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An Unassisted Triple Play ends a crazy game as the Phils hang on to defeat the Mets, 9-7.

A crazy game ended in dramatic fashion as Jeff Francoeur hits into an unassisted triple play, the first time it have ever happened in a National League ballgame and for the second time in Major League history, as the Phils hung on to defeat the Mets, 9-7. The Phils’ lead in the NL East still remains at six-and-a-half games going into this afternoon’s game, as the Braves defeated the Marlins.

The Phils took an early lead in the first as, with two men on, and with nobody out, Jayson Werth hits a three-run bomb into left field, his twenty-ninth home run of the season, knocking in Jimmy Rollins, who had earlier doubled, and Shane Victorino, who had just walked, to give the Phils a 3-0 lead. The Phils then increased their lead to 6-0 as, with two men on, and now with two men out, Carlos Ruiz hits a three-run bomb of his own, also into left field, his eighth home run of the year, knocking in Pedro Feliz, who had earlier walked, and had gone to second base on Eric Bruntlett’s single, and Bruntlett, who was playing second base as Chase Utley was given the day off, who had earlier singled. Then, after Mets’ starter Oliver Perez had thrown three straight balls to Phils’ starter Pedro Martinez, Mets’ manager Jerry Manuel had seen enough of ‘Bad’ Perez, and replaced him with Nelson Figueroa, who then struck out Martinez on three pitches to end the inning. The Mets then came back as their lead-off man, Angel Pagan hits an inside-the-park home run, his fourth home run of the year, on a ball that got stuck under the rail in left-center field, which the umpires did not call a ground-rule double because of the stadium’s rule on those kinds of hit balls, cutting the Phils’ lead down to 6-1. Three batters later, the Mets made it 6-2 Phils as, with a man on base, and with one out, Jeff Francoeur hits an RBI triple, knocking in Daniel Murphy, who was earlier safe on a force out, 6-4. The Phils then increased their lead in the third as, with the bases loaded, via a walk to Raul Ibanez, a single to Feliz, sending Ibanez up to second base, and a single to Bruntlett, sending Ibanez over to third, and Feliz to second, with only one man out, as Martinez hits an RBI single, knocking in Ibanez, and making it a 7-2 Phils’ lead, while sending Feliz on to third, and Bruntlett over to second. Rollins would then make it 8-2 Phils as he hits a sacrifice fly, scoring Feliz from third. The Mets got a run back in their half of the third as Pagan hits a lead-off home run, his fifth home run of the season, as he cut the Phils’ lead down to 8-3. Three batters later, with runners on second and third, and with one man out, Cory Sullivan hits an RBI ground out, 6-3, scoring Luis Castillo, who had earlier singled, and then went to third on Murphy’s double, making it 8-4 Phils. That would remain the score until the seventh, as Martinez finally settled down in the middle innings. In the seventh, the Mets made it 8-5 as, with a runner on base, and with two men out, Murphy hits an RBI single, knocking in Castillo, who had earlier walked, and then stole second. In the eighth, the Phils got that run back as, with a runner on third, and with two men out, Matt Stairs, who had earlier reached base on a pinch walk, move up to second on a wild pitch, and then went to third on Rollins’ ground out, 3-unassisted, scored on a second wild pitch, making it 9-5 Phils. The Mets would get that run back in their half of the eighth as, with a runner on base, and with two men out, Anderson Hernandez hits an RBI double, knocking in Sullivan, who had earlier singled, and then stole second, making it a 9-6 Phils’ lead. Then, in the ninth, things got even wierder. In the top of the inning, with two men out, Bruntlett hits a fly ball to center field, that Francouer caught as he dived for it, possibly hurting his hand as he did so, but was originally declared a trapped ball, with Bruntlett ending up on third with a triple. But, after Francoeur informed the umpires that he had in fact caught the ball, which would later be backed up by instant replay of the catch, the umpires, after a conference, would reversed the call as the third base umpire, Tim Timmons, had a better view of the play. But, when one of the umpires went to explain their ruling to Phils’ manager Charlie Manuel, it would lead to Charlie being ejected for disputing the call. Then in the bottom of the ninth, with a runner on third, and with nobody out, Castillo reached base on a Bruntlett fielding error, which allowed Pagan, who had reached base earlier on a three-base error by Ryan Howard on a ball that Howard never touched, cutting the Phils’ lead down to 9-7. The next batter, Murphy, then reached base on an infield single, on a ball that Bruntlett was only able to stop behind second base, allowing Castillo to reach second. Then with Francouer batting, and with the count 2-2, J. Manuel sent both Castillo and Murphy running on the pitch. Francouer then hit a line drive up the middle, pass Phils’ closer Brad Lidge. Bruntlett, who had gone over to second to cover the bag on the back end of the double steal attempt, caught Francouer’s line drive for the first out of the inning, before his momentum caused him to tag second base, doubling up Castillo. Then he went after Murphy, soon tagging him for the third and final out, preserving the Phils’ win, and becoming the first National Leaguer to perform an unassisted triple play which ended a ballgame, and becoming the second major leaguer to do so since Johnny Nuen of the Tigers did it back on May 21, 1927 against the Indians.

