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

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

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

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

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

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

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

The Phils have just traded Shane Victorino (Dodgers) and Hunter Pence (Giants), in exchange for Josh Lindblom, Nate Schierholtz and three prospects.

The Phils have earlier this afternoon announced that they have traded Shane Victorino to the Dodgers in exchange for relief pitch Josh Lindblom and one prospect, and Hunter Pence to the Giants for outfielder Nate Schierholtz and two prospects, before announcing that they had called up Dom Brown from Lehigh Valley.

Shane Victorino, who had been with the Phils since 2005, which would include him being a member of the 2008 World Championship team, as well as spending part of 2003 playing for the Padres, had played in 1023 games, compiling a career batting average of .277 (1009 for 3644), while collecting 183 doubles, 63 triples and 88 home runs, along with 394 RBIs, 316 walks and 186 stolen bases, while crossing the plate a total of 590 times. He also has a career slugging percentage of .434 and an OBP of .342. This season, Victorino, before the trade, had played in 101 games, compiling a .261 batting average (101 for 387) including 17 doubles, 5 triples and nine home runs, the latest of which occurred this past Sunday against the Braves, as well as knocking in 40 RBIs, while walking 36 times and stealing 24 bases, while being caught only 4 times. He also crossed the plate 46 times. For Victorino, the Phils will be getting relief pitcher Josh Lindblom, who had pitched for the Dodgers during the last two seasons, including this year, appearing in a total of 75 games, compiling a record of 3-2 with a 2.91 ERA and a WHIP of 1.18, as he pitched in 77.1 innings, giving up 25 runs on 63 hits and 28 walks, while striking out a total of 71 batters. This year, his record is 2-2 with a 3.02 ERA, as he had appeared in 48 games, throwing 47.2 innings, giving up 16 runs on 42 hits and 18 walks, while striking out 43. The Phils will also receive minor league pitching prospect Ethan Martin, who was pitching for AA Chattanooga in the Southern League before the trade.

After trading Victorino, the Phils then sent Hunter Pence, who they had gotten last year in a trade with the Astros for four prospects, to the Giants for outfielder Nate Schierholtz and two minor leaguers. Pence, who, until last year around this time, had played with the Astros, starting in 2007. Careerwise, Pence had batted .290 (943 for 3254), as he had appeared in 835 games, compiling a total of 172 doubles, 28 triples and 131 home runs, knocking in 471 runs, while scoring 447 times, as he had also complied 258 walks. For this season, he had appeared in 101 games, batting .271 (108 for 398), as he had 15 doubles, 2 triples and 17 home runs (at the time the Phils’ leader in that category), knocking in 59 RBIs, while crossing the plate 59 times. He also had 37 walks. In return for Pence, the Phils will get Nate Shierholtz, who had been playing for the Giants since 2007, as he had appeared in 503 games, with a .270 batting average (327 for 1209), collecting 72 doubles, 15 triples and 23 home runs, while knocking in 119 RBIs, while crossing the plate 145 times. He also has 80 walks. This season, Schierholtz has hit .257 (45 for 175), including 5 doubles, triples and home runs, while knocking in just 17 RBIs, while scoring only 15 times. He has walked just 18 times. The Phils also got from the Giants catching prospect Tommy Joseph, the Giants’ number 5 pick in the 2009 draft and pitching prospect right-hander Seth Rosin.

The Phils also announced that they will be calling up Dom Brown from the Lehigh Valley Iron Pigs, to take one of spots just opened up by the two trades.

I wished you luck Shane and Hunter, welcome to the club Josh and Nate, and welcome back Dom (you better have a good idea what is expected of you). Ruben, I really hope that you know what you’re doing trading tw0 of our three starting outfielders.

The Phils could not avoid being swept by the Braves, as they lose to Atlanta, 6-2.

After losing the first two games of their series with Atlanta, 6-1 and 2-1, the Phils could not avoid being swept by the Braves, as they lose the final game of the series by the score of 6-2.

