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The Phils hang on to win their third grapefruit league game as they defeat the Orioles, 6-5.

Philadelphia_PhilliesThe Phils hold on to win their third spring training game as they beat the Orioles, 6-5.

The Phils took the lead in the top of the first as, with the bases loaded, via a lead-off single by Ben Revere, a walk by Freddy Galvis, moving Revere up to second base, a ground out by Chase Utley, 3-unassisted, moving both runners up a base, and a walk by Ryan Howard, and with two men out, Dom Brown hits a bases clearing triple, knocking in Revere, Galvis and Howard, giving the Phils a 3-0 lead. The Phils would add to their lead in the top of the second as, with a runner on third, and with two men out, Galvis hits an RBI triple, scoring Revere, who had just tripled, giving the Phils a 4-0 lead. The Orioles would get a run back in their half of the second as, with runners on second and third, and with nobody out, Ryan Flaherty hits a sacrifice fly to center, knocking in Chris Davis, who had started the inning off with a single, then stopped at third base on Nelson Cruz’s ground-rule double, making it a 4-1 Phils’ lead, while moving Cruz, who had earlier doubled, up to third base. The Phils would get that run back in the top of the fourth as, with men on second and third, and with nobody out, Maikel Franco hits an RBI single, knocking in Cameron Rupp, who had started the inning off with a single, then would stop at third base on Bobby Abreu’s double, giving the Phils a 5-1 lead, while sending Abreu, who had just doubled, on to third base. The Phils then took a 6-1 lead as Revere hits a sacrifice fly, knocking in Abreu. The Orioles would cut the Phils’ lead down in the bottom of the fifth as, with a man on first, and with nobody out, Nolan Reimold hits a two-run home run, his first home run of the spring, knocking in Steve Clevenger, who had started the inning off with a walk, making it a 6-3 Phils’ lead. The Orioles then made it a 6-5 Phils’ lead in the bottom of the ninth as, with a runner on first, and with two men out, Alex Gonzalez hits a two-run home run, his second home run of the spring, scoring Michael Almanzar, who had started the inning off with a walk. But that would end up being the final score as Cesar Jimenez recorded his first save of the spring by getting Xavier Paul to pop out to the second baseman for the game’s final out.

A.J. Burnett (1-2, 10.o0) got the win as he pitched four innings, plus two batters, giving up three runs on four hits and a walk, while striking out two. Shawn Camp pitched an inning, giving up a hit, while striking out a batter.  Phillippe Aumont collected his second hold of the spring as he threw a scoreless inning, giving up a walk. Kevin Munson received his first hold of the spring as he pitched a scoreless inning, giving up two hits, while striking out a batter. Cesar Jimenez collected his first save of the spring as he went two innings, giving up two runs on one hit and two walks. Ubaldo Jimenez (1-1, 9.00) took the lost as he went two innings, giving up four runs on four hits and three walks. Zach Britton pitched a 1-2-3 inning, striking out two batters. Eduardo Rodriguez threw two innings, giving up two runs on five hits, while striking out a batter. Darren O’Day, Steve Johnson and Kelvin De La Cruz combined for four scoreless innings, giving up three hits (one hit each) and four walks (O’Day (1), Johnson (1), De La Cruz (2), while striking out three (O’Day (1), De La Cruz (2)) between them.

The Phils had twelve hits in the game with Ben Revere (Single, Triple, RBI) and Bobby Abreu (Double, Triple) both leading the team with two hits each. Freddy Galvis (Triple, RBI), Chase Utley (Single), Ryan Howard (Single), Dom Brown (Triple, 3 RBIs), Cameron Rupp (Single), Maikel Franco (Single, RBI), Kevin Frandsen (Single) and Tyson Gillies (Double), had the other eight Phils’ hits. The Phils also had seven walks (Revere, Galvis, Howard, Darin Ruf, Abreu, Ronny Cedeno, Clete Thomas) and a sacrifice fly (Revere), while the defense performed three doubleplays.

The Phils (3-10-2) play their next Grapefruit League game at Bright House Field in Clearwater tomorrow afternoon against the Yankees (7-5). The game is to start at 1:05 pm. The Phils’ starter is still to be determined, while the Yanks plan to start Ivan Nova (1-0, 5.40). The Phils will be trying for their first two-game winning streak of the spring.

Cliff Lee strike out fourteen batters and knocked in four RBIs on his way to his fourteenth victory of the season as the Phils defeat the fish, 12-2.

Philadelphia_PhilliesPhils’ starter Cliff Lee wins his fourteenth game of the season, as he help his own cause by knocking in four RBIs, as the Phils crush the Marlins, 12-2.

