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Sunday: Countdown to the Playoffs, Game # 7: The Mets prevent the Phils from clinching the Eastern Divison flag at home, as the Phils lose, 7-3.

Cole Hamels was not at his best, while also getting no help from the umpire, as the Mets prevent the Phils from clinching the division title at home, as the Phils lose to the Mets, 7-3, while the Braves lose again to the Nationals, cutting the Phils’ magic number down to one game.

The Mets took the lead in the second as David Wright hits a lead-off home run, his twenty-sixth home run of the year, giving the Mets a 1-0 lead. The Mets added to their lead in the fourth as, with the bases loaded, via singles by Angel Pagan and Ike Davis, with Davis’ single sending Pagan to third base, Joaquin Arias being safe at first on a fielder’s choice grounder as Pagan is caught between third and home by Cole Hamels on Arias’ grounder, before being caught in a rundown, and then being tagged out, 1-2-5, while Davis went to third on the play, and a Henry Blanco walk, sending Arias to second, and with two men out, after Mets’ starter Pat Misch struck out swinging, Jose Reyes hits an RBI infield single, which Wilson Valdez threw to second late, after being slow to get it out of his glove, allowing Davis to score, giving the Mets a 2-0 lead, while moving Arias to third base and Blanco to second, with the bases still loaded. The next batter, Nick Evans then hits a two-run double on a ball that Jayson Werth in right was unable to catch and then let get behind him, allowing both Arias and Blanco to score, making it a 4-0 Mets’ lead, before Reyes, who also tried to score on the play, is thrown out at the plate by a strong throw from Shane Victorino, who was backing up the play, 8-2, to finally end the inning. The Mets then made it a 5-0 lead in the fifth as Carlos Beltran hits a solo home run, his sixth home run of the year. The Phils then came back in their half of the fourth as, with two men on, and with two men out, Chase Utley hits a three-run home run, his sixteenth home run of the season, knocking in Valdez, who had earlier singled, and pinch hitter John Mayberry, Jr, who had a pinch hit infield single, moving Valdez up to second base, making it a 5-3 Mets’  lead. The Mets increased their lead in the ninth as, with one man on, and with nobody out, Beltran hits a two-run home run, his second home run of the ballgame and his seventh home run of the year, knocking in Evans, who had earlier singled, giving the Mets a 7-3 lead. That would be the final score as Hisanori Takahashi pitches a scoreless ninth, getting Utley to end the game by flying out to center.

Cole Hamels took the lost as he pitches just four innings, plus a batter, as he gives up five runs on nine hits and three walks, while striking out two. His record is now 12-11 with a 3.09 ERA. David Herndon, Vance Worley, Chad Durbin and Jose Contreras combine for four scoreless innings, giving up one hit (Durbin) and three walks (Herndon, Worley and Durbin one each), while striking out four (Herndon (2), Worley (1), Durbin (1)) between them. Ryan Madson pitches to three batters, giving up two runs on two hits and a walk, getting out none of the batters that he would face. Danys Baez pitches a scoreless inning, striking out two. Pat Misch gets a no-decision as he pitches four and two-thirds innings, giving up three runs on seven hits and a walk, while striking out three. Sean Green pitches a third of an inning, getting out the only man that he would face. Manny Acosta gets the win as he pitches an inning and a third, giving up a hit and a walk. His record is now 3-1 with a 3.12 ERA. Pedro Feliciano records his twenty-first hold as he pitches two-thirds of an inning, getting out both men that he would face.  Elmer Dessens receives his tenth hold as he pitches a scoreless inning, giving up a walk. Hisanori Takahashi pitches a scoreless inning, giving up a hit.

The Phils had nine hits in the game, with Raul Ibanez leading the team with two hits, a single and a double. Shane Victorino, Placido Polanco, Chase Utley, Ryan Howard, Jayson Werth, Wilson Valdez and pinch hitter John Mayberry, Jr. had the other seven Phils’ hits, with Victorino, Polanco, Werth, Valdez and Mayberry’s hits being singles, Howard’s hit being a double and Utley’s hit being a three-run home run. The Phils were unable to get a key hit when they needed it.

The Phils (93-63, 1st) would go on the road for the last time during the regular season, to start a series with the Nationals (67-89, 5th) in Washington, looking to clinch the East, as they have already clinched at least a tie for both the Eastern Division and the Wild Card, as the Padres have also lost.

The Phils once again are unable to score runs behind Roy Halladay, while just escaping being no-hit, as they lose to the Dodgers, 3-0.

The Phils once again give their ace no runs support while just barely escaping being no-hit as they lose to the Dodgers, 3-0. They are now once again trailing the Braves by three games in the NL East race.

The Dodgers took the lead in the first as, with two men on, and with two men out, James Loney hits an RBI single, scoring Ryan Theriot, who had earlier walked, and then went to second on Andre Ethier’s single, giving the Dodgers a 1-0 lead, before Ethier, who had earlier singled, was thrown out, 9-5, trying to reach third base, to end the inning. The Dodgers increased their lead in the second as, with runners on the corners, and with nobody out, Rod Barajas hits into a 5-4-3 doubleplay, wiping out at second James Carroll, who had just singled, while scoring from third Casey Blake, who had earlier singled, then went to third on Carroll’s single, giving the Dodgers a 2-0 lead. The Dodgers then made it 3-0 in the fifth as Barajas hits a lead-off home run, his fifteenth home run of the season. That would be all the runs that Dodgers’ starter Hiroki Kuroda would need, as he would no-hit the Phils for seven and one-third innings, striking out six, while allowing two walks (Carlos Ruiz in the sixth, Jayson Werth in the eighth) and a hit batter (Werth in the second) to reach base, before, with a runner on first (Raul Ibanez, after hitting into a force out, 6-4, as Werth, who had just walked, takes out second baseman Theriot with a take-out slide to stop the doubleplay attempt) and with one man out, Shane Victorino gets a single, breaking up the no-hit bid, while sending Ibanez up to second base. But the Phils would be denied a change to score as Kuroda strikes out Ruiz, swinging, for his seventh strike out of the game, before Hong-Chih Kuo is brought in, getting pinch hitter Mike Sweeney to hit into a force out, 6-4, wiping out Victorino at second base, to end the inning. The Phils would then go down 1-2-3 in the ninth, with Placido Polanco ending the game by lining out to Loney.

