable to contain the Mets in his first start as a Phil as the Phillies defeat the Mets, 8-6. The Phillies would take a quick lead in the first as Jayson Werth would hit a two out RBI single off of Mets’ starter Johan Santana, scoring Pat Burrell, who has earlier singled, to give the Phillies a 1-0 lead. That would remain the score until the bottom of the third when Phillies’ starter Blanton would give up a RBI double to David Wright, knocking in Jose Reyes, who has earlier walked, to tie the game at one all. But Endy Chavez, who has singled earlier, would try to score on the play, but is instead thrown out at home plate, Burrell to Jimmy Rollins to Carlos Ruiz, who would put the tag on Chavez for the first out of the inning. Two batters later, with Wright still on second base, and with two outs, Carlos Delgado would hit his nineteenth home run of the year, a two-run shot that would give the Mets a 3-1 lead. In between the third and fourth innings, Charlie Manuel would be ejected from the game for arguing balls and strikes with the third base umpire as the Phillies believed that Delgado had struck out on an 0-2 pitch while the umpire claimed that he had checked his swing. The Mets would increase their lead in the sixth, when, with a runner on first, Marlon Anderson, via a walk, and with two outs, Ramon Castro would hit his fifth home run of the year, giving the Mets a 5-1 lead. In the meantime, Santana would keep the Phillies off the scoreboard, until the seventh, when Shane Victorino would hit his sixth home run of the year, a solo shot, that would cut the Mets’ lead to 5-2. The Mets would try to break the game wide open in their half of the seventh as Rudy Seanez replaces Blanton on the mound. Seanez would give up a lead-off double to Chavez. Chavez would then attempt to score on a single to right by Wright. But, for the second time in the game, he would be thrown out at the plate, this time from Werth to Coste, who tagged him out for the first out of the inning. On the throw home, Wright would move to second. Seanez would then intentionally walk Carlos Beltran, putting runners on first and second. The Phillies would then replace Seanez with J.C. Romero. Romero would get Delgado to fly out to center for the second out. But he would then hit Damion Easley to load the bases. Romero would then get out of the inning as he would get pinch hitter Fernando Tatis to line out to Chase Utley. In the ninth inning, the Mets would replace Santana with Duaner Sanchez, thinking that the game was over. The Phillies would soon make them think otherwise. Werth would greet Sanchez with a single. Pinch hitter Greg Dobbs would follow with a single, sending Werth to second. Victorino would follow with a single, loading the bases. The Mets would then replace Sanchez with Joe Smith, as they hope that Ruiz would hit into a rally-killing double play. Ruiz would hit a ground ball  to shortstop Reyes, but Reyes would somehow miss the second base bag as a hostling Victornio would reach second on the fielder’s choice ground ball. The bases thus remain loaded as Werth scores to make it a 5-3 game. The Phils would then send out Geoff Jenkins as a pinch hitter, but he would never reach the plate as the Mets would replace Smith with Pedro Feliciano, while the Phillies would counter with So Taguchi, who was so far 0-for-16 as a pinch hitter. Taguchi would this time connect as he would hit a two-run double, scoring both Dobbs and Victorino and sending Ruiz to third, as the game was now tied at five all. Rollins would then follow with a two-run double of his own, scoring both Ruiz and Taguchi, to give the Phillies a 7-5 Phillies. Utley would then ground out to first for the first out of the inning, moving Rollins over to third. Burrell is then intentionally walked, putting runners on the corners, and setting up the double play. Ryan Howard would hit a ground ball straight to Feliciano, who would then drop the ball, before picking it up and throwing out Howard, as Rollins scores to make it 8-5 Phillies, while Burrell would go to second. Aaron Heilman is then sent into the game to replace Feliciano. Heilman would walk Werth, the man who has started the inning off, putting runners on first and second, with two outs. Heliman would then get Dobbs to pop up to Reyes to end the inning. In the bottom of the ninth, the Phillies would send out their closer Brad Lidge to end the game. He starts the inning off by walking Chavez. Chavez would then go to second on defensive indifference. Lidge would then strike out Wright for the inning’s first out. Chavez would then go to third on a Lidge’s wild pitch before finally scoring on a ground out to first by Beltran, for the second out, making the score 8-6 Phillies. That would be the final score as Lidge would get Delgado to ground out, third to first for the final out, as he records his twenty-second straight save, tying the team’s record for most consecutive saves in a row set a few years earlier by Billy Wagner.

