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The bullpen once again let the Phils down as they lose to the Reds, 5-4.

The Phils’ bullpen is once again unable to hold down the opposition in the late innings, as the Phils drop one to the Reds, 5-4.

The Phils took the lead in the first as, with runners on the corners, and with one man out, Ryan Howard hits an RBI single, knocking in Jimmy Rollins, who had started the inning off by reaching first base on second baseman Brandon Phillips’ fielding error, then stopping at third base on Chase Utley’s single, giving the Phils a 1-0 lead, while sending Utley, who had just singled, over to third base. The Reds would tied the game up at one-all in the seventh as, with two men on, and with nobody out, Ryan Hanigan hits an RBI single, scoring Scott Rolen, who had started the inning off with a double, while sending Todd Frazier, who had just walked, up to second base, before he moved on to third base on Howard’s missed catch error, while Hanigan would move up to second base. Two batters later, with one man out, the Reds took the lead as Zack Cozart hits a sacrifice fly, scoring Frazier, giving the Reds a 2-1 lead. The Reds then took a 3-1 lead as Drew Stubbs hits an RBI single, knocking in Hanigan. The Phils tied the game up at three-all in their half of the seventh as, with the bases loaded, via a single by Kevin Frandsen, a double by Erik Kratz, sending Frandsen up to third base, and a walk to pinch hitter Ty Wigginton, and with one man out, Rollins hits a two-run double, knocking in Frandsen and Kratz, and sending Wigginton up to third base. The Phils then tried to retake the lead as Juan Pierre attempted a suicide squeeze bunt up the first base line, which is quickly scooped up by pitcher Sean Marshall, who then threw home to force out Wigginton for a fielder’s choice out, 1-2, as catcher Hanigan applied the tag, for the inning’s second out, as Rollins moved up to third base, and Pierre was safe at first. The Red retook the lead in the eighth as, with two men out, Frazier hits a solo home run, his eighteenth home run of the season, giving the Reds a 4-3 lead. The Phils retied the game at four-all in their half of the eighth as, with one man on, and with two men out, Frandsen hits an RBI triple, knocking in Dom Brown, who had just singled. The Reds regain the lead in the ninth as Cozart hits a lead-off home run, his fourteenth home run of the season, giving the Reds a 5-4 lead. That would end up being the final score as Aroldis Chapman collected his thirtieth save of the year as he threw a scoreless ninth, striking out Utley, swinging, for the game’s final out, with the tying run on third base.

Cliff Lee received a no-decision as he pitched six and two-thirds innings, giving up three runs, only two of which were earned, on nine hits and a walk, while striking out nine. B.J. Rosenberg pitched a third of an inning, striking out a batter. Antonio Bastardo pitched an inning, giving up a run on a hit and a walk, while striking out two. Jonathan Papelbon (3-5, 2.86) took the lost as he pitched an inning, giving up a run on a hit, while striking out one. Homer Bailey also received a no-decision as he went six and a third innings, giving up three runs, two of which were earned, on seven hits, while he struck out six. Sean Marshall blew his fourth save attempt of the year as he pitched two-thirds of an inning, giving up a hit and a walk. Jonathan Broxton blew his sixth save attempt of the season before getting the win (3-3, 3.02) as he pitched an inning, giving up a run on two hits and a walk. Aroldis Chapman received his thirtieth save of the year as he pitched a scoreless inning, giving up a hit, while striking out two.

The Phils had eleven hits in the game, with Kevin Frandsen (2 Singles, Triple, RBI) leading the team with three hits, followed by Jimmy Rollins (Single, Double, 2 RBIs) and Chase Utley (Singles) with two hits apiece. Ryan Howard (Single, RBI), Dom Brown (Single), Erik Kratz (Double) and pinch hitter Placido Polanco (Single) had the other four Phils’ hits. The Phils also had two walks and two stolen bases (Rollins (21 & 22)) in the game.

The Phils (57-66, T-3rd East) continue their series with the Reds (75-49, 1st Central) with a night game tonight. The game will be played at Citizens Bank Park, and is to start at 7:05 pm. The Phils will send to the mound Vance Worley (6-8, 4.11), who is coming off a lost to the Brewers on August 17, as he pitched just four and two-thirds innings, giving up four runs on seven hits and three walks, while striking out three, in the Phils’ 6-2 lost. Worley will be trying to get back to his winning form. The Reds will counter with Bronson Arroyo (9-7. 3.96), who will be coming off a win against the Cubs on August 17, as he went six and a third innings, giving up three runs on nine hits and three walks, while striking out three, in the Reds’ 7-3 win. He will be gunning for his tenth win of the season. The Phils will be trying to win their fourth game in five days.

The Phils’ bats come out to support Roy Halladay as they beat the first-place Reds, 12-5.

The Phils’ offense refuse to let up as they defeated the Reds, 12-5.

