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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 bullpen is unable to hold onto the lead, as the Phils lose to the Mets in extra-innings, 9-5.

The Phils’ bullpen loses the lead before losing the game in the tenth inning, as the Phils lose to the Mets, 9-5.

The Mets took the lead in the first as, with two men on, and with nobody out, David Wright hits an RBI single, knocking in Ruben Tejada, who had started the game off with a single, then stopped at second base on Daniel Murphy’s single, giving the Mets a 1-0 lead, while sending Murphy, who had just singled, up to second base. The Phils took the lead in their half of the first as, with the bases loaded, via a walk to Jimmy Rollins, Kevin Frandsen being hit by a pitch, sending Rollins up to second base, and a walk to Chase Utley, moving up both runners, and with nobody out, Ryan Howard hits a grand-slam home run, his ninth home run of the year, knocking in Rollins, Frandsen and Utley, giving the Phils a 4-1 lead. The Mets cut the Phils’ lead down to 3-2 in the fourth as, with one man on, and with one man out, Mike Baxter hits a two-run home run, his first home run of the season, knocking in Lucas Duda, who had started the inning off with a walk. The Mets would tie the game up at four-all in the fifth as, with runners on the corners, and with nobody out, Wright hits a sacrifice fly, scoring Tejada, who had started the inning off with a ground-rule double, as a fan interfered with the ball, then went to third on Murphy’s single. The Phils retook the lead in their half of the fifth as with one man out, Utley hits a solo home run, his ninth home run of the season. The Mets retied the game at five-all in the eighth as, with a man on first, and with two men out, Kelly Shoppach hits an RBI double, scoring Wright, who had started the inning off with a walk. The Mets would take the lead in the tenth as, with a man on base, and with one man out, Ike Davis hits an RBI double, scoring Murphy, who had earlier singled, giving the Mets a 6-5 lead. The Mets then took a 7-5 lead as Duda hits an RBI single, scoring Davis, before moving up to second base on the late throw. The Mets then made it a 9-5 lead as Shoppach hits a two-run home run, his seventh home run of the season, knocking in Duda. That would end up being the final score as Bobby Parnell threw a scoreless inning.

Vance Worley received a no-decision as he went just four and one-third innings, giving up four runs on nine hits, as he struck out four. Raul Valdes piched one and two-thirds scoreless innings, striking out two batters. Josh Lindblom received his nineteenth hold of the season as he pitched an inning, plus a batter, giving up a run on a walk, while striking out a batter. Antonio Bastardo committed his four blown save of the year as he pitched an inning, giving up a hit, while striking out a batter. Jonathan Papelbon pitched a 1-2-3 inning. B.J. Rosenberg (0-2, 12.66) took the lost as he pitched an inning, giving up four runs on four hits. Chris Young also received a no-decision as he also lasted just four and a third innings, giving up five runs on four hits, three walks and a hit batter, while striking out two. Robert Carson, Ramon Ramirez, Josh Edgin, and Jon Rauch combined for three and two-thirds scoreless innings, giving up a hit (Edgin) and two walks (Ramirez (1), Edgin (1)) between them, while striking out three batters (Carson (1), Ramirez (1), Edgin (1)). Bobby Parnell (4-3, 3.02) got the win as he threw two scoreless innings, giving up a hit, while striking out two.

The Phils had just six hits in the game, with Chase Utley leading the team with two hits, a single and a home run, knocking in a run. Ryan Howard (Home Run, 4 RBIs), John Maybery, Jr. (Single), Laynce Nix (Single) and Erik Kratz (Single) had the other four Phils’ hits, as Mets’ pitching, especially the bullpen, kept them in check. The Phils also had five walks in the game.

The Phils (61-68, 3rd), will continue their three-game series with the Mets (60-69, 4th) 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 Tyler Cloyd (0-0, -.–) who will be making his first major league start as he’ll be pitching in place of Cole Hamels, who is sick. He will be out to prove that he’s ready to become part of the Phils’ plans for 2013. The Mets will counter with Matt Harvey (2-3, 3.75), who is coming off a no-decision against the Rockies on August 22, as he went six innings, giving up a run on three hits and two walks, while striking out nine, in the Mets’ 5-2 lost. He will be trying to give the Phils fits. The Phils will be trying to even up the series.

The Phils lose once again to the Reds, losing by the score of 3-2.

Kept under control for most of the game, the Phils end up losing their second straight game to the Reds, losing 3-2.

