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The Phils even the series as they blank the Padres, winning 3-0.

Philadelphia_PhilliesThe Phils win their first home game as they blank the Padres, 3-0.

The Phils break up a pitchers’ duel by taking the lead in the bottom of the sixth as, with a man on second, and with two men out, Odubel Herrera hits an RBI triple, knocking in Tyler Goeddel, who had started the inning off with a single, then moved up to second base on Padres’ pitcher Robbie Erlin’s wild pitch, giving the Phils a 1-0 lead. The Phils added to their lead in the bottom of the eighth as, with the bases loaded, via a lead-off walk by pinch-hitter Cedric Hunter, a walk by pitch-hitter Emmanuel Burris, moving Hunter up to second base and a walk to Herrera, moving both runners up a base, and with one man out, Maikel Franko hits into an RBI force out, 6-4, scoring Hunter, giving the Phils a 2-0 lead, before Burris comes home on second baseman Cory Spangenberg’s throwing error to first base, allowing Franco to reach base, and giving the Phils a 3-0 lead. The Padres then challenged the play, claiming that Herrera should’ve been called out for his slide under the new slide rule, which was rejected by the umpires, who upheld the call, allowing the two runs to score. That would end up being the final score as Jeanmar Gomez picked up his third save of the season by pitching a scoreless ninth, getting Alexi Amarista to ground out, 4-3, for the game’s final out.

Charlie Morton (1-1, 5.23) got the win as he pitched six and two-thirds shutout innings, giving up just three hits and four walks, while striking out seven. Hector Neris received his first hold of the season as he pitched a third of an inning, striking out the only batter that he would face. David Hernandez also collected his first hold of the season as he pitched a scoreless inning, giving up a walk, while striking out a batter. Jeanmar Gomez received his third save of the year as he threw a scoreless inning, giving up a hit. Robbie Erlin (1-1, 0.93) took the lost as he went six innings, giving up a run, on three hits, a wild pitch and two walks, while striking out seven. Ryan Buchter pitched a 1-2-3 inning. Kevin Quackenbush pitched a third of an inning, giving up two runs on no hits and two walks. Brad Hand pitched two-thirds of an inning, giving up a hit and a walk.

The Phils had only four hits in the game, an RBI triple by Odubel Herrera, a single by Ryan Howard, a single by Freddy Galvis and a single by Tyler Goeddel. The Phils also had five walks (Herrera (2), Carlos Ruiz, pinch-hitter Cedric Hunter, pinch-hitter Emmanuel Burris) in the game, while the defense threw out a base runner, performed two double plays and committed an error (Howard).

The Phils (3-5, T-3 NL East) will continue their four-game series with the Padres (3-5, T-4 NL West) with a night game tonight. The game will be played at Citizens Bank Park and is to start at 7:05 pm EDT. The Phils will send to the mound Jerad Eickhoff (0-1, 3.60), who is coming off a lost against the Mets on April 8, as he pitched five innings, giving up three runs, two of which were earned, on five hits and two walks, while striking out three, in the Phils’ 7-2 lost. He will be trying to even up his record, while trying to give the Phils the lead in the series. The Padres will counter with Colin Rea (0-0, 12.46), who is coming off a bad start against the Rockies on April 8, as he pitched three and a third innings, giving up five runs on six hits and four walks, while striking out five in the Padres’ 13-6 win. He will be trying for his first win of the season while trying to give the Padres the series’ lead. The Phils will be trying to take the series’ lead.

The Phils drop their home opener as they lose to the Padres, 4-3.

Philadelphia_PhilliesThe Phils lose their first game at home to the Padres, losing by the score of 4-3.

