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Wednesday: The Phils finally end their second three-game losing streak by winning a rather wild extra-inning game with the Giants, 7-6.

The Phils finally end their three-game losing streak by defeating the Giants in a rather wild extra-innings ballgame, 7-6.

The Phils took the lead in the fifth as Ryan Howard hits a lead-off home run, his fourth home run of the season, to give the Phils a 1-0 lead. The Giants tied up the game at 1-1 in their half of the fifth as, with a runner on second and with one man out, Andres Torres hits an RBI double, scoring Nate Schierholtz, who had earlier singled, and went up to second on Giants’ starter Tim Lincecum’s sacrifice bunt, 3-4. The Giants took the lead in the sixth as, with the bases loaded, via a Bengie Molina single, a Matt Downs double, then sent Molina over to third base, and an intentional walk to Schierholtz, and with two men out, Torres receives an RBI walk, forcing in Molina, and moving both Downs and Schierholtz up a base, leaving the bases loaded, giving the Giants a 2-1 lead. The Giants made it 4-1 as Edgar Renteria hits an RBI single, scoring both Downs and Schierholtz, while sending Torres over to third. The Phils tied the game up at four-all in the ninth as, with the bases loaded, via a walk to Shane Victorino, a single to Chase Utley, the 1000th hit of his career, sending Victorino over to third, and a walk to Howard, which moved Utley up to second, and with two men out, Jayson Werth hits a bases clearing double, knocking in Victorino, Utley and Howard. The Phils took the lead in the tenth as, with runners on the corners, and with one man out, Brian Schneider, who had earlier been hit by the pitch, had moved up to second on Wilson Valdez’s sacrifice bunt, 1-4, and then went to third on Victorino’s single, and with one man out, scored on Jeremy Affeldt’s wild pitch, giving the Phils a 5-4 lead. The Giants retied the game at five-all in their half of the tenth as, with a runner on third, and with one man out, Torres hits an RBI single, knocking in Shierholtz, who had earlier doubled, and then moved to third on Eugenio Velez’s ground out, 4-3. The Phils then regain the lead in the eleventh as, with a runner on base, and with two men out, Valdez hits an RBI double, scoring Raul Ibanez, who had earlier singled and had moved up to second on pinch hitter Ben Francisco’s sacrifice bunt, giving the Phils a 6-5 lead. One batter later, the Phils increased their lead to 7-5 as Velez committed a fielding error as Victorino’s fly ball bounced off his glove, allowing Valdez to score, as Victorino stopped at second base. The Giants tried to come back in their half of the eleventh as, with runners on the corners, and with one man out, Schneider hits an RBI double, knocking in Eli Whiteside, who was pitch running for Molina, who had singled, and then went to third on pinch hitter Juan Uribe’s single and Howard’s throwing error, while sending Uribe on to third, cutting the Phils’ lead to 7-6. Nelson Figueroa then ended the game by first getting Velez to hit into a 3-2 fielder’s choice, as Uribe is tagged out at home plate for the second out, and then getting Torres to ground out, 4-3, to end the game, giving Figueroa his first save of the season.

Cole Hamels receives a no-decision as he pitches six innings, giving up four runs on nine hits and four walks, while striking out ten. Danys Baez, Jose Contreras and David Herndon combines for three scoreless innings, giving up just three hits (one hit each) and one walk (Herndon), while striking out two batters (Contreras (1), Herndon (1)). Ryan Madson blew his second save of the season before getting the win, as he pitches an inning, giving up a run on two hits and a walk. His record is now 1-0 with a 7.00 ERA. Nelson Figueroa records his first save of the year as he pitches an inning, giving up a run on three hits. Tim Lincecum also pitches a no-decision as he goes eight and a third innings, giving up two runs on three hits and a walk, while striking out eleven. Brian Wilson records his first blown save of the season, as he pitches two-thirds of an inning, giving up two runs on two hits and two walks. Jeremy Affeldt pitches two-thirds of an inning, giving up a run on one hit, a walk and a wild pitch, as he strikes out a batter. Sergio Romo receives the lost as he pitches an inning and a third, giving up two runs on two hits, as he strikes out two. His record is now 2-0 with a 1.64 ERA.

The Phils collected eight hits in the game, with Ryan Howard leading the team with two hits, a home run and a double. Shane Victorino, Placido Polanco, Chase Utley (who collected his 1000 career hit), Jayson Werth, Raul Ibanez and Wilson Valdez each collected a hit, with both Werth and Valdez’s hits being doubles. Werth knocked in three of the Phils’ runs while Valdez knocked in a run. The other two Phils’ runs came in on a wild pitch and a fielding error.

The Phils (12-9, 2nd) will start a long home stand with a three-game series with the Mets (13-9, 1st). The game will be played at Citizens Bank Park and will start at 7:05 pm Eastern. The Phils will send to the mound Kyle Kendrick (0-0, 7.71), who is still looking for his first win as he comes off a no-decision against the Diamondbacks on April 25, as he pitched five inning, giving up five runs on eight hits and four walks, as he struck out four, in the Phils’ 8-6 lost. He will be trying to get his first win, while trying to avoid getting into another one inning meltdown. The Mets will counter with Jon Niese (0-1, 3.68), who is coming off a no-decision against the Braves on April 24, as he went five and a third inning, giving up a run on five hits and five walks, while striking out six batters, in the Mets’ 3-1 win. He will be trying to give the Mets a chance to increase their lead over the Phils. The Phils will be trying to start off the homestand on a winning note, while trying to end the Mets’ seven games winning streak.

A bad performance by Kyle Kendrick helps lead to the Phils losing their first game of the season as they lose to the Nats, 6-5.

The Phils are unable to overcome a bad start by Kyle Kendrick as they fall to the Nationals, 6-5, thus being unable to complete the sweep of their Eastern Division rival.

The Nationals took an early lead in the first as, with a runner on third and with nobody out, Cristian Guzman hits an RBI single, scoring Nyjer Morgan, who had earlier tripled, giving the Nats a 1-0 lead. Two batters later, the Nats made it 2-0 as, with runners on second and third, and still with nobody out, Adam Dunn hits an RBI ground out, 3-unassisted, scoring Guzman, who has earlier went to third on Ryan Zimmerman’s double, while Zimmerman would move up to third on the ground out. The Nats then made it 3-0 as, now with one out, and a runner on third, Josh Willingham hits a sacrifice fly to center field, scoring Zimmerman. The Phils got a run back in the second as, with a runner on third, and with one man out, Shane Victorino hits into an RBI ground out, 4-3, scoring Jayson Werth, who had lead-off the inning with a double and then went to third on a Raul Ibanez ground out, also 4-3, cutting the Nats’ lead to 3-1. The Phils would make it 3-2 Nats in the third as, with runners on second and third, and with one out, Chase Utley hits into an RBI ground out, 3-unassisted, scoring Jimmy Rollins, who has earlier singled, and then went to third on Placido Polanco’s double, while Polanco, who had just doubled, moved up to third. The Nats would increase their lead in the fourth as, with a runner on first, and with one out, Willie Harris would hit a two-run home run, his first home run of the season, scoring Dunn, who had earlier singled, giving the Nats a 5-2 lead. The Phils made it 5-3 in the fifith as, with a runner on first, and with one man out, Polanco hits a single into center field, which is misplaced by Morgan for a fielding error, allowing pinch hitter Ross Gload, who has earlier singled, to score, and allowing Polanco to go all the way to third on the two-base error. Two batters later, with Polanco still on third, and with two men out, Ryan Howard hits an RBI single, scoring Polanco, making it a 5-4 Nats’ lead. The Phils would tie the game up at five-all in the sixth as, with the bases loaded, via consecutive walks to Ibanez and Victorino, with Ibanez moving up to second on Victorino’s walk, a sacrifice bunt by Brian Schneider, which moved Ibanez to third and sent Victorino on to second, and pinch hitter Ben Francisco being hit by the pitch, and with only one man out, Rollins would hit a sacrifice fly to right, scoring Ibanez from third with the tying run, while sending Victorino on to third base. The Nationals would take the lead for good in the seventh as, with a runner on third, and with two men out, Zimmerman hits an RBI double, knocking in pinch hitter Alberto Gonzalez, who had earlier walked, moved up to second on Morgan’s sacrifice bunt, 1-3, and then moved up to third base on Guzman’s ground out, 3-1, giving the Nats a 6-5 lead. That would be the final score as the Nats would turn back Phils’ rallies in both the eighth and the ninth, with Matt Capps recording his first save of the year as he got Victorino to pop up to Guzman with the tying run on third to end the game.

