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A late solo home run by Raul Ibanez leads the Phils to a 2-1 victory over the BoSox.

A late solo home run by Raul Ibanez and strong pitching performances by Vance Worley, Michael Stutes and Antonio Bastardo leads to Phils to a 2-1 win over the BoSox.

The Phils took the lead in the first as, with one man on, and with nobody out, Raul Ibanez hits an RBI single, knocking in Shane Victorino, who had just doubled, giving the Phils a 1-0 lead. The Red Sox tied the score up at one-all in the fifth as, with one man on, and with two men out, John Lackey hits an RBI double, scoring Josh Reddick, who had earlier singled. The Phils then regain the lead in the seventh as Ibanez hits a lead-off home run, his ninth home run of the year, giving the Phils a 2-1 lead. That would be the final score as Antonio Bastardo recorded his third save of the season with a 1-2-3 ninth inning.

Vance Worley (3-1, 2.57) gets the win as he pitched seven strong innings, giving up a run on five hits and two walks, while striking out five. Michael Stutes received his fifth hold of the season as he pitched a 1-2-3 inning. Antonio Bastardo recorded his third save of the year as he pitched a 1-2-3 ninth. John Lackey (5-7, 6.81) took the last as he went seven and two-thirds innings, giving up two runs on eight hits and a walk, while striking out five. Franklin Morales pitched a third of an inning, getting out the only man that he would face.

The Phils had eight hits in the game, with Raul Ibanez leading the team with three hits, being a triple short of the cycle, with a single, a double and a home run, knocking in both Phils’ runs. Chase Utley followed with two hits, a single and a triple. Jimmy Rollins (Single), Placido Polanco (Single) and Shane Victorino (Double) had the other three Phils’ hits. 

The Phils (51-30, 1st NL East) will conclude their interleague play series with the Red Sox (45-34, 2nd AL East) this afternoon at Citizens Bank Park. The game will start at 1:05 pm EDT. The Phils will send to the mound Cole Hamels (9-4, 2.49), who is coming off a tough lost against the A’s on June 25, as he went eight innings, giving up two runs on eight hits and two walks, while striking out five, in the Phils’ 4-1 lost. He will once again be going for his tenth win of the season, while trying to pitch the Phils into a series sweep against the BoSox. The Red Sox will try to counter with Jon Lester (9-4, 3.66), who is coming off a lost to the Pirates on June 24, as he went six innings, giving up two runs on eight hits and a walk, while striking out five, in the BoSox’s 3-1 lost. He will be trying to avoid the sweep. The Phils will be out to give Hamels his tenth win of the season, while attempting to sweep the Red Sox.

Cliff Lee throws his third straight complete game shutout as he two-hits the BoSox, leading the Phils to a 5-0 win.

Cliff Lee throws his third straight complete game shutout, the first Phils’ pitcher to do so since Robin Roberts did it in 1950, as he threw a two-hitter against Boston, as the Phils defeat the Red Sox, 5-0.

The Phils took the lead in the second as, with one man on, and with two men out, Dom Brown hits a two-run home run, his fifth home run of the season, knocking in Shane Victorino, who was safe at first on a force out, 6-4, as Ryan Howard, who had earlier singled, was forced out at second base, then moved up to second on Josh Beckett’s throwing error on a pick-off attempt, giving the Phils a 2-0 lead. The Phils then took a 3-0 lead in the fifth as, with a man on third, and with one man out, Cliff Lee helped his own cause by hitting a sacrifice fly, knocking in Brown, who had earlier doubled, then went to third on Carlos Ruiz’s fly out to right. The Phils then made it a 5-0 lead in the sixth as, with one man on, and with two men out, Victorino hits a two-run home run of his own, his ninth home run of the year, scoring Placido Polanco, who had earlier singled. That would end up being the final score as Lee pitched a complete game shutout on the BoSox, allowing only four men to reach base, Kevin Youkilis with a lead-off walk in the second, before going nowhere, Marco Scutaro with a lead-off single in the sixth, ending Lee’s no-hit bit, before being wiped out at second base on a Beckett’s doubleplay grounder, 6-3, Dustin Pedroia with a lead-off walk in the seventh, before being wiped out at second base on a one-out Youkilis doubleplay grounder, 6-4-3, to end the inning, and a lead-off double in the eighth by Darnell McDonald, who then stayed at second base as Lee got Jason Veritek to ground out to short, 6-3, for the inning’s first out, then struck out Mike Cameron, looking, for the inning’s second out, before ending the inning by getting Scutaro to ground out to third, 5-3. Lee then ended the game with a 1-2-3 ninth, as he got Pedroia to lined out to third for the game’s final out.