Pedro Martinez won the game, going six innings, giving up four runs on seven hits and a walk, while he struck out five. His record is now 2-0 with an ERA of 5.14. Chad Durbin pitched an inning, giving up a run on one hit and a walk. Ryan Madson also gave up a run, on two hits. Brad Lidge recorded his twenty-fifth save of the season, as he gave up an unearned run on a hit. Oliver Perez took the lost, as he lasted only two-thirds of an inning, giving up six runs on four hits and two walks. His record is now 3-4 with a 6.82 ERA. Nelson Figuera pitched two and a third innings, giving up two runs on four hits and two walks, while striking out a batter. Pat Misch pitched four scoreless innings, giving up just a hit, as he struck out four. Sean Green pitched an inning, giving up a run on one hit, two walks and two wild pitches, while he struck out one. Elmer Dessens pitched a 1-2-3 inning.

The Phils had ten hits in the game, with, of all people, Eric Bruntlett, leading the way with thre hits, raising his low average to .154. Next was Jayson Werth with two hits, with one of them being a three-run home run, raising his average to .271. Jimmy Rollins, Shane Victorino, Pedro Feliz, Carlos Ruiz and Pedro Martinez had the other five Phils’ hits, with Rollins’ hit being a double and Ruiz’s hit being a three-run home run. Besides the two three-run homers by Werth and Ruiz, Martinez knocked in a run, and Rollins plated a run with a sac fly. The offense took an early lead with a couple of three-run bombs, and then scored enough runs to hang on before Bruntlett’s unassisted triple play finally ended the game.

The Phils (71-50 1st) have just finished their four-games series with the Mets (57-68), with a 6-2 victory behind Cliff Lee, who is now 5-0 since coming from the American League. The Phils’ lead in the National League East is now at seven games as they head to Pittsburgh for a three-games series with the Pirates.

Phils are finally Happ-y after crushing the Blue Jay as J.A. Happ pitches both his first career shutout and complete game in a 10-0 win.

After a closed club-house meeting after Friday night’s embarrassing lost, the Philles would proceed to unload their Interleague Play frustrations on the Blue Jays with a 10-run outburst while Happ would pitch both his first career complete game and first career shutout as he threw less than 100 pitches in the process, as the Phillies crush the Blue Jays, 10-0.

The Phils took a quick 2-0 lead in the first as, with one man on, and nobody out, Jayson Werth hits a two-run home run, his fourteenth home run of the year, scoring Shane Victorino, who had earlier walked. Four batters later, with a runner on first, and two men out, Pedro Feliz hits a two-run home run of his own, his fourth home run of the year, knocking in Ryan Howard, who had earlier singled, making it a 4-0 Phils’ lead. The Phils would make it 5-0 in the fourth, as, with one man on, and two men out, Carlos Ruiz hits an RBI double, knocking in Chris Coste, who had earlier singled. The Phils then put the game away for good in the fifth, as, with two men on, and nobody out, Howard hits an RBI double, knocking in Werth, who had earlier doubled, giving the Phils a 6-0 lead, while sending Chase Utley, who had earlier walked, over to third. Three batters later, with the bases loaded, after John Mayberry, Jr., is hit by the pitch, sending Howard on to second, and now with one man out, Coste hits an RBI single, scoring Utley, making it a 7-0 Phils’ lead, while moving both Howard and Mayberry up a base. Eric Bruntlett then followed with a sacrifice fly to center for the inning’s second out, scoring Howard, giving the Phils a 9-0 lead. Ruiz would make it 10-0 Phils with an RBI single, scoring Mayberry from second, while sending Coste up to second base. The Phils would score their final run in the sixth, as Werth hits a lead-off home run, his fifteenth home run of the season, his second home run of the game and his eighth career home run against the Blue Jays, making it 10-0 Phils. The Phils threathen to score more runs in both the seventh and eighth innings, but would be turned away by the Blue Jays’ bullpen. Meanwhile, Phils’ starter J.A. Happ would have his way with the Blue Jays’ batters, throwing strikes, and staying out of trouble thanks to a pair of doubleplays, before mowing the Blue Jays’ down, 1-2-3, in the ninth, thus pitching both his first career shut out and first career complete game, and doing with less than 100 pitches.