The Reds take the lead in the fifth as, with a runner on second, and with two men out, Drew Stubbs hits an RBI single, scoring Ryan Hanigan, who had started the inning off with a walk, then moved up to second base on Bronson Arroyo’s sacrifice bunt, 2-4, giving the Reds a 1-0 lead. The Reds added to their lead two batters later as, after Stubbs had moved up to second base on Brandon Phillips’ single, Ryan Ludwick hits an RBI single, knocking in Stubbs, giving the Reds a 2-0 lead, while Phillips, who had just singled, would stop at second base. The Phils got a run back in their half of the fifth as, with two men out, Dom Brown hits a solo home run, his first home run of the year, cutting the Reds’ lead down to 2-1. The Reds added an insurance run in the eighth as Jay Bruce hits a lead-off home run, his twenty-sixth home run of the year, giving the Reds a 3-1 lead. The Phils got a run back in the ninth as, with a runner on second, and with one man out, pinch hitter Ty Wigginton hits an RBI single, knocking in pinch hitter Kevin Frandsen, who had earlier singled, then moved up to second base on Aroldis Chapman’s wild pitch, making it a 3-2 Reds’ lead. That would end up being the final score as Chapman recorded his thirty-first save of the year by getting Ryan Howard to line out to left field for the game’s final out.

Vance Worley (6-9, 4.09) took the lost as he went six innings, giving up two runs on eight hits and two walks, while striking out three. Josh Lindblom pitched two innings, giving up a run on two hits, while striking out a batter. Raul Valdes pitched a scoreless inning, giving up a hit, while striking out a batter. Bronson Arroyo (10-7, 3.87) got the win as he pitched eight innings, plus a batter, giving up two runs on three hits, while striking out four. Aroldis Chapman collected his thirty-first save of the season, as he pitched an inning, giving up a hit and a wild pitch.

The Phils had just four hits in the game, with Dom Brown leading the team with two hits, a double and a home run, knocking in a run. Pinch Hitters Kevin Frandsen and Ty Wigginton (RBI) had the other two Phils’ hits, both singles, as the offense was keep under control by a pitcher they would normally beat up.

The Phils (57-67, T-3rd East) will conclude their four-game series with the Reds (76-49, 1st Central) with a night game tonight. The game will be played at Citizens Bank Park and is to start at 7:05 pm EDT. Cole Hamels (14-6, 2.94), will start for the Phils, as he is coming off a win against the Brewers on August 18, as he pitched seven and two-thirds innings, giving up three runs on eight hits and a walk, while he struck out ten, in the Phils’ 4-3 win. He will be going for his four straight win. The Reds will counter with Johnny Cueto (16-6, 2.44), who is coming off a win against the Cubs on August 18, as he pitched eight innings, giving up two runs on three hits, while striking out eight, in the Reds’ 5-3 win. He will be trying to pitch the Reds into a series win. The Phils will be trying to end the series with a split.

The bullpen once again let the Phils down as they lose to the Reds, 5-4.

The Phils’ bullpen is once again unable to hold down the opposition in the late innings, as the Phils drop one to the Reds, 5-4.

The Phils took the lead in the first as, with runners on the corners, and with one man out, Ryan Howard hits an RBI single, knocking in Jimmy Rollins, who had started the inning off by reaching first base on second baseman Brandon Phillips’ fielding error, then stopping at third base on Chase Utley’s single, giving the Phils a 1-0 lead, while sending Utley, who had just singled, over to third base. The Reds would tied the game up at one-all in the seventh as, with two men on, and with nobody out, Ryan Hanigan hits an RBI single, scoring Scott Rolen, who had started the inning off with a double, while sending Todd Frazier, who had just walked, up to second base, before he moved on to third base on Howard’s missed catch error, while Hanigan would move up to second base. Two batters later, with one man out, the Reds took the lead as Zack Cozart hits a sacrifice fly, scoring Frazier, giving the Reds a 2-1 lead. The Reds then took a 3-1 lead as Drew Stubbs hits an RBI single, knocking in Hanigan. The Phils tied the game up at three-all in their half of the seventh as, with the bases loaded, via a single by Kevin Frandsen, a double by Erik Kratz, sending Frandsen up to third base, and a walk to pinch hitter Ty Wigginton, and with one man out, Rollins hits a two-run double, knocking in Frandsen and Kratz, and sending Wigginton up to third base. The Phils then tried to retake the lead as Juan Pierre attempted a suicide squeeze bunt up the first base line, which is quickly scooped up by pitcher Sean Marshall, who then threw home to force out Wigginton for a fielder’s choice out, 1-2, as catcher Hanigan applied the tag, for the inning’s second out, as Rollins moved up to third base, and Pierre was safe at first. The Red retook the lead in the eighth as, with two men out, Frazier hits a solo home run, his eighteenth home run of the season, giving the Reds a 4-3 lead. The Phils retied the game at four-all in their half of the eighth as, with one man on, and with two men out, Frandsen hits an RBI triple, knocking in Dom Brown, who had just singled. The Reds regain the lead in the ninth as Cozart hits a lead-off home run, his fourteenth home run of the season, giving the Reds a 5-4 lead. That would end up being the final score as Aroldis Chapman collected his thirtieth save of the year as he threw a scoreless ninth, striking out Utley, swinging, for the game’s final out, with the tying run on third base.

