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The Phils end their five-game losing streak as they come from behind to defeat the Twins, 3-2.

Philadelphia_PhilliesThe Phils avoid a sweep, as they end their five-game losing streak by hanging on to defeat the Twins, 3-2.

The Phils took the lead in the top of the first as, with runners on the corners, and with one man out, Ryan Howard comes through with an RBI single, scoring Ben Revere, who had started the game off with a single, stole second base, then stopped at third on pitcher Kevin Correia’s fielding error of Jimmy Rollins’ grounder to the mound, giving the Phils a 1-0 lead, while Rollins, who was safe at first on Correia’s error, would stop at second base. The Phils tried to add to their lead in the top of the sixth as, with two men on, on back to back singles by Michael Young and Rollins, with M. Young stopping at second base, and with two men out, Young tried to score on Howard’s single to right, but he is instead thrown out at home plate by right fielder Ryan Doumit, as catcher Joe Mauer is able to tag him out before he can touch home plate. The Twins took the lead in the bottom of the seventh as, with two men on, and with two men out, Justin Morneau hits a two-run double, knocking in Mauer, who had earlier walked, then reached second base on Doumit’s single, and Doumit, who had just singled, giving the Twins a 2-1 lead. The Phils tied the game up at two-all in the top of the eighth as, with runners on the corners, and with nobody out, M. Young hits an RBI single, scoring pinch-hitter Kevin Frandsen, who had started the inning off with a double, then reached third base on Revere’s bunt single, while sending Revere, who had reached base on a bunt single, over to third base. The Phils then retook the lead as, once again with men on the corners, and with still nobody out, Rollins hits a fielder’s choice ground ball up the first base line, as Revere beats the throw to the plate, giving the Phils a 3-2 lead, while M. Young moved up to second base, and Rollins was safe at first on the play. That would be the final score as Jonathan Papelbon came in and recorded his twelfth save of the season with a 1-2-3 ninth.

Cliff Lee (8-2, 2.55) got the win as he went seven innings, giving up two runs on three hits and a walk, while striking out six. Mike Adams collected his sixth hold of the season as he pitched a 1-2-3 inning, striking out a batter. Jonathan Papelbon received his twelfth save of the year as he also threw a 1-2-3 inning, striking out two. Kevin Correia received a no-decision as he went five innings, giving up a run on eight scattered hits and a walk, while he struck out six. Anthony Swarzak pitched two scoreless innings, giving up four hits, as he struck out a batter. Jared Burton received his third blown save of the season, before taking the lost (0-4, 3.68) as he pitched an inning, giving up two runs on three hits and a walk, while striking out a batter. Josh Roenicke and Caleb Thielbar combined for a scoreless inning, giving up a hit (Roenicke), while striking out two (one batter each) between them.

The Phils combined for sixteen hits, with Ben Revere (3 Singles, Triple) leading the team with four hits, followed by Ryan Howard (Singles, RBI) with three hits and Michael Young (Singles, RBI) and Laynce Nix (Singles) with two hits each. Jimmy Rollins (Single, RBI), Dom Brown (Single), Delmon Young (Single), Freddy Galvis (Single) and pinch-hitter Kevin Frandsen (Double), had the other five Phils’ hits. The Phils also had a stolen base (Revere (15) and two walks (Brown) in the game. 

The Phils (32-35, 3rd East) will begin a three-game series with the Rockies (35-32, 3rd West). starting with a ballgame tonight. The game will be played at Coors Field and is to start at 8:40 pm EDT (6:40 MDT). The Phils will send to the mound Kyle Kendrick (6-4, 3.22), who is coming off a lost to the Brewers on June 8, as he went six innings, giving up three runs on eight hits and a walk, as he struck out six, in the Phils’ 4-3 lost. He will be out to continue the Phils present winning streak. The Rockies will counter with Juan Nicasio (4-2, 4.61), who is coming off a no-decision against the Padres on June 9, as he also went six innings, giving up two runs on four hits and a walk, while striking out seven, in the Rockies’ 8-7 extra-innings walk-off win. He will be trying to slow down the Phils. The Phils will be out to score some runs out in Denver.

The Phils are done in again by the bullpen as they lose to the Twins, 12-5.

Philadelphia_PhilliesThe bullpen allows 11 runs to score, doing in the Phils as they lose their third spring training game, dropping this one to the Twins, 12-5.