Cliff Lee (9-5, 2.66) got the win as he pitched his third straight complete game shutout, the first Phils’ pitcher to do so since Hall of Famer Robin Roberts did it back in 1950, as he gave up just two hits and two walks, while he struck out five BoSox batters. Josh Beckett (6-3, 2.20) took the lost as he went six innings, giving up five runs on five hits and a walk, while striking out one. Franklin Morales and Bobby Jenks pitched two scoreless innings, giving up a hit (Jenks)  and a walk (Jenks), while striking out four (two batters apiece) between them.

The Phils had only six hits in the ballgame, with Dom Brown leading the team with two hits, a double and a home run, kn0cking in two runs. Placido Polanco (Single), Chase Utley (Single), Ryan Howard (Single) and Shane Victorino (Home Run, 2 RBIs) had the other four Phils’ hits. Cliff Lee knocked in the other Phil run with a sac fly.

The Phils (50-30, 1st NL East) will continue their interleague play series with the Red Sox (45-33, 2nd AL East) with a night game tonight at Citizens Bank Park. The game will start at 7:05 pm EDT. The Phils will send to the mound Vance Worley (2-1, 2.83), who is coming off a no-decision against the A’s on June 24, as he pitched six shutout innings, giving up a hit and four walks, while striking out four, in the Phils’ walk-off, 1-0 win. He will be trying to pitched the Phils to their third straight win. The Red Sox will try to counter with John Lackey (5-6, 7.36), who is coming off a lost against the Padres on June 22, as he went only three and one-third innings, giving up five runs on four hits and four walks, while striking out four, in the BoSox’s 5-1 lost. He will be trying to come back from his last start, while trying to keep the Phils from winning the series. The Phils will be going for the series win against the BoSox.

Roy Halladay win his tenth start of the season as he threw a complete game as the Phils defeat the A’s, 3-1.

Roy Halladay wins his 63rd career complete game start, becoming the second National League starter to reach ten wins, as the Phils defeat the A’s, 3-1.

The Phils took the lead in the first as, with runners on second and third, and with nobody out, Shane Victorino hits an RBI single, scoring Jimmy Rollins, who had earlier singled, then stopped at third on Placido Polanco’s double, giving the Phils a 1-0 lead, while sending Polanco, who had just doubled, on to third base. One batter later, now with runners on the corners, Ryan Howard hits into a 4-6-3 doubleplay, wiping out Victorino for the inning’s first out, as Polanco scored from third, giving the Phils a 2-0 lead.  The A’s would cut the Phils’ lead in the fourth as, with a runner on second, and with two men out, Ryan Sweeney hits an RBI single as Rollins was unable to catch his pop out to short center field, than to Wilson Valdez not giving him enough room to attempt a catch, knocking in Coco Crisp, who had earlier singled, then moved up to second base on Hideki Matsui’s ground out, 4-3, cutting the Phils’ lead to 2-1. The Phils added to their lead in the fifth as, with the bases loaded, via singles by Rollins and Polanco, with Rollins stopping at third, a walk by Howard, sending Polanco on to second base, and with two men out, Ben Francisco hits an RBI infield single towards third base, that A’s starter Josh Outman picked up, and then looked towards third, where there was no one near the bag, before throwing to first, as Francisco beat the throw, allowing Rollins to score, giving the Phils a 3-1 lead, while both Polanco and Howard would move a base, leaving the bases still loaded. The A’s tried to rally in the seventh as, with one man out, they put runners on second and third on a Scott Sizemore double, who sent Conor Jackson, who had started the inning off with a lead-off single, to third. But Halladay got out of the inning by first getting Landon Powell to pop out to second for the inning’s second out. He then ended the inning by striking out pinch hitter David DeJesus with a called third strike. That would be the A’s only major threat as Halladay finished the game with Sweeney hitting into a 6-3 doubleplay, wiping out at second Jackson, who had earlier singled with one man out.