The Braves took the lead in the first as, with two men out, Jayson Heyward hits a solo home run, his eighteenth home run of the season, giving the Braves a 1-0 lead. The Braves added to their lead three batters later as, with two men on, and with still two men out, Dan Uggla hits an RBI double, knocking in Chipper Jones, who had earlier singled, then moved up to second base on Freddie Freeman’s walk, making it a 2-0 Braves’ lead, while sending Freeman, who had just walked, on to third base. The Braves then took a 3-0 lead in the third as Jones hits a lead-off home run, his tenth home run of the year. The Phils would get a run back in the fourth as Shane Victorino hits a lead-off home run, his ninth home run of the year, cutting the Braves’ lead down to 3-1. The Phils then cut the Braves’ lead down to 3-2 in the sixth as, with a man on second, and with two men out, Carlos Ruiz hits an RBI single, knocking in Victorino, who had started the inning off with a single, then stole second base. The Braves increased their lead in the seventh as, with runners on the corners, and with one man out, pinch hitter Tyler Pastomicky, who had started the inning off with a single, then moved up to second base on Michael Bourn’s sacrifice bunt, 2-1, then stopped at third base on Martin Prado’s single, would score on pitcher Jake Diekman’s fielding error of Heyward’s grounder back to the mound, giving the Braves a 4-2 lead, while sending Prado, who had just singled, up to second base. Two batters later, after Jones had grounded out, 4-3, for the inning’s second out, moving up a base both Prado and Heyward, the Braves took a 6-2 lead as Freeman hits a two-run singled, knocking in both Prado and Heyward. That would end up being the final score as Cristhian Martinez pitched a scoreless ninth.

Roy Halladay (4-6, 4.33) took the lost as he pitched six innings, giving up three runs on six hits and a walk, while striking out seven. Jake Diekman pitched two-thirds of an inning, giving up three unearned runs on three hits. Kyle Kendrick pitched a third of an inning, giving up two walks. Jonathan Papelbon pitched a scoreless inning, giving up a walk, while striking out two. Tim Hudson (10-4, 3.68) gets the win as he went five and two-thirds innings, giving up two runs on seven hits, while striking out five. Jonny Venters pitched to one batter, giving up a hit. Chad Durbin collected his tenth hold of the season as he pitched one and one-third scoreless innings, striking out a batter. Eric O’Flaherty pitched a 1-2-3 inning, striking out a batter. Cristhian Martinez pitched a scoreless inning, giving up a hit.

The Phils had nine hits in the game, with Shane Victorino (2 Singles, Home Run, RBI) leading the team with three hits, followed by Kevin Frandsen (Singles) and pinch hitter Hunter Pence (Singles), with two hits each. Carlos Ruiz (RBI) and Juan Pierre had the other two Phils’ hits, both singles. The Phils also had a stolen base in the game (Victorino (24)).

The Phils (45-57, 5th) have the day off.

The Phils sweep the Brewers as they perform one more come from behind win, winning in extra-innings, 7-6.

For the fourth day in a row, the Phils would score the winning run in their last at-bat, as they come from behind for the third straight day, as they once again defeat the Bewers, this time in extra-innings, 7-6.