The Phils took the lead in the bottom of the first inning as, with two men on, and with nobody out, Chase Utley hits an RBI ground out, 4-3, as he knocked in Cesar Hernandez, who had started the inning off with a walk, then stopped at third base on Jimmy Rollins’ ground-rule double, giving the Phils a 1-0 lead, while sending Rollins, who had earlier doubled, on to third base. The Phils added to their lead in the bottom of the third inning as, with two men on, and with one man out, Utley hits a three-run home run, his seventeenth home run of the season, knocking in Hernandez, who had earlier singled, then stopped at second base on Rollins’ walk, and Rollins, who had just walked, giving the Phils a 4-0 lead. The Phils then made it a 5-0 lead three batters later as, once again with two men on, and now with two men out, Cody Asche hits an RBI single, knocking in Dom Brown, who had earlier singled, then moved up to second base on Darin Ruf’s walk, as he bowled over Marlins’ catcher Jeff Mathis, as he was unable to hold onto right fielder Giancarlo Stanton’s throw to the plate, while Ruf, who had just walked, would move up to third base, while Asche would stop at second base on the throw to the plate. The Phils then took a 7-0 lead two batters later, after Roger Bernadina had walked to load up the bases, as Cliff Lee helped out his own cause with an RBI single, scoring Ruf and Asche, while sending Bernadina on to third base. The Marlin got on the scoreboard in the top of the fifth as, with a runner on third, and with one man out, Adeiny Hechavarria hits an RBI single, knocking in Justin Ruggiano, who had started the inning off with a double, then moved up to third base on Logan Morrison’s ground out, 3-unassisted, making it a 7-1 Phils’ lead. The Phils got the run back in their half of the fifth as, with one man on, and with two men out, Lee helped his cause again as he hits an RBI triple, the first triple of his major league career, knocking in Ruf, who had started the inning off with a single, giving the Phils an 8-1 lead. The Phils then made it a 9-1 lead as Hernandez hits an RBI single, scoring Lee. The Marlins made it a 9-2 Phils’ lead in the top of the sixth as, with a runner on second, and with two men out, Ruggiano hits an RBI double, knocking in Ed Lucas, who had started the inning off with a double. The Phils increased their lead in their half of the sixth as, with one man on, and with two men out, Ruf hits a two-run home run, his fourteenth home run of the season, knocking in Brown, who had just walked, giving the Phils an 11-2 lead. The Phils made it a 12-2 lead in the bottom of the seventh as, with a man on third, and with nobody out, Lee helped his cause one more time as he hits an RBI single, knocking in Bernadina, who had started the inning off with a triple. That would be the final score as Ethan Martin pitched a scoreless ninth.

Cliff Lee (14-6, 2.95) got the win as he went eight strong innings, giving up just two runs on eight scattered hits, while he struck out fourteen. Ethan Martin pitched a scoreless inning, as he gave up a walk, while striking out one. Sam Dyson (0-1, 9.28) took the lost as he lasted only two and two-thirds innings, giving up seven runs on six hits and four walks, while striking out a batter. Arquimedes Caminero pitched an inning and a third, giving up a hit. Chris Hatcher pitched two innings, giving up four runs on four hits and a walk, striking out three. Dan Jennings pitched two innings, giving up a run on three hits, while striking out four.

The Phils had fourteen hits in the game, with Cliff Lee (2 Singles, Triple, 4 RBIs) leading the team with three hits, followed by Cesar Hernandez (Singles, RBI), Jimmy Rollins (Single, Double), Chase Utley (Single, Home Run, 4 RBIs) and Darin Ruf (Single, Home Run, 2 RBIs) all following with two hits each. Dom Brown (Single), Cody Asche (Single, RBI) and Roger Bernadina (Triple) had the other three Phils’ hits. The Phils also had five walks (Hernandez, Rollins, Brown, Ruf and Bernadina).

The Phils (70-80, 3rd) will continue their series with the Marlins (55-95, 5th) 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 Halladay (3-4, 7.28), who is coming off a no-decision against the Padres on September 12, as he went four and one-third innings, giving up five runs, four of which were earned, on four hits and five walks, while striking out six, in the Phils’ 10-5 win. He will be trying to get back into pitching shape. The Marlins will counter with Brian Flynn (0-1, 10.13), who is coming off a lost to the Braves on September 12, as he went four innings, giving up six runs on six hits and six walks, while striking out four, in the Marlins’ 6-1 lost. Flynn will be trying to keep from being smack again. The Phils will be trying for another series win at home.

The Phils take the series from the first-place Braves, as they win, 7-3.

Philadelphia_PhilliesThe Phils recovered from Saturday’s thumping to take the series from the first-place Braves, winning, 7-3.