The Reds took the lead in the first as, with the bases loaded, via singles by Zack Cozart, Chris Heisey and Brandon Phillips, and with noone out, Jay Bruce hits an RBI double, knocking in Cozart, giving the Reds a 1-0 lead, before Heisey is thrown out at the plate on a good throw by second baseman Chase Utley, after first catching right fielder’s Dom Brown throw into the infield, with Erik Kratz applying the tag, for the inning’s first out, while Phillips stops at third base. The Red then made it a 2-0 lead as Scott Rolen hits an RBI ground out, 5-3, scoring Phillips. The Phils got a run back in their half of the first as, with one man on, and with two men out, Ryan Howard hits an RBI single, knocking in Juan Pierre, who had earlier doubled, then stole third base, cutting the Reds’ lead down to 2-1. The Phils tied the game up at two-all in the third as, with two men out, Howard hits a solo home run, his eighth home run of the season. The Phils took the lead in the fourth as, with two men out, Kratz hits a solo home run, his seventh home run of the year, giving the Phils a 3-2 lead. The Reds tied the game up at three-all in the fifth as, with a runner on third and with two men out, Heisey hits an RBI double, scoring Devin Mesoraco, who had started the inning off with a double, then moved up to third base on Mike Leake’s sacrifice bunt, 5-4. Two batters later, after Heisey moved up to third base on Phillips’ single, the Reds retook the lead as Bruce hits an RBI single, knocking in Heisey, giving the Reds a 4-3 lead, while sending Philips on to third base. The Reds then took a 5-3 lead as, with Rolen batting, Bruce got picked off first base, and was soon caught in a run down, 2-3-4-3-6, before finally being tagged out by shortstop Jimmy Rollins, caught stealing, but not before Philips scored from third base. The Phils got a run back in their half of the fifth as, with one man on, and with one man out, Utley hits an RBI double, knocking in Pierre, who had earlier singled, making it a 5-4 Reds’ lead. Two batters later, after Howard is intentionally walked, the Phils tied up the ballgame at five-all as John Mayberry, Jr. hits an RBI single, knocking in Utley, while sending Howard on to third base. The Phils then took the lead for good as Brown followed with an RBI double, knocking in both Howard and Mayberry, giving the Phils a 7-5 lead. The Phils then added to their lead in the sixth as, with a man on third, and with nobody out, Utley hits a sacrifice fly, scoring Rollins, who had earlier doubled, then went to third base on Pierre’s sacrifice bunt, on which Pierre would reach first safely, giving the Phils an 8-5 lead. The Phils then took a 10-5 lead two batters later as Mayberry hits a two-run home run, his eleventh home run of the year, knocking in Pierre, who had earlier stole second base. The Phils then made it an 11-5 lead in the seventh as, with runners on the corners, and with two men out, Pierre hits an RBI single, scoring Placido Polanco, who had started the inning off with a walk, moved up to second base when Kratz was hit by a pitch, then went to third base when Rollins hits into a force out, 5-4, as Kratz is wiped out st second base for the inning’s second out, while Rollins, who was safe at first on the force out, would stop at second base. The Phils then took a 12-5 lead in the eighth as, with the bases loaded, via a single by Mayberry, a walk by Brown, moving Mayberry up to second base, and a single by Polanco, and with one man out, Kratz hits a sacrifice fly, scoring Mayberry, while sending Brown on to third base. That would be the final score as Josh Lindblom pitched a scoreless ninth.

Roy Halladay (7-7, 3.95) gets the win as he pitched seven innings, giving up five runs on ten hits and a walk, while striking out just three Reds. B.J. Rosenberg, Antonio Bastardo and Josh Lindblom combined for two scoreless innings, giving up two hits (Rosenberg (1), Bastardo (1)) and a walk (Lindblom) between them, while striking out three (Bastardo (2), Lindblom (1)). Mike Leake (5-8, 4.50) took the lost as he went four and a third innings, giving up seven runs on ten hits and a walk, while striking out four. Sam LeCure pitched two-thirds of an inning, plus two batters, as he gave up two runs on a hit and a walk. Jose Arredondo pitched an inning, giving up a run on a hit, while striking out two. Logan Ondrusek pitched two innings, giving up two runs on three hits, two walks and a hit batter, while striking out two.

The Phils collected fifteen hits in the ballgame, with Juan Pierre (2 Singles, Double, RBI) and John Mayberry, Jr. (2 Singles, Home Run, 3 RBIs) both leading the ballclub with three hits apiece, followed by Ryan Howard (Single, Home Run, 2 RBIs), Placido Polanco (Singles) and Erik Kratz (Single, Home Run, 2 RBIs) with two hits each. Jimmy Rollins (Double), Chase Utley (Double, 2 RBIs) and Dom Brown (Double, 2 RBIs) had the other three Phils’ hits. The Phils also had four walks, a hit batter (Kratz) and two stolen bases (Pierre (30 & 31)) in the game.

The Phils (57-65, T-3rd East) will continue their series with the Reds (74-49, 1st Central) with a game tonight. The game will be played at Citizens Bank Park and is to start at 7:05 pm EDT. The Phils will send to the mound Cliff Lee (2-7, 3.83), who is coming off a no-decision against the Brewers on August 16, when he went seven and two-thirds innings, giving up three runs on five hits, as he struck out twelve, in the Phils’ 7-4 lost. He will be once again trying for his first win at home since last September. The Reds will counter with Homer Bailey (10-8, 4.16), as he is coming off a lost to the Mets on August 16, as he threw five and two-thirds innings, giving up four runs on eight hits and three walks, while striking out six, in the Reds’ 8-4 lost. He will be trying to even up the series. The Phils will be trying to record their fourth straight win.

A long night finally ends with a walk-off sac fly with the bases loaded, as the Phils defeat the Reds in 19 innings, 5-4.

A sacrifice fly by Raul Ibanez in the bottom of the 19th inning, give the Phils a walk-off win as they defeat the Reds in a 19 innings marathon, 5-4, as Wilson Valdez becomes the first position player to win a game since 2000.