Roy Halladay took the lost as he pitches seven inning, giving up three runs on ten hits and a walk, while striking out four. His record is now 16-10 with an ERA of 2.27. David Herndon and J.C. Romero combine for a scoreless inning, giving up a hit (Romero), while striking out a batter (Romero). Hiroki Kuroda gets the win as he pitches seven and two-thirds shut out inning, giving up a hit, two walks and hitting a batter, while striking out seven. His record is now 10-11 with a 3.39 ERA. Hong-Chih Kuo pitches an inning and a third, recording his seventh save of the year.

The Phils had only one hit, a single by Victorino in the eighth, as they once again just avoid being no-hit, as the bats were a bit too aggressive at the plate for their own good.

The Phils (73-58, 2nd East) continue their three-game series with the Dodgers (68-64, 4th West) with a night game tonight. The game will be played at Dodgers Stadium and will start at 10:10 pm Eastern (7:10 pm Pacific). The Phils will send to the mound Kyle Kendrick (8-7, 4.64), who is coming off a lost to the Astros on August 26, when he went six innings, giving up four runs on nine hits, while striking out one, in the Phils’ 5-1 lost. In his last three starts, his record is 1-2, as he pitched eighteen and a third innings, giving up ten runs on twenty-four hits and five walks, while striking out seven. He will be trying to end his personal two game losing streak, while hoping that the bats will finally wake up and do some real damage. The Dodgers will counter with Carlos Monasterios (3-4, 3.54), who is coming off a no-decision against the Brewers on August 26, when he went four and a third innings, giving up a run on two hits and a walk, while striking out three, in the Dodgers’ 7-1 win. In his last three appearances on the mound, two of which were starts, his record is 0-1 with two no-decisions, as he pitched ten and a third innings, giving up five runs, three of which were earned, on twelve hits and three walks, while striking out ten. He will be trying to even up his record against a cold Phils’ offense. The Phils will be trying to break out of their present slump, so that they can stay close to the Braves while continuing to hold their present lead in the wild card chase.

The bats are cold again as the Phils drop the series to the Astros as they lose, 3-2.

The Phils’ offense has once again gone cold as they waste another good performance by one of their starters as they lose to the Astros, 3-2.

The Astros took the lead in the fourth as, with two men out, Hunter Pence hits a solo home run, his twentieth home run of the year, giving the Astros a 1-0 lead. The Phils tied it up at one-all in the fifth as Jayson Werth hits a lead-off home run, his seventeenth home run of the season. The Astros retook the lead in the sixth as, with one man out, Michael Bourn hits a solo home run, making it a 2-1 Astros’ lead. The Phils retied it in their half of the sixth as, with two men on, and with one man out, Placido Polanco hits an RBI double, scoring Roy Halladay, who had earlier singled, and then went to second on Shane Victorino’s single, while sending Shane Victorino, who had earlier singled, on to third base. The Astros retook the lead again in the seventh as, with one man on and with two men out, Humberto Quintero hits an RBI single, knocking in Chris Johnson, who had earlier doubled, giving the Astros a 3-2 lead. The Phils tried to retied the game in their half of the seventh as they had runners on the corners, with Ben Francisco at third, after being safe on first on a 5-4 force out, as Mike Sweeney, who had earlier singled, was thrown out at second base, and going to third on Carlos Ruiz’s single, and with Ruiz on first, via a single, and with two men out, as Jimmy Rollins was batting, Quintero threw out Francisco with a quick snap throw to third, as Francisco lost sight of the bag. That would be the last real threat by the Phils as Brandon Lyon records his eighth save of the season in the ninth by striking out the side.

Roy Halladay took the lost as he pitches seven innings, giving up three runs on six hits, while striking out three. His record is now 16-9 with a 2.22 ERA. Jose Contreras and Chad Durbin pitches two 1-2-3 innings, striking out two batters (one each). J.A. Happ gets the win as he pitches six and one-third innings, giving up two runs on five hits and two walks, while striking out four. His record is now 4-2 with a 3.45 ERA. Wilton Lopez pitched to one batter, giving up a hit. Tim Byrdak collects his eighth hold of the year as he pitches a third of an inning. Mark Melancon records his second hold of the year as he also pitches a third of an inning. Brandon Lyon records his eighth save of the year with two scoreless innings, giving up a hit, while striking out three.

The Phils had only seven hits in the game, singles by Shane Victorino, Mike Sweeney, Carlos Ruiz, Roy Halladay and pinch hitter Ryan Howard, an RBI double by Placido Polanco and a solo home run by Jayson Werth. The offense is once again having a hard time scoring runs.

The Phils (70-56, 2nd East) are concluding their series with the Astros (57-69, 4th Central) with an afternoon game, already in progress, with the Phils trailing.

After losing a well-pitched gem by Cole Hamels, 1-0, on Saturday, the Phils came back to win a so-so start by Roy Halladay, 6-5, winning the weekend series from the Mets.

The Phils’ home winning streak ends at twelve in a row as they lose a well pitched gem by Cole Hamels to the Mets, 1-0 on Saturday night. The offense then came back on Sunday to give needed runs support to Roy Halladay as he wins his fourteenth start as the Phils defeat the Mets, 6-5, to win the weekend series, staying two games behind the Braves in the East, and a 1/2 behind the Giants in the wild card race.

On Saturday, the game was a pitchers’ duel between Phils’ starter Cole Hamels and Mets’ starter Johan Santana. During the first six innings, Hamels was on fire, giving up no runs on five scattered hits, while striking out nine batters, while Santana had a no-hitter going into the Phils’ half of the sixth when, with one man on, and with two men out, Placido Polanco broke it up with a single to center, after Raul Ibanez had gotten on base after striking out as Santana threw a wild pitch, allowing him to reach first base, while Santana walks three batters, as he strikes out six. The Mets would finally take the lead in the seventh as Jeff Francoeur hits a lead-off home run, his eleventh home run of the season, to gives the Mets a 1-0 lead, before Hamels would put down the next three Mets down in order, as he records strikeouts numbers 10 and 11 on the night. The Phils tried to tie it in their half of the seventh as Jayson Werth got on base with a lead-off double, but then committed a bone headed play as he ran to third base on a grounder by Ben Francisco, which was to Werth’s right, as he is thrown out at third by the the shortstop, 6-5, as he is tagged out, while Francisco is safe at first on the fielder’s choice. The Phils tried again in the eight as they get their first two batters of the inning, Jimmy Rollins and Ibanez, on base via singles, with Rollins stopping at second base. The next batter, Polanco laid down a bunt between the third base line and the mound, that was picked up by Santana, who then threw to third, to force out Rollins on the bunt attempt for the inning’s first out, while Ibanez moved up to second, and Polanco was safe at first. Two batters later, with two men out, the Phils load the bases as Werth walks, moving up a base both Ibanez and Polanco. Sadly, the Phils would be turned back as pinch hitter Ross Gload grounds out, 4-3 to end the inning. Thus, 1-0 would be the final score as Mets’ closer Francisco Rodriguez would record his twenty-fourth save of the season as he recorded a five-out save by striking out Dom Brown swinging.