Cliff Lee received a no-decision as he pitched six and two-thirds innings, giving up three runs, only two of which were earned, on nine hits and a walk, while striking out nine. B.J. Rosenberg pitched a third of an inning, striking out a batter. Antonio Bastardo pitched an inning, giving up a run on a hit and a walk, while striking out two. Jonathan Papelbon (3-5, 2.86) took the lost as he pitched an inning, giving up a run on a hit, while striking out one. Homer Bailey also received a no-decision as he went six and a third innings, giving up three runs, two of which were earned, on seven hits, while he struck out six. Sean Marshall blew his fourth save attempt of the year as he pitched two-thirds of an inning, giving up a hit and a walk. Jonathan Broxton blew his sixth save attempt of the season before getting the win (3-3, 3.02) as he pitched an inning, giving up a run on two hits and a walk. Aroldis Chapman received his thirtieth save of the year as he pitched a scoreless inning, giving up a hit, while striking out two.

The Phils had eleven hits in the game, with Kevin Frandsen (2 Singles, Triple, RBI) leading the team with three hits, followed by Jimmy Rollins (Single, Double, 2 RBIs) and Chase Utley (Singles) with two hits apiece. Ryan Howard (Single, RBI), Dom Brown (Single), Erik Kratz (Double) and pinch hitter Placido Polanco (Single) had the other four Phils’ hits. The Phils also had two walks and two stolen bases (Rollins (21 & 22)) in the game.

The Phils (57-66, T-3rd East) continue their series with the Reds (75-49, 1st 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 Vance Worley (6-8, 4.11), who is coming off a lost to the Brewers on August 17, as he pitched just four and two-thirds innings, giving up four runs on seven hits and three walks, while striking out three, in the Phils’ 6-2 lost. Worley will be trying to get back to his winning form. The Reds will counter with Bronson Arroyo (9-7. 3.96), who will be coming off a win against the Cubs on August 17, as he went six and a third innings, giving up three runs on nine hits and three walks, while striking out three, in the Reds’ 7-3 win. He will be gunning for his tenth win of the season. The Phils will be trying to win their fourth game in five days.

Vance Worley has yet another bad outing as the Phils lose to the Brewers, 6-2.

Vance Worley has another bad start as the Phils lose once again to the Brew Crew, 6-2.

The Phils took the lead in the fourth as, with a runner on second, and with nobody out, Ryan Howard hits an RBI double, knocking in Chase Utley, who had started the inning off with a ground-rule double, giving the Phils a 1-0 lead. The Brewers took the lead in their half of the fourth as, with two men on, and with two men out, Nyjer Morgan hits a two-run triple, knocking in Corey Hart, who had earlier singled, then moved up to second base on Martin Maldonado’s walk, and Maldonado, who had just walked, giving the Brewers a 2-1 lead. The Brewers then took a 4-1 lead as, now with two men on, after Jean Segura is intentionally walked, and then stole second base, and with still two men out, Yovani Gallardo helps his own cause with a two-run single, scoring both Morgan and Segura. The Brewers increased their lead in the sixth as, with one man on, and with two men out, Ryan Braun hits a two-run home run, his thirty-second home run of the season, and his third home run in two games, knocking in Norichika Aoki, who had earlier walked, giving the Brewers a 6-1 lead. The Phils got a run back in the ninth as, with a man on second, and with two men out, Kevin Frandsen hits an RBI single, knocking in Lanyce Nix, who had just doubled, making it a 6-2 Brewers’ lead. But that would be the final score as Livan Hernandez got Brian Schneider to end the game by flying out to center field for the game’s final out.

Vance Worley (6-8, 4.11) took the lost as he lasted only four and two-thirds innings, giving up four runs on seven hits and three walks, striking out three. B.J Rosenberg pitched an inning and a third, giving up two runs on a hit and a walk, while striking out two. Raul Valdes and Jeremy Horst threw two scoreless innings, giving up two hits (one hit apiece) and a walk (Horst), while striking out two batters (one strikeout apiece). Yovani Gallardo (12-8, 3.67) got the win as he pitched seven innings, giving up a run on four hits and two walks, while striking out nine. Francisco Rodriguez pitched a 1-2-3 inning. Livan Hernandez pitched an inning, giving up a run on two hits.

The Phils had six hits in the game, a double by Chase Utley, an RBI double by Ryan Howard, a single by Dom Brown, a double by Laynce Nix, an RBI single by Kevin Frandsen and a single by Brian Schneider, as the offense was once again kept in check for most of the game. The Phils also had two walks in the game.

