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The Phils continue their winning ways, in spite of a short brawl, as they crush the Giants, 9-2.

In spite of a short brawl in the sixth inning, the Phils continue their present winning ways as they crush the World Champs, 9-2.

The Giants took the lead in the first as, with runners on the corners, and with one man out, Pablo Sandoval hits a sacrifice fly, knocking in Jeff Keppinger, who had earlier walked, then went to third on Carlos Beltran’s single, giving the Giants a 1-0 lead. The Phils tied the game up at one-all in the fourth as, with one man out, Shane Victorino hits a solo home run, his eleventh home run of the season. The Phils then took the lead as, with runners on the corners, and with one man out, Raul Ibanez hits an RBI force out, 4-6, as Chase Utley, who had earlier singled, then went to third on Hunter Pence’s single, scored as Pence, who had just singled, is wiped out at second base for the inning’s second out, giving the Phils a 2-1 lead, as Ibanez beat out the throw back to first. One batter later, the Phils’ took a 4-1 lead as John Mayberry, Jr. hits a two-run home run, his ninth home run of the season, knocking in Ibanez. The Phils then took a 5-1 lead in the fifth as, with one man on, and with one man out, Placido Polanco hits an RBI single, scoring Jimmy Rollins, who had earlier walked, then stole second base, before he is thrown out trying to go to second base to make sure that Rollins did score, 9-2-6, for the inning’s second out. The Giants got a run back in their half of the fifth as Eli Whiteside hits a solo home run, his fourth home run of the year, making it a 5-2 Phils’ lead. The Phils added to their lead in the sixth as, with two men on, and with one man out, Brian Schneider hits an RBI single, scoring Ibanez, who had earlier walked, then stopped at second base on Mayberry’s single, giving the Phils a 6-2 lead, while sending Mayberry, who had just singled, on to second base. Two batters later, after Vance Worley had pop bunt out on an excellent catch near home plate by Whiteside for the inning’s second out, both Schneider and Mayberry moved up a base on Ramon Ramirez’s wild pitch, with Rollins batting. Rollins then gave the Phils an 8-2 lead with an RBI single, scoring both Schneider and Mayberry. After Rollins stole second base, for his second steal of the night, Polanco got on base with an infield single, sending Rollins on to third. The next batter, Victorino, is then hit in the middle of the back by Ramirez, which would lead to both team emptying their benches and their bullpens, and then to a very short brawl, thanks in part to Whitestide tackling Polanco, just as it looked like things were about to cool down. This would lead to Ramirez, Whiteside and Victorino all being thrown out of the game, all now waiting for how hard they will each be punished for their actions. (Personally, I’m hoping that Ramirez and Whiteside will get the worst punishments. I mean: Ramirez, sore loser/man up, dude. Whiteside, this is not the WWF. Victorino, seriously, cool the temper, dude.) The Phils then made it a 9-2 lead in the seventh as Pence hits a lead-off solo home run, his thirteenth home run of the season. That would end up being the final score as David Herndon pitched an easy ninth.

Vance Worley (8-1, 2.35) gets the win as he pitched seven strong innings, as he ignored the fireworks in the sixth inning, giving up two runs on seven hits and a walk, while striking out six. Michael Stutes and David Herndon combine for two scoreless innings, giving up two hits (one hit each), while striking out a batter (Stutes). Jonathan Sanchez (4-6, 4.10) took the lost as he went four and two-thirds innings, giving up five runs on seven hits and two walks, while striking out four. Ramon Ramirez pitched an inning, before he is ejected from the game because of his involvement in the brawl, as he gave up three runs on four hits, a walk and a wild pitch. Jeremy Affeldt pitched an inning and a third, giving up a run on a hit, while he struck out one.  Guillermo Mota and Brian Wilson combine for two scoreless innings, giving up a hit (Wilson) and two walks (one walk each), while striking out three (Mota (1), Wilson (2)) between them.

The Phils had thirteen hits in the ballgame, with Placido Polanco (Singles, RBI), Shane Victorino (Single, Home Run, RBI, before his ejection from the ballgame because of his involvement in the brawl), Hunter Pence (Single, Home Run, RBI) and John Mayberry, Jr. (Single, Home Run, 2 RBIs) all leading the team with two hits each. Jimmy Rollins (Single, 2 RBIs), Chase Utley (Single), Raul Ibanez (Double, RBI), Brian Schneider (Single, RBI) and Vance Worley (Single) had the other five Phils’ hits.

