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Moves the Phils have made during the past off-season…

Philadelphia_PhilliesAs the Phils’ 2013 season wounded down, with the club wounding up in fourth place in the five-team NL East with a 73-89, .451 record, 23 games behind the first-place Atlanta Braves, the Phils first post-season move was to make interim manager, Hall of Famer Ryan Sandberg, the team’s 52nd manager, by signing him to a three-year contract on September 22, 2013. The Phils’ next move was to announce on September 30 that Rich Dubee was not returning as the team’s pitching coach, ending a nine season relationship with the Phils, as the team started to look for a new pitching coach. On that same day, they announced that they were promoting from the team’s Minor League system, Paul Fournier, as the team’s new strength and conditioning coach, replacing Doug Lien, who had held that position for the previous six seasons, as the club hopes to improve the team’s overall health.

The Phils next move was to make a shake-up in their 40 men roster as they outrighted infielders Michael Martinez and Pete Orr, right-handed pitcher Zach Miner and lefthander Mauricio Robles on October 3, while, on that same day, the Indians picked up right-hander Tyler Cloyd off of the waiver-wire, while the Astros picked up leftie Raul Valdes, opening up six spots on the roster.

Two days later, on October 5, the Phils announced that they would not be renewing the contract of bullpen catcher, Mick Billmeyer, who had been with the club since 2004, first as the catching instructor, then as the bullpen coach in 2009, before becoming the bullpen catcher in 2012. The next Phils move came from out of the blue as, on October 8, former Phils’ player and one time Phils’ manager, and fan favorite, Larry Bowa, rejoined the team as the new bench coach, while another ex-Phil, Pete Mackanin, would join the team as the new third base coach. The Phils also announced that Steve Henderson would remain as the team’s hitting coach while Wally Joyner would leave as the team’s assistant hitting coach, later being hired by the Detroit Tigers as their new hitting coach, while John Mizerock would later become the new assistant hitting coach and Jesus Tiamo would become the new catcher coach, as Juan Samuel would stay on as the team’s first base coach, while Rod Nichols would remain the bullpen coach.

The next move occurred on October 17 as John Lannan decided to become a free agent after he had been outrighted by the club, after refusing assignment.

Then on November 5, the Phils announced that they were hiring Scott Freedman to help the ballclub better understand the use of analytics in the evaluation of players. Seven days later, on November 12, the Phils announced their first free agent signing, as they signed right fielder Marlon Byrd to a two-year contract worth $16 million dollars. Byrd, who is a right-handed batter, and an ex-Phil, has played in the majors from 2002, having played for the Phils (2002-05), the Nats (2005-06), the Rangers (2007-09), the Cubs (2010-12), the Red Sox (2012), the Mets (2013) and the Pirates (2013), appearing in 1250 games, hitting .280 (1222 for 4367), knocking in 533 RBIs as he scored 600 times. Among his 1222 hits were 252 doubles, 32 triples and 106 HRs, while he has also walked 307 times. The Phils plan to use him in the line-up behind Chase Utley and Ryan Howard, the later of whom the team hopes will bounce back from several injuries plagued seasons and regain his form as the team’s RBI and home runs leader. The Phils next announced on November 15 that they have given four players minor league contracts with invites to spring training: right-hander Shawn Camp, left-hander Cesar Jimenez and outfielders Clete Thomas and Leandro Castro.

The Phils then announced on November 18 that they have resigned present catcher Carlos Ruiz to a three-year deal worth $26 million dollars with a team option of $4.5 million or a $500,000 buyout for 2017. The next day, the team announced that they have signed a minor league contract, with a spring training invitation, to infielder Reid Brignac, who would be competing for a utility infielder position with Kevin Frandsen and Freddy Galvis. On November 20, the Phils announced that they were adding four minor league prospects to their 40-man roster to keep them from being picked up by other teams in December’s 5-Rule draft: outfielders Aaron Altherr and Kelly Dugan, catcher Tommy Joseph and left-hander Rob Rasmussen.

The following day, November 22, the Phils signed Bob McClure as their new pitching coach, replacing Dubee. On that same day, they announced that they have signed infielder Andres Blanco to a minor league contract, with an invite to spring training.