Kyle Kendrick had a bad start as he received a no-decision as he pitches only four innings, giving up five runs on six hits, while he strikes out two. Jose Contreras pitches a scoreless inning, giving up only one hit. Nelson Figueroa, whom the Phils had just picked off the waivers wire from the New York Mets, takes the lost as he pitches two innings, giving up a run on one hit and three walks. His record is now 0-1 with an ERA of 4.50. Antonio Bastardo pitches two-thirds of an inning, getting out both batters that he would face, including one by strikeout. David Herndon pitches a third of an inning, giving up a hit. Craig Stammen also receives a no-decision as he went five innings, giving up four runs on nine hits, as he strikes out one. Sean Burnett records his first hold of the season as he pitches a third of an inning, giving up a run on two walks. Tyler Clippard blew his first save of the season before getting the win as he pitches an inning and two-thirds, giving up a hit while striking out a batter. His record is now 1-0 with a 0.00 ERA. Brian Bruney records his first hold of the season as he pitches a scoreless inning, giving up a hit and a walk. Matt Capps records his first save as he pitches a scoreless inning, giving up only a hit and a walk.

The Phils had twelve hits in the game, with Jayson Werth leading the team with three hits, all doubles, as he raised his average up to .308. Jimmy Rollins, Placido Polanco, Chase Utley and Ryan Howard each followed with two hits apiece, with Rollins, Polanco and Utley each recording a single and a double, while Howard had two singles. Ross Gload had the Phils other hit, a pinch hit single, the team’s first pinch hit of the year. Shane Victorino, Utley, Howard and Rollins each knocked in a run, with Victorino’s RBI coming on a ground out, and Rollins’ on a sacrifice fly, while the Phils’ other run came in on an error on Polanco’s single in the fifth.

The Phils (2-1, tied-1st place NL East) continue their road trip with a visit to Houston where they will face the Astros (0-3, 6th NL Central). The game will be played at Minute Maid Park and will begin at (7:05 pm Central (8:05 pm Eastern)). The Phils will send to the mound NL Rookie of the Year candidate J.A. Happ (0-0, -.–), who will be trying to prove that last year was no fluke. He will be opposed by Bud Norris (0-0, -.–), who will be trying to end the Astros’ three-game losing streak. The Phils will be coming to Houston trying to reverse their recent bad luck while facing the presently bad Astros.

The Phils are unable to come back from an early hole as they lose to the Rockies, 5-4. The divisional series is now tied at one game apiece.

The Phils are unable to pull off a come from behind win after being put behind early as they lose to the Rockies, 5-4. The series now go to Colorado with the series tied at one to one.

The Rockies took a 1-0 lead in the first as, with a runner on third, and with one man out, Todd Helton scored Carlos Gonzalez. who had earlier singled, stole second base after being picked off by Phils’ starter Cole Hamels, as Ryan Howard’s throw to second wasn’t in time, and then moved to third on Dexter Fowler’s sacrifice bunt, 1-4, on a fielder’s choice grounder to Hamels, as Gonzalez beat Carlos Ruiz’s tag, while Helton was safe at first. The Rockies then increased their lead in the fourth as, with a man on, and with two men out, Yorvit Torrealba hits a two-run home run, his first home run of the post-season, knocking in Hilton, who had earlier singled, making it 3-0 Rockies. The Rockies then made it 4-0 in the fifth as, with two men on, and with one out, Fowler hits a sacrifice fly, scoring Rockies’ starter Aaron Cook, who had earlier singled, and then went to third on Gonzalez’s double, while Gonzalez, who had earlier doubled, would move up to third. The Phils then started to come back in the sixth as, with runners on the corners, and with nobody out, Howard hits an RBI double, knocking in Shane Victorino, who had earlier hit an infield single and had moved up to second on second baseman’s Clint Barmes’ throwing error, and then went to third on Chase Utley’s single, making it a 4-1 Rockies’ lead, while sending Utley, who had earlier singled, up to third base. Two batters later, with runners still on second and third, and now with one man out, Raul Ibanez hits a two-run single, knocking in both Utley and Howard, making it a 4-3 Rockies’ lead. The Rockies then added a run in the seventh as, with the bases loaded, via a Ryan Spilborghs double, Barmes hitting a sacrifice bunt, in which Joe Blanton, who was pitching in relief of Hamels, tried to throw Spilborghs out at third, but was unsuccessful, while Barmes would be safe at first, and an infield single for pinch hitter Seth Smith, off of J.A. Happ’s knee, after he was brought in in relief of Blanton, and with one man out, Fowler hits his second sac fly of the game, scoring Spilborghs, giving the Rockies a 5-3 lead, while sending Barmes over to third. The Phils would get the run back in the eighth as, with two men out, Jayson Werth hits a solo home run, his first home run of the post-season, making it a 5-4 Rockies’ lead. The Phils made a last threat to tie the game in the ninth, with two men on base, with Cliff Lee on second, pinch running for Matt Stairs, who had earlier gotten on base with a pinch hit walk, and Jimmy Rollins on first with a single, moving Lee up to second, with two men out. But Victorino would end the game by lining out to Barmes for the final out.

Cole Hamels took the lost, as he pitched five innings, giving up four runs on seven hits, while he struck out five. His divisional series record is now 0-1 with a 7.20 ERA. Joe Blanton pitched an inning plus two batters, giving up a run on one hit, as he struck out one. J.A. Happ pitched to one batter, giving up a hit before taken out for an injury. Scott Eyre pitched an inning, striking out a batter. Brett Myers pitched two-thirds of an inning, giving up two walks and hitting a batter. Antonio Bastardo pitched a third of an inning, striking out the only man he would face. Ryan Madson pitched a 1-2-3 ninth. Aaron Cook got the win, as he went five innings plus three batters, giving up three runs on seven hits and two walks, while striking out four. His record in the divisional series is now 1-0 with a  5.40 ERA. Jose Contreras converted his first hold as he pitched an inning, giving up two hits, while striking out a batter. Matt Belisle received a hold as he pitched a 1-2-3 inning, striking out a batter. Rafael Betancourt received a hold as he pitched two-thirds of an inning, giving up a run on one hit. Franklin Morales recieved a hold as he pitched a third of an inning, getting out the one man he would face. Huston Street recorded his first save of the post-season as he gave up only a hit and a walk.