The Brewers took the lead in the second as, with two men on, and with nobody out, Martin Maldonardo hits an RBI single, scoring Corey Hart, who had started the inning off with a single, then stopped at second base on Rickie Weeks’ single, giving the Brew Crew a 1-0 lead, while sending Weeks, who had just singled, over to thrid base. The Phils tied the game up at one-all in their half of the second as, with a runner on second base, and with two men out, Erik Kratz hits an RBI single, knocking in Juan Pierre, who had just doubled. The Phils took the lead in the third as, with one man on, and with nobody out, Chase Utley hits an RBI double, knocking in Shane Victorino, who had started the inning off with a single, giving the Phils a 2-1 lead. The Phils increased their lead two batters later as, with a man on third, as Utley moved up to third base on Ryan Howard’s soft ground out, 1-3, and with one man out, Hunter Pence hits an RBI single, knocking in Utley, giving the Phils a 3-1 lead. The Phils then took a 5-1 lead in the fourth as, with runners on the corners, via a Kratz lead-off double, who is then moved up to third on a Vance Worley sacrifice bunt, 1-3, and a walk to Victorino, and with two men out, Utley hits a two-run double, knocking in both Kratz and Victorino. The Brewers got a run back in the sixth as Weeks hits a lead-off home run, his tenth home run of the year, making it a 5-2 Phils’ lead. The Brew Crew made it a 5-3 Phils’ lead four batters later as, with runners on the corners, and with one man out, Carlos Gomez hits an RBI double, knocking in Cody Ransom, who had earlier doubled, then stopped at third base on pinch hitter Travis Ishikawa’s single, while sending Ishikawa, who had earlier singled, on to third base. The Brewers then tied the game up at five-all in the eighth as, with one man on, and with two men out, Ryan Braun hits a two-run home run, his twenty-eighth home run of the season, knocking in Gomez, who had earlier singled. The Brewers took the lead in the tenth as, with runners on the corners, and with one man out, Aramis Ramirez hits a sacrifice fly, knocking in Gomez, who had earlier reached base on Ty Wigginton’s fielding error of his pop up, as he did not catch the ball, stopping at second base, and then moved up to third base on pinch hitter Cesar Izturis’ sacrifice bunt, 1-4, giving the Brewers a 6-5 lead. The Phils then tied the game back up at six-all in their half of the tenth as, with runners on second and third, and with one man out, pinch hitter Carlos Ruiz hits a sacrifice fly, knocking in John Mayberry, Jr., who had earlier walked, then stopped at third base on Kratz’s double. The Phils then won the game as Jimmy Rollins hits an RBI single, his second walk-off hit in the last four days, scoring pinch runner Mike Fontenot, who was pinch running for Kratz, as he beat the late throw to the plate, giving the Phils a 7-6 walk-off win.

Vance Worley received a no-decision as he went five and a third innings, giving up three runs on ten hits and a walk, while striking out six. Kyle Kendrick collected his second hold of the season as he pitched an inning and two-thirds, giving up a hit and a walk. Antonio Bastardo was tagged with his third blown save of the season as he pitched an inning, giving up two runs on two hits, while striking out a batter. Jonathan Papelbon pitched a scoreless inning, giving up two hits, while striking out a batter. Michael Schwimer (2-1, 3.86) got the win, his second in two days, as he pitched an inning, giving up an unearned run on a walk. Marco Estrado also received a no-decision as he pitched four innings, giving up  five runs on eight hits and three walks, striking out four. Tyler Thornburg, Livan Hernandez and John Axford combined for five scoreless innings, giving up four hits (Thornburg (2), Hernandez (2)) between them, while striking out three (Axford). Francisco Rodriguez was tagged with his sixth blown save of the season before taking the loss (2-6, 4.80) as he pitched two-thirds of an inning, giving up two runs on two hits and a walk.

The Phils had fourteen hits in the game, with Chase Utley (Single, 2 Doubles, 3 RBIs) and Eric Kratz (Single, 2 Doubles, RBI) leading the team with two hits apiece, followed by Juan Pierre (Doubles) with two hits. Jimmy Rollins (Single, RBI), Shane Victorino (Single), Ryan Howard, (Single), Hunter Pence (Single, RBI), Ty Wigginton (Single) and Vance Worley (Single) had the other six Phils’ hits. Pinch hitter Carlos Ruiz knocked in the other Phil run with a sacrifice fly. The Phils also had four walks and a stolen base (Utley (3)) in the game.

The Phils (45-54, 5th) will have the day off today, before starting a three game series with the Braves (54-44, 2nd) in Atlanta.

The Phils come from behind for the second straight night, as they defeat the Brew Crew again, 7-6.

The Phils seems to have reverted to the ’07-11 version, as they unloaded for six runs in the eighth inning to come back from behind for the second night in a row as they defeat the Brewers, 7-6.