On December 4, the Phils made a trade with the Blue Jays, receiving right-handed pitcher Brad Lincoln in exchange for catcher Erik Kratz and minor league pitcher Rasmussen. Lincoln, who has pitched for the Pirates and the Blue Jays (2010-13) has appeared in 97 games, 22 of which was as a starter, for a record of 9-11 with a 4.66 ERA. With one career save in two attempts, he has pitched in 220 games, giving up 228 hits, 123 runs, 114 of which were earned, as he struck out 167 batters while walking only 77. The Phils will likely use him in the bullpen. After the trade, the ballclub would sign catcher Wil Nieves to a one-year deal on December 5, as the team’s back-up catcher. Nieves, who has played for the Padres (2002), the Yankees (2005-2007), the Nats (2008-10), the Brewers (2011), the Diamondbacks (2012), the Rockies (2012-13) and the Diamondbacks again (2013), has appeared in 385 games, hitting .242 (249 for 1029), with 46 doubles, 2 triples and 8 home runs, as he knocked in 103 RBIs while scoring 78 times. He has also walked 59 times. On that same day, the Phils signed right-handed pitcher Jeff Manship to a minor league contract with a spring training invitation.

Then, on December 9, Roy Halladay announced his retirement from baseball, ending a 16-year career with the Blue Jays and the Phils, as he didn’t think he would be able to pitch after his most recent arm injury. Halladay, who said that he had signed a one-day contract with the Blue Jays to end his career as a Jay, and had paid a full page ad in the Philly newspaper thanking the Phils fans for their support during his time as a Phils (2010-13), had appeared in 416 career games, 390 as a starter, with a career record of 203-105, with a 3.38 ERA and a career save, had completed 67 games, 20 for shutouts, as he pitched in 2749.1 total innings, striking out 2117 batters as he walked only 592, as he gave up 2646 hits and 1135 runs, only 1034 of which were earned. He also threw a perfect game and a no-hitter in the post-season, both of which occurred during his first season as a Phil (2010). Thanks for being a member of the Phils, Roy, and being a class act, and wish you luck getting into the Hall.

On December 12, through the Rule 5-draft, the Phils would acquire right-hander Kevin Munson from the Diamondbacks’ Reno club, while they would lose right-hander Seth Rosin to the Mets, who would then trade him to the Dodgers for cash in the major league portion of the draft, and shortstop Jonathan Roof to the Red Sox in the Triple-A part of it, both from their Reading affiliate.

Next, on December 18, the Phils signed a one-year deal with right-hander Roberto Hernandez for $4.5 million dollars, plus performance and award bonuses. Hernandez, who has previous pitched for the Indians (2006-12) and the Blue Jays (2013), has appeared in 216 games, 177 as a starter, with a 59-82 record, with a 4.67 ERA. He will be part of the Phils’ starting rotation, along with Cole Hamels, Cliff Lee, Kyle Kendrick and Jonathan Pettibone.

In January, the Phils made a new TV-deal with Comcast for 25-year, which included broadcasters Chris Wheeler and Gary Matthews not returning to the broadcast booth. On the 14, the Phils had four players file for salary arbitration: outfielders Ben Revere and John Mayberry, Jr. and pitchers Antonio Bastardo and Kendrick. The next day, January 15, the Phils announce that former manger Charlie Manuel would be returning to the team as a consultant to general manager Ruben Amaro, Jr. On the 17, the Phils announced that two of the four arbitration eligible players have signed one-year deals: Mayberry, who had agreed to a 1.587 million dollar deal, while Kendrick had agreed to one worth 7.675 million. The Phils then signed two minor league deals on the 21, one to veteran right-hander Chad Gaudin, and one to former Phil and veteran outfielder Bobby Abreu, with both being given spring training invites. On that same day, the Phils and Bastardo agreed to a one-year contract worth $2 million dollars. Three days later, on the 24, Ben Revere signed a one-year deal with the Phils for $ 1.95 million dollar.

With that, the last bit of news is that the Phils might be replacing Wheeler and Matthews with former Phils Matt Stairs and Jamie Moyer, both of whom have impressed the Phils in their separate interviews to join the broadcast team, and that finally, yesterday, the equipment truck has started heading south for the spring training facilities in Clearwater, Florida from Citizens Bank Park in Philly. It is now six more days before catchers and pitchers are suppose to appear in Clearwater.