The Phillies got eleven hits in the game, with Shane Victorino leading the team with three hits, all singles. Ryan Howard and Raul Ibanez both followed with two hits apiece, with one of Howard’s hits being a double, as between them they knocked in three of the Phils’ runs (Howard (1), Ibanez (2)). Jimmy Rollins, Chase Utley, Jayson Werth and Pedro Feliz had the other four Phils’ hits, with Werth’s hit being a solo home run. Between them, so far, Howard, Werth and Ibanez has been the Phils’ offense, with a combined record of eleven for twenty-three, with six singles, three doubles, a triple and a home run, with eight RBIs (Howard (2), Werth (2) Ibanez (4)) and six runs scored. The only other Phil hitting, at the moment, is Victorino, who is hitting four for nine, with three singles and a double, but with only one run scored. If Rollins and Utley can get their bats to wake up, especially Rollins, if he would become a bit more selective in his pitch count, the Phils might still have a chance to win the series, if they can get men on base for the presently hot middle part of their line-up.

The Phils (1-1) will now journey to Denver to play games three and four of the divisional series with the Rockies (1-1). The third game is to be played on Saturday, weather permitting, at Coors Field, and is suppose to start at 9:37 pm Eastern (7:37 pm Mountain). The Phils still have yet to announce their starter for game three, although it will most likely be Pedro Martinez. The Rockies’ starter will be Jason Hammel (10-8, 4.33), who is coming off a no-decision against the Dodgers on October 4, as he pitched two innings in relief, giving up just two hits, while striking out two, in the Rockies’ 5-3 lost. He will be trying to give the Rockies the lead in the series. The Phillies will be trying to come back from the lost, while coming out smoking at the start of game three.

Phils extra-innings win over the Marlins increase their lead in the NL East to six games over both the fish and the Braves.

The Phils almost blew a fine start by Cole Hamels, but they finally defeat the pesky fish in extra-innings, 6-5. The victory increase their lead in the NL East to six games over both the Marlins and the Braves.

The Phils took a quick 2-0 lead as, with a runner on third, and one man ouit, Chase Utley hits a two-run home run, his twenty-first home run of the year, knocking in Jimmy Rollins, who had earlier singled and had moved to third on Shane Victorino’s ground out, 4-3. The Marlins cut the Phils’ lead in their half of the first as Chris Coghlan hits a lead-off home run, his third home run of the season, making it a 2-1 Phils’ lead. The Phils increased their lead in the fourth as, with two men on, and one man out, Jayson Werth hits an RBI single, knocking in Ryan Howard, who had earlier singled and had moved up to second on Raul Ibanez’s single, making it a 3-1 Phils’ lead, while Ibanez, who had earlier singled, would move up to third. The next batter, Pedro Feliz, would make it a 4-1 Phillies’ lead as he hits an RBI double, knocking in Ibanez, while sending Werth over to third. As the Phils were building up their lead, Phils’ starter Cole Hamels was going through the Marlins’ line-up with little trouble, getting out the last six man in a row, before the rain came down in the middle of the sixth inning. After a rain delay that lasted over an hour, the Phils replaced Hamels with Chan Ho Park. In the seventh, the Marlins made it a 4-2 Phils’ lead as, with one man on, and one man out, pinch hitter Ross Gload hits an RBI single, knocking in Ronny Paulino, who had earlier doubled. The Marlins cut the Phils’ lead further in the eighth as, with two men on, and two men out, Paulino hits an RBI single, knocking in Hanley Ramirez, who had earlier singled, and had moved up to second on Cody Ross’ ground out, 5-3, making it a 4-3 Phils’ lead. Two batters later, with runners on first and second, thanks to Jeremy Hermida’s walk which would move Paulino up to second base, pinch hitter Wes Helms hits an RBI single, scoring Paulino, tying the game up at four-all, while sending Hermida up to second base. The Phils would regain the lead in the twelfth inning as, with one man on, and one man out, Utley hits an RBI single, knocking in Rollins, who had earlier singled and had moved up to second on Victorino’s sacrifice bunt, making it a 5-4 Phillies’ lead. Three batters later, with two men on, and two men out, Werth hits an RBI single, knocking in Utley, who had moved up to second base when Paul Bako was intentionally walked, making it a 6-4 Phils’ lead. In the bottom of the twelfth, with two men on, and two men out, Paulino, who had earlier walked, had moved up to second on Hermida’s walk, and had gone to third on pinch hitter Chris Volstad’s sacrifice bunt, scored on Brad Lidge’s wild pitch, making it a 6-5 Phils’ lead, while sending Hermida on to third. Lidge would then end the game by getting Dan Uggla to ground out, 4-3, for the final out, recording his nineteenth save.

Cole Hamels pitched a no-decision, going five innings, giving up only one run on four hits and a walk, while striking out five. Chan Ho Park pitched two innings, giving up a run on three hits, while striking out two, recording his seventh hold. Ryan Madson pitched two-thirds of an inning, recording his sixteenth hold, although giving up two runs on two hits, while striking out a batter. J.C. Romero would pitch to one batter, walking him. Chad Durbin would pitch an inning and a third, recording his first blown save, giving up two hits and two walks, while striking out two batters. Scott Eyre pitched a scoreless inning, giving up a walk, as he struck out two. Clay Condrey, back from his injury, got the win as he pitched a scoreless inning, giving up a hit. Brad Lidge recorded his nineteenth save of the year, as he gave up a run on two walks. Ricky Nolasco also received a no-decision as he pitched six innings, giving up four runs on seven hits and two walks, while he struck out five. Renyel Pinto, Dan Meyer, Kiko Calero and Leo Nunez would combine for four shut out innings, giving up only two hits (Nunez), while striking out five Phils (Pinto (1), Calero (1), Nunez (3)). Burke Badenhop took the lost, as he gave up two runs on three hits and a walk. His record is now 5-4 with an ERA of 3.67.

The Phillies had twelve hits in the game. Jimmy Rollins, Chase Utley, Ryan Howard, Raul Ibanez and Jayson Werth led the way with two hits each, with Utley’s hit being a two-run home run. Pedro Feliz and Greg Dobbs had the other two Phils’ hits, with Dobbs’ hit being a pinch hit single. Utley knocked in three of the Phils’ runs, while Werth knocked in two and Feliz knocked in one. The Phils have increased their lead in the NL East to six games over both the Braves and the Marlins, while increasing their winning streak to seven games. The Phils will now go for the series win while trying to increase their lead in the division to seven games and their winning streak to a season high eight.

The Phillies (50-38, 1st) will continue their four-games series with the Marlin (46-46, 2nd-T) with a night game. The game will be played at Land Shark Stadium and will begin at 7:10 pm. The Phils will send to the mound Joe Blanton (6-4, 4.44), who is coming off a win against the Pirates on July 10, as he pitched seven and one-third innings, giving up only one run on four hits and one walk, while striking out six, in the Phils’ 3-2 win. He will be going for his seventh win of the season. The Marlins will counter with Josh Johnson (8-2, 2.74), who is coming off a win against the D-backs on July 12, as he pitched six and two-third innings, giving up a run on seven hits and two walks, while striking out seven, in the Marlins’ 8-1 win. He will be trying to stop the Marlins’ present slide against the Phils. The Phils will be trying to continue breaking away from the rest of the NL East.

The Phillies wasted several opportunities before finally losing to the Reds, 4-3.

Despite a good pitched game by J.A. Happ, the sixth straight quality start by a Phils’ starter, the Phils’ offense allowed too many opportunities to go by, allowing the Reds to get away with the win as they lose 4-3. They remain two games ahead of the Marlins as they lose again to the Giants.