The Brewers tried to take the lead in the first as, with two men on , and with one man out, Norichika Aoki, who had started the game off with a single, then moved up to second base on Ryan Braun’s single, is thrown out at the plate trying to score on Aramis Ramirez’s single to right, as he is gun down by a strong throw by right fielder Hunter Pence, 9-2, as Carlos Ruiz applies the tag, while Braun, who had earlier singled, stopped at second base. The Brewers then took a 1-0 lead as Corey Hart hits an RBI single, knocking in Braun, while sending Ramirez on to third base. The Phils tied the game up at one-all in their half of the first as, with a man on third, and with two men out, Ryan Howard hits an RBI single, knocking in Shane Victorino, who had earlier doubled, then moved up to third base as Chase Utley strikes out swinging, before being thrown out at first as the ball gets away from catcher Martin Maldonado, 2-3. The Brewers retook the lead in the sixth as Braun hits a lead-off home run, his twenty-seventh home run of the season, giving the Brew Crew a 2-1 lead. The Brewers added to their lead in the seventh as, with two men out, Zack Greinke helped his own cause by hitting a solo home run, his first home run of the year, giving the Brewers a 3-1 lead. The Brewers then made a 4-1 lead in the eighth as Carlos Gomez hits a solo home run, his seventh home run of the season. Two batters later, the Brew Crew made it a 6-1 lead as, with a man on first, and with still nobody out, Ramirez hits a two-run home run, his eleventh home run of the year, knocking in Braun, who had just singled. The Phils then staged their second straight late inning comeback in their half of the eighth inning as, with a runner on second, and with one man out, pinch hitter Erik Kratz hits a two-run home run, his third home run of the season, knocking in Ty Wigginton, who had started the inning off with a single, then moved up to second base on John Mayberry, Jr. soft ground ball to the second baseman, 4-3, cutting the Brewers’ lead down to 6-3. After Jimmy Rollins flies out to left for the inning’s second out, the Phils tied up the ballgame at six-all as, with the bases loaded via walks to Victorino, Utley, who then performed a double steal of third and second respectively, and Howard, who was then pinch run for by Mike Fontenot, and with still two men out, Ruiz hits a bases clearing double, knocking in Victorino, Utley and Fontenot. The Phils then took the lead as Pence hits an RBI single, knocking in Ruiz, who hopped across the plate because of problems with one of his legs, giving the Phils a 7-6 lead, as the Phils batted around. That would end up being the final score as Jonathan Papelbon came in to record his twenty-second save of the year by pitching a 1-2-3 ninth, striking out Gomez on a called third strike to end the game.

Cliff Lee received a no-decision as he pitched seven innings, plus three batters, giving up six runs on twelve hits, including four home runs, and a walk, striking out six. Michael Schwimer (1-1, 4.01) got the win as he pitched an inning, getting out all three batters who he would face, including a strikeout. Jonathan Papelbon recorded his twenty-second save of the season as he threw a 1-2-3 inning, striking out two batters. Zack Greinke also received a no-decision as he threw seven strong innings, giving up just one run on three hits, while striking out five. Jose Veras pitched a third of an inning, giving up a run on a hit. Manny Parra also pitched a third of an inning, giving up four runs on a hit and three walks. Kameron Loe was tagged with his fifth blown save of the season, before taking the lost (4-4, 4.04) as he pitched a third of an inning, giving up a run on two hits and a walk.

The Phils had seven hits in the game, with four of them coming in the eighth, a single by Jimmy Rollins, a double by Shane Victorino, a single by Ryan Howard (RBI), a double by Carlos Ruiz (3 RBIs), a single by Hunter Pence (RBI), a single by Ty Wigginton and a pinch hit home run by Erik Kratz (2 RBIs). The Phils also has four walks and two steals (Victorino (22) & Chase Utley (2)) all coming during the eighth inning rally.

The Phils (44-54, 5th East) conclude their series with the Brewers (44-52, 4th Central) with an afternoon game, already in progress, as the Phils go for the series sweep.