Cole Hamels took the lose, as he threw seven strong innings, giving up only one run on six hits, while striking out eleven. His record is now 7-8 with a 3.45 ERA. Chad Durbin pitches a scoreless inning, giving up a hit and two walks, while striking out two. Ryan Madson pitches a 1-2-3 inning, striking out a batter. Johan Santana gets the win as he pitches seven and a third innings, giving up five hits and three walks, while striking out six. His record is now 9-6 with a 3.06 ERA. Francisco Rodriguez records his twenty-fourth save of the season as he pitches an inning and two-thirds, giving up only a walk, while striking out two.

The Phils had just five hits in a game, singles by Jimmy Rollins, Raul Ibanez, Placido Polanco and Wilson Valdez, and a double by Jayson Werth. The offense was once again unable to give any runs support to Cole Hamels.

On Sunday, the Mets jumps into the lead in the first as, with a runner on second, and with nobody out, Angel Pagan hits an RBI single, scoring Jose Reyes, who had started the game off with a double, giving the Mets a 1-0 lead. Three batters later, with a runner on third, as Pagan stole first second base, and then third, and with two men out,  Ike Davis hits an RBI single, scoring Pagan, to give the Mets a 2-0 lead. The Phils cut the Mets’ lead in half in the second as, with one man out, Werth hits a solo home run to center field, his sixteenth home run of the year, as Carlos Beltran ran into the padding, making it a 2-1 Mets’ lead. The Phils then exploded in the third as, with one man out, Rollins got on base with a double. Polanco then got on base as Reyes commits a fielding error on his grounder, putting two men on base. The next batter, Gload, then hits an RBI single, scoring Rollins, tying the game up at two-all, while sending Polanco up to third on the throw home, as Rollins touched the back part of the plate as he slid past the catcher. Ibanez then follows with a three-run home run, his eleventh home run of the season, as he has now hit in his career high sixteenth straight game, scoring both Polanco and Gload, giving the Phils a 5-2 lead. Three batters later, with a runner on second, and now with two men out, Brian Schneider hits an RBI single, knocking in Werth, who had earlier doubled, making it a 6-2 Phils’ lead. The Mets would get a run back in the sixth as, with a runner on second and with no one out, Pagan hits an RBI single, scoring Reyes, who had earlier doubled, cutting the Phils’ lead to 6-3, while Pagan would move up to second on a fielding error by Brown, as he took his eyes off the ball while trying to field it. The Mets would cut the Phils’ lead down further in the seventh as, with runners on second and third, and with nobody out, Ruben Tejada hits an RBI ground out, 6-3, scoring Fernando Martinez, who had earlier singled, then went to third on Josh Thole’s double, making it a 6-4 Phils’ lead, while sending Thole, who had earlier double, up to third base. The Mets then made it a 6-5 Phils’ lead as pinch hitter Chris Carter hits an RBI double, scoring Thole. After giving up a walk to Reyes, Halladay finally got out of the inning by getting Pagan to fly out to center, for the inning’s second out, and then ending the inning by striking out Beltran swinging. That would end up being the Mets last change as they went down 1-2-3 to Madson in the eighth, before Lidge came in to record his fourteenth save, as he got Reyes to fly out to center, with a runner on third, for the final out.

Roy Halladay gets the win, as he pitches seven innings, giving up five runs on nine hits and a walk, while he strikes out ten. His record is now 14-8 with a 2.34 ERA. Madson records his third hold of the year as he pitches a 1-2-3 inning, striking out a batter. Brad Lidge records his fourteenth save of the year as he pitches a scoreless inning, giving up a hit. R.A. Dickey took the lost as he pitches just three innings, giving up six runs on eight hits and a walk. His record is now 7-5 with an ERA of 2.65. Raul Valdes. Hisanori Takahashi, Pedro Feliciano and Manny Acosta combine for five scoreless innings in relief, giving up just four hits (Takahashi (2), Feliciano (1), Acosta (1)), while striking out four (one each).

The Phils had twelve hits in the game, with Jayson Werth leading the team with three hits, a single, a double and a solo home run, raising his average to .301. Jimmy Rollins and Wilson Valdez follow with two hits each, with Rollins hits being a single and a double, as he scores a run, while both of Valdez’s hits were singles. Placido Polanco, Ross Gload, Raul Ibanez, Brian Schneider and Roy Halladay had the other five Phils’ hits, with Polanco, Gload, Schneider and Halladay’s hits being singles, with Gload and Schenider both knocking in a run, while Ibanez’s hit was a three-run blast to center field. The offense, for the fourth straight game, scored some runs for their ace, this time being enough for the win.

The Phils (62-49, 2nd East) have the day off today before starting a three-game series with the Dodgers (58-54, 4th West) on Tuesday night.

The Phils took a step backward as their ace gets torched by the Cubs, as the Phils lose 11-6.

The Cubs torched Roy Halladay for six runs, before crushing the bullpen for five more in the seventh, as the Phils fall to the Cubs, 11-6.