The Phils took the lead in the second as Ryan Howard hits a lead-off home run, his twenty-first home run of the year, to make it 1-0 Phils. Jayson Werth quickly made it a 2-0 lead as he followed Howard with a solo home run of his own, his eighteenth home run of the season. The Phils would increase their lead to 3-0 as, with two men on base, and nobody out, Chase Utley hits an RBI double, scoring Jimmy Rollins who had earlier singled, then went to second on Shane Victorino’s single, while sending Victorino, who had just singled, over to third. Howard then loaded the bases as he worked a walk off of Reds’ starter Aaron Harang. But Harang then got himself out of the inning by first striking out Werth, swinging, then getting Greg Dobbs to pop up to the second baseman for the inning’s second out, and then getting Pedro Feliz to ground out, 1-3, leaving it a 3-0 Phils’ lead. The Reds would make it a closer game in the fourth as, with a man on, and one man out, Brandon Phillips hits a two-run home run, his twelfth home run of the year, scoring Jerry Hairston, who had earlier singled, making it a 3-2 Phils’ lead. The Phils tried to add another run in their half of the fourth as Carlos Ruiz started off the inning with a lead-off triple. But, he would then get stranded there as Harang struck out Phillies’ starter J.A. Happ, then got Rollins to ground out, 4-3, as Ruiz decided not to head for home on the ground out, and then got Victorino to ground out, 6-3 to end the inning, still 3-2 Phils. The Reds then tied it up at three-all in the sixth, as, with two men out, Philips hits a solo home run, his thirteenth home run of the year and his second home run of the night. The Phils tried to retake the lead in the seventh as, with runners on the corners, and with two men out, Charlie Manuel sent out Eric Bruntlett to pinch hit, intending for Dusty Baker to take out reliever Arthur Rhodes and replace him with another pitcher so that he could counter with Matt Stairs. Baker, instead, left Rhodes in the game, who would, in turn, proceeds to strike out Bruntlett to end the threat, with the game still tied at three-all. The Phils tried again in the eighth inning, with runners once again on the corners, and now with one man out, as Rollins hits a grounder to first, as John Mayberry, Jr., who was pinch running for Feliz, who had earlier reached second on a two-base throwing error by Reds’ shortstop Hairston, and had then gone to third on Ruiz’s sacrifice bunt, 1-4. Reds’ first baseman Joey Votto threw home, which beat Mayberry, who was tagged out (although the radio announcers commented that there’s a possibility that the Reds’ catcher did not tag him out before he had crossed the plate) by Ramon Hernandez for the second out on a fielder’s choice, 3-2, while Rollins was safe at first, as pinch hitter Stairs, who had earlier walked, would move up to second base. Victorino then hit into a 4-6 force out, as Rollins is wiped out at second, to end the inning. The Reds then took the lead in the ninth when, with two men on, and one out, Hernandez hits an RBI single, scoring Votto, who had earlier doubled and had gone to third on Philips’ sacrifice bunt, giving the Reds a 4-3 lead, while sending Laynce Nix, who had just pinch hit and had been intentionally walked, on to second base. That would be the final score as the Phils would be put down in their half of the ninth, as Francisco Cordero recorded his twenty-first save of the season.

J.A. Happ received a no-decision as he pitched seven strong innings, giving up three runs on six hits, while he struck out seven. Ryan Madson pitched a scoreless inning, striking out two. Brad Lidge took the lost as he gave up a run on two hits and a walk. His record is now 0-4 with a  7.12 ERA. Aaron Harang also got a no-decision as he went six inning, pitching out of jams, as he gave up three runs on nine hits and two walks, while striking out seven. Arthur Rhodes pitched a scoreless inning, giving up only a hit and a walk. David Weathers got the win as he pitched a scoreless inning, giving up a walk. Francisco Cordero recorded his twenty-first save of the seasn as he pitched a scoreless inning, giving up just one walk.

The Phillies collected ten hits in the game, with Chase Utley leading the way with three hits, as he raised his average to .310. Jimmy Rollins, Shane Victorino, Ryan Howard, Jayson Werth, Greg Dobbs, Pedro Feliz and Carlos Ruiz had the other seven Phils’ hit, with Howard’s and Werth’s hits being a pair of solo home runs, Rollins’ a double and Ruiz’s a triple, while the team would be unable to get the key hit that would’ve opened up the flood gates as had happened on Monday night. Beside Howard and Werth, Utley knocked in the other Phillies’ run. The Phils’ offense will now go back out there and will try to win the series, hoping that this time they will get the key hit to win the next two games, starting tonight.

The Phillies (43-38, 1st National League East) will continue their four-games series with the Reds (41-41, 4th National League Central) with another night game. The game will be played at Citizens Bank Park and it will start at 7:05 pm Eastern. Rodrigo Lopez (1-0, 2.84) will start for the Phils, coming off of his spectacular return to the majors on July 3, as he pitched a six and one-thirds innings gem, giving up only two runs on six hits and a walk, while striking out four, in the Phils’ 7-2 win over the Mets. He will be going for his second victory while proving that his return was not a fluke. The Reds will counter with Homer Bailey (1-0, 5.94), who is coming off a no-decision against the Cardinals, as he pitched seven and a third strong innings, giving up just two runs on three hits and two walks, while striking out five, in the Reds’ 7-4 lost. He is also shooting for his second win, while hoping that the Phils’ bats won’t come back seeking revenge for last night’s inablity to score runs. The Phils will be trying to win their fifth game since coming home, putting some more distance between them and their Eastern Division rivals as they continue to lose.

Phils will their third home series on the nation’s birthday as they defeat the Mets, 4-1.

For only the third time this season, the Phils have won a series at home, as they defeated the Mets on the nation’s birthday, 4-1. Jamie Moyer, pitching in the 600th start of his long career, won his 253rd career win, tying himself with Hall of Famer Carl Hubbell for 42nd place on the career wins list.

The Phils took a quick 1-0 lead in the first as, with the bases loaded and one man out, Jayson Werth hits a sacrifice fly, scoring Shane Victorino, who had earlier singled, moved up to second on Chase Utley’s walk, and then stopped at third on Ryan Howard’s single. The Phils would increase their lead in the fourth as, with runners on second and third, and one man out, Jimmy Rollins hits a two-run double, knocking in Pedro Feliz, who had earlier singled, had moved up to second on Paul Bako’s walk, and had gone to third on Phils’ starter Jamie Moyer’s sacrifice bunt, and Bako, who had earlier walked and had moved up to second on Moyer’s bunt, giving the Phils a 3-0 lead. The Mets would get a run back in the fifth as, with two men on, and two men out, Mets’s starter Fernando Nieve hits a bloop RBI single, knocking in Nick Evans, who had earlier singled and then went up to second on Omir Santos’ single, making it a 3-1 Phils’ lead, while sending Santos up to second. The Phils would get that run back in the sixth as, with two men on, and one man out, Victorino hits an RBI single, knocking in Bako, who had earlier singled, and then moved up to second on Moyer’s second sac bunt of the game, after being at first undecided upon whether to score or not on the hit, before finally scoring as the throw from Mets’ center fielder Ryan Church goes wide, as Rollins, who had just walked, moved up to third, and Victorino moved on to second base on the throw. That would be the final score as Chad Durbin, J.C. Romero, Ryan Madson and Brad Lidge would shut down the Mets for the last two and two-thirds innings of the game, with Lidge recording his fifteenth save of the year.