The Padres took the lead in the top of the third as, with two men on, and with one man out, Jon Jay hits an RBI double, knocking in Alexei Ramirez, who had started the inning off with a single, then stopped at second base on Alexi Amarista’s single, giving the Padres a 1-0 lead, while sending Amarista, who had earlier singled, on to third base. The Padres then made it a 2-0 lead as Cory Spangenberg hits an RBI groundout, 6-3, scoring Amarista, while moving Jay over to third base. The Padres then added to their lead in the top of the fourth as Wil Myers hits a lead-off home run, his second home run of the season, giving the Padres a 3-0 lead. The Phils got a run back in their half of the fourth as, with a runner on third, and with nobody out, Odubel Herrera hits an RBI single, knocking in Cesar Hernandez, who had started the inning off with a triple, making it a 3-1 Padres’ lead. The Phils then made it a 3-2 Padres’ lead in the bottom of the fifth as, with a runner on second, and with one man out, Peter Bourjos hits an RBI double, knocking in Cameron Rupp, who had started the inning off with a double. The Phils tied the game up at three-all in the bottom of the sixth as, with the bases loaded, via a lead-off walk to Hernandez, a single by Herrera, moving Hernandez up to second base, and a single by Maikel Franco, moving both runners up a base, and with nobody out, pinch-hitter Darin Ruf hits a sacrifice fly which sends home Hernandez, before Herrera is doubled up trying to go to third base, 6-5, while Franco moves up to second base, a play which the Phils then challenged and is later upheld by the umpires. The Padres retook the lead in the top of the seventh as, with runners on the corners, and with one man out, Derek Morris, who had earlier doubled, then moved up to third base on Ramirez’s infield single to third baseman Franco, whose throw to first was challenged by the Padres and was overturned by the umpires, scored on Amarista’s sacrifice bunt, 1-4, giving the Padres a 4-3 lead, while moving Ramirez, who had earlier reached base on a single, up to second base. That would end up being the final score as Fernando Rodney collected his first save of the season by throwing a scoreless ninth, getting Rupp to pop out to the second baseman for the game’s final out.

Aaron Nola (0-1, 3.21) took the lost as he pitched seven innings, giving up four runs on six hits, while striking out nine. James Russell and Dalier Hinojosa combined for two scoreless innings, giving up two walks (one walk each) between them. Andrew Cashner received a no-decision as he pitched five innings, plus three batters, as he gave up three runs on seven hits and a walk, while striking out five. Brad Hand committed his first blown save of the season as he pitched two-thirds of an inning. Kevin Quackenbush (1-0, 0.00) got the win as he pitched a third of an inning, striking out the only man he would face. Carlos Villanueva collected his first hold of the season as he pitched a 1-2-3 inning, striking out two. Brandon Maurer also received his first hold of the season as he threw a 1-2-3 inning, striking out a batter. Fernando Rodney collected his first save of the year as he pitched a scoreless inning, giving up a hit.

The Phils had eight hits in the game, with Maikel Franco leading the club with three hits, all singles, followed by Odubel Herrera (RBI) with two hits, also singles. Cesar Hernandez (Triple), Cameron Rupp (Double), Peter Bourjos (Double, RBI) had the other three hits. The Phiis’ final run came in on pinch-hitter Darin Ruf’s sacrifice fly-double play. The Phils’ offense had a walk (Hernandez) in the game, while the defense performed two doubleplays.

The Phils (2-5, 4th NL East) will continue their opening series at home with the Padres (3-4, 4th West) with a night game tonight. The game will be played at Citizens Bank Park and is to start at 7:05 pm EDT. The Phils will send to the mound Charlie Morton (0-1, 14.73), who is coming off a bad start against the Reds on April 7, as he went only three and two-thirds innings, giving up six runs on fives hits and two walks, in the Phils 10-6 lost. He will be trying to even up his record while trying to even up the present home series. The Padres will counter with Robbie Erlin (1-0, 0.00), who is coming off a win in relief against the Rockies on April 8, as he pitched three and two-thirds innings, giving up a hit, while striking out two, in the Padres’ 13-6 win. He will be trying to win the series for the Padres. The Phils will be trying to even up the series while going for their first win at home.

The Phils are swept in Cincinnati as the pitching staff continues being unable to hold leads, as the Phils lose to the Reds, 10-6.

Philadelphia_PhilliesThe Phils’ pitchers are once again unable to hold onto a lead as the Phils get swept in Cincinnati by the Reds, losing 10-6.

