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The Phils lose their third game in a row, thanks in part to a baserunning blunder, as they fall to the Nationals, 2-1.

A baserunning mistake comes back to bite the Phils before they drop one to the Nats, 2-1.

The Nats took the lead in the second as, with one man out, Ian Desmond hits a solo home run, his seventh home run of the season, giving the Nats a 1-0 lead. The Nats then increased their lead in the fourth as, with two men on, and with one man out, Desmond hits an RBI single, knocking in Bryce Harper, who had started the inning off with a single, then stole second base, giving the Nats a 2-0 lead, which sending Adam LaRoche, who had just walked, up to second base. The Phils tried to get on the board in the sixth as they put two men on base, via a walk to Placido Polanco, and then a double by Shane Victorino, and with nobody out. But then, as Hunter Pence lined out to center field for the inning’s first out, with center fielder Rick Ankiel having to jump into the air to be able to catch the ball, Polanco made a base running blunder by not going back to third base to tag up and score, instead staying at third. That would hurt even more as the next batter, Carlos Ruiz, hits a ball sharply to first baseman LaRoche, who caught the ball and then threw it home for the fielder’s choice out, as catcher Jesus Flores tagged out Polanco for the inning’s second out, while Ruiz reached first base safely. To add further insult, Victorino stayed at second base on the play. John Mayberry, Jr. then flew out to right to end the inning, leaving the score 2-0 Nats. The Phils would finally get on the scoreboard in the ninth as, with runners on second and third, and with one man out, pinch hitter Ty Wigginton hits a sacrifice fly to right, knocking in Mayberry, who had started the inning off with a walk, moved up to second base on pitcher Henry Rodriguez’s wild pitch, then stopped at third base on Mike Fontenot’s single, making it a 2-1 Nats’ lead. That would end up being the final score as Sean Burnett recorded his second save of the year by getting Polanco to lined out to second base, with the tying run on second base, as Fontenot had moved up to second on Rodriguez’s second wild pitch of the inning, for the game’s final out

Kyle Kendrick (0-4, 5.23) took the lost as he pitched seven innings, giving up two runs on five hits and two walks, while striking out four. Raul Valdes pitched two 1-2-3 innings, striking out two batters. Gio Gonzalez (6-1, 1.98) got the win as he threw six scoreless innings, giving up just three hits and three walks, while striking out nine. Craig Stemmen collected his second hold of the year as he threw two scoreless innings, giving up two hits, while striking out a batter. Henry Rodriguez collected his second hold of the season as he pitched a third of an inning, giving up a run on a hit, a walk and two wild pitches. Sean Burnett received his second save of the year as he pitch two-thirds of an inning, walking a batter.

The Phils had only six hits in the game with Placido Polanco (Singles) and Shane Victorino (Single, Double) both leading the ballclub with two hits apiece. Juan Pierre and Mike Fontenot had the other two Phils’ hits, both singles, as the Phils’ offense was kept quiet during most of the game. Pinch hitter Ty Wigginton knocked in the only Phil run with a sacrifice fly, as a baserunning mistake by Polanco kept them from scoring earlier in the game, becoming real big in the ninth inning as they attempted a late rally. The Phils also had five walks in the game.

The Phils (21-22, 5th) will continue their series with the Nats (25-17, 2nd) with a night game tonight. The game will be played at Citizens Bank Park, and is set to start at 7:05 pm EDT. The Phils will send to the mound their ace Roy Halladay (4-3, 3.22), who is coming off a win against the Cubs on May 17, as he threw eight strong innings, giving up three runs on seven hits, as he struck out four, in the Phils’ 8-7 win. He will be trying to end the Phils’ latest losing streak. The Nats will counter with Jordan Zimmermann (2-4, 2.58), who is coming off a lost against the Pirates on May 17, as he went six innings, giving up four runs on seven hits and a walk, while striking out six, in the Nats’ 5-3 lost. He will be out to add to the Phils’ present woes. The Phils will be trying to get back to .500 with a win tonight.

The Phils win both of their games at home with the Astros, with the bats winning yesterday’s game 5-1, before winning’s this afternoon’s game on a extra-inning walk-off home run by Hunter Pence, 4-3.

The Phils go onto the road with their first three-game winning streak as they win both of their games against the Astros, winning yesterday’s ballgame behind Joe Blanton’s excellent pitching, 5-1, before taking this afternoon’s game in extra-innings on Hunter Pence’s walk-off home run, defeating the Astros, 4-3.

In Monday night’s game, the Phils took the lead in the fifth as, with two men on, and with one man out, Freddy Galvis hits an RBI single, knocking in Placido Polanco, who was earlier safe at first on a 1-6 force out, as Carlos Ruiz, who had started off the inning by being hit by the pitch, is wiped out at second base for the inning’s first out, then reaching second base on shortstop Jed Lowrie’s force attempt fielding error on John Mayberry Jr’s grounder, giving the Phils a 1-0 lead, while sending Mayberry, who had been safe at first on Lowrie’s error, over to third. The Phils then took a 2-0 lead in the sixth as, with a man on third, and with one man out, Ruiz hits an RBI single, knocking in Shane Victorino, who had earlier started the inning off with a triple. Three batters later, after Polanco had hit into a 6-3 force out, wiping out Ruiz at second base for the inning’s second out, then going to third base on Mayberry’s double, and now with two men out, Galvis hits an RBI single, scoring Polanco, giving the Phils a 3-0 lead, before Mayberry, who had just doubled, is thrown out at the plate trying to score, 7-2, for the inning’s final out. The Astros would get a run back in the eighth as Marwin Gonzalez hits a solo home run, his first home run of the season, making it a 3-1 Phils’ lead. The Phils increased their lead in their half of the eighth as, with one man on, and with two men out, Polanco hits a two-run home run, his first home run of the year, and the 2000th hit of his career, as he knocked in Ruiz, who had just singled, giving the Phils a 5-1 lead. That would end up being the final score as Jonathan Papelbon threw a scoreless ninth, getting Chris Snyder to strikeout, swinging, for the game’s final out.