The Phils avoid the sweep by defeating the Giants in extra-innings, 4-3.

The Phils win in extra-innings to avoid being swept as they defeat the Giants in twelve innings, 4-3.

The Giants took the lead in the first as Nate Schierholtz started the game off with a lead-off home run, his fourth home run of the season, giving the Giants a 1-0 lead. The Phils tied the game up at one-all in their half of the first as, with a man on first, and with one man out, Chase Utley hits an RBI triple, knocking in Shane Victorino, who had earlier walked. The Giants retook the lead in the fourth as, with one man on, and with one man out, Pablo Sandoval hits an RBI double, knocking in Buster Posey, who had just singled, giving the Giants a 2-1 lead. The Phils retied the game at two-all in their half of the fourth as, with two men out, John Mayberry, Jr. hits a solo home run, his seventh home run of the season. The Phils took the lead in the seventh as, Mayberry hits a lead-off home run, his eighth home run of the season, and his second home run of the afternoon, giving the Phils a 3-2 lead. The Giants tied the game up at three-all in the eighth as, with two men out, Schierholtz hits a solo home run, his fifith home run of the sesson, and his second home run of the day. The Phils would win the game in the bottom of the twelfth as, with runners on the corners and with one man out, Jimmy Rollins hits an RBI single, knocking in Carlos Ruiz, who had earlier walked, then stopped at third base on Laynce Nix’s single, giving the Phils a 4-3 walk-off win.

Joe Blanton received a no-decision as he went eight innings, giving up three runs on seven hits and a walk, while striking out six. Antonio Bastardo pitched 1-2-3 inning, striking out the side. Jeremy Horst pitched two-thirds of an inning, giving up a hit, while striking out a batter. Kyle Kendrick (4-8, 4.57) got the win as he pitched two and a third innings, giving up a hit and two walks, while striking out two. Barry Zito also received a no-decision as he pitched seven innings, giving up three runs on five hits and a walk, while striking out seven. Javier Lopez, Sergio Romo, Jeremy Affeldt and Clay Hensley combined for four shutout innings, giving up three hits (Lopez (1), Romo (1), Affeldt (1)) between them, while striking out four (Lopez (1), Romo (1), Affeldt (2)). Brad Penny (0-1, 3.85) took the lost as he pitched a third of an inning, giving up a run on two hits and a walk.

The Phils had ten hits in the game, with Jimmy Rollins (Singles, RBI) and John Mayberry, Jr, (Home Runs, 2 RBIs), leading the team with two hits apiece. Shane Victorino (Single), Chase Utley (Triple, RBI), Hunter Pence (Single), Placido Polanco (Single), Joe Blanton (Single) and Laynce Nix (Single) had the other six Phils’ hits. The Phils also had two walks and a stolen base (Chase Utley (1)) in the game.

The Phils (42-54, 5th East) begin a three game series with the Brewers (44-50, 4th Central) with a game already in progress.

Saturday: The Phils lose an extra-innings home run derby with the Giants, as they lose in ten innings, 6-5.

An expected pitchers’ duel end up being a home run derby, with both team’s starters hitting a home run, before the Phils finally lose to the Giants in ten innings, 6-5.

