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The Phils’ first game of the Grapefruit League is over…

Philadelphia_Phillies…and sadly, thanks to the game being called before the start of the bottom half of the seventh inning because of rain, the Phils lose to the Blue Jays, 4-3.

The Blue Jays took the lead in the top of the first inning against Phils’ starter Roberto Hernandez as, with two men out, and with nobody on base, Jose Bautista hits a solo home run to left field, his first home run of spring training, giving the Blue Jays a 1-0 lead. The Phils would tie the game up at one-all in their half of the first, as, with two men on, and with one man out, Ryan Howard hits an RBI single off of J.A. Happ, knocking in lead-off man Ben Revere, who had started the Phils’ Grapefruit League season with a single, then moved up to second base on Happ’s wild pitch, while sending Jimmy Rollins, who had just walked, over to third base. The Phils then took a 2-1 lead as Marlon Byrd followed with an RBI single, knocking in Rollins, while moving Howard up to second base. The Blue Jays would tie the game up at two-all in the top of the second inning as, with a man on second, and with nobody out, Colby Rasmus hits an RBI double, scoring Brett Lawrie, who had started the inning off with a double. The Blue Jays would take the lead in the top of the third inning, as with two men on, and with one man out, Adam Lind hits an RBI single off of Phillippe Aumont, knocking in Melky Cabrera, who had started the inning off with a walk, then moved up to second base on Bautista’s walk, giving the Blue Jays a 3-2 lead, while moving Bautista, who had just walked, up to second base. One batter later, after Aumont’s wild pitch had moved both runners up a base, Lawrie hits into an RBI groundout, 1-3, bringing home Bautista, giving the Blue Jays a 4-2 lead, while moving Lind up to third base. The Phils would cut the Blue Jays’ lead down to 4-3 in the bottom of the fifth inning as, with one man on, and with one man out, Ronny Cedeno hits an RBI double off of Kyle Drabek, scoring Tony Gwynn, Jr., who had just walked. That would end up being the final score, as it started to rain in Clearwater before the Phils could bat in their half of the seventh inning, and after a while, the game was called.

Roberto Hernandez pitched two innings for the Phils, giving up two runs on four hits. Phillippe Aumont (0-1, 18.00) took the lost as he pitched an inning, giving up two runs on two hits, two walks, and a wild pitch. Jeff Manship, Antonio Bastardo and Kevin Munson combined for four scoreless innings, giving up three hits (one hit each) and a walk (Munson), while striking out five (Manship (3), Bastardo (1), Munson (1)). J.A. Happ pitched an inning for the Blue Jays, giving up two runs on four hits, a walk and a wild pitch. Todd Redmond (1-0, 0.00) got the win as he threw two scoreless innings, striking out a batter. Kyle Drabek pitched one and two-thirds innings, giving up a run on a hit and three walks, striking out a batter. Neil Wagner pitched an inning, giving up a walk, while striking out three batters. Chad Jenkins recorded his first save of the spring as he pitched a third of an inning, getting out the only batter whom he would face.

The Phils would end the game with five hits, a single by Ben Revere, an RBI single by Ryan Howard, an RBI single by Marlon Byrd, a single by Dom Brown and an RBI double by Ronny Cedeno. The Phils also had five walks in the game (Jimmy Rollins, Bobby Abreu (2), Tony Gwynn, Jr., Darin Ruf). The defense would commit an error (throwing error by third baseman Maikel Franco) and a doubleplay (6-4-3) in the game.

The Phils’ next Grapefruit League game will be tomorrow afternoon against the Blue Jays at Florida Auto Exchange Stadium in Dunedin, Florida at 1:05 pm EST. The Phils’ starter is suppose to be Cliff Lee (14-8, 2.87 (2013)), while the Blue Jays’ starter is suppose to be R.A. Dickey (14-13, 4.21 (2013)). Hopefully the final outcome will be difference tomorrow.

Since my last post….

Philadelphia_PhilliesThe Phils officially started spring training on Thursday, February 13, as pitchers and catchers arrived at Clearwater, followed this week by the rest of the squad, although a large number of players had been at Clearwater during the off-season, getting ready for the 2014 season, especially first baseman Ryan Howard, who has been trying to get back into playing shape.