Joe Blanton (4-3, 2.96) got the win as he went seven strong innings, plus two batters, giving up a run on six hits and a walk, while he struck out seven. Antonio Bastardo collected his seventh hold of the season as he pitched two-thirds of an inning, striking out two batters. Chad Qualls collected his seventh hold of the season as he went a third of an inning, getting out the only man that he would face. Jonathan Papelbon pitched a scoreless inning, giving up a hit, while striking out the side. Lucas Harrell (2-3, 4.40) took the lost as he went five and two-thirds innings, giving up three runs on five hits and two walks, while striking out three. Wilton Lopez pitched a third of an inning, giving up a hit. Fernando Abad pitched a scoreless inning, striking out a batter. David Carpenter pitched an inning, giving up two runs on four hits, as he struck out two.

The Phils had ten hits in the game, with Freddy Galvis leading the team with three hits, all singles, as he knocked in two runs, followed by Carlos Ruiz (Singles, RBI) and John Mayberry, Jr. (Single, Double) with two hits apiece. Shane Victorino (Triple), Hunter Pence (Single) and Placido Polanco (Home Run, 2 RBIs), had the other three Phils’ hits, with Polanco’s hit being his 2000th career hit. The Phils also had two walks in the game.

In this afternoon’s game, the Phils took the lead in the second as, with one man on, and with two men out, Brian Schneider hits a two-run home run, his first home run of the year, knocking in John Mayberry, Jr. who had earlier reached base on second baseman Jose Altuve’s throwing error, giving the Phils a 2-0 lead. The Phils added to their lead in the sixth as, with one man out, Hunter Pence hits a solo home run, his eighth home run of the season, giving the Phils a 3-0 lead. The Astros would get a run back in the seventh as Matt Downs hits a lead-off home run, his third home run of the year, making it a 3-1 Phils’ lead. The Astros made it a 3-2 Phils’ lead in the ninth as, with a man on third, and with one man out, Carlos Lee hits an RBI single, scoring Jordan Schafer, who had started the inning off with a double, then went to third on Downs’ ground out, 4-3. The Astros then tied the score up at three-all two batters later, after pinch runner Brian Bogusevic, who was pinch running for Lee, had stolen second base, and now with two men out, J. D. Martinez hits a single to right, moving Bogusevic up to third, before being sent home as right fielder Pence committed a fielding error as he was trying to pick up the ball. The Phils would win the ballgame in the tenth as, win one man out, Pence hits a walk-off solo home run, his ninth home run of the season, and his second home run of the game, giving the Phils a 4-3 walk-off win.

Cliff Lee received a no-decision as he pitched eight strong innings, giving up a run on five hits and a walk, while striking out ten. Chad Qualls blew his fourth save attempt of the year as he threw two-thirds of an inning, giving up two runs on four hits. Jake Diekman, who was making his major league debut, received the win, (1-0, 0.00), the first win of his career, as he threw one and one-thirds scoreless innings, while striking out three. Jordan Lyles also received a no-decision as he went six innings, giving up three runs, only one of which was earned, on six hits and a walk, while he struck out four. Fernando Abad, Fernando Rodriguez and Brandon Lyon combined for three scoreless innings, giving up three hits (Abad (1), Lyon (2)) between them, while striking out two batters (Abad (1), Lyon (1)). Brett Myers (0-1, 2.08) took the lost as he pitched a third of an inning, giving up a run on a hit.

The Phils had ten hits in the game, with Hunter Pence leading the team with three hits (Single, 2 Home Runs, 2 RBIs), including the game winner, followed by Jimmy Rollins (Single, Double), Placido Polanco (Singles) and Brian Schneider (Single, Home Run, 2 RBIs) with two hits apiece. John Mayberry, Jr. (Single) had the other Phil hit. The Phils also had two walks in the game.

The Phils (18-19, 5th East), who have now won four of their last five games, and have their first three-game winning streak, will now go onto the road for a short two-game series with the Cubs (15-21, T-5th Central). The game will be played at Wrigley Field and will start at 8:05 pm EDT (7:05 pm Central). The Phils will send to the mound Kyle Kendrick (0-3, 7.32), who is pitching in place of Vance Worley, who is not making the trip because of a sore elbow. Kendrick last pitched on May 9 against the Mets in relief, pitching an inning plus, giving up five runs on four hits and two walks, in the Phils’ 10-6 loss. Kendrick will be trying to bounce back from that bad appearance. The Cubs will counter with Matt Garza (2-1, 2.56), who is coming off a no-decision against the Brewers on May 11, as he went five innings, giving up a run on three hits and five walks, while striking out three, in the Cubs’ 8-7 lost. He will be out to gain his second win against the Phils this season. The Phils will be going out to win their fourth game in a row.

The Phils are crushed as they lose to the Nats, 7-1.

The Phils lose the series as they are crushed by the first-place Nats, 7-1.

The Phils took the lead in the fourth as, with a man on third, and with one man out, Carlos Ruiz hits a sacrifice fly, scoring Shane Victorino, who had earlier doubled, then went to third base on Hunter Pence’s fly out to right, giving the Phils a 1-0 lead. The Nats took the lead in the fifth as, with two men on, and with two men out, Jayson Werth hits a three-run home run, his third home run of the season, knocking in Gio Gonzalez, who had started the inning off with a double, and Steve Lombardozzi, who had walked, giving the Nats a 3-1 lead. The Nats then took a 4-1 lead three batters later as, with two men on, via singles by Chad Tracy and Danny Espinosa, with Tracy stopping at second base, and with still two men out, Rick Ankiel hits an RBI double to right, knocking in Tracy, before Espinsoa is tagged out at the plate by a strong throw from right fielder Pence to second baseman Freddy Galvis to catcher Ruiz, who applied the tag for the inning’s final out. The Nats then took a 5-1 lead in the sixth as, with two men out, Ian Desmond hits a solo home run, his fourth home run of the year. The Nats then added to their lead in the seventh as, with one man on, and with one man out, Tracy hits a two-run home run, knocking in Werth, who had just singled, giving the Nats a 7-1 lead. That would end up being the final score as Ty Wigginton ended the game hitting into a 5-4-3 doubleplay, wiping out at second base Pence, who had started the inning off with a single, for the inning’s second out.