The Phils took the lead in the bottom of the first as, with one man on, and with two men out, Dom Brown hits an RBI triple, knocking in Chase Utley, who had just singled, giving the Phils a 1-0 lead. The Phils then added to their lead two batters later as, now with runners on the corners, as Michael Young walks, and with still two men out, Delmon Young hits an RBI single, knocking in Brown, giving the Phils a 2-0 lead, while sending M. Young up to second base. The Phils increased their lead in the bottom of the fourth as, with runners on second and third, and with two men out, Ben Revere hits a two-run triple, knocking in D. Young, who had started the inning off with a walk, then went to third base on Darin Ruf’s double, and Ruf, who had earlier doubled, giving the Phils a 4-0 lead. The Braves got on the scoreboard in the top of the fifth as, with runners on second and third, and with two men on, Kris Medlen helped his cause with an RBI single, scoring Brian McCann, who had started the inning off with a single, then stopped at third base on Dan Uggla’s double, making it a 4-1 Phils’ lead, while sending Uggla, who had earlier doubled, up to third base. The Phils got that run back in their half of the fifth as, with one man out, Brown hits a solo home run, his team-leading twenty-third home run of the year, giving the Phils a 5-1 lead. The Phils added to their lead in the bottom of the sixth as, with two men on, and with two men out, Ruf, who had started the inning off with a walk, moved up to second base on Carlos Ruiz’s single, then went to third base on pinch-hitter John McDonald’s sacrifice bunt, 2-4, would score on relief pitcher’s Alex Wood wild pitch, giving the Phils a 6-1 lead, while Ruiz, who had earlier singled, then moved up to second base on McDonald’s sacrifice bunt, would move up to third base on the wild pitch, before heading home to score on catcher McCann’s throwing error to pitcher Wood, as he tried to cover the plate as Ruf scored, giving the Phils a 7-1 lead. The Braves got a run back in the top of the seventh as, with one man out, Chris Johnson hits a solo home run, his sixth home run of the season, making it a 7-2 Phils’ lead. The Braves then made it a 7-3 Phils’ lead three batters later as, with two men on, and with still one man out, Jason Heyward hits an RBI single, scoring pinch-hitter Tyler Pastornicky, who had earlier singled, then stopped at second base on Andrelton Simmons’ single, while sending Simmons, who had just singled, up to second base. That would end up being the final score as Jonathan Papelbon pitched a scoreless ninth.

Jonathan Pettibone (5-3, 3.84) got the win as he went five and one-third innings, giving up a run on five hits and a walk, while striking out six. Jake Diekman collected his fourth hold of the season as he pitched a third of an inning, getting out the only batter whom he would face. Justin De Fratus collected his fifth hold of the year as he pitched a third of an inning, getting out the only man that he would face. J.C. Ramirez pitched two-thirds of an inning, giving up two runs on four hits, as he struck out a batter. Antonio Bastardo collected his thirteenth hold of the year as he went an inning and a third, giving up a hit and a walk, as he struck out three. Jonathan Papelbon pitched a scoreless inning, as he gave up a walk, while striking out a batter. Kris Medlen (6-8, 3.45) took the lost as he went six and a third innings, giving up seven runs, six of which were earned, on eight hits and three walks, while striking out five. Alex Wood pitched two-thirds of an inning, throwing a wild pitch, as he struck out a batter. Luis Ayala and David Carpenter combined for two scoreless innings, giving up two hits (one hit each) between them, while striking out two (Carpenter).

The Phils had ten hits in the game, with Dom Brown (Triple, Home Run, 2 RBIs) and Carlos Ruiz (Singles) leading the team with two hits each. Ben Revere (Triple, 2 RBIs), Chase Utley (Single), Michael Young (Single), Delmon Young (Single, RBI), Darin Ruf (Double) and John McDonald (Single), had the other six Phils’ hits. The final two Phils’ run came in on a wild pitch and a throwing error. The Phils also had three walks (M. Young, D. Young, Ruf) and a sacrifice bunt (McDonald) in the game.

The Phils (43-46, 3rd) start a four-game series with the Nats (46-42, 2nd) with a game already in progress.

The Phils win their second straight game as they once again come from behind, as they defeat the Rox, 8-7.

Philadelphia_PhilliesThe Phils win their second straight game coming from behind as they defeat the Rockies, 8-7.