The Phils (54-65, 4th East) will continue their four-game series with the Brewers (54-64, 4th Central) with a game tonight. The game will be played at Miller Park and is to start at 7:10 pm EDT (6:10 pm CDT). The Phils will sent to the mound Cole Hamels (13-6, 2.91) as he is coming off his second straight complete game shutout, this one against the Marlins on August 13, as he gave up just seven hits and a walk, while striking out five, in the Phils’ 4-0 win. He’ll be out to win his third straight start. The Brewers will counter with Mike Fiers (6-5, 2.63), who is coming off a lost against the Rockies on August 13, as he went just two plus innings, giving up eight runs on nine hits, while striking out only one, in the Brewers’ 9-6 lost. He will be trying to recover from his last start. The Phils will be trying to give some help to Hamels.

Home runs once again hurt the Phils as they lose the series opener to the Brew Crew, 7-4.

The Phils’ bullpen allows another game to get away in the eighth inning, via a grand slam home run, as the Phils lose to the Brew Crew, 7-4.

The Brewers took the lead in the first as, with two men out, Ryan Braun hits a solo home run, his thirtieth home run of the season, giving the Brewers a 1-0 lead. The Brewers then made it a 2-0 lead as Aramis Ramirez followed with a solo home run of his own, his sixteenth home run of the year. The Phils got a run back in the third as, with runners on the corners, and with one man out, Jimmy Rollins, who had started the inning off with a double, then stole first second base, and then third base, would score on Ryan Howard’s grounder to second baseman Rickie Weeks, who threw to second base in an attempt to start a double play, except that shortstop Jean Segura would make a missed catch error on the force attempt, allowing Chase Utley, who had earlier walked, to be safe at second base, while Howard would reach first base, making it a 2-1 Brewers’ lead. The Brewers added to their lead in the fourth as Braun hits a lead-off home run, his thirty-first home run of the season, and his second of the ballgame, giving the Brewers a 3-1 lead. The Phils took the lead in the fifth as, with the bases loaded, via a single by Howard, a walk by Dom Brown, moving Howard up to second base, and a single by Laynce Nix, moving Howard to third base, and Brown to second base, and with two men out, Kevin Frandsen hits a bases clearing double, scoring Howard, Brown and Nix, giving the Phils a 4-3 lead. The Brewers retook the lead in the eighth as, with the bases loaded, via Weeks reaching first base on Frandsen’s throwing error, an intentional walk to Braun, moving Weeks up to second base and a walk to Aramis, moving up both runners, and with two men out, Corey Hart hits a grand slam home run, his twenty-third home run of the year, scoring Weeks, Braun and Aramis, giving the Brew Crew a 7-4 lead. That would end up being the final score as Jim Henderson picked up his third save of the year as he got Erik Kratz to hit into a 5-3 ground out with the bases loaded, ending the game.

Cliff Lee got a no-decision as he pitched seven and two-thirds innings, giving up four runs, only three of which were earned, on five hits, while striking out twelve. Josh Lindblom blew his third save attempt of the season, before taking the lost (2-3, 3.76) as he pitched a third of an inning, giving up three runs on a hit and two walks. Marco Estrada also received a no-decision as he pitched five innings, giving up four runs on eight hits and three walks, while striking out a batter. Jose Veras pitched two scoreless innings, giving up a hit and two walks, while striking out four. Livan Hernandez (4-1, 5.06) got the win as he pitched a 1-2-3 inning, striking out two. Manny Parra received his sixth hold of the season as he pitched a third of an inning, giving up two hits, while striking out a batter. Jim Henderson collected his third save of the season as he pitched two-thirds of an inning, giving up a hit, while striking out a batter.

The Phils had twelve hits in the game, with Ryan Howard (Singles, RBI) and Kevin Frandsen (2 Singles, Double, 3 RBIs) both leading the team with three hits apiece, followed by Juan Pierre (Singles) with two hits. Jimmy Rollins, Dom Brown, Laynce Nix and Cliff Lee had the other four Phils’ hits, all singles. The Phils also had five walks and three stolen bases (Rollins (2, 19 and 20) and Pierre (29)) in the game, as they left too many men on base.

The Phils (54-64, 4th East) will continue their series with the Brewers (53-64, 4th Central) with a night game tonight. The game will be played at Miller Park and is to start at 8:10 pm EDT (7:10 CDT). The Phils will send to the mound Vance Worley (6-7, 3.97), who is coming off a no-decision against the Cardinals on August 12, as he went five and a third innings, giving up four runs on nine hits and two walks, while striking out four, in the Phils’ 8-7 extra-innings win. He will be trying to improve on his last start. The Brewers will counter with Yovani Gallardo (11-8, 3.78), who is coming off a win against the Astros on August 12, as he threw seven and two-thirds innings, giving up three runs on nine hits and a walk, while striking out eight, in the Brewers’ 5-3 win. He will be trying to trying to give the Phils’ some fits. The Phils will be trying to even up the series.

The Phils defeat the World Champs in extra-innings as they defeat the Cards, 8-7.

