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33 games in 31 days: Game #26: The Phils losing streak hits five straight for the first time in 2011, despite scoring five runs for the first time since Saturday, as they lose to the Nats, 7-5.

Despite scoring five runs for the first time since they had clinched their division, the Phils losing streak reaches five games for the first time in 2011, as they fall to the Nats, 7-5.

The Nats took the lead in the second as, with one man on, and with two men out, Wilson Ramos hits a two-run home run, his fourteenth home run of the year, knocking in Chris Marrero, who had earlier singled, giving the Nats a 2-0 lead. The Phils got a run back in their half of the second as, with two men on, and with one man out, Ben Francisco hits an RBI single, knocking in John Mayberry, Jr., who had earlier singled, then stopped at second base on Raul Ibanez’s single, making it a 2-1 Nats’ lead, while sending Ibanez, who had just singled, up to second base. Two batters later, after Brian Schneider had loaded up the bases with a single, moving both Ibanez and Francisco up a base, and with still one man out, Vance Worley tied the game up at two-all with an RBI single, knocking in Ibanez, while sending Francisco to third and moving Schnieder up to second base. The Phils took the lead in the third as, with one man on, and with two men out, Ibanez knocked in Mayberry, who had earlier singled, stole second base, then went to third on catcher Ramos’ throwing error, giving the Phils a 3-2 lead. The Nats regain the lead in the sixth as, with one man on, and with one man out, Danny Espinosa hits a two-run home run, his twenty-first home run of the year, scoring Michael Morse, who had just singled, giving the Nats a 4-3 lead. The Nats added to their lead in the eighth as, with two men on, and with nobody out, Espinosa, who had earlier been hit by a pitch, then went to second base on Marrero’s walk, would score on pitcher Antonio Bastardo’s throwing error of Rick Ankiel’s bunt attempt, as he tried to force out Espinosa at third, giving the Nats a 5-3 lead, while allowing Marrero, who had just walked, to reach third base, and Ankiel to reach second base. The Nats then made it a 6-3 lead one batter later as Ramos hits an RBI single, scoring Marrero, while Ankiel would stop at third, putting runners on the corners. Pinch hitter Jonny Gomes then made it a 7-3 Nats’ lead as he hits a sacrifice fly, scoring Ankiel. The Phils got two runs back in their half of the eighth as, with one man on, and with nobody out, Mayberry hits a two-run home run, his fifteenth home runs of the season, scoring Chase Utley, who had just walked, making it a 7-5 Nats’  lead. That would end up being the final score as Henry Rodriguez collected his first save of the year as he pitched a 1-2-3 ninth.

Vance Worley (11-3, 3.00) took the lost as he went six innings, giving up four runs on six hits and three walks, while striking out six. Joe Blanton pitched a scoreless inning, giving up a hit, as he struck out one. Justin De Fratus pitched to two batters, getting neither one out, as he gave up two runs on a hit batter and a walk. Antonio Bastardo pitched an inning, as he gave up two runs on two hits and an error, while striking out a batter. Michael Schwimer pitched a scoreless inning, giving up a hit. John Lannan (10-13, 3.73) got the win as he went five innings, giving up three runs on eight hits and a walk, while striking out three. Craig Stammen collected his first hold of the year as he pitched two scoreless innings, giving up a hit, while striking out one. Atahualpa Severino pitched a third of an inning, giving up two runs on a hit and a walk, while striking out one. Todd Coffey collected his tenth hold of the year as he pitched two-thirds of an inning, getting out both men that he would face, striking out one. Henry Rodriguez collected his first save of the year as he pitched a 1-2-3 ninth.

The Phils had ten hits in the ballgame, with John Mayberry, Jr. (Singles, Home Run, 2 RBIs) and Ben Francisco (Singles, RBI) leading the team with three hits each. Raul Ibanez followed with two hits, both singles, knocking in a run. Brian Schneider and Vance Worley (RBI), had the other two Phils’ hits, both singles, as the offense finally scored more than five runs in a game since Saturday, but still lost. Still, the offense need to get out of its present hitting funk, especially the first four batters, as they have been in a collective 0-fer stupor since Saturday. Hopefully the expected return of Ryan Howard will help the team.