The Phils took a quick 2-0 lead in the first as Ben Francisco hits a two-run home run, his sixth home run of the season, scoring Jimmy Rollins, who had earlier singled. The Phils then made it a 3-o lead in the second as, with a runner on second, and with nobody out, John Mayberry, Jr. hits an RBI single, scoring Carlos Ruiz, who had earlier doubled. The Reds got a run back in the fifth as, with one man on, and with one man out, Joey Votto hits an RBI single, knocking in Drew Stubbs, who had earlier singled, then stole second base, cutting the Phils’ lead to 3-1. The Phils tried to make it a 4-1 lead in the sixth as Raul Ibanez led-off the inning with a triple, just missing a home run as it hit the top of the fence. But, he would be left stranded there as Reds’ starter Travis Wood got Ruiz to pop out to Votto in foul territory for the first out, then struck out Mayberry, looking, for the inning’s second out. After Wilson Valdez is intentionally walked to put runners on the corners, Wood gets out of the inning by getting Roy Halladay to ground out, 5-3. That would come back to haunt the Phils, as the Reds would tie the ballgame up at three-all in the seventh as, with the bases loaded, via singles by pinch hitter Miguel Cairo and Stubbs, with Cairo stopping at second base, a sacrifice bunt by Brandon Phillips, sending Cairo to third and Stubbs to second base, and an intentional walk to Votto, and with two men out, Jay Bruce hits a two-run single, scoring Cairo and Stubbs, and sending Votto to second base. The Phils tried to win it in the ninth as they loaded the bases, via a single by Mayberry, who is then moved over to second base by a sac bunt by Valdez, 1-4, an intentional walk by pinch hitter Chase Utley, both runners then moving up a base on a Nick Masset wild pitch, and an intentional walk to Rollins, but would be denied as Masset would get pinch hitter Dom Brown to pop out to the catcher in foul territory for the inning’s second out and then get Placido Polanco to hit into a force out, 6-4, wiping out Rollins at second base, to end the inning, sending the game into extra-innings.  The Reds then took a 4-3 lead in the top of the tenth as Bruce hits a lead-off home run, his thirteenth home run of the season. The Phils then tied it up at four-all in their half of the tenth as Ryan Howard hits a lead-off home run, his eleventh home run of the season. The Reds tried to retake the lead in the eleventh as they loaded the bases via Phillips being hit by the pitch, Votto walking, sending Phillips to second base, where he is picked off by J.C. Romero, for the inning’s second out, before Scott Rolen is walked, sending Votto up to second base, and then a walk to Bruce, before David Herndon ended the inning by getting Ramon Hernandez to ground out, 1-3. The score would stay that way until the nineteenth inning, when, as the Phils used up their last position player, Dane Sardinha, as a pinch hitter in the bottom of the eighteenth, they had to reorganize their defense, as they put Sardinha behind the plate, placed Ruiz at third, and moved Polanco over to second base, before sending Valdez to the mound. Valdez started his first inning as a pitcher off by getting Votto to fly out to center for the first out. After hitting Rolen, he then got Bruce to fly out to center, before finally ending the inning by getting Carlos Fisher to pop out to Polanco.  The Phils then began their half of the nineteenth with Rollins getting on base with a single. Brown followed with a walk, moving Rollins up to second base. Polanco then followed with a well executed sac bunt, sending Rollins to third, and Brown up to second base. Howard is then given an intentional walk to load up the base with only one out, bringing Ibanez to the plate. With both the Reds infield and outfield drawn in, Ibanez hits a long fly ball to center field which was caught for a sacrifice fly by Stubbs, allowing Rollins to score with the winning run, giving the Phils a 5-4, extra-innings, walk-off win.

Roy Halladay received a no-decision as he pitched seven innings, giving up three runs on eleven hits and a walk, while striking out six. Michael Stutes pitched a scoreless inning, as he gave up a hit, while striking out three. Ryan Madison pitched a 1-2-3 inning, striking out a batter. Antonio Bastardo pitched two-thirds of an inning, giving up a run on two hits, while striking out a batter. Kyle Kendrick pitched two-thirds of an inning, hitting a batter, while striking out two. J.C. Romero pitched a third of an inning, walking three batters.  David Herndon pitched two and a third scoreless innings, before being sent back to Lehigh Valley to make room for the just activated Jose Contreras. Danys Beaz pitched five scoreless innings, giving up a hit and a walk, while striking out three. Wilson Valdez (1-0, 0.00) gets the win as he pitched a scoreless inning, hitting a batter. Travis Wood also received a no-decision, as he went six innings, giving up three runs on six hits and three walks, while striking out two. Jose Arredondo, Bill Bray and Nick Masset combine for three scoreless innings, giving up a hit (Masset) and two walks (Masset), while striking out one (Bray) between them. Francisco Cordero blew his second save opportunity of the year as he pitched two innings, giving up a run on two hits, while striking out two. Logan Ondrusek pitched two 1-2-3 innings, striking out two. Carlos Fisher (0-1, 0.87) took the lost as he piched five and two-thirds innings, giving up a run on four hits and three walks, while striking out four.

The Phils had thirteen hits in the game, with Wilson Valdez leading the team with three hits, two singles and a double. Jimmy Rollins (Singles), Ryan Howard (Single, Home Run, RBI), John Mayberry, Jr. (Singles, RBI) all followed with two hits each. Ben Francisco (Home Run, 2 RBIs), Placido Polanco (Single), Raul Ibanez (Triple, RBI) and Carlos Ruiz (Double), had the other four Phils’ hits during a rather long game.

The Phils (30-19, 1st East) are presently concluding their four-game series with the Reds (26-24, 3rd Central), with a game in progress.

Ryan Madson bad ninth inning leads to a Phils’ lost as they drop one to the Reds, 6-3.

Ryan Madson allows three Reds’ runs to score in the top of the ninth of a tied game as the Phils lose to the Reds, 6-3.

The Reds took the lead in the first as, with a runner on second, and with two men out, Scott Rolen hits an RBI single, knocking in Joey Votto, who had just doubled, giving the Reds a 1-0 lead. The Phils tied the game up at one-all in the second as, with a runner on second, and with nobody out, Raul Ibanez hits an RBI double, knocking in Ryan Howard, who had earlier doubled. Two batters later, with a runner on third, as Carlos Ruiz moved Ibanez to third on a 3-unassisted ground out, and with one man out, Dom Brown hits a sacrifice fly, scoing Ibanez, giving the Phils a 2-1 lead. The Phils tried to make it a 3-1 lead in the third as, with Jimmy Rollins on second base, after hitting a double, and with one man out, he tried to score on a single to center by Chase Utley, Utley’s first hit of the season, but he was gunned down down at the plate by center fielder Drew Stubbs, 8-2, for the second out of the inning, while Utley moved up to second base on the throw. The Phils then finally made it a 3-1 lead in the fourth as, with one man on, and with one man out, Ruiz hits an RBI double, knocking in Ibanez, who had earlier singled. The Reds then tied the game up at three-all in the fifth as, with runners on second and third, and with nobody out, Brandon Phillips hits a two-run bloop single, scoring Jonny Cueto, who had earlier walked, then stopped at third on Stubbs’ ground-rule double, and Stubbs, who had just hit a ground-rule double. The Reds then took the lead in the ninth as, with the bases loaded, via a bunt single by Stubbs, who then reached second on Ryan Madson’s throwing error to first, an intentional walk to Votto and then an infield single by Rolen, as he beat Placido Polanco’s throw to first, while Stubbs moved up to third base, and Votto reached second, and with two man out, Jay Bruce hits a bases clearing double, scoring Stubbs, Votto and Rolen, giving the Reds a 6-3 lead. That would end up being the final score as Francisco Cordero recorded his ninth save of the season with a 1-2-3 ninth.