The Phils took the lead in the top of the third as, with two men on, and with two men out, Ryan Howard hits a single to right, moving Charlie Morton, who had started the inning off with an infield single, then moved up to second base on Freddy Galvis’ single, up to third base, while sending Galvis, who had earlier singled, on to second base, before Morton would score on right fielder Jay Bruce’s fielding error, giving the Phils a 1-0 lead. The Reds would tie the game up at one-all in their half of the third as, with a man on first, and with two men out, Scott Schebler hits an RBI double, scoring Tucker Barnhart, who had earlier walked. The Phils retook the lead in the top of the fourth as Cedric Hunter hits a lead-off home run, his first home run of the season, giving the Phils a 2-1 lead. The Reds then took the lead in their half of the fourth as, with two men on, via a lead-off infield single by Joey Votto, and a single by Adam Duvall, moving Votto up to second base, and with nobody out, Bruce hits a three-run home run, his first home run of the season, knocking in Votto and Duvall, giving the Reds a 4-2 lead. The Reds added to their lead six batters later as, with the bases loaded, via an one-out walk by Ivan DeJesus, who then stole second base, a single by Barnhart, sending DeJesus over to third base, a sacrifice bunt by Robert Stephenson, 1-4, for the inning’s second out, sending Barnhart up to second base, and a walk to Schebler, loading the bases, and with two men out, Eugenio Suarez busted the game open with a grand slam home run, his second home run of the season, knocking in DeJesus, Barnhart and Schebler, giving the Reds an 8-2 lead. The Reds then took a 9-2 lead three batters later as, with two men on, via walks to Votto and Duvall, with Votto moving up to second base, and with still two men out, Bruce hits an RBI single, scoring Votto, while sending Duvall on to second base, before moving up to third base, while Bruce would move up to second base, on center fielder Odubel Herrera’s fielding error. The Phils would get two runs back in the top of the fifth as, with one man on, and with two men out, Howard would hit a two-run home run, his first home run of the year, knocking in Maikel Franco, who had just walked, making it a 9-4 Reds’ lead. The Reds would get one of those runs back in the bottom of the seventh as Bruce hits a lead-off home run, his second home run of the season and of the game, giving the Reds a 10-4 lead. The Phils got two more runs back in the top of the eighth as, with one man on, and with one man out, Carlos Ruiz hits a two-run home run, his first home run of the year, knocking in Hunter, who had just walked, making it a 10-6 Reds’ lead. That would end up being the final score as Ross Ohlendorf pitched a scoreless ninth, getting Andres Blanco to hit into a force out, 4-6, forcing out Franco, who had earlier reached base after being hit by a pitch, at second base for the game’s final out.

Charlie Morton (0-1, 14.73) took the lost as he pitched just three and two-thirds innings, giving up six runs on five hits and two walks, while striking out three. Daniel Stumpf pitched to three batters, getting none of them out, as he gave up three runs on a hit and two walks. Brett Oberholtzer pitched three and a third innings, giving up a run on four hits and a walk, while striking out five. Dalier Hinojosa pitched a scoreless inning, giving up two hits, while striking out a batter. Robert Stephenson (1-0, 5.40) got the win as he pitched five innings, giving up four runs, three of which were earned, on six hits, two walks and a hit batter, while striking out one. Jumbo Diaz and Tony Cingrani would combine for two scoreless innings, giving up a hit (Cingrani) and a walk (Diaz) between them, while striking out three (Diaz (1), Cingrani (2)). Keyvius Sampson pitched an inning, giving up two runs on two hits and a walk, while striking out one. Ross Ohlendorf would pitch a scoreless ninth, hitting a batter, while striking out one.

The Phils had nine hits in the game, with Ryan Howard (Single, Home Run, 2 RBIs) and Carlos Ruiz (Double, Home Run, 2 RBIs) both leading the team with two hits. Freddy Galvis (Single), Maikel Franco (Double), Cedric Hunter (Home Run, RBI), Peter Bourjos (Double) and Charlie Morton (Single) had the other five Phils’ hits, while the final Phil run would come home on an error. The Phils also had four walks (Franco (2), Hunter, Ruiz) and two hit batters (Andres Blanco, Franco) in the ballgame, while the defense committed an error (Odubel Herrera) and picked off a Red runner (Hinojosa).

The Phils would move on to New York to start a three-game weekend series with the Mets at Citi Field starting with an afternoon game this Friday afternoon, which is presently in progress.

The Phils offense is once again shutout as they are three-hit by Pirates pitching as they lose, 3-0.

Philadelphia_PhilliesThe Phils gain only three hits, all by Chase Utley, as they are shutout for the third straight game as they lose to the Pirates, 3-0, in their last spring training game as tonight’s game has been cancelled due to rain.

The Pirates broke up a 0-0 tie in the top of the sixth as, with a man on second, and with one man out, Russell Martin hits an RBI double, knocking in Andrew McCutchen, who had earlier been safe at first on a force out, 5-4, wiping out at second base Travis Snider, who had started the inning off with a walk, then moved up to second base on Phillippe Aumont’s wild pitch, giving the Pirates a 1-0 lead. The Pirates then made it a 2-0 lead as Neil Walker hit an RBI single, scoring Martin. The Pirates then added to their lead in the eighth as, with a man on third, and with two men out, Clint Barmes hits an RBI single, knocking in Gaby Sanchez, who had earlier doubled, then moved up to third base on Jordy Mercer’s ground out, 3-unassisted, giving the Pirates a 3-0 lead. That would end up being the final score as Ryan Beckman collected his first save of the spring as he threw a 1-2-3 ninth inning, getting Jimmy Rollins to fly out to right for the game’s final out.