The Phils (98-57, 1st) will play their last regular season home game with the Nats (75-79, 3rd) with a night game tonight. The game will be played at Citizens Bank Park and will start at 7:05 pm EDT. The Phils will send to the mound Roy Oswalt (8-9, 3.66), who is coming off a win against the Cardinals on September 17, as he pitched seven shutout innings, giving up five hits, as he struck out seven, in the Phils’ 9-2 win. He hope to put an end to the Phils’ five-game losing streak. The Nats will counter with Brad Peacock (1-0, 1.42), who is coming off a win against the Mets on September 14, as he went five innings, giving up two hits and three walks, while striking out two, in the Nats’ 2-0 win. He will try to add to the Phils’ present woes. The Phils will be trying to end their season at home on a winning note, after such a horrific home stand.

33 games in 31 days: Game #25: The Phils are swept in the doubleheader, as they lose the nightcap, 3-0

The Phils lose the second game of their doubleheader, as they fall to the Nats, 3-0.

The Nats took the lead in the second as, with one man out, Danny Espinosa hits a solo home run, his twentieth home run of the year, giving the Nationals a 1-0 lead. The Nats took a 2-0 lead in the sixth as, with two men on, and with two men out, Ross Detwiler helped his own cause with an RBI single, scoring Espinsoa, who had earlier singled, then stopped at second base on Wilson Ramos’ single, while Ramos, who had earlier singled, would stop at third on the late throw to the plate. The Nats then made it a 3-0 lead in the seventh as, with runners on the corners, and with one man out, Jayson Werth, who had earlier doubled, then stopped at third on Michael Morse’s single, would score as Carlos Ruiz’s pick-off throw hits him and gets away from third baseman Placido Polanco, allowing him to score, while Morse would move up to second base. That would end up being the final score as Drew Storen picked up his fortieth save of the year by pitching a 1-2-3 ninth.

Cliff Lee (16-8, 2.38) took the lost as he went seven innings, giving up three runs, only two of which were earned, on eleven hits, while he struck out nine.  Justin De Fratus and David Herndon combined for two scoreless innings, giving up just a walk (Herndon), while striking out two (Herndon) between them. Ross Detwiler (3-5, 3.30) got the win as he pitched seven and one-third innings, giving up just three hits and one walk, while striking out three. Henry Rodriguez collected his ninth hold of the year as he pitched two-thirds of an inning, getting out both men that he would face, striking out one. Drew Storen received his fortieth save of the year, as he pitched a 1-2-3 inning, striking out two.

The Phils had just three hits in the ballgame, all singles, with Ben Francisco leading the team with two hits, while Placido Polanco had the other one. With this game, the team has hit a low point during this present period of getting few hits and scoring fewer runs. Seriously guys, this is not the way to build momentum going into the playoffs. Quit fooling around, or else you won’t get past the first round. Start playing up to your game, and cream the Nats for the next couple of games.

The Phils (98-56, 1st) will continue their series with the Nats (74-79, 3rd) with a night game tonight. The game will be played at Citizens Bank Park and will start at 7:05 pm EDT. The Phils will send to the mound Vance Worley (11-2, 2.85), who is coming off a no-decision against the Cardinals on September 16, as he pitched six innings, giving up a run on six hits and three walks, while striking out five, in the Phils’ 4-2 extra-innings lost. He will be seeing if he can help end the Phils’ present four game losing streak. The Nats will counter with John Lannan (9-13, 3.68), who is coming off a lost to the Marlins on September 16, as he went six innings, giving up three runs on eight hits and three walks, while he struck out one, in the Nats’ 3-0 lost. He will be trying to give the Phils their first five game losing streak. The Phils will be out to put an end to their present slide and try to start building some momentum for the playoff.

33 games in 31 days: Game #20: The Phils missed an opportunity to clinch the NL East, as they fall in extra-innings to the Cardinals, 4-2.

As the Braves get crushed by the Mets, the Phils missed a chance to clinch their fifth straight Eastern Division title as they fall in extra-innings to the Cardinals, 4-2.

