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The Phils’ bats come back to life as they rout the Pirates, 10-3, while waiting for new member Hunter Pence to arrive.

During the night that they acquire Hunter Pence from the Astros, the Phillies’ bats decided to come out as they routed the Pirates, 10-3.

The Phils took a 1-0 lead in the first as, with a man on first, and with one man out, Chase Utley hits an RBI triple, scoring Dom Brown, who had earlier singled. The Phils then made it a 2-0 lead as Ryan Howard hits an RBI double, knocking in Utley. Two batters later, with runners on the corners, as Howard stopped at third base on a Shane Victorino single, and with still one man out, the Phils increased their lead as Raul Ibanez hits an RBI single, scoring Howard, to give the Phils a 3-0 lead, while sending Victorino on to third base. The Phils then broke the game wide open in the second as they batted around. The Phils started the inning as Wilson Valdez struck out, but reached first base as Pirates’ starter Charlie Morton threw a wild pitch. After Roy Halladay made the inning’s first out as he struck out failing to bunt Vladez over to second base, Jimmy Rollins singled, sending Valdez on to third. Now with runners on the corners and with one man out, Brown hits a grounder to second baseman Neil Walker who committed a fielding error, allowing Valdez to score, giving the Phils a 4-0 lead, while allowing Rollins to reach third base on the play. The Phils then took a 7-0 lead as Utley followed with a three-run home run, his eighth home run of the year, knocking in both Rollins and Brown. Four batters later, after Howard had flown out to left, for the inning’s second out, the Phils loaded up the base on a Victorino triple, an Ibanez walk, and Carlos Ruiz being hit by the pitch, sending Ibanez up to second base, before Valdez forced in a run with a walk, bringing in Victorino, giving the Phils an 8-0 lead, while moving both Ibanez and Ruiz up a base. The Phils then made it a 10-0 lead in the seventh as, with one man on, and with two men out, Rollins hits a two-run home run, his twelfth home run of the season, knocking in Ruiz, who had earlier walked. The Pirates finally got on the board in the eighth as, with two men on, and with two men out, Pedro Ciriaco hits a two-run double, knocking in Lyle Overbay, who had earlier walked, then stopped at third on Michael McKenry’s double and McKenry, who had just doubled, making it a 10-2 Phils’ lead. One batter later, the Pirates cut down the Phils’ lead to 10-3 as Xavier Paul hits an RBI single, scoring Ciriaco. That would be the final score as David Herndon pitched a 1-2-3 ninth.

Roy Halladay (13-4, 2.44) got the win as he pitched seven shut out innings, as he gave up just one hit, while he struck out five, as he became the first NL thirteen game winner. Drew Carpenter pitched an inning, giving up three runs on three hits and a walk, striking out a batter. David Herndon pitched a 1-2-3 inning, striking out two batters. Charlie Morton (8-6, 4.04) took the lost as he pitched only four innings, giving up eight runs, only six of which were earned, on nine hits, four walks, and a wild pitch, while he struck out four. Tony Watson pitched two 1-2-3 innings, striking out four. Jason Grilli also pitched two innings, giving up two runs on two hits and two walks, while striking out four.

The Phils had eleven hits in the ballgame, with Chase Utley (Single, Triple, Home Run, 4 RBIs) and Shane Victorino (Single, Double, Triple) both leading the team with three hits each, each being a hit short of hitting for the cycle. Jimmy Rollins followed with two hits (Single, Home Run, 2 RBIs). Dom Brown (Single, RBI), Ryan Howard (Double, RBI) and Raul Ibanez (Single, RBI), had the other three Phils’ hits. Wilson Valdez had the other Phil RBI, forcing in a run with a bases loaded walk, as the bats’ exploded after being kept silence for two straight nights by Giants’ pitching.

The Phils (66-39, 1st East) will continue their series with the Pirates (54-50, 3rd Central) with a 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 Cliff Lee (9-7, 3.05), who is coming off a lost against the Padres on July 25, as he went only four innings, giving up five runs on ten hits and a walk, while striking out five, in the Phils’ 5-4 lost. He will once more go for his tenth win of the seasonl, while trying to come back from his last start. The Pirates will counter with James McDonald (7-4, 3.95), who is coming off a win against the Braves on July 25, as he went five and a third innings, giving up eight hits, while striking out nine, in the Pirates’ 3-1 win. He will be trying to cool down the Phils’ bats. The Phils will be trying to finally give Cliff Lee his tenth win of the year.

