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Two early four-run innings do in the Phils as they lose to the Mets, 9-5.

The Phils are unable to overcome two early four-run innings as they fall to the Mets, 9-5.

The Mets jump to a quick 1-0 lead in the first as, with a runner on third, and with nobody out, Justin Turner hits an RBI ground out, 6-3, scoring Jose Reyes, who had earlier tripled, thanks in part to Raul Ibanez trying to make a diving catch on a ball he should had let drop in for a single, and then got past him. The Mets then took a 2-0 lead as, with runners on the corners, and with two men out, Jason Bay, who had earlier singled, then went to third base on Daniel Murphy’s single, scores on Jimmy Rollins’ fielding error of an Angel Pagan grounder that he was unable to grab cleanly, allowing Pagan to be safe at first, while Murphy, who had earlier singled, would reach second base. The Mets then took a 3-0 lead as Josh Thole hits an RBI single, scoring Murphy, while sending Pagan to second base. Ruben Tejada then gave the Mets a 4-0 lead with an RBI single, knocking in Pagan, while sending Thole to second base. The Mets then added to their lead in the second as, with runners on the corners, and with two men out, Murphy hits an RBI single, scoring Carlos Beltran, who had earlier doubled, then went to third on Bay’s single, giving the Mets a 5-0 lead, while sending Bay, who had just singled, up to second base. The Mets then made it a 6-0 lead as Pagan hits an RBI single, knocking in Bay, while sending Murphy over to third. The Mets then took an 8-0 lead as Thole hits a two-run double, scoring both Murphy and Pagan, before being caught off of second base, and then being tagged out, 9-5-6, for the final out. The Phils got a run back in the third as, with the bases loaded, via a single by Dane Sardinha, who then moved up to second base as Rollins is safe at first as Reyes commits a fielding error as he let the ball go between his legs on Rollins’ grounder, and then a single by Wilson Valdez, moving both Sardinha and Rollins up a base, and with two men out, Placido Polanco hits an RBI single, scoring Sardinha, making it an 8-1 Mets’ lead, while sending Rollins to third base, and Valdez up to second base. The Mets would get the run back in the fifth as, with one man on, and with two men out, Reyes hits an RBI triple, his second triple of the game, scoring Thole, who had earlier singled, giving the Mets a 9-1 lead. The Phils then started a comeback attempt in the eighth as Ibanez hits a lead-off home run, his seventh home run of the year, making it a 9-2 Mets’ lead. Four batters later, with one man on, and with two men out, Sardinha hits an RBI double, knocking in Ben Francisco, who had earlier singled, cutting the Mets’ lead down to 9-3. The Phils then cut it down to 9-4 as pinch hitter Dom Brown hits an RBI single, knocking in Sardinha. The Phils then cut it down to 9-5 in the ninth as, with one man on, and with two men out, Francisco hits an RBI double, scoring Ibanez, who had just walked. But that would be the final score as John Mayberry, Jr. ended the game by striking out, swinging.

Vance Worley (2-1, 3.75) took the lost as he pitched three innings, giving up eight runs, five of which were earned, on twelve hits, while striking out one, as he was not sharped yesterday, and getting no help from the defense. Kyle Kendrick pitched three innings, giving up a run on three hits, while striking out two. J.C. Romero pitched a sharp 1-2-3 inning. Danys Baez pitched a scoreless inning, getting himself out of a bases loaded jam, giving up two hits and a walk. Jon Niese (4-5, 3.92) gets the win as he pitched six and one-third innings, giving up an unearned run on five hits and four walks, while striking out six. Taylor Buchholz pitched an inning and a third, giving up three runs on four hits, while striking out one. Pedro Beato pitched an inning and a third, giving up a run on a hit and a walk, while striking out one.

The Phils had eleven hits in the game, with Jimmy Rollins (Singles), Ben Francisco (Single, Double, RBI) and Dane Sardinha (Single, Double, RBI) all leading the team with two hits each. Wilson Valdez (Single), Placido Polanco (Single, RBI), Raul Ibanez (Home Run, RBI), John Mayberry, Jr. (Double) and pinch hitter Dom Brown (Single, RBI), had the other five Phils’ hit, as the Phils’ offense was unable to climb out of an early hole.

The Phils (33-20, 1st) starts the first game of a three game series with the Nationals (22-30, 5th), which is already in progress.

Behind the pitching of Cole Hamels, the Phils spoil Jayson Werth’s return, defeating the Nats, 4-1.

Behind the pitching of Cole Hamels, as well as his bat, the Phils spoil the return to the Bank of Jayson Werth, as the Phils’ defeat the Nats, 4-1.