Roy Halladay (10-3, 2.40) received the win as he pitched a complete game, giving up a run on eight hits, while striking out four. Josh Outman (3-2, 3.10) took the lost as he pitched six innings, giving up three runs on eight hits and two walks, while he struck out four. Brad Ziegler pitched two scoreless innings, giving up two hits and a walk, while striking out one.

The Phils had ten hits in the game, with Jimmy Rollins leading the team with four hits, three singles and a double, raising his average to .260. Placido Polanco followed with two hits, a single and a double. Shane Victorino (Single, RBI), Ben Francisco (Single, RBI), Raul Ibanez (Single) and Roy Halladay (Single), had the other four Phils’ hits. Ryan Howard knocked in the other Phil run when he hit into a doubleplay, receiving no RBI.

The Phils (49-30, 1st NL East) will take tomorrow off, before facing the Red Sox (45-32, 2nd AL East?) for a three game interleague play series, starting Tuesday night.

Despite a good start, Cole Hamels is once again denied win #10 as the Phils lose to the A’s, 4-1.

Despite pitching eight strong innings, Cole Hamels is once more denied a chance at getting win no. 10, as the Phils lose to the A’s, 4-1.

The Phils took the lead in the second as, with two men on, and with two men out, Carlos Ruiz hits an RBI single, knocking in Ryan Howard, who had earlier walked, then moved up to second on Shane Victorino’s walk, giving the Phils a 1-0 lead. But, the A’s would do all of the scoring after that. The A’s tied it up at one-all in the third as, with one man out, Adam Rosales hits a solo home run, his second home run of the season. The A’s took the lead in the fourth as, with runners on the corners, and with two men out, Scott Sizemore hits an RBI single, knocking in Coco Crisp, who had earlier walked, moved up to second base on a Hideki Matsui’s single, then went to third on Conor Jackson’s fly out to left, after Raul Ibanez made a weak throw getting the ball back into the infield, giving the A’s a 2-1 lead. The A’s added to their lead in the ninth as, with two men on, and with one man out, Mark Ellis hits an RBI single, scoring Cliff Pennington, who had earlier walked, then stopped at third on Jemile Weeks’ double, giving the A’s a 3-1 lead, while Weeks,  who had just doubled, stopped at third base. The A’s then took a 4-1 lead as the next batter, Crisp hits a sacrifice fly, scoring Weeks. That would be the final score as Andrew Bailey recorded his fifth save of the year as he pitched a scoreless ninth.

Cole Hamels (9-4, 2.49) took the lost as he pitched eight innings, giving up two runs on eight hits and two walks,while striking out five. Michael Stutes pitched an inning, giving up two runs on two hits and a walk, while striking out two. Trevor Cahill (8-5, 3.09) got the win as he pitched seven and two-thirds innings, giving up a run on three hits and three walks, as he struck out six. Andrew Bailey recorded his fifth save of the season as he pitched an inning and a third, giving up a hit and a walk.

The Phils had only four hits in the ballgame, a single by Chase Utley, a double by Shane Victorino, an RBI single by Carlos Ruiz and a pinch hit double by pinch hitter Ross Gload, as A’s pitching kept the Phils’ bats silent for most of the game.

The Phils (48-30, 1st NL East) will conclude their interleague play series with the A’s (35-43, 4th AL West), with a game that is in progress.

The Phils start the home stand with a walk-off win in the ninth as they defeat the A’s, 1-0.

The Phils take a walk-off win as they scored the only run to end a scoreless game in the ninth as they defeat the A’s, 1-0.