The Cubs took a 2-0 lead in the second as, with one man on, and with one man out, Geovany Soto hits a two-run home run, his eleventh home run of the year, knocking in Marlon Byrd, who was earlier hit by the pitch. Four batters later, with two men on, and with two men out, the Cubs increased their lead as Starlin Castro hits an RBI single, scoring Tom Gorzelanny, who had earlier singled, and had moved up to second base on Tyler Colvin’s single, giving the Cubs a 3-0 lead, while sending Colvin, who had just singled, on to third base. The Cubs would make it 4-0 as, with Derrek Lee batting, Castro stole second base. Catcher Carlos Ruiz committed a throwing error which would allow Colvin to score from third. The Phils tried to start a come back in the fifth as, with two men on, and with nobody out, Placido Polanco hits an RBI ground out, 6-3, scoring Roy Halladay, who had earlier walked, and then reached third on Shane Victorino’s double, making it a 4-1 Cubs’ lead, while sending Victorino, who had earlier double, to third base. One batter later, the Phils would cut the Cubs’ lead to 4-2 as Victorino would score on a Aramis Ramirez fielding error of a Jimmy Rollins grounder. The Cubs would get the two runs back in the sixth as, with one man on, and with one man out, Alfonso Soriano hits his seventeenth home run of the season, scoring Byrd, who was hit by the pitch for the second time in the game, giving the Cubs a 6-2 lead. The Phils got a run back in the seventh as, with two men on, and with one out, Ryan Howard hits a sacrifice fly, knocking in Polanco, who had earlier walked, and had gone to third on Rollins’ single, making it a 6-3 Cubs’ lead. The Cubs would then break the game wide open in their half of the seventh as, with the bases loaded, via singles to Jeff Baker and Colvin and then a sacrifice bunt by Castro, which would move Baker to third and Colvin to second, while Castro would be safe at first on David Herndon’s fielding error, and with nobody out, Lee hits a bases clearing double, scoring Baker, Colvin and Castro, giving the Cubs a 9-3 lead. Three batters later, with two men on, and with one man out, Soriano hits an RBI single, scoring Lee, giving the Cubs a 10-3 lead, while sending Byrd, who had just walked, on to second base. The Cubs then made it 11-3 as, with two men on, and with still one man out, Soto hits an RBI single, scoring Byrd, while Soriano was thrown out at third by an accurate throw by right fielder Ben Francisco for the inning’s second out. The Phils made it an 11-4 game as, with one out, pinch hitter Greg Dobbs hits a solo home run, his fourth home run of the year. In the ninth, Howard made it an 11-5 game with a lead-off home run, his fourth home run of the series and his twenty-first home run of the season. Two batters later, with one man out, Francisco made it an 11-6 game as he hits a solo home run of his own, his second home run of the season. But, it would be a case of too little, too late for the Phils, as James Russell got out the next two batters, getting Dobbs to strike out swinging to end the game.

Roy Halladay took the lost as he pitches six innings, giving up six runs, five of which were earned, on seven hits and two hit batters, while striking out three. His record is now 10-8 with a 2.40 ERA. J.C. Romero pitches to two batters, giving up two runs on two hits. David Herndon pitches an inning, giving up three runs, two of which were earned, on three hits and a walk, while striking out one. Danys Baez pitches a scoreless inning, giving up two hits, while striking out a batter. Tom Gorzelanny gets the win as he pitches six and two-thirds innings, giving up three runs, two of which were earned, on five hits and five walks, while striking out five. His record is now 5-5 with a 3.12 ERA. Andrew Cashner collects his third hold as he pitches an inning and a third, giving up a run on two hits and two walks, while striking out one. James Russell pitches an inning, giving up two runs on two hits, while striking out two.

The Phils had nine hits in the game, with Placido Polanco and Ben Francisco leading the team with two hits each, with Polanco’s hits being both singles, knocking in a run, while Francisco’s hits were a single and a solo home run. Shane Victorino, Jimmy Rollins, Ryan Howard, Carlos Ruiz and Greg Dobbs had the other five Phils’ hits, with Victorino’s hit being a double, Rollins and Ruiz’s hits being singles, Howard’s hit being a solo home run as he knocks in two runs, with the other run scoring on a sac fly, and Dobbs’ hit being a pinch hit home run, while the other Phil’s run came in on a throwing error. The offense never got running until it was too late to catch up with the Cubs.

The Phils (48-43, 3rd NL East) with continue their road trip with a four-game series in St. Louis against the Cardinals (51-41, 1st NL Central), starting tonight with a night game. The game will start at 7:05 pm Eastern (6:05 pm Central) and will be played at Busch Stadium. The Phils will send to the mound Kyle Kendrick (5-3, 4.44), who is coming off a relief performance against the Cubs on July 15, as he pitched an inning, giving up just one hit, in the Phils’ 12-6 lost. In his last three starts, his record is 1-1 with a no-decision, as he pitched twenty-two innings, giving up eleven runs, ten of which were earned, on twenty-one hits and two walks, while striking out twelve. He will be trying to start the series for the Phils on a positive note. The Cards will counter with Blake Hawksworth (3-5, 4.73), who is coming off a win against the Astros on July 11, as he went five and one-third inning, giving up two runs on seven hits and three walks, while striking out two, in the Cardinals’ 4-2 win. In his last three starts, he has a 1-1 record with a no-decision, as he pitched sixteen and a third innings, giving up seven runs on twenty-one hits and eight walks, while striking out fourteen. He will be trying to improve his record, while trying to add to the Phils’ present problems. The Phils’ offense will be hoping that the presently hot Ryan Howard will continue to feast on his home team while they are in St. Louis, hoping it’ll help jump start the offense.

Left for dead going into the ninth inning, the Phils rally to tie the game in the ninth before winning it on a Ryan Howard two-run walk-off home run in the tenth, as they again defeat the Reds in extra-innings, 9-7.

After entering the bottom of the ninth trailing the Reds 7-1, the Phils rally to tie the game at seven-all before winning it in the tenth on a Ryan Howard two-run walk-off home run, his fourth walk-off home run in his career, to gives the Phils an unbelieveable 9-7 come-from-behind win.