Jamie Moyer gets the win, the 253rd of his career, as he pitched six and one-third strong innings, giving up just one run on five hits and a walk, while striking out one. His record is now 7-6, the team’s first seven game winner, with an ERA of 5.72. Chad Durbin, J. C. Romero and Ryan Madson combined for one and two-thirds scoreless innings, recording their sixth (Durbin), fourth (Romero) and fifteenth (Madson) holds, as they give up only one hit among them (Romero), while striking out two batters (Durbin (1), Romero (1)). Brad Lidge recorded his fiftteenth save of the season as he pitched a 1-2-3 ninth, striking out two. Fernando Nieve took the lost, as he pitched five and two-thirds innings, giving up four runs, three of which were earned, on six hits and six walks, as he struck out three. His record is now 3-2 with an ERA of 2.73. Pat Misch pitched a third of an inning, giving up a hit, while striking out a batter. Brian Stokes pitched a scoreless inning, giving up two hits. Pedro Feliciano pitched a 1-2-3 inning, striking out a batter.

The Phils had collected nine hits in the game, with both Shane Victorino and Pedro Feliz leading the way with three hits a piece, with Victorino knocking in a run. Jimmy Rollins, Ryan Howard and Paul Bako had the other three hits, with Rollins’ hit being a two-run double. Jayson Werth would knock in the other Phils’ run with a sacrifice fly. With the victory, the Phillies have won their first series at home that was not against the Nationals, and they will be going for the series sweep, but trying to do it with Johan Santana on the mound for the Mets.

The Phillies (41-37, 1st) will conclude their three-games series with the Mets (39-41, 3rd-T), as they go for the series sweep. The game will begin at 1:35 pm Eastern and will be played at Citizens Bank Park. The Phils will send to the mound Joe Blanton (4-4, 5.08), who is coming off a no-decision against the Braves on June 30, as he pitched five innings, giving up only three runs on eight hits and three walks, while striking out three, in the Phils’ 5-4 lost. He will be going for his fifth win of the season while trying to help the Phils sweep their main rival in the National League East. The Mets will put onto the mound Phils’ killer Johan Santana (9-6, 3.34), who is coming off a lost against the Brewers on June 30, as he went six innings, giving up five runs on nine hits and four walks, while striking out four, in the Mets’ 6-3 lost. He will be going for his tenth win of the year while hoping to both avoid the series sweep and a repeat of his last start against the Phils on June 9, in which he gave up five runs to them, in spite of getting the win.

2008 World Series: Game 5.5: The Phillies are the 2008 World Champions of the Baseball World.

The Phillies have won the 2008 World Series, winning the series four games to one, as they would outscore the Rays in the final three and a half innings of this past Monday’s suspended game five, 4-3. As play resumed, Rays’ manager Joe Maddon would decide to leave Grant Balfour in the game. Pinch hitter Geoff Jenkins would be the first batter to face him in the Phillies’ half of the sixth, and he would greet him with a hard hit double to center. Jimmy Rollins would follow with an excellent sacrifice bunt, that would go 5-3 for the inning’s first out, as he would move Jenkins over to third base. Then, with the Rays’ infield pulled in to prevent a run, Jayson Werth would hit a pop up into shallow center field. Ray’s second baseman Akinori Iwamura would be unable to make an over-the-shoulder basket catch of the ball, as it would drop in for a RBI single, scoring Jenkins, and giving the Phillies a 3-2 lead. Balfour is then taken out of the ballgame by Maddon and is replaced on the mound by J.P. Howell. Howell would then end the inning by first getting Utley to strike out swinging for the inning’s second out, and after Werth would steal second, he would get Ryan Howard to pop out to third for the final out of the inning. Charlie Manuel would then put out in place of Cole Hamels, who is now in line to be the game’s winning pitching, Ryan Madson. Madson would proceed to strike out Dioner Navarro looking for the inning’s first out. But then he would give up a solo home run to Rocco Baldelli to left, tying the game up at three apiece, and thus denying Hamels his chance to make World Series history by winning all five of his starts. Jason Bartlett would then follow with a single. The next batter, Howell, would sacrifice the runner over to second, 1-4, for the inning’s second out, as he put a runner in scoring position. Madson is then replaced by J.C. Romero. Iwamura would then hit a ground ball towards second base, that Utley would be able to grab, but would then have no play to make at first, as Iwamura would get an infield single. But, Utley would then throw a strike towards home plate as he would see Bartlett trying to score from second on the play. His throw would beat Bartlett to home plate and then Carlos Ruiz would tag out a sliding Bartlett to keep the game tied at three all. In the Phillies’ half of the seventh, Pat Burrell would start the inning off with a double to left center field. As he would be replaced on second base by pinch runner Eric Bruntlett, the Rays would replace Howell on the mound with Chad Bradford. Shane Victorino would then hit the ball to the right side of the infield, after being unable to put down a bunt, for the inning’s first out, 4-3, while Bruntlett would move on over to third base. This move would once again force the Rays to bring in their infield. Pedro Feliz would take advantage of this move as he would hit a RBI single to center, scoring Bruntlett and giving the Phillies’ a 4-3 lead. Ruiz would then follow Feliz by hitting into a force out, 4-6, wiping out Feliz at second for the second out. Romero would then bat for himself and proceed to hit into a force out, 4-6, for the inning’s final out. Romero would then stay in to pitch the eighth. Chris Crawford would start the inning off with a single. B.J. Upton would then hit into a 6-4-3 double play, doubling up Crawford at second base, putting no one on base with two men out. Romero would then end the inning by getting Carlos Pena to fly out to left for the final out. In the Phillies’ eighth, the Rays would send out David Price to keep the game close. Prince would proceed to get Rollins to fly out to left for the inning’s first out and then would strike out Werth for out number two. Utley would then get on base with a walk. After Utley would steal second, Howard would end the inning by striking out. In the Rays’ ninth, the Phillies would hand the ball over to Brad Lidge to end the game. Lidge would get Evan Longorio to pop out to Utley for the first out of the inning. Navarro would then get on base with a single. Navarro would be replaced at first by pinch runner Fernando Perez, while pinch hitter Ben Zobrist would come to the plate. After Perez would steal second base, Lidge would get Zobrist out as he lines out directly to the right fielder for the second out of the inning. Maddon would then send out pinch hitter Eric Hinske to try and take the lead with one swing of the bat. Instead, Lidge would strike Hinske out for the game’s final out, as he would record his forty-eighth straight save in forty-eight attempts and his seventh save of the post-season, and lead to the start of a celebration among the Phillies, as they would win their second World Championship in the team’s 126 years of existance.

Cole Hamels would get a no-decision, as he would pitch six strong innings, giving up two earned runs on five hits and a walk, while striking out three. Ryan Madson would pitch two-thrids of an inning, giving up an earned run on two hits, while striking out one. J.C. Romero would get the win as he pitches a scoreless inning and a third, giving up only two hits. His series’ record is now 2-0 with an 0.00 ERA. Brad Lidge would record his second save of the series, pitching a scoreless inning, as he would give up just a hit, while striking out one, as he records his forty-eighth straight save, and his seventh in the post-season. Scott Kazmir would also get a no-decision, as he would go only four innings plus two batters, giving up two earned runs on four hits, six walks and a hit batsman, while striking out five. Grant Balfour would pitch an inning and a third, giving up an earned run on two hits. J.P. Howell would get the lost as he would pitch two-thirds of an inning plus one batter, giving up an earned run on one hit, while striking out one. His series’ record is now 0-2 with an ERA of 7.71. Chad Bradford would pitch a scoreless inning, giving up only one hit. David Price would also pitch a scoreless inning, giving up just a walk, while striking out two.