The Phils took the lead in the third as, with a man on third, and with two men on, Jimmy Rollins hits an RBI single, scoring Cole Hamels, who had earlier tripled, his first career triple, giving the Phils a 1-0 lead. The Phils then took a 2-0 lead in the fifth as, with a runner on third, and with one man out, Placido Polanco hits a sacrifice fly, scoring Rollins, who had earlier tripled. The Nats cut the Phils lead to 2-1 in the seventh as, with one man out, Michael Morse hits a solo home run, his second home run of the season. The Phils got the run back in their half of the seventh as, with a runner on second, and with one man out, Ryan Howard hits an RBI single, knocking in Shane Victorino, who had earlier singled, then went to second base on Polanco’s slow ground out, 1-3, giving the Phils a 3-1 lead. Two batters later, with Howard still on first, and now with two men out, Raul Ibanez hits an RBI double, knocking in Howard, giving the Phils a 4-1 lead. That would be the final score as Hamels finished the game by pitching a 1-2-3 ninth.

Cole Hamels (4-1, 2.66) gets the win as he pitched a complete game, giving up just a run on five hits and a walk, as he struck out six. Livan Hernandez (3-3, 3.57) took the lost as he went six and one-third innings, giving up four runs on ten hits and four walks, while he struck out three. Todd Coffey pitched a third of an inning, getting out the only man that he would face. Doug Slaten also pitched a third of an inning, giving up a hit and a walk. Henry Rodriguez pitched a scoreless inning, giving up a hit and two walks.

The Phils’ bats came to life as they had twelve hits in the game, with Jimmy Rollins (Single, Triple, RBI), Shane Victorino (Singles), Ryan Howard (Singles, RBI), Raul Ibanez (Doubles, RBI) and Cole Hamels (Single, Triple) all had two hits in the game, with Hamels’ Triple being the first one of his career. Pete Orr and Brian Schneider had the other two Phils’ hits, both singles. Placido Polanco knocked in the other Phil run with a sac fly. The Phils several times failed to capitalize on bases loaded opportunities to score more runs.

The Phils (19-9, 1st) continue their series with the Nats (14-15, 4th) with a night game at Citizens Bank Park. The game will start at 7:05 pm EDT. The Phils will send to the mound Vance Worley (1-0, 0.00), who is coming off a win against the Mets on April 29, as he went six innings, giving up two hits and four walks, while striking out five, in the Phils’ 10-3 win. He will be going for his second win, while trying to add to the Nats’ present problems, as this will be their first time facing him. The Nats will counter with Jason Marquis (3-0, 2.62), who is coming off a win against the Giants on April 29, as he pitched a complete game shut out,  giving up just five hits, while striking out seven, in the Nats’ 3-0 win. He will be trying to even the series. The Phils will be trying for their second straight series win on their present home stand. 

A two-run double by Ryan Howard in the eleventh gives the Phils an extra-inning win over the Padres, 4-2.

The two-run double in the top of the eleventh by Ryan Howard gives the Phils the win in extra-innings as they defeat the Padres, 4-2.

The Padres took the lead in the first as, with a runner on first, and with nobody out, Jason Bartlett hits an RBI triple, knocking in Cameron Maybin, who had earlier singled, giving the Padres a 1-0 lead. The Phils then tied the game up at one-all in the fourth as, with one man on, and with two men out, Ben Francisco hits an RBI triple, scoring Jimmy Rollins, who had earlier walked. The Padres retook the lead in the fifth as, with a runner on third, and with two men out, Nick Hundley hits an RBI double, scoring Maybin, who had earlier singled, went to second base on Bartlett’s ground out, 6-3, then moved up to third on Orlando Hudson’s ground out, 4-3. The Phils then retied the game at two-all in the sixth as, with one man on, and with one man out, Rollins hits an RBI single, scoring Pete Orr, who had just doubled. The bullpens then took over, with neither side letting a man reach base, forcing the game into extra-innings. The Phils then took the lead in the eleventh as, with runners on the corners, and with two men out, Ryan Howard hits a two-run double on a ball that left fielder Ryan Ludwick misplayed, knocking in Placido Polanco, who had earlier singled, went to second base on Shane Victorino’s sacrifice bunt, 1-4, and then stopped at third on Orr’s ground out, 6-3, and Rollins, who had been intentionally walked, giving the Phils a 4-2 lead. That would be the final score as Ryan Madson recorded his second straight save as he shut down the Padres in their half of the eleventh.