On Friday, February 14, former ballplayer and ex-Phil manager Jim Fregosi passed away at age 71 from multiple strokes. Fregosi, who broke into major league baseball as a shortstop in September 1961, had an 18-year career playing for the Los Angeles/California Angels, the New York Mets, the Texas Ranger and the Pittsburgh Pirates. A six-time All-Star and a gold glove winner (1967), he would play in 1902 games, having a .265 career batting average (1726 for 6523) as he hit 264 2Bs, 78 3Bs and 151 HRs, knocking in 706 RBIs, while scoring 844 times. He would also walk 715 times. After retiring from baseball during the 1978 season, he would be hired as the manager of the team that he had begun his playing career, the Angels, starting a career that would end in 2000, during which he would be the manager of the Angels (1978-1981), the Chicago White Sox (1986-1988), the Philadelphia Phillies (1991-1996) and the Toronto Blue Jays (1999-2000), compiling a managerial record of 1028-1094 .484, as he managed a total of 2122 games. He would lead the Angels into the playoffs in 1979 as they won the American League West, but losing the AL Championship Series, 3-1, to the Orioles, and he would lead the Phils in 1993 to the World Series, before losing the series, 4-2, to the Blue Jays.

On the 16, the Phils finalized their one-year deal with A.J. Burnett, in which they would give the veteran pitcher $15 million dollars plus a $1 million buyout on a mutual option for 2015. Burnett also has a player option for $7.5 million if he exercises his option. With the buyout options and other incentives, Burnett could end up receiving a two-year contract worth $ 33.5 million. He also has a partial no-trade clause, in which he would have to sign off on any possible trade involving nine other teams. In order to make room for Burnett on their roster, the Phils placed left-handed reliever Joe Savery on waviers, awaiting reassignment. On Monday the 17, the A’s picked Savery off of waivers. Selected by the Phils in the first round of the draft back in 2007, Savery has pitched for the Phils for parts of three seasons (2011-2013), appearing in 41 games, with a 3-2 record and a 3.15 ERA, as he pitched in 47.2 innings, giving up 42 hits and 28 runs, 22 of which were earned, as he struck out 32 batters, while walking 19.

As spring training continues, former Phil Roy Holladay has come to camp as a special pitching instructor, offering advice to the team’s younger players. Hopefully they’ll listen to the future Hall of Famer.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

The Phils take the series from the Bucos as they defeat the Pirates, 6-4.

Philadelphia_PhilliesThe Phils’ offense give Cole Hamels his third win of the season as they defeat the NL Central leading Pirates, 6-4.

The Pirates took the lead in the bottom of the third as, with runners on second and third, and with two men out, Andrew McCutchen hits a two-run single, knocking in Starling Marte, who had earlier singled, reached second base on Jose Tabata infield single, before reaching third on second baseman Chase Utley’s missed catch error, and Tabata, who had just singled, then moved up to second base on Utley’s error, giving the Pirates a 2-0 lead. The Phils cut the Pirates’ lead in half in the top of the fifth as, with a runner on second, and with two men out, Ben Revere hits an RBI single, knocking in Carlos Ruiz, who had earlier singled, then moved up to second base on Cole Hamels’ sacrifice bunt, 1-4, making it a 2-1 Pirates’ lead, before he moved up to third base on center fielder McCurchen’s throwing error to the plate. The Phils then tied the game up at two-all in the top of the sixth as, with the bases loaded, via a walk by Ryan Howard, a single by Dom Brown, with Howard stopping at second base, and a single by Delmon Young, with both Howard and Brown moving up a base, and with one man out, Kevin Frandsen hits an RBI single, knocking in Howard, and moving both Brown and D. Young up a base, leaving the bases loaded. The Phils then took the lead as Ruiz hits a two-run single, knocking in Brown and D. Young, giving the Phils a 4-2 lead, while sending Frandsen up to third base. The Phils then made it a 5-2 lead two batters later, after reloading the bases as Hamels is hit by the pitch, moving Ruiz up to second base, as Revere hits into an RBI force out, 6-unassisted, as Frandsen scores while Ruiz is tagged out by shortstop Clint Barmes, for the inning’s second out, while Hamels reaches second base, and Revere is safe at first. The Phils added to their lead in the top of the eighth as, with runners on second and third, and with one man out, pinch-hitter Michael Young hits a sacrifice fly, knocking in D. Young, who had started the inning off with a single, moved up to second base as Frandsen is hit by a pitch, then moved up to third on Ruiz’s sacrifice bunt, 2-3, giving the Phils a 6-2 lead. The Pirates got a run back in the bottom of the eighth as, with two men on, and with nobody out, pinch-hitter Garrett Jones hits an RBI single, knocking in Jordy Mercer, who had started the inning off with a single, then moved up to second base on Marte’s single, making it a 6-3 Phils’ lead, while sending Marte, who had just singled, on to third base. The Pirates then made it a 6-4 Phils’ lead as McCutchen hits into a 5-4-3 double play, wiping out Jones at second base for the inning’s second out, as Marte scored. That would end up being the final score as Jonathan Papelbon collected his seventeenth save of the season as he threw a scoreless ninth.