Vance Worley received a no-decision as he went five innings, giving up three runs on six hits and four walks, while striking out three. David Herndon, Michael Stutes and Antonio Bastardo combined for three scoreless innings, giving up a hit (Stutes), while striking out three (one batter each) between them. Ryan Madson (2-1, 1.80) took the lost as he pitched an inning, giving up three runs on three hits and a walk. Johnny Cueto also received a no-decision as he went six innings, giving up three runs on seven hits and two walks, while striking out one. Bill Bray pitched one and two-thirds scoreless innings, giving up a hit. Logan Ondrusek (3-2, 2.08) gets the win as he pitched one-third of an inning, walking a batter. Francisco Cordero received his ninth save of the year as he pitched a 1-2-3 ninth.

The Phils had eight hits in the game, with Raul Ibanez leading the team with three hits, two singles and a double, knocking in a run, as he raised his batting average to .252. Carlos Ruiz followed with two hits, a single and a double, as he knocked in a run, lifting his average to .256. Jimmy Rollins (Double), Ryan Howard (Double) and Chase Utley (Single) had the other three Phils’ hits. Dom Brown knocked in the third Phils’ run with a sac fly. The offense, after starting out fine, and missing an opportunity to score a fourth run because of Rollins being thrown out at the plate, seems to have stopped hitting after the fourth inning, thus allowing the Reds to win it in the ninth.

The Phils (29-19, 1st East) will continue their series with the Reds (26-23, T-2 Central) with a night game tonight. The game will be played at Citizens Bank Park and will start at 7:05 pm EDT. The Phils will send to the mound their ace Roy Halladay (6-3, 2.21), who is coming of a win against the Rangers on May 20, as he went eight innings, giving up two runs on six hits and a walk, while he struck out seven, in the Phils’ 3-2 win. He will be going for his seventh win of the season. The Reds will try to counter with Travis Wood (3-3, 5.17) as he is coming off a no-decision against the Indians on May 20, as he pitched five and a third innings, giving up four runs on three hits and two walks, while striking out three, in the Reds’ 5-4 lost. He will be trying to give the Phils some fits. The Phils will be going out to give their ace some runs support to give him his seventh win of the season.

The Phils welcome Chase Utley’s return with a 10-run outburst as they routed the Reds, 10-3.

The Phils welcome Chase Utley’s return to the starting line-up with a ten-run offensive outburst, as they crush the Reds, 10-3.

The Phils took a quick 2-o lead in the first as, with one man on, and with one man out, Placido Polanco hits a two-run home run, his third home run of the season, knocking in Jimmy Rollins, who had earlier singled.  The Phils then busted the game wide open in the third. With two men on, and with one man out, Raul Ibanez gave the Phils a 3-0 lead with an RBI single, scoring Polanco, who had earlier singled, then stopped at second base on Ryan Howard’s single, while sending Howard, who had just singled, up to second base.  Three batters later, with the bases now loaded, via a walk to Carlos Ruiz, moving Howard to third base, and Ibanez up to second base, and now with two men out, the Phils took a 5-0 lead as John Mayberry, Jr., hits a two-run single, knocking in both Howard and Ibanez, while sending Ruiz up to third. The Phils then took a 6-0 lead as Cole Hamels hits an RBI single, knocking in Ruiz, while sending Mayberry up to second base. The Phils then took a 9-0 lead as Rollins hits a three-run home run, his third home run of the year, scoring both Mayberry and Hamels. The Reds then made it a 9-3 Phils’ lead in the fourth as, with two men on, and with one man out, Jay Bruce hits a three-run home run, his twelfth home run of the season, knocking in Brandon Phillips, who had earlier singled, then stopped at second base on Scott Rolen’s single, and Rolen, who had just singled. The Phils then made it a 10-3 lead in their half of the fourth as, with two men out, Ibanez hits a solo home run, his fifth home run of the year. That would be the final score, as Hamels, and the trio of Michael Stutes, Antonio Bastardo and Danys Baez, would shut the Reds down for the final five innings, with the three relievers throwing three 1-2-3 innings.

Cole Hamels (6-2, 3.06) got the win as he pitched six innings, giving up three runs on five hits and two walks, while striking out four. Michael Stutes, Antonio Bastardo and Danys Baez would combine for three 1-2-3 innings,  striking out three (Stutes (2), Baez (1)) between them. Bronson Arroyo (3-5, 5.28) took the lost as he lasted only two and two-thirds innings, giving up nine runs on ten hits and a walk, while striking out two. Matt Maloney pitched three and a third innings, giving up a run on three hits and a walk, while striking out two. Jose Arredondo pitched a scoreless inning, giving up a hit, while striking out a batter.  Logan Ondrusek pitched a 1-2-3 inning, striking out a Phil.

The Phils exploded for fourteen hits, with Carlos Ruiz leading the team with three hits, two singles and a double, as he raised his batting average to .241. Jimmy Rollins (Single, Home Run, 3 RBIs), Placido Polanco (Single, Home Run, 2 RBIs), Ryan Howard (Single, Double) and Raul Ibanez (Single, Home Run, 2 RBIs) followed with two hits each. Domonic Brown (Double), John Mayberry, Jr. (Single, 2 RBIs) and Cole Hamels (Single, RBI) had the other three Phils’ hits. All of the starters, except for a returning Chase Utley, who went 0 for 5, had a hit in the ballgame, as the offense resurfaced. Hopefully, this is the start of some good things, and not a tease.