Joe Blanton would get a no-decision, as he pitches six innings in his first start as a Phil, giving up five earned runs on eight hits. Rudy Seanez would pitch a third of an inning, giving up no runs on two hits. J.C. Romero would pitch two thirds of an inning, giving up no runs on no hits. Chad Durbin would get the victory as he goes an inning, giving up no runs on no hits. His record is now 3-2 with an ERA of 1.78. Brad Lidge would record his twenty-second save, as he goes an inning, giving up an earned run on no hits. Johan Santana would also get a no-decision, going eight innings, giving up only two runs on eight scattered hits. The Mets bullpen would then take over and implode as the team’s closer, Billy Wagner, would be unavailable to pitch. Duaner Sanchez would face three batters, giving up three earned runs on three hits. Joe Smith would take the loss as he face only one batter, giving up an earned run on no hits. His record is now 1-2 with a 3.12 ERA. Pedro Feliciano would get his second blown save, as he goes two-thirds of an inning, giving up two earned runs on two hits. Aaron Heilman would pitch a third of an inning, giving up no runs on no hits.

The Phillies have won the game by doing something that they haven’t been able to do too much of since May, come back from behind in the ninth inning to win a game while trailing by several runs. Of course, they did it after the Mets have taken out their starter, Johan Santana, who for the third time this season has pitched a quality start against the Phillies. The Phillies would be able to produce a rally in the ninth inning, because of the use of small ball, hustling on the part of Shane Victorino on Carlos Ruiz’s ground ball, luck (Jose Reyes missing second base on Ruiz’s grounder, and Pedro Feliciano’s bobbling of Howard’s ground ball to him with the chance for an inning ending double play), some situational hitting by Chase Utley to move Jimmy Rollins over to third, and, lastly, So Taguchi finally getting a pinch hit when the Phillies needed it the most. Whether this will be the turning point of the season, or just a temporary blip on the radar screen will be found out during the next two games of the series.

The Phillies (54-46) will continue their three games series with the Mets (53-47) tomorrow night at Shea Stadium. The game will begin at 7:10 pm Eastern. The Phillies starter will be Brett Myers (3-9, 5.84), who is coming back from a minor league stint to recover both his fast ball and his confidence. His last start was back on June 27 in a no-decision against the Rangers, where he would only pitch two innings, giving up two earned runs on five hits, in the Phillies’ 8-7 lost. The Phillies will be hoping that his stint in the minor league has actually brought back both his fast ball and his confidence. The Mets will send to the mound John Maine (8-7, 4.22), who is coming off a lost to the Reds on July 18, as he goes four and two-thirds innings, giving up five earned runs on five hits, in the Mets’ 5-2 lost. He will be going for his ninth win of the year while trying to help the Mets get over their previous night’s lost.

The Phillies, with their win, have regain sole control of first place, while they now lead both the Mets and the Marlins by one game and the Braves by seven, thanks to the Braves’ lost to the fish last night. The Phillies will now try to build momentum from their come from behind win as they attempt for either a series sweep or a series win before heading back home to meet the Braves at Citizens Bank Park for a three games weekend series.

Kendrick gets hurt by the long ball as the Phillies lose to the Marlins, 9-5.

Kyle Kendrick would be hurt by three long balls, while the Phillies would be unable to tie the game up in the ninth as they lose to the Marlins, 9-5. The Phillies would score the game’s first run in the second inning, while being unable to blow the game open early. The Phillies would start the inning off with Ryan Howard hitting a single to right. Pat Burrell would follow with a double to left, which would put Howard on third, as the Phils would now have runners on second and third with nobody out. The next batter, Jayson Werth, would then follow with a ground ball to third baseman Jorge Cantu, who would throw the ball to the plate, where John Baker would tag out Howard for the first out of the inning, while Burrell would move up to third and Werth would be safe on first on the fielder’s choice ground ball. Pedro Feliz would then hit a second ground ball to Cantu. Unlike the first one, Cantu would bobble the ball when he tried to throw it towards home plate, as the Phillies have already sent Werth on to second on the crack of the bat, preventing at least a force out at second, and forcing Cantu to try to throw to home. Instead, Burrell would score to make it 1-0 Philles as Cantu, after making his first error on the play, because of the bobble, would instead try to throw out Feliz. But, he would instead throw the ball away for his second error on the play, which would send Werth to third and Feliz to second. The next hitter, Chris Coste, would then hit the third straight ball to Cantu, who would send the ball home for the second out of the inning, as Werth is tagged out by Baker, while Feliz would commit a baserunning blunder by staying on second. Kyle Kendrick would then walk to load the bases. Jimmy Rollins would then come up, and hit the fourth grounder of the inning to Cantu, who would throw over to second base to force out Kendrick to end the inning. In the bottom half of the inning, Baker would hit a three-run home run off of Kendrick, his second home run of his career, scoring Mike Jacobs, who has earlier been hit by the pitch, and Cody Ross, who has earlier singled, to make it 3-1 Marlins. Later in the inning, with Hanley Ramirez on second, via a fielder’s choice ground out, and a stolen base, would try to score on Cantu’s single. Instead, Burrell would throw a strike to home plate for the final out of the inning, as Ramirez is tagged out by Coste. The Phillies would come back to tie the game in the fourth as Coste would hit a RBI double, scoring Feliz, who has earlier tripled, to make it 3-2 Marlins. One out later, Rollins would hit a RBI double, scoring Coste, and tying the game at three all. The Marlins would retake the lead as Baker hit a RBI single, scoring Ross, who has earlier tripled off of Werth’s glove, to give the Marlins a 4-3 lead. In the fifth, Burrell would tie the ballgame with his twenty-fourth home run of the year, a solo shot off of Marlins’ starter, Scott Olsen. The roof would then cave in on Kendrick in the bottom half of the fifth. Jeremy Hermida would start off the inning by hitting his eleventh home run of the year, to give the Marlins a 5-4 lead. Three batters later, with a runner on first and one out, Dan Uggla would hit his twenty-fourth home run of the year, a two-run shot that would score Josh Willingham, who has earlier singled, to make it 7-4 Marlins. The Marlins would increase their lead in the seventh, when, with the bases loaded, all via walks, and with two outs, Cantu would hit a two-run RBI single, scoring Baker and Ramirez, to give the Marlins a 9-4 lead. In the eighth, Burrell would hit his second solo home run of the game, his twenty-fifth home run of the year, to make it a 9-5 Marlins’ lead. Then in the ninth the Phillies would load the bases with one out, after a walk to Geoff Jenkins and singles by Shane Victorino and Chase Utley. But Marlins’ closer Kevin Gregg would then strike out Howard and get Burrell to ground out, short to second, to end the game.