Can’t wait for Spring Training to officially start. 🙂

The Phils are unable to complete the sweep as they lose to the Dodgers in extra-innings, 5-3.

The Phils are not able to sweep the Dodgers as they lose a tough one in extra-innings, losing to the Dodgers, 5-3.

The Dodgers took the lead in the second as Juan Rivera hits a lead-off home run, his fourth home run of the year, giving the Dodgers a 1-0 lead. The Phils tied the game up at one-all in the fourth as, with a man on second, and with one man out, Carlos Ruiz hits an RBI single, knocking in Shane Victorino, who had started the inning off with a single, then stole second base. The game would stay a pitchers’ duel until the tenth when the Phils took the lead as, with the bases loaded, via a walk to Jimmy Rollins, who is then moved up to second base on Victorino’s sacrifice bunt, 1-4, Chase Utley being intentionally walked and a walk to Ruiz, moving up a base both Rollins and Utley, and with one man out, Hunter Pence hits a two-run single, scoring Rollins and Utley, giving the Phils a 3-1 lead, while sending Ruiz up to second base. The Dodgers would cut the Phils’ lead down to 3-2 in their half of the tenth as, with a runner on second base, and with one man out, pinch hitter Bobby Abreu hits an RBI single to left that was out of the reach of shortstop Rollins, scoring Luis Cruz, who had started the inning off with a double. Three batters later, after Abreu had stolen second base, and then stopped at third base on Tony Gwynn, Jr’s infield single, and with two men out, the Dodgers tied the game up at three-all as Matt Kemp hits an RBI infield single, as he just beat Rollins’ throw to first base, knocking in Abreu, while Gwynn would move up to second base on the play. The Dodgers then won the game in the twelfth as, with one man on, and with one man out, Kemp hits a two-run home run, his thirteeth home run of the season, knocking in Mark Ellis, who had just walked, giving the Dodgers a walk-off 5-3 win.

Cliff Lee received a no-decision as he pitched eight strong innings, giving up just one run on two hits and a walk, while striking out four. Antonio Bastardo, Kyle Kendrick, Jeremy Horst (pitching to one batter) and Michael Schwimer would combine for a scoreless inning, giving up two hits (Bastardo (1), Horst (1)) and a walk (Schwimer) between them, while striking out three batters (Bastardo (1), Kendrick (1), Schwimer (1)). Jonathan Papelbon committed his third blown save of the season as he pitched an inning, giving up two runs on four hits, while striking out two. Jake Diekman (1-1, 5.03) took the lost as he pitched an inning and a third, giving up two runs on two hits and two walks, while striking out a batter. Clayton Kershaw also received a no-decision as he pitched eight strong innings, giving up a run on five scattered hits, while striking out seven. Kenley Jansen pitched a scoreless inning, as he gave up a hit and two walks, while striking out a batter. Javy Guerra pitched a third of an inning, giving up two runs on a hit and three walks. Scott Elbert pitched two-thirds of an inning, getting out both men that he would face. Josh Lindblom pitched a scoreless inning, giving up a hit, while he struck out two. Jamey Wright (4-2, 3.58) got the win as he threw a scoreless inning, giving up a hit and a walk.

The Phils had nine hits in the ballgame, with Shane Victorino leading the team with three hits, two singles and a double, followed by Carlos Ruiz (Singles, RBI) with two hits. Chase Utley, Hunter Pence (2 RBIs), John Mayberry, Jr. and pinch hitter Ryan Howard had the other four Phils’ hits, all singles. The Phils also had six walks, and two stolen bases (Victorino (20 & 21)) in the game.

The Phils (41-52, 5th East) have the day off today.

The Phils losing streak rises to four games as Cliff Lee is once again denied his first win of 2012, as the Phils lose to the Dodgers, 2-1.

Another pitching gem by Cliff Lee is wasted as the Phils’ lack of run support while he is on the mound continue as the Phils lose to the Dodgers, 2-1.