Vance Worly (2-2, 2.84) took the lost as he went six innings, giving up five runs on eleven hits and two walks, while striking out four. Joe Savery pitched an inning, giving up two runs on two hits. Jose Contreras pitched a scoreless inning, giving up two hits, while striking out two. Gio Gonzalez (3-1, 1.72) got the win as he went seven innings, giving up a run on four hits and a walk, while striking out seven. Ryan Mattheus threw two scoreless innings, giving up a hit.

The Phils had only five hits in the ballgame, with Hunter Pence leading the team with two hits, a single and a double. Jimmy Rollins, Shane Victorino and Freddy Galvis had the other three hits, all doubles. Carlos Ruiz had the only Phil RBI, via a sacrifice fly. The Phils also had a walk.

The Phils (13-15, 5th) will conclude their three games series with the Nats (18-9, 1st) with a game tonight. The game will be played at Nationals Park, and will start at 8:05 pm EDT. The Phils will send to the mound Cole Hamels (3-1, 2.78), who is coming off a no-decision against the Braves on May 1, as he went six innings, giving up two runs on six hits and two walks, while striking out six, in the Phils’ 4-2 win. He will be going for his fourth win of the year, as well as trying to lead the Phils to their only win in Washington. The Nats will counter with Jordan Zimmermann (1-3, 1.89), who is coming off a lost to the D-backs on May 1, as he threw six and one-third innings, giving up four runs, three of which were earned, on eight hits and a walk, while striking out six, in the Nats’ 5-1 lost. He will be trying to lead the Nats to a series sweep over the Phils. The Phils will be trying to leave Washington with a win before heading back to Philly for their next home stand.

The Phils win their first series on the road behind eight solid innings from Cole Hamels and a hot offense, as they defeat the D-backs, 7-2.

Eight strong innings from starter Cole Hamels and seven more runs by the offense leads the Phils to their first series win on the road as they beat the D-backs, 7-2.

The Phils took the lead in the first as, with one man on, and with two men out, Hunter Pence hits an RBI single, scoring Placido Polanco, who had earlier singled, then moved up to second base on catcher Henry Blanco’s passed ball, giving the Phils a 1-0 lead. The Phils tried to increase their lead later that inning as Pence tried to score on Laynce Nix’s double to left, but is gunned down at the plate by left fielder Jason Kubel, as Blanco applied the tag for the inning’s third out. They tried to increased their lead again in the second as, with a man on first, and with one man out, a wild pitch by Trevor Cahill got past Blanco and then went up the right field foul area, near the Phils’ dug out, allowing Carlos Ruiz, who had just singled, to go first to second base, and then to third base, before he headed for home plate since Cahill never went to cover home plate, but he is thrown out at the plate, 2-5, as third baseman Cody Ransom won the foot race to the plate, before applying the tag for the inning’s second out. The Phils finally added to their lead in the sixth as, with two men on, and with one man out, Juan Pierre, who had earlier singled, then moved up to second base on Polanco’s single, before going on to third on Shane Victorino’s ground out, 4-3, would score on Cahill’s second wild pitch of the ballgame, giving the Phils a 2-0 lead, while allowing Polanco, who had earlier singled, then stopped at second base on Victorino’s ground out, to move up to third base. The Phils then made it a 3-0 lead as Pence hits an RBI single, scoring Polanco. The Phils increased their lead three batters later as, with two men on, and with two men out, Ruiz hits an RBI single, knocking in Pence, who had stopped at second base on pinch hitter Ty Wigginton’s single, giving the Phils a 4-0 lead, while sending Wigginton, who had just singled, on to third. The Phils then took a 6-0 lead two batters later as, with the bases loaded, thanks to a walk to Freddy Galvis, moving Ruiz up to second base, and with still two men out, Cole Hamels helped his own cause by hitting a two-run single, knocking in both Wigginton and Ruiz, while sending Galvis over to third. The D-backs finally got on the scoreboard in the seventh as, with two men on, and with one man out, Kubel hits an RBI single, knocking in Aaron Hill, who had earlier singled, then stopped at second base on Justin Upton’s single, making it a 6-1 Phils’ lead, while sending Upton, who had just singled, up to second base. Two batters later, after Ransom had walked to load the bases, as both runners moved up a base, Upton would score on Paul Goldschmidt grounder, making it a 6-2 Phils’ lead, while second baseman Pete Orr would commit a force attempt, missed catch error, as he missed shortstop Galvis’ throw to second base, allowing Kubel to reach third and Ransom to be safe at second base, while Goldschmidt would be safe at first. The Phils then took a 7-2 lead in the ninth as, with a runner on first, and with nobody out, Polanco hits an RBI double, scoring Pierre, who had just singled. That would end up being the final score as Michael Schwimer, who had just been called up from the Lehigh Valley to replace Michael Stutes, who had just been placed on the disabled list last night, pitched a 1-2-3 ninth, getting Kubel to lined out to center for the game’s final out.

Cole Hamels (3-1, 2.73) got the win as he pitched eight strong innings, giving up two runs on four hits and a walk, while he struck out seven. Michael Schwimer threw a 1-2-3 ninth. Trevor Cahill (1-2, 3.70) took the lost as he went five and a third innings, giving up four runs on six hits, two walks, a passed ball and two wild pitches, while striking out three. Craig Breslow pitched two-thirds of an inning, giving up two runs on three hits and a walk, while striking out a batter. Brad Ziegler and David Hernandez combined for two scoreless innings, giving up two hits (one hit each) between them, while striking out four Phils (two apiece). Joe Martinez pitched an inning, giving up a run on two hits, as he struck out a batter.