The Rockies took the lead in the bottom of the first as, with two men on, Carlos Gonzalez hits a solo home run, his nineteenth home run of the season, tying him with Dom Brown for the lead in the NL, giving the Rockies a 1-0 lead. The Rockies increased their lead in the bottom of the second as, with the bases loaded, via a single by Todd Helton, a walk by Tyler Colvin, moving Helton up to second base, and an infield single by Yorvit Torrealba, on a grounder that second baseman Freddy Galvis couldn’t field cleanly, as Helton and Colvin both moved up a base, and with one man out,  Juan Nicasio helped his own cause by hitting a two-run single, scoring Helton and Colvin, giving the Rockies a 3-0 lead, before Torrealba is thrown out trying to get back to second base, 8-3-4, for the inning’s second out. The Phils got back into the game in the top of the fourth as, with one man on, and with one man out, John Mayberry, Jr. hits an RBI double, scoring Kevin Frandsen, who had earlier singled, cutting the Rockies lead down to 3-1. The Phils cut the Rockies’ lead down to 3-2 as, two batters later, with a runner still on second base, and now with two men out, Humberto Quintero hits an RBI single, scoring Mayberry. The Rockies got a run back in their half of the fourth as, with one man on, and with one man out, Torrealba hits an RBI double, knocking in Colvin, who had just singled, giving the Rockies a 4-2 lead. The Rockies then made it a 6-2 lead two batters later as, with a man still on second, and now with two men out, Josh Rutledge hits a two-run home run, his sixth home run of the year, knocking in Torrealba. The Rox then made it a 7-2 lead as, with two men on, and with one man out, Nolan Arenado hits an RBI single, knocking in Gonzalez, who had started the inning off with a walk, then stopped at second base on Michael Cuddyer’s single, while moving Cuddyer, who had earlier singled, up to second base. The Phils then started making a come back in the top of the sixth as, with two men on, and with one man out, Galvis redeemed his earlier mistake by hitting a two-run triple, knocking in Ryan Howard, who had started the inning off with a walk, then went to second base on Frandsen’s single, and Frandsen, who had earlier singled, making it a 7-4 Rockies’ lead. The Phils then made it a 7-5 Rox’s lead one batter later as Quintero hits an RBI ground out, 6-3, scoring Galvis. The Phils then tied the game up at 7-all in the top of the seventh as, with two men on, and with two men out, Galvis hits his second two-run triple of the game, knocking in Brown, who had earlier singled, stole second base as Howard struck out and the ball got away from catcher Torrealba, and then moved up to third base on Fransden’s fly out to center, and Mayberry, who had just walked. The Phils then took the lead one batter later as pinch-hitter Jimmy Rollins hits an RBI single, knocking in Galvis, giving the Phils an 8-7 lead. That would end up being the final score as Jonathan Papelbon recorded his thirteenth save of the season as he pitched a scoreless ninth.

Kyle Kendrick received a no-decision as he went four and a third innings, giving up seven runs on ten hits and two walks. Jeremy Horst pitched two-thirds of an inning, getting out both men whom he would face. Michael Stutes (2-0, 1.54) got the win as he pitched a scoreless inning, walking a batter. Jake Diekman received his first hold of the season as he went two-thirds of an inning, giving up a hit. Justin De Fratus received his second hold of the year as he pitched a third of an inning, getting out the only batter that he would face. Mike Adams collected his seventh hold of the season as he threw a scoreless inning, giving up a hit. Jonathan Papelbon received his thirteenth save of the year as he also threw a scoreless inning, giving up a hit, while striking out a batter. Juan Nicasio also received a no-decision as he pitched five and two-thirds innings, giving up five runs on seven hits, two walks and a hit batter, while striking out four. Josh Outman received his fifth hold of the year as he pitched two-thirds of an inning, giving up a run on two hits and a wild pitch, while striking out a batter. Wilton Lopez had his fourth blown save of the season, before taking the lost (1-3, 4.25) as he pitched a third of an inning, giving up two runs on three hits and a walk. Rob Scahill pitched an inning and a third, giving up a hit. Matt Belisle pitched a 1-2-3 inning.

The Phils collected thirteen hits in the game, with Michael Young (Single, Double), Kevin Frandsen (Singles) and Freddy Galvis (Triples, 4 RBIs) all led the team with two hits apiece. Ben Revere (Single), Dom Brown (Single), John Mayberry, Jr. (Double, RBI), Humberto Quintero (Single, 2 RBIs), pinch-hitter Delmon Young (Single), pinch-hitter Jimmy Rollins (Single, RBI) and pinch-hitter Laynce Nix (Single) had the other seven Phils’ hits. The Phils also had three walks (Ryan Howard (2), Mayberry), a hit batter (Frandsen) and a stolen base (Brown (7)) in the game.

The Phils (33-35, 3rd NL East) will continue their series with the Rockies (35-33, 3rd NL West), with an afternoon game. The game will be played at Coors Field and it will start at 4:10 pm EDT (2:10 pm MDT). The Phils will send to the mound Jonathan Pettibone (3-2, 3.70) who is coming off a lost against the Brewers on June 9, as he pitched five and a third innings, giving up four runs on four hits and two walks, while striking out four, in the Phils’ 9-1 lost. He will be trying to win for the first time in six starts, and help the Phils get a game under .500 once again. The Rockies will counter with Tyler Chatwood (3-1, 2.14) who is coming off a lost against the Reds on June 3, as he went four innings, giving up a run on four hits and a walk, while striking out four, in the Rockies’ 3-0 lost. He will be trying to end the Phils’ present winning streak. The Phils will be trying to win their third straight game.