During the celebration, which would include Bud Selig giving David Montgomery, Pat Gillick and Charlie Manuel the World Series Trophy, Cole Hamels would be announced as being the 2008 World Series MVP. It would later be announced that the city of Philadelphia plans to hold its World Series parade on Friday. And it would appear that the parade wouldl be shown on at least one of the local networks. I can’t wait. :)

Now that the Phillies have won the series, I would like to first apologize for the number of times that I’ve shown a lack faith in the guys actually being able to get into the World Series. Next, I would like to laugh in the face of the so-called experts who during the post-season have never given the Phillies the chance to win the Series, including FOX. Ha-HA, in your face, experts. Lastly, I would like to congratulate the Tampa Bay Rays for doing as well as they did this season to get into the World Series as well. I am sure that they’ll be back in the series at some point during the next few years.

Next stop, the victory parade. I love a parade, etc. etc. :)

National League Championship Series: Game 4: Two eighth inning home runs by Shane Victorino and Matt Stairs lead the Phillies to a 7-5 win over the Dodgers, giving them a three games to one lead in the NLCS.

Two two-run home runs by Shane Victorino and pinch hitter Matt Stairs in the eighth inning would help lead the Phillies to a 7-5 win over the Dodgers as the Phillies take a commanding three games to one lead over the Bums in the National League Championship Series. The Phillies jumped quickly on Dodgers’ starter Derek Lowe in the first inning, as, with runners on first and second and no one out, Chase Utley would hit a RBI double, scoring Jimmy Rollins, who has earlier singled and has moved up to second on Jayson Werth’s single, giving the Phillies a quick 1-0 lead, while sending Werth on to third. Ryan Howard, as he would make the inning’s first out, would make it 2-0 Phillies, as he would hit a RBI ground out to the right side, 4-3, scoring Werth, while sending Utley over to third. Pat Burrell would then follow with a walk, putting runners on the corners. Lowe would finally get out of the inning as he would get Shane Victorino to hit into a 4-6-3 double play, wiping out Burrell at second. The Dodgers would get a run back in their half of the first, as, with runners on first and second and two men out, James Loney would hit a RBI double, scoring Rafael Furcal, who has earlier singled, and has moved on to second on Andre Ethier’s ground out, 4-3, to make it 2-1 Phils, while sending Manny Ramirez, who has earlier been intentionally walked by Phillies’ starter Joe Blanton, to third. Blanton would then get out of the inning as Blake DeWitt would line out to Howard. That would remain the score until the bottom of the fifth as Lowe would calm down, while Blanton would constantly pitch himself out of jams. In the Dodgers’ fifth, the Dodgers would tie the game as, with two men on and no one out, Ramirez would hit a RBI single, scoring Furcal, who has earlier walked and has gone on to second on an Ethier’s single, while Ethier’s would reach third on Burrell’s late throw to the plate as Furcal is able to push his way through catcher’s Carlos Ruiz’s right leg. Ramirez would meanwhile move up to second on the throw, putting two men in scoring position. Blanton would then get Russell Martin to ground out, 6-3, for the inning’s first out, scoring Ethier on the play, to give the Dodgers a 3-2 lead, while Ramirez would go back to second base. Blanton would then intentionally walk Loney to put runners on first and second with still one out. The strategy behind the move would work for the Phils, as the next batter, DeWitt, would hit into a 4-6-3 double play, ending the inning. After Lowe is taken out of the game by the Dodgers, the Phillies would then tie up the game in the sixth, as, with men on second and third, and with two men out, Howard, who has earlier walked, moved on to second on Burrell’s single and would move over to third on Victorino’s sacrifice bunt, would score on a Chan Ho Park’s wild pitch, while Burrell would move up to third. Park would then walk Ruiz to put runners on the corners. Dodgers’ manager Joe Torre would then come out of the Dodgers’ dugout and replace Park with Joe Beimel, after Geoff Jenkins is sent out as a pitch hitter. Jenkins is then replaced by So Taguchi, who would promptly end the inning by flying out to right. The Dodgers would retake the lead in their half of the sixth as Casey Blake would hit a lead-off home run off of Phillies’ reliever Chad Durbin, making it 4-3 Dodgers. Juan Pierre would then follow with a double. Durbin would then walk pinch hitter Matt Kemp, putting two men on base, still with no one out. Phillies’ manager Charlie Manuel would then replace Durbin with Scott Eyre. Furcal would then attempt a sacrifice bunt. Howard would get the ball but would then commit a throwing error, throwing it past Utley, allowing Pierre to score, giving the Dodgers a 5-3 lead, while allowing Kent to go to third and Furcal to move up to second, with still no body out. Ethier would then line out to first for the inning’s first out. Then, on the key turning point of the game, Ramirez is then intentionally walked to load up the bases. After Eyre is replaced on the mound by Ryan Madson, he would help get the Phils out of the inning with no more damage as Martin would hit a line drive that is caught by Utley, who would then quickly tag second base with his glove, beating Furcal back to the bag, for an unassisted double play, leaving the score still 5-3 Dodgers. After turning back the Dodgers in the seventh, the Phillies would go to work on the Dodgers’ bullpen in the eighth, finally scoring some runs. Howard would start the inning off with a single. After Burrell pops up to second for the inning’s first out, Victorino would follow with a two-run bomb to right, scoring Howard, and tying the game up at five all. After Pedro Feliz would line out to left for the inning’s second out, Ruiz would get on base with a single. Torre would then come out and replace Cory Wade, who had given up the two-run shot to Victorino, with Joe Broxton, to face pitch hitter Matt Stairs. Stairs would work the count to 3-1 before he would hit a monster two-run home run of his own to right field, scoring Ruiz, and giving the Phillies a 7-5 lead. Rollins would then walk and steal second with Werth batting, before Werth would end the inning by striking out. In the bottom of the eighth, the Phillies would send out J.C. Romero. After giving up a walk to Furcal, Romero would get Ethier to hit into a 6-4-3 double play, wiping out Furcal at second. Romero would then be replaced with Brad Lidge for a four-out save. It didn’t start out that way as Ramirez would get on base with a double. Martin would then follow with a strike out, which should’ve ended the inning, but didn’t, as it would get away from Ruiz, allowing Martin to reach first base while sending Ramirez over to third, putting runners on the corners. But Lidge would finally get out of the inning by getting Loney to fly out to left. In the ninth, Lidge would pitch an easy 1-2-3 inning, as he would first get pinch hitter Nomar Garciaparra to fly out to center for the first out, get Blake to strike out swinging for the second out and then end the game by getting Jeff Kent to fly out to Feliz for the final out, as he records his fifth save of the post-season.

