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The Phils sweep the home stand, as the offense and Roy Oswalt defeat the Astros, 7-3.

A strong outing by both Roy Oswalt and the offense led to a sweep of the Astros, the first time the Phils open the season with three wins at home since 1970, as they defeat the Astros, 7-3.

The Phils took a quick 3-0 lead in the first as, with two men on, and with one man out, Ryan Howard hits a three-run home run, his first home run of the season, and the first this year for the Phils, knocking in Placido Polanco, who had earlier walked and stopped at second base on Jimmy Rollins’ single, and Rollins, who had just singled. The Phils then made it 4-0 as, with two men out, Ben Francisco hits a solo home run, his first home run of the year. The Phils then took a 5-0 lead in the third as, with runners on the corners, and with nobody out, Howard hits an RBI double, scoring Polanco, who had earlier doubled, then went to third on Rollins’ single, while sending Rollins, who had earlier singled, would stop at third. The Astros got a run back in the fourth as Hunter Pence hits a lead-off home run, his first home run of the season, cutting the Phils’ lead to 5-1. The Astros then made it a 5-2 Phils’ lead as, with one man on, and with one man out, Brett Wallace hits an RBI ground out, 3-unassisted, scoring Carlos Lee, who had been safe at first on a force out, 6-4, wiping out Pence, who had earlier singled, at second base, then stopped at third base on Bill Hall’s double, while sending Hall, who had just doubled, on to third base. The Phils made it a 6-2 lead as, with runners on second and third, and with one man out, pinch hitter Shane Victorino hits an RBI single, scoring Francisco, who had earlier singled, went to second base on Carlos Ruiz’s walk, then moved up to third on Wilson Valdez’s sacrifice bunt, 6-4, while sending Ruiz, who had earlier walked, and then moved up to second base on Valdez’s sac bunt, up to third base. One batter later, the Phils took a 7-2 lead as rookie Michael Martinez hits an RBI single, his first career hit and his first career RBI, knocking in Ruiz, while sending Victorino on to second base. The Astros would make it a 7-3 Phils’ lead in the ninth as, with two men on, and with nobody out, Humberto Quintero hits into a 6-3 double play, wiping out Chris Johnson, who had just singled, while Wallace, who had earlier walked, and then went to third on Johnson’s single, scored. But that would be the final score as Kyle Kendrick would get Jason Michaels to fly out to right for the final out.

Roy Oswalt (1-0, 3.00) gets the win as he pitched six strong innings, giving up just two runs on five hits and a walk, while he struck out six. He is now 10-0 at Citizens Bank Park. David Herndon pitched two scoreless innings, giving up a hit. Kyle Kendrick pitched an inning, giving up a run on a hit and a walk. Bud Norris (0-1,11.25) took the lost as he gave up five runs on six hits and a walk, while striking out seven. Fernando Abad pitched a scoreless inning, giving up a hit. Aneury Rodriguez pitched a third of an inning, giving up two runs on a hit and a walk. Enerio Del Rosario pitched two-thirds of an inning, giving up two hits and a walk. Mark Melancon and Jeff Fulchino combine for two scoreless innings, giving up three hits (Melancon (2), Fulchino (1)) and two walks (Fulchino), while striking out one (Fulchino), between them.

The Phils had thirteen hits in the game, with Ryan Howard (Single, Double, Home Run, 4 RBIs) and Ben Francisco (2 Singles, Home Run, 1 RBI) lead the team with three hits each. Placido Polanco (Single, Double) and Jimmy Rollins (Singles) followed with two hits each. Michaels Martinez (Single, RBI), Wilson Valdez (Single) and pinch hitter Shane Victorino (Single, RBI) had the other two Phils’ hits. The offense, in the first three games, have had a total of thirty-seven hits, only eight of which were extra-base hits (6 2Bs, 2 HRs), as they scored a total of twenty-one runs, mostly through singles.

Shane Victorino, after being taken out of the game, pinch hit for Roy Oswalt in the sixth, before playing center field for the last three innings. Hopefully this will mean that things are not as bad with his legs as it sounded last night. We shall see.

The Phils (3-0, 1st) will continue their home stand with three games against the New York Mets (2-1, T-2nd), starting Tuesday night at 7:05 pm EDT. The Phils will send to the mound Cole Hamels (0-0, 0.00), who is coming off a 12-11 2010, with a 3.06 ERA. He will be trying to give the Phils a 4-0 start. The Mets will counter with Chris Young (0-0, 0.00), who is coming off a 2-0, 0.90 ERA 2010 season with the Padres.

The Phils sweep the home stand, as the offense and Roy Oswalt defeat the Astros, 7-3.

A strong outing by both Roy Oswalt and the offense led to a sweep of the Astros, the first time the Phils open the season with three wins at home since 1970, as they defeat the Astros, 7-3.