Kyle Kendrick pitches his second complete game of 2013, and a red-hot Dom Brown crushes his league leading seventeenth home run, as the Phils beat the fish, 7-2.

Philadelphia_PhilliesThe Phils increase their winning streak to two games as Kyle Kendrick pitches his second complete game of the season and Domonic Brown crushes his league leading seventeenth home run, as the Phils sink the Marlins, 7-2.

The Marlins took the lead in the top of the third as, with two men on, and with one man out, Derek Dietrich hits an RBI single, knocking in Juan Pierre, who had earlier singled, then moved up to second base on Ed Lucas’ walk, giving the Marlins a 1-0 lead, while sending Lucas, who had just walked, over to third base. The Marlins then took a 2-0 lead as the next batter, Marcell Ozuna, hits an RBI single, scoring Lucas, while sending Dietrich up to second base. The Phils cut the Marlins’ lead in half in the bottom of the fifth as Erik Kratz hits a lead-off home run, his seventh home run of the season, making it a 2-1 Marlins’ lead. The Phils tied the game up at one-all three batters later as, with a runner on third, and with the Marlins’ infield in to try to stop the tying run from scoring, Ben Revere hits an RBI single, knocking in Kyle Kendrick, who had earlier tripled, the first triple of his major league career. The Phils then took the lead a batter later as, with a runner on third, after Revere had stolen second base, and then had gone on to third base on catcher Rob Brantley’s throwing error as he tried to throw Revere out at second base, with the Marlins’ infield once again drawn in, and with still one man out, Cesar Hernandez hits an RBI ground out, three-unassisted, his first RBI of his major league career, scoring Revere, who had been running on contact, giving the Phils a 3-2 lead. The Phils increased their lead in the sixth as, with a runner on second, and with nobody out, a still red-hot Dom Brown hits a two-run home run to right, his league leading seventeenth home run of the season, knocking in Ryan Howard, who had started the inning off with a double, giving the Phils a 5-2 lead. A batter later the Phils took a 6-2 lead as Delmon Young hits a solo home run of his own, his fifth home run of the season. The Phils then made it a 7-2 lead three batters later as, with a man on third, and with one man out, Kendrick got an RBI on a fielder’s choice ground ball hit to shortstop Adeiny Hechavarria, who then threw to home plate, as Freddy Galvis, who had earlier tripled, slid under the tag attempt made by Brantley, as Kendrick reaches first base on the play. The Phils then tried to break the game wide open as they loaded up the bases, via a single by Revere, as Kendrick stopped at second base, before he moved up to third on Hernandez’s fly out to center field, for the inning’s second out, a steal of second base by Revere, his second steal of the game, and then a walk to Jimmy Rollins, and with two men out, as the Phils’ batted around. But they would be turned back as Howard ended the inning by grounding out, 4-3. But that would turn out to be all that Kendrick would need as he proceeded to pitch a complete game, giving up just six hits and a walk to the Marlins, before ending the game by getting Hechavarria to ground out, 6-3, for the final out.

Kyle Kendrick (6-3, 3.12) got the win as he threw a complete game, his second of the season, as he gave up two runs on six hits and a walk, while striking out five. Tom Koehler (0-4, 3.70) took the lost as he pitched five innings, plus two batters, giving up five runs, only four of which were earned, on seven hits and two walks, as he struck out four. Ryan Webb pitched two-thirds of an inning, giving up two runs on three hits and a walk, as he struck out a batter. Edgar Olmos pitched an inning and a third, giving up a hit. Dan Jennings threw a 1-2-3 inning, striking out a batter.

The Phils had eleven hits in the game, with a still red-hot Dom Brown (.291 average, 2 RBI), leading the team with two singles and a home run. Ben Revere (Singles, RBI) and Erik Kratz (Single, Home Run, RBI) followed with two hits apiece. Ryan Howard (Double), Delmon Young (Home Run, RBI), Freddy Galvis (Triple) and Kyle Kendrick (Triple, RBI) had the other four Phils’ hit. Cesar Hernandez knocked in the other Phil run, his first RBI of his career. The Phils also had three walks (Jimmy Rollins (2), Howard (1)) and two stolen bases (Revere (2, 12 & 13)) in the game.

The Phils (28-30, 4th) continue their series with the Marlins (16-42, 5th) with a night game tonight. The game will be played at Citizens Bank Park and is to begin at 7:05 pm EDT. The Phils will send to the mound Jonathan Pettibone (3-1, 3.64), who is coming off a lost, the first of his major league career, against the Red Sox on May 30, as he went five innings, giving up four runs on six hits and four walks, while striking out five, in the Phils’ 9-2 lost. He will be trying to recover from that start. The Marlins will counter with Ricky Nolasco (3-6, 3.69), who is coming off a lost to the Rays on May 30, as he went six and two-thirds innings, giving up three runs on four hits and four walks, while striking out five, in the Marlins’ 5-2 lost. He will be trying to bounce back from his lost. The Phils will be out to win the series, while trying to continue riding on Brown’s presently hot bat.