J.A. Happ got the win as he pitched a complete game shut out, giving up just five hits, as he struck out four. His record is now 5-0 with a 3.00 ERA. Brad Mills took the lost, as he pitched only four innings, plus three batters, giving up eight runs on eight hits and two walks, while striking out seven. His record is now 0-1 with an ERA of 14.09. Shawn Camp pitched an inning in relief, giving up a run on two hits and a hit batter. B.J. Ryan then followed, also pitching an inning, as he also gave up a run on two hits. Brandon League, Dirk Hayhurst and Jesse Carlson then combined to keep the Phils off the scoreboard during the last three innings, giving up just two hits (League (1), Hayhurst (1)) and two walks (Hayhurst), while striking out two (Hayhurst (1), Carlson (1)).

The Phillies recorded fourteen hits in the games, with Jayson Werth leading the way with four of them, including a double and two home runs, as he knocked in three runs, while raising his batting average up to .269. Ryan Howard followed with three hits. Pedro Feliz, Chris Coste and Carlos Ruiz were next with two hits a piece, with Shane Victorino having the Phils’ other hit. Besides Werth’s three RBIs, Feliz and Ruiz would both knock in two runs, while Howard, Coste and Eric Bruntlett would each knock in a run, with Bruntlett’s being by sacrifice fly. The Phillies came out smoking yesterday, taking out their Interleague Play frustrations. Hopefully they will have something left for today’s ballgame.

The Phillies (38-34, 1st National League East) will play their final Interleague Play game with the Blue Jays (41-35, 3rd-T American League East). The game will be played at the Rogers Centre and will start at 1:07 pm Eastern. The Phils starter will be Jamie Moyer (5-6, 5.97), who is coming off a win against the Rays on June 23, when he went six innings, giving up a run on five hits and three walks, while striking out four, in the Phils’ 10-1 win. He will be trying to even his record, while giving the Phils a chance to win their second Interleague Play series on the road. He will be opposed by Brian Tallet (5-4, 4.36), who is coming off a win against the Reds on June 23, as he pitched six shut out innings, giving up just three hits and one walk, while striking out seven, in the Blue Jays’ 7-5 win. He will be trying for his sixth win of the season, while trying to help the Blue Jays win the series. The Phils will be trying to even things up on their road trip, before going to Atlanta to meet the Braves, while trying to increase their lead over the Mets.

The Phillies lose another interleague play game as Antonio Bastardo leaves the game with an injury, as they fall to the Rays, 10-4.

After an explosive start, the Phils watch the game slip out of their hands, and see another pitcher go down, as they lose to the Rays, 10-4, their first road series lost in a while.