The Phils took a quick 3-0 lead in the first as, with two men on, and with one man out, Ryan Howard hits a three-run home run, his first home run of the season, and the first this year for the Phils, knocking in Placido Polanco, who had earlier walked and stopped at second base on Jimmy Rollins’ single, and Rollins, who had just singled. The Phils then made it 4-0 as, with two men out, Ben Francisco hits a solo home run, his first home run of the year. The Phils then took a 5-0 lead in the third as, with runners on the corners, and with nobody out, Howard hits an RBI double, scoring Polanco, who had earlier doubled, then went to third on Rollins’ single, while sending Rollins, who had earlier singled, would stop at third. The Astros got a run back in the fourth as Hunter Pence hits a lead-off home run, his first home run of the season, cutting the Phils’ lead to 5-1. The Astros then made it a 5-2 Phils’ lead as, with one man on, and with one man out, Brett Wallace hits an RBI ground out, 3-unassisted, scoring Carlos Lee, who had been safe at first on a force out, 6-4, wiping out Pence, who had earlier singled, at second base, then stopped at third base on Bill Hall’s double, while sending Hall, who had just doubled, on to third base. The Phils made it a 6-2 lead as, with runners on second and third, and with one man out, pinch hitter Shane Victorino hits an RBI single, scoring Francisco, who had earlier singled, went to second base on Carlos Ruiz’s walk, then moved up to third on Wilson Valdez’s sacrifice bunt, 6-4, while sending Ruiz, who had earlier walked, and then moved up to second base on Valdez’s sac bunt, up to third base. One batter later, the Phils took a 7-2 lead as rookie Michael Martinez hits an RBI single, his first career hit and his first career RBI, knocking in Ruiz, while sending Victorino on to second base. The Astros would make it a 7-3 Phils’ lead in the ninth as, with two men on, and with nobody out, Humberto Quintero hits into a 6-3 double play, wiping out Chris Johnson, who had just singled, while Wallace, who had earlier walked, and then went to third on Johnson’s single, scored. But that would be the final score as Kyle Kendrick would get Jason Michaels to fly out to right for the final out.

Roy Oswalt (1-0, 3.00) gets the win as he pitched six strong innings, giving up just two runs on five hits and a walk, while he struck out six. He is now 10-0 at Citizens Bank Park. David Herndon pitched two scoreless innings, giving up a hit. Kyle Kendrick pitched an inning, giving up a run on a hit and a walk. Bud Norris (0-1,11.25) took the lost as he gave up five runs on six hits and a walk, while striking out seven. Fernando Abad pitched a scoreless inning, giving up a hit. Aneury Rodriguez pitched a third of an inning, giving up two runs on a hit and a walk. Enerio Del Rosario pitched two-thirds of an inning, giving up two hits and a walk. Mark Melancon and Jeff Fulchino combine for two scoreless innings, giving up three hits (Melancon (2), Fulchino (1)) and two walks (Fulchino), while striking out one (Fulchino), between them.

The Phils had thirteen hits in the game, with Ryan Howard (Single, Double, Home Run, 4 RBIs) and Ben Francisco (2 Singles, Home Run, 1 RBI) lead the team with three hits each. Placido Polanco (Single, Double) and Jimmy Rollins (Singles) followed with two hits each. Michaels Martinez (Single, RBI), Wilson Valdez (Single) and pinch hitter Shane Victorino (Single, RBI) had the other two Phils’ hits. The offense, in the first three games, have had a total of thirty-seven hits, only eight of which were extra-base hits (6 2Bs, 2 HRs), as they scored a total of twenty-one runs, mostly through singles.

Shane Victorino, after being taken out of the game, pinch hit for Roy Oswalt in the sixth, before playing center field for the last three innings. Hopefully this will mean that things are not as bad with his legs as it sounded last night. We shall see.

The Phils (3-0, 1st) will continue their home stand with three games against the New York Mets (2-1, T-2nd), starting Tuesday night at 7:05 pm EDT. The Phils will send to the mound Cole Hamels (0-0, 0.00), who is coming off a 12-11 2010, with a 3.06 ERA. He will be trying to give the Phils a 4-0 start. The Mets will counter with Chris Young (0-0, 0.00), who is coming off a 2-0, 0.90 ERA 2010 season with the Padres.

The Phillies sweep the first place Marlins by crushing them, 13-2

For the first time in 2009, the Phillies took an early lead and held onto it, as they proceeded to sweep the first place Marlins by defeating them handily, 13-2. The victory place them in second place, a game and a half behind the now slumping fish in the National League East.