The Phils salvage a win as they hang on to beat the Brew Crew, 7-5.

Philadelphia_PhilliesThe Phils almost allow one to slip away as they hang on to salvage a victory in their series against the Brewers, winning, 7-5.

The Brewers tried to score first in the top of the first as, with one man out, Carlos Gomez reaches base with a double. But Phils’ starter Cliff Lee is able to pitch himself out of trouble by first getting Ryan Braun to ground out, 5-3, on a ball that third baseman Freddy Galvis made a spectacular play on, for the inning’s second out, and then by getting Jonathan Lucroy to also ground out, 6-3, on a ball that was grabbed by shortstop Jimmy Rollins, who then threw Lucroy out to end the inning. The Phils then took the lead in their half of the first as, with two men on, and with two men out, a red-hot Dom Brown hits a three-run home run, his NL leading sixteenth home run of the season, knocking in Rollins, who had earlier doubled, and Ryan Howard, who had just walked, giving the Phils a 3-0 lead. Two batters later, the Phils took a 4-0 lead as, with a man on second, and with still two men on, Erik Kratz hits an RBI double, knocking in John Mayberry, Jr., who had earlier singled, and was running on the pitch. The Phils then added to their lead as Galvis followed with an RBI triple, as the team hit for the cycle in the inning, scoring Kratz, giving the Phils a 5-0 lead. The Phils increased their lead in the bottom of the second as, with runners on the corners, and with one man out, Howard hits a sacrifice fly to left, scoring Ben Revere, who had started the inning off by reaching first base on shortstop Jeff Bianchi’s throwing error, stole second base, then stopped at third on Rollins’ single, giving the Phils a 6-0 lead, while sending Rollins, who had just singled, up to second base. The Phils then made it a 7-0 lead as Brown hits an RBI triple, his fourth RBI in the game, scoring Rollins. That would stay the score up to the top of the eighth, as Lee would stay out of trouble, only giving up three hits up to that point, while striking out eleven. The Brewers would finally get on the scoreboard in the top of the eighth as, with runners on the corners, and with two men out, Norichika Aoki hits an RBI single, knocking in Rickie Weeks, who had started the inning off with a single, went to second base on Bianchi’s single, then moved up to third base on Logan Schafer’s double play, 4-6-3, making it a 7-1 Phils’ lead. After Gomez had reached base with a single, moving Aoki up to second base, Phils’ manager Charlie Manuel came out and took Lee off the mound and replaced him with reliever Justin De Fratus. After pinch-hitter Aramis Ramirez walked to load the bases, with Aoki and Gomez both moving up a base, Lucroy followed with what appeared to have been a grand-slam home run, scoring Aoki, Gomez and Ramirez, making it look like a 7-5 Phils’ lead. But, Manuel came out of the dug out to dispute the call, saying that it had hit off the top of the left field fence, and came back into play, thus not being a home run. The umpires reviewed the play and came back saying that it was indeed not a grand-slam home run, but instead saying that it was a bases clearing triple, putting Lucroy on third, and instead making it a 7-4 Phils’ lead. The Phils then got out of the inning as Yuniesky Betancourt lined out to center for the inning’s final out. The Brewers then cut the Phils’ lead down to 7-5 in the top of the ninth as, with two men on, and with nobody out, Bianchi hits an RBI single, knocking in Alex Gonzalez, who had started the inning off with a single, then moved up to second base on Weeks’ walk, while sending Weeks, who had just walked, up to second base. Antonio Bastardo then buckled down to record his first save of the season by getting pinch-hitter Jeff Segura to ground out, 3-unassisted, for the inning’s first out, as Weeks and Gonzalez both moved up a base, then getting Aoki to fly out to shallow left field for the inning’s second out, and after intentionally walking Gomez to load up the bases, got pinch-hitter Martin Maldonaldo to end the game by flying out to center field.

Cliff Lee (7-2, 2.45) got the win as he pitched seven and two-thirds innings, giving up three runs on seven hits, while striking out eleven. Justin De Fratus pitched a third of an inning as he gave up a run on a hit and a walk. Antonio Bastardo collected his first save of the season as he threw an inning, giving up a run on two hits and a walk. Mike Fiers (1-4, 7.25) took the lost as he lasted only one and two-thirds innings, giving up seven runs, only five of which were earned, on seven hits and a walk, while striking out only one. Alfredo Figaro pitched three and a third scoreless innings, giving up two hits, while striking out two. Tom Gorzelanny and Burke Bedanhop combined for three scoreless innings, giving up just two walks (Gorzelanny), while striking out two (one batter each).