The Phils took the lead in the first as, with two men on, and with one man out, Ryan Howard hits an RBI single, knocking in Ben Revere, who had started the game off with a single, then stole second base, giving the Phils a 1-0 lead, while sending Dom Brown, who had just walked, on to third base. One batter later, the Phils took a 2-0 lead as Carlos Ruiz hits a sacrifice fly, scoring Brown. The Twins got a run back in the second as, with runners on the corners, and with two men out, Aaron Hicks hits an RBI single to third, knocking in Chris Parmelee, who had earlier singled, had moved up to second base on Chris Colabello’s walk, then stopped at third base on Pedro Florimon’s force out, 5-4, wiping out Colabello at second base, cutting the Phils’ lead to 2-1. The Phils would get a run back in the third as, with two men on, and with one man out, Ruiz hits an RBI single, knocking in Brown, who had reached base on first baseman Colbello’s fielding error, then moved up to second base on Howard’s walk, giving the Phils a 3-1 lead, while sending Howard, who had just walked, up to second base. The Twins cut the Phils’ lead down to 3-2 in the fourth as, with a man on third, via a three base fielding error by right fielder John Mayberry, Jr. and with nobody out, Hicks hits an RBI double, knocking in Florimon, who had gone to third on Mayberry’s error. Four batters later, with men on the corners, as Hicks stopped at third base on Josh Willingham’s single, and with two men out, the Twins took the lead as Ryan Doumit hits a three-run home run, his first home run of the spring, knocking in both Hicks and Doumit, giving the Twins a 6-3 lead. The Phils got a run back in the fifth as, with one man on, and with one man out, Brown hits an RBI double, knocking in Revere, who had started the inning off by reaching first base on second baseman Ray Olmedo’s fielding error, making it a 6-4 Twins’ lead. The Phils then made it a 6-5 Twins’ lead two batters later as, with Brown now on third base, via a Howard’s ground out, 3-unassisted, and wth two men out, Ruiz hits an RBI single, scoring Brown. The Twins increased their lead in the sixth as, with two men on, via a double by Wilkin Ramirez and a walk by pinch hitter Joe Benson, and with one man out, Drew Butera hits an RBI single, knocking in Ramirez, giving the Twins a 7-5 lead, while sending Benson all the way to third base. The Twins then took an 8-5 lead as Mark Sobolewski hits an RBI single, scoring Benson, while moving Butera up to second base. Two batters later, with runners still on first and second, and now with two men out, Jeff Clement hits an RBI single, knocking in Butera, making it a 9-5 Twins’ lead, while sending Sobolewski on to third base, before going up to second base on the late throw to third. The Twins increased their lead again in the seventh as, with runners on second and third, and with nobody out, Ramirez hits an RBI infield single, scoring Brandon Boggs, who had started the inning off with a walk, then stopped at third base on Olmedo’s double, giving the Twins a 10-5 lead, while sending Olmedo, who had just doubled, over to third. Three batters later, after Benson had walked to load up the bases, and Butera had hit into a 5-2 force out for the inning’s first out, as catcher Sebastian Valle touched home plate in front of Olmedo, while Ramirez and Benson both moved up a base, leaving the bases loaded, and now with one man out, Sobolewski hits a two-run infeld single to short, scoring both Ramirez and Benson, giving the Twins a 12-5 lead, while sending Butera on to second base. That would be the final score as Caleb Thielbar pitched a 1-2-3 ninth, striking out the side.

John Lannan received a no-decision as he pitched two innings, giving up a run on four hits and a walk, while striking out a batter. Adam Morgan blew his first save attempt of the spring, before taking the lost (0-1, 5.40) as he pitched one and two-thirds innings, giving up four runs on five hits , while striking out four. Kyle Simon pitched a third of an inning, giving up a run on a hit. Antonio Bastardo pitched a 1-2-3 inning. Justin De Fratus pitched a third of an inning, giving up three runs on four hits and a walk. B.J. Rosenberg also pitched an inning, giving up three runs on three hits and two walks. Maurice Robles pitched a 1-2-3 inning. Kevin Correia also received a no-decision as he pitched two and a third innings, giving up three runs, two of which were earned, on five hits and two walks, as he struck out two. Brian Duensing (1-0, 10.13) got the win as he pitched one and two-thirds scoreless innings, striking out a batter. Jared Burton recorded his first hold of the spring as he pitched two-thirds of an inning, giving up two runs on three hits. Glen Perkins recorded his first hold of the spring as he went an inning and a third, giving up a hit, while striking out a batter. P.J. Walters, Andrew Albers and Caleb Thielbar would combine for three scoreless innings, giving up a hit (Albers) and a walk (Walters) between them, while striking out six batters (Walters (1), Albers (2), Thielbar (3)).