The Phils (73-39, 1st East) continue their series with the Giants (62-51, 1st West) with an afternoon game that will be televised on Fox. The game will start at 4:10 pn EDT (1:10 pm PDT). The Phils will start Cole Hamels (12-6, 2.62), who is coming off a no-decision against the Rockies on August 1, as he went six innings, giving up two runs on six hits and a walk, while striking out five, in the Phils’ 4-3 extra-innings win. He will once again be going for his thirteenth win, while trying to increase the Phils’ winning streak to nine games. The Giants will counter with Matt Cain (9-7, 3.10), who is coming off a lost to the Diamondbacks on August 1, as he went five and two-thirds innings, giving up five runs on eight hits and three walks, while striking out five, in the Giants’ 5-2 lost. He will be trying to stop the presently fast-running Phils. The Phils will be out to beat one of the Giants’ best starters to show who is the best team in the NL.

Cliff Lee throws a complete game shutout as the Phils defeat the World Champs, 3-0.

A seven-hit c0mplete game shutout by Cliff Lee help leads the Phils to a series opening win over the World Champs as they defeat the Giants, 3-0.

The Phils took the lead in the second as Hunter Pence hits a lead-off home run, his twelfth home run of the season, and his first home run as a Phil, giving the Phils a 1-0 lead. The Phils then took a 2-0 lead as John Mayberry, Jr. followed with a solo home run of his own, his eighth home run of the season. The score would remain that way until the ninth when, with one man, and with two men out, Pence hits an RBI single, knocking in Shane Victorino, who had earlier singled, moved up to second base on Ryan Howard’s ground out, 3-unassisted, giving the Phils a 3-0 lead. That would end up being the final score as Cliff Lee came out and completed the complete game shut out by getting Cody Ross to strike out, swinging, with a man on second, for the final out.

Cliff Lee (11-7, 2.96) gets the win as he pitches a complete game shutout, giving up only seven scattered hits, while striking out eight. Madison Bumgarner (6-11, 3.71), took the lost as he pitched eight innings, giving up two runs on six hits and two walks, while striking nine. Santiago Casilla pitched an inning, giving up a run on two hits, while striking out a batter.

The Phils had eight hits in the game, with Hunter Pence leading the team with three hits, his first three hit game as a Phil, with two singles and a home run, knocking in two runs. Shane Victorino followed with two hits, both singles. Jimmy Rollins (Single), Placido Polanco (Single) and John Mayberry, Jr. (Home Run, RBI), had the other three Phils’ hit.

The Phils (72-39, 1st East) will continue their series with the Giants (62-50, 1st West), with a game later tonight. The game will be played at AT&T Park, and will start at 10:15 pm EDT (7:15 pm PDT). The Phils will send to the mound Vance Worley (7-1, 2.33), who is coming off a no-decision against the Pirates on July 31, as he pitched six innings, giving up four runs on seven hits, while striking out seven, in the Phils’ 6-5  extra-innings win. He will be trying to continue the Phils’ present winning streak. The Giants will counter with Jonathan Sanchez (4-5, 3.81), who is coming off a no-decision against the Indians on June 24, as he went four and two-thirds innings, giving up three runs on two hits and six walks, while striking out six, in the Giants’ 4-3 win. He will be trying to even up the series. The Phils will be trying for their eighth straight victory.

Roy Halladay becomes the NL’s first 14-game winner as the Phils sweep the Rox in a wierd game, 8-6.

The Phils sweep the Rockies as Roy Halladay becomes the NL’s first fourteen game winner, as they win a wierd game, 8-6.