The Phils had nine hits in the game, with Dom Brown (4 RBIs) leading the team with three hits, a single, a triple and a home run, being a double short of hitting for the cycle. Jimmy Rollins (Single, Double) and Freddy Galvis (Single, Triple, RBI) followed with two hits each. John Mayberry, Jr, (Single) and Erik Kratz (Double, RBI) had the other two Phils’ hits. Ryan Howard knocked in the final Phils’ run with a sacrifice fly. The Phils also had three walks (Rollins, Howard, Brown) and a stolen base (Ben Revere (11)) in the game.

The Phils (27-30, 3rd) start a three-game series with the Marlins (16-41, 5th), with a game tonight. The game will be played at Citizens Bank Park and is to start at 7:05 pm. The Phils will start Kyle Kendrick (5-3, 3.27), who is coming off a win against the Red Sox on May 29, as he went six innings, giving up two runs on four hits and three walks, while he struck out three, in the Phils’ 4-3 win. He will be trying to give the Phils the lead in the series. The Marlins will counter with Tom Koehler (0-3, 3.22), who is coming off a lost against the Rays on May 29, as he threw eight innings, giving up three runs on seven hits and a walk, while striking out four, in the Marlins’ 3-1 lost. He is still looking for his first win, while trying to continue the Marlins’ present winning streak. The Phils hopes to finally figure out Koehler, while increasing their present winning streak.

The Phils will begin a three-games series with the last place Marlins.

Philadelphia_PhilliesThe Phils (4-5, 4th), after leaving Citizens Bank Park with their first series win of 2013, will start a three-games series with the last place Marlins (1-8, 5th), the team with presently the worst record in the National League. The game will be played at Marlins Park and will start at 7:10 EDT.

The Phils will put on the mound their fifth-game starter John Lannan (0-0, 3.86), who is coming off a rather good start against the Royals on April 6, in his first start as a Phil, as he went seven innings, giving up three runs on five hits, while striking out five, holding off the Royals until the Phils were able to make a comeback in the ninth inning to win the game by the score of 4-3. He will be trying to win his first start as a Phil, while trying to lead the club to their first three-game winning streak. The Marlins will counter with Ricky Nolasco (0-1, 3.97), who is making his third start of the season, as he comes off a no-decision against the Mets on April 6, as he went five and a third innings, giving up three runs on six hits and three walks, while striking out three, in the Marlins’ 7-3 lost. He will once again be looking for his first win of the season, while the fish will be looking for their second win of 2013. The Phils will be trying to take advantage of the Marlins’ early season woes, while trying to move up in the NL East standings, while trying to keep from falling any further behind the first place Braves.

After nine games, the Phils have three regulars with a .300 or better batting average, third baseman Michael Young (.375 (12 for 32)), second baseman Chase Utley (.333 (11 for 33)) and shortstop Jimmy Rollins (.316 (12 for 38)), with Utley presently leading the team with nine RBIs and is tied for the team’s lead in home runs with two (tied with Dom Brown) and for the team’s lead in triple with one (along with Young), while Rollins is the team’s leader in doubles with five. Utley and Rollins are tied for second place in stolen bases with three each, both trailing Ben Revere, who presently has four. Rollins is tied for second in RBIs with five with both Ryan Howard and Brown, as they all trail Utley. Rollins, for now, is batting a lot better as the second batter in the Phils’ line-up, looking like the Rollins of 2007-2008, while Utley appears to have gone back to what he was doing before his foot problems of the last two seasons (2011-2012). The biggest disappointment, at the moment, is Howard, who is presently batting (.200 (7 for 35)), despite him showing that he might have finally gotten it during spring training (.322 (28 for 87)), but seems to have gone back to swinging at the junk pitches of breaking balls out of the strike zone and high fastballs, as he have collected only one extra-base hit, a home run, as he has struck out a team leading twelve times. As long as he continue to go after the junk, opposing pitchers will not throw him any good pitches to hit, unless Young start to force them to start pitching to Howard by continuing to hit.

Cliff Lee just miss pitching a complete game as the Phils’ bats come to life to beat the Mets, 8-3.

Philadelphia_PhilliesCliff Lee is one out short of pitching a complete game as the Phils’ bats wake up to rout the Mets, winning 8-3.