The Phils had ten hits in the game, with Ben Revere (Singles), Carlos Ruiz (Singles, 3 RBIs) and Kevin Frandsen (Singles) all leading the team with two hits each. Dom Brown (Double, RBI), Ryan Howard (Single, RBI), John Mayberry, Jr. (Double) and Pete Orr (Single) had the other four Phils hits. The Phils also had two stolen bases (Revere (2), Orr (1)) and three walks (Brown (2), Howard (1)) in the game, along with a sacrifice fly (Ruiz).

The Phils (1-3-1) next game will be played at home at Bright House Field against the Braves (3-3) tomorrow afternoon. The game is to start at 1.05 pm EDT. The Phils starter will be Cole Hamels (0-0, 0.00), who’d pitched a couple of scoreless innings in his start against the Astros on February 23, in the Phils’ 8-3 lost. He will be trying to continue his strong showing on the mound. The Braves will send to the mound Paul Maholm (0-0, 0.00), who is also coming off a strong start on February 23, throwing a pair of 1-2-3 innings, in the Braves’ 8-3 lost to the Yankees. He will be trying to add to his previous start. The Phils will be trying to put a second win under their belts.

The Phils come from behind to win their first spring training game, as they defeat the Yanks, 4-3.

Philadelphia_PhilliesA three-run seventh inning leads to the Phils’ first victory of the spring, as they come from behind to defeat the Bronx Bombers, 4-3.

The Yanks took a quick 1-0 lead in the first as, with a man on second, and with one man out, Mark Texieira hits an RBI double, knocking in Ichiro Suzuki, who had earlier singled, then stole second base for his first steal of the spring. The Phils would tie the game up at one-all in the sixth as, with a runner on second, and with two men out, Kevin Frandsen hits an RBI double, scoring Jimmy Rollins, who had earlier walked, then stopped at second base as Ben Revere grounded out, 1-3, for the inning’s second out. The Yankees regained the lead in the seventh as, with a man on first, and with one man out, JR Murphy hits a two-run home run, his first home run of the spring, scoring Adonis Garcia, who had just singled, giving the Yanks a 3-1 lead. The Phils would cut the Yanks’ lead in half in their half of the seventh as, with one man out, Domonic Brown hits a solo home run, his second home run of the spring, making it a 3-2 Yanks’ lead. The Phils took the lead three batters later as, with a man on second, via a double by Cody Asche, and now with two men out, Tommy Joseph hits a two-run home run, his first home run of the spring, giving the Phils a 4-3 lead. That would end up being the final score as Jeremy Horst would come in and pitched a scoreless ninth, recording his first save of the spring.

Kyle Kendrick received a no-decision as he threw two innings, giving up a run on three hits, as he struck out a batter. Aaron Cook followed with two scoreless innings, giving up two hits and a walk. Chad Durbin pitched a strong inning, giving up a hit. Zach Miner got the win (1-0, 9.00), although giving up two runs on three hits in two innings of work, as he struck out two batters. Cesar Jimenez recorded his first hold of the spring as he pitched a scoreless inning, giving up a hit, while striking out a batter. Jeremy Horst received his first save of the spring as he threw a scoreless inning, as he gave up two hits. Jose Ramirez also received a no-decision as he threw two scoreless innings, giving up a walk. David Robertson, Joba Chamberlain, and Juan Cedeno all recorded their first holds of the spring, as they combined for three scoreless innings, giving up a hit (Chamberlain), a walk (Robertson) and a hit batter (Cedeno) between them, while striking out two batters (Chamberlain). Jim Miller received his first blown save of the spring as he pitched an inning, giving up a run on a hit and a walk. Zach Nuding recorded his first blown save of the spring, before taking the lost (0-1, 27.00), as he pitched an inning, giving up three runs on three hits, while striking out a batter. Branden Pindar threw a 1-2-3 inning, striking out two batters.

The Phils would record only five hits in the game, although making them count late in the game, a single by Ryan Howard (who’s spring batting average is presently at .500 (5 for 10), an RBI double by Kevin Frandsen, a double by Cody Asche, a solo home run by Dom Brown, and a two-run home run by Tommy Joseph. The Phils also collected three walks (Jimmy Rollins, Howard and Steven Lerud) and a hit batter (Brown) in the game.