The Phils (29-18, 1st East) will continue their series with the Reds (25-23, 2nd Central) with a ballgame 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 Vance Worley (2-0, 1.13), who has been called back up from Lehigh Valley to take the injured Joe Blanton’s spot in the rotation. He last pitched on May 13, in a relief appearence against the Braves, as he pitched an inning, giving up just a hit, while striking out one, in the Phils’ 5-4 come from behind win. He will be trying to continue his success as a starter in the majors. The Reds will counter with Johnny Cueto (2-1, 1.45), who is coming off a lost against the Pirates on May 19, as he went five innings, giving up three runs on five hits and three walks, while striking out five, in the Reds’ 5-3 lost. He will be trying to stop the Phils’ offense. The Phils will be trying for their fifth win on the home stand, while hoping that the bats are truly back, and what happen last night was not a mirage.

2010 National League Divisional Series, Game # 3: Sweep Revenge. The Phils sweep the Reds behind Cole Hamels.

The Phils got revenge for their 1976 lost to the Big Red Machine as they sweep the Reds behind the five-hit complete game pitching of Cole Hamels, as they defeat the Reds 2-0. They will now have to await the outcome of the Braves-Giants series to see who their opponent will be in the League Championship series.

The Phils took a 1-0 in the first as, with runners on the corners, and with two men out, Placido Polanco, who had earlier singled, then went to third on Ryan Howard’s single, scored on Reds’ shortstop Orlando Cabrera’s throwing error of Jayson Werth’s grounder, while Howard, who had just singled, would move up to third on the play. The Phils increased their lead to 2-0 in the fifth as, with two men out, Chase Utley hits a solo home run, his first home run of the post-season, a homer that was later upheld by the umpires after Reds’ manager Dusty Baker had asked for it to be reviewed for possible fan interference. That would be all of the offense that Phils’ starter Cole Hamels would need as he proceeded to pitch a complete game five-hit shut out, giving up a lead-off single to Drew Stubbs in the first, a two-out single to Jay Bruce in the second, a one-out single to Scott Rolen in the fourth, a two-out double to Ramon Hernandez in the seventh and a lead-off single to Brandon Phillips in the ninth, before he is wiped out at second base on a 4-6-3 doubleplay on a Joey Votto ground ball, before he ended the game by getting Rolen to strike out, swinging, Hamels’ ninth strikeout victim.

Cole Hamels gets the win as he pitches a complete game shut out, giving up five hits, while striking out nine. His record is now 1-0 with a 0.00 ERA. Johnny Cueto took the lost as he pitches five innings, giving up two runs, only one of which was earned, on five hits and a walk, while he strikes out two. His record is now 0-1 with a 1.80 ERA. Homer Bailey, Bill Bray, Nick Masset and Aroldis Chapman combine for four scoreless innings, giving up three hits (Bailey (2), Chapman (1)), while striking out four, (Bailey (2), Bray (1), Masset (1)) between them.

The Phils had eight hits in the game, with Ryan Howard and Carlos Ruiz both leading the team with two hits apiece, with Howard’s hits being both singles, while Ruiz’s hits were a single and a double. Shane Victorino, Placido Polanco, Chase Utley and Jimmy Rollins had the other four Phils’ hits, with Victorino, Placido and Rollins’ hits being singles and Utley’s hit being a solo home run. The Phils’ offense did not do much hitting in the series, but they took advantage of a lot of Reds’ mistakes.

The Phils (3-0) with the win advance to the 2010 National League Championship Series, doing so for the third year in a row. The win also gives them a revenge sweep for their lost back in 1976 by the Big Red Machine, when they were swept by the then world champs. The Phils will now prepare to meet the winner of the Braves-Giants series, which presently have the Giants in the lead, 2 games to 1.

2010 National League Divisional Series, Game # 2: The Phils pounce on several Reds mistakes to take a 2-0 lead in the series as they come from behind to win, 7-4.

The Phils’ offense capitalize on several Reds miscues while the bullpen shut down the Reds’ offense as the Phils come from behind to win, 7-4. The victory gives the Phils a 2-0 lead in the divisional series.

The Reds took the lead right at the start of the game as Brandon Phillips hits a lead-off home run, his first home run of the post-season, as the Reds take a 1-0 lead. The Reds added to their lead in the second as, with two men on, and with one man out, Laynce Nix, who was earlier safe at first on a Chase Utley throwing error, then moved up to second on Roy Oswalt’s wild pitch,  scored on Utley’s second throwing error of the inning, as he threw away the ball as he attempted to double up Ryan Hanigan at first, after forcing out Drew Stubbs, who had earlier walked, at second base, 6-4, giving the Reds a 2-0 lead, while Hanigan, who was safe at first, went to second on the errant throw. The Reds then made it a 3-0 lead in the fourth as Jay Bruce hits a lead-off home run, his first home run of the post-season. The Reds then made it a 4-0 lead in the fifth as, with a runner on third, and with one man out, Joey Votto hits a sacrifice fly, scoring Phillips, who had earlier doubled, then went to third on Paul Janish’s sacrifice bunt. The Phils then began their comeback, while the bullpen shut down the Reds’ offense for the next four innings. In their half of the fifth, they cut the Reds’ lead in half as, with the bases loaded, and with two men out, Utley hits a two-run single, knocking in Dom Brown, who was earlier safe at first on a 6-4 force out as Raul Ibanez, who had earlier singled, is wiped out at second base for the inning’s first out, reached second on Phillip’s fielding error of Shane Victorino’s grounder, then stopped at third on Scott Rolen’s fielding error of Placido Polanco’s grounder, and Victorino, who was safe at first on Phillip’s error, then reached second on Rolen’s error of Polanco’s grounder, making it a 4-2 Reds’ lead, while Polanco, who was safe at first on Rolen’s error, stopped at third. The Phils then made it a 4-3 Reds’ lead in the sixth as, once again with the bases loaded, this time via a walk to Jayson Werth, Carlos Ruiz being hit by a pitch, sending Werth up to second base, and pinch hitter Ben Francisco also being hit by a pitch, moving up a base both Werth and Ruiz, and with two men out, Victorino forces in a run with a walk, forcing in Werth, while Ruiz and Francisco both moved up a base. The Phils then took the lead in the seventh as, with two men on, and with one man out, Jimmy Rollins reached base on a Bruce fielding error as he missed the ball in the right field lights (or among the rally towels), allowing Utley, who had got on base earlier as he was hit by the pitch (although it is possible that he might not had been hit by the ball) and was then safe at second on Rolen’s force out attempt on Werth’s grounder (he might have been out, but it is inconclusive), followed by Werth, who was safe at first on a force out attempt, thanks to Phillips’ missed catch error of the throw back into the infield, giving the Phils a 5-4 lead, while Rollins would stop at second base. Two batters latter, with a runner on third, as Rollins’ went to third on Ibanez’s single, Ruiz hits an RBI grounder, as he hit into a 6-4 force out, wiping out Ibanez at second for the inning’s second out, while Rollins scores, making it a 6-4 Phils’ lead. The Phils would add an insurance run in the eighth as, with two men on and with one man out, Werth hits an RBI single, knocking in Utley, who had earlier singled, then stole second base, giving the Phils a 7-4 lead, while sending Ryan Howard, who had just been intentionally walked, would move up to second. That would be the final score as Brad Lidge threw a scoreless ninth, getting his first save of the post-season, as he gets Chris Heisey to end the game by grounding out, 5-3.