The Phillies took a quick lead in the first as, with two men on, and one out, Ryan Howard hits a two-run double, scoring Greg Dobbs, who had earlier singled and had gone to second on Chase Utley’s single, and Utley, who had just singled, giving the Phils a 2-0 lead. Two batters later, with two men out, the Phils made it 3-0 as Matt Stairs followed with a double, knocking in Howard. It then became 4-0 Phils as Pedro Feliz hits an RBI single, scoring Stairs. The Rays would come back in their half of the first, as, with one man on and two outs, Carlos Pena hits an RBI double, knocking in Pat Burrell, who had earlier doubled, making it a 4-1 Phils’ lead. Ben Zobrist then made it a 4-3 Phils’ lead as he hits a two-run home run, his sixteenth home run of the season, scoring Pena. The Rays would tie the game up at four-all in the second, as Willy Aybar hits a lead-off home run, his sixth home run of the season. Four batters later, with runners on the corners, and one man out, the Rays took the lead as Carl Crawford hits an RBI double, scoring Gabe Kapler, who had earlier doubled and had gone to third on Dioner Navarro’s single, giving the Rays a 5-4 lead, while sending Navarro, who had just singled, over to third base. One batter later, Burrell would hit into an RBI ground out, 4-3, for the inning’s second out, scoring Navarro from third to make it 6-4 Rays, while sending Crawford on to third. In the fourth, the Rays tried to add to their lead, with two men on, Kapler and Crawford via walks, and two men out, as the Phillies took their starter Antonio Bastardo out of the game because of a strained left shoulder. The Phils replaced him with Chad Durbin, who then proceeded to end the threat by striking out Burrell. The Phils then threathen to score in the sixth, as they had runners on the corners, Stairs on third, after getting on base by being hit by the pitch, and then going to third on Feliz’s infield single and a throwing error by Rays’ shortstop Jason Bartlett, after originally being unable to handle the ball, with one man out, as Eric Bruntlett hits a fly ball to center field, which would’ve been deep enough to score Stairs, and make it a 6-5 Rays’  lead. But, in a baserunning blunder, Feliz had run up to second base, and was thus doubled up when Rays’ centerfielder B.J. Upton’s throw beat him back to first, 8-3, before Stairs could cross the plate, denying the Phils a run, and leaving the score at 6-4 Rays. The Rays then proceeded to bust the game open in their half of the sixth as, with the bases loaded via a Crawford double, later going to third on a Durbin wild pitch, and then walks to both Burrell and Zobrist, and two men out, Bartlett hits an RBI single, scoring Crawford, making it 7-4 Rays, while both Burrell and Zobrist moved up a base, leaving them loaded. Aybar then followed with a two-run single, scoring both Burrell and Zobrist, giving the Rays a 9-4 lead, and sending Bartlett to third, before Aybar is thrown out trying to go to second, 8-4, ending the inning. The Rays made it 10-4 in the seventh as, with runners on the corners and one man out, Crawford hits into a RBI force out, scoring Upton, who had earlier tripled, as Gabe Gross, who had earlier walked, was thrown out at second, 4-6, for the inning’s second out. That would end up being the final score, as the Phils’ offensive would be unable to mount any attack during the last two innings.

Antonio Bastardo took the lost, pitching only three and two-thirds innings because of an injury to his left shoulder, as he gave up six runs on seven hits and three walks, while striking out two. His record is now 2-3 with an ERA of 6.75. Chad Durbin pitched two innings of relief, giving up three runs on three hits and three walks, while striking out three. Tyler Walker pitched a third of an inning, giving up two hits. Jack Taschner pitched an inning, giving up a run on two hits and a walk, while striking out one. Ryan Madson also pitched an inning, giving up a hit and a walk, while striking out one. Andy Sonnanstine got the win, as he pitched five and one third innings, giving up four runs on six hits and a walk, and striking out seven. His record is now 6-7 with a 6.61 ERA. Grant Balfour pitched one and two-thirds innings, recording his ten hold of the year, as he give up a hit, while he struck out two. Randy Choate pitched an inning, striking out a batter. Dan Wheeler also pitched an inning, giving up a hit.

The Phils had eight hits in the game, with Greg Dobbs and Pedro Feliz both leading the team with two hits a piece. Chase Utley, Ryan Howard, Matt Stairs and John Mayberry, Jr. had the other four hits, as the Phils got shut down after such a promising start in the first inning. Howard knocked in two of the Phils’ runs, while Stairs and Feliz both knocked in a run.

The Phillies (37-33, 1st National League East) will conclude Interleague Play this weekend with a three-games series against the Blue Jays (40-34, 3rd American League East). The game will start at 7:07 pm Eastern time, and will be played in Rogers Centre in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. The Phils starter will be their ace Cole Hamels (4-3. 4.24), who is coming off a lost to the Orioles on June 21, as he went eight strong innings, giving up just two runs on nine hits, as he struck out ten, in the Phils’ 2-1 lost. In a previous start against the Blue Jays, on June 16, he pitched a no-decision, as he went six innings, also giving up just two runs, on seven hits and two walks, as he struck out two, in the Phils’ 8-3 lost. He will be trying for his fifth win of the year, while trying to start the series on a very positive note for the Phils. He will be opposed by Ricky Romero (4-3, 3.59), who is coming off a win against the Nationals on June 21, as he pitched seven strong innings, giving up only two runs on eight hits and three walks, while striking out six, in the Blue Jays’ 9-4 win. In a previous start against the Phils, also on June 16, he also received a no-decision as he pitched seven strong innings, giving up three runs on six hits and two walks, while striking out nine, in the Blue Jays’ 8-3 win. He will also be looking for his fifth win of the season, while trying to continue the Phils’ Interleague Play woes.

The Phils are unable to support Joe Blanton’s stellar performance before being blown away in the 8th inning, as they lose to the Rays, 7-1.