The Phils took the lead in the first as, with runners on second and third, and with one man out, Ryan Howard hits an RBI bloop single into left field, scoring Shane Victorino, who had earlier walked, moved up to second base on Eric Bruntlett’s walk and had gone over to third on Chase Utley’s ground out, 3-unassistant, giving the Phils a 1-0 lead, while sending Bruntlett, who had earlier walk and had gone to second on Utley’s ground out, over to third. After Jayson Werth had walked, loading up the bases as Howard moved over to second, Raul Ibanez made it a 2-0 Phillies’ lead as he hits a sacrifice fly to left, scoring Bruntlett. In the fourth, the Phillies made it 4-0 when, with runners on second and third, and two men outs, Utley hits a two-run single, scoring Phillies’ starter Jamie Moyer, who had earlier singled and had gone over to third on Bruntlett’s double, and Bruntlett, who had earlier doubled. The Marlins would finally score a run in the fifth as, with runners on first and second, and two men out, Hanley Ramirez hits an RBI single, making it a 4-1 Phils’ lead, scoring Cody Ross, who had earlier singled, and had gone to second base on Burke Badenhop’s sacrifice bunt attempt, beating Chris Coste’s throw to second, while sending Badenhop, who had earlier been safe on his sacrifice bunt attempt, went over to second. Moyer would then get out of the inning by getting Jorge Cantu to fly out to left field on a spectacular catch by Ibanez. The Phillies finally broke the game wide open in the seventh. With runners on second and third, and one man out, Pedro Feliz hits a RBI single, easily scoring Werth, who had earlier reached base on a Jeremy Hermida’s two-base fielding error, ending up on second, and stealing third as part of a double steal with Ibanez, giving the Phils a 5-1 lead, while sending Ibanez, who had been intentionally walked and had stolen second, to third base, putting runners on the corners. Coste was then hit by the pitch, sending him to first, while Feliz moved up to second, loading up the bases. Pinch hitter Greg Dobbs then walks, forcing in Ibanez, making the score 6-1 Phillies, while Feliz and Coste both moved up a base, leaving the bases loaded. Victorino then broke the game wide open as he hits a two-run RBI single, giving the Phillies an 8-1 lead, as he scored both Feliz and Coste, while sending Dobbs over to second. The Phils added to their lead in the eighth. With the bases loaded, via a single to Howard, a walk to Werth and a single to Ibanez, Feliz hits an RBI single, making the score 9-1 Phils as Howard scored, while Werth and Ibanez moved up to third and second base, with no one out. After Coste strikes out, pinch hitter Matt Stairs took a walk, focing in Werth, and making it a 10-1 Phils’ lead, while both Ibanez and Feliz moved up a base, with one out. Victorino followed with a two-run double, knocking in both Ibanez and Feliz, while sending Stairs over to third, as he made it a 12-1 Phils’ lead. Bruntlett then knocked in the thirteenth and final Phils’ run with a sacrifice fly, scoring Stairs from third base. In the bottom of the ninth, Alfredo Amezega made the score 13-2 Phils, when, with a runner on third, and one out, he hits a sacrfice fly, scoring Ronny Paulino from third, who had earlier doubled and had gone to third on a J.A. Happ’s wild pitch, for the inning’s second out. Happ then struck out Cameron Maybin for the final out.

Jamie Moyer got the win, as he pitched six solid innings, giving up only one run on seven scattered hits and a walk, while striking out six. His record is now 3-1, tying him for the team’s lead in wins, while reducing his ERA to 5.09. His record against the Marlins is now 12-1. Chad Durbin pitched a scoreless inning, giving up no hits. J.A. Happ pitched two innings, giving up a run on one hit and a wild pitch, as he struck out three. The Phils’ pitching staff gave up no home runs in the game. Rookie Graham Taylor took the lost, being wild early, as he would only go three and two-thirds innings, giving up four runs on four hits, six walks and a hit batter, as he struck out only two batters. His record is 0-1 with a 9.82 ERA. Burke Badenhop then pitched two and one-third scoreless innings, giving up only a hit and a walk, while he struck out two. Hayden Penn pitched an inning plus three batters, giving up seven runs, only six of which were earned, on four hits, three walks, a hit batter and a wild pitch, while he struck out two. Kiko Calero pitched an inning, giving up two runs on two hits and a walk, as he struck out a Phillie batter. Regular position player, Cody Ross, came in to pitched a scoreless ninth, giving up just a hit.

The Phillies had twelve hits in the game, with Pedro Feliz leading the team with three hits, all singles, as he raised his batting average to .298. Shane Victorino and Ryan Howard followed with two hits apiece, with one of Victorino’s hits being a double. Eric Bruntlett, Chase Utley, Jayson Werth, Raul Ibanez and Jamie Moyer each recorded a hit, with Bruntlett’s hit being a double. Victorino knocked in four runs in the game, Utley and Feliz each knocked in two runs, while Bruntlett, Howard, Ibanez, Dobbs and Stairs each had an RBI. The Phils also gathered eleven walks in the game, along with two hit batsmen.

The Phillies (9-8, 2nd) comes back home to start a three-games series at Citizens Bank Park with the last place Nationals (4-13, 5th). The game will start at 7:05 pm Eastern. Joe Blanton (0-2, 7.31), will take the mound for the Phils, coming off his second straight lost, this one at the hands of the Brewers on April 22, as he pitched a quality start, giving up three runs on eight hits and a walk, as he struck out five, in six innings of work, in the Phillies’ 3-1 lost. He will be looking for his first win of the year and his third straight quality start. The Nationals will countered with Shairon Martis (2-0, 4.11), who is coming off his second straight win against the Braves on April 21, as he pitched six strong innings, giving up only two runs on six hits and four walks, while he struck out two, in the Nationals’ 4-3 win. He will be going for his third straight victory of the season, his second against the Phillies. The Phils hope to increase their winning streak to four games.

Final Countdown to the Playoffs: Game 10: Pat Burrell’s two-run blast leads to the third series sweep of the Braves at Turner Field.