The Phils (1-2-1) will play their next Grapefruit League game tomorrow afternoon against the Twins (2-2) at Hammond Baseball Park in Fort Myers, Fla. at 1:05 pm EST. The Phils will send to the mound newly acquired starter John Lannan (0-0, -.-), who will be making his first spring training start. He will be trying to even up the Phils’ win-loss record. The Twins will counter with Kevin Correia (0-0, 4.50), who gave up a run against the Orioles on February 23, as he pitched two innings, in the Twins’ 5-3 lost. He will be trying to get the Twins over the .500 mark in Grapefruit League action. The Phils will be seeing if they can even up their spring training record, while trying to heat him their bats, to give some runs support to the good starting pitching that they have so far received, while hoping that the bullpen will improve, before the first cuts are made.

The Phils have just announced that they have signed free agent outfielder Delmon Young to a one-year contract.

Philadelphia_PhilliesJust when you thought that the Phils were satisfied with their outfield arrangements, they decided to throw everyone a curve. Earlier this afternoon, the Phils have announced that they had signed free agent Delmon Young, formerly of the American League Champions Detroit Tigers, to a one-year contract worth $750,000, plus performance bonuses. Young, who is an outfielder, and was last year’s ALCS MVP, appeared in 151 games, batting .267 (153 for 574), hitting 27 doubles, 1 triple and 18 home runs, as he knocked in 74 RBIs, while crossing the plate 54 times. During a seven years career, which includes stints with the Rays and the Twins, Young have compiled a career batting average of .284 (955 for 3358), as he had played in a total of 880 games, during which he have hit 185 doubles, 10 triples and 89 home runs, as he had 482 RBIs, while he had scored 396 times. Along with his .284 career batting average, he has a career slugging percentage of .425 and a career OPS of .742.

Young will likely be patrolling one of the corner outfield spots, while Paul Revere will handle center field. If that is indeed the case, it will leave John Mayberry, Jr. and Dom Brown sharing a platoon at the other corner outfield spot, with Laynce Nix on the bench, while Darin Ruf will be playing in Triple-A Lehigh Valley for more seasoning.

Welcome to the team, Young. Hope you and your bat will help the team during the upcoming season.

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.

The Phils increase their winning streak to two games as they hold on in a close game to defeat the Pirates, 5-4.

The Phils hold on to win a close game with the Pirates as they increase their winning streak to two game, winning 5-4.

The Pirates tried to take the lead in the first as, with runners on second and third, and with one man out, Vance Worley, after catching Garrett Jones’ grounder back to the mound, threw the ball home for a fielder’s choice out, as Jose Tabata, who had started the game by being hit by a pitch, then moved up to second base on Neil Walker’s walk, before going to third on Andrew McCutchen’s ground out, 6-3, is tagged out by Carlos Ruiz for the inning’s second out, while Walker, who had earlier walked, and went to second base on McCutchen’s ground out, would move up to third, while Jones would be safe at first on the play. Worley then got out of trouble by getting Casey McGehee to hit into a force out, 6-4, wiping out Jones at first base. The Phils then took the lead in their half of the first as, with a man on third, and with two men out, Ruiz hits an RBI single, scoring Hunter Pence, who had just tripled, giving the Phils a 1-0 lead. The Pirates would tie the game up at one-all in the second as, with a man on third, and with one man out, Michael McKenry hits a sacrifice fly, knocking in Pedro Alvarez, who had started the inning off with a double, then moved up to third on Clint Barmes’ ground out, 6-3. The Phils retook the lead in their half of the second as, with two men on, and with two men out, Placido Polanco hits an RBI single, knocking in Mike Fontenot, who had earlier singled, then moved up to second base on Worley’s sacrifice bunt, 1-4, giving the Phils a 2-1 lead, before Jimmy Rollins, who had just walked, is thrown out trying to go to third base, 7-5-3, for the inning’s final out. The Phils added to their lead in the third as, with one man on, and with two men out, Ty Wigginton hits a two-run home run, his eighth home run of the season, knocking in Ruiz, who had earlier singled, giving the Phils a 4-1 lead. The Pirates would get a run back in the sixth as, with a man on third, and with two men out, McGehee hits an RBI single, knocking in McCutchen, who had earlier doubled, then moved up to third on Jones’ ground out, 3-unassisted, making it a 4-2 Phils’ lead. The Pirates then cut the Phils’ lead down to 4-3 in the seventh as, with two men on, and with nobody out, pinch hitter Drew Sutton hits an RBI double, knocking in Barmes, who had started the inning off with a walk, then stopped at second base on McKenry’s single, while McKenry, who had just singled, would stop at third base. After Michael Schwimer replaces Worley on the mound, the Phils would get out of further trouble as Tabata grounds out to the pitcher,  1-3, after Schwimer looks McKenry back to third, for the inning’s first out, then Walker flies out to left for the inning’s second out, before John Mayberry, Jr. throws a strike to home plate, as McKenry tries to score on the fly out, but is tagged out by Ruiz for the inning’s third out on a fly out-doubleplay, keeping the score 4-3 Phils. The Phils added to their lead in the eighth as Ruiz hits a lead-off home run, his tenth home run of the season, a career high, as he gives the Phils a 5-3 lead. The Pirates would get a run back in the ninth as, with one man out, McHenry hits a solo home run, his fourth home run of the year, making it a 5-4 Phils’ lead. But that would be the final score as Jonathan Papelbon would record his eighteenth save of the season by getting out the next two batter, as he got Tabata to end the game by striking out, swinging.