The Phils’ bat waste a good effort by Joe Blanton, before watching the Rays bust the game wide open in the eighth inning, losing 7-1. The lost means that the Phils have now participated in another losing season of Interleague Play. GGGRRRR!!!!!

The Rays took the lead in the second as, with one man on, and one man out, Pat Burrell hits a two-run home run, his second home run of the season, scoring Carlos Pena, who had earlier singled, making it 2-0 Rays. The game would then become a pitchers’ duel between Phils’ starter Joe Blanton, who would end up giving up only six hits and two walks, as he struck out ten Rays in seven plus innings of work, and Rays’ starter Matt Garza, who was one hitting the Phils, striking out six batters (seven overall) by the seventh inning. In the seventh, the Phils cut the Rays lead to 2-1 as, with one man out, Jayson Werth hits a solo home run, his thirteenth home run of the season. The Rays would then break the game wide open in the bottom of the eighth inning. With the bases loaded, and two men out, Burrell hits a ball to Phils’ shortstop Jimmy Rollins which should had ended the inning, if he had thrown it over to first for the sure out. Instead, he threw over to second base, where it was beaten out by Ben Zobrist, who had earlier walked, allowing Carl Crawford, who had earlier singled, moved on to second when Pena was hit by the pitch, and then moved over to third on Zobrist’s walk, to score, while Pena, who had been hit by the pitch, and had moved up to second on Zobrist’s walk, to move to third, as the Rays increaded their lead to 3-1, as the bases remained loaded. The Rays would then make it a 5-1 game as Jason Bartlett hits a two-run single, knocking in both Pena and Zobrist, while sending Burrell, who had been safe at first on the fielder’s choice ground ball, to third base, putting runners on the corners. Gabe Gross then followed with a two-run double, scoring both Burrell and Bartlett, making it a 7-1 Rays’ lead. That would be the final score as the Phils went down in the ninth.

Joe Blanton took the lost in spite of pitching a very good game, as he went seven innings plus one batter, giving up only two runs on six hits and two walks, while striking out ten. His record is now 4-4, with an ERA of 5.06. J.C. Romero pitched two-thirds of an inning, giving up three runs on one hit, a walk and a hit batter. Chan Ho Park pitched a third of an inning in relief, giving up a run on two hits. Matt Garza got the win as he pitched eight strong innings, giving up only a run on three hits, three walks and a hit batter, as he struck out seven. His record is now 5-5 with a 3.61 ERA. Randy Choate pitched a scoreless inning, giving up only a hit and a walk.

The Phils had only four hits in the game, with Jayson Werth leading the team with two hits, including a solo home run, accounting for the Phils only run, and one hit each by Matt Stairs and Greg Dobbs. The Phils’ batters were kept off-balanced for most of last night by Garza as they fail to support a good effort by Blanton,

The Phillies (37-32, 1st National League East) will conclude their interleague game series with the Rays (38-35, 4th American League East) tonight. The game will start at 7:08 pm Eastern and will be played at Tropicana Field. The Phils’ starter will be Rookie Antonio Bastardo (2-2, 5.21), who is coming off a lost against the Orioles on June 19, where he went seven innings, giving up four runs on five hits, as he struck out five, in the Phils’ 7-2 lost. He will be trying for his third win of the season, while trying to give the Phils the chance to win another road series. The Rays will counter with Andy Sonnanstine (5-7, 6.60), who is coming off a lost to the Mets on June 19, where he pitched six innings, giving up four runs on seven hits and two walks, while striking out five, in the Rays’ 5-3 lost. He will be trying to give the Rays a series win, while trying to improve his record. The Phillies will be trying for another road series win, only their second series win in Interleague Play.

The Phils continue their dominance on the road as they blast the Rays for an easy win, 10-1.

The Phils continue to show themselves to be the best road team in the major league after posting six quick runs in the first as they coast to an easy 10-1 victory over the 2008 American League Champions Rays. In the process, the Phils stopped a six games losing streak.