The Phils had thirteen hits in the game, with Placido Polanco (2 Singles, Double, RBI) and Carlos Ruiz (Singles, RBI) both leading the team with three hits apiece, followed by Juan Pierre (Singles) and Hunter Pence (Singles, 2 RBIs) who both had two hits each. Laynce Nix (Double), pinch hitter Ty Wigginton (Single) and Cole Hamels (Single, 2 RBIs) had the other three Phils’ hits. The final Phil run would score on a wild pitch. The Phils also had three walks in the ballgame, as the Phils’ now hot offense have scored 20 runs in their last nineteen innings.

The Phils (9-10, 4th East) will have an off-day tomorrow before starting a four-game weekend series with the Cubs, starting on Friday night, in Philadelphia.

As their hitting woes continue, the Phils are still able to give Vance Worley his first victory of 2012, as they defeat the Padres, 2-0.

The Phils’ bad news offense is still able to score enough runs in support of a strong effort by Vance Worley, as they defeat the Padres, 2-0.

The Phils took the lead in the first as, with runners on the corners, and with nobody out, Jimmy Rollins hits a sacrifice fly, knocking in Juan Pierre, who had earlier walked, then moved up to second base on Placido Polanco’s single to left, before going on to third on left fielder Will Venable’s fielding error, giving the Phils a 1-0 lead. The Phils threaten to add more as Hunter Pence and Shane Victorino followed with singles, loading up the bases, but Padres’s starter, rookie Joe Wieland, is able to get out of the inning, as he first got John Mayberry, Jr. to pop out to the second baseman, putting the infield fly rule into effect, and then getting Carlos Ruiz to hit into a force out, 6-4, wiping out Victorino at second base, for the inning’s final out. The game would then become a pitchers’ duel between Wieland, who would settle down and allow the Phils to have only two more hits against him, as he struck out seven, as the offense continue to have its problem putting together rallies, and then the Padres’ bullpen, and Phils’ starter Vance Worley, who would pitch an excellent game against the Padres, as he struck out a career-high eleven Padres, while pitching out of a man on third, no outs, jam in the second, and then a first and third, one man out, jam in the fifth, as he struck out Jeremy Hermida, swinging, for the inning’s second out, before Ruiz would throw to second base, trying to catch stealing Chase Headley, who had just singled, who then stopped in front of second base as Rollins catches the ball, trying to start a run down so that Venable, who had started the inning off with a single, then moved up to second base on Cameron Maybin’s sacrifice bunt, 1-3, for the inning’s first out, and then went up to third base on Headley’s single, could head for home during the run down to tie up the ballgame, but, Rollins did not bite, and instead threw home, beating Venable to the plate, as Ruiz put on the tag for the inning’s final out, keeping it a 1-o Phils’ lead, and then, finally, a two on, two out, jam in the seventh, as he struck out pinch hitter Mark Kotsay, looking. The Phils finally added an insurance run in the ninth as, with two men on, and with nobody out, Pence, who had earlier walked, then stopped at third base on Victorino’s single to left, as he was running on the pitch, would score on catcher John Baker’s passed ball, giving the Phils a 2-0 lead, while sending Victorino, who had earlier stole second base, on to third. That would be the final score as Jonathan Papelbon recorded his fourth save of the season as he threw a scoreless bottom of the ninth, striking out Jason Bartlett, looking, for the game’s final out.

Vance Worley (1-1, 2.37) got the win as he threw seven scoreless innings, giving up four hits and three walks, while he struck a career high eleven batters. Chad Qualls collected his third hold of the year as he threw a scoreless inning, giving up a walk. Jonathan Papelbon received his fourth save of the year as he also threw a scoreless inning, walking a batter. Joe Wieland (0-2, 5.73) took the lost as he went six innings, giving up a run on five hits and a walk, while striking out seven. Luke Gregerson and Andrew Cashner combined for two 1-2-3 innings, striking out a batter (Gregorson) between them. Ernesto Frieri pitched an inning, giving up ann unearned run on a hit, a walk and a passed ball, as he struck out two.

The Phils had only six hits in the ballgame, with Juan Pierre (Single, Triple) and Shane Victorino (Singles) leading the team with two hits apiece. Placido Polanco and Hunter Pence had the other two Phils hits, both singles. Jimmy Rollins had the Phil’s only RBI as he hit a sacrifice fly, while the other Phil run came in on a passed ball, as the Phils continue to waste scoring opportunities when they are presented to them. The Phils also had two walks and a stolen base (Victorino (8)) in the ballgame.

The Phils (6-7, 5th East) continues their series with the Padres (3-11, 5th West) with a night game tonight. The game will be played at Petco Park, and will start at 10:05 pm EDT (7:05 pm PDT). The Phils will send to the mound Cole Hamels (1-1, 3.65), who is coming off a win against the Mets on April 15, as he pitched seven strong innings, giving up two runs on six hits and a walk, while striking out ten, in the Phils’ 8-2 win. He will be going for his second straight win, while trying to give the Phils another pitching gem on this road trip, while hoping that the offense will final get out of its current scoring funk. The Padres will counter with Edinson Volquez (0-1, 4.24), who is coming off a no-decision against the Dodgers on April 15, as he threw five innings, giving up four runs on six hits and five walks, as he struck out only two, in the Padres’ 5-4 lost. He is still looking for his first win, as he hope he can take advantage of the Phils’ present batting troubles. The Phils will be out for their thirteen straight win at Petco Park, after last night setting the club record for the most wins at an opposing ballpark.

Spring Training: Phils hang on to defeat the Braves, 6-4.

The Phils hang on to a late lead to defeat the Braves, 6-4.