Roy Oswalt gets a no-decision as he pitches five innings, giving up  four runs, only three of which were earned, on five hits and a walk, while striking out five. J.C. Romero and Chad Durbin combine for a scoreless inning, giving up a walk between them. Jose Contreras gets the win as he pitches a 1-2-3 inning, striking out a batter. His record is now 1-0 with a 0.00 ERA. Ryan Madson get his first hold of the post-season as he pitches a scoreless inning, giving up a hit, while he strikeouts a batter. Brad Lidge receives his first save of the post-season as he pitches a scoreless inning, giving up a walk. Bronson Arroyo also receives a no-decision as he pitches five and a third inning, giving up three runs, only one of which was earned, on four hits and three walks. Arthur Rhodes collects his first hold of the post-season as he pitches a third of an inning, hitting a batter, while striking out one. Logan Ondrusek also collects his first hold of the post-season as he pitches a third of an inning, also hitting a batter and walking a batter. Aroldis Chapman records his first blown save of the post-season before getting the lost as he pitches two-thirds of an inning, giving up three unearned runs on two hits and a hit batter, while striking out a batter. His record is now 0-1 with a 0.00 ERA. Nick Masset pitches an inning and a third, giving up a run on two hits and two walks.

The Phils had eight hits in the game, with Chase Utley, Jayson Werth and Raul Ibanez all leading the team with two hits each, all singles, with Utley knocking in two runs, while Werth knocked in a run. Ryan Howard and pinch hitter Mike Sweeney had the other two Phils’ hits, both singles. Shane Victorino and Carlos Ruiz both had an RBI, Victorino’s via a bases loaded walk and Ruiz’s via a force out. The other two Phils’ runs came in on a pair of errors on the same play. The Phils’ offense took advantage, once again, of another team’s mistakes.

The Phils (2-0) have the day off today, before meeting the Reds (0-2) on Sunday in Cincinnati for the third game of the best of five divisional series, looking for a sweep.

The National League win their first All-Star game since 1996, as the Senior Circuit defeats the American League in Anaheim, 3-1.

For the first time in fourteen years, the National League All-Stars defeated the American League All-Stars, securing home field advantage during the World Series (I personally think that is a really rotten idea), 3-1.

Thanks in part to the shadows around home plate, as well as some good pitching and defense by both squads, the game remains a 0-0 tie until the bottom of the fifth, when the American League took a 1-0 lead as, with two men on, and with nobody out, Robinson Cano of the New York Yankees hits a sacrifice fly, scoring from third base Evan Longoria of the Tampa Bay Rays, who had earlier walked, and had reached third on Los Angeles Dodgers Hong-Chih Kuo’s throwing error to first on a grounder hit to the third-base side of the mound by Joe Mauer of the Minnesota Twins, who would end up on second on the play. The National League would take the lead in the seventh as, with the bases loaded via singles by Scott Rolen of the Cincinnati Reds and Matt Holliday of the St. Louis Cardinals, sending Rolen to third base, and a walk to Marlon Byrd of the Chicago Cubs, and with two men out, Brain McCann of the Atlanta Braves hits a bases clearing double, scoring Rolen, Holliday and Byrd, giving the National League a 3-1 lead. The National League would hold on to win as Jonathan Broxton of the Dodgers, after giving up a lead-off single to David Ortiz of the Boston Red Sox, struck out swinging Adrian Beltre of the Red Sox for out number one, then on a spectacular play by right fielder Byrd, who threw out Ortiz at second, 9-6 on a ball hit into right field by John Buck of the Toronto Blue Jays, turning a base hit into a force out for the inning’s second out, leaving Buck at first base, and then ended the game by getting Ian Kinsler of the Texas Rangers to fly out to center on one pitch.

Brian McCann of the Braves was named the All-Star Game MVP because of his three-run double, giving the NL all of their runs.