The Phils took the lead in the first as, with the bases loaded, via walks by Jimmy Rollins, Shane Victorino and Chase Utley, and with one man out, as Ryan Howard struck out, Hunter Pence hits a sacrifice fly, scoring Rollins, giving the Phils a 1-0 lead, while sending Victorino to third base. The Rockies tied the game up at one-all in their half of the first as, with a man on second, and with nobody out, Ryan Howard first committed a fielding error on a Dexter Fowler grounder, allowing Eric Young, who had earlier reached base on a bunt single, then stole second base, to reach third, before he would score as Howard committed a throwing error, as he threw the ball past Roy Halladay, who was trying to cover first base, allowing Fowler to be safe at first, before heading off to second base on Howard’s second error of the play. Two batters later, after Todd Helton had moved Fowler over to third base with a ground out, 4-3, the Rockies took the lead as Troy Tulowitzki hits a sacrifice fly, scoring Fowler. The Phils tied it up at two-all in the second as, with a man on second, and with two men out, Rollins hits an RBI single, scoring Carlos Ruiz, who had earlier singled, then moved up to second base on Halladay’s sacrifice bunt, 1-4, before he would move up to second base on the throw home. The Phils then retook the lead as Victorino hits an RBI single, knocking in Rollins, giving the Phils a 3-2 lead. Two batters later, after Utley had been hit by the pitch, sending Victorino to second base, the Phils took a 5-2 lead as Howard hits a two-run double, scoring both Victorino and Utley. The Rockies got a run back in their half of the second as, with one man on, and with one man out, Eliezer Alfonso hits an RBI single, scoring Ian Steward, who had earlier doubled, making it a 5-3 Phils’ lead. The Rox then made it a 5-4 Phils’ lead in the third as, with one man on, and with nobody out, Helton hits an RBI single, knocking in Fowler, who had earlier walked, then stole second base. The Phils got the run back in the fourth as, with the bases loaded, via a Halladay single, who then moved up to second base on Rollins’ ground out, 4-3, an Utley single, with Halladay stopping at third base, and a walk to Howard, which sent Utley up to second base, and with two men out, Halladay scored on a Jason Hammel’s wild pitch, just getting his foot under Hammel’s tag, giving the Phils a 6-4 lead, while Utley would stop at third base, and Howard would stop at second. The Rox then made it a 6-5 Phils’ lead in the fifith as, with a runner on third, and with one man out, Helton hits an RBI ground out, 4-3, scoring Fowler, who had just tripled. The Phils then added to their lead in the sixth as, with one man on, and with two men out, Howard hits a two-run home run, his twenty-fourth home run of the year, and his third home run in two days, knocking in Utley, who had just singled, giving the Phils an 8-5 lead. The Rockies got a run back in the eighth as, with one man out, Helton hits a solo home run, his twelfth home run of the season. That would end up being the final score as Brad Lidge pitched a 1-2-3 ninth, recording his first save of the season.

Roy Halladay (14-4, 2.55) got the win as he went seven innings, giving up five run, four of which were earned, on eight hits and a walk, while striking out seven. Antonio Bastardo received his ninth hold of the year as he pitched an inning, giving up a run on two hits, while striking out two. Brad Lidge collected his first save of the year by pitching a 1-2-3 ninth, striking out a batter. Jason Hammel (6-11, 4.88) took the lost as he went five innings, giving up six runs on eight hits, a hit batter, a wild pitch and four walks, while striking out four. Rex Brothers pitched an inning, giving up two runs on three hits, while he struck out two. Matt Belisle pitched three scoreless innings, giving up a hit, while striking out three.

The Phils had twelve hits in the ballgame, with all of the starters having at least one hit. Chase Utley (Singles), Ryan Howard (Double, Home Run, 4 RBIs) and Wilson Valdez (Single, Triple), all led the team with two hits each. Jimmy Rollins (RBI), Shane Victorino (RBI), Hunter Pence (RBI), Raul Ibanez, Carlos Ruiz and Roy Halladay had the other six Phils’ hits, all singles. The final Phil run scored on a wild pitch.

The Phils (71-39, 1st East) continue their road trip with a four-game series with the Giants (62-49, 1st West) that will begin with a night game tomorrow night. The game will be played at AT&T Park and will begin at 10:15 EDT (7:15 PDT). The Phils will send to the mound Cliff Lee (10-7, 3.14), who is coming off a win against the Pirates on July 30, as he pitched seven and two-thirds innings, giving up four runs on eight hits and two walks, while he struck out eleven, in the Phils’ 7-4 win. He will be trying to continue the Phils’ present winning streak. The Giants will counter with Madison Bumgarner (6-10, 3.80), who is coming off a lost against the Reds on July 30, as he went just four innings, giving up five runs on seven hits and three walks, while striking out four, in the Giants’ 7-2 lost. He will be trying to end the Phils present winning streak. The Phils will be trying to make it a seven-game winning streak.