The Cardinals took the lead in the second as, with the bases loaded, via a walk to David Freese, a single by Yadier Molina, sending Freese up to second base, and a walk to Skip Schumaker, moving both runners up a base, and with two men out, Rafael Furcal forced in a run with a walk, scoring Freese, giving the Cards a 1-0 lead, while moving up a base both Molina and Schumaker. The Phils tied the game up at one-all in their half of the second as, with one man on, and with one man out, John Mayberry, Jr. hits an RBI double, knocking in Placido Polanco, who had just doubled. The Cardinals retook the lead in the eighth as, with two men out, Molina hits a solo home run, his thirteenth home run of the season, giving the Cards a 2-1 lead. The Phils would retie the game up at two-all in the ninth as, with two men on, and with two men out, pinch runner Michael Martinez, who was running for pinch hitter Ryan Howard, who had earlier doubled, would score on a Corey Patterson fielding error of a fly ball hit by Carlos Ruiz, allowing Ruiz to reach second base on the miscue. The Cards then regain the lead in the eleventh as, with runners on the corners, and with one man out, Adron Chambers hits an RBI single, scoring Furcal, who had earlier doubled, then went to third on Patterson’s sacrifice bunt, giving the Cards a 3-2 lead, while sending Albert Pujols, who had just been intentionally walked, up to second base. The Cards then added to their lead as Tyler Greene hits an RBI double, knocking in Pujols, giving the Cards a 4-2 lead, before Chambers, who was following Pujols, was tagged out at the plate on a strong throw by Martinez, via Jimmy Rollins, for a 7-6-2 second out. But that would end up being the final score as the Phils go down in their half of the eleventh.

Vance Worley received a no-decision as he went only six innings, giving up a run on six hits and three walks, while striking out five. David Herndon pitched a scoreless inning, giving up a hit and two walks, while striking out one. Antonio Bastardo pitched an inning, giving up a run on one hit, while striking out one. Brad Lidge pitched a scoreless inning, giving up two hits. Ryan Madson pitched a scoreless inning, giving up a hit, while striking out a batter. Michael Schwimer (1-1, 4.82) took the lost, giving up two runs on three hits and two walks. Jaime Garcia also received a no-decision as he went seven innings, giving up a run on five hits and two walks, while striking out four. Marc Rzepczynski collected his seventeenth hold of the season as he pitched two-thirds of an inning, giving up a walk, while striking out a batter. Octavio Dotel received his ninth hold of the year as he pitched a third of an inning, striking out the only batter that he would face. Jason Motte blew his fourth save attempt of the year as he pitched two-thirds of an inning, giving up a run on a hit, striking out a batter. Arthur Rhodes pitched a third of an inning, striking out the only batter that he would face. Kyle McClellan (12-8, 4.01) got the win as he pitched a 1-2-3 inning. Fernando Salas collected his twenty-fourth save of the year as he pitched a scoreless inning, giving up a hit, while striking out a batter.

The Phils had seven hits in the ballgame, with Placido Polanco (Single, Double) and John Mayberry, Jr. (Single, Double, RBI) both leading the team with two hits each. Ben Francisco (Single), Brian Schneider (Single) and pinch hitter Ryan Howard (Double), had the other three Phils’ hits, as the offense continue to sputter, in spite of continuing to win.

The Phils (97-52, 1st East) will continue their series with the Cardinals (82-68, 2nd Central) with a night game tonight. The game will be played at Citizens Bank Park and will start at 7:05 pm EDT. The Phils will send to the mound Roy Oswalt (7-9, 3.88), who is coming off a lost against the Astros on September 12, as he went seven innings, giving up five runs on eleven hits and two walks, while striking out just two, in the Phils’ 5-1 lost. Oswalt will be trying to regain his old form while trying to pitch the Phils over the finish line, if the Braves don’t fall to the Mets this afternoon. The Cardinals will counter with Jake Westbrook (12-8, 4.61), who is coming off a win against the Braves on September 11, as he went five and a third innings, giving up two runs on five hits and a walk, while striking out four, in the Cards’ 6-3 win. He will be trying to keep the Phils from winning the East for one more day, while keeping his team in the race for the Wild Card. The Phils will be out prove to that they have won the East by going for the win tonight.

33 games in 31 days: Game #16: The Phils drop another game to the last place Astros, as they lose 5-2.

For the second straight night, the Phils lose to the last place Astros, 5-2.