Ubaldo Jimenez of the Colorado Rockies pitched two scoreless innings, giving up two hits and a walk, while striking out a batter. Josh Johnson of the Florida Marlons also pitched two scoreless innings, striking out two batters. Hong-Chih Huo pitched two-thirds of an inning, giving up an unearned run on a hit and a walk. Heath Bell of the San Diego Padres pitched a third of an inning, getting out the only man that he would face. Roy Halladay of the Philadelphia Phillies pitched two-thirds of an inning, giving up two hits, while striking out a batter. Matt Capps of the Washington Nationals would get the win as he pitched a third of an inning, striking out the only batter that he would face. His All-Star Game record is now 1-0 with an 0.00 ERA. Adam Wainwright of the St. Louis Cardinals collected his first hold as he pitched a scoreless inning, giving up a hit and a walk, while striking out two. Brian Wilson of the San Francisco Giants also collected his first hold, as he pitched a 1-2-3 inning. Jonathan Broxton receives his first All-Star Game save as he pitched a scoreless inning, giving up a hit, while striking out a batter. David Price of the Tampa Bay Rays pitched two scoreless innings, giving up a hit, while striking out a batter. Andy Pettitte of the New York Yankees pitched a scoreless inning, giving up a hit, while striking out two. Cliff Lee of the Texas Rangers (nee Seattle Mariners) pitched 1-2-3 inning, striking out a batter. Justin Verlander of the Detroit Tigers pitched a scoreless inning, giving up two hits, while striking out two. Jon Lester of the Boston Red Sox received a hold as he pitched a 1-2-3 inning. Phil Hughes, also of the Yankees, also received a hold before taking the lost as he pitched a third of an inning, giving up two runs on two hits. His All-Star Game record is now 0-1 with a 54.00 ERA. Matt Thornton of the Chicago White Sox committed his first All-Star Game blown save as he pitched a third of an inning, giving up a run on one hit and a walk. Andrew Bailey of the Oakland A’s pitched a third of an inning, giving up a walk, while striking out one. Rafael Soriano, also of the Rays, pitched a 1-2-3 inning. Jose Valverde, also of the Tigers, also pitched a 1-2-3 inning, striking out the side.

The winning National League team had seven hits in the game, with David Wright of the New York Mets leading with two hits, both singles. Scott Rolen of the Reds, Matt Holliday of the Cardinals, Andre Ethier of the Los Angeles Dodgers, Yadier Molina, also of the Cardinals, and Brian McCann of the Braves, had the other five NL hits, with Rolen, Holliday, Ethier and Molina’s hits being singles, and McCann’s hit being a three-run double. The American League team had six hits in the game, with Derek Jeter of the New York Yankees, Miguel Cabrera of the Detroit Tigers, Josh Hamilton of the Texas Rangers, David Ortiz of the Red Sox, Evan Longoria of the Rays and John Buck of the Blue Jays each having a hit, with Jeter, Cabrera, Hamilton and Ortiz hits being singles, while Longoria and Buck’s hits were doubles. The American League’s run came in on a Robinson Cano of the Yankees sacrifice fly. Ryan Howard, who represented the Phils, along with Halladay, went 0 for 2, with a strikeout.

With the win, the National League ends a thirteen-game losing streak, having not won the summer classic since 1996, where it was played in Philadelphia at the now demolished Veterans Stadium (0-12-1). With the win, the National League winner will host the World Series first for the first time since 2002.

The Phils end the first half on a high note with a sweep of the 1st place Reds.

The Phils end the first half of the regular season on a high note as they sweep the 1st place Reds behind the six-hit pitching of Cole Hamels, as they defeat the Reds, 1-0.

The Phils took the lead in the third as, with a runner on second, and with two men out, Jimmy Rollins hits an RBI single, scoring Carlos Ruiz, who was safe on second on a ground-rule double, thanks to fan interference as a fan in the left center field seats touched the ball while it was still in play, which was confirmed when the umpires reviewed the call, giving the Phils a 1-0 lead. The Reds tried to come back in the fourth, as they loaded the bases, via a single to Paul Janish and walks to Joey Votto and Scott Rolen, and with nobody out, when Jonny Gomes hit into a force out, 5-2, wiping out Janish at home as Ruiz touches the plate for the inning’s first out, while both Votto and Rolen would move up a base, and Gomes would be safe at first. The Phils then got out of the inning as Jay Bruce lined out to Phils’ starter Cole Hamels, who would catch the ball before it could hit the ground, then throw over to second for a 1-6 doubleplay, doubling up Votto, to end the inning, with the Phils still in the lead. The Phils then tried to increase their lead in their half of the fourth, as they loaded the bases via a ground-rule double for Jayson Werth, as another fan interfered with a ball in play, this time preventing what could have been either a triple or an inside-the-park home run, depending on how the ball would’ve hit the wall in center field, by catching it, a call that was once again confirmed by a review by the umpires, Ryan Howard being hit by the pitch, and a walk to Ruiz, moving both Werth and Howard up a base, and with two men out. Reds starter Matt Maloney would turn the Phils’ away by getting Wilson Valdez to hit into a force out at third, 6-5, wiping out Howard for the inning’s final out. Neither team would make another serious threat during the game as both starters would keep the bats under control. The game would end as a Phils win as the Reds would go down 1-2-3 in the ninth as J.C. Romero would strike out Bruce swinging for the inning’s first out, then Brad Lidge would record his sixth save of the season by first striking out Drew Stubbs swinging and then getting pitch hitter Miguel Cairo to pop out to right for the game’s final out.

Cole Hamels gets the win as he pitches seven and two-thirds strong innings, giving up six scattered hits and three walks, while striking out three. His record is now 7-7 with a 3.78 ERA. Jose Contreras collects his seventh hold of the year as he pitches a third of an innings, walking a batter. J.C. Romero also pitches a third of an inning, striking out the only man that he would face, collecting his fourth hold of the season. Brad Lidge collects his sixth save of the year as he pitches two-thirds of an inning, getting out both men that he would face, striking out one. Matt Maloney took the lost, as he pitches six innings, giving up a run on four hits and a walk, while striking out one. His record is now 0-2 with a 3.09 ERA. Nick Masset and Arthur Rhodes pitches for two shut out innings, giving up just one walk (Masset) and a hit batter (Rhodes) between them, while striking out three (Masset).

The Phils had just four hits in the game, with Jimmy Rollins leading the team with two hits, both singles, as he knocked in the only run of the game, for the second game in a row. Carlos Ruiz and Jayson Werth had the other two Phils’ hits, both ground-rule doubles, thanks to fan interference in both cases, with the second one, on Werth’s hit, being the more costly, as it might have ended up being either a triple or an inside-the-park home run, based on where the ball might have hit the wall and with Reds’ center fielder Drew Stubbs being positioned almost against the wall in center, that ball would have been going places, but, since the fan caught it, we may never know. Guys, let the ball alone unless you are quite sure it will be leaving the ballpark. You may never know what might be the results.