The Phils took the lead in the first as, with two men out, Chase Utley hits a solo home run, his third home run of the season, giving the Phils a 1-0 lead. The Giants tied it up at one-all in the third as Matt Cain hits a lead-off home run, his first home run of the season. The Giants took the lead four batters later as, with a man on first, and with two men out, Buster Posey hits a two-run home run, his twelfth home run of the season, knocking in Melky Cabrera, who has just walked, giving the Giants a 3-1 lead. The Phils would get a run back in their half of the third as, with one man out, Cole Hamels returned the favor by hitting a solo home run of his own, his first home run of the season, and the first home run of his career, making it a 3-2 Giants’ lead. The Giants added a run in the fifth as, with a runner on second, and with two men out, Posey hits an RBI single, knocking in Ryan Theriot, who had earlier walked, then stole second base, giving the Giants a 4-2 lead. The Phils took the lead in the sixth as, with two men on, and with one man out, Ryan Howard hits a three-run home run, his third home run of the season, and his second in two days, knocking in Jimmy Rollins, who had earlier walked, then stopped at second base on Shane Victorino’s single, his 1000th hit of his career, and Victorino, who had earlier singled, giving the Phils a 5-4 lead. The Giants would tie the game up at five-all in the eighth as Cabrera hits a lead-off home run, his tenth home run of the year. The Giants would take the lead in the tenth as, with runners on the corners, and with one man out, Cabrera, who had started the inning off with a walk, then stopped at third base on Posey’s single, would score on Gregor Blanco’s bunt single near the first base foul line, giving the Giants a 6-5 lead, while sending Posey, who had just singled, up to second base. That would end up being the final score as Santiago Casilla recorded his twenty-fourth save of the year with a scoreless inning, getting Rollins to line out to the second baseman for the final out.

Cole Hamels received a no-decision as he pitched seven and two-thirds innings, giving up five runs on ten hits and three walks, while striking out six. Antonio Bastardo pitched a third of an inning, as he got out the only man that he would face. Jonathan Papelbon (2-4, 3.46) took the lost as he pitched two innings, giving up a run on two hits and a walk, while striking out two. Matt Cain also received a no-decision as he threw eight innings, giving up five runs on five hits and two walks, while striking out four. Javier Lopez pitched a third of an inning, getting out the only man that he would face. Sergio Romo (3-1, 0.64) got the win as went two-thirds of an inning, getting out both men that he would face. Santiago Casilla recorded his twenty-fourth save of the season as he pitched a scoreless inning, giving up a walk, while striking out a batter.

The Phils had just five hits in the ballgame, a single by Shane Victorino, his 1000th career hit, a home run by Chase Utley (RBI), a home run by Ryan Howard (3 RBIs), a single by Carlos Ruiz and a home run by Cole Hamels (RBI), his first career home run. The Phils also had three walks in the game, as the offense stayed mainly in neutral, despite the home run display.

Friday: The Phils are hurt by a grand-slam home run as they are defeated by the Giants, 7-2.

A grand-slam home run by Brandon Crawford in the sixth inning help put the Phils away as they lose to the Giants, 7-2.

The Phils took the lead in the fourth as, with runners on the corners, and with noone out, Shane Victornio, who had started the inning off with a single, then went to third base on Chase Utley’s single, would score on Tim Lincecum’s balk, giving the Phils a 1-0 lead, while sending Utley, who had just singled, up to second base. The Giants tied the game up at one-all in the fifth as, with a runner on second, and with two men out, Eli Whiteside hits an RBI double, knocking in Nate Schierholtz, who had earlier singled, then move up to second base on Brandon Crawford’s soft ground out to the second baseman, 4-3. The Giants took the lead in the sixth as, with the bases loaded, via singles by Ryan Theroit and Melky Cabrera, sending Theriot up to second base, and a walk to Buster Posey, moving up both runners, and with nobody out, Pablo Sandoval hits a sacrifice fly, scoring Theroit, giving the Giants a 2-1 lead. Two batters later, after Schierholtz had walked to reload the bases, and with one man out, Crawford hits a grand-slam home run, his third home run of the season, knocking in Cabrera, Posey and Schierholtz, giving the Giants a 6-1 lead. The Phils would get a run back in their half of sixth as Ryan Howard hits a lead-off home run, his second home run of the season, making it a 6-2 Giants’ lead. The Giants would get the run back in the eighth as, with a runner on second, and with two men out, Crawford hits an RBI single, knocking in Sandoval, who had earlier doubled, giving the Giants a 7-2 lead. That would end up being the final score as George Kontos pitched a scoreless ninth.