A two-run blast by Pat Burrell would be the difference as the Phillies sweep the Braves for the third time at Turner Field, the first time that this has happened to the Braves since the Cubs did it to them in 1909 when they were known as the Boston Doves. The win keep the Phils a half game in front of the Mets in the East as the Mets crushed the Nationals last night. The Phillies would take the lead in the first as, with one out and a man on first, Jayson Werth would hit a RBI double, scoring Chase Utley, who has earlier singled, to give the Phils a quick 1-0 lead. Werth would then go to third base on Braves’ center fielder Josh Anderson’s fielding error. Ryan Howard would then bring Werth home with a sacrifice fly, giving the Phillies a 2-0 lead. The Braves would get a run back in their half of the first as, with a runner on first and two outs, Brian McCann would hit a RBI double of his own, scoring Chipper Jones, who has earlier walked, to make it a 2-1 Phillies’ lead. The Braves would then tie it in the second as Casey Kotchman would hit a lead-off home run, his thirteenth home run of the year. The game would then become a pitchers’ duel between Braves’ starter Mike Hampton and Phillies’ starter Cole Hamels, with neither pitcher bending, especially Hamels as the Braves would have man on base during all six innings that he would eventually pitch. The Phillies would take the lead for good in the sixth, as, with a runner on first and one out, Pat Burrell would hit a two-run blast into the left field seats, his thirty-second home run of the year, and his 250th of his career as a Phil, third on the team’s all-time list, knocking in Howard, who was safe on a force out, giving the Phillies a 4-2 lead. The Braves would get one run back in a very wierd seventh inning. After Ryan Madson, who was pitching in relief of Hamels, has struck out the first two Braves’ batters on six pitches, Kelly Johnson would reach base on a grounder to Howard that was originally called an error as the ball would be deflected by Howard, since Howard should’ve been able to make the play, except that he might have gotten distracted by Johnson’s bat as it got broken by Madson’s 0-2 sinker and part of it flew in his direction, but would later be called a single by the scorer. Jones would then walk, putting Johnson on second. McCann would then hit a fly ball to left, which should’ve been handled by Burrell, but he would be called off by Jimmy Rollins who would end up dropping the ball for an error, allowing Johnson to score, making it 4-3 Phillies, and for Jones to move up to third while McCann was safe at first. After McCann is replaced at first by pinch runner Brent Lillibridge, Lillibridge would go to second on Madson’s wild pitch, putting the go ahead run in scoring position. But that would be as far as the Braves would get as Madson would get Omar Infante to pop out to third for the inning’s third out. The Phillies would fail to add an insurance run in both the eighth and ninth innings, while J.C. Romero would keep the Braves from doing any damage in the bottom of the eighth. In the bottom of the ninth, Brad Lidge would be given the ball, and unlike Tuesday’s night wild ninth, he would put down the Braves 1-2-3 for his thirty-eighth save of the year in thirty-eight tries.

Cole Hamels would get the win as he would go six innings, giving up only two earned runs on six hits and two walks while striking out five. His record is now 14-9 with an ERA of 3.10. Ryan Madson would pitch an inning, giving up an unearned run on one hit and a walk, while striking out two. J.C. Romero would pitch a scoreless inning, giving up just one hit. Brad Lidge would get his thirty-eighth save of the year as he pitched a 1-2-3 ninth inning, striking out two. Mike Hampton would take the lost as he goes seven innings, giving up four runs, only two of which were earned, on six hits. His record is now 2-3 with a 5.05 ERA. Julian Tavarez and Jeff Bennett would each pitch a scoreless inning, giving up just one hit (Tavarez) and walking a man each.

Although the Phillies’ bat weren’t as damaging as they were in the first two games, they were able to outscore the Braves as they accomplish something that has not been done to the Braves for 99 years, since the Cubs beat them in eleven home games when they were known as the Boston Doves in 1909: sweep the Braves in their home ball park in three straight home series. Also, this is the first time since 1943, when the Braves were still playing in Boston, that the Braves have lost nine home games to another franchise. This was mainly because the Phillies’ pitchers were able to keep the Braves from being able to score after getting a runner on base, since they had at least one man get on base in the first eight innings before Lidge would come in and get a 1-2-3 inning on thirteen pitches. The offensive star of the night was Pat Burrell as he was the only man in the line up to get two hits, as he went 2 for 3 with a single and a home run, his 250th as a Phil, putting him in third place on the team’s all time list and 9 home runs behind Del Ennis. The rest of the starters would get at least a hit, except for Jimmy Rollins and Ryan Howard, who would both take the collar, although they both would reach base with a walk, while Howard would knock in a run with a sacrifice fly. The presently hot Phillies will need to stay hot, taking their seven games winning streak as they face an equally hot Marlins team who have won their last eight games, as they see their pennant hopes slowly slipping away.