Vance Worley (4-4, 2.92) gets the win as he pitched six inning, plus three batters, as he gives up three runs on six hits and two walks, while striking out five. Michael Schwimer collected his first hold of the season as he pitched a scoreless inning, getting out the two men that he would face, thanks to a fly out-doubleplay. Antonio Bastardo collected his fifteenth hold of the season as he threw a scoreless inning, giving up a hit, while striking out a batter. Jonathan Papelbon received his eighteen save of the season as he pitched an inning, giving up a run on a hit, while striking out two. Erik Bedard (4-8, 4.27) took the lost as he went six innings, giving up four runs on eight hits and two walks, while striking out three. Juan Cruz pitched an inning, plus three batters, giving up a run on two hits and a walk, while striking out a batter. Tony Watson pitched an inning, getting out all three men whom he would face, striking out one.

The Phils had ten hits in the game, with Carlos Ruiz (2 Singles, Home Run, 2 RBIs) leading the team with three hits, followed by Placido Polanco (Singles, RBI) and Ty Wigginton (Single, Home Run, 2 RBIs) with two hits apiece. Hunter Pence (Triple), Shane Victorino (Single) and Mike Fontenot (Single) had the other three Phils’ hits. The Phils also had three walks and a stolen base (Victorino (18)) in the ballgame.

The Phils (36-40, 4th East) will continue their series with the Pirates (38-35, 3rd Central) with a night game tonight. The game will be played at Citizens Bank Park and is to start at 7:05 pm. The Phils will send to the mound Raul Valdes (2-0, 1.84) who will be making a spot start, as the Phils plan to use the bullpen tonight. Valdes last pitched on June 23, throwing two innings in relief against the Rays, giving up no runs on a hit, while striking out four. Valdes hopes to keep the Phils in the game. The Pirates will counter with James McDonald (6-3, 2.19), who is coming off a complete game win against the Twins on June 21, as he gave up a run on six hits, while striking out five, in the Pirates’ 9-1 blow out. He will be trying to stop the Pirates’ present losing streak. The Phils will be going for the series win, while hoping that Chase Utley will be ready to go both on the field and at the plate.

A four-run first starts the ball rolling as the Phils sink the Pirates, 8-3.

A four-run first inning, helped along by several Pirates’ errors, starts the ball rolling for the Phils as they crush the Bucos, 8-3.

The Phils took the lead in the first as, with a man on third, and with one man out, Hunter Pence hits a single to right, knocking in Jimmy Rollins, who had earlier doubled, then went to third on Juan Pierre’s sacrifice bunt, 1-3, as he beat the throw to the plate, giving the Phils a 1-0 lead. The Phils then took a 2-0 lead as, with Pence on first, and with still one man out, Carlos Ruiz hits a single to right, which would send Pence to third base, beating out right fielder Jose Tabata’s throw to third, which would allow Ruiz to move up to second base, as third baseman Pedro Alvarez throw the ball into right field for an error, which would allow Pence to score, and Ruiz to reach third base, as Tabata committed his own throwing error. The Phils then made it a 3-0 lead as Shane Victorino hits an RBI single, scoring Ruiz. The Phils then added to their lead as, with one man on, and with still only one man out, Placido Polanco hits a single to right, sending Victorino to third, before scoring on Tabata’s throwing error to third, his second error of the inning, giving the Phils a 4-0 lead, while Polanco would move up to second base. The Pirates got a run back in the third as, with one man out, Tabata hits a solo home run, his third home run of the year, making it a 4-1 Phils’ lead. The Phils would get that run back in their half of the third as, with a runner on third, and with two men out, Polanco hits an RBI single, knocking in Ruiz, who had earlier singled, stole second base, then went to third on Victorino’s ground out, 4-3, giving the Phils a 5-1 lead.  The Pirates would cut the Phils’ lead to 5-2 as, with a runner on second, and with two men out, Clint Barmes hits an RBI single, knocking in Neil Walker, who had started the inning off with a double. The Phils increased their lead in their half of the fourth as, with one man on, and with one man out, Rollins hits a two-run home run, his eighth home run of the season, and his fourth home run in five games, knocking in Mike Fontenot, who had started the inning off with a single, then moved up to second base on Jeff Karstens’ wild pitch, giving the Phils a 7-2 lead. The Pirates would get a run back in the fifth as, with a man on second, and with one man out, Andrew McCutchen hits an RBI single, knocking in Tabata, who had earlier reached base on Polanco’s throwing error, ending up on second base, making it a 7-3 Phils’ lead. The Phils got that run back in the seventh as, with the bases loaded, via a single by Ruiz, followed by walks to Victorino and Polanco, and with nobody out, Ty Wigginton forced in a run with a walk, forcing in Ruiz, giving the Phils an 8-3 lead, while moving both Victorino and Polanco up a base, leaving the bases loaded. That would be the final score as Chad Qualls pitched a 1-2-3 ninth.