The Phils took a 1-0 lead in the first as, with two men on, and with one man out, Jim Thome hits an RBI single, knocking in Placido Polanco, who had earlier singled, then moved to second base on Shane Victorino’s walk, while sending Victorino, who had just walked, on to third base. The Braves tied the game up at one-all in the second as, with two men out, Matt Diaz hits a solo home run, his first home run of the spring. The Phils retook the lead in their half of the second as, with runners on second and third, and with one man out, Jimmy Rollins hits an RBI single, knocking in Freddy Galvis, who had earlier singled, than stopped at second base on a fielder’s choice out, 4-2-5, as Scott Podsednik, who had started the inning off with a double, then moved to third on Carlos Ruiz’s ground out, 3-1, was tagged out at home, giving the Phils a 2-1 lead. The Braves retied the game up at two-all in the third as, with runners on the corners, and with nobody out, Michael Bourn hits an RBI single, knocking in Tyler Pastornicky, who had earlier singled, then stopped at third on J.C. Boscan’s single, while Boscan, who had just singled, would stop at second base. Two batters latter, after Martin Prado had sacrifice bunted both runners up a base, 3-4, the Braves took the lead as Chipper Jones hits an RBI ground out, 5-3, scoring Boscan, giving the Braves a 3-2 lead. The Phils then tied the game up at three-all in their half of the third as, with two men out, John Mayberry, Jr. hits an RBI single, scoring Victorino, who had earlier doubled. The Phils retook the lead in the fourth as, with a runner on third, and with two men out, Polanco hits an RBI single, knocking in Rollins, who had earlier singled, then went up to second base as Ruiz, who had earlier doubled, then went to third on Galvis’s ground out, 4-3, was thrown out at home, 7-2, then stole third base, giving the Phils a 4-3 lead. The Braves then retied the game up at 4-4 in the sixth as, with two men out, Dan Uggla hits a solo home run, his first home run of the spring. The Phils then retook the lead in the seventh as, with two men on, and with one man out, Podsednik hits an RBI single, scoring Hunter Pence, who had earlier singled, then moved up to second base on Mayberry’s walk, giving the Phils a 5-4 lead, while sending Mayberry, who had just walked, up to second base. The Phils then made it a 6-4 lead as Brian Schneider hits an RBI single, scoring Mayberry, while sending Podsednik up to second base. That would be the final score as Diaz lined out to second base for the final out, giving Chad Qualls his first save of the spring.

Joe Blanton received a no-decision as he went five innings, giving up three runs on four hits, while striking out four. David Herndon blew his first save opportunity of the spring as he pitched an inning, giving up a run on a hit. Dontrelle Willis (1-1, 16.88) got the win as he threw a scoreless inning, giving up a walk. Antonio Bastardo received his third hold of the season as he pitched a 1-2-3 inning, striking out a batter. Chad Qualls collected his first spring save as he threw a scoreless inning, giving up a hit, while striking out two. Jair Jurrjens also received a no-decision as he pitched four innings, giving up four runs on nine hits and a walk, while striking out three. Jairo Asencio and Craig Kimbrel combined for two scoreless innings, giving up two hits (Asencio), while striking out one (Kimbrel) between them. Adam Russell (0-1, 5.40) took the lost as he gave up two runs on three hits and a walk, while striking out a batter. Anthony Varvaro threw a scoreless inning, giving up a hit, while striking out three.

The Phils had fifteen hits in the ballgame, with Jimmy Rollins (Singles, RBI), Placido Polanco (Singles, RBI), Jim Thome (Singles, RBI), Hunter Pence (Single) and Scott Podsednik (Single, Double, RBI) all leading the club with two hits apiece. Tim Kennelly (Single), Shane Victorino (Double), John Mayberry, Jr. (Single, RBI), Carlos Ruiz (Double) and Brian Schneider (Single, RBI) had the other five Phils’ hits. The Phils also had two walks, as well as two steals (Polanco, Rollins) in the game.

The Phils (6-7) will continue their spring training schedule with an afternoon game tomorrow afternoon with the Pirates (5-7) at  Bradenton. The game will start at 1:05 pm EDT.

2011 National League Divisional Series, Game #2: The Phils early lead is squandered as they drop one to the Cards, 5-4, evening the divisional series at one game each.

An early four-run lead is squandered by Cliff Lee, before the Phils lose to the Cards, 5-4, evening the divisional series at 1-1 as the two teams head for St. Louis.

The Phils jumped to an early lead in the first as, with the bases loaded, via a double by Jimmy Rollins, then walks to Chase Utley and Hunter Pence, sending Rollins to third, and Utley up to second base, and with nobody out, Ryan Howard hits a two-run single up the middle, scoring Rollins and Utley, giving the Phils a 2-0 lead, and sending Pence over to third. Two batters later, with runners still on the corners, and now with one man out, Raul Ibanez hits an RBI single, knocking in Pence, giving the Phils a 3-0 lead, while sending Howard up to second base. The Phils added to their lead in the second as, with two men on, and with two men on, Pence hits an RBI single, scoring Rollins, who had earlier doubled, his second double and his second hit of the ballgame, then stole third as Utley walked, giving the Phils a 4-0 lead, while sending Utley, who had walked for the second time in the game, would stop at second base. Normally, this would be enough for Cliff Lee, especially after pitching out of jams in the first two innings, but it was not to be in this game, as things came unglued in the fourth inning. The Cards got on the scoreboard as, with two men on, via a walk to Lance Berkman, whom Lee had buried in the count 0-2 before walking him, and a single by Yadier Molina, sending Berkman up to second base, and with one man out, Ryan Theriot hits an RBI double, scoring Berkman, making it a 4-1 Phils’ lead, while sending Molina on to third base. The Cards then cut the Phils’ lead down to 3-2 as Jon Jay hits an RBI single, scoring Molina, while sending Theriot on to third base, before going on to second base on the late throw to home plate. Two batters later, after Lee strikes out, swinging, pinch hitter Nick Punto, the Cards made it a 4-3 Phils’ lead as Rafael Furcal hits an RBI single, knocking in Theriot, before left fielder Raul Ibanez throws out Jay at home plate, as catcher Carlos Ruiz hangs onto his one-bounce throw, inspite of Jay trying to bowl him over to make him drop the ball, for the moment keeping it a 4-3 Phils’ lead. The Cards then tied the game up at four-all in the sixth as, with a runner on second, and with two men on, Jay hits an RBI single, his second hit of the ballgame, knocking in Theriot, who had just doubled, his second hit and double of the game. The Cards then took the lead in the seventh as, with a man on third, and with one man out, Albert Pujols hits an RBI single, scoring Allen Craig, who had just tripled, on a ball that Shane Victorino did not go after properly, giving the Cards a 5-4 lead. That would be the final score as Jason Motte collected his first save of the series as he threw a 1-2-3 ninth, for a four-out save.