The Phils win a wild one with the Cards as they win in extra-innings, 8-7.

The Cards took the lead in the first as, with a man on first, and with nobody out, Matt Carpenter hits an RBI double, knocking in Jon Jay, who had started the ballgame off with a walk, giving the Cards a 1-0 lead. The Phils took the lead in their half of the first as, with two men on, and with nobody out, Chase Utley hits a two-run RBI triple, just beating Cards’ third baseman Carpenter’s tag, as he knocked in Juan Pierre, who had started the Phils’ half inning off being hit by the pitch, then moved up to second base on Kevin Frandsen’s bunt single, and Frandsen, who had just reached base on a bunt single, giving the Phils a 2-1 lead. The Phils then took a 3-1 lead as Ryan Howard hits an RBI single, that got past Cards’ second baseman Daniel Descalso. The Cards cut the Phils’ lead down to 3-2 in the third as, with a runner on first, and with two men out, Carlos Beltran hits an RBI double, knocking in Matt Holliday, who had earlier reached base as he hit into a 5-4 force out, as Carpenter, who had earlier singled, is wiped out at second base for the inning’s second out. The Cards then tied the game up at three-all in the fourth as, with a man on second, and with one man out, Rafael Furcal, who had started the inning off with a single, then stopped at second base on Lance Lynn’s sacrifice bunt, 1-4, would stop at third base on Jay’s single to left, as Pierre’s throw towards the plate goes past the cut off man, allowing Jay to try to reach second base, drawing the throw from Phils’ catcher Erik Kratz, who commits a throwing error, as the ball goes past Utley, allowing Jay to reach second base, while Furcal scores, before Jay would head on to third base. The Cards then took a 4-3 lead as Carpenter hits an RBI single, scoring Jay. The Phils tied the game up at four-all in their half of the fourth as Howard hits a lead-off home run, his seventh home run of the season. The Cards retook the lead in the eighth as, with two men on, and with one man out, Jay hits a two-run double, knocking in Tony Cruz, who had earlier singled, then moved up to second base on Frucal’s sacrifice bunt, 5-4, and pinch hitter David Freese, who had just walked, giving the Cards a 6-4 lead, before moving up to third base on the late throw to the plate. The Cards then made it a 7-4 lead as Carpenter hits an RBI single, scoring Jay. The Phils then retied the game at seven-all in their half of the seventh as, with two men on, and with two men out, Kratz’s hits a three-run home run, his fifth home run of the season, knocking in Utley, who had started the inning off with a walk, then moved up to second base on Howard’s walk, and pinch runner Nate Schierholtz, who was pinch running for Howard, who had earlier walked. The Phils then won the game in the bottom of the eleventh inning as, with a runner on third, and with two men out, Pierre would hit a grounder to Cards’ shortstop Furcal, who would slip while making the throw to first base, allowing Pierre to beat the throw for an infield single, as Jimmy Rollins, who had been safe at first on a fielder’s choice force out, as Kratz, who had started the inning off with a double, committed a base running blunder by trying to go to third on the grounder, 6-5, then moved up to second base on pinch hitter Brian Schneider’s ground out, 3-unassisted, then stole third base, crossed the plate with the winning run, giving the Phils an 8-7 extra-innings, walk-off win.

Vance Worley received a no-decision as he pitched five and one-third innings, giving up four runs on nine hits and two walks, while striking out four. Raul Valdes pitched two-thirds of an inning, getting out both men that he would face, striking out one. Josh Lindblom pitched a scoreless inning, walking a batter, while striking out one. Michael Schwimer pitched an inning, giving up three runs on three hits and a walk. Jonathan Papelbon pitched a 1-2-3 inning. Jeremy Horst (1-0, 1.13) got the win, his first major league win, as he pitched two scoreless innings, giving up two hits, as he struck out three. Lance Lynn also received a no-decision as he pitched five innings, giving up four runs on four hits, two walks and a hit batter, while striking out two. Fernando Salas and Edward Mujica combined for two scoreless innings, giving up a walk (Salas) between them, while striking out two batters (one batter each). Marc Rzepczynski pitched to two batters, walking both of them. Mitchell Boggs committed his third blown save of the season as he pitched two innings, giving up three runs on a hit, while striking out a batter. Barret Browning (0-2, 4.24) took the lost, his second in three days, as he pitched an inning and two-thirds, giving up a run on two hits and a walk.

The Phils had seven hits in the game, with Ryan Howard (Single, Home Run, 2 RBIs) and Erik Kratz (Double, Home Run, 3 RBIs) both leading the team with two hits apiece. Juan Pierre (Single, RBI), Kevin Frandsen (Single) and Chase Utley (Triple, RBI) had the other three Phils’ hits. The Phils also had six walks, a hit batter (Pierre) and a stolen base (Jimmy Rollins (18)) in the game.