The Phils took the lead in the first as, with a man on third, and with one man out, Hunter Pence hits an RBI single, scoring Jimmy Rollins, who had started the inning off with a double, then moved up to third base on Juan Pierre’s fly out to center, giving the Phils a 1-0 lead. The next six innings would see a pitchers’ duel between Phils’ starter Cliff Lee, who would only allow two hits and a walk, while striking out a season’s high twelve Dodgers, and Dodgers’ starter Chad Billingsley, who would give up just four more hits after the Pence’s single and a walk, while striking out only three Phils, before being lifted for a pinch hitter in the top of the eighth. The Dodgers would then start to put pressure on Lee in the eighth inning as Matt Treanor started the inning off with a double to center. The next batter, Tony Gwynn, Jr., tried to bunt Treanor over to third base, but the move fails as Lee quickly retrieved the ball, and threw it over to third base, whereupon third baseman Placido Polanco tags out Treanor for the inning’s first out on a 1-5 fielder’s choice, as Gwynn reaches first base safely. The next batter, pinch hitter Bobby Abreu then follows with a single to right, sending Gwynn up to second base, before Gwynn continues on to third base. Gwynn is gun down at third base by a strong throw from Pence, as Polanco applies the tag for the inning’s second out, 9-5, while Abreu stays at first base. With a chance to get out of the inning, Lee is unable to do so as Dee Gordon hits a single to right, moving Abreu up to second base. The Dodgers then take the lead as Elian Herrera hits a tw0-run double, knocking in both Abreu and Gordon, giving the Dodgers a 2-1 lead. That would end up being the final score as Kenley Jansen collected his eighth save of the year as he threw a scoreless ninth, getting Freddy Galvis to end the game by striking out, swinging.

Cliff Lee (0-3, 2.92) took the lost as he went seven and two-thirds innings, giving up two runs on six hits and a walk, while striking out twelve, as he is once again denied his first win of the 2012 season. Chad Qualls threw an inning and a third, giving up no hits. Chad Billingsley (3-4, 3.80) gets the win as he pitched seven innings, giving up a run on six hits and a walk, while striking out three. Josh Lindblom collected his twelfth hold of the season as he threw a 1-2-3 inning. Kenley Jensen received his eighth save of the season as he pitched a scoreless ninth, giving up a hit, while striking out two Phils.

The Phils had seven hits in the ballgame, with Jimmy Rollins (Single, Double), Hunter Pence (Singles, RBI) and Ty Wigginton (Singles) all leading the team with two hits each. Shane Victorino had the other Phil hit, a single. The Phils also had a walk in the game, as they were unable to get anything going after the first inning.

The Phils (28-29, 5th East) will continue their series with the Dodgers (35-21, 1st West) tonight with another night game. The game will start at 7:05 pm EDT and will be played at Citizens Bank Park. The Phils will send to the mound Kyle Kendrick (2-4, 4.02), who is coming off a win against the Marlins on June 1, as he threw five and a third innings, giving up two runs on eight hits and three walks, while striking out four, in the Phils’ 6-4 win. Kendrick will be trying to end the Phils’ present slide, while going after his third straight win. The Dodgers will counter with Chris Capuano (7-2, 2.12), who is coming off a lost against the Rockies on June 1, as he went five and a third innings, giving up four runs on seven hits and four walks, while striking out three, in the Dodgers’ 13-3 lost. He will be going for his eighth win of the season. The Phils will be trying to end their present losing streak.

The Phils begin their four-game series with the Dodgers with a lose as Papelbon is unable to keep the Dodgers from scoring in the top of the ninth, as the Phils lose, 4-3.

The Phils lose their third straight game, as Papelbon is unable to secure the ninth inning, as the Phils drop one to the Dodgers, 4-3.

The Dodgers took the lead in the first as, with two men on, and with one man out, Juan Rivera hits an RBI single, scoring Elian Herrera, who had earlier walked, then stole second base, giving the Dodgers a 1-0 lead, while sending Andre Ethier, who had just walked, on to third base. The Dodgers then took a 2-0 lead as Bobby Abreu hits an RBI single, knocking in Ethier, while moving Rivera up to second base. The Dodgers added to their lead in the second as, with a man on third, and with one man out, Dee Gordon hits an RBI single, scoring Adam Kennedy, who had started the inning off with a double, then went to third base on Clayton Kershaw’s sacrifice bunt, 1-4, giving the Dodgers a 3-0 lead. The Phils would get a run back in the third as, with one man on, and with nobody out, Freddy Galvis hits an RBI single, knocking in John Mayberry, Jr., who had started the inning off with a double, making it a 3-1 Dodgers lead. The Phils then tied up the ballgame at three-all three batters later, after Vance Worley moves Galvis up to second base on a sacrifice bunt, 1-4, and with two men out, Placido Polanco hits a two-run home run, his second home run of the season, scoring Galvis. The game would remain tied until the ninth inning as the Dodgers retake the lead as, with a runner on third, and with nobody out, Herrera hits an RBI single, knocking in Gordon, who had started the inning off with a triple, giving the Dodgers a 4-3 lead. That would end up being the final score as Kenley Jensen converted his seventh save of the season as he pitched a 1-2-3 ninth.