The Phillies (86-67) will played their last three games set on the road as they face the third place Marlins (80-72). The first game of the series will be played at Dolphin Stadium and will start at 7:10 pm Eastern. The Phillies’ starter will be Brett Myers (10-11, 4.06), who is coming off a complete game victory against the Brewers on September 14, as he gave up an earned run on two hits, in the Phillies’ 6-1 win in the nightcap of a day/night doubleheader. Since coming back from his minor league assignment, Myers has been red hot, going 7-2 and two no-decisions in eleven starts, with an ERA of 1.80. One of those two losts, sadly, came at the hands of the Marlins on September 10, as he went seven and a third innings, giving up four earned runs on eight hits, in the Phillies’ 7-3 lost. The numbers are deceptive, though, as Myers controlled the fish for the first six innings, giving up just three runs in those innings, but getting almost no support from the Phillies’ bat, especially after they had tied the game in the fifth. Myers will be looking to even his overall record and for his eighth win since his return, while hoping that the Phillies will this time give him some runs support against the fish. The Marlins will counter with Josh Johnson (5-1, 3.30), who is coming off a win against the Nationals on September 13, as he went six innings, giving up two earned runs on six hits, in the Marlins’ 4-2 win. In his previous start against the Phillies on August 5 he picked up a win as he went six innings, giving up no runs on five hits, in the Marlins’ 8-2 win. He will be trying to extend the Marlins’ eight games winning streak while snapping the Phillies’ seven games winning streak.

The Phillies are still a half game ahead of the Mets, as the Mets, after defeating the Nationals last night, head on to Atlanta for a three games series. They are still five and a half games ahead of the Marlins, who have finished sweeping the Astros and will now host the Phils. In the Wild Card chase, the Mets lead over the Brewers is now a game and a half as the Brewers lost to the Cubs in extra-innings. The Brewers will now face the Reds in Cincinnati for three games. The Mets now lead the hot Marlins and the fading Astros by five games, as the fish host the Phillies while the Astros will play the Pirates for three games. The Phillies will be looking to continue their winning streak and to increase their lead in the Eastern Division while trying to end the Marlins’ pennant hopes in both the division and the wild card.

The Phillies, behind Brett Myers, have finished their impossible sweep of the Brewers. They are now tied for first place in the wild card race and are a game behind the Mets in the East.

Behind the two-hit pitching of Brett Myers, the Phillies have completed the destruction of the slumping Brewers, getting a share of the lead in the NL Wild Card race while putting themselves a game behind the Mets in the East. The Phillies took a quick 1-0 lead in the first when, with runners on first and third, and no one out, Chase Utley would hit into a 4-6-3 double play, wiping out Jayson Werth at second, who has earlier singled, while scoring Jimmy Rollins, who has earlier doubled and would go to third on Werth’s single. The Phillies would break the game open in the second as, with runners on the corners and two men out, Phillies’ starter Brett Myers would get a RBI single, knocking in Pat Burrell, who has earlier walked, went to second on Shane Victorino’s single and then moved to third on Pedro Feliz’s 6-4-3 double play, wiping out Victorino at second, to increase the Phillies’ lead to 2-0, while sending Chris Coste, who has been intentionally walked to get to Myers, to second. After a wild pitch by Brewers’ starter Jeff Suppan would place Coste and Myers on third and second respectively, Rollins would follow with a two-run single, scoring both Coste and Myers, who would just beat Jason Kendall’s tag at home plate, to give the Phillies a 4-0 lead. The Phillies would add to their lead in the fourth as Burrell lead-off the inning with a solo home run, his thirty-first home run of the year, making it 5-0 Phillies. Six batters later, with the bases loaded via a double (Victorino), a hit batsman (Coste) and an intentional walk (Rollins, after Myers would sacrifice both Victorino and Coste over to third and second respectively), and with two men out, Werth would bring in the Phils’ final run with a walk, forcing in Victorino, giving the Phils a 6-0 lead. That would be it for Suppan as Brewers’ manager Ned Yost would take him out for Tim Dillard, who would end the inning by getting Utley to pop out. Meantime, Myers would breeze along, getting the Brewers out almost with ease, while keeping his pitch count low, allowing only two men on base, via a walk (Craig Counsell, who would later be wiped out on a 6-4-3 double play by Kendall) in the third, and a single (Ray Durham) in the fourth. He would only make one mistake as he would give up a solo home run to Prince Fielder in the seventh on a 3-2 slider, Fielder’s thirtieth home run of the year, with two men out, which would make it a 6-1 Phillies’ lead. But that would be the best that the Brewers would be able to do against Myers as he would get out the next seven batters with ease, pitching a complete game.

Myers would pick up the win as he pitches a complete game, giving up just one earned run on two hits and a walk, while striking out four. His record is now 10-11 with his ERA dropping to 4.05. Jeff Suppan would receive the lost, giving up all six runs, all earned, on eight hits and four walks as he is only able to last three and two-thirds innings. Suppan’s record is now 10-9 with a 4.85 ERA. Tim Dillard, Seth McClung and Todd Coffey would all combine to pitch four and a third innings of shut out ball, giving up just three hits (Dillard (1), Coffey (2)).

The Phillies have done what would’ve been impossible a few weeks earlier. They have beaten the ever dangerous Brewers, putting themselves in a tie with them for first place in the NL Wild Card while placing themselves just a game behind the Mets in the pennant race for the Eastern Division, and doing it with a couple of starters who would both be pitching with only three days rest (Jamie Moyer and Brett Myers), a third who was not pitching as advertised (Joe Blanton), while the team’s ace would be recovering from a beating in his previous start against their main rival in the East (Cole Hamels), while the team’s fifth starter have finally fallen apart in his last start (Kyle Kendrick), forcing the three days rest situations for both Moyer and Myers. Now, with the sweep completed and with the day off, the Phillies’ starting rotation and the bull pen looks to be in a lot stronger position for the final twelve games of the season then they did when Kendrick was getting spanked by the Marlins on September 9. Everything now depends on the offense not reverting back to the old inconsistencies if they want to get into the playoffs as either the NL Eastern Division Champ for the second straight season, or as the NL Wild Card entrance. We will all know the answer on September 28.