2010 National League Championship Series, Game # 4: The Phils lose a heartbreaker as the pitching staff fail a resurgent offense as they fall to the Giants in the bottom of the ninth, 6-5. They now trail the Giants 3-1, with their backs to the wall.

The pitching staff allows one to get away as the Phils lose to the Giants in the bottom of the ninth, 6-5, after the offense had finally decided to come out and fight. The Phils now trail the Giants in the series, 3-1.

The Giants took the lead in the first as, with a runner on third, and with two men out, Buster Posey hits an RBI single, scoring Freddy Sanchez, who had earlier singled, then went first to second, and then to third on a pair of wild pitches, giving the Giants a 1-0 lead. The Giants then increased their lead in the third as, with one man on, and with two men out, Posey hits an RBI double, knocking in Aubrey Huff, who had earlier singled, making it a 2-0 Giants’ lead. The Phils’ offense then exploded in the fifth. After Ben Francisco and Carlos Ruiz started off the inning with back-to-back singles, with Francisco stopping at second base, Joe Blanton moved both man over with a sacrifice bunt, 1-4, sending Francisco over to third base, and Ruiz up to second base. The next batter, Shane Victorino, then followed with an RBI single, scoring Francisco, cutting the Giants’ lead to 2-1, before Ruiz is cut down at home plate on a one-hop strike by Giants’ center fielder Aaron Rowand, with Posey supplying the tag, for the inning’s second out. Two batters later, after Chase Utley has reached base with a single, moving Victorino up to second base, the Phils took the lead as Placido Polanco hits a two-run double, scoring both Victorino and Utley, giving the Phils a 3-2 lead. Three batters later, after the Phils had loaded the bases via an intentional walk to Ryan Howard, and Jayson Werth being hit by the pitch, moving up a base both Polanco and Howard, and with Jimmy Rollins batting, Giants’ reliever Santiago Casilla threw a wild pitch which went into the stands, scoring Polanco, making it a 4-2 Phils’ lead, while moving Howard to third base, and Werth to second. The Giants came back in their half of the fifth as, with one man on, and with two men out, Huff hits an RBI single, knocking in Andres Torres, who had earlier walked, and then moved up to second on a Edgar Renteria ground out, 5-3, making it a 4-3 Phils’ lead. The Giants then regain the lead in the sixth as, with two men on, and with nobody out, Pablo Sandoval hits a two-run double, knocking in Pat Burrell, who had earlier walked, then went to third on Cody Ross’ double, and Ross, who had just doubled, giving the Giants a 5-4 lead. The Phils would then tie the game up at five-all in the eighth as, with a runner on second, and with nobody out, Werth hits an RBI double, knocking in Howard, who had just doubled. In the bottom of the ninth, the Giants won the game as, with runners on the corners and with one man out, Juan Uribe hits a sacrifice fly to left field, knocking in Huff, who had earlier singled, and then went to third on Posey’s single, giving the Giants a 6-5 walk-off win, and a 3-1 lead in the series.

Joe Blanton receives a no-decision as he pitches four and two-thirds innings, giving up three runs on five hits, a walk and two wild pitches, while striking out three. Jose Contreras pitches a third of an inning, striking out the only batter that he would face. Chad Durbin receives his first blown save of the series as he pitches an inning, giving up two runs on two hits and two walks, while striking out a batter. Antonio Bastardo pitches a third of an inning, gives up a hit. Ryan Madson pitches one and two-thirds scoreless innings, as he giving up a hit and a walk, while striking out two. Roy Oswalt took the lost as he pitches two-thirds of an inning, giving up a run on two hits. His series record is now 1-1 with a 2.08 ERA. Madison Bumgarner also receives a no-decision as he pitches four and two-third innings, giving up three runs on six hits and a walk, while striking out six. Santiago Casilla pitches an inning and a third, giving up a run on one hit, a walk, a hit batter and a wild pitch, while striking out two. Javier Lopez records his third hold of the series as he pitches an inning plus one batter, giving up a run on a hit and a walk. Sergio Romo collects his first blown save of the series as he pitches an inning, giving up a hit, while striking out two. Brian Wilson collects the win as he pitches a 1-2-3 inning, striking out a batter. His series record is now 1-0 with a 0.00 ERA.