Cole Hamel (3-11, 4.38) got the win as he pitched seven strong innings, giving up two runs, only one of which was earned, on five hits, as he struck out eight. Justin De Fratus pitched an inning, giving up two runs on three hits. Jonathan Papelbon collected his seventeenth save of the year as he pitched a scoreless inning, giving up a hit, while striking out a batter. Gerrit Cole (4-1, 3.94) took the lost as he went five and a third innings, giving up three runs on eight hits and a walk, while striking out five. Vin Mazzaro committed his second blown save of the season as he faced four batters, getting none of them out, as he gave up two runs on three hits and a hit batter. Tony Watson pitched one and two-thirds innings, giving up a hit, while striking out a batter. Ryan Reid pitched two innings, giving up a run on two hits, a hit batter and a walk, striking out one.

The Phils had fourteen hits in the game, with Ben Revere (2 RBIs) leading the team with three hits, all singles, as he raised his batting average to .290, followed by Chase Utley (Double, Triple .382), Jimmy Rollins (Singles), Delmon Young (Singles, .273) and Carlos Ruiz (Singles, 2 RBIs, .278) with two hits each. Ryan Howard (Single), Dom Brown (Single) and Kevin Frandsen (Single, RBI, .286) had the other three Phils’ hits. Pinch-hitter Michael Young knocked in the final Phil run with a sacrifice fly. The Phils also had two walks (Howard, Brown), two hit batters (Cole Hamels, Ruiz), and two sacrifice bunts (Hamels, Ruiz) in the game.

The Phils (41-45, 3rd) will start a three-game series with the Braves (49-36, 1st), starting with a ball 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 Cliff Lee (9-2, 2.59), who is coming off a no-decision against the Dodgers on June 29, as he pitched seven innings, giving up three runs on four hits and three walks, while striking out ten, in the Phils’ 4-3 lost. He will for the third straight start be trying for his tenth win. The Braves will counter with Paul Maholm (9-6, 3.69), who is coming off a win against the D-backs on June 30, as he threw six and two-thirds innings, giving up two runs on eight hits and two walks, while striking out three, in the Braves’ 6-2 win. He will also be going for his tenth win. The Phils will be trying to make up some ground against the Braves.

The Phils defeat the best team in baseball with a three-run outburst in the sixth, as they defeat the Pirates, 3-1.

Philadelphia_PhilliesA three-run outburst in the top of the sixth inning holds up as the Phils defeat the Pirates, 3-1.

The Pirates tried to take the lead in the bottom of the third as they load up the bases, via Brandon Cumpton reaching first base on a one-out fielding error by right fielder Delmon Young, before he is forced out at second base, for the inning’s second out, on Starling Marte’s grounder, 6-4, a steal of second base by Marte, a walk by Russell Martin, and an infield single by Andrew McCutchen, moving both Marte and Martin up a base, and with two men out, before Phils’ starter Jonathan Pettibone finally got out of the inning by getting Garrett Jones to strike out, swinging. The Phils finally took the lead in the top of the sixth, ending a 0-0 tie, as, with two men on, and with one man out, Ryan Howard hits an RBI single, knocking in Chase Utley, who had earlier hit into a force out, 6-4, wiping out at second base Michael Young, who had started the inning off with a single, for the inning’s first out, before moving up to second base on Jimmy Rollins’ single, giving the Phils a 1-0 lead, while sending Rollins, who had just singled, over to third base. The Phils then took a 2-0 lead as Dom Brown hits a sacrifice fly to center, scoring Rollins. The Phils then increased their lead as D. Young hits an RBI double, scoring Howard, giving the Phils a 3-0 lead, while D. Young went to third base on shortstop Jordy Mercer’s throwing error to home plate. The Pirates got a run back in their half of the sixth as, with two men out, Jones hits a solo home run, his eighth home run of the year, making it a 3-1 Phils’ lead. That would end up being the final score as Jonathan Papelbon collected his sixteenth save of the season by throwing a 1-2-3 ninth.