Joe Blanton received a no-decision as he pitched seven strong innings, giving up two runs on eight hits and two walks, while striking out three. Danys Baez and Antonio Bastardo pitched two 1-2-3 innings, with Bastardo striking out the side. Kyle Kendrick (1-1, 2.25) gets the win as he pitched a 1-2-3 inning. Ryan Madson recorded his second save as he pitched a scoreless inning, giving up a hit. Tim Stauffer also received a no-decision as he pitched six innings, giving up two runs on four hits and a walk, while striking out seven. Luke Gregerson, Mike Adams and Heath Bell combined for three 1-2-3 innings, striking out three batters (one batter each) between them. Chad Qualls (0-2, 3.97) took the lost as he pitched one and two-thirds innings, giving up two runs on a hit and a walk, as he struck out a batter. Cory Luebke pitched a third of an inning, giving up two hits.

The Phils had seven hits in the game, with Ben Francisco leading the team with two hits (Single, Triple, RBI). Pete Orr (Double), Jimmy Rollins (Single, RBI), Ryan Howard (Double, 2 RBIs), Wilson Valdez (Single) and Placido Polanco (Single), had the other five Phils’ hits. 

The Phils (14-6, 1st NL East) will conclude their four-game series with the Padres (8-13, 5th NL West) with an afternoon game. The game will be played at Petco Park and will begin at 4:05 pm EDT (1:05 pm PDT). The Phils will send to the mound their ace Roy Halladay (2-1, 2.83), who is coming off a bad start against the Brewers on April 19, as he went six and two-thirds innings, giving up six runs on ten hits and two walks, while striking out three, in the Phils’ 9-0 lost. He will be looking to get back on the winning track at the punchless Padres’ expense. The Padres will try to counter with Wade LeBlanc (0-0, -.–) who will be making his first start this season, trying to stop the Padres present slide. The Phils will be going for the series sweep with the Doc on the mound.

The Phils offense is off to a good start in 2011…

Coming out of spring training, everyone pondered how the Phils offense would do without Jayson Werth (now a member of the Nationals) and Chase Utley (knee problems). Well, after nine games, they seems to be doing pretty well.

After nine games, the Phils are among the National League leaders in several offensive categories. They lead the league in team batting average (.334), team slugging percentage (.484), team total bases (155), team hits (107), stolen base percentage (80%) and on-base plus slugging percentage (.865), while they are tied for first with the Reds for most RBIs (58). They are second in on-base percentage (.380), doubles (22), runs scored (59), and team extra-base hits (31). They are fourth in total at-bats (320). They also have the third fewest strike outs (56).

As is shown by the stats, although they are not hitting as many home runs (8) as they have in the past, they are still knocking in runs, as they are getting a lot of singles, with enough doubles added, and are using them to move men around the bases to score.

All but one of the regular eight are presently batting over .300, with Shane Victorino leading the team with a .417 batting average, which puts him in fifth place among batting leaders, thanks to his recent hot series against the Braves. Victorino is also batting .611/432, as he is batting 15 for 36 with 8 runs scored and with 8 RBIs. He has four extra-base hits (2 2BS, 1 3B, 1 HR), for 22 total bases, and has stolen 2 bases, being caught once.

Ryan Howard is next with a .361/.639/.390, as he has gone 13 for 36, scoring 7 runs, while knocking in 11 runs, leading the club, as he have has 6 extra-base hits (4 2Bs, 2 HRs), for 23 total bases.

Thanks to his hot series against the Braves, Carlos Ruiz is third with a .346/.538/.414, as he has gone 9 for 26, scoring 6 runs, as he knocked in 7, with 3 extra-base hits (2 2Bs, 1 HR), for 14 total bases.

Fourth among the starting eight is Placido Polanco with a .342/.447/.390, as he has batted 13 for 38, scoring 6 runs, while he had knocked in 8, with a total of 4 extra-base hits, all doubles, for 17 total bases.

Fifth is Wilson Valdez, who is playing second base as Utley recovers from his injury. Valdez has gone .333/.444/.357, hitting 9 for 27, scoring 5 times, while knocking in 5. He has 3 extra-bases hits, all doubles, for 12 total bases. He also has a stolen base.

Jimmy Rollins, in a contract year, is doing well in the third spot in the line-up, although slowing down in the Braves series, being no. six. He is batting .324/.405/.390, going 12 for 37, crossing the plate 6 times, while still waiting for his first RBI. He has 3 extra-base hits, all doubles, for 15 total bases. He has 3 stolen bases, leading the team.

Seventh is Ben Francisco, who is doing rather well as he handle the right field duties. He has gone .306/.528./375, batting 11 for 36, scoring 7 times, while knocking in 7. He has 4 extra-base hits (2 2Bs, 2 HRs), for 19 total bases. He also has a stolen base, and has been caught once.