Vance Worley received a no-decision as he went four innings, giving up three runs on five hits and three walks, while striking out four. Joe Savery and Antonio Bastardo combined for four scoreless innings, giving up two hits ( one hit each) between them, while striking out six (three each). Jonathan Papelbon (0-2, 2.31) took the lost as he pitched an inning, giving up a run on two hits, while striking out two. Clayton Kershaw also received a no-decision as he threw seven innings, giving up three runs on eight hits, while striking out five. Ronald Belisario (1-0, 1.26) got the win as he pitched a 1-2-3 inning. Kenley Jensen collected his seventh save of the year as he threw a 1-2-3 inning, striking out two Phils.

The Phils had eight hits in the game, with Jimmy Rollins (Single, Triple), Placido Polanco (Single, Home Run, 2 RBIs) and Freddy Galvis (Singles, RBI) all leading the Phils with two hits each. Carlos Ruiz (Single) and John Mayberry, Jr. (Double) had the other two Phils’ hits.

The Phils (28-28, 5th East) continue their series with the Dodgers (34-21, 1st West) with a game now in progress.

Philadelphia Phillies – Awards: Triples Champions.

In the Phillies’ 126-years existance as a member of the National League, the team has won only sixteen triples championships. Ten Phils have won those sixteen titles, with four of them winning multiple titles, while one player would win it while playing for two teams and five players won the title while tied with one or more players.

The first Phil to win the triples title was Hall of Famer Ed Delahanty who won his only triples title of his fine career in 1892 with twenty-one triples. No Phil would win the triples title for the next fifty-five years. The next Phillie player to win the triples title was Harry ‘the Hat’ Walker, winning it in 1947 playing for both the St. Louis Cardinals and the Phillies, as he hit sixteen triples. Three years later, the third Phil to win the title was Hall of Famer Richie Ashburn who had fourteen triples in 1950, the year that the Phils won their second National League title. Ashburn won his second triples title in 1958 with thirteen triples. Johnny Callison became the fourth Phillie player to win the title, as he was tied with Willie Davis and Maury Wills of the Los Angeles Dodgers and Bill Virdon of the Pittsburgh Pirates, as all four men hit ten triples in 1962. Two years later, in 1964, Rookie of the Year winner Dick Allen became the fifth Phil to win the title, as he was tied with Ron Santo of the Chicago Cubs, with each man getting thirteen triples. The next year, 1965, Callison won his second triples title, this time by himself, as he hit sixteen three-baggers. In 1972, Larry Bowa won the eighth triples title won by a Phil player, the sixth Phil to do so, by hitting thirteen triples. Dave Cash became the seventh Phil to capture the triples title by getting twelve triples in 1976, the year that the Phillies won the first of their three straight National League Eastern Division titles. In 1984, Juan Samuel won the title, the eighth Phillie player to win it, as he tied with Hall of Famer Ryne Sandberg of the Cubs, with each man hitting nineteen triples. Samuel won the title outright four years later in 1987, as he hit fifteen triples. In 1999, Bobby Abreu won the twelfth triples title won by a Phillie player, the ninth Phil to do so, as he tied with Neifi Perez of the Colorado Rockies, with each man hitting eleven three-baggers. The tenth and last Phil to win the triples title, Jimmy Rollins, won the first of his, so far, four triples titles by hitting twelve triples in 2001. He won his second title the following year, 2002, with ten three-baggers. Rollins won his third triples title in 2004, as he was tied with Jack Wilson of the Pittsburgh Pirates and Juan Pierre of the Florida Marlins, with all three men hitting twelve triples. Rollins won his fourth and most recent title, the sixteenth won by a Phil, in 2007, as he hit twenty triples.