Jonathan Pettibone (4-3, 3.99) got the win as he pitched five and two-thirds innings, giving up a run on three hits and three walks, while he struck out six. Jake Diekman collected his third hold of the year as he pitched a third of an inning, giving up a walk, while striking out a batter. Phillipe Aumont collected his first hold of the year as he threw a scoreless inning, giving up two hits. J.C. Ramirez also received his first hold of the season as he went a third of an inning, walking a batter. Antonio Bastardo received his eleventh hold of the year as he went a third of an inning, giving up a single and a walk, as he struck out a batter. Justin De Fratus received his fourth hold of the season as he pitched a third of an inning, striking out the only man whom he would face. Jonathan Papelbon collected his eleventh save of the season by pitching a 1-2-3 inning. Brandon Cumpton (0-1, 4.02) took the lost as he went five and two-thirds innings, giving up three runs on six hits, a walk and a hit batter, as he struck out three. Justin Wilson and Bryan Morris combine for three and a third scoreless innings, giving up three hits (Morris) between them, while striking out three (Wilson (1). Morris (2)).

The Phils had nine hits in the game, with Michael Young (Singles) and Ryan Howard (Singles, RBI) both leading the team with two hits. Jimmy Rollins (Single), Dom Brown (Single, RBI), Delmon Young (Double, RBI), Carlos Ruiz (Single) and John Mayberry, Jr. (Double), had the other five Phils’ hits. The Phils also had a walk (Chase Utley) and a hit batter (Ruiz) in the game.

The Phils (40-44, 3rd East) will continue their series with the Pirates (51-31, 1st Central) with a night game tonight. The game will be played at PNC Park, and will start at 7:05 pm EDT. The Phils will send to the mound John Lannan (1-2, 4.83), who is coming off a win against the Dodgers on June 28, as he went seven innings, giving up a run on five hits and a walk, while striking out two, in the Phils’ 16-1 rout. He will be looking for his second straight win. The Pirates will counter with Jeff Locke (7-1, 2.06), who is coming off a win against the Mariners on June 25, as he pitched seven innings, giving up two runs on four hits and two walks, while striking out four, in the Pirates’ 9-4 win. He will be searching for win no. 8. The Phils will be out to win their second straight game from the Pirates.

The Phils allow a possible win to slip away as they lose to the Dodgers, 6-4.

Philadelphia_PhilliesThe Phils’ bullpen once again comes up short as they allow a comeback to slip away, as the Phils lose to the Dodgers, 6-4.

The Dodgers took the lead in the bottom of the first as, with runners on the corners, and with one man out, Matt Kemp hits an RBI double, knocking in Yasiel Puig, who had earlier reached base on a force out, 1-6-4, as Skip Schumaker, who had led the inning off with a walk, is wiped out at second base, before going to third base on Adrian Gonzalez’s single, giving the Dodgers a 1-0 lead, while sending Gonzalez, who had had just singled, to third base. The Dodgers increased their lead one batter later as Andre Ethier followed with a two-run double, scoring Gonzalez and Kemp, giving the Dodgers a 3-0 lead. The Phils got a run back in the top of the second as Dom Brown hits a lead-off home run, his team leading 21st home run of the season, tying him once again for the NL lead in home run, making it a 3-1 Dodgers’ lead. The Phils made it a 3-2 Dodgers’ lead in the top of the fifth as, with runners on the corners, and with one man out, Chase Utley hits an RBI single, knocking in Jonathan Pettibone, who had earlier singled, then went to third base on Ben Revere’s infield single, as the ball is deflected to second baseman Schumaker by pitcher Zack Greinke, while sending Revere, who had just singled, over to third base. The Phils then tied the game up at three-all as Jimmy Rollins hits an RBI single, scoring Revere, and sending Utley up to second base. The Phils took the lead in the top of the seventh as, with two men out, Utley hits a solo home run, his ninth home run of the season, giving the Phils a 4-3 lead.  The Dodgers retook the lead in their half of the seventh as, with the bases loaded, via a lead-off walk by A.J. Ellis, a bunt single by Juan Uribe, which Ryan Howard is unable to play as he falls down, a sacrifice bunt by Nick Punto, 2-4, moving Ellis up to third base, and Uribe to second base, and an intentional walk to pinch-hitter Hanley Ramirez, and with two men out, Puig hits a two-run single, knocking in Ellis and Uribe, giving the Dodgers a 4-3 lead. The Dodgers increased their lead in the bottom of the eighth as, with a man on third, and with one man out, Ellis hits a sacrifice fly to right, scoring Kemp, who had started the inning off with a single, then stole first second and then third, giving the Dodgers a 6-4 lead. That would end up being the final score as Kenley Jansen collected his seventh save of the season as he pitched a scoreless ninth.