The Astros took the lead in the first as, with a man on second, and with one man out, J.D. Martinez hits an RBI single, knocking in Clint Barmes, who had earlier doubled, giving the Astros a 1-0 lead. The Phils tied the game up at one-all in the fourth as, with one man out, Hunter Pence hits a solo home run, his twentieth home run of the year, and his ninth as a Phil. The Astros retook the lead in their half of the fourth as, with runners on the corners, and with one man out, Jason Bourgeois hits an RBI single, knocking in J.B. Shuck, who had earlier singled, then stole second base, before moving up to third on Ryan Howard’s fielder error of J.A. Happ’s grounder, thanks to Cole Hamels breaking off the mound late, thus making things a bit harder for Howard when he finally got the ball, giving the Astros a 2-1 lead, while Happ, who was safe at first on Howard’s error, would stop at second base. The Astros then made it a 5-1 lead as Barmes hits a three-run home run, his eleventh home run of the season, knocking in both Happ and Bourgeois. The Phils would get a run back in the ninth as, with one man out, Carlos Ruiz would hit a solo home run, his sixth home run of the season, making it a 5-2 Astros’ lead. But that would be the final score as David Carpenter would get out the next two batters to end the game.

Cole Hamels (14-8, 2.71) took the lost as he went only five innings, giving up five runs, four of which were earned, on nine hits and a walk, while striking out six. David Herndon and Michael Schwimer combined for three scoreless innings, giving up only two hits (Schwimer) between them. J.A. Happ (6-15, 5.59) got the win as he pitched six innings in which he stifled the bats of his old team, giving up only one run on four hits and four walks, while he struck out four. Francisco Rodriguez pitched two 1-2-3 innings, striking out four batters. David Carpenter pitched an inning, giving up a run on a hit, while striking out two.

The Phils had just five hits in the ballgame, a single by Jimmy Rollins, a solo home run by Hunter Pence, a double by John Mayberry, Jr., a single by Ben Francisco and a solo home run by Carlos Ruiz, as they were for the second straight night stifled by the slop thrown at them by a former teammate.

The Phils (94-51, 1st East) will conclude their series with the Astros (51-97, 6th Central) with an afternoon game, now in progress.

33 games in 31 days: Game #13: The Phils make it six wins in a row as they defeat the Brew Crew in extra-innings, 3-2.

The Phils are now close to clinching a playoff spot, as they defeat the Brewers in ten innings, 3-2.

The Phils took the lead in the first as, with two men out, Hunter Pence hits a solo home run, his nineteenth home run of the year, and his eighth as a Phil, giving the Phils a 1-0 lead.  The Brewers tied the game up at one-all in the second as, with one man on, and with one man out, Yuniesky Betancourt hits an RBI single, scoring Casey McGehee, who was safe on a force out, 5-4, forcing out at second Prince Fielder, who had earlier walked, before going to second base on a throwing error by second baseman Michael Martinez, which allowed him to reach second base, before he went up to second base on the throw to the plate, as McGehee knocked the ball out of Carlos Ruiz’s glove. The Brewers took the lead in the fourth as, with two men on, and with nobody out, McGehee hits an RBI ground out, 6-3, scoring Ryan Braun, who had earlier singled, then stopped at third on Fielder’s double. The Phils tied the game up at two-all in the fifth as, with two men out, Placido Polanco hits a solo home run, his fifth home run of the year. The game would stay tied until the top of the tenth as the Phils retook the lead as, with a runner on second, and with nobody out, Raul Ibanez scored as pitcher LaTroy Hawkins committed a throwing error on a bunt single hit by Ruiz, giving the Phils a 3-2 lead, before Ruiz stopped at second base. That would end up being the final score as Ryan Madson recorded his thirtieth save of the season as he pitched a scoreless inning, getting McGehee to ground out, 6-3, with two men on, and with two men out, to end the game.

Cliff Lee received a no-decision as he went seven innings, giving up two runs, one of which was unearned, on six hits and a walk, while he struck out seven. Brad Lidge pitched a scoreless inning, giving up a hit and a walk, while striking out a batter. Michael Stutes (6-1, 3.62) took the win as he pitched a 1-2-3 inning, striking out a batter. Ryan Madson recorded his thirtieth save of the season as he pitched a scoreless inning, giving up two walks, while striking out a batter. Randy Wolf also received a no-decision as he pitched seven innings, giving up two runs on nine hits and two walks, while striking out a batter. Francisco Rodriguez and John Axford combine for two scoreless innings, as they gave up a hit (Axford) and two walks (Rodriguez), while striking out three (Rodriguez (2), Axford (1)) between them. LaTroy Hawkins (1-1, 2.66) took the lost as he pitched an inning, giving up a run on two hits, while striking out a batter.