Joe Blanton (7-6, 4.87) got the win as he pitched seven innings, giving up three runs, only two of which were earned, on seven hits and a walk, while striking out eight. Jake Diekman pitched a scoreless inning, giving up a walk, while striking out a batter. Chad Qualls pitched a 1-2-3 inning. Jeff Karstens (0-2, 6.35) took the lost as he went five innings, giving up seven runs, only six of which were earned, on eleven hits and a wild pitch, while striking out four. Doug Slaten pitched two innings, giving up a run on a hit and three walks, while striking out three. Jared Hughes pitched a 1-2-3 inning, striking out a batter.

The Phils had twelve hits in the game, with Carlos Ruiz leading the ballclub with three hits, all singles, raising his average back to .354. Jimmy Rollins (Double, Home Run, 2 RBIs), Hunter Pence (Singles, RBI), Placido Polanco (Singles, RBI), and Mike Fontenot (Singles) all followed with two hits each. Shane Victorino had the final Phil hit, a single, knocking in a run. Ty Wigginton had the other Phil RBI, via a walk, as the other two runs came in on a pair of Pirates’ errors. The Phils also had three walks and a stolen base (Ruiz (3)) in the ballgame.

The Phils (35-40, 4th East) will continue their series with the Pirates (38-34, 2nd Central) with a  night game tonight. The game will be played at Citizens Bank Park and is to start at 7:05 pm EDT. The Phils will send to the mound Vance Worley (3-4, 2.78), who is coming off a lost to the Rockies on June 21, as he pitched seven innings, giving up two runs on four hits and two walks, while striking out two, in the Phils’ 4-1 lost. He is still looking for his first win since coming off the DL. The Pirates will counter with Erik Bedard (4-7, 4.13), who is coming off a no-decision against the Twins on June 20, as he went six innings, giving up a run on four hits and two walks, while striking out seven, in the Pirates’ 2-1 lost. He will be trying for his fifth win of the season. The Phils will be trying to gain some momentum from last night’s win as they get ready to reactive Chase Utley.

Cole Hamels captures his tenth win of the season as the Phils defeat the Rockies, 7-2.

Cole Hamels, with some help from the offense, wins his tenth start of the season, as the Phils begin their ten-game home stand on a good note as they defeated the Rockies, 7-2.

The Rockies took the lead in the first as, with a runner on second, and with one man out, Tyler Colvin hits an RBI single, knocking in Eric Young, who had started the game off with a single, then stole second base, giving the Rockies a 1-0 lead. The Phils tied the game up at one-all in the third as, with one man on, and with two men out, Placido Polanco hits an RBI double, scoring Jimmy Rollins, who had just walked. The Phils took the lead in the fourth as, with one man on, and with two men out, John Mayberry, Jr. hits a two-run home run, his sixth home run of the season, knocking in Shane Victorino, who had earlier singled, giving the Phils a 3-1 lead. The Phils made it a 4-1 lead in the fifth as, with two men on, and with two men out, Carlos Ruiz hits an RBI double, scoring Rollins, who had earlier singled, then moved up to second base on Josh Outman’s wild pitch, while sending Polanco, who had earlier walked, up to third base. The Rockies got a run back in the sixth as, with two men on, and with two men out, Chris Nelson hits an RBI single, scoring Todd Helton, who had earlier walked, then stopped at second base on Jordan Pacheco’s single, making it a 4-2 Phils’ lead, while sending Pacheco, who had just singled, over to third base, before being tagged out at second base, 8-4, as he tried to move up to second base on the play. The Phils got that run back in the seventh as, with runners on second and third, and with one man out, Hunter Pence hits into an RBI ground out, 6-3, scoring Cole Hamels, who had earlier singled, moved up to second base on Rollins’ single, then moved over to third on Polanco’s sacrifice bunt, 1-4, giving the Phils a 5-2 lead, while sending Rollins, who had earlier singled, then went to second base on Polanco’s bunt, over to third base. The Phils then took a 7-2 lead as, with one man on, and now with two men out, Ruiz hits a two-run home run, his ninth home run of the season, knocking in Rollins. That would end up being the final score as Chad Qualls threw a 1-2-3 ninth.