The Phils (52-62, 4th) will start a three-game series with the Marlins (52-63, 5th), starting with a game tonight. The game will be played at Marlins Park, and is to start at 7:10 pm EDT. The Phils will send to the mound Cole Hamels (12-6, 3.08), who is coming off a complete game shutout of the Braves on August 7, as he gave up only five hits, while striking out six, in the Phils’ 3-0 win. He will be trying to help the Phils put some distance between them and the Marlins. The Marlins will counter with Nathan Eovaldi (3-7, 4.33), who is coming off a win against the Mets on August 8, as he went five innings, giving up four hits and six walks, while striking out two, in the Marlins’ 13-0 rout. He will be trying to put the Marlins back into fourth place. The Phils will be trying to put some distance in the standings between them and the fish.

The Phils are still unable to defeat the Braves, as they lose to Atlanta, 6-1.

The Phils still can’t find ways to beat the Braves, as they once again fall to Atlanta, 6-1.

The Braves took the lead in the third as, with two men on, and with two men out, Freddie Freeman hits a two-run double, knocking in Michael Bourn, who had earlier walked, then stopped at second base on Martin Prado’s single, and Prado, who had just singled, giving the Braves a 2-0 lead, before stopping at third on the throw to the plate. The Braves then took a 3-0 lead as Freeman scored on Vance Worley’s wild pitch. The Braves added to their lead in the fourth as, with a man on third, and with one man out, Bourn hits an RBI single, scoring Paul Janish, who had started the inning off with a double, then moved up to third base on Ben Sheets’ sacrifice bunt, giving the Braves a 4-0 lead. The Phils got a run back in their half of the fourth as John Mayberry, Jr. hits a lead-off home run, his ninth home run of the season, cutting the Braves’ lead down to 4-1. The Braves got the run back in the seventh as, with a man on first, and with one man out, Brian McCann hits an RBI single on a ball that right fielder Nate Schierholtz was unable to catch as he dived for it, allowing Jason Heyward, who had earlier singled, to score, giving the Braves a 5-1 lead. The Braves added to their lead in the ninth as, with one man out, Heyward hits a solo home run, his eighteenth home run of the season, giving the Braves a 6-1 lead. That would be the final score as Cristhian Martinez pitched a 1-2-3 ninth.

Vance Worley (6-7, 3.83) took the lost as he went only three and two-thirds innings, giving up four runs on six hits, three walks and a wild pitch, while striking out two. Raul Valdes pitched an inning and a third, striking out three. B.J. Rosenberg pitched an inning and a third, giving up a hit, while striking out a batter. Jeremy Horst pitched two-thirds of an inning, giving up a run on three hits. Michael Schwimer pitched two innings, giving up a run on a hit, while striking out two. Ben Sheets (4-1, 1.41) got the win as he pitched seven and a third innings, giving up a run on seven hits and a walk. Eric O’Flaherty pitched two-thirds of an inning, getting out both men whom he would face. Cristhian Martinez threw a 1-2-3 inning.

The Phils had only seven hits in the game, with Kevin Frandsen leading the team with two hits, both singles. Jimmy Rollins (Single), Dom Brown (Single), Chase Utley (Double), John Mayberry, Jr. (Home Run, RBI) and Nate Schierholtz (Double) had the other five Phils’ hits, as the offense was kept in check by Braves’ pitching. The Phils also had a walk in the game.

The Phils (49-60, T-4th) will continue their series with the Braves (63-46, 2nd) 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 Cole Hamels (11-6, 3.34), who is coming off a lost against the Nats on August 2, as he pitched seven inning, giving up three runs on eight hits and a walk, while striking out nine, in the Phils’ 3-0 lost. He will be once again trying to win his first start since signing his new contract. The Braves will counter with Mike Minor (6-7, 5.01), as he is coming off a no-decision against the Marlins on August 2, as he went only three and two-thirds innings, giving up no runs on two hits and two walks, while striking out one, in the Braves’ 6-1 win. He will be trying to help continue the Braves current winning streak against the Phils. The Phils will be trying to give Hamels his first win since signing his contract extension.

The Phils take the series as they defeat the D-backs on Saturday and Sunday by the scores of 3-0 and 5-4.

The Phils take the weekend series from Arizona by defeating the D-backs by the scores of 3-0 and 5-4.

On Saturday, the Phils took the lead in the third as Erik Kratz hits a solo home run, his fourth home run of the season, giving the Phils a 1-0 lead. The Phils then increased their lead in the fourth as, with the bases loaded, via a single by Ryan Howard, a double by John Mayberry, Jr., with Howard stopping at third base, and a walk to Dom Brown, and with two men out, Kratz forced in a run as he took a walk, bringing home Howard, giving the Phils a 2-0 lead, while moving up a base both Mayberry and Brown. The Phils added an insurance run in the eighth as, with runners on the corners, and with two men out, Brown hits an RBI single, knocking in Kevin Frandsen, who had started the inning off with a single, moved up to second base on Mike Zagurski’s wild pitch, then went to third base on Howard’s single, giving the Phils a 3-0 lead, while sending Howard, who had just singled, up to second base. That would end up being the final score as Jonathan Papelbon recorded his twenty-fourth save of the year as he threw a scoreless ninth.