Jonathan Pettibone received a no-decision as he pitched six innings, giving up three runs on four hits and a walk, while striking out four. Justin De Fratus committed his first blown save of the season, before taking the lost (2-2, 4.20), as he threw two-thirds of an inning, giving up two runs on two hits and two walks, while striking out one. Antonio Bastardo pitched an inning and a third, giving up a run on a hit, while striking out a batter. Zack Greinke (5-2, 3.94) got the win as he threw seven innings, giving up four runs on twelve hits and a walk, as he struck out five. J.P. Howell collected his fifth hold of the season as he pitched two-thirds of an inning, getting out both men whom he would face, striking out one. Ronald Belisario collected his seventh hold of the year as he pitched a third of an inning, giving up a hit, while striking out one. Kenley Jansen received his seventh save of the year as he threw a scoreless ninth, giving up a hit.

The Phils had fourteen hits in the game, with Delmon Young leading the team with four hits, all singles, followed by Ben Revere (Singles) and Chase Utley (Single, Double, Home Run, 2 RBIs), with three hits each. Jimmy Rollins (Single, RBI), Dom Brown (Home Run, RBI), Kevin Frandsen (Single) and Jonathan Pettibone (Single) had the other four Phils’ hits. The Phila also had a walk (Frandsen) in the game.

The Phils (38-42, 3rd East) continue their trip out west with the Dodgers (38, 42, 5th West) with a night game tonight. The game will be played at Dodgers Stadium and will start at 10:10 pm EDT (7:10 pm PDT). The Phils will send to the mound John Lannan (0-2, 5.84), who is coming off a lost against the Mets on June 23, as he went five innings, giving up four runs on eight hits and three walks, while striking out three, in the Phils’ 8-0 lost. He will be trying to bounce back from his last start while looking for his first win. The Dodgers will counter with Chris Capuano (2-4, 4.09), who is coming off a no-decision against the Padres on June 23, as he pitched five innings, giving up just four hits, while striking out five, in the Dodgers’ 3-1 win. He will be trying for his second straight win. The Phils will be out to bounce back from last night’s lost.

The Phils recover from Monday’s night lost as they defeat the Padres, 6-2.

Philadelphia_PhilliesAfter Monday’s night embarrassing extra-inning lost, the Phils come back to defeat the Padres, 6-2, evening the series at a game apiece.

The Padres took the lead in the bottom of the second as, with two men on, and with nobody out, Alexi Amarista hits an RBI ground out, 4-3, knocking in Kyle Blanks, who had started the inning off with a single, then went to third base on Yasmani Grandi’s double, giving the Padres a 1-0 lead, while sending Grandi, who had just doubled, over to third base. The Padres then made it a 2-0 lead one batter later as Pedro Ciriaco hits an RBI single, scoring Grandi. The Phils took the lead in the top of the third as, with two men on, and with two men out, Dom Brown hits a three-run home run, his twentieth home run of the season, knocking in Jimmy Rollins, who had started the inning off with a walk, then went to third base on Michael Young’s single, and M. Young, who had earlier singled, giving the Phils a 3-0 lead. The Phils added to their lead in the top of the fifth as, with the bases loaded, via singles by Rollins and Chase Utley, with Rollins stopping at third base, and a walk to Ryan Howard, moving Utley up to second base, and with one man out, Brown walks, forcing in Rollins, giving the Phils a 4-2 lead, while moving both Utley and Howard up a base, leaving the bases loaded. The Phils then took a 5-2 lead as, with John Mayberry, Jr. batting, Utley would score on pitcher Brad Brach’s wild pitch, while Howard would move up to third base, and Brown went to second base. The Phils then increased their lead as Mayberry hits a sacrifice fly, scoring Howard, giving the Phils a 6-2 lead. That would end up being the final score as Antonio Bastardo pitched a scoreless ninth, first striking out Chris Denorfia on a called third strike, then Logan Forsythe, swinging, after allowing two runners to get into scoring position with one man out, to end the game.