Cliff Lee (0-1, 7.50) took the lost as he pitched six innings, plus three batters, giving up five runs on twelve hits and two walks, while striking out nine. Brad Lidge pitched an inning, giving up a walk. Antonio Bastardo, Vance Worley and Ryan Madson combined for two scoreless innings, giving up a hit (Madson) and a walk (Bastardo), while striking out three batters (Bastardo (1), Madson (2)) between them. Chris Carpenter received a no-decision as he pitched only three innings, giving up four runs on five hits and three walks, while striking out two. Ferndando Salas pitched two 1-2-3 innings, striking out two. Octavio Dotel (1-0, 0.00) gets the win as he pitched an inning and a third, striking out two. Marc Rzepeczynski, Mitchell Boggs and Arthur Rhodes all collected their first hold of the series as they combined for one and one-thirds scoreless innings, with Rzepczynski facing one more batter, as they gave together up a hit (Rzepeczynski), while striking  out one (Rhodes) between them. Jason Motte collected his first save of the series as he pitched an inning and a one-third, striking out a batter.

The Phils had six hits in the game, with Jimmy Rollins leading the team with three hits, a single and two doubles, just missing a home run on both of his doubles as they both hit the top of the fence. Hunter Pence (RBI), Ryan Howard (RBI) and Raul Ibanez (RBI), had the other three Phils’ hits, all singles, as the offense was held to only one hit (Rollins’ single), after scoring their fourth run in the second inning.

The Phils (1-1) will continue their divisional series with the Cards (1-1), as the series move to St. Louis. The game will be played at Busch Stadium and will start at 5 pm EDT (4 pm CDT). The Phils will send to the mound Cole Hamels (14-9, 2.79), who will be trying to put the Phils back into the lead in the series. The Cards will counter with Jamie Garcia (13-7, 3.56), who will be trying to continue his mastery of the Phils, while hoping that he can continue doing well at home. The Phils will be out to get back into the lead, while trying to finally knock Garcia out of the box. Come onuys, you’d gottten to both Lohse  and Carpenter, you can get to Garcia. Just show some more patient at the plate.

GO PHILS!!!

2011 National League Divisional Series, Game #1: The Phils offense romp behind their ace, as they rout the Cards, 11-6.

After trailing early, the Phils’ offense roar for eleven runs in support of the team’s ace, Roy Halladay, as they rout the Cards, 11-6.

The Cards took a quick 3-0 lead as, with two men on, and with one man out, Lance Berkman hits the first pitch he saw into the right field seats for a three-run home run, his first home run of the series, knocking in Rafael Furcal, who had started the game off with a single, before stealing second base, and Albert Pujols, who had just walked on four pitches. The Phils got a run back in the fourth as, with two men on, and with two men out, Shane Victorino, after being given an extra life as third baseman David Freese committed a pop foul error, hits an RBI single, knocking in Chase Utley, who had earlier doubled, the Phils’ first hit of the game, after being put down 1-2-3 in the first three innings by Cards’ starter Kyle Lohse, cutting the Cards’ lead down to 3-1, while sending Ryan Howard, who had just been walked, up to second base. The Phils then took the lead in the sixth as, with two men on, and with one man out, Howard hits a three-run bomb to right, his first home run of the series, scoring Jimmy Rollins, who had earlier singled, then moved up to second base on Hunter Pence’s single, and Pence, who had just singled, giving the Phils a 4-3 lead. Two batters later, after Victorino had reached base with his second single of the ballgame, Raul Ibanez hits a two-run bomb of his own, his first home run of the series, knocking in Victorino, giving the Phils a 6-3 lead. The Phils then added to their lead in the seventh as, with the bases loaded, via singles by Roy Halladay, Rollins, his second of the game, sending Halladay up to second base, and Utley, his second hit of the ballgame, moving both Halladay and Rollins up a base, and with one man out, as Pence hits into a force out, 1-2, as Halladay is thrown out at the plate, while Rollins and Utley both moved up a base, Howard hits a sacrifice fly, which had sounded like it would leave the ballpark, scoring Rollins, giving the Phils a 7-3 lead. The Phils then made it an 8-3 lead as Victorino hits an RBI single, his third hit of the ballgame, scoring Utley, while sending Pence up to second base. The Phils then took a 9-3 lead as Ibanez hits an RBI single, his second hit of the game, knocking in Pence, while sending Victorino on to third base. The Phils then made it an 11-3 lead in the eighth as, with two men on, and with two men out, Pence hits a two-run single, his second hit of the game, knocking in Rollins, who had earlier walked, then went to third on Utley’s double, and Utley, who had just doubled, his second double of the ballgame, and his third hit. The Phils in the ninth then gave the ball to Michael Stutes, his first post-season appearance, after Halladay had put down twenty-one straight Cards, after giving up a lead-off single in the second to Skip Schumaker, starting with a fantastic play by Howard on a grounder hit to him by Jon Jay for a 1-3 put out, to close out the game. But it wasn’t to be as, four batters latter, with runners on the corners, thanks to a walk to Allen Craig, a single by Pujols, as he moved Craig up to second base, before he is then replaced by pinch runner Gerald Laird, and then a force out on a grounder hit by Berkman, 4-6, as Laird is wiped out at second base, as Craig reached third, and with two men out, the Cards made it an 11-4 Phils’ lead as pinch hitter Adron Chambers hits an RBI single, knocking in Craig, while sending Berkman up to second base. After the Cards had loaded up the bases on a single by Yadier Molina, moving up a base both Berkman and Chambers, and still with one man out, Phils manager Charlie Manuel decided to replace Stutes with his closer Ryan Madson. Schumaker greets Madson with a two-run double, on a ball that glances off of John Mayberry, Jr’s glove in left, then went all the way to the fence, knocking in both Berkman and Chambers, cutting the Phils’ lead down to 11-6, while sending Molina on to third. But that would be it as Madson buckled down and proceeded to strike out, swinging, both Jay and pinch hitter Matt Holliday, for the final outs.