The Phils had twelve hits in the ballgame, with Placido Polanco (Singles, Home Run, RBI) and Hunter Pence (Single, Home Run, RBI) both leading the team with three hits. Carlos Ruiz followed with two singles. Ben Francisco (Single), Raul Ibanez (Double), Wilson Valdez (Single) and Michael Martinez (Single) had the other four Phils’ hits.

The Phils (94-48, 1st East) will conclude their four-game series with the Brewers (85-62, 1st Central) with a game already in progress.

33 games in 31 days: Game #11: The Phils’ “B” team explode for six-runs in the sixth as the Phils rout the Brewers, 7-2.

The Phils’ “B” team explode in the sixth inning, scoring six runs, on their way to a 7-2 rout of the Brew Crew.

The Brewers took a 1-0 lead in the fifth as, with one man out, Yuniesky Betancourt hits a solo home run, his eleventh home run of the season. The Phils tied the game at one as, with a runner on second, and with two men out, Wilson Valdez hits an RBI double, knocking in Shane Victorino, who had earlier doubled, on a played that was then reviewed and concluded that he had indeed hit a double near the corner to left. The Phils then took the lead two batters later as, after Placido Polanco had walked, Hunter Pence hits a two-run triple, scoring both Valdez and Polanco, giving the Phils a 3-1 lead. John Mayberry, Jr. then followed with an RBI infield single, knocking in Pence, as he beat shortstop Betancourt’s throw to first, although replay would later show that he was actually out, giving the Phils a 4-1 lead. The Phils then made it a 5-1 lead as, after Mayberry had stolen second base, Carlos Ruiz  brought him home with an RBI ground-rule double. Ben Francisco then made it a 6-1 Phils’ lead with an RBI single, scoring Ruiz. The Brewers got a run back in their half of the sixth as, with one man out, Corey Hart hits a solo home run, his twenty-fourth home run of the year, making it a 6-2 Phils’ lead. The Phils would get the run back in the ninth as, with one man on, and with two men out, Pence hits an RBI double, scoring Valdez, who had earlier singled, giving the Phils a 7-2 lead. That would end up being the final score as Cole Hamels pitched a complete game as he pitched a 1-2-3 ninth.

Cole Hamels (14-7, 2.60) gets the win as he pitched a complete game, giving up two runs on four hits and two walks, while striking out two. Chris Narveson (10-7, 4.46) took the lost as he pitched five and two-thirds innings, giving up six runs on seven hits and two walks, while striking out two. Tim Dillard and Marco Estrada combined for two and one-third scoreless innings, giving up three hits (Dillard (2), Estrada (1)) and a walk (Estrada), while striking out two (one each) between them. Frankie De La Cruz pitched an inning, giving up a run on two hits and a walk, while striking out one.

The Phils had twelve hits in the ballgame, with Wilson Valdez (Single, Double, RBI), Hunter Pence (Double, Triple, 3 RBIs), John Mayberry, Jr. (Singles, RBI) and Ben Francisco (Singles, RBI), all leading the team with two hits each. Shane Victorino (Double), Placido Polanco (Single), Carlos Ruiz (Double, RBI) and Michael Martinez (Single), had the other four Phils’ hits.

The Phils (92-48, 1st East) continue their series with the Brewers (85-60, 1st Central) with a night game tonight. The game will be played at Miller Park, and it will begin at 8:10 pm CDT (7:10 pm EDT). The Phils will send to the mound their ace Roy Halladay (16-5, 2.49), who is coming off a no-decision against the Marlins on September 4, as he went six innings, giving up two runs on nine hits and a walk, while striking four, in the Phils’ 5-4 extra-innings lost. He will be gunning once again for his seventeenth win of the season, while trying to pitch the Phils into a five-game winning streak. The Brewers will try to counter with Shaun Marcum (12-5, 3.11), who is coming off a win against the Astros on September 4, as he went seven innings, giving up just a hit and a walk, while striking out eight, in the Brewers’ 4-0 win. He will be trying to even up the series. The Phils will be trying to continue their present winning streak.