Roy Halladay (5-6, 4.02) got the win as he threw seven scoreless innings, giving up just three hits and a walk, while striking out five. Josh Lindblom collected his seventeenth hold of the season as he threw a scoreless inning, giving up a walk, while striking out two. Jonathan Papelbon collected his twenty-fourth save of the year by throwing a scoreless ninth, giving up a hit, while striking out two. Joe Saunders (5-8, 3.57) took the lost as he pitched six and a third innings, giving up two runs on six hits and two walks, while striking out three. Brad Ziegler pitched two-thirds of an inning, getting out both men whom he would face. Mike Zagurski pitched a third of an inning, giving up a run on two hits and a wild pitch, while striking out a batter. Matt Albers pitched two-thirds of an inning, giving up a hit, while striking out a batter.

The Phils had nine hits in the game, with Ryan Howard leading the ballclub with two hits, both singles. Kevin Frandsen (Single), Chase Utley (Single), John Mayberry, Jr. (Double), Dom Brown (Single, RBI), Erik Kratz (Single, 2 RBIs) Nate Schierholtz (Single) and pinch hitter Ty Wigginton (Single), had the other seven Phils’ hits. The Phils also had two walks in the game.

In Sunday’s game, the D-backs took the lead in the second as, with a man on first, and with nobody out, Chris Johnson hits a two-run home run, his eleventh home run of the season, knocking in Justin Upton, who had started the inning off with a single, giving the D-backs a 2-0 lead. The D-backs then took a 3-0 lead as Stephen Drew followed with a solo home run, his first home run of the year. The Phils got a run back in their half of the first as, with runners on second and third, and with one man out, John Mayberry, Jr., who had earlier walked, then stopped at third base on Dom Brown’s double, would score on Trevor Cahill’s wild pitch, cutting the D-backs’ lead down to 3-1, while Brown would move up to third. The Phils then made it a 3-2 lead as Erik Kratz hits an RBI double, knocking in Brown. The Phils would tie the game up at three-all in the fifth as, with one man out, Chase Utley hits a solo home run, his seventh home run of the season. The D-backs retook the lead in the sixth as Paul Goldschmidt hits a solo home run, his sixteenth home run of the season, giving the D-backs a 4-3 lead. The Phils would retie the game at four-all in the eighth as, with a man on second, and with two men out, Brown hits a line drive towards the mound that would bounce off of David Hernandez, and then heads towards the first base line, which Dom would then beat out for an infield single, as Hernandez’s throw to first would hit Brown’s left hand. As this was going on, Mayberry, who had earlier singled, then moved up to second base on a wild pitch by Hernandez, would move up to third base on the play, slowing down as he touched the bag, before running home to score on Hernandez’s throwing error, beating catcher Henry Blanco’s tag. The Phils then won the game in the bottom of the ninth as, with the bases loaded, via a single by pinch hitter Juan Pierre, who moved up to second base on Nate Schierholtz’s sacrifice bunt, 5-3, a single by pinch hitter Laynce Nix, which sent Pierre to third base, an intentional walk to Utley, moving Nix up to second base, and with one man out, Ryan Howard hits an RBI single to right, knocking in Pierre, giving the Phils a 5-4 walk-off win.

Cliff Lee received a no-decision as he went eight innings, giving up four runs on eight hits, while he struck out five. Jonathan Papelbon (3-4, 3.00) got the win as he pitched an inning, giving up a hit and a walk. Trevor Cahill also received a no-decision as he pitched seven innings, giving up three runs on six hits, two walks and a wild pitch, while striking out six. David Hernandez committed his fifth blown save of the year as he pitched two-thirds of an inning, giving up a run on three hits and a wild pitch, while striking out one. Takashi Saito pitched a third of an inning, getting out the only man whom he would face. Josh Collmentor (3-3, 4.23) took the lost as he pitched a third of an inning, giving up a run on three hits and a walk.

The Phils had twelve hits in the game, with Chase Utley (Single, Home Run, RBI), Dom Brown (Single, Double) and Erik Kratz (Single, Double, RBI) all leading the team with two hits apiece. Kevin Frandsen, Ryan Howard (RBI), John Mayberry, Jr, Cliff Lee, pinch hitter Juan Pierre and pinch hitter Laynce Nix had the other six Phils’ hits, all singles. The other two Phils’ runs came in on a wild pitch and an error. The Phils also had three walks in the game.