Kyle Kendrick pitched five shutout innings, giving up three hits and two walks, while striking out two. Phillippe Aumont (0-3, 4.05) took the lost as he went a third of an inning, giving up two runs on a hit, a walk and a wild pitch. Antonio Bastardo pitched two-thirds of an inning, giving up two hits. B.J. Rosenberg pitched a scoreless inning, giving up two hits and a walk, while striking out a batter. Mario Hollands pitched a third of an inning, getting out the only man whom he would face. Jake Diekman pitched two-thirds of an inning, giving up a run on two hits and a walk, while striking out a batter. Jonathan Papelbon pitched a 1-2-3 inning, striking out the side. Charlie Morton and Jason Grilli combined for four shutout innings, giving up two hits (one hit each) between them, while striking out a batter (Morton). Tony Watson (2-0, 0.00) got the win as he pitched a 1-2-3 inning. Bryan Morris collected his fourth hold of the spring as he threw a 1-2-3 inning, striking out a batter. Jeanmar Gomez received his second hold of the spring as he threw a scoreless inning, giving up a hit, while striking out a batter. Jhonathan Ramos received his first hold of the spring, as he threw a 1-2-3 inning. Ryan Beckman collected his first save of the spring, as he threw a 1-2-3 ninth.

The Phils had only three hits in the game, all by Chase Utley, two doubles and a single. The Phils had no walks in the game while the defense committed an error (Cody Asche) in the game, along with an outfield assist (Dom Brown) and a pickoff (B.J. Rosenberg).

The Phils ended spring training on a sour note as tonight’s game was rained out. Their next game will be their season opener against the Texas Rangers at Globe Life Park in Arlington, Texas. The game is to start at 2:05 pm EDT (1:05 pm CDT). The Phils will send to the mound Cliff Lee (0-0,  -.–) while the Rangers will counter with Tanner Scheppers (0-0, -.–). The Phils will be trying to start the 2014 season on a good note, while planning to break out of their present hitting slump.

The Phils end their Grapefruit League season on a sour note as they are shutout for the second straight game as they lose to the Blue Jays, 3-0.

Philadelphia_PhilliesThe Phils end their Grapefruit League portion of spring training on a low note as they end up being shutout for the second straight game as they lose to the Blue Jays, 3-0.

The Blue Jays took the lead in the top of the fourth as, with a runner on third, and with one man out, Dioner Navarro hits a sacrifice fly, knocking in Emilio Guerrero, who was pinch running for Jose Bautista, who had started the inning off with a single, stole second base as Adam Lind struck out, swinging, then went to third on catcher Carlos Ruiz’s throwing error as he tried to throw Guerrero out, giving the Blue Jays a 1-0 lead. The Blue Jays added insurance runs in the top of the eighth as, with runners on second and third, and with one man out, Gabe Jacobo hits a two-run single, knocking in Josh Thole, who had started the inning off with a walk, moved up to second base on Guerrero’s single, then went to third base on Jonathan Diaz’s sacrifice bunt, 1-4, and Guerrero, who had earlier singled, then moved up to second base on Diaz’s sacrifice bunt, giving the Blue Jays a 3-0 lead, before moving up to second base on left fielder Leandro Castro’s throwing error to the plate. That would end up being the final score as Wil Browning collected the save as he ended a Phils’ threat as they loaded up the bases with Reid Brignac being hit by a pitch, before stealing second base, a walk to Edgar Duran, and a walk to Clete Thomas, and with two men out, as he struck out Koyie Hill, looking, for the game’s final out.