Kyle Kendrick would take the lose as he has a bad outing, as he is only able to go four and a third innings, giving up seven earned runs on seven hits. His record is now 8-4 with a 4.87 ERA. Clay Condrey would pitch an inning and two-thirds in relief, giving up no runs on no hits. Rudy Seanez would pitch an inning, giving up two earned runs on one hit, while walking three. Ryan Madson would pitch a scoreless inning, giving up a hit. Scott Olsen would get the win, as he pitches five innings, giving up four runs, three of which were earned, on eight hits. His record is now 6-4 with a 3.84 ERA. Matt Lindstrom and Renyel Pinto would both pitch a scoreless inning. Doug Waechter would pitch an inning, giving up an earned run on one hit. Kevin Gregg would pitch a scoreless ninth, giving up two hits and a walk, while striking out two.

As the Phillies wait for Joe Blanton’s first start as a Phil, Kyle Kendrick was once again hurt by left-handed hitters, although he would go after right-handed batters in this game, pitching them inside. Kendrick may need to have a long talk with Jamie Moyer to figure out what he will need to do to keep lefties from hurting him in future outings, since, according to a graphic that was shown during the ballgame, over 60 percent of the hits that he has so far given up in his short career has been to left handers. Although one of the two Fox Sports’ announcer would call him a number three pitcher, I see him as a number four pitcher until he can finally solve that problem. As for the Phillies’ starters, I see the team’s ace as Cole Hamels, I expect Blanton to become the number two starter, eating up the innings, Moyer as their number three starter, with Kendrick as number four. As for the number five starter, I’m sure Charlie Manuel and the silent idiots expect it to be Brett Myers once he comes back from the minors. Not me, folks. I’m hoping that management will soon come to their senses and bring back J.A. Happ from Lehigh Valley, so that he can help the team.

The Phillies (53-45) will conclude their three games series with the Marlins (51-46) tomorrow afternoon. The game will be played at Dolphin Stadium and will start at 1:10 pm Eastern. The Phillies will send to the mound their ace Cole Hamels (9-6, 3.15), who is coming off a no-decision against the Diamondbacks on July 13, as he went seven innings, giving up only two earned runs on eleven hits, in the Phillies’ 6-3 win. In two previous meetings this year against the Marlins, he is 0-1, going thirteen and two-thirds innings, as he gives up nine earned runs on eleven hits. Lifetime, he is 2-3 against the fish in six starts, with a 4.78 ERA. He will be trying to get his tenth win of the year while trying to give the Phillies their third straight series win and their first series win of the second half. The Marlins will counter with Josh Johnson (0-0, 5.40), who is pitching in place of the injured Andrew Miller. He has so far pitched in only one game this year, a relief stint against the Dodgers on July 10, where he would pitch five innings, giving up three earned runs on six hits, in the Marlins’ 5-4 win. He will be trying for his first victory of the year, and trying to help the Marlins get their first series win of the second half.

With the lost, the Phillies are still leading the Mets by a games as the Mets lost to the Reds. The Marlins now trail the Phillies by a game and a half. The Braves still trail the Phillies by six and a half games, as they also lost their game. The Phillies will be trying for their third straight series win with their ace on the mound, while hoping to get ready for their three games series with the second place Mets. 

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