In the first, the Reds took a quick 3-0 lead as, with two men on and with one man out, Jonny Gomes hits a three-run home run, his eleventh home run of the year, knocking in Brandon Phillips, who had earlier reached base on a Jimmy Rollins fielding error and then went to second on a Johnny Votto single, and Votto, who had earlier singled. The Reds increased their lead in the second as, with the bases loaded, via singles to Corky Miller and Reds’ starter Mike Leake, sending Miller to second, and a walk to Votto, moving both Miller and Leake up a base, and with two men out, Gomes gets an infield RBI single off of Greg Dobbs’ glove, scoring Miller, giving the Reds a 4-0 lead, while moving Leake to third and Votto to second. The Phils made it 4-1 in the fourth as, with a runner on third, and with one man out, Jayson Werth hits a sacrifice fly, knocking in Raul Ibanez, who had earlier singled, and then went to third on Ryan Howard’s single, who was gunned down, 9-6, at second base, trying to stretched it into a double. The Reds then added to their lead in the fifth as, with runners on the corners, and with one man out, Miguel Cairo hits a two-run double, knocking in Gomes, who had earlier singled, and then went to third on Jay Bruce’s single, and Bruce, who had just singled, making it a 6-1 Reds’ lead, before Cairo was thrown out at third, 8-6-5, trying to stretch his double into a triple. The Reds would make it 7-1 in the ninth as, with two men on, and with two men out, Leake hits an RBI single, scoring Chris Heisey, who had earlier walked, and had moved up to second when Miller was hit by the pitch, while Miller moved up to second. The Phils came into their half of the ninth looking dead, before coming to life. With one man on, and with one out, Howard hits an RBI single, knocking in Victorino, who had earlier doubled, making it a 7-2 Reds’ lead. Two batters later, with two men on, as Werth got on base with a single, sending Howard to second, and with still one man out, Dobbs hits a three-run home run, his third home run of the season, scoring both Howard and Werth, cutting the Reds’ lead down to 7-5. Three batters later, with pinch hitter Ben Francisco on first via a walk, and now with two men out, pinch hitter Cody Ransom hits a two-run pinch hit home run, his first home run of the year, knocking in Francisco, tying the game up at seven-all. In the tenth, with a runner on second, and with no one out, Howard hits a two-run walk-off home run, his seventeeth home run of the year, knocking in Ibanez, who had just doubled, giving the Phils a walk-off come-from-behind 9-7 win.

Joe Blanton got a no-decision as he pitched five and one-third innings, giving up six runs, five of which were earned, on twelve hits and two walks, while striking out seven. David Herndon and Danys Baez pitched two and two-thirds scoreless innings, giving up just two hits (Herndon) and two walks (Herndon), while striking out two (Herndon) between them. J.C. Romero pitches an inning, giving up a run on a hit, a walk, and a hit batter. Ryan Madson gets the victory as he pitches a 1-2-3 inning, striking out two batters. His record is now 2-0 with an ERA of 6.55. Mike Leake also receives a no-decision, as he pitches eight and one-third innings, giving up five runs on nine hits, while striking out three. Francisco Cordero blew his sixth save of the year, as he gave up two runs on one hit and two walks. Arthur Rhodes took the lost as he pitches to two batters, getting neither out, as he gave up two runs on two hits. His record is now 3-3 with a 1.56 ERA.

The Phils had twelve hits, with both Raul Ibanez and Ryan Howard leading the team with three hits each. Ibanez’s hits were a single and two doubles, scoring two runs, while Howard’s hits were two singles and a two-run home run, knocking in three runs. Jayson Werth followed with two hits, both singles, as he knocked in a run via a sac fly. Jimmy Rollins, Shane Victorino, Greg Dobbs and pinch hitter Cody Ransom had the other four Phils’ hit. Rollins’ hit was a single, Victorino’s hit was a double, scoring a run, Dobbs’ hit was a three-run home run, while pinch hitter Ransom’s hit was a pinch hit two-run home run. The Phils’ offense was kept quiet for most of the ballgame before erupting for eight runs in the ninth and tenth innings. Hopefully, they can carry the momentum of their last two wins into Roy Halladay’s start tomorrow.

The Phils (45-40, 3rd NL East) continue their series with the Reds (49-39, 1st NL Central) with a night game later today. The game will be played at Citizens Bank Park and will start at 7:05 pm Eastern. The Phils will send to the mound their ace Roy Halladay (10-7, 2.33), who is coming off a complete game win against the Braves on July 5, as he gave up one run on five hits and a walk, while striking out seven, in the Phils’ 3-1 win. In his last three starts, his record is 2-1, in which he pitched twenty-four innings, giving up five runs on twenty-four hits and two walks, while striking out twenty-one. He will be trying to get his eleventh win of the season and give the Phils the series win, before heading to the All-Star game. The Reds will counter with Rookie Travis Wood (0-0, 3.86), who is coming off a non-decision against the Mets on July 5, as he went only four and two-thirds inning, giving up five runs, three of which were earned, on six hits and two walks, while he struck out five, in the Reds’ 8-6 win. In his first two career starts, he is 0-0 with two no-decisions, as he pitched eleven and two-thirds innings, giving up seven runs, five of which were earned, on eight hits and five walks, while striking out nine. He hopes to win his first career start. The Phils will be trying for the series win, while hoping to give some real runs support to Halladay.

Kyle Kendrick and the bullpen throw a six-hit shut out against the Cardinals as the Phils defeat the Cards, 4-0.

Kyle Kendrick throw seven shut out innings, before handing it over to the bullpen which threw two more scoreless innings, as the Phils defeat the Cardinals, 4-0.

The first three and a third innings of the game was a pitchers’ duel between Phils’ starter Kyle Kendrick and Cardinals’ starter Brad Penny, with Penny throwing three straight 1-2-3 innings, while Kendrick avoided trouble in the Cardinals’ second as, with a runner on second via a double to Colby Rasmus, and with one man out, Rasmus tried to steal third with Yadier Molina batting, and was thrown out, 2-5, for the inning’s second out. That would be important as Molina got on base with a double, which would’ve easily scored Rasmus from either second or third. The Phils took the lead in the fourth as, with a man on base, and with no one out, Placido Polanco hits a two-run home run, his fourth home run of the year, knocking in Shane Victorino, who had earlier singled, giving the Phils a 2-0 lead. The Phils increased their lead to 3-0 in the sixth as, Victorino hits a lead-off home run, his sixth home run of the season. The Phils added to their lead in the seventh as, with a runner on base, and with two men out, pinch hitter Greg Dobbs hits an RBI double, knocking in pinch runner Wilson Valdez, running for Juan Castro, who had earlier singled, giving the Phils a 4-0 lead. That would be the final score as Danys Baez and Jose Contreras together pitch a pair of 1-2-3 innings to end the game.