The Phils took an early lead in the first as, with two men on, and nobody out, Chase Utley hits a two-run double, scoring Jimmy Rollins, who had earlier reached base on a two-base throwing error by Rays’ third baseman Evan Langoria, and Shane Victorino, who had just walked, giving the Phils a 2-0 lead. It became 3-0 Phils as Ryan Howard hits an RBI double, scoring Utley. After Jayson Werth followed Howard with a single, sending him up to third base, putting runners on the corner, with still nobody out, and Pedro Feliz struck out swinging, for the Phils’ first out, John Mayberry made it 6-0 Phils with a three-run home run, his third home run of the season, scoring both Howard and Werth. The six-run outburst made things easier for Phils’ starter Jamie Moyer, who would proceed to have an easy game, giving up only five hits before finally being taken out of the game in the seventh. Before then, the Phils would add to their lead. In the top of the fourth, with two men on, and nobody out, Carlos Ruiz hits an RBI ground out, 6-3, for the Phils’ first out of the inning, while scoring Mayberry, who had reached first base on a missed catch error by Rays’ first baseman Carlos Pena, then moved up to second on Chris Coste’s single, before continuing on to third on Rays’ center field B.J. Upton’s fielding error, while Coste moved up to second, as the Phils increased their lead to 7-0. Two batters later, with Coste now on third with, two men out, thanks to a Rollins’ ground out, 4-3, Victorino would make it an 8-0 lead as he hits an RBI single, scoring Coste. Utley then gave the Phils a 10-0 lead as he hits a two-run home run, his sixteenth home run of the season, knocking in Victorino. The Rays would score a run in their half of the fourth as, with two men on, and two men out, Jason Bartlett hits an RBI single, knocking in Pena, who had earlier doubled, while sending Pat Burrell, who had earlier walked, over to second, making it a 10-1 Phils’ lead. But that would be all of the scoring that night, as the Rays’ bullpen stopped the Phils’ offense, while Tyler Walker and Sergio Escalona, recalled from the minors to take the place of Clay Condrey, who had been placed on the 15-day disabled list, took over for Moyer and threw three shut out innings at the Rays.

Jamie Moyer got the win as he pitched six strong innings, only giving up a run on five hits and three walks, while striking out four, recording career victory no. 251. His record is now 5-6 with an ERA of 5.97. Tyler Walker and Sergio Escalona combined for three shut out innings, giving up only three hits (Walker), while striking out one (Walker). David Price took the lost, as he got roughed up for all ten runs, only five of which were earned, on seven hits and two walks, while striking out only two, in four and a third innings of work. His record is now 1-2 with a 4.45 ERA. Winston Abreu and Lance Cormier then came in for four and two-thirds scoreless innings, giving up only three hits (Abreu (2), Cormier (1)) and a walk (Abreu), while striking out five batters between them (Abreu (3), Cormier (2)).

The Phils had ten hits in the game, with Chase Utley leading the way with three hits, including a double and a home run, knocking in four runs, as he raised his batting average to .303. He was followed by Shane Victorino, who had two hits, knocking in a run, as he raisied his average to .308. Ryan Howard, Jayson Werth, John Mayberry Jr., Chris Coste and Carlos Ruiz had the other five Phillies’ hits, with Mayberry’s hit being a three-run home run, and Howard’s hit a one-run double. Besides Utley’s four RBIs, Mayberry’s three, and Victorino and Howard’s one RBI each, Ruiz knocked in the other RBI, as the Phils’ bats finally knocked in some runs, as they took advantage of some sloppy fielding by the Rays.

The Phillies (37-31, 1st National League East) continue their three-games Interleague Play series with the Rays (37-35, 4th American League East). The game will be played at Tropicana Field, at 7:08 pm Eastern. The Phils will send to the mound Joe Blanton (4-3, 5.28), who is coming off his third straight no-decision, this one against the Blue Jays on June 18, as he pitched five and one-third innings, giving up four runs on nine hits and a walk, while he struck out two, in the Phils’ 8-7 lost. He will once again try for his fourth straight win and his fifth win of the season, while trying to eat up the innings to help give the bullpen a much needed rest. The Rays will counter with Matt Garza (4-5, 3.83), who is coming off a lost against the Rockies on June 18, as he pitched five innings, giving up four runs on five hits and two walks, as he struck out five, in the Blue Jays’ 4-3 lost. He will be trying to even up his record while hoping to avoid getting creamed by the Phils’ potent road warrior offense. The Phillies will be looking for another road win, while at the same time go back to increasing their lead over the Mets.

The Phils are swept at home as they lose a see-saw battle with the Blue Jays, 8-7.

The Phils are unable to avoid being swept at home as the tired bullpen is unable to stop the Blue Jays as the Phils lose a see-saw battle with Toronto, 8-7.