The game was a pitchers’ duel between both teams’ pitching staffs as their respective offenses would get only two hits apiece, along with five walks each, through the first eight innings. In the top of the ninth, Michael Stutes would throw an eight-pitch inning, as he would strike out two A’s on six pitches, before getting Kurt Suzuki to end the inning by popping out to Chase Utley. The Phils then went to work as Shane Victorino got on base with a walk from Brian Fuentes. After Raul Ibanez flied out to left for the inning’s first out, Dom Brown followed with a single to right, his second hit of the night, moving Victorino up to second base. The runners then both moved up a base on a ground out to first by Brian Schneider, who had just returned from the DL, putting runners on second and third, with two men out. The next batter, pinch hitter Ben Francisco, then hit a single to left, which would score Victorino, that would be the winning run for the Phils as they took a 1-0 walk-off win from the A’s.

Vance Worley received a no-decision as he pitched six scoreless innings, missing a no-hit bid as Kurt Suzuki had a two-out double in the top of the sixth, giving up a hit and four walks, while striking out four. David Herndon and Juan Perez combined for two scoreless innings, giving up a hit (Herndon) and a walk (Herndon), while striking out one man (Herndon) between them. Michael Stutes (3-0, 2.28) got the win as he pitched a 1-2-3 inning, striking out two. Guillermo Moscoso also received a no-decision as he went seven scoreless innings, as he also had a no-hit bid broken up in the sixth, as Placido Polanco had a one-out single, as he gave up two hits and three walks, while striking out two. Joey Devine pitched a scoreless inning, as he gave up two walks. Brian Fuentes (1-8, 4.76) took the lost as he pitched two-thirds of an inning, giving up a run on two hits and a walk.

The Phils had only four hits in the game, with Dom Brown leading the team with two hits, both singles. Placido Polanco (Single) and pinch hitter Ben Francisco (Single, RBI), had the other two Phils’ hits, with Francisco’s hit plating the winning run in the bottom of the ninth.

The Phils (48-29, 1st NL East) will continue their interleague play series with the A’s (34-43, 4th AL West) tomorrow night at Citizens Bank Park. The game will start at 7:05 pm EDT. The Phils will send to the mound Cole Hamels (9-3, 2.51), who is coming off a lost against the Mariners on June 19, as he pitched six and one-third innings, giving up two runs on seven hits, as he struck out six, in the Phils’ 2-0 lost. Hamels will once again try for his tenth win of the season. The A’s will try to counter with Trevor Cahill (7-5, 3.24), who is coming off a win against the Giants on June 19, as he went eight innings, giving up a run on five hits and a walk, while striking out seven, in the A’s 2-1 win. He will be trying to even the series for the A’s. The Phils will be going for their second straight series win.

Recent News…

Since the last time I’d written something here, the Phils have come to terms with both Ben Francisco (January 15) for one year for $1.175 million dollars with performance bonuses and with Kyle Kendrick (January 18) for $2.45 million, also for one year, to avoid arbitration with both players, thus having all of their players signed up for at least one season. Last season, 2010, in 88 games (28 of which were starts), Francisco batted .268 (48 for 179), as he hit thirteen doubles and six home runs and knocked in 28 RBIs. He also went .282 pinch hitting (11-39), hitting three doubles and knocking in 7 RBIs. This season, Francisco will be used in a platoon with Dom Brown in right field to replace Jayson Werth, who had during the off-season signed a long term contract with the Washington Nationals. Meanwhile, Kendrick last season pitched in 33 games (a career-high), 31 of which were starts, as he went 11-10 with an ERA of 4.73, as he pitched in 180.2 innings and struck out 84 batters (both career highs) while walking 49, who, depending on what the team might do, will either be their long man coming out of the bullpen, or fighting for the fifth starter spot with Vance Worley.

As the Phils prepare for the start of spring training next month in Clearwater, Florida, they are looking at their options, thanks to their present embarrassment of riches with their starting pitching staff, which at the moment consists of Roy Halladay (Ace), Cliff Lee, Cole Hamels, Roy Oswalt (who at the moment are being nicknamed either the Four Aces, R2C2 or the Fantastic Four by the fans) and Joe Blanton, as they decide whether they really need to trade Kentucky Joe to another team that needs a good starter to help give them some salary flexibility, or to just keep Joe, and use him as their fifth starter, knowing that he so far have had a good track record pitching for the Phils during the two plus seasons since they’d gotten him from the Oakland A’s to help them down the stretch towards their 2008 World Series Championship. My opinion is that they should hang onto Blanton, unless he brings in a good righthanded bat that’ll help the team in the line-up. Either way, he would be helping the team, especially as the fifth starter, since he is presently seen as a good third or fourth starter on most teams.