Kyle Kendrick receives the win as he pitches seven shut out innings, giving up only six hits and two walks, while striking out three. His record is now 1-1 with a 5.87 ERA. Danys Baez and Jose Contreras then follow by combining for two 1-2-3 innings, striking out a batter (Baez). Brad Penny took the lose as he pitches six innings, giving up three runs on five hits, while striking out six. His record is now 3-2 with a 1.99 ERA. Mitchell Boggs pitches an inning and a third, giving up a run on two hits and a walk. Dennys Reyes pitches two-thirds of an inning, getting out both men that he would face.

The Phils had seven hits in the game, with Victorino leading the team with two hits, a single and a solo home run, knocking in a run and scoring two. Placido Polanco, Chase Utley, Ryan Howard, Juan Castro, and pinch hitter Greg Dobbs had the other five Phils’ hits. Polanco’s hit was a two-run home run, knocking in two run. Utley, Howard and Castro each had a single, while Dobbs had a pinch hit double, knocking in a run.

The Phils (16-11, 1st East) will conclude their four-game set with the Cardials (18-10, 1st Central). The game will start at 1:05 pm Eastern and will be played at Citizens Bank Park. The Phils will send to the mound their ace Roy Halladay (5-1, 1.47), who is coming off a complete game shut out win against the Mets on May 1, where he gave up only three hits and a walk, while he struck out six, in the Phils’ 10-0 win. The Doc will be shooting for his sixth win of the year, while trying to give the Phils another series win. The Cardinals will try to counter with Kyle Lohse (0-1, 5.28), who is coming off a no-decision against the Reds on May 1, as he went seven innings, giving up a run on seven hits, while striking out eight, in the Cardinals’ 6-3 win. He will be trying to keep up with the Phils’ ace. The Phils will be trying to win the series, while trying to help Halladay tie for the most wins in the National League.

Threepeat!!!!: The Phils win their third straight Eastern Division title.

For the second time in the franchise’s long history, the Phils have won their third straight NL Eastern Division title, thanks to the Marlins’ 5-4 defeat of the Braves in Atlanta, while the Phils crushed the Astros in Citizens Bank Park, 10-3.

The Astros took a quick 1-0 lead in the first as, with the bases loaded, via singles to Miguel Tejada, Lance Berkman and Carlos Lee, and with two men out, Hunter Pence received an RBI walk, forcing in Tejada, while moving up a base both Berkman and Lee. The Phillies would tie the game up at one-all in their half of the first as, with one man on, and with one man out, Chase Utley hits an RBI ground out, 6-3, knocking in Jimmy Rollins, who had earlier doubled, and then went to third on Shane Victorino’s sacrifice bunt, 1-3. The Astros retook the lead in the second as J.R. Towles hits a lead-off home run, after the umpires had corrected their earlier ruling that the ball had stayed in the park via instant replay, his first home run of the season, giving the Astros a 2-1 lead. The Astros added to their lead in the fourth as Towles hits another lead-off home run, his second home run of the night, and of the season, making it a 3-1 Astros’ lead. The Phils then struck back in their half of the fourth. With two men on, and with nobody out, Ryan Howard hits an RBI single, scoring Victorino, who had earlier singled, and then stole second base, making it a 3-2 Astros’ lead, while sending Utley, who had just walked, to third base. The next batter, Raul Ibanez, then hits a grounder to the Astros’ starter Brian Moehler. Moehler immediately threw to second base, hoping to start a double play. Unfortunately, there was no one covering second, as the ball sails into center field, allowing Utley to score, tying the game at three-all, and sending Howard to third, while Ibanez would end up being safe at second on the fielder’s choice-throwing error. Jayson Werth then followed with a ground out RBI, 6-3, for the inning’s first out, as Howard scored, giving the Phillies a 4-3 lead, while sending Ibanez on to third. Pedro Feliz then followed with an RBI double, knocking in Ibanez, making it a 5-3 Phils’ lead. The Phils added to their lead in the fifth as, with a runner on third, and with nobody out, Victorino hits an RBI triple, knocking in Rollins, who had earlier tripled, giving the Phillies a 6-3 lead. Three batters later, now with two men on, as Howard was intentionally walked, and with one out, Ibanez hits a sacrifice fly, scoring Victorino, making it a 7-3 Phils’ lead. The Phillies would make it 8-3 in the sixth as, with a runner on base, and with nobody out, Carlos Ruiz hits an RBI double, knocking in Feliz, who had earlier singled, before being thrown at third trying to stretched his double into a triple, 9-6-5. The Phils then scored one last time in the seventh as, with a man on base, and with two men out, Ibanez hits a two-run home run, his thirty-fourth home run of the season, scoring Howard, who had just walked, giving the Phils a 10-3 lead. In the ninth, after Kyle Kendrick, the game winner, had pitched three shut out innings in relief of Phils’ starter Pedro Martinez, and Chad Durbin had pitched one scoreless inning, the Phils sent Scott Eyre to the mound to pitch his first game in several weeks. Eyre started the inning off by getting Michael Bourn to fly out to center for the first out. He then got Tejada to fly out to center for the inning’s second out. Meanwhile, in Atlanta, the Marlins were holding on to a 5-4 lead, with the bases loaded. After Brendan Donnelly was brought into the game to face Martin Prado, he threw a first pitch ball that got past Marlins’ catcher Ronny Paulino. But, the ball hit the backstop and came back to Paulino, catching Matt Diaz off third base. Paulino threw a strike to the Marlins’ third baseman Wes Helms, who applied the tag on a diving Diaz for the final out, giving the Marlins’ the win, and the Phils’ the pennant. Back in Philly, Charlie Manuel had come to the mound, taking out Eyre and bringing in Brad Lidge to record the final out. Which Lidge would do with one pitch as Berkman grounded out to Howard, three-unassisted, for the final out.

Pedro Martinez received a no-decision as he went four innings, giving up three runs on six hits and a walk, as he struck out two. Kyle Kendrick got the win as he pitched three scoreless innings, giving up only two hits, while striking out three batters. His record is now 3-1 with a 2.66 ERA. Chad Durbin pitched a scoreless inning, giving up only a walk. Scott Eyre pitched two-thirds of an inning, getting two fly outs. Brad Lidge pitched a third of an inning, getting the final out. Brian Moehler took the lost as he went four and a third innings, giving up seven runs on six hits and three walks, while striking out one. His record is now 8-12 with a 5.47 ERA. Wesley Wright pitched two-thirds of an inning. Samuel Gervacio pitched an inning, giving up a run on two hits, while striking out one. Tim Byrdak pitched an inning, giving up two runs on one hit and two walks. Jose Valverde pitched a scoreless inning, walking a batter.