Of the sixteen titles wins, only three of them were won by a Hall of Famer (Ed Delahanty (1), Richie Ashburn (2)). Jimmy Rollins has so far won the most triples titles as a Phil with four title victories, followed by Ashburn, Juan Samuel and Johnny Callison with two titles wins each. Delahanty is the Phillie player to hit the most triples while winning the title with twenty-one triples, while Johnny Callison (in 1962) and Jimmy Rollins (in 2002) both won the title with the least triples with ten of them. Callison, Dick Allen, Samuel, Bobby Abreu and Rollins each won the triples title while tied with another NL player, with Callison being involved in a four way tie in 1962 and Rollins in a three-men tie in 2004. The Phillies had one triples title win in the 19th Century, eleven in the 20th Century and so far, four triples title wins in the 21st Century.

Who will win the next triples title as a Phillie? Please, that’s a no-brainer. J-Roll, who else.

Philadelphia Phillies – Awards: Doubles Champions.

In the club’s 126 years existence as a member of the National League, members of the team would win the doubles title eighteen times. The title would be won by thirteen difference Phils, with at least one Phil winning it four times, while three Phils would win the title with another National Leaguer.

The first Phil player to hit the most doubles in one season was Hall of Famer Sam Thompson, winning it in 1890 with 41 doubles. The second Phil to win the title was fellow Hall of Famer Roger Connor, who won the title in 1892 with 37 doubles. In 1893, Thompson regains the crown, hitting 37 doubles that season. Two years later, in 1895, Hall of Famer Ed Delahanty becomes the third Phil to win the title as he wins the first of his four double titles, winning it with 49 doubles. He would make it two years in a row by winning the title again in 1896 with 44 doubles. In 1898, Hall of Famer Nap Lajoie becomes the fourth Phil to win the title, slugging 43 doubles. The following year, 1899, Delahanty regains the title, as he hits 55 doubles. Delahanty wins his fourth and last doubles title as a Phil in 1901, tied for the lead with Tom Daly of the Brooklyn Superbas (now the Los Angeles Dodgers) with 38 doubles. Sherry Magee becomes the fifth Phil to win the title, as he hits 39 doubles in 1914. Two year laters, in 1916, Bert Niehoff becomes the next Phil to win the title, doing it with 42 doubles. Hall of Famer Chuck Klein becomes the seventh Phil to win the doubles crown, hitting 59 doubles in 1930, setting the club record for most doubles in a season. He would regain the title in 1933, the year of his Triple Crown performance, as he slugged 44 doubles. In 1934, Ethan Allen would become the eighth Phil to win the title, as he ended the season tied with Hall of Famer Kiki Cuyler, with the two men both hitting 42 doubles. It would then be another 32 years before another Phil would win the title. Johnny Callison becomes the ninth Phil to win the title, winning it in 1966 with 40 doubles. Willie Montanez wins the title next, becoming the tenth Phil to win the title, tied with César Cedeño of the Houston Astros in 1972, with each man hitting 39 doubles. Pete Rose becomes the eleventh Phil to win the doubles title, as he hits 42 doubles in 1980, helping lead the Phillies to the World Series title that season. The twelfth Phillie player to win the title would be Von Hayes, as he hits 46 doubles in 1986. Bobby Abreu would be the thirteenth, and at the moment, last Phil to win the doubles title, as he hits 50 two-baggers in 2002.

Of the eighteen titles, five Hall of Famers would win ten of them, with one of the wins being a shared title win. Chuck Klein wins the title with the most doubles hit by a Phillie player, hitting 59 two-baggers in 1930, setting the franchise record in the process. Roger Connor and Sam Thompson are the Phils who win the title with the least number of doubles hit, as both men hit 37 doubles in 1892 and 1893, respectively. Ed Delahanty wins the most titles as a Phil with four, followed by Thompson and Klein with two title wins each. The Phils would win the title seven times in the 19th Century, ten times in the 20th Century, and, so far, once in the 21st Century.

Who will be the next Phillie player to win the title? I have no guess at this time.

With Junior resting, the Phillies hang on to defeat the Reds, 5-4.