The Phillies, with the sweep, are now trailing the Mets by only a game in the East, as the Mets lost to the Braves. The Mets will now start a four games series against the Nationals in Washington. The Phillies now lead the Marlins by five and a half games as the fish defeated the Nationals. The Marlins will now have the day off, before they start a three games series with the Astros in Miami. In the wild card race, the reeling Brewers will also have the day off before they start an important three games series with the Cubs in Chicago, trying to regain their composure after getting swept by the Phillies. The Phillies, along with the Brewers, are now two games ahead of the Astros, who lost last night to the Cubs, as they got caught in the wrong end of a no hitter. They are presently playing the second of the two games with the Cubs that was rained out by Hurricane Ivan, and are presently trailing. The Phillies and Brewers are now four and a half games ahead of the Cardinals after their lost to the Pirates. The redbirds will have the day off today before they face the Reds for three in Cincinnati starting tomorrow. The Phillies have today off before they start a three games series in Atlanta, hoping that they can sweep their third straight series in Atlanta against the Braves.

Phillies get swept by Dodgers as offense waste a good effort by Myers. Lost drops Phils into second place in the East.

The Phillies get two hit by Dodgers’ pitching as a good effort by Brett Myers is wasted as the Phils get swept by the Dodgers, 3-1. The lost puts them in second place in the National League East, a game behind the Mets. The Dodgers would get their first run of the game in the second inning, as, with a runner on third, and one out, Nomar Garciaparra would hit a ground ball that would bounce out of Myers’ reach and be grabbed by Chase Utley, who would then proceed to throw out Garciaparra at first, as he knocks in James Loney, who has tripled earlier on a ball that would get past a diving Geoff Jenkins, who would try to make a diving catch instead of just grabbing it on a bounce and keeping it a single, giving the Dodgers a 1-0 lead. The Dodgers would add a second run in the sixth as Matt Kemp would hit a lead off home run, his fourteenth home run of the year, and only the second given up by Myers since coming back from the minors, to make it 2-0 LA. The Phillies would finally get a run across in the seventh as Ryan Howard would hit a sacrifice fly, scoring Jayson Werth, who has earlier doubled and reach third on Utley’s ground out, pitcher to first, cutting the Dodgers’ lead to 2-1. Werth’s double would be the Phils second and last hit of the night (the other one being Utley’s double in the fourth with two outs) as Dodgers’ starter Hiroki Kuroda would keep the bats quiet during his seven innings of work, walking none and striking out seven Phils. The Dodgers would get the run back in their half of the seventh, as, with a runner on second, and two men out, Casey Blake would hit a RBI single, scoring Russell Martin, who has earlier singled and then stole second, to give the Dodgers a 3-1 lead. That would be it as Hong-Chih Kuo would pitch two scoreless innings in relief, letting only one man get on base, via a walk, as he would record his first save of the year.

Brett Myers would take the lost in spite of a quality start in which he would go seven innings, giving up only three earned runs on five hits, as he struck out eight Dodgers, one of whom being Manny Ramierz, whom he would muzzle by having him go 0 for 3 with a walk, the only walk Myers would allow during the game. His record is now 5-10 with a 5.02 ERA. Scott Eyre would pitch a scorless inning, giving up one hit, walking one batter while striking out one. Hideki Kuroda would get the win as he pitches seven innings, giving up only one earned run on two hits while striking out seven. His record is now 7-8 with a 3.88 ERA. Hong-Chih Kuo would get his first save of the year, as he pitches two scoreless innings, giving up no hits.

The Phillies’ offense has just hit a new low as it was able to get only two hits last night in their lack of support of another excellent outing by one of their starters, this one provided by Brett Myers, his fourth quality start since his return from the minors to get his head straighten out. I am not going to state the obvious as it looks like this team is just plain lifeless. It is obvious that they need a spark to get them going, but they just don’t seem to know where to find it. If anyone is able to find a spark, please send it to Citizens Bank Park. PLEASE!!!!

The now second place Phillies (64-57) now head down to San Diego for a three games series with the Padres (47-74, 5th National League West). The game will be played tonight in PETCO Park, and will start at 10:05 pm Eastern (7:05 pm Pacific). The Phillies will send to the mound the 45 years old veteran Jamie Moyer (10-7, 3.81), who is coming off a no-decision against the Pirates on August 10, where he went six innings, giving up three earned runs on seven hits, in the Phillies’ 6-3 win. Lifetime against the Padres, he is 7-7 with a 4.53 ERA in 17 starts, including a start this year on April 30, a lost, in which he would pitch five and a third innings, giving up four earned runs on nine hits, in the Phillies’ 4-2 lost. He will be looking to pitch his thirteenth consecutive quality start while trying to end the Phillies’ four game slide and keep them close to the Mets. His opponent will be veteran pitcher and Phillies’ killer Greg Maddux (6-8, 4.12), who is coming off a win against the Rockies on August 9, where he went six innings, giving up only two earned runs on six hits, in the Padres’ 8-3 win. He has faced the Phillies once already this year, on April 29, when they would at the time deny him his 350th win, as he would pitch six and a third innings in a losing effort, giving up three earned runs on eight hits, in the Padres’ 7-4 lost. He will be trying to revenge his earlier season lost while seeing if he can continue the Phillies’ present offensive struggles.