Roy Halladay (1-0, 3.38) gets the win as he pitched eight innings, giving up three runs on three hits and a walk, while striking out eight. Michael Stutes pitched a third of an inning, giving up three runs on three hits and a walk. Ryan Madson pitched two-thirds of an inning, giving up a hit, while striking out two. Kyle Lohse (0-1, 8.44) took the lost as he went five and one-third innings, giving up six runs, five of which were earned, on seven hits and a walk, while striking out four. Octavio Dotel pitched two-thirds of an inning, striking out both men that he would face. Marc Rzepczynski pitched to three batters, getting out none, as he gave up three runs on three hits. Mitchell Boggs pitched an inning and two-thirds, giving up two runs on four hits and a walk, while striking out a batter. Arthur Rhodes pitched a third of an inning, getting out the only man that he would face.

The Phils’ offense, after a slow start, pounded out fourteen hits, with Shane Victorino (Singles, 2 RBIs) and Chase Utley (Single, 2 Doubles) both leading the team with three hits each. Jimmy Rollins (Singles), Hunter Pence (Singles, 2 RBIs), and Raul Ibanez (Home Run, Single, 3 RBIs) all followed with two hits apiece. Ryan Howard (Home Run,  4 RBIs) and Roy Halladay (Single), had the other two Phils’ hits, as Howard had his first post-season RBIs since 2009.

The Phils (1-0) will continue their divisional series with the Cards (0-1) with a night game tonight. The game will be played at Citizens Bank Park and is to begin at 8:37 pm EDT. The Phils will send to the mound Cliff Lee (17-8, 2.40), who will be out to lead the Phils to a sweep at home. The Cards will counter with Chris Carpenter (11-9, 3.45), who will be pitching on three days rest, trying to send the Cards back to St. Louis with a split. The Phils will be going out to put themselves in the driver seat, planning to beat up on Carpenter, when the series heads for St. Louis.

33 games in 31 days: Game #30: The Phils finally end their losing streak as the offense explode for nine runs, as they defeat the Mets, 9-4.

The Phils losing streak end at eight games as the offense explodes to score nine runs in the first four innings, as they defeat the Mets, 9-4.

The Phils took the lead in the first as, with one man on, and with one man out, Hunter Pence hits a two-run home run, his twenty-first home run of the season and his tenth as a Phil, knocking in Jimmy Rollins, who had started the game off with a single, giving the Phils a 2-0 lead. Three batters later, with runners on second and third, and with still one man out, Raul Ibanez hits a sacrifice fly, knocking in Ryan Howard, who had earlier singled, then stopped at third on Shane Victorino’s double, giving the Phils a 3-0 lead. The Phils added to their lead in the second as, with one man on, and with two men out, Chase Utley hits an RBI single, scoring Carlos Ruiz, who had earlier singled, then moved up to second base on Roy Halladay’s sacrifice bunt, 3-4, before going to third on Rollins’ ground out, 4-3, giving the Phils a 4-0 lead. The Phils then made it a 5-0 lead in the third as, with one man on, and with two men out, Placido Polanco hits an RBI double, knocking in Ibanez, who had just singled. The Phils tried to add to their lead two batters later, after Ruiz is intentionally walked, when Halladay hits a single to right, and Juan Samuel decided to send Polanco home. Polanco is easily cut down by a strong one-hop throw by right fielder Mike Baxter, as catcher Ronny Paulino blocked the plate before tagging out a sliding Polanco. The Phils then made it a 6-0 lead in the fourth as, with two men on, and with nobody out, Pence hits an RBI single, knocking in Rollins, who had earlier singled, then stole second base, while sending Utley, who had earlier walked, on to third base. The Phils then took a 7-0 lead as Howard hits an RBI single, scoring Utley, while sending Pence on to second base. Three batters later, now with the bases loaded, after Ibanez is hit by a pitch, moving up a base both Pence and Howard, before John Mayberry, Jr. is sent in to pitch run for Howard on second base, and now with two men out, the Phils made it a 9-0 lead as Ruiz hits a two-run single, scoring both Pence and Mayberry, Jr., while sending Ibanez up to second base. The Mets threaten to  get on the scoreboard in the sixth as, with the bases loaded, via a walk to Jason Pridie, a single by Jose Reyes, sending Pridie to third base, and a walk to Willie Harris, moving Reyes up to second base, and with two men out, before Halladay finally ended the threat by getting Nick Evans to strike out, swinging. The Mets finally got on the board in the seventh as, with one man on, and with one man out, Paulino hits a two-run home run, his second home run of the year, scoring Baxter, who had earlier walked, making it a 9-2 Phils’ lead. Two batters later, after Pridie had reached base with a triple, the Mets made it a 9-3 Phils’ lead as pinch hitter Valentino Pascucci hits an RBI single, scoring Pridie. The Mets then made it a 9-4 Phils’ lead in the eighth as, with one man on, and with nobody out, Justin Turner hits an RBI double, scoring Evans, who had just singled. That would end up being the final score as Ryan Madson threw a scoreless ninth, as he got Turner to fly out to center for the game’s final out.