Raul Ibanez is the last of the eight, as he has also cool down in the Braves series, after being hot against the Mets. He is presently hitting .257/.400/.350, as he has gone 9 for 35, with 9 runs scored, while he has knocked in 6. He has 3 extra-base hits (2 2Bs, 1 HR), for a total of 14 total bases. He has also stolen 1 base.

The rest of the team, including pitchers, have gone a collective 16 for 49, collecting one extra-base hit (1 HR), for 19 total bases. They have scored 5 times, while knocking in 6 RBIs.

Finally, unlike last year, the team has done very effectively pinch hitting, having ten hits, with 5 RBIs, with 4 of them coming on Ruiz’s pinch hit grand-slam home run last saturday afternoon.

If the Phils can continue what they are doing right now, their starting pitching will be even more effective, since the offense will be handing them leads both at home and on the road.

The Phils signed Luis Castillo to a minor league contract.

Yesterday, the Phils signed recently released New York Mets second baseman, Luis Castillo, to a minor league contract, after Castillo had cleared waivers. Castillo, who, in 2010, played in 86 games for the Mets, going .235, with 58 hits, hitting four doubles and two triples, while knocking in only 17 RBIs, will be trying for the second baseman job, to temporarily replace Chase Utley while he continues to battle his injury.

The Phils, if he is able to make the roster, will only pay $414,000 of his $6 million salary. The Mets would pay the rest.

Well, we’ll see how this pan out. Castillo just should not feel too comfortable if he does make the team. After all, he is a temporary solution.

Domonic Brown and Jonathan Singleton are among MLB.com’s Top 50 Prospects.

Yesterday, MLB.com announced who they consider to be Major League Baseball’s top 50 prospects. Among the fifty were two players in the Phillies’ farm system: Dom Brown, who came in at number 4 and Jonathan Singleton, who came in at 30.

Dom Brown, who is expected to join the team during spring training, to serve as part of a platoon in right field with Ben Francisco, to replace the just departed Jayson Werth, spent part of 2010 playing the outfield for both Double-A Reading and Triple-A Lehigh Valley. He batted .327, with an on-base percentage of .391 and a .589 slugging percentage, in 389 at-bats, as he hit 22 2Bs, 4 3Bs, 20 HRs and 68 RBIs for the two farm teams, before joining the major league ballclub during the summer after Shane Victorino got hurt. With limited playing time, as he stay with the ballclub through the playoffs, he batted .210 with 3 2Bs, 2 HRs and 13 RBIs in 62 at-bats, showing at the same time both his potential and his rawness. The Phils sent him to the Dominican Winter League to give him the at-bats he did not get while riding the bench during the last two months of the regular season, but he was sent home after struggling at the plate. So, he will be out to prove himself during spring training, to prove that he deserves to be with the big league ballclub.

Jonathan Singleton, who landed at number 30, spent the year playing for Class-A Lakewood, playing first base, as he went .290/.393/.479, hitting 25 2Bs, 2 3Bs, 14 HRs and 77 RBIs. As he shows potential, Singleton is being converted into an outfielder, as the Phils last season signed Ryan Howard to a five-year, $125-million contracts, which will start in 2012, meaning that he likely will not be able to join the ballclub playing that position. If he is able to show that he can play the outfield, Singleton should have a much better chance getting into the big league, hopefully as a Phil.

Philadelphia Phillies – Awards: Rookie of the Year.

During the sixty-three years that the Rookie of the Year has been voted on by the Baseball Writers Associations of America (BBWAA), only four Phils have won the NL version of the award.

The first Phil to win the award was pitcher Jack Sanford in 1957 who in 33 starts complied a win-lost record of 19-8 with a 3.08 ERA, as he struck out 188 batters. The second Phil to win the award was third baseman Dick Allen in 1964, who in that year batted .318, hitting 29 home runs, 19 triples, leading the league in that category, and knocking in 91 RBIs, while scoring 125, the league leader in that category. It would be thirty-three years before another Phil would be voted the NL Rookie of the Year. Third baseman Scott Rolen would win the award in 1997, with a .283 batting average, as he hit 21 home runs, while knocking in 92 RBIs. The fourth, and presently final, Phil to win the award would be first baseman Ryan Howard in 2005, who that year batted .288, as he hit 22 home runs, while knocking in 63 RBIs.

Of the four awards won by a Phil, three were won in the 20th Century and one, so far, in the 21st. Three have been won by position players and one by a pitcher. So far, none of the award has been won by a member of the Hall of Fame, since both Rolen and Howard are still active players, although Allen is presently under consideration by the Hall of Fame Veterans’ Committee.