Cliff Lee’s bad July continues with his second lost of the month as the Phils lose to the Padres, 5-4.

Cliff Lee awful second inning ends the latest Phils chance at a sweep as they lose to the Padres, 5-4.

The Phils took the lead in the first as, with two men on, and with two men out, Shane Victorino hits an RBI double, knocking in Chase Utley, who had earlier walked, then go on to third on Ryan Howard’s single, giving the Phils a 1-0 lead, before Howard, who had just singled, is thrown out at the plate, 9-4-2, ending the inning, on a play that likely ended up deciding the game’s outcome. The Padres tied it up at one-all in the second as, with a runner on third, and with one man out, Rob Johnson hits an RBI double, scoring Jesus Guzman, who had earlier doubled, then went to third on Orlando Hudson’s ground out, 4-3. Two batters later, with the runner still on second base, and now with two men out, Chris Denorfia gave the Padres the lead with an RBI single, scoring Johnson, who beat the thrown home, giving the Padres a 2-1 lead, while Denorfia would move up to second base on the throw home. Three batters later, after Denorfia stole third base, and then Jason Bartlett walked to put runner on the corners, as Cliff Lee threw a soft toss to first to keep Bartlett there, Denorfia took off from third base and stole home, beating Howard’s throw to the plate, making it a 3-1 Padres’ lead. The Padres then made it a 4-1 lead as Chase Headley hits an RBI double, scoring Bartlett. The Padres added to their lead in the fourth as, with runners on the corners, and with one man out, Ryan Ludwick hits a sacrifice fly, scoring Denorfia, who had earlier singled, moved up to second base on Bartlett’s ground out, 3-unassisted, then stopped at third base on Headley single, before he moved up to second base when Victorino tried to throw out Denorfia at third, giving the Padres a 5-1 lead. The Phils got a run back in their half of the fourth as, with one man on, and with one man out, Dom Brown hits an RBI triple on a fly ball misplayed by Ludwick, knocking in Raul Ibanez, who had just doubled, making it a 5-2 Padres’ lead. The Phils then made it a 5-3 Padres’ lead as Carlos Ruiz hits an RBI single, scoring Brown. The Phils then made it a 5-4 Padres’ lead in the sixth as, with one man on, and with one man out, Ibanez hits an RBI single, scoring Victorino, who had just doubled. That would end up being the final score as Heath Bell would record his twenty-ninth save of the season by getting Jimmy Rollins to fly out to right for the final out.

Cliff Lee (9-7, 3.05) took the lost as he went only four innings, giving up five runs on ten hits and a walk, while striking out five. Drew Carpenter, Brad Lidge (making his first apppearance of the season) and Michael Stutes combined for five scoreless innings, giving up just a hit (Carpenter), while striking out five (Carpenter (2), Lidge (1), Stutes (2)) between them. Aaron Harang (9-2, 3.45) got the win as he went six innings, giving up four runs on eight hits and two walks, while striking out two. Chad Qualls collected his tenth hold of the season as he pitched a scoreless inning, giving up a hit. Mike Adams recorded his twenty-second hold of the year as he also pitched a scoreless inning, giving up a hit, as he struck out two. Heath Bell received his twenty-ninth save of the season as he pitched a scoreless ninth, giving up a walk, while striking out a batter.

The Phils had ten hits in the game, with Shane Victorino leading the team with three hits, two doubles and a triple, knocking in a run, as he raised his batting average to .302. Raul Ibanez followed with two hits, a single and a double, knocking in a run. Chase Utley (Single), Ryan Howard (Single), Dom Brown (Double, RBI), Carlos Ruiz (Single, RBI) and pinch hitter John Mayberry, Jr. (Single), had the other five Phils’ hits.

The Phils (64-37, 1st East) will start a three-game series with the Giants (59-43, 1st West), starting 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 Vance Worley (6-1, 2.02), who is coming off a win against the Cubs on July 20, as he pitched eight strong innings, giving up a run on four hits and two walks, while he struck out seven, in the Phils’ 9-1 rout. He hopes to give the Phils a chance to win tonight. The Giants will send to the mound their ace Tim Lincecum (8-8, 2.90), who is coming off a lost to the Dodgers on July 20, as he went seven innings, giving up a run on five hits and four walks, while striking out seven, in the Giants’ 1-0 lost. He will be trying to recover from that lost. The Phils will be trying to see if they can get to Lincecum, so that they can start off the series with a win.

Cole Hamels received his tenth win of the year as the offense went wild on the fish as the Phils crush the Marlins, 14-2.