Cole Hamels (10-3, 3.25) got the win as he threw eight strong innings, giving up just two runs on six hits and three walks, while striking out seven. Chad Qualls pitched a 1-2-3 inning, striking out a batter. Josh Outman (0-3, 8.41) took the lost as he pitched four and a third innings, giving up four runs on five hits and two walks, while striking out three. Guillermo Moscoso pitched an inning and two-thirds, giving up a hit, while striking out two. Adam Ottavino pitched an inning, giving up three runs on two hits and a walk, while striking out a batter. Matt Reynolds pitched a scoreless inning, giving up a hit, while striking out a batter.

The Phils had nine hits in the game, with Jimmy Rollins (Single, Double), Carlos Ruiz (Double, Home Run, 3 RBIs) and John Mayberry, Jr. (Double, Home Run, 2 RBIs) all leading the ballclub with two hits each. Placido Polanco (Double, RBI), Shane Victorino (Single) and Cole Hamels (Single) had the other three Phils’ hits. Hunter Pence knocked in the final Phil run on a ground out. The Phils also had three walks in the game.

The Phils (32-37, 5th East) continue their series with the Rockies (25-41, 4th West) with a game tonight. The game will be played at Citizens Bank Park, and is to start at 7:05 pm EDT. The Phils will send to the mound Joe Blanton (6-6, 4.93), who is coming off a complete-game win agauinst the Twins on June 14, as he gave up just a run on seven hits, while striking out seven, in the Phils’ 6-1 win. Blanton will be going for his third straight win, while trying to build on his last start. The Rockies will counter with Alex White (2-5, 5.56), who is coming off a lost against the Athletics on June 14, as he went four innings, giving up four runs, two of which were earned, on seven hits and four walks, while striking out five, in the Rockies’ 8-2 lost. He will be trying to even up the series. The Phils will be out to build on their previous win.

The Phils begin a ten-game home stand, starting with three games against the Colorado Rockies.

The Phils return to Citizens Bank Park, still reeling from being swept at the hands of the Blue Jays, to start a ten-game home stand, starting with three games with the Rockies. After going 3-6 in three three-game series against the Orioles, the Twins and the Blue Jays, the Phils hope to be able to right the ship as it comes closer to the all-star break.

The Phils (31-37, 5th East) will send to the mound Cole Hamels (9-3, 3.34) who is coming off a win against the Twins on June 13, as he pitched six innings, plus three batters, giving up six runs on eight hits and two walks, as he struck out six, in the Phils’ 9-8 win. Careerwise against the Rockies, he has a 1-1 record, with a 5.09 ERA, as he pitched in 17 and two-thirds innings, striking out fourteen batters. Hamels will be going for his tenth win of the season, hoping that both the bats and the defense will play a much cleaner game behind him, after having played lousy baseball, especially the defense, during the last few weeks. The Rockies (25-40, 4th West) plan to counter with Josh Outman (0-2, 8.44), who is coming off a no-decision against the A’s on June 13, as he went five innings, giving up five runs on six hits and a walk, while striking out four, in the Rockies’ 10-8 lost. Against the Phils, Outman, in six innings pitched, has an 0-1 record, with an ERA of 4.50, as he struck out only four batters. He is looking for his first win.

The game will be played at Citizens Bank Park tonight, and will start at 7:05 pm EDT. The Phils will be out to improve their record at home, while trying to do better during the rest of June.

Spring Training: The Phils are outgunned as they lose to the Twins, 11-7.

The Phils are outgunned from the start as they lose to the Twins, 11-7.