Who will be the next Phil to win the Award? Considering the Phils’ farm system, that is a good question, since the Phils just missed having a fifth award as J.A. Happ ended up second place in 2009.

Countdown to the Playoffs, Game # 1: The Phils end the regular season on a losing note as they fail to catch the Braves late, 8-7.

A late rally comes too late as the Phils lose the final game of the regular series to the Braves, 8-7. They will begin the NL Divisional playoffs facing the National League Central Division Champs, the Cincinnati Reds this coming Wednesday at Philadelphia.

The Phils took a 2-0 lead in the third as, with one man on, and with one man out, pinch hitter John Mayberry, Jr. hits a two-run home run, his second home run of the season, knocking in Carlos Ruiz, who had earlier been hit by the pitch. The Braves got a run back in their half of the third as, with one man on, and with two men out, Jason Heyward hits an RBI triple, knocking in Rick Ankiel, who had earlier singled, then went to second on Tim Hudson’s sacrifice bunt, 3-4, cutting the Phils’ lead down to 2-1. The Braves tied it up at two-all in the fourth as, with two men on, and with one man out, Brooks Conrad hits an RBI single, knocking in Matt Diaz, who had earlier singled, then moved up to second on Alex Gonzalez’s single, while sending Gonzalez, who had just singled, over to third base. Two batters later, with runners still on the corners, and now with two men out, Hudson hits an RBI single, scoring Gonzalez, giving the Braves a 3-2 lead, while sending Conrad up to second base. The Braves then took a 5-2 lead as Omar Infante hits an RBI triple, knocking in both Conrad and Hudson. The Braves added to their lead in the sixth as Derrek Lee hits a lead-off home run, his nineteenth home run of the year, giving the Braves a 6-2 lead. Four batters later, with two men on, and with one man out, Conrad hits an RBI single, scoring Brian McCann, who had earlier singled, moved up to second on Diaz’s single, then went to third on Gonzalez’s ground out, 5-3, giving the Braves a 7-2 lead, before Diaz, who had earlier singled, then moved up to second on Gonzalez’s ground out, is thrown out at home plate by a throw to home by Ryan Howard, after Jayson Werth’s throw into the infield gets pass him, with Brian Schneider applying the tag, 9-3-2, for the second out of the inning, while Conrad would go to second on the play. The Braves then made it an 8-2 lead in the sixth as, with two men on, and with two men out, Diaz hits an RBI single, scoring Heyward, who had earlier walked, and was safe at second on a 5-3 doubleplay on a grounder by Lee, as Infante, who had earlier singled, and had gone to second on Heyward’s walk, was wiped out at third base, while McCann, who had just walked, moved up to second base. The Phils made it an 8-4 Braves’ lead in the seventh as, with one man on, and with one man out, Werth hits a two-run home run, his twenty-seventh home run of the year, scoring Howard, who had just walked. The Phils then cut the Braves’ lead further in the eighth as, with two men on, and with two men out, Wilson Valdez hits an RBI single, knocking in Brian Bocock, who was pinch running for Jimmy Rollins, who had earlier singled, then went to third on Braves third baseman Omar Infante’s throwing error of pinch hitter Mike Sweeney’s grounder, making it an 8-5 Braves’ lead, while sending Sweeney, who was safe on Infante’s error, up to second base. The Phils then cut the Braves’ lead down to 8-7 as pinch hitter Ben Francisco hits a two-run double, scoring both Sweeney and Valdez. That would end up being the final score as Billy Wagner would record his thirty-seventh save of the year by recording a 1-2-3 ninth, striking out Greg Dobbs, looking.

Cole Hamels pitches two scoreless innings, walking a batter, while striking out two. Roy Oswalt pitches an inning, giving up a run on two hits, while striking out a batter. Danys Baez took the lost as he pitches two-thirds of an inning, giving up four runs on five hits, while striking out one. His record is now 3-4 with a 5.48 ERA. Mike Zagurski pitches a third of an inning, striking out the only man that he would face. Joe Blanton pitches an inning, giving up two runs on four hits and a walk. J.C. Romero pitches two-thirds of an inning, before leaving the game because of a bad back, giving up a run on a hit and a walk. Chad Durbin pitches an inning and a third, giving up a hit and two walks, as he strikes out a batter. Brad Lidge pitches an inning, giving up a hit and two walks, while striking out a batter. Tim Hudson gets the win as he pitches seven innings, giving up four runs on two hits, a walk and a hit batter, while he strikes out three. His record is now 17-9 with a 2.83 ERA. Jonny Venters pitches two-thirds of an inning, giving up two unearned runs on a hit, while striking out a batter. Billy Wagner records his thirty-seventh save of the season as he pitches an inning and a third, giving up a run on two hits and a walk, while striking out four.