Cole Hamels finally receive his tenth win of the season as the bats go wild on the Marlins as the Phils end up routing Florida, 14-2.

The Phils took the lead in the third as, with the bases loaded via singles by Jimmy Rollins and Chase Utley, with Rollins stopping at third, and an intentional walk to Ryan Howard, moving Utley up to second base, and with two men out, Raul Ibanez hits a two-run single, knocking in both Rollins and Utley, and sending Howard on to second base, giving the Phils a 2-0 lead. Two batters later, the Phils took a 3-0 lead as, after Carlos Ruiz had reloaded the bases with a single, moving Howard to third base and sending Ibanez up to second base, Dom Brown hits an RBI single, knocking in Howard, while moving both Ibanez and Ruiz up a base, leaving the bases loaded. The Phils then made it a 5-0 lead as Wilson Valdez hits a two-run single, knocking in both Ibanez and Ruiz, while sending Brown on to second base. The Phils then made it a 7-0 lead in the fourth as, with a man on, and with two men out, Howard hits a two-run home run, his eighteenth home run of the season, knocking in Michael Martinez, who had earlier hit into a force out, 6-4, wiping out at second Rollins, who had earlier singled, then moved up to second base on Utley’s ground out, 4-3. The Marlins would get onto the scoreboard in their half of the fourth as, with a man on third, and with one man out, John Buck hits a two-run home run, his ninth home run of the year, scoring Mike Stanton, who had just tripled, cutting the Phils’ lead down to 7-2. The Phils got a run back in the sixth as, with a man on third, and with two men out, Howard hits an RBI infield single, beating out second baseman Omar Infante’s throw to pitcher Jose Ceda, scoring Rollins, who had earlier doubled, then went to third on Martinez’s ground out, 4-3, giving the Phils an 8-0 lead. The Phils then proceeded to put the game out of reach in the ninth. Brown started the inning off with a single. After Valdez lined out to center for the inning’s first out, pinch hitter Ben Francisco put men on second and third with a pinch hit double, as Brown stopped at third. Rollins is then intentionally walked to load the bases. This move backfired as Martinez hits a three-run triple, knocking in Brown, Francisco and Rollins, giving the Phils an 11-2 lead. After John Mayberry, Jr. strikeouts, swinging, for the inning’s second out, Howard give the Phils a 12-2 lead with an RBI double, knocking in Martinez. Ibanez then ended the Phils’ scoring as he hits a two-run home run, his tenth home run of the year, giving the Phils a 14-2 lead. That would be the final score as Scott Mathieson pitched a scoreless ninth, although loading the bases via singles to pinch hitter Greg Dobbs and Bryan Pattersen, sending Dobbs to third, and hitting Infante with a pitch, sending Patterson up to second base, and with two men out, by getting Gaby Sanches  to pop out to Rollins for the final out.

Cole Hamels (10-4, 2.40) gets the win by pitching eight strong innings, giving up just two runs on eight hits and a walk, while he struck out five. Scott Mathieson pitched a scoreless inning as he gave up two hits and hit a batter, while striking out two. Chris Volstad (4-8, 5.46) took the lost as he went only four innings, giving up seven runs on nine hits and a walk, while striking out four. Jose Ceda pitched two innings, giving up a run on two hits and two walks, while striking out four. Brian Sanches pitched three innings, giving up six runs on seven hits and three walks, as he struck out one.

The Phils exploded for eighteen hits, the most hits for the season, so far, with Jimmy Rollins (3 Singles, Double) and Ryan Howard (2 Singles, Double, Home Run, 4 RBIs) both leading the team with four hits each. Raul Ibanez (2 Singles, Home Run, 4 RBIs) followed with three hits, while Dom Brown (Singles, RBI) had two hits. Michael Martinez (Triple, 3 RBIs), Chase Utley (Single), Carlos Ruiz (Single), Wilson Valdez (Single, 2 RBIs) and pinch hitter Ben Francisco (Double) had the other five Phils’ hits, as the offense produced 12 singles, three doubles, a triple and two home runs against Marlins’ pitching.