The Blue Jays took a quick 2-0 lead in the second as, with one man on, and two men outs, Raul Chavez hits a two-run home run, his second home run of the year, scoring Adam Lind, who had earlier singled. The Phils would get a run back in their half of the second, as Jayson Werth hits a lead-off home run, his twelfth home run of the year, cutting Toronto’s early lead down to 2-1. In the third, the Blue Jays would increase their lead, as, with one man on, and one man out, Vernon Wells hits an RBI double, scoring Marco Scutaro, who had earlier walked, and then stole second, to make it 3-1 Blue Jays. The Phils would make it 3-2 Blue Jays in their half of the second as with the bases loaded, and with one man out, Werth would hit a sacrifice fly, scoring Shane Victorino, who had reached first on a force out, 5-4, as Jimmy Rollins, who had earlier walked, was wiped out at second base, had moved to second on Chase Utley’s walk, and had then moved up to third on Ryan Howard’s single. The Phils took the lead in the fourth as, with a man on, and two men outs, Rollins hits a two-run home run, knocking in Phils’ starter Joe Blanton, who had earlier walked, to give the Phillies a 4-3 lead. The Phils increased their lead to 5-3 in the fifth as, with two men out, John Mayberry, Jr. hits a solo home run, his second home run of the year. Toronto would get a run back in the sixth as Lind lead-off the inning with a solo home run, his fourteenth home run of the season, cutting the Phils’ lead down to 5-4. The Blue Jays tied the game up at five-all in the seventh as, with a runner on second, and one man out, Lind hits an RBI single, scoring Scott Rolen, who had earlier doubled. The Blue Jays took the lead in the eighth as, with two men on, and nobody out, Wells hits an RBI single, scoring Scutaro, who had reached base with a single, and had moved up to second on Pedro Feliz’s error of an Aaron Hill grounder, giving the Blue Jays a 6-5 lead, while sending Hill on to second. One batter later, the Blue Jays increased their lead to 7-5 as Rolen hits an RBI double, scoring Hill, while sending Wells on to third base. The Phils got one of the runs back in their half of the eighth as pinch hitter Greg Dobbs, with one man out, hits a solo pinch hit home run, his third home run of the year, cutting the Blue Jays’ lead to 7-6. Three batters later, with a runner on second, and with two outs, Victorino hits an RBI single, scoring Rollins, who had earlier doubled, tying the game up at seven-all. The Blue Jays would take the lead for good in the ninth, as, with one swing of the bat, Rod Barajas hits a lead-off pinch hit home run, his sixth home run of the season, making it 8-7 Toronto, which ended up being the final score as the Phils could get nothing together in their half of the ninth.

Joe Blanton received a no-decision as he pitched five and a third innings, giving up four runs on nine hits and a walk, while striking out two. Chan Ho Park pitched an inning, recording his second hold, as he gave up just a run on a hit and a walk, while striking out three. J.C. Romero recorded his first blown save of the season, as he gave up no runs on two hits and a walk, while striking out three. Clay Condrey got hurt as he pitched to five batters, getting none of them out, as he gave up two runs on three hits and a walk. Tyler Walker pitched a scoreless inning, giving up only a walk. Ryan Madson took the lost as he gave up a run on one hit and a walk, while striking out a batter. His record is now 2-2 with a 2.36 ERA. Brad Mills also received a no-decision as the rookie only lasted three and two-thirds innings, giving up four runs on six hits and four walks, while striking out two. Shawn Camp pitched a third of an inning, giving up a hit. Dirk Hayhurst pitched an inning, giving up a run on one hit and a walk. Jayson Carlson also pitched an inning, striking out the side. Brandon League pitched an inning and a third, giving up two runs on two hits, as he struck out three. Jason Frasor recorded his second blown save of the season before receiving the win, as he went a third of an inning, giving up a hit. His record is now 5-0 with a 1.88 ERA. B.J. Ryan recorded his second hold of the season as he pitched one-third of an inning, giving up a walk, while striking out a batter. Jeremy Accardo recorded his first save of the year, as he pitched two-thirds of an inning, giving up just a hit.

The Phillies had twelve hits in the game, with Jimmy Rollins leading the team with three hits, including a double and a home run, knocking in two runs and scoring two, as he raised his average up to .225. Shane Victorino and John Mayberry, Jr., both followed with two hits apiece. Chase Utley, Ryan Howard, Jayson Werth, Pedro Feliz and Greg Dobbs had the other five Phils’ hits, with Werth and Dobbs’ hits being home runs, along with one of Mayberry’s two hits. Besides Rollins’ two RBIs, Werth also knocked in two runs, while Mayberry, Dobbs and Victorino each knocked in a run. The Phillies’ offense, with Raul Ibanez out for at least fourteen more days, will have to find ways to score runs so that they can give the pitching staff a chance to win some easy games.