The Phils had only five hits in the game, a single by Jimmy Rollins, a single by Wilson Valdez, knocking in a run, a two-run home run by Jayson Werth, a two-run pinch hit home run by John Mayberry, Jr. and a two-run pinch hit double by Ben Francisco. The Phils’ offense was otherwise kept quiet yesterday.

The Phils, at 97-65, ended the season with the best record in the majors, doing so for the first time in the team’s 128-years history. They will begin the divisional series at home this coming Wednesday, facing the Cincinnati Red, the Central Division champs, looking for some revenge for 1976, when they were swept in a three game series for the NL Championship.

Countdown to the Playoffs, Game # 16: Roy Hallday notches win no. 16 as the Phils sweep the Marlins, 10-5. Their lead in the East is now at three games.

Roy Halladay notches his nineteenth win of the season, taking the NL lead in that category, as the Phils’ bats pound on the Marlins again, as they sweep the fish, 10-5. They are now leading the NL East by three games over the Braves, who had earlier lost to the Nats.

The Phils took the lead in the first as, with two men on, and with two men out, Jayson Werth hits an RBI single, scoring Chase Utley, who had earlier walked, then moved up to second base on Ryan Howard’s walk, giving the Phils a 1-0 lead, while Howard, who had just walked, would stop at third base. The Phils then took a 3-0 lead as Raul Ibanez hits a two-run double, knocking in Howard, and Werth, who had earlier stole second base. The Marlins got a run back in their half of the first as, with a runner on second, and with two men out, Dan Uggla hits an RBI single, scoring Emilio Bonifacio, who had earlier singled, then moved up to second on Hanley Ramirez’s ground out, 4-3, making it a 3-1 Phils’ lead. The Phils would get the run back in the third as Utley hits a solo home run, his fifteenth home run of the year, giving the Phils a 4-1 lead. Five batters later, with the bases loaded, via a walk to Howard, a single by Ibanez, sending Howard up to second base, and a fielding error by third baseman Chad Tracy on a force attempt on an Carlos Ruiz ground ball, allowing Howard to reach third, Ibanez to get to second base, and Ruiz to be safe at first, and with one man out, Wilson Valdez hits an RBI single, scoring Howard, making it a 5-1 Phils’ lead, while sending Ibanez to third base, and Ruiz up to second base. Two batters later, with the bases still loaded, and now with two men out, Shane Victorinio hits an RBI single, scoring Ibanez, making it a 6-1 Phils’ lead, while sending Ruiz to third and Valdez up to second base. The Phils then increased their lead in the fourth as, with the bases loaded once again, via a walk to Werth, a single by Ibanez, moving Werth to third base, and with Ibanez going up to second base on the late throw to third, and an intentional walk to Ruiz, and with two men out, Valdez hits an RBI single, scoring Werth, giving the Phils a 7-1 lead, while moving both Ibanez and Ruiz up a base. The Phils then made it an 8-1 game as, with Roy Halladay pitching, Brett Sinkbell uncorks a wild pitch, allowing Ibanez to score, and Ruiz and Valdez to move up to third and second base, respectively. The Marlins got a run back in their half of the fourth as, with the bases loaded, via singles by Gaby Sanchez, Scott Cousins and Brad Davis, and with one man out, pinch hitter Hector Luna hits a sacrifice fly, scoring Sanchez, making it an 8-2 Phils’ lead, while sending Cousins on to third base. The Phils would make it a 9-2 lead in the fifth as, with a runner on third, and with nobody out, Placido Polanco hits an RBI single, scoring Victorino, who had just tripled. The Marlins got a run back in the sixth as Sanchez hits a solo home run, his eighteenth home run of the year, making it a 9-3 Phils’ lead. The Marlins then made it 9-4 Phils in the seventh as, with a man on third, and with nobody out, Ramirez hits a ground out RBI, 6-3, knocking in Logan Morrison, who had just tripled. The Phils added to their lead in the ninth as, with a man on second, and with one man out, pinch hitter Ross Gload hits an RBI double, knocking in Ruiz, who had earlier doubled, giving the Phils a 10-4 lead. The Marlins tried to rally in the ninth, as they loaded up the bases, via a single to Bonifacio, a walk to Morrison, moving Bonifacio up to second base, and a walk to Uggla, moving both Bonifacio and Morrison up a base, and with one man out, Sanchez walks, forcing in Bonifacio, making it a 10-5 Phils’ lead, while moving both Morrison and Sanchez up a base. But that would be it for the Marlins, as Jose Contreras would come in and shut them down, first by striking out Tracy, swinging, for the inning’s second out, and then getting Cousins to ground out, 4-3, for the final out.