The Phils had nine hits in the game, with Jimmy Rollins, Shane Victorino and Pedro Feliz leading the team with two hits each, with both of Rollins’ hits being for extra bases, a double and a triple, scoring two runs, while one of Victorino’s hits was a triple, as he knocked in a run, while one of Feliz’s hits was a double, as he also knocked in a run. Ryan Howard, Raul Ibanez and Carlos Ruiz had the other three Phils’ hits, with Ibanez’s hits being a two-run home run, as he knocked in three runs, while Ruiz’s hit was a double, knocking in a run. Chase Utley, Howard and Jayson Werth knocked in the other three Phils’ RBIs. The Phils’ offense came out swinging, finally knocking around Moehler in the fourth. With the clinching, Charlie Manuel will be giving some of his regulars a well needed rest, while trying to see if he can lead the Phils to the best record in the National League so that they can get home field advantage throughout the playoffs.

The Phils (92-66, 1st East) will conclude their four-games home stand with the Astros (73-85, 5th Central) with a night game. The game will start tonight at 7:05 pm Eastern and will be played at Citizens Bank Park. The Phils expected starter will be Cliff Lee (14-12 (7-3),  3.19 (3.28)), who is coming off a lost against the Brewers on September 25, where he went six innings, giving up seven runs on nine hits, while striking out six, in the Phils’ 8-4 lost. He will be trying to recapture his form when he first came to the Phils before the July trade deadline. The Astros will counter with Felipe Paulino (2-11, 6.51), who is coming off a lost to the Reds on September 26, as he went five innings, giving up eight runs on nine hits and four walks, while striking out three, in the Astros’ 10-4 lost. He will be trying to keep from being hit hard by the Phils. The Phils will be trying to balance resting some of their starters while at the same time trying to see if they can establish their post-season form.

What is going on?!?! The Phils lose again to the fish, 6-4.

For the second straight game, the Phils’ offense is unable to get the needed key hit as they lose once again to the Marlins, 6-4. Their lead over the Marlins is now done to five games.

The Marlins took the lead in the first as Chris Coghlan hits a lead-off home run, his sixth home run of the year, to give the Marlins a 1-0 lead. The Phils tied it up at one-all in the second as, with the bases loaded thanks to singles by Raul Ibanez, Carlos Ruiz and Cole Hamels on a bunt attempt that Marlins’ starter Sean West took too long to throw to first, and with one man out, Ibanez scored on a force out ground ball hit by Jimmy Rollins to second baseman Dan Uggla, who threw out Hamels at second for the inning’s second out, while Ruiz went on to third while Rollins was safe at first, thanks in part to Hamels’ take out slide at second base. The Phils then took a 2-1 lead as Shane Victorino hits an RBI single, knocking in Ruiz, while sending Rollins up to second base. The Marlins then tied it up a two-all in the third as, with the bases loaded, via a single to Emilio Bonifacio and walks to Coghlan and Nick Johnson, and one man out, Hanley Ramirez hit into a force out RBI, scoring Bonifacio, as Johnson was forced out at second, 4-6, while Coghlan moved up to third and Ramirez was safe at first. The Phils regained the lead in the bottom of the third as, with runners on the corners, and with two men out, Ryan Howard, who had earlier walked, had gone to second on West’s fielding error of an Ibanez ground ball, then reached third on a Pedro Feliz force out, 6-4, as Ibanez was wiped out at second while Feliz was safe at first, scored on a fielding error by Johnson of a pop up hit by Ruiz, making it a 3-2 Phils’ lead, while Feliz moved up to second base. The Marlins took the lead as, with a man on, and with one man out, Cody Ross hits a two-run home run, scoring Jorge Cantu, who had earlier walked, giving the Marlins a 4-3 lead. The Marlins added to their lead in the eighth as, with two men on, and with two men out, pinch hitter Jeremy Hermida hits an RBI single, scoring Ronny Paulino, who had earlier singled, and had gone to second on Bonifacio’s single, making it a 5-3 Marlins’ lead, while sending Bonifacio, who had just singled, over to third. The next batter, Coghlan made it 6-3 Marlins with an RBI single, knocking in Bonifacio, before Hermida was thrown out at third by a strong throw from right fielder Jayson Werth, 9-5, for the inning’s final out. The Phils got a run back in the ninth as, with a runner on third and with nobody out, Chase Utley hits an RBI ground out, 3-unassisted, as Victorino, who had earlier tripled, scored, making it a 6-4 Marlins’ lead. But that would end up being the final score as Ibanez flew out to center with a runner on for the final out.

Cole Hamels took the lost, as he lasted only five and a third innings, giving up four runs on five hits and four walks, while striking out four. His record is now 7-7 with an ERA of 4.77. Tyler Walker pitched two-thirds of an inning, getting out both men that he would face. Chan Ho Park pitched two innings, giving up two runs on five hits, while he struck out a batter. Kyle Kendrick pitched a shut out inning, while giving up only a walk. Sean West received a no-decision, as he pitched just four innings, giving up three runs, only two of which were earned, on seven hits and two walks, while he struck out four. Brian Sanches got the win as he pitched a scoreless inning, walking only a batter. His record is now 2-1 with a 1.14 ERA. Brendan Donnelly pitched a scoreless inning as he recorded his fifth hold. Dan Meyer also pitched a scoreless inning, recording his fifteenth hold, as he gave up only one hit, as he struck out one. Matt Lindstrom recorded his third hold while pitching a scoreless inning, giving up a hit, as he struck out one batter. Leo Nunez recorded his eleventh save of the year, as he gave up a run on two hits.