Vance Worley (5-6, 3.82) took the lost as he threw six innings, giving up six runs on six hits and three walks, while striking out nine. Michael Schwimer threw two scoreless innings, giving up a hit, while striking out a batter.  Jeremy Horst pitched an inning, giving up a run on three hits, while striking out a batter. Tim Lincecum (4-10, 5.72) took the lost as he went seven innings, giving up a run on five hits, two walks and a balk, while striking out six. Jeremy Affeldt pitched a scoreless inning, giving up a walk. George Kontos pitched a scoreless inning, giving up a hit, while striking out a batter.

The Phils had just six hits in the ballgame, a single by Jimmy Rollins, a single by Shane Victorino, a single by Chase Utley, a home run by Ryan Howard (RBI), a double by Carlos Ruiz and a double by Placido Polanco. The other Phil run came in on a balk, as the offense was kept tied up by the Giants’ pitching staff. The Phils also had three walks in the game.

The Phils are unable to complete the sweep as they lose to the Dodgers in extra-innings, 5-3.

The Phils are not able to sweep the Dodgers as they lose a tough one in extra-innings, losing to the Dodgers, 5-3.

The Dodgers took the lead in the second as Juan Rivera hits a lead-off home run, his fourth home run of the year, giving the Dodgers a 1-0 lead. The Phils tied the game up at one-all in the fourth as, with a man on second, and with one man out, Carlos Ruiz hits an RBI single, knocking in Shane Victorino, who had started the inning off with a single, then stole second base. The game would stay a pitchers’ duel until the tenth when the Phils took the lead as, with the bases loaded, via a walk to Jimmy Rollins, who is then moved up to second base on Victorino’s sacrifice bunt, 1-4, Chase Utley being intentionally walked and a walk to Ruiz, moving up a base both Rollins and Utley, and with one man out, Hunter Pence hits a two-run single, scoring Rollins and Utley, giving the Phils a 3-1 lead, while sending Ruiz up to second base. The Dodgers would cut the Phils’ lead down to 3-2 in their half of the tenth as, with a runner on second base, and with one man out, pinch hitter Bobby Abreu hits an RBI single to left that was out of the reach of shortstop Rollins, scoring Luis Cruz, who had started the inning off with a double. Three batters later, after Abreu had stolen second base, and then stopped at third base on Tony Gwynn, Jr’s infield single, and with two men out, the Dodgers tied the game up at three-all as Matt Kemp hits an RBI infield single, as he just beat Rollins’ throw to first base, knocking in Abreu, while Gwynn would move up to second base on the play. The Dodgers then won the game in the twelfth as, with one man on, and with one man out, Kemp hits a two-run home run, his thirteeth home run of the season, knocking in Mark Ellis, who had just walked, giving the Dodgers a walk-off 5-3 win.

Cliff Lee received a no-decision as he pitched eight strong innings, giving up just one run on two hits and a walk, while striking out four. Antonio Bastardo, Kyle Kendrick, Jeremy Horst (pitching to one batter) and Michael Schwimer would combine for a scoreless inning, giving up two hits (Bastardo (1), Horst (1)) and a walk (Schwimer) between them, while striking out three batters (Bastardo (1), Kendrick (1), Schwimer (1)). Jonathan Papelbon committed his third blown save of the season as he pitched an inning, giving up two runs on four hits, while striking out two. Jake Diekman (1-1, 5.03) took the lost as he pitched an inning and a third, giving up two runs on two hits and two walks, while striking out a batter. Clayton Kershaw also received a no-decision as he pitched eight strong innings, giving up a run on five scattered hits, while striking out seven. Kenley Jansen pitched a scoreless inning, as he gave up a hit and two walks, while striking out a batter. Javy Guerra pitched a third of an inning, giving up two runs on a hit and three walks. Scott Elbert pitched two-thirds of an inning, getting out both men that he would face. Josh Lindblom pitched a scoreless inning, giving up a hit, while he struck out two. Jamey Wright (4-2, 3.58) got the win as he threw a scoreless inning, giving up a hit and a walk.