Roy Halladay gets the win as he pitches six innings, giving up three runs on ten hits, while striking out nine, taking the league’s lead in that stat. His record is now 19-10 with an ERA of 2.49. Chad Durbin pitches an inning, giving up a run on a hit. Ryan Madson pitches a scoreless inning, hitting a batter, while striking out two. Brad Lidge pitches a third of an inning, giving up a run on one hit and three walks, striking out a batter. Jose Contreras pitches two-thirds of an inning, striking out a batter. Jorge Sosa took the lost as he lasts only two and a third innings, giving up six runs, only four of which were earned, on six hits and three walks. His record is now 2-3 with a 6.75 ERA. Jose Ceda pitches an inning and a third, giving up two runs on three hits and two walks, while striking out two. Brett Sinkbell pitches a third of an inning, throwing a wild pitch. Jay Buente pitches two innings, giving up a run on three hits, while striking out a batter. Brian Sanches pitches two scoreless innings, walking one, while striking out one. Leo Nunez pitches an inning, giving up a run on two hits.

The Phils collected fourteen hits in the game, with Wilson Valdez and Raul Ibanez both leading the team with three hits each, with Valdez’s hits being all singles, knocking in two runs, while Ibanez’s hits were two doubles and a single, also knocking in two runs. Shane Victorino and Carlos Ruiz followed with two hits apiece, with Victorino’s hits being a single and a triple, knocking in a run, while Ruiz’s two hits were a single and a double. Placido Polanco, Chase Utley, Jayson Werth and pinch hitter Ross Gload had the other four Phils’ hits, with Polanco and Werth’s hits being singles, with both man knocking in a run, with Utley’s hit being a solo home run, and Gload’s hit being a pinch hit double, knocking in a run. The other Phil run came in on a wild pitch. The offense went back to scoring runs, this time off of the Marlins’ bullpen.

The Phils (86-61, 1st) have the day off today, as they come home to Philadelphia for a nine-game home stand, starting with a three-game weekend series with the Nationals (62-84, 5th). They now have a three game lead over the Braves in the NL East pennant race.

The Phils return to first place in the East after winning a wild battle with the pesky Marlins, 8-7.

The Phils regain first place in the NL East, as the Braves once again lose to the Pirates, as they will a wild game with the ever pesky Marlins, 8-7.

The Phils took the lead in the second as, with one man on, and with nobody out, Jimmy Rollins hits an RBI single, knocking in Ryan Howard, who had just doubled, giving the Phils a 1-0 lead. The Marlins tied the game up at one-all in the third as, with runners on second and third, and with one man out, Dan Uggla hits an RBI ground out, 6-3, scoring Emilio Bonifacio, who had earlier singled, moved up to second on Joe Blanton’s fielding error of Ryan Howard throw of a Logan Morrison’s grounder, and went to third on Hanley Ramirez’s ground out, 4-3, while Morrison, who was safe at first on Blanton’s error, and went to second on Ramirez’s ground out, would move up to third. The Marlins then took the lead as Gaby Sanchez hits an RBI single, scoring Morrison, giving the Marlins a 2-1 lead. The Marlins increased their lead to 3-1 in the fourth as, with a runner on third, and with nobody out, Brad Davis hits an RBI ground out, 5-3, scoring Cameron Maybin, who had earlier tripled. The Phils cut the Marlins’ lead to 3-2 in their half of the fourth as, with one man out, Raul Ibanez hits a solo home run, his thirteenth home run of the season. The Phils would tie the game up at three-all in the fifth as Shane Victorino started off the inning with a lead-off home run, his seventeenth home run of the year. Two batters later, with two men out, Howard gave the Phils a 4-3 lead as he hits a solo home, his twenty-seventh home run of the season.  Two batters later, with a runner on second, and still with two men out, Ibanez hits an RBI single, knocking in Rollins, who had earlier singled, and then stole second base, making it a 5-3 Phils’ lead. In the seventh, the Marlins cut the Phils’ lead down to 5-4 as, with one man on, and with two men out, Morrison hits an RBI double, scoring Bonifacio, who had earlier walked, before going to third on the late throw to the plate. But Chad Durbin got the Phils out of more trouble, as he would got Ramirez to foul out to Howard for the inning’s second out, and after walking Uggla to put runners on the corners, gets Sanchez to end the inning by flying out to right. The Phils then added to their lead in their half of the seventh as, with runners on the corners, and with one man out, Rollins hits a sacrifice fly, scoring Placido Polanco, who had earlier singled, went to second on Davis’ passed ball, then went to third on Chase Utley’s ground out, 3-unassisted, making it a 6-4 Phils’ lead. One batter later, the Phils made it a 7-4 lead as Ibanez hits an RBI triple, scoring Howard, who had earlier been intentionally walked. The Marlins then came back again as the Phils’ bullpen had a meltdown in the eighth. Mike Stanton lead-off the inning by hitting a solo home run off of Jose Contreras, his eighteenth home run of the year, making it a 7-5 Phils’ lead. Three batters later, with a runner on second, and with two men out, Bonifacio hits a single to right, sending Davis, who had earlier doubled, towards home, before he was stopped by the Marlins’ third base coach. But then, Jayson Werth tried to throw Davis out at third, making a bad throw, thus allowing Davis to score after all, making it a 7-6 Phils’ lead on Werth’s throwing error, while allowing Bonifacio to move up to second base. Contreras is then replaced with J.C. Romero, who then commits a balk, allowing Bonifacio to go to third, before walking Morrison, putting runners on the corners, with still two men out. Ryan Madson is then brought in to replace Romero, and then threw a wild pitch, which allowed Bonifacio to score the tying run, tying the game up at seven-all, while allowing Morrison to reach second base. But Madson then ended the inning by striking out Ramirez. The Phils regained the lead in their half of the eighth as, with a runner on second, and with two men out, Polanco hits an RBI single, scoring Victorino, who had earlier singled, and then stole second base, giving the Phils an 8-7 lead. That would be the final score as Madson pitched the ninth, ending the game by striking out pinch hitter Wes Helms swinging.