The Phils had nine hits in the game, with Placido Polanco leading the team with two hits, a single and a double, knocking in two runs. Shane Victorino, Chase Utley, Ryan Howard, Jayson Werth, Jimmy Rollins, Ben Francisco and Carlos Ruiz had the other seven Phils’ hits, with Victorino, Utley, Rollins, Francisco and Ruiz’s hits being singles, with Victorino knocking in a run, while Howard and Werth’s hits were both doubles, with Werth knocking in a run. The other Phil run came in on a bases loaded wild pitch. The offense finally appeared. Sadly, parts of the relief corps decided to lose its touch, before Oswalt took the mound in relief to lose the game.

The Phils (1-3), with their backs to the wall, will continue the series with the Giants (3-1), trying to send it back to Philadelphia. The game is to be played at AT&T Park and is to start at 7:30 pm Eastern (4:30 pm Pacific). The Phils will send to the mound their ace Roy Halladay (0-1, 5.14), who lost game one of the series to the Giants on October 16, as he pitched seven innings, giving up four runs on eight hits, while striking out seven, in the Phils’ 4-3 lost. He will be trying to get the series back to Philadelphia. The Giants will counter with Tim Lincecum (1-0, 3.86), who is coming off a win against the Phils in game one of the series on October 16, as he also went seven innings, giving up three runs on six hits and three walks, while striking out eight, in the Giants’ 4-3 win. He will be trying to cinch the series for the Giants. The Phils will be trying to come back after a very heartbreaking lost, so that they can bring the series back to Philadelphia.

2010 National League Championship Series, Game # 3: No offensive punch place the Phils in a 2-1 series hole as they lose to the equally punchless Giants, 3-0.

Lack of offense punch puts the Phils in a 2-1 hole against an equally punchless Giants crew as the Phils lose, 3-0.

The Giants took the lead in the fourth as, with two men on, and with two men out, Cody Ross hits an RBI single, knocking in Edgar Renteria, who had earlier singled, and had moved up to second on Freddy Sanchez’s sacrifice bunt, giving the Giants a 1-0 lead, while sending Pat Burrell, who had earlier walked, on to third base. The Giants then took a 2-0 lead as Aubrey Huff hits an RBI single, scoring Burrell, while sending Ross on to third. The Giants increased their lead in the fifth as, with one man on, and with two men out, Sanchez hits an RBI infield single on a grounder that ate up second baseman Chase Utley, and was originally called an error before being changed by the official scorer, scoring Aaron Rowand, who had earlier doubled, making it a 3-0 Giants’ lead. That would end up being the final score, as the Phils’ offense would be unable to get the key hit it needed to open up the scoring floodgates, before Brian Wilson would record his second save of the series by getting Raul Ibanez to hit into a 4-6-3 doubleplay, wiping Jimmy Rollins, who had just singled, out at second base.

Cole Hamels took the lost as he pitches six innings, giving up three runs on five hits and a walk, while striking out eight. His series record is now 0-1 with a 4.50 ERA. Jose Contreras pitches two 1-2-3 innings, striking out a batter. Matt Cain gets the win as he pitches seven scoreless innings, giving up two hits and three walks, while striking out five. His series record is now 1-0 with a 0.00 ERA. Javier Lopez receives his second hold of the series as he pitches a 1-2-3 inning, striking out a batter. Brian Wilson get his second save of the series as he pitches a scoreless ninth, giving up a hit, while also striking out a batter.

The Phils had only three hits in the game, singles by Carlos Ruiz, Ryan Howard and Jimmy Rollins, as they were constantly unable to get rallies going all game long, making outs at the worst possible times. The offense is being offensive for the wrong reason, seemingly unable to get that key hit to score runs. Seems the regulars may need to stop putting pressure on themselves, while Raul Ibanez may need to be sat down for at least one game as he is not getting anything done at the plate.