The Phillies (36-28, 1st National League East) with conclude their home stand with a three-game weekend series with the lowly Orioles (29-37, 5th American League East) in some more interleague play. The game will be played at Citizens Bank Park and will begin at 7:05 pm Eastern. The Phillies will start Antonio Bastardo (2-1, 5.25), who is coming off a bad start against the Red Sox on June 13, where he only pitched an inning, thanks to the rain delay, giving up five runs, only four of which were earned, on three hits and three walks, while striking out only one, in the Phils’ 11-6 lost. He will be trying to rebound from that bad performance before the home crowd. The Orioles will counter with Rich Hill (2-1, 5.81), who is coming off a no-decision against the Braves on June 13, where he only pitched four innings, giving up four runs on five hits and three walks, while striking out one, in the Orioles’ 8-4 win. He will be trying for his third win of the season. The Phillies will be trying to take their interleague play and losing at home woes out on the Orioles while trying to see about adding some distance between themselves and the rest of the NL East, especially the hurting Mets.

The Phillies woes at home continue as they lose another series, falling to the Blue Jays, 7-1.

The Phils lose yet another series at home as they get spanked by the Blue Jays, losing 7-1. Also, they lose Raul Ibanez for a while as he is placed on the disabled list for fifteen days with a groin pull. Ugh. No more bad news, please!!!!

The Blue Jays took a quick 1-0 lead in the first as, with one man on and nobody out, Aaron Hill hits an RBI double, scoring Marco Scutaro, who had earlier singled. The Blue Jays made it 2-0 as, with two men on, and still nobody out, Scott Rolen hits an RBI single, scoring Hill, and sending Vernon Wells, who had just walked, over to second base. Two batters later, with runners on second and third, via a double steal by Wells and Rolen, and with one man out, Alex Rios hits an RBI ground out, 6-3, for the inning’s second out, while Wells scored from third, making it a 3-0 Blue Jays’ lead. The Blue Jays increased their lead to 4-0 in the second as Rod Barajas hits a lead-off home run, his fifth home run of the year. The Phils would get a run back in the fourth as, with two outs, Jayson Werth hits a solo home run, his eleventh home run of the year, making it 4-1 Toronto. That would be the score until the seventh when, with a runner on first, and nobody out, Hill hits a two-run home run, his fifteenth home run of the season, knocking in Scutaro, who had earlier singled, making it a 6-1 Blue Jays’ lead. Two batters later, with one man out, Rolen would hit a home run of his own, his fourth home run of the year, making it 7-1 Blue Jays. That would be the final score as the Phils could not put together any offense last night.

Jamie Moyer took the lost as he went six innings plus two batters, giving up six runs on ten hits and two walks, while striking out six. His record is now 4-6 with a 6.35 ERA. Chad Durbin pitched an inning, giving up a run on one hit, while striking out a batter. Jack Taschner and Tyler Walker would combine for two scoreless innings, giving up only one hit (Walker) and a walk (Taschner), while striking out three (Taschner (1), Walker (2)). Scott Richmond got the win as he pitched eight innings, giving up only one run on five hits and a walk, as he struck out eleven Phils. His record is now 5-3 with a 3.58 ERA. B.J. Ryan pitched a third of an inning, giving up a hit and two walks. Brandon League pitched two-thirds of an inning, getting out both men that he would face, while recording a strike out.

The Phils had only six hits in the game. Shane Victorino led the team with two hits, with Ryan Howard, Jayson Werth, Pedro Feliz and Chris Coste getting the other four, with Werth’s hit, a solo home run, knocking in the Phils’ only run.

The Phillies (36-27, 1st National League East) will continue their Interleague Play three-games series with the Blue Jays (36-31, 3rd American League East). The game is being played right now at Citizens Bank Park. The Phillies’ starter is Joe Blanton (4-3, 5.17), who is coming off a no-decision against the Red Sox on June 12, where he went seven innings, giving up just two runs on five hits and two walks, as he struck out seven, in the Phils’ 5-2 extra-innings lost. He will be trying to get his fifth win, while trying to also end the Phils’ present two-games losing streak. He will be opposed by rookie Brad Mills (0-0, -.–), who is making his major league debut. He hopes to impress the Blue Jays, while hoping that he can take advantage of the Phils present home problems. The Phils hope to end their present slide, while waiting for the lowly Orioles to come to town this weekend.