Kyle Kendrick (7-4, 3.46) got the win as he pitched eighth strong innings, giving up two runs on seven scattered hits and a hit batter, while striking out six. Antonio Bastardo threw a scoreless inning, as he gave up two hits, while striking out two. Jason Marquis (9-3, 3.99) took the lost as he pitched four and one-third innings, giving up six runs on six hits and five walks, while striking out four. Brad Branch pitched two-thirds of an inning, giving up a walk and a wild pitch. Tyson Ross, Dale Thayer and Tommy Layne combined for four scoreless innings, giving up a hit (Thayer) and a walk (Layne) between them, while striking out three Phils (Ross (1), Layne (2)).

The Phils had seven hits in the game, with Michael Young leading the team with two hits, both singles. Jimmy Rollins (Single), Chase Utley (Single), Dom Brown (Home Run, 4 RBIs), John Mayberry, Jr. (Single) and Carlos Ruiz (Single) had the other five Phils’ hits. The final Phil run came in on a wild pitch. The Phils also had seven walks (Rollins, Utley (2), Howard, Brown, Ben Revere (2)), a sacrifice fly (Mayberry) and two stolen bases (Rollins (8), Utley (6)) in the ballgame.

The Phils (37-41, 3rd East) will conclude their series with the Padres (39-39, 3rd West) with a night game tonight. The game will be played at Petco Park and is to start at 10:10 pm EDT (7:10 PDT). The Phils will send to the mound Cole Hamels (2-11, 4.50) who is coming off a lost against the Mets on June 21, as he went six innings, giving up four runs on seven hits and three walks, while striking out five, in the Phils’ 4-3 lost. He will be trying once again win his third start of the season. The Padres will counter with Robbie Erlin (1-0 , 4.15), who is coming off a win against the Blue Jays on June 1, as he went six and two-thirds innings, giving up two runs on eight hits, while striking out four, in the Padres’ 4-3 win. He will be trying to give the Pardes the series’ win. The Phils will be trying to win the series from the Padres.

The Phils take the series from the Nats as they defeat Washington, 4-2.

Philadelphia_PhilliesThe Phils gain a tie for second place in the NL East with Washington, as they defeat the Nats, 4-2.

The Nats took the lead in the top of the fourth as, with two men out, Jayson Werth hits a solo home run, his seventh home run of the year, giving the Nats a 1-0 lead. The Phils tied it up at one-all in their half of the fourth as, with a runner on third, and with one man out, Ryan Howard hits a sacrifice fly, scoring Michael Young, who had started the inning of with a double, then went to third on Jimmy Rollins’ sacrifice bunt, 1-3. The Phils tried to take the lead in the bottom of the fifth as, with a runner on second, and with two men out, Cliff Lee tried to help his on cause with a single to center, as Delmon Young, who had started the inning off by being hit by a pitch, then moved up to second base on Kevin Frandsen’s ground out, 5-3, tried to score. but is gunned down at the plate by a strong throw home by center fielder Denard Span, 8-2, with catcher Kurt Suzuki applying the tag before D. Young could cross the plate, for the inning’s final out. The Phils took the lead in the bottom of the sixth as, with one man on, and with nobody out, M. Young hits an RBI double, knocking in Ben Revere, who had started the inning off with a single, giving the Phils a 2-1 lead. Five batters later, the Phils made it a 4-1 lead as, with the bases loaded, via a single by Rollins, sending M. Young to third base, and Howard being hit by a pitch, sending Rollins up to second base, and with two men out, Frandsen hits a two-run single, knocking in M. Young and Rollins, while sending Howard up to second base. The Nats got a run back in the top of the eighth as, with one man out, pinch-hitter Jeff Kobernus hits a solo home run, his first home run of the year, making it a 4-2 Phils’ lead. That would end up being the final score as Jonathan Papelbon collected his fourteenth save of the season as he threw a scoreless ninth.

Cliff Lee (9-2, 2.53) got the win as he pitched eight strong innings, giving up two runs on five hits, while striking out nine. Jonathan Papelbon received his fourteenth save of the year as he pitched a scoreless ninth, giving up a hit. Ross Detwiler (2-5, 3.34) took the lost as he went six innings, giving up four runs on seven hits and two hit batters, while striking out four. Craig Stammen and Drew Storen combined for two scoreless innings, giving up two hits (one hit each) between them, while striking out three (Stammen (2), Storen (1)).