The Phils (1-2) will continue the NLCS series with the Giants (2-1) with a late afternoon game. The game will be played at AT&T Park and will start at 7:30 pm Eastern (4:30 pm Pacific). The Phils will send to the mound Joe Blanton (9-6, 4.82) who hasn’t pitched in a game since he had pitched an inning of relief against the Braves on October 3, when he gave up two runs on four hits and a walk. He will be trying to keep the Giants off-balance while giving the offense a change to break out of its present funk. The Giants will in turn send to the mound Madison Bumgarner, who is coming off a win against the Braves on October 11 in game four of the NLDS, as he went six innings, giving up two runs on six hits and a walk, while striking out five, in the Giants’ 3-2 win. He will be trying to put the Phils into a deeper hole. The Phils’ offense will be trying to snap out of the doldrums so that they can even up the series before tomorrow night’s game five.

2010 National League Championship Series, Game # 2: Phils tie up the series at one game apiece as the Vice-Roy handles the Giants while the bats erupt for a four-run seventh, as the Phils defeat the Giants, 6-1.

Behind the three-hit pitching of Roy Oswalt and a four-run eruption by the offense in the seventh inning, the Phils tie up the championship series at a game apiece, as the Phils defeat the Giants, 6-1. The series now head west to San Francisco for the next three games.

The Phils took the lead in the first as, with the bases loaded, via a walk to Chase Utley, who then stole second base, before moving up to third base on a Placido Polanco grounder to third, while Polanco would be safe at first as Giants’ third baseman Mike Fontenot commits a throwing error, and a walk to Ryan Howard, which moved Polanco up to second base and with two men out, Jimmy Rollins receives a bases loaded walk, forcing in Utley, giving the Phils a 1-0 lead, while moving both Polanco and Howard up a base. The Giants would tie the game up at one-all in the fifth as, with one man out, Cody Ross hits a solo home run, his third home run of the series. The Phils regained the lead in their half of the fifth as, with a runner on third, and with one man out, Polanco hits a sacrifice fly, scoring Shane Victorino, who had earlier doubled, then went to third on Utley’s fly out to right, giving the Phils a 2-1 lead. The Phils added to their lead in the seventh as, with two men on, and with one man out, Polanco hits an RBI single, knocking in Roy Oswalt, who had earlier singled to center, and then moved up to second base on Victorino’s sacrifice bunt, giving the Phils a 3-1 lead, while sending Utley, who had earlier been intentionally walked, up to second base. Three batters later, with the bases now loaded, after a double steal moved Utley to third base, and Polanco to second base, and after Jayson Werth is intentionally walked, and with two men out, Rollins hits a bases clearing double, scoring Utley, Polanco and Werth, making it a 6-1 Phils’ lead. That would end up being the final score as Ryan Madson came in to pitched a scoreless ninth, as he gets Edgar Renteria to end the game by grounding out, 6-3.

Roy Oswalt gets the win as he pitches eight innings, giving up a run on three hits and three walks, while striking out nine. His record in the series is now 1-0 with a 1.13 ERA. Ryan Madson pitches a scoreless inning, giving up a hit and a walk, while striking out a batter. Jonathan Sanchez took the lost as he pitches six innings plus a batter, giving up three runs, only two of which were earned, on five hits and three walks, while striking out seven. His record is now 0-1 with a 3.00 ERA. Ramon Ramirez pitches a third of an inning, giving up two runs on a hit and a walk. Jeremy Affeldt pitches a third of an inning, giving up a run on a walk, while striking out a batter. Santiago Casilla pitches a third of an inning, giving up a hit. Sergio Romo pitches a scoreless inning, giving up a hit, while striking out one.

The Phils had eight hits in the game, with Shane Victorino, Ryan Howard and Jimmy Rollins each leading the team with two hits, with all three batters each having a single and a double, with Rollins knocking in four runs, one via a bases loaded walk, and three via a bases clearing double. Placido Polanco and Roy Oswalt had the other two Phils’ hits, both singles, with Polanco knocking in two runs, one by sac fly and one via a single. The Phils’ offense once again won a game via timely hitting.

The Phils (1-1) and the Giants (1-1) have the day-off today, as they travel to San Francisco for the next three games. Game three of the NLCS will start tomorrow afternoon at 4 pm Eastern (1 pm Pacific) from AT&T Park. Cole Hamels will start the game for the Phils, as he is coming off a complete game shut out win against the Reds in game three of the divisional series on October 10, as he gave up just five hits, while striking out nine, in the Phils’ 2-0 win. He will be trying to continue his 2010 resurgence while trying to give the Phils a 2-1 lead in the series. The Giants will counter with Matt Cain, who is coming off a no-decision against the Braves in game two of the divisional series on October 12, as he pitched six and two-third innings, giving up a run on seven hits and two walks, while striking out six, in the Giants’ 5-4 lost. He will be trying to put the Giants back in the series lead. The Phils will be looking for another good start from Hamels, while hoping that the eruption in the seventh inning of last night’s game means that the offense is truly back.