Joe Blanton receives a no-decision as he pitches six and a third innings, giving up four runs, only two of which were earned, on six hits and two walks, while he struck out five. Antonio Bastardo pitches to one batter, giving up a hit. Chad Durbin collects his thirteenth hold of the year as he pitches two-thirds of an inning, walking a batter. Jose Contreras also collects his thirteenth hold of the season, as he pitches two-thirds of an inning, giving up three runs, two of which were earned, on three hits. J.C. Romero pitches to one batter, walking him, while also committing a balk. Ryan Madson committed his fifth blown save of the year, before winning the game, as he pitches an inning and a third, giving up a walk, while he strikes out three. His record is now 5-2 with an ERA of 2.74. Chris Volstad also receives a no-decision as he pitches five innings, giving up five runs on nine hits and a walk, while striking out four. Brian Sanches pitches a 1-2-3 inning, striking out a batter. Jorge Sosa pitches an inning, giving up two runs on two hits and a walk. Jose Veras took the lost as he pitches an inning, giving up a run on two hits. His record is now 2-2 with a 3.00 ERA.

The Phils had thirteen hits in the game, with Placido Polanco and Raul Ibanez both leading the team with three hits each, with Polanco’s hits being all singles, as he knock in a run, while Ibanez was a double short of hitting the cycle, as he had a single, a triple and a solo home run, knocking in three runs. Shane Victorino, Ryan Howard and Jimmy Rollins all follow with two hits each, with Victorino’s two hits being a single and a solo home run, knocking in a run, with Rollins’ two hits being singles, knocking in two runs, one by sac fly, and Howard’s two hits being a double and a home run, knocking in a run. Carlos Ruiz had the other Phil hit, a double. The offense opened up to help overcome some defensive boners and several less then stellar bullpen performances to regain first place from the Braves.

The Phils (80-60, 1st) will conclude their series with the Marlins (70-68, 3rd) with a night game tonight. The game will be played at Citizens Bank Park and will start at 7:05 pm Eastern. The Phils will send to the mound Cole Hamels (9-10, 3.18), as he is coming off a win against the Brewers on September 3, as he went seven shut out innings, giving up three hits and three walks, while striking out seven, in the Phils’ 1-0 win. In his last three starts, his record is 2-0 with a no-decision, as he pitched twenty-two strong innings, giving up only two runs on twelve hits and four walks, while striking out twenty-one. He will be trying to even up his record, while hoping to increase the Phils’ lead in the NL East. The Marlins will counter with Andrew Miller (1-0, 3.60), who is coming off a win against the Braves on September 3, as he pitched five innings, giving up a run on seven hits and three walks, while striking out six, in the Marlins’ 6-1 win. In his last three mound appearances, he is 1-0, as he pitched ten innings, giving up six runs, five of which were earned, on thirteen hits and seven walks, while striking out eight. He will be trying to give the Marlins a chance for a series split. The Phils will be trying to end their latest successful home stand with a win, and staying in first place, before heading off to meet the Mets for three, while hoping that the Pirates can end up sweeping the Braves.

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