The Phils’ offense continue to roll as they defeat the Mets, 9-4.

The Phils’ bats continue to roll along as they defeat the Mets, 9-4.

The Mets tried to take the lead in the first as, with runners on the corners, via singles by Angel Pagan and Ruben Tejada, with Pagan stopping at third, and with nobody out, before Vance Worley got out of trouble by first getting David Wright to hit into a fielder’s choice ground out, forcing out Pagan at home, 5-2, while moving Tejada to second base, before striking out Lucas Duda looking, for the inning’s second out, and then, after loading the bases via a walk to Jason Bay, moving up both runners, striking out Nick Evans looking. The Mets tried again in the second as they put runners on second and third, via a single by Josh Thole, and a double by Justin Turner, sending Thole to third, with nobody out, but Worley got out of the inning by striking out Jon Niese, Pagan and Tejada, all looking. The Phils took the lead in the third as, with one man out, Shane Victorino hits a solo home run, his fourteenth home run of the season, giving the Phils a 1-0-lead. The Phils then took a 4-0 lead as, with two men on, and with two men out, John Mayberry, Jr. hits a three-run home run, his twelfth home run of the year, scoring Placido Polanco who had earlier singled, then moved up to second base when Chase Utley was hit by the pitch, and Utley, who was just hit by a pitch. The Phils added to their lead in the fourth as, with one man on, and with two men out, Polanco hits an RBI single, scoring Worley, who had earlier singled, then moved up to second base on Victorinio’s ground out, 3-unassisted, giving the Phils a 5-0 lead. The Phils increased their lead in the fifth as, with the bases loaded, via singles by Hunter Pence and Mayberry, with Pence stopping at second base, and a walk to Ben Francisco, moving up both runners, and with nobody out, Wilson Valdez hits a sacrifice fly, scoring Pence, making it a 6-0 Phils’ lead, while sending Mayberry to third base. Two batters later, after Brian Schneider had hit into a fielder’s choice ground out, 3-2, with Mayberry being tagged out at home plate, and Francisco moving up to second base, Worley hits an RBI single, knocking in Francisco, giving the Phils a 7-0 lead, while sending Schneider up to second base. The Phils then made it a 9-0 lead as Victorino hits a two-run triple, knocking in both Schneider and Worley. The Mets would finally get on the scoreboard in the seventh as, with a runner on third, and with one man out, Turner hits an RBI ground out, 4-3, scoring Evans, who had earlier doubled, then went to third on Thole’s ground out, 4-3, making it a 9-1 Phils’ lead. The Mets then cut the Phils’ lead down to 9-3 in the eighth as, with one man on, and with two men out, Duda hits a two-run home run, his seventh home run of the season, knocking in Willie Harris, who had just singled. The Mets then made it a 9-4 Phils’ lead in the ninth as, with one man on, and with nobody out, Thole hits an RBI ground out, 5-3, scoring Evans, who had earlier tripled. That would end up being the final score as Michael Stutes got the last two outs to end the ballgame.

Vance Worley (9-1, 2.65) gets the win, as he pitches seven inning, giving up a run on five hits and a walk, while striking out nine. Michael Stutes pitched two innings, giving up three runs on four hits. Jon Niese (11-11, 4.40) took the lost as he lasted only four innings plus three batters, giving up eight runs on ten hits and a walk, while striking out six. Pedro Beato pitched two innings, giving up a run on two hits. Ryota Igarashi, Tim Byrdak and Bobby Parnell combined for two scoreless innings, giving up a hit (Igarashi), while striking out two (Byrdak) between them.

The Phils had thirteen hits in the ballgame, with Ben Francisco leading the team with three hits, two singles and a double. Shane Victorino (Triple, Home Run, 3 RBIs), Placido Polanco (Singles, RBI), John Mayberry, Jr (Single, Home Run, 3 RBIs) and Vance Worley (Singles, RBI), all followed with two hits each. Hunter Pence (Single) and Wilson Valdez (Double, RBI), had the other two Phils’ hits.

The Phils (83-44, 1st) will conclude their series with the Mets (60-68, 4th) with an afternoon game today, already in progress.