The Phils take the lead in the bottom of the second as, with runners on second and third, and with one man out, John Mayberry Jr. hits a two-run double, knocking in Michael Young, who had earlier singled, then stopped at third base on Dom Brown’s single, and Brown, who had just singled, then moved up to second base on left fielder Lucas Duda’s throwing error, giving the Phils a 2-0 lead. Two batters later, with Mayberry still on second base, and now with two men out, Cliff Lee helped his own cause with an RBI single to center, knocking in Mayberry, giving the Phils a 3-0 lead. The Phils then made it a 4-0 lead two batters later, after Ben Revere had hit a single, moving Lee up to second base, as Jimmy Rollins hits an RBI double, scoring Lee, while sending Revere on to third base. The Phils added to their lead in the bottom of the third as Ryan Howard hits a lead-off home run, his first home run of the season, giving the Phils a 5-0 lead. The Phils then took a 6-0 lead as Young followed Howard with a solo shot of his own, his first home run of the season, and his first as a Phil. Two batters later, with one  man out, the Phils make it a 7-0 lead as Mayberry hits his own solo home run, his first home run of the season. The Mets got on the scoreboard in the top of the fourth as, with one man on, and with nobody out, John Buck hits a two-run home run, his fourth home run of the season, scoring David Wright, who had started the inning off by reaching base on Rollins’ throwing error, making it a 7-2 Phils’ lead. The Phils got one of the runs back in their half of the fourth as, with a runner on second, and with two men out, Young hits an RBI triple, knocking in Chase Utley, who had earlier walked, then stole second base, giving the Phils an 8-2 lead. The Mets got the run back in the top of the fifth as, with a man on third, and with one man out, Jordany Valdespin, after having first tripled, would score on catcher Erik Kratz’s passed ball, making it an 8-3 Phils’ lead. That would end up being the final score as Mike Adams would record the final out in the ninth by striking out Ruben Tejada looking.

Cliff Lee (2-0, 1.08) got the win as he pitched eight and two-thirds innings, giving up three runs, two of which were earned, on eight hits, while he struck out six. Mike Adams pitched a third of an inning, striking out the only man that he would face. Dillon Gee (0-2, 7.71) took the lost as he went just three innings, giving up seven runs on ten hits, as he struck out two. Greg Burke pitched two innings, giving up a run on a hit and a walk, as he struck out two. Scott Rice, LaTroy Hawkins and Brandon Lyon would combine for three scoreless innings, giving up a walk (Rice) between them, while striking out three (one batter each).

The Phils had eleven hits in the game, with Michael Young leading the team (Single, Triple, Home Run, 2 RBIs), being a double short of hitting the cycle, followed by John Mayberry, Jr. (Double, Home Run, 3 RBIs) with two hits. Ben Revere (Single), Jimmy Rollins (Double, RBI), Ryan Howard (Home Run, RBI), Dom Brown (Single), Erik Kratz (Single) and Cliff Lee (Single, RBI), had the other five Phils’ hits. The Phils also had two walks (Chase Utley (2)) and two stolen bases (Utley (2 & 3)) in the game.

The Phils (3-5, 4th) will conclude their series with the Mets (5-3, 3rd) 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 Kyle Kendrick (0-1, 7.94) who is coming off a bad start against the Royals on April 5, as he threw five and two-thirds innings. giving up five runs on eight hits and two walks, while striking out three, in the Phils’ 13-4 lost. Kendrick will be trying to regain the form he had early in the game, before the floodgates suddenly opened. Jeremy Hefner (0-1, 1.50) will pitch for the Mets, as he is coming off a lost to the Marlins on April 5, as he threw six innings, giving up a run on five hits and two walks, as he struck out three, in the Mets’ 7-5 lost. He will be trying to even his record while trying to give the Mets the series win. The Phils look to end the series with a win.

The Phils make a quick roster move as they claim outfielder Ezequiel Carrera off of waivers from Cleveland, then placed Ender Inciarte on waivers.

Philadelphia_PhilliesThe Phils made their first roster change for 2013 as they claim off of the waiver wire outfielder Ezequiel Carrera from the Indians, the placed Rule 5 Draft pick Ender Inciarte onto the waiver wire.

Yesterday the Phils announced that they had picked up outfielder Ezequiel Carrera off of the waiver wire, after he had been placed there by the Cleveland Indians. Carrera, who last year appeared in 48 games with the Indians, batted .272 (40 for 147), as he had six doubles, three triples and two home runs, knocking in 11 RBIs, while scoring 20 runs. He also had 8 stolen bases. In 116 total MLB games with the Indians in 2011-12, he had a batting average of .255 (89 for 349), with 14 doubles, six triples and two home run, as he knocked in 25 RBIs, while crossing the plate 47 times. Carrera also had 18 stolens bases. He should join the team in Atlanta for tonight’s game, as the Phils’ fifth outfielder.

To make room for him on the roster, the Phils have placed Ender Inciarte on waivers. Inciarte, whom the Phils had picked up from the Diamondbacks during last season’s Rule 5 Draft, made the opening day roster as their fifth outfielder, after a spring training in which he hit .273 (9 for 33), as he appeared in 27 games, hiting a double, and knocking in one run, while scoring 5. The news is that if he is not claimed off of the wire, the Diamondbacks might take him back, although it would cost them $25,000, which would be half of what the Phils had paid for drafting him.

Welcome to the club, Carrera. Hopefully you’ll have a future here.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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