A good effort by Joe Blanton is wasted as the Phils’ bats are handcuffed by Tim Lincecum as the Phils lose to the Giants, 2-0.

Less than twenty-four hours after supporting Cliff Lee’s excellent start, the Phils wasted a similar effort by Joe Blanton as the batters are unable to figure out Tim Lincecum before losing to the Giants, 2-0.

The first four innings of the game involved a pitchers’ duel between Phils’ starter Joe Blanton, who gave up only one hit during those four innings, and Giants’ starter Tim Lincecum who pitched himself out of jams in both the third and fourth innings, as the Phils’ bats are once again unable to knock in a man in scoring position. The Phils tried once again in the top of the fifth as they loaded the bases on singles by Blanton and Jayson Werth, and an infield single by Ryan Howard as he beat out the throw to first base by Giants’ second baseman Eugenio Velez, with two men out. Sadly, the Phils would once again be unable to score a run as Raul Ibanez grounds out, 4-3. The Giants then took the lead in their half of the fifth as, with runners on the corners, and one man out, Juan Uribe hits a sacrifice fly, scoring Aaron Rowand, who had earlier hit a ground-rule double, and had reached third on Fred Lewis’ infield single, as Blanton, who tried to grab the grounder, was unable to get an out by not getting a handle on the ball, giving the Giants a 1-0 lead. The game would stay 1-0 until the seventh when, with runners on the corners, and one man out, Uribe hits his second sac fly of the ball game, scoring Travis Ishikawa, who had earlier singled, moved up to second when Rowand was hit by the pitch, and went to third on Lewis’ fly out to center, giving the Giants a 2-0 lead. That would end up being the final score as the Phils would not get another hit after Howard’s infield single in the fifth, as Lincecum got out the last ten batters that he would face, and Brian Wilson pitched a 1-2-3 ninth, recording his twenty-seventh save of the year.

Joe Blanton took the lost in spite of pitching a good game, as he gave up two runs on seven hits, while he struck out five. His record is now 7-5 with an ERA of 4.02. Chan Ho Park pitched a scoreless inning, giving up just a hit and a walk, as he struck out two. Tim Lincecum got the win as he pitched eight shut out innings, giving up seven hits and a walk, while he struck out eight. His record is now 12-3 with a 2.18 ERA. Brian Wilson recorded his twenty-seventh save of the year as he pitched a 1-2-3 ninth.

The Phils got only seven hits in the ballgame, with Jayson Werth leading the way with two hits, raising his batting average to .270. Jimmy Rollins, Ryan Howard, Raul Ibanez, Pedro Feliz and Joe Blanton had the other five Phils’ hits, with all of their hits being singles, being unable to knock in a run for the second time on the road trip. The Phils’ bats obviously need to adjust if they are going to be able to figure out Tim Lincecum if they face him in the playoffs.

The Phillies (59-43, 1st National League East) will conclude their road trip with an afternoon game against the Giants (57-47, 2nd National League West). The game will be played at AT&T Park and will begin at 4:05 pm Eastern (1:05 pm Pacific). The Phillies will sent to the mound their ace Cole Hamels (7-5, 4.42), as he is coming off a win against the D-backs on July 28, where he went eight strong innings, giving up only one run on four hits, while striking out nine, in the Phils’ 4-3 win, He will be going for his eighth win of the season, and to show that he can be just as effective as new Phil’s pitcher Cliff Lee. The Giants will counter with Barry Zito (6-10, 4.45), who is coming off of a no-decision against the Pirates on July 28, as he pitched five and two-thirds innings, giving up a run on nine hits and two walks, as he struck out six, in the Giants’ 3-2 win. He will be trying to pitch the Giants into a series win against the Phils, while hoping the Phils will remain unable to score runs. The Phils will be trying to win today to tie the series and end their road trip on a winning note.