The Phils had nine hits in the game, with Michael Young (RBI) leading the team with three hits, all doubles. Ben Revere (Single), Jimmy Rollins (Single), Ryan Howard (Triple, RBI), Kevin Frandsen (Single, 2 RBIs), Carlos Ruiz (Single) and Cliff Lee (Single), had the other six Phils’ hits. The Phils also had two hit batters (Delmon Young, Howard) in the game.

The Phils (34-37, T-2nd) will conclude their series with the Nats (34-35, T-2nd) with a ballgame tonight, looking for the sweep.

The Phils defeat the Nats in walk-off fashion with a run in the bottom of the ninth, winning 5-4.

Philadelphia_PhilliesThe Phils defeat the Nats in the bottom of the ninth with a walk-off single, winning 5-4.

The Nats took the lead in the top of the first as, with two men on, and with one man out, Jayson Werth hits an RBI single, scoring Anthony Rendon, who had earlier walked, then moved up to second base as Ryan Zimmerman is hit by a pitch, giving the Nats a 1-0 lead. The Phils tied it up at one-all in the bottom of the second as Ryan Howard hits a lead-off home run, his eighth home run of the year. The Phils took the lead in the bottom of the third as, with the bases loaded, via a triple by Michael Young, a walk by Jimmy Rollins, who then stole second base, and a walk by Howard, and with two men out, Delmon Young hits a two-run double to right, knocking in M. Young and Rollins, giving the Phils a 3-2 lead, before Howard is thrown out at the plate, 9-4-5, for the inning’s third out. The Nats got a run back in the top of the fourth as, with a runner on second, and with one man out, Steve Lombardozzi hits an RBI double, knocking in Kurt Suzuki, who had just doubled, making it a 3-2 Phils’ lead. The Phils added to their lead in the bottom of the fifth as, with a runner on second base, and with two men out, Howard hits an RBI single, knocking in Ben Revere, who had started the inning off with a single, then stole second base, making it a 4-2 Phils’ lead. The Nats cut the Phils’ lead in the top of the eighth as, with a man on third, and with two men out, Ian Desmond hits an RBI single, scoring Zimmerman, who had earlier doubled, then went to third on Werth’s ground out, 6-3, making it a 4-3 Phils’ lead. The Nats tied the game up at four-all in the top of the ninth as, with two men out, Chad Tracy hits a solo home run, his third home run of the season. The Phils won the game in their half of the ninth as, with runners on second and third, and with two men out, Dom Brown hits an RBI single, knocking in Revere, who had started the inning off with a single, then moved up to third base on Rollins’ single, before Rollins moved up to second base on defensive indifference, to give the Phils a 5-4 walk-off win.

John Lannan received a no-decision as he threw five innings in his first start since his injury back in April, giving up two runs on six hits, a walk and a hit batter, while striking out four. Michael Stutes collected his second hold of the season as he pitched two 1-2-3 innings. Mike Adams collected his eighth hold of the year as he pitched two-thirds of an inning, giving up a run on two hits. Antonio Bastardo collected his eighth hold of the season as he went a third of an inning, getting out the only batter that he would face. Jonathan Papelbon committed his first blown save of the season, before getting the win (1-0, 1.75) as he pitched an inning, giving up a run on a hit, while striking out a batter. Dan Haren also received a no-decision as he went six innings, giving up four runs on seven hits and three walks, while striking out three. Ian Krol and Tyler Clippard combined for two scoreless innings, giving up two hits (Clippard) and a hit batter (Clippard) between them, while striking out two (Clippard). Fernando Abad (0-2, 1.69) took the lost as he went two-thirds of an inning, giving up a run on three hits, while striking out a batter.

The Phils had twelve hits in the game, with Ryan Howard (2 Singles, Home Run, 2 RBIs) leading the team with three hits, followed by Ben Revere (Singles) and Domonic Brown (Singles, RBI) with two hits each. Michael Young (Triple), Jimmy Rollins (Single), Delmon Young (Double, 2 RBIs), Kevin Frandsen (Single) and Humberto Qunitero (Single) had the other five Phils’ hits. The Phils also had three walks (Rollins, Howard, Brown), two stolen bases (Rollins (7), Revere (17)) and a hit batter (Qunitero) in the game.

The Phils (34-37, 3rd) will continue their series with the Nats (34-35, 2nd), with a game that is presently being delayed by rain.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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