The Phils (47-40, 3rd NL East) will be off for the next three days (except for Ryan Howard and Roy Halladay, who will both be at the All-Star Game), trying to recharge their batteries before they start the second half with a four-game set against the Cubs (39-50, 4th NL Central) in Chicago at Wrigley Field.

The Phils defeat the Reds in extra-innings on Brian Schneider’s walk-off home run, 4-3.

The Phils finally win a crazy game on a Brian Schneider walk-off home run in the bottom of the twelfth inning, 4-3.

The Reds took the lead in the top of the first as, with two men out, Joey Votto hits a solo home run, his twenty-second home run of the season, to give the Reds a 1-0 lead. The Phils came back to tie the game up at one-all in their half of the first as, with one man out, Shane Victorino hits a solo home run of his own, his fourteenth home run of the year. The Phils then took the lead in the third on a very strange scoring play. With one man on, and with two men out, Victorino hits a grounder down the first base line that was first juggled by Votto, before he finally threw the ball over to Reds’ starter, Johnny Cueto, who lost the ball as Victorino was safe on first on the catch error, as well as his glove as Victorino knocked it off of his hand, as Jimmy Rollins, who had earlier walked, went all the way to third base. Then, as Victorino ran wide of first, Votto, after retrieving the ball, tried to throw it to a gloveless Cueto to try and get out Victorino, but Cueto was unable catch the ball, allowing Victorino to get back to first safely, while Rollins scored from third to give the Phils a 2-1 lead. That would stay the score as the game turned into a pitchers’ duel between Cueto and Phils’ starter Kyle Kendrick, who kept on getting out of jams, until both starters were gone by the eighth. In the eighth, the Reds would tie it up at two-all on another weird play. With two men on, and with two men out, a returning Ryan Madson struck out Brandon Phillips, but the pitch got past Brian Schneider, allowing Drew Stubbs, who had earlier singled, and had moved up to second on Corky Miller’s single, to move up to third, while Miller, who had earlier singled, would move up to second, while Stubbs would go to first, once he had realized that the ball has gotten past Schneider. Schneider, meanwhile, had lost sight of the ball, and Madson would go out to help him look for it, thus leaving the plate unprotected, allowing Stubbs to score with the tying run. The Phils would retake the lead in their half of the eight as, with two men on, and with one man out, Rollins hits a sacrifice fly, scoring Wilson Valdez, who had earlier tripled, to give the Phils a 3-2 lead. The Reds tied the game up at three-all in the ninth as, with a runner on third, and with two men out, Miguel Cairo hits an RBI double, knocking in Votto, who had earlier singled, would move up to second on Scott Rolen’s walk, then went to third on Jay Bruce’s 4-6-3 doubleplay, wiping out Rolen at second base. The Phils would finally win the game in the twelfth as, with one out, Schneider hits a lazer into the right field seats for a walk-off solo home run, his third home run of the year, to give the Phils a 4-3 win.

Kyle Kendrick receives a no-decision as he pitches six and two-thirds strong innings, giving up just one run on three hits, as he strikes out four. J.C. Romero receives his third hold of the year as he pitches a third of an inning, striking out the only man he would face. Ryan Madson commits his third blown save of the season, as he gives up a run on two hits and a wild pitch, as he strikes out three. Brad Lidge also commits his third blown save of the year as he gives up a run on two hits and a walk. Jose Contreras pitches a 1-2-3 inning. Nelson Figueroa receives the win as he pitches two 1-2-3 innings, striking out two. His record is now 2-1 with a 3.46 ERA. Johnny Cueto also receives a no-decision as he gives up two runs, only one of which was earned, on four hits and two walks, while he strikes out three. Nick Masset, Arthur Rhodes, Bill Bray and Logan Ondrusek would combine for three shut out innings, giving up just two hits (Masset (1), Ondrusek (1)) and three walks (Rhodes (1), Ondrusek (2)) between them, while striking out three (Masset (1), Bray (2)). Jordan Smith took the lost as he pitches an inning and a third, giving up a run on two hits and a walk. His record is now 2-2 with a 4.15 ERA.

The Phils had eight hits in the game, with Victorino leading the team with three hits, two singles and a solo home run, knocking in a run. Wilson Valdez follows with two hits, a single and a triple, scoring a run. Raul Ibanez, Jayson Werth, and Brian Schneider had the other three Phils’ hits, with Ibanez and Werth’s hits being singles, and Schnedier’s hit being a walk-off solo home run. The other Phil run came in on an error. Hopefully the offense can gain some momentum from this win. 

The Phils (44-40, 3rd NL East) will continue their weekend series with the Red (49-38, 1st NL Central) with a night game tonight. The game will be played at Citizens Bank Park and will start at 7:05 pm Eastern. The Phils will send to the mound Joe Blanton (3-5, 6.27) , who is coming off a no-decision against the Pirates on July 4, as he pitched six and one-third innings, giving up five runs on six hits, while he struck out seven, in the Phils’ 8-5 lost. In his last three starts, he is 1-0, with two no-decisions, as he pitched twenty-two innings, giving up eleven runs on twenty hits and two walks, while he had struck out seventeen. He will be trying to recover from the bad inning of his last start. The Reds will send to the mound rookie Mike Leake (6-1, 3.38), who is coming off a win against the Cubs on July 4, as he pitched six innings, giving up three runs on eight hits and a walk, while striking out five, in the Reds’ 14-3 rout. In his last three starts, his record is also 1-0, with two no-decisions, as he pitched eighteen innings, giving up ten runs on twenty hits and seven walks, while he struck out eleven. He will be going for his seventh win of the season, while trying to keep from being once again roughed up by the Phils. The Phils will try to beat up once again on Leake, planning to this time place a lost on him. 

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