Lastly, Charlie Manuel’s contract is coming up this season. Although it is more than likely that the Phils will give him an extension, Charlie had announced on WIP radio yesterday, when asked about it, that he would like a three year contract, and prefer that he signed the contract extension as soon as possible so that it won’t become a distraction for the ballclub during the season, although he does see himself as signing a contract at some point this season. Me, sign him up as soon as possible Ruben. Uncle Chuck seems to know what he’s doing with the players, and we all know that they like playing for him.

While I was taking a short break…

It seems that several things had occurred as far as the Phils are concerned.

First, on December 2, the Phils tendered contracts to outfielder Ben Francisco and pitcher Kyle Kendrick to keep them from becoming free agents. Kyle Kendrick will likely be fighting with Vance Worley for the fifth starter’s spot during spring training, while Francisco will be involved in a platoon situation with Dom Brown, as…

on the following Sunday, December 5, it was announced that Jayson Werth had signed a seven-year, $126 million contract with the Washington Nationals. Although he was expected to leave, Jayson’s signing with another team within the NL East came as a complete surprise to everyone, including Phils manager Charlie Manuel, as everyone had expected him to sign with an AL team, like the Red Sox or the Tigers. Well, Jayson, congrats on the money, but be prepared for a lot of boos, after being given some respectful cheers the first time you come to town in a Nat uniform. (The Nats? I hope you know what you’re doing Jayson.) As for the Phils’ compensation in draft picks, they will get a player in the draft between the first and second rounds, and then a player from the second round, as the Nats’ first round pick did not fall among the first 15 players of the draft.

The next day, December 6, the Hall of Fame Expansion Era Committee announced that it had elected ex-Phil General Manager Pat Gillick (2005-2008) to the Baseball Hall of Fame. Gillick, who was also the GM for the Blue Jays, who won World Series Championships in 1992-1993, to go along with the Phils’ 2008 World Series Championship, as well as being the GM for both the Baltimore Orioles and the Seattle Mariners, in 27 years as a GM, had 11 teams enter the post-season.

The next day, December 7, it was announced that journalist Bill Conlin of the Philadelphia Daily News (also formerly on the Philadelphia Bulletin) will receive the J.G. Taylor Spink Award from the BBWAA, for 50 years of meritorious contributions to baseball writing. He will be given the award during the induction ceremonies at Cooperstown, NY, on July 25, 2011.

Then, on December 8, the Phils announced that they had signed former Cardinal relief pitcher Dennys Reyes to a one year deal for $1.1 million, with a $1.35 million option for 2012. Reyes, who has pitched in the major leagues for fourteen seasons out of the bullpen, will be joining his eleventh team when he joins the Phils, as he finished 2010 with a 3-1 record with an ERA of  3.55, as he pitched in 59 games, with a save, as he struck out 25 batters, while walking 21. The Phils will likely be using him as their left handed specialist out of the bullpen, to compliment Antonio Bastardo.

On the 9th, the Phils took three players in the Rule 5 Draft, with the first one, Michael Martinez, an infielder, coming from the Nats organization, via their Syracuse Triple-A affiliate. Phils’ GM Ruben Amaro Jr. jokingly commented that picking him up was the Phils way of getting back at the Nats for taking Jayson. (I just hope the last laugh ain’t on the Phils with this one.) The Phils would also pick up Chris Frey from the Rockies organization and Justin Friend from the A’s in the minor league part of the Rule 5 Draft. I guess it’ll be a while before we see if any of these guys pan out with the Phils.

Also during the week, the Phils brought Dom Brown back from the Dominican League, as they did not think that he was getting the seasoning that they thought he would need to be ready for spring training. Instead, they plan to do it during spring training itself, to get him ready for the regular season.

Lastly, the Phils had announced on Saturday that shortstop Jimmy Rollins had on Thursday  undergone minor surgery on his left wrist. They also announced that he should be able to participate in spring training next year.