Joe Blanton would get a no-decision as he would pitch five innings, giving up three earned runs on seven hits and four walks, while striking out four. Chad Durbin would face only three batters, giving up two runs, only one of which was earned, on two hits and a walk. Scott Eyre would pitch a third of an inning, giving up no runs on no hits and a walk. Ryan Madson would get the win as he would pitch an inning and two-thirds, giving up no runs on one hit and a walk, while striking out one. His record in the series is now 1-0 with an ERA of 0.00. J.C. Romero would pitch two-thirds of an inning, giving up no runs on no hits and a walk. Brad Lidge would pitch an inning and a third, giving up no runs on one hit, while striking out two, as he would records his forty-sixth straight save in forty-six tries. Derek Lowe would also get a no-decision as he also goes only five innings, giving up two earned runs on six hits and a walk, while striking out four. Clayton Kershaw would go a third of an inning, giving up an earned run on a hit and a walk. Chan Ho Park would get a blown save as he goes a third of an inning, giving up no runs on a walk and a wild pitch. Joe Beimel would also go a third of an inning, giving up no runs or hits. Hong-Chih Kuo would go an inning plus one batter, giving up an earned run on a hit, while striking out two. Cory Wade would get a blown save and the lost as he pitches two-thirds of an inning, giving up two earned runs on two hits. His record is now 0-1 with a 6.00 ERA. Jonathan Broxton would pitch an inning and a third, giving up an earned run on two hits and a walk, while striking out one.

The victory places the Phillies just one game away from getting into the World Series, as the offense is finally able to torch the Dodgers’ bullpen, getting five runs off of it thanks to a wild pitch and two two-run home runs. The bats would end up getting twelve hits over all, with all of the regulars getting at least one hit, with Chase Utley being the team leader, as he went three for five, knocking in a run on a double and two singles. Next was Carlos Ruiz, who went two for three, with two singles and a walk, scoring a run. Meanwhile, Joe Blanton would pitch five good innings, getting out of trouble constantly before finally being taken out for a pinch hitter. Although giving up two runs, the Phillies’ bullpen would hold firm for four innings, helped along by two double plays with Utley’s unassisted gem in the seventh being the more important of the two as it would get the Phillies out of a bases-loaded, one out jam. The Phillies now need just one more win to get into the World Series, with three chances within which to do it.

Game Five of the National League Championship Series will be played tomorrow night. It will be played in Dodgers Stadium and will begin at 8:22 pm Eastern (5:22 pm Pacific). The Phillies’ starter will be their ace Cole Hamels (1-0, 2.57), who is coming off a good start against the Dodgers in game one of the NLCS on October 9, where he would go six innings, giving up only two earned runs on six hits and two walks, while striking out eight, in the Phillies’ 3-2 win. He will be trying to pitch the Phillies into their first World Series appearance since 1993 with a victory. The Dodgers will counter with Chad Billingsley (0-1, 27.00), who is coming off a very awful start in game two of the NLCS against the Phillies on October 10, as he would last only two and one third innings, giving up eight runs, only seven of which were earned, on eight hits and three walks, while striking out five, in the Dodgers’ 8-5 lost. He will be trying to pitch a better game tomorrow night while trying to keep the Dodgers in the playoff.

Phillies gain ground in the East and in the Wild Card Race as they defeated the Brewers, 6-3.

The Phillies, behind the pitching of Jamie Moyer and the bullpen, would gain ground on both the Mets in the East and the Brewers in the Wild Card chase as they defeated the slumping Brew Crew, 6-3. The Phillies would take a quick 2-0 lead in the bottom of the first as Ryan Howard hit a monster 2-run shot into center field, his forty-third home run of the year, scoring Jimmy Rollins, who has earlier singled, and has moved to second on Jayson Werth’s ground out, third to first. The Brewers would cut the Phils’ lead in the third inning as, with two outs, J.J. Hardy hit a solo home run, his twenty-fourth home run of the year, to make it 2-1 Phillies. The Phillies would increase their lead in the fourth, as, with a runner on first and no one out, Howard would hit a RBI double, scoring Chase Utley, who has earlier singled, to give the Phillies a 3-1 lead. Three batters later, with a runner on third, and two out, Pedro Feliz would hit a RBI double, knocking in Howard, who has gone to third on Shane Victorino’s ground out to first for the inning’s second out, making it 4-1 Phillies. The Brewers would shorten the Phillies’ lead again in the sixth as, with a man on third and two outs, a slumping Prince Fielder would hit a two-run home run, scoring Rickie Weeks, who has earlier doubled and has gone to third on Ryan Braun’s deep fly out to center field, to make it a 4-3 Phillies’ lead. The Phils would get a run back in their half of the sixth, as, with a runner on first and one man out, Carlos Ruiz would hit a RBI double, scoring Feliz, who has earlier singled, to give the Phillies a 5-3 lead. The Brew Crew tried to get close in the eighth. With Ryan Madson still pitching in relief of Phils’ starter Jamie Moyer, Weeks would start the inning off with a single. Madson would then get the next two batters, Hardy and Braun, to strike out swinging. Charlie Manuel would then take out Madson and bring in Scott Eyre to face the still dangerous Fielder, since Eyre has his number career-wise. But, on this occassion, Fielder woule be able to work a walk, putting two men on base with the go ahead run coming up to the plate in Corey Hart. Manuel would come back out and replace Eyre with Chad Durbin. Durbin would then, with one pitch, end the inning as Hart hit sharply to Rollins, who would throw over to Utley to force out Fielder at second for the third out. In the Phillies’ eighth, they would tack on one more run as Ruiz would use a sacrifice squeeze to force in Victorino, who has reached base on a single, went to second on relief pitcher Carlos Villanueva’s throwing error on a pickoff attempt, and has gone to third on Feliz’s sacrifice bunt, giving the Phillies a 6-3 lead. That would turn out to be the ballgame as Brad Lidge would come out and shut the door on the Brewers with a 1-2-3 ninth, as he records his thirty-sixth save in as many tries.

Jamie Moyer would get the win, as he pitched five and two-thirds innings, giving up only three earned runs on four hits. His record is now 14-7, the team’s leader in wins, with a 3.68 ERA. Ryan Madson pitched two scoreless innings, giving up only two hits while striking out two. Scott Eyre would face only one batter, walking him. Chad Durbin would pitch a third of an inning, facing only one batter and retiring him on a force out. Brad Lidge would pitch a 1-2-3 ninth, giving up no hits as he striked out one batter. Ben Sheets would get the lost as he pitches six innings, giving up five earned runs on nine hits. His record is now 13-8 with a 2.97 ERA. Carlos Villanueva would pitch two innings in relief, giving up an unearned run on one hit, while striking out three.

The Phillies’ offense, for once, refused to just score runs early and then just quit, as they would score their final run of the game on a suicide squeeze, a play that they would normally not use. Maybe they have finally decided to do everything that they can to manufacture runs if they can’t normally do so with the bat? I guess we’ll see during their last fifteen games. Jamie Moyer, with three games rest, wasn’t perfect, but he was good enough to keep the slumping, but still very dangerous, bats of the Brew Crew silent during his five and two-thirds innings of work, giving up only four hits, although all four would be for extra-bases (2B (2), HR (2)). The Phillies’ bullpen would then come on to keep the Brewers quiet for the rest of the game, although just barely getting out of the now seemingly dangerous eighth inning by the skin of their teeth.

The Phillies (80-67) continue their four games series with the Brewers (83-64, 2nd National League Central, 1st NL Wild Card) with a night game tonight. It will be played at Citizens Bank Park and will begin at 7:05 pm Eastern. The Phillies’ starter will be their ace Cole Hamels (12-9, 3.12), who is coming off a disastrous start against the Mets on September 7, where he only went five innings, giving up four earned runs on nine hits, in the Phils’ 6-3 lost. Lifetime against the Brew Crew, he is 1-1 with a 4.76 ERA in four starts. He will be trying once again for his thirteenth win, while trying to see if he can keep the slumping Brewers’ bats quiet and put the Brewers into panic mode with a win against them. The Brewers will counter with Manny Parra (10-7, 4.03), who is coming off a lost against the Padres on September 7, as he goes five innings, giving up six runs, only one of which was earned, on six hits, in the Brewers’ 10-1 lost. He will be trying to see if he can stop the Brewers present slide while trying to stop the Phillies from getting any closer them in the wild card race.