Without worrying about Ken Griffey’s Jr.’s bat being in the Reds’ lineup as Junior was taking the day off because of soreness from participating in Sunday’s afternoon game against the Braves, the Phils would hang on to defeat the Reds, 5-4. The Phillies would take a quick 2-0 lead in the first on Chase Utley’s major league leading twenty-first home run of the year off of Reds’ starter Bronson Arroyo, scoring Shane Victorino, who has gotten on base earlier with a single. Utley has now homered in five straight games, tying a franchise record, which has been earlier accomplished by Bobby Abreu (2005), Mike Schmidt (1979) and Dick Allen (1969). The Red would get a run back in the top of the fourth when Jay Bruce would hit his third home run of the year off of Phillies’ starter Kyle Kendrick, making the score 2-1 Phils. In the Phillies’ half of the inning, they would increase their lead as Pedro Feliz would hit his eighth home run of the season, knocking in Geoff Jenkins, who has earlier doubled, making it 4-1 Phillies. Chis Coste would then follow him with a solo shot of his own off of Arroyo, his sixth home run of the year, to make it a 5-1 Phillies’ lead. Edwin Encarnacion would then cut the Phillies’ lead down to 5-2 when he hits a lead off home run off of Kendrick in the fifth, for his ninth home run of the season. One inning later, the Reds would shorten the lead to 5-4 Phillies when, with two out and two men on, Adam Dunn would hit a two-run double off of Chad Durbin, who was pitching in relief of Kendrick, scoring Ryan Freel, who got on base earlier by being safe on a force out, and Bruce, who has earlier singled. Durbin would then get out of the inning with a strike out. That would be it for the Reds as Durbin, Tom Gordon and Brad Lidge would only give up a single among them in the last three innings, with Lidge recording his fourteenth save of the year.

Kyle Kendrck would get the win, as he would pitch five and one-third innings, giving up all four earned runs on five hits. His record is now 5-2 with an ERA of 5.00. Chad Durbin would pitch one and two-thirds innings of relief, giving up no earned runs on two hits. Tom Gordon and Brad Lidge would each pitch a 1-2-3 inning, both giving up no runs on no hits, while Lidge would record his fourteenth save of the year. Bronson Arroyo would get the lost, as he would go only four and a third innings, giving up all five earned runs on ten hits. His record is now 4-5 with an ERA of 5.61. Gary Majewski would pitch one and two-third innings in relief, giving up no runs on one hit. Bill Bray would pitch two-thirds of an inning, giving up no runs on no hits while walking two. David Weathers would pitch an inning and a third in relief, giving up no runs on one hit.

The Phillies’ offense continue its attack as it get twelve hits in the game, including five extra-base hits (2 (2B), 3 (HR)), as they lit up the ERA of yet another opposing starter. In spite of Chad Durbin allowing two runs to score, which would both be charged to Phils’ starter Kyle Kendrick, the Phillies’ bullpen would have yet another successful outing, as they slammed the door shut on the Reds. The Phillies are now nine games above .500 for the first time this season.

The Phillies-Reds four games series will continue tomorrow night from Citizens Bank Park. The game will begin at 7:05 pm Eastern. The Phillies’ (34-25) will be starting Adam Eaton (1-3, 4.99), who is coming off of his first victory of the season against the Rockies on May 28, when he would go six innings, giving up only an earned run on four hits, while striking out four and walking just one batter, in the Phillies’  6-1 win. His career record against the Reds is 2-0 with an ERA of 4.19 in six starts, which includes his earlier start this year against the Reds (28-30, 5th National League Central) on April 5, where he went seven and two-thirds innings, giving up three earned runs on six hits as he received a no-decision, in the Phillies’ 4-3 lost. He will be trying for his second win of the season, while hoping that the bats will once again gives him some runs. His opponent will be Aaron Harang (2-7, 3.81), who is coming off of a lost to the Pirates on May 29, where he would pitch only four innings, as he gives up six earned runs on ten hits, in the Reds’ 7-2 lost. He has already pitched against the Phillies, also versus Eaton, on April 5, where he would get a no-decision while pitching seven innings, giving up two earned runs on six hits, with six strikeouts. He will be trying to get his third win of the season while trying to avoid being involved in another bad start.

With their win, the Phillies are now a game and a half ahead of the second place Marlins, who have lost their game against the Braves in extra-innings. Their win against the Marlin will keep the Braves in third place, still trailing the Phils by three and a half games. The Mets’ lost to the Giants put them back into fourth place, four and a half games behind the Phillies. The Phillies hope to continue winning at home while increasing their lead against their rivals in the division.