The Phils recorded eleven hits, with Ryan Howard leading the way with four hits, including a double, as he raised his batting average to .265. Shane Victorino was next with two hits, with one of them being a triple, as he knocked in a run. Jimmy Rollins, Raul Ibanez, Pedro Feliz, Carlos Ruiz and Cole Hamels had the other five Phils’ hit, with Feliz’s hit being a double. Beside Victorino, Rollins knocked in a run on a force out, while Chase Utley knocked in a run with a ground out. Although Howard got on base all five times that he came up, with four hits and a walk, and scored a run, he did not knock in a run, while the rest of the players in the middle of the lineup (Jayson Werth, Raul Ibanez), have together gone 1 for 9, striking out twice, while leaving six men on base. This team needs to start knocking in runs, and, as I’d said in my last few posts, they need to STOP STRIKING OUT when they have men in scoring position, especially with two outs or less. Maybe playing a little more situational baseball might take care of that, along with less swinging for the fences. If the homers come, they’ll come, guys, stopping trying to go for the fences every bleeping time you’re up at the plate. It’s getting annoying, and allowing the opposing pitchers to make you guys look ridiculous.

The Phillies (61-47, 1st) will continue their home stand with an afternoon game against the Marlins (57-53, 2nd). The game will be played at Citizens Bank Park and will begin at 1:35 pm Eastern. The Phils’ starter will be Jamie Moyer (10-8, 5.55), who is coming off a lost against the Rockies on August 4, as he went five innings, giving up six runs on six hits and four walks, while striking out three, in the Phils’ 8-3 lost. He will be trying to perform his usual magic against the fish, while hoping to stop both the Phils’ present slide, and his own personal one-game losing streak. The Marlins will counter with Josh Johnson (10-2, 2.98), who is coming off a no-decision against the Nationals on August 4, as he went seven innings, giving up four runs on six hits, as he struck out nine, in the Marlins’ 6-4 lost. He will be trying to get a sweep for the fish. The Phils will be trying to put the Marlins back to being six games behind them, with seven behind in the lost column.

Happ is saddled with first career loss as the Phillies are outslugged by the Cardinals, 8-1.

J.A. Happ loses his first career start, thanks to the Cardinals’ hitter being lucky with their hits as the Phils lose to the redbirds, 8-1. Their lead over the Braves and the Marlins is now at five and a half games as both teams win their games.

The Cardinals took a 1-0 lead in the second as, with a runner on third, and two men out, Rick Ankiel hits an RBI single, scoring Matt Holliday, who had earlier hit an infield single, stole second base and then moved on to third on Ryan Ludwick’s ground out, 6-3. The game, after a rain delay, became a pitchers’ duel between Phils’ starter J.A. Happ and Cardinals’ starter Joel Pineiro until the sixth inning, when the Cardinals were able to beat up on Happ with bleeders. The Cardinals increased their lead as, with two men on, and nobody out, Holliday hits an RBI single, knocking in Mark DeRosa, who had earlier singled, and had gone to second on Albert Pujols’ single, giving the Cardinals a 2-0 lead, while sending Pujols to third. One batter later, Ryan Ludwick made it 3-0 Cards as he hits an RBI single, knocking in Pujols. On the play, Holliday is thrown out at third for the inning’s first out, 7-5, as he tried to move up to third, while Ludwick would move up to second base on the throw. Yadier Molina would make it a 4-0 Cardinals’ lead with an RBI single, scoring Ludwick. Ankiel made it a 5-0 Cards’ lead with an RBI double, knocking in Molina, before Ankiel would move up to third on the throw to the plate. The redbirds would make it 6-0 in the seventh as, with a man on third, and noone out, DeRosa hits a sacrifice fly, scoring Julio Lugo, who had earlier tripled. The Cards made it 7-0 as, with the bases loaded, via a walk to Pujols, a double by Holliday, that sent Pujols to third base, and a walk to Molina, with two men out, Ankiel hits an RBI single, knocking in Pujols, while moving both Holliday and Molina up a base. The Phils would finally score in the bottom half of the seventh, as, with a runner on third and two men out, Jayson Werth, who had earlier singled, had moved up to second on Pedro Feliz’s single, and had gone to third on Carlos Ruiz’s double play ball, 6-4-3, wiping out Feliz at second base, would score on a wild pitch, with Matt Stairs batting, making it 7-1 Cardinals. In the eighth, Lugo, with one man out, would make it 8-1 Cards by hitting a solo home run, his second home run of the year. That would be the final score as the Phils would be unable to do anything in their last two times at-bat.

J.A. Happ took the lost, the first one of his young career, as he pitched six innings, giving up five runs on ten hits, while he struck out six. His record is now 7-1 as his ERA rises to 2.97. Tyler Walker pitched an inning, giving up two runs on three hits and two walks. Andrew Carpenter also pitched an inning, giving up a run on one hit, while he struck out one. Ryan Madson pitched a 1-2-3 inning. Joel Pineiro got the win as he also went six innings, giving up just four hits and a walk, while striking out three. His record is now 9-9, with an ERA of 2.95. Kyle McClellan pitched an inning, giving up a run on two hits, a walk and a wild pitch, as he struck out three. Dennys Reyes pitched a third of an inning, giving up two hits. Jason Motte pitched two-thirds of an inning, getting out the two batters that he would face. Brad Thompson pitched a scoreless inning, as he hit a batter and another reached base on an error before he recorded the game’s final out.

The Phils had eight hits in the game, with Shane Victorino, Ryan Howard and Carlos Ruiz leading the team with two hits each. Jayson Werth and Pedro Feliz would get the other two Phils’ hits. The Phils had no RBIs as their only run came in on a wild pitch. The Phils were unable to knock in a run, although they had several scoring attempts.

The Phillies (54-40, 1st National League East) will continue their three-games series with the Cardinals (53-46, 1st National League Central) with an afternoon game that will be televised nationally by Fox Sports. The game will be played at Citizens Bank Park and will begin at 4:05 pm. Eastern. The Phils will send to the mound Rodrigo Lopez (2-0, 2.60), who is coming off a win against the Cubs on July 20, as he pitched six innings, giving up a run on five hits and three walks, as he struck out five, in the Phils’ 10-1 win. He will be trying for his third win, hoping to make things difficult for the Phils when Pedro Martinez has finished with his rehab assignment. The Cardinals will counter with Kyle Lohse (4-6, 4.21), who is coming off a lost against the Astros, as he pitched seven innings, giving up three runs on five hits and three walks, while striking out five, in the Cards’ 3-2 lost. He will be trying to improve his record and end his personal three games losing streak, while trying to continue his good record against the Phils. The Phils will be out to tie the series, while putting up a winning home stand before they go out once more onto the road.

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