The now second place Phillies trail the Mets by a game, as New York prepares to play the Pirates in Pittsburgh for a weekend series. They are ahead of the Marlins by a game and a half as the Marlins get ready to visit the red hot Cubs in Miami. The Braves are nine games behind the Phillies, as they get ready to host the Giants. The Phillies hope that they can get some wins in San Diego, to stay close to the Mets, before coming back home for a nine games series that will begin this coming Tuesday with the Nationals.

The Phillies sweep the Braves, as Hamels just missed pitching another shut out.

The Phillies leaves Atlanta with a sweep and a surprising winning road trip while Cole Hamels just missed pitching a complete game shut out as the Phillies defeated the Braves, 4-1. The Phillies would score their first run in the first inning as Braves’ starter Jair Jurrjens gives up a solo home run to Chase Utley, his league leading twenty-fourth home run of the year, making it 1-0 Phillies. The Phillies would make it 2-0 in the fourth, when, with one out, Pedro Feliz would hit a RBI single, scoring Pat Burrell, who had gotten on base earlier with a double. The Phillies would increase their lead to 3-0 in the sixth when Ryan Howard would hit his twenty-second home of the year, a solo shot to left. The fourth and last Phillies’ run would come in in the seventh on a solo hime run by Feliz, his tenth home run of the year. While the Phillies were scoring their runs, Hamels was dominating the Braves, keeping them scoreless for eight innings, giving up only three hits during that time, while striking out six of the seven Braves that he would strike out that night. This would all change in the ninth. Chipper Jones would start the inning off with a double to center. Hamels would then get out the next two Braves, Mark Teixeira via a ground ball, short to first, that would keep Jones at second, and then striking out Omar Infante for his seventh strike out of the game. But, he would then lose the shut out as he gives up a RBI double to Brian McCann, a ball that got past a diving Howard, scoring Jones, making the score 4-1 Phillies. That would be it for Hamels, as Charlie Manuel takes him out of the game and replaces him with Tom Gordon. Gordon would end the game on one pitch as he gets the slumping Jeff Francoeur to fly out to left, as he records his second save of the year.

Cole Hamels would get the win as he goes eight and two-thirds innings, giving up only an earned run on five hits, while striking out seven. His record is now 9-5 with a 3.22 ERA. Tom Gordon would pitch to only one batter as he records his second save of the year. Jair Jurrjens would take the lost, as he goes seven innings, giving up four earned runs on eight hits. His record is now 8-4 with a 3.09 ERA. Will Ohman and Mike Gonzalez would both pitch a hitless/scoreless inning.

While the Phillies’ offense would be limited tonight to only eight hits, they would mostly be for extra-bases (1 (2B), 1 (3B), 3 (HR)). And, with Cole Hamels on the mound that would be more than enough for him to work with. With the sweep, the Phillies will end up with a winning road trip, something that was now expected with the way the Phillies were batting in both Oakland and Arlington, Texas. They will now come home to begin a four games series with the Mets.

The first place Phillies (47-39) will now come home to Citizens Bank Park for a four games Independence Weekend series with the third place Mets (42-43). The first game will be played tomorrow night, starting at 7:05 pm Eastern. The Phillies’ starter will be J.A.Happ (0-0, -.–), who has just been called up from Lehigh Valley, where he has went 5-6 with a ERA of 3.54. He will be taking Brett Myers place in the rotation, hoping to pitch well enough to stay with the main team.The Mets will send out Johan Santana (7-7, 3.01), who is coming off a loss to the Yankees on June 28, where he would pitch six innings, giving up three earned runs on four hits, in the Mets’ 3-2 lost. He has lost his last three games in a row and four of his last five, with a no-decision in a game that the Mets would also lose. Santana will for the sixth straight time be trying for his eighth win of the season, while hoping that he can stop the Phillies just reawaken offense.

The Phillies’ lead over the Marlins is presently at two and a half games, as the Marlins have just lost to the Rockies in extra-innings. Their lead over the Mets is presently at four and a half games, as the Mets have just defeated the Cardinals in St.Louis. The Phillies, with the win, are now leading the Braves by seven games. As the Phillies come home for Independence Day, they hope to celebrate it by producing some fireworks of their own against the Mets.

Offense helps Eaton win his first game of the season, Phils trails Marlins by 1/2 game.