The Phils (55-32, 1st) will conclude their three-game set with the Marlins (38-48, 5th) with a night game tonight at Sun Life Stadium. The game will start at 7:10 pm EDT. The Phils will send to the mound Kyle Kendrick (4-4, 3.81), who is coming off a no-decision against the Blue Jays on July 1, as he went seven innings, giving up six runs on eight hits and a walk, while striking out five, in the Phils’ 7-6 come from behind win. He will be trying to pitch the Phils to a series sweep against the fish. The Marlins will counter with Anibal Sanchez (6-2, 3.30), who is coming off a lost to the Rangers on July 1, as he pitched only three and two-thirds innings, giving up seven runs on seven hits and four walks, while striking out four, in the Marlins’ 15-5 lost. He will be trying to help the fish avoid the sweep. The Phils will be trying to sweep the Marlins before heading back to Philadelphia.

The Phils back up Cole Hamels with enough runs as they shut out the Dodgers, 2-0.

The Phils scored enough runs to back up a strong six-hit performance by Cole Hamels as they shut out the Dodgers, 2-0.

The Phils and the Dodgers spent the first four and one-half innings in a pitchers’ duel, as Phils’ starter Cole Hamels pitched five shut out innings, giving up just two hits, while striking out six, while Dodgers’ starters and Phils’ regular season nemesis Hiroki Kuroda pitched four shut out innings up to this point, giving up a hit and a walk, as he struck out six. Then, with two men out and with no one on, Michael Martinez got on base with a two-out triple, soon followed by a walk to Hamels, putting runners on the corners. Then, with Shane Victorino batting, with a 2-1 count, Huroki threw a wild pitch, which allowed Hamels to go to second base, but Martinez stayed on third. Victorino is then intentionally walked to load the bases, before Dom Brown finally ended the inning by flying out to right. After Hamel pitched a 1-2-3 top of the sixth, the Phils finally ended the 0-0 tie in their half of the sixth as, with one man out, Ryan Howard hits a solo home run, his thirteenth home run of the year, giving the Phils a 1-0 lead. The Dodgers then tried to tie the game up in the seventh as Andre Ethier began the inning off with a double, before stopping at third on Matt Kemp’s single, putting runners on the corners, with nobody out. Hamels got out of the inning by first getting Juan Uribe to pop out to the second baseman for out number one, then striking out Marcus Thames swinging for out number two, before finally ending the inning by getting Rod Barajas to pop out to shortstop. The Phils then added a run in their half of the seventh as, with a man on third, and with one man out, Victorino, who had earlier tripled, scored on a fielder’s choice grounder to second baseman Jamey Carroll by Brown, beating the thrown to home, giving the Phils a 2-1 lead, while Brown would be safe at first. The Dodgers again threaten to score in the eighth as, with runners on the corners, via a pinch hit single by Aaron Miles, and an infield single by Casey Blake, while Miles would stop at third on Placido Polanco’s throwing error. But, Hamels would get out of trouble by getting Ethier to ground out, 3-1, for the inning’s final out. Ryan Madson then recorded his fourteenth save of the season by putting down the Dodgers in the ninth.

Coel Hamels (8-2, 2.58) got the win as he went eight innings, giving up six hits, while striking out nine. Ryan Madson collected his fourteeth save of the season, giving up a hit. Hiroki Kuroda (5-7, 3.35) took the lost as he pitched five and a third innings, giving up a run on four hits and three walks, while striking out seven. Mike MacDougal pitched two-thirds of an inning, walking a batter, while striking out one. Matt Guerrier pitched an inning, giving up a run on a hit, while striking out one.  Josh Lindblom pitched a 1-2-3 inning, striking out a batter.

The Phils had only five hits in the game, a triple by Shane Victorino, a single by Placido Polanco, a home run by Ryan Howard (RBI), a double by Raul Ibanez and a triple by Michael Martinez. Dom Brown knocked in the other Phil run on a fielder’s choice grounder, as Victorino beat the throw home. The Phils once again had few hits, but this time they were able to score enough runs to win the ballgame.

The Phils (37-25, 1st East) with begin a four-game series with the Cubs (24-36, 5th Central), starting with a night game tomorrow night at Citizens Bank Park. The game will start at 7:05 pm EDT.  The Phils will send to the mound Kyle Kendrick (3-4, 3.78), who is coming off a lost against the Pirates on June 4, as he went five innings, giving up four runs on eight hits, in the Phils’ 6-3 lost. Kendrick will be trying to do better than he did in his previous start. The Cubs will counter with Randy Wells (1-1, 5.74), who is coming off a no-decision against the Cards on June 4, as he pitched five and two-third innings, giving up four runs on three hits and a walk, while striking out one, in the Cubs’ 5-4 lost. He will be going for his second win of the season. The Phils will be trying to start their next home series with a win.

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.

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