With the victory, the Philles are now three games behind the Mets, as the Mets prepare to face the Braves for a three games weekend series. The Phillies are ahead of the Marlins by five and a half games as the fish prepare to meet the Nationals for three games. In the wild card chase, the Phillies trail the Brewers by three games as they continue their series, while they are still tied with the Astros for second place in the wild card as they’d defeated the Pirates, before they go to wait out Hurricane Ivan for the next two days before facing the Cubs on the 14th, while they are both ahead of the Cardinals by a game and a half after losing to the Cubs before they begin a series against the Pirates this weekend. The Phillies hope to be able to gain ground in both the East and in the wild card race.

Brett Myers stayed in one inning too long as the Phillies lose again to the Marlins, 7-3.

Brett Myers talked himself into pitching the eighth inning, and this time he was unable to get through the danger zone inning as the Phillies lose another game to the pesky Marlins, 7-3. The Phillies would take the lead in the second inning as Ryan Howard lead-off the inning hitting a solo home run, his forty-second home run of the year, giving the Phillies a quick 1-0 lead. The Marlins would take the lead in the third, as, with a man on first and one out, Luis Gonzalez would hit a two-run home run, knocking in Hanley Ramirez, who has earlier walked, to give the Marlins a 2-1 lead. The Marlins would add to their lead in the fourth, as, with a runner on third and two outs, Marlins’ starter Ricky Nolasco would help his own cause by hitting a RBI single, scoring Dallas McPherson, who has earlier doubled, and has gone to third on Alfredo Amezaga’s ground out to first for the inning’s second out, to make it 3-1 Marlins. The Phillies would come back in the fifth, as, with a runner on first and no one out, Chris Coste would hit a RBI double, scoring Greg Dobbs, who has earlier singled, to cut the Marlins’ lead to 3-2. Two outs later, Coste, after being moved to third by a Brett Myers’ sacrifice bunt, would score on a Jayson Werth single, tying the ballgame. Neither team would score in both the sixth and seventh innings, as Nolasco and Myers would take control of the game. Myers, although having already thrown 104 pitches by the start of the eighth inning, would talk Charlie Manuel into letting him start the inning. Manuel would give him the ball, obviously hoping that he could get the team through the presently nightmarish inning. Sadly, it was not to be as Gonzalez would start the inning off with a single. After Brett Carroll would come in to pitch run for Gonzalez, Myers would proceed to strike out Dan Uggla for the first out of the inning. Mike Jacobs would then follow with a single, sending Carroll to third. As the Marlins sent out Robert Andino to pinch run for Jacobs, Manuel would come out and replace Myers with Chad Durbin to try and put out the fire. Sadly, that didn’t work as Durbin would give up a ground rule double to Josh Willingham, scoring Carroll, making it a 4-3 Marlins’ lead, while sending Andino to third, because of fan’s interference with the ball, that didn’t seem to have occurred according to instant replay. Durbin would then intentionally walk McPherson to load the bases. That move would work as the next batter, Paul Lo Duca, would hit into a 5-4-3 double play, ending the inning. After the Phillies go 1-2-3 in their half of the eighth, the Marlins would break the game wide open in the ninth. Amezaga would start the inning off with a single. After Matt Treanor moves Amezaga to second with a sacrifice bunt for the inning’s first out, Durbin would intentionally walk Ramirez. After Durbin is replaced by J.C. Romero, he would get pinch hitter Cody Ross to fly out for the second out of the inning. But Romero would be unable to get out of the inning as Uggla would follow with a RBI double, scoring both Amezaga and Ramirez, giving the Marlins a 6-3 lead. Romero is then replaced by Clay Condrey. Wes Helm would greet Condrey with a single, scoring Uggla, making it a 7-3 Marlins’ lead. Condrey would finally end the disaster by getting Willingham to line out to left. Matt Lindstrom would then come in the pitch an easy 1-2-3 bottom of the ninth to end the game.

Brett Myers took the hard lost as he goes seven and a third innings, giving up four earned runs on eight hits, while striking out nine. His record is now 9-11 with a 4.22 ERA. Chad Durbin would pitch an inning of relief, giving up two earned runs on two hits. J.C. Romero would pitch a third of an inning, giving up an earned run on one hit. Clay Condrey would also pitch a third of an inning, giving up only a hit. Ricky Nolasco would get the win as he pitches seven and two-thirds innings, giving up three earned runs on seven hits, while striking out eight. His record is now 14-7 with a 3.56 ERA. Arthur Rhodes would pitch a third of an inning, giving up no runs or hits. Matt Lindstrom would pitch a 1-2-3 ninth.

Brett Myers gave it a good try, but he would simply run out of gas thanks to a high pitch count, while the offense would decide to quit hitting after tying up the game in the fifth inning,  getting only one man on base, on a walk to Pat Burrell in the sixth, after Jayson Werth’s RBI single. Myers might not have been sent out to pitch the eighth if the Phillies’ bullpen has been doing well, but of late it has been having a hard time getting through the eight inning. Charlie Manuel’s decision to let Myers go back up out, even with his high count, could have been a good move if Myers had gotten through the inning quickly. Sadly, he would throw thirteen pitches to the three men that he would face in the inning, getting out only one of them. And, of the two that would get on, one would eventually score the game winning run. Meanwhile, the Phillies’ offense went back to it old trick of stopping everything after a certain point, in this case after they have scored the tying run. You folks already know what I think about the offense, so I won’t say much more about it other than this: AAAAAAAHHHHHHHHH!!!!! Somebody please wake me up from this recurring nightmare!!!!!

The Phillies (79-67) will now start an important four games series with the Brewers (83-63, 2nd National League Central, 1st N.L. Wild Card). The first games of the series will be played at Citizens Bank Park and will begin at 7:05 pm Eastern. The Phillies’ starter will be Jamie Moyer (13-7,  3.64), who is coming off a victory against the Mets on September 7, where he threw seven innings of shut out ball, giving up only two hits, in the Phillies’ 6-2 win. Moyer is coming off of just three days rest, something he hasn’t done in over two seasons with the Phillies, as the Phils hope that he will give them another quality start while putting them back on the winning track. The Brewers will start Ben Sheets (13-7, 2.82), who is coming off a victory against the Padres on September 6, as he pitched a complete game shut out, giving up only five hits, in the Brewers’ 1-0 win. He will be trying for his fourteenth win of the year while trying to put a nail into the coffin of the Phils’ chances to reach the playoffs.

The Phillies are now trailing the Mets by three and a half games in the East as they defeated the Nationals last night. The Mets have the day off today. The Marlins now trail the Phillies by five games as they also take the day off. In the wild card chase, the Phillies trail the Brewers by four games, as the two teams face off at Citizens Bank Park, while they are tied with the Astros for second place in the wild card race as the Astros defeated the Pirates yesterday, who they will be facing tonight, while the two teams are a half-game ahead of the Cardinals who lost to the Cubs last night, who they will be facing tonight. The Phillies will be doing whatever they can to get back into the Eastern Division pennant race, as well as putting as much pressure as they can on the Brew Crew in the wild card chase with sixteen games left in the season.

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