The Phils (49-59, 4th) will start a three-game series with the Braves (62-46, 2nd), 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 (6-6, 3.63), who is coming off a win against the Nats on August 1, as he pitched seven innings, giving up two unearned runs on six hits and a walk, in the Phils’ 3-2 win. He will be trying to start off the series with the Braves with a win. The Braves will counter with Ben Sheets (3-1, 1.46) who is coming off a lost against the Marlins on August 1, as he went six and two-thirds innings, giving up three runs on eleven hits and a walk, while striking out eight, in the Braves’ 4-2 lost. He will be trying to improve his record. The Phils will be trying to continue their present winning ways at the Bank.

Three solo home runs help power the new look Phils into a two-game winning streak against the first-place Nats, defeating Washington, 3-2.

Three solo home run, including a pair from Jimmy Rollins, for his second and third home runs in two straight days, help push the Phils past the first-place Nats, 3-2.

The Nats took the lead in the first as, with the bases loaded, via a single by Bryce Harper, a walk to Chad Tracy, sending Harper to second base, and a fielding error by third baseman Kevin Frandsen on a Michael Morse grounder to third, allowing both runners to move up a base, and Morse to safely reach first base, and with one man out, Adam LaRoche hits an RBI single, knocking in Harper, giving the Nats a 1-0 lead, while moving up a base both Tracy and Morse, leaving the bases loaded. The Nats then took a 2-0 lead as Danny Espinosa hits into a 4-6 force out, for the inning’s second out, as LaRoche is wiped out at second base, while Tracy scores, and Morse moves up to third base.  The Nats then tried to increase their lead in the second as, with a man on second base, and with two men out, Edwin Jackson, who had earlier singled, then moved up to second base on Steve Lombardozzi’s ground out, 5-3, tried to score on Harper’s single to left, but is gun down on a strong, one-hop throw by left fielder Dom Brown, as catcher Erik Kratz blocked the plate before applying the tag for the inning’s final out, keeping it a 2-0 Nats’ lead. The Phils then made it a 2-1 Nats’ lead in the third as, with two men out, Jimmy Rollins hits a solo home run, his eleventh home run of the season, and his second home run in as many games. The Phils tied the game up at two-all in the fifth as Rollins strikes again, as he hits a lead-off home run, his twelfth home-run of the year and his third home run in two days. The Phils then took the lead one batter later as Nate Schierholtz followed with a solo home run of his own, his sixth home run of the season, and his first as a Phil, giving the Phils a 3-2 lead. That would be the final score, as the pitching staff held off the Nats, until Jonathan Papaelbon recorded his twenty-third save of the season by pitching a 1-2-3 ninth.

Vance Worley (6-6, 3.63) got the win as he pitched seven strong innings, giving up two unearned runs on six hits and a walk. Antonio Bastardo received his eighteenth hold of the season as he pitched a third of an inning, getting out the only batter that he would face. Josh Lindblom recorded his sixteenth hold of the year, his first as a Phil, as he also threw a third of an inning, giving up a hit, while striking out a batter. Jeremy Horst recorded his first hold of the season as he went a third of an inning, getting out the only man that he would face. Jonathan Papelbon collected his twenty-third save of the season as he threw a 1-2-3 inning, striking out a batter. Edwin Jackson (6-7, 3.57) took the lost as he went five and two-thirds innings, giving up three runs on eight hits and four walks, while striking out six. Michael Gonzalez pitched one and one-third scoreless innings, striking out three. Ryan Mattheus and Sean Burnett combined for two scoreless innings, giving up a hit (Burnett) between them, while striking out two (one batter each), as the Phils’ pitching staff combined for two straight good games since the trade deadline.

The Phils had nine hits in the game, with Jimmy Rollins (Home Runs, 2 RBIs), Nate Schierholtz (Single, Home Run, RBI) and Chase Utley (Single, Double) all leading the team with two hits each. John Mayberry, Jr., Erik Kratz and pinch hitter Ty Wigginton had the other three Phils’ hits, all singles, while the offense was unable to pick up the first three batters, who had gone six for thirteen, with two walks, after they had gotten on base.

The Phils (47-57, 5th) will conclude their series with the Nats (61-42, 1st) with a night game tonight. The game will be played at Nationals Park and is to start at 7:05 pm EDT. The Phils will send to the mound Cole Hamels (11-5, 3.31) who is coming off a lost against the Braves on July 27, as he got tagged for five runs, three of which were earned, on four hits and six walks, as he struck out seven, in the Phils’ 6-1 lost. He will be out to redeem himself after such a bad performance, and lead the Phils to a sweep of the Nats. The Nats will counter with Ross Detwiler (5-4, 3.24), who is coming off a lost to the Brewers on July 27, as he went just four and two-thirds innings, giving up four runs on seven hits and a walk, while striking out five, in the Nats’ 6-0 lost. He will be trying to keep the Nats from being swept. The Phils will be out to sweep the first-place Nats.

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