Roy Halladay (19-6, 2.35) gets the win as he pitched six shutout innings, giving up just four hits and a walk, while striking out three. Antonio Bastardo pitched one-third of an inning, giving up three runs on three hits and two walks, while striking out one. Vance Worley pitched an inning and two-thirds, giving up a run on two hits and a walk, while striking out three. Ryan Madson pitched a scoreless inning, giving up two hits, while striking out one. Mike Pelfrey (7-13, 4.74) took the lost as he lasted only three innings, giving up five runs on nine hits and a walk, while striking out one. D. J. Carrasco pitched an inning, giving up four runs on four hits and a walk, while striking out two. Dale Thayer, Ryota Igarashi, Pedro Beato and Josh Stinson combined for five scoreless innings, giving up six hits (Thayer (3), Igarashi (1), Beato (1), Stinson (1)) and two walks (Igarashi (1), Stinson (1)), while striking out three (Thayer (2), Stinson (1)) between them.

The Phils had nineteen hits in the ballgame, with Carlos Ruiz leading the team with four hits, all singles, as he knocked in two runs. Jimmy Rollins (Singles) and Hunter Pence (Single, Triple, Home Run, 3 RBIs) followed with three hits each. Ryan Howard (Singles, RBI) and John Mayberry, Jr. (Singles), were next with two hits apiece. Chase Utley (Single), Shane Victorino (Double), Raul Ibanez (Single, RBI), Placido Polanco (Single, RBI) and Roy Halladay (Single), had the other five Phils’ hits, as all of the starters had at least one hit in the game.

The Phils (99-60, 1st) will start their last three-games series of the regular season with the Braves (89-70, 2nd) with a night game tonight. The game will be played at Turner Field and is in progress.

33 games in 31 days: Game #20: The Phils missed an opportunity to clinch the NL East, as they fall in extra-innings to the Cardinals, 4-2.

As the Braves get crushed by the Mets, the Phils missed a chance to clinch their fifth straight Eastern Division title as they fall in extra-innings to the Cardinals, 4-2.

The Cardinals took the lead in the second as, with the bases loaded, via a walk to David Freese, a single by Yadier Molina, sending Freese up to second base, and a walk to Skip Schumaker, moving both runners up a base, and with two men out, Rafael Furcal forced in a run with a walk, scoring Freese, giving the Cards a 1-0 lead, while moving up a base both Molina and Schumaker. The Phils tied the game up at one-all in their half of the second as, with one man on, and with one man out, John Mayberry, Jr. hits an RBI double, knocking in Placido Polanco, who had just doubled. The Cardinals retook the lead in the eighth as, with two men out, Molina hits a solo home run, his thirteenth home run of the season, giving the Cards a 2-1 lead. The Phils would retie the game up at two-all in the ninth as, with two men on, and with two men out, pinch runner Michael Martinez, who was running for pinch hitter Ryan Howard, who had earlier doubled, would score on a Corey Patterson fielding error of a fly ball hit by Carlos Ruiz, allowing Ruiz to reach second base on the miscue. The Cards then regain the lead in the eleventh as, with runners on the corners, and with one man out, Adron Chambers hits an RBI single, scoring Furcal, who had earlier doubled, then went to third on Patterson’s sacrifice bunt, giving the Cards a 3-2 lead, while sending Albert Pujols, who had just been intentionally walked, up to second base. The Cards then added to their lead as Tyler Greene hits an RBI double, knocking in Pujols, giving the Cards a 4-2 lead, before Chambers, who was following Pujols, was tagged out at the plate on a strong throw by Martinez, via Jimmy Rollins, for a 7-6-2 second out. But that would end up being the final score as the Phils go down in their half of the eleventh.

Vance Worley received a no-decision as he went only six innings, giving up a run on six hits and three walks, while striking out five. David Herndon pitched a scoreless inning, giving up a hit and two walks, while striking out one. Antonio Bastardo pitched an inning, giving up a run on one hit, while striking out one. Brad Lidge pitched a scoreless inning, giving up two hits. Ryan Madson pitched a scoreless inning, giving up a hit, while striking out a batter. Michael Schwimer (1-1, 4.82) took the lost, giving up two runs on three hits and two walks. Jaime Garcia also received a no-decision as he went seven innings, giving up a run on five hits and two walks, while striking out four. Marc Rzepczynski collected his seventeenth hold of the season as he pitched two-thirds of an inning, giving up a walk, while striking out a batter. Octavio Dotel received his ninth hold of the year as he pitched a third of an inning, striking out the only batter that he would face. Jason Motte blew his fourth save attempt of the year as he pitched two-thirds of an inning, giving up a run on a hit, striking out a batter. Arthur Rhodes pitched a third of an inning, striking out the only batter that he would face. Kyle McClellan (12-8, 4.01) got the win as he pitched a 1-2-3 inning. Fernando Salas collected his twenty-fourth save of the year as he pitched a scoreless inning, giving up a hit, while striking out a batter.

The Phils had seven hits in the ballgame, with Placido Polanco (Single, Double) and John Mayberry, Jr. (Single, Double, RBI) both leading the team with two hits each. Ben Francisco (Single), Brian Schneider (Single) and pinch hitter Ryan Howard (Double), had the other three Phils’ hits, as the offense continue to sputter, in spite of continuing to win.

The Phils (97-52, 1st East) will continue their series with the Cardinals (82-68, 2nd 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 Roy Oswalt (7-9, 3.88), who is coming off a lost against the Astros on September 12, as he went seven innings, giving up five runs on eleven hits and two walks, while striking out just two, in the Phils’ 5-1 lost. Oswalt will be trying to regain his old form while trying to pitch the Phils over the finish line, if the Braves don’t fall to the Mets this afternoon. The Cardinals will counter with Jake Westbrook (12-8, 4.61), who is coming off a win against the Braves on September 11, as he went five and a third innings, giving up two runs on five hits and a walk, while striking out four, in the Cards’ 6-3 win. He will be trying to keep the Phils from winning the East for one more day, while keeping his team in the race for the Wild Card. The Phils will be out prove to that they have won the East by going for the win tonight.

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