The Twins take a 2-0 lead in the first as, with one man on, and with two men out, Justin Morneau hits a two-run home run, his third home run of the spring, scoring Joe Mauer, who had just singled. The Twins added to their lead in the second as, with two men on, and with nobody out, Luke Hughes, who had started the inning off with a single, then moved up to second base on Danny Valencia’s single, would score on pitcher Vance Worley’s force attempt, throwing error to second base on Ben Revere’s ground ball, giving the Twins a 3-0 lead, while allowing Valencia, who had earlier singled, to reach second base, and Revere to reach first. Two batters later, after Alexi Casilla had moved both runners up a base with a sacrifice bunt, 5-3, the Twins took a 4-0 lead as Denard Span hits a sacrifice fly, knocking in Valencia. The Phils got a run back in the third as, with runners on the corners, and with one man out, Jimmy Rollins hits an RBI single, knocking in Lou Montanez, who had earlier doubled, then went to third on Miguel Abreu’s single, making it a 4-1 Twins’ lead, while sending Abreu, who had earlier singled, up to second base. The Twins got the run back in the fourth as, with two men on, and with no one out, Span hits an RBI single, knocking in Valencia, who had earlier singled, then went to third on second baseman Abreu’s throwing error on Casilla’s grounder, giving the Twins a 5-1 lead, while moving Casilla, who was safe on Abreu’s error, up to second base. Two batters latter, after Jamey Carroll had loaded up the bases with a single, moving both runners up a base, the Twins took a 6-1 lead as Mauer hits an RBI single, scoring Casilla, while sending Span on to third and Carroll up to second base. The Twins then took a 7-1 lead as, with the bases still loaded, and still with one man out, Morneau hits an RBI single, scoring Span, while moving the other runners up a base. The Twins then made it an 8-1 lead as Josh Willingham hits a sacrifice fly, scoring Carroll. The Twins then broke the game wide open as, with two men on, and now with two men out, Hughes hits a three-run home run, his fifth home run of the spring, scoring both Mauer and Morneau, giving the Twins an 11-1 lead. The Phils got a run back in the fifth as, with a runner on second, and with nobody out, Carlos Ruiz hits an RBI double, scoring Rollins, who had earlier singled, then moved up to second base on Mauer’s passed ball, cutting the Twins’ lead down to 11-2. The Phils then cut the Twins’ lead down to 11-3 in the seventh as, with two men on, and with nobody out, Hunter Pence hits an RBI double, knocking in pinch runner Albert Cartwright, who was pinch running for Rollins, who earlier had been hit by a pitch, then moved up to second base on Tuffy Gosewisch’s single, while sending Gosewich, who had just singled, on to third base. The Phils then made it an 11-4 Twins’ lead as pinch hitter Erik Kratz hits an RBI ground out, 6-3, scoring Gosewisch. Two batters later, after Hector Luna had sent Pence on to third base on a single, to put runners on the corners, Pence would come in to score on a Glen Perkins’ wild pitch, making it an 11-5 Twins’ lead, while sending Luna up to second base. The Phils then made it an 11-6 Twins’ lead in the eighth as, with one man on, and with two men out, Gosewisch hits an RBI single, scoring Pete Orr, who had earlier doubled. The Phils would then make it an 11-7 Twins’ lead in the ninth as, with one man out, Luna hits a solo home run, his third home run of the spring. That would end up being the final score as Laynce Nix grounded out, 4-3, for the game’s final out.

Vance Worley (1-3, 4.50) took the lost as he lasted four innings, giving up eleven runs, only five of which were earned, on eleven hits, while striking out three. Raul Valdes and David Herndon would combine for four scoreless innings, giving up three hits (Valdes (2), Herndon (1)) between them, while striking out four (two batters apiece). Francisco Liriano (2-1, 2.45) got the win as he pitched four innings, plus two batters, giving up two runs on eight hits and a walk, while striking out three. Brian Duensing pitched two scoreless innings, giving up a hit, while striking out one. Glen Perkins went an inning, giving up three runs on three hits and a wild pitch, as he struck out two. Matt Capps pitched an inning, giving up a run on two hits, while striking out a batter. Alex Burnett pitched an inning, giving up a run on a hit and a walk, while striking out one.

The Phils had fifteen hits in the game, with Hector Luna leading the ballclub with three hits (2 Singles, Home Run, RBI). Jimmy Rollins (Singles, RBI), Carlos Ruiz (Single, Double, RBI), Tuffy Gosewisch (Singles, RBI), Lou Montanez (Single, Double) and Miguel Abreu (Single, Double) all followed with two hits each. Hunter Pence (Double, RBI) and Pete Orr (Double) had the other two Phils’ hits. Pinch Hitter Erik Kratz had the other Phil RBI with a ground out, while the final Phil run came in on a wild pitch. The Phils also had two walks and a hit batter (Rollins).

The next Phils (11-14) game will be a home game at Bright House Field in Clearwater against the Blue Jays (7-15). Start time is 1:05 pm EDT.

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