The Phillies’ offense was only able to get six hits during last night’s game, but they were able to make them all count as they defeated the Rockies, 6-1, giving Adam Eaton his first win of the year. The Phillies would score first when, with the bases loaded, and two outs, Geoff Jenkins would take the walk, scoring Shane Victornio who has gotten on base earlier with a single. The Rockies would tie the game in the top of the third, when Todd Helton hits a RBI single to left, scoring Willy Taveras. But, after Pat Burrell has thrown the ball back into the infield, the Phils would catch Helton overrunning first base, and get him into a run down, Jimmy Rollins to Chase Utley to Ryan Howard, who would then throw the ball home when he sees Seth Smith trying to score on the play. Howard’s perfect throw would nail Smith out at home plate, as Carlos Ruiz puts on the tag, keeping the score tied at one to one. The Phillies would then go to work in the fifth. After Greg Reynolds has walked both Rollins and Victorino, he would give up a three-runs home run to Utley, his seventeenth of the year, scoring both Rollins and Victorino, giving the Phils back the lead, 4-1. Three batters later, with Howard on first, via another walk, and with one out, Reynolds would give up another home run, this time to Jenkins, his fourth of the season, scoring Howard, to make it a 6-1 Phillies’ lead. That would be the ballgame, as the Phillies’ bullpen, after relieving Eaton in the seventh, would keep the now very frustrated Rockies from being able to score during the last three innings.

Adam Eaton gets the win, as he would go six innings of very aggressive pitching, giving up only one earned runs on four scattered hits, while striking out four and walking only one. His record is now 1-3 with a 4.99 ERA. Ryan Madson would pitch one and one-third innings of relief, giving up no runs on two hits. J.C. Romero would go two-thirds of an inning, giving up no runs on no hits. Chad Durbin would pitch the ninth, giving up no runs on two hits. Greg Reynolds took the lost, pitching five and two-thirds innings as he gives up six earned runs on five hits, while walking eight Phils, four of whom would later score. He is now 0-2 with a 5.40 ERA. Jason Grilli would pitch one and one-third innings, giving up no runs on no hits. Matt Herges would pitch one inning, giving up no runs on one hits.

With the win, the Phillies have completed their second series sweep of the year, with both of them coming at the expense of the Rockies. The Phillies have, in fact, swept their season series with the Rockies and have swept the Rockies for the first time since they have joined the Majors back in 1993.

The Phillies have now won four games in a row for the first time this season, while also being seven wins over .500 for the first time this year. With the six runs that they have scored last night, the Phillies have now scored seventy-three runs in their last eight games, as well as winning seven of their last nine games. During their last four games, Chase Utley has knocked in thirteen RBIs, including his career high six RBIs on Monday night, tying him for first place in RBIs with Lance Berkman of the Astros, while his home run puts him back into first place in home runs with seventeen, over both Berkman and Dan Uggla of the Marlins, both with sixteen home runs. Utley is also among the league leaders in total bases (2nd), runs scored (4th), hits (7th), doubles (8th-T) and slugging percentage (4th), while he is 15th in batting average. Ryan Howard and Pat Burrell are also among the league leaders in several offensive categories. Howard is among the leaders in home runs (5th-T), RBIs (8th-T), runs scored (10th-T) and walks (9th), while Burrell is among the leaders in home runs (7th-T), RBIs (18th-T), doubles (13-T), walks (2nd) and slugging percentage (7th). As a team, the Phillies are right now first in home runs (79), RBIs (284), total bases (874) and slugging percentage (.457), are second in runs scored (293), third in hits (511) and doubles (114), fourth in walks (203) and team on-base percentage (.341) and fifth in team batting average (.267). They are also seventh in stolen bases (38). 

The Phillies presently have the fifth best record in the National League at 31-24 with a .564 winning percentage. Their pitching staff is second overall in innings pitched (490.0), while sixth in team ERA (3.99) and their relief core is still leading the league in ERA (2.81), while it is seventh in saves (14), has given up the third least number of hits (146), the least runs (56), the least earned runs (52), the least home runs given up (10), and is tied with the Padres for the least hit batters (3).

The win puts the Phils a half game behind the now cooling Marlins, who have lost their game with the Mets in extra-innings, 7-6. The Phillies are now two games ahead of the Braves, who have lost their game with the Brewers, 1-0, as their road problems continue. The Phillies are still four games ahead of the fourth place Mets. As the Phillies and Marlins take the day off, the Braves will conclude their series with the Brewers, now in the top of the fifth inning, with the Braves winning, while the Mets will begin a four games series at home with the Dodgers.

The Phillies will start a three games home stand with the Florida Marlins (30-22) tomorrow night. The first game of the series will begin at 7:05 pm Eastern at Citizens Bank Park. The Phils’ starting pitcher will be Brett Myers (2-6, 5.79), who is coming off of his fourth straight lost, this time at the hands of the Astros on May 24, where he pitched six innings, giving up four earned runs on eight hits, in the Phils’ 4-3 lost. Myers will be looking to get back to his winning ways, while hoping that the offense will give him some much needed runs support. The Marlins will be sending to the mound Mark Hendrickson (7-2, 4.14), who is coming off one of his worst starts, in spite of winning the game. He would go five innings against the Giants on May 25, giving up five earned runs on nine hits, in the Marlins’ 8-6 win, in the first game of a makeup doubleheader. He will be going for his eighth win of the season, while hoping that the Phillies’ bat won’t be aiming to up his ERA. The Phillies will be trying to win the weekend series with the Marlins so that they can regain the lead in the National League East, while hoping that the Braves and Mets will lose ground during their series at Cincinnati and against the Dodgers, respectively. 

Edit: The Braves have just won their game against the Brewers, 8-1. So the Phillies are now ahead of third place Atlanta by a game and a half as the Braves head to Cincinnati to play the Reds.

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