The Phils had nine hits in the ballgame, with Shane Victorino leading the team with three hits, two singles and a double, followed by Carlos Ruiz (Singles, RBI) with two hits. Chase Utley, Hunter Pence (2 RBIs), John Mayberry, Jr. and pinch hitter Ryan Howard had the other four Phils’ hits, all singles. The Phils also had six walks, and two stolen bases (Victorino (20 & 21)) in the game.

The Phils (41-52, 5th East) have the day off today.

The Phils increased their winning streak to four games as they produce a late inning rally to defeat the Dodgers, 3-2.

A late inning rally leads to the Phils fourth straight victory, and their second straight series win, as they defeat the Dodgers, 3-2.

The Phils took the lead in the first as, with a man on third, and with one man out, Chase Utley hits an RBI ground out, 3-unassisted, knocking in Jimmy Rollins, who had started the game off with a double, then moved up to third base on Shane Victorino’s sacrifice bunt, 1-3, giving the Phils a 1-0 lead. The Dodgers tied the game up at one-all in the second as, with runners on second and third, and with nobody out, James Loney hits an RBI single, knocking in Andre Ethier, who had started the inning off with a single, then stopped at third base on Adam Kennedy’s double, while sending Kennedy, who had just doubled, up to third base. The Dodgers then took the lead one batter later as Luis Cruz hits an RBI single, scoring Kennedy, giving the Dodgers a 2-1 lead, while sending Loney up to second base. The Phils tried to tied the game up in the sixth as, with a runner on second, and with two men out, Ryan Howard, who had earlier walk, then reached second base on pitcher Steven Fife’s wild pitch, tried to score on Hunter Pence’s single to center field, but is gun down at the plate by a strong throw by center fielder Matt Kemp, as catcher A.J. Ellis applies the tag, keeping it a 2-1 Dodgers’ lead. The Phils would retake the lead in the eight as, with the bases loaded, via a walk to Utley, Howard being hit by a pitch, moving Utley up to second base, before he is pinch run for by John Mayberry, Jr. and Carlos Ruiz also being hit by a pitch, moving up both runners, and with two men out, Pence hits a two-run single, knocking in both Utley and Mayberry, with the later crossing the plate before Ruiz is thrown out trying to move up to third base by Kemp, as third baseman Kennedy applies the tag, for the inning’s final out, as the Phils take a 3-2 lead. That would end up being the final score as Jonathan Papelbon collected his twenty-first save of the year as he threw a 1-2-3 ninth inning.

Roy Halladay received a no-decision as he pitched five strong innings, giving up just two runs on five hits, while striking out six. Michael Schwimer and Jeremy Horst combined for a 1-2-3 inning. Kyle Kendrick (3-8, 4.71) got the win as he threw a scoreless inning and two-thirds, giving up two hits, while striking out a batter. Antonio Bastardo collected his seventeenth hold of the season as he pitched a third of an inning, striking out the only batter that he would face. Jonathan Papelbon collected his twenty-first save of the season as he pitched a 1-2-3 inning, striking out a batter. Stephen Fife, who was the Dodgers’ last minute starter, also received a no-decision as he went six innings, giving up a run on four hits and three walks, while striking out a batter. Josh Lindblom collected his fourteenth hold of the season as he threw a scoreless inning, striking out a batter. Ronald Belisario collected his thirteenth hold of the season, before taking the lost (3-1, 2.18), as he went two-thirds of an inning, giving up two runs on a walk and two hit batters. Kensley Jansen was handed his fifth blown save of the year as he pitched an inning and a third, giving up a hit.

The Phils had five hits in the game, with Hunter Pence leading the team with two hits, both singles, as he knocked in two runs. Jimmy Rollins (Double), Juan Pierre (Single) and Placido Polanco (Single), had the other three Phils’ hits. Chase Utley had the other Phil RBI on a ground out. The Phils also had four walks in the game, as well as two hit batters (Ryan Howard, Carlos Ruiz).

The Phils (41-51, 5th East) will conclude their series with the Dodgers (48-44, 2nd West) with an afternoon game, that is just starting, as they try to end a very successful road trip with a sweep of the Dodgers.

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