A.J. Burnett (1-3, 6.05) took the lost as he pitched five innings, giving up a run on three hits, a walk and a hit batter, while striking out six. Jonathan Pettibone pitched two scoreless innings, giving up two hits and a walk, while striking out two. Mario Hollands pitched a third of an inning, giving up two runs on a hit and a walk. Justin De Fratus pitched two-thirds of an inning, giving up two hits, while striking out two. Jonathan Papelbon threw a scoreless inning, giving up a hit, while striking out a batter. Drew Hutchinson (1-1, 1.80) got the win as he threw five and a third scoreless innings, giving up a hit and three walks, while striking out three. Brett Cecil collected his third hold of the spring as he pitched two-thirds of an inning, striking out a batter, as he retired both batters that he would faced. Casey Janssen received his first hold of the season as he threw a 1-2-3 inning, striking out two. Marcus Walden also received his first hold of the spring as he also threw a 1-2-3 inning, striking out a batter. Wil Browning received his first save of the spring as he threw a scoreless inning, giving up two walks and a hit batter, while striking out the side.

The Phils had only one hit in the game, a fourth inning single by Jimmy Rollins. The Phils also had five walks (Ryan Howard, Marlon Byrd, John Mayberry, Jr. Edgar Duran, Clete Thomas), a hit batter (Reid Brignac) and two stolen bases (Rollins (3), Brignac (1)) in the game, while the defense committed two errors (Carlos Ruiz, Leandro Castro).

The next Phils (9-17-3) game will be the first of two against the Pittsburgh Pirates for the On-Deck Series at Citizens Bank Park. The game is to start at 7:05 pm EDT tomorrow night. The Phils will send to the mound Kyle Kendrick (1-0, 4.09) while the Pirates will counter with Charlie Morton (1-1, 1.13). The Phils hope to do well in these last two spring training games.

Spring Training: The Phils have no problem handling the Pirates, as they defeat the Bucos, 4-1.

The Phils have an easy day as they put down the Pirates, 4-1.

The Phils broke up a 0-0 tie in the fourth as, with nobody out, Hector Luna hits a lead-off home run, his first home run of the spring, giving the Phils a 1-0 lead. The Phils made it a 2-0 lead in the fifth as, with two men out, Jimmy Rollins hits a solo home run, his first home run of the spring. The Pirates cut the Phils’ lead down to 2-1 in the seventh as, with a runner on third, and with two men out, Gorkys Hernandez, who had earlier singled, then stole second base, before moving on to third on Yamaico Navarro’s ground out, 4-3, would score on a Michael Martinez fielding error on a Casey McGehee grounder. The Phils got the run back in the eighth as, with one man on, and with one man out, Dom Brown hits an RBI triple, knocking in Martinez, who had earlier singled, then moved up to second base on Freddy Galvis’ sacrifice bunt, 1-3, giving the Phils a 3-1 lead. The Phils then made it a 4-1 lead as pinch hitter Kevin Frandsen hits an RBI single, scoring Brown. That would be the final score as Michael Schwimer recorded his first spring save by getting Navarro to ground out, 5-3, for the game’s final out.

Vance Worley (1-1, 3.00) got the win as he recorded four strong innings, striking out eight batters. Pat Misch recorded his first spring hold as he threw two scoreless innings, walking a batter, while striking out two. David Herndon recorded his second hold of the spring, as he pitched an inning, giving up an unearned run on a hit, while striking out a batter. Antonio Bastardo received his second hold of the spring as he pitched a scoreless inning, giving up a hit. Michael Schwimer recorded his first save of the spring as he pitched a 1-2-3 inning, striking out a batter. Charlie Morton received a no-decison as he pitched two innings, giving up four hits, while striking out two. Chris Resop (1-1, 3.60) took the lost as he went two inning, giving up a run on a hit, while striking out a batter. Tony Watson pitched an inning, giving up a run on a hit. Rudy Owens pitched a 1-2-3 inning. Ryota Igarashi pitched two innings, giving up two runs on three hits, as he struck out two. Juan Cruz pitched a scoreless inning, giving up a walk, while striking out a batter.

The Phils had nine hits in the ballgame, a solo home run by Jimmy Rollins, a single by Juan Pierre, an RBI triple by Dom Brown, a single by Shane Victorino, an RBI single by pinch hitter Kevin Frandsen, a solo home run by Hector Luna, a single by Scott Podsednik and a single by Michael Martinez. The Phils also had a walk in the game.

The Phils (5-5) next spring training game will be tomorrow afternoon in Kissimmee, Fla., against the Astros (4-4). The game will start at 1:05 pm EDT.

The Phils’ bats come back to life as they rout the Pirates, 10-3, while waiting for new member Hunter Pence to arrive.

During the night that they acquire Hunter Pence from the Astros, the Phillies’ bats decided to come out as they routed the Pirates, 10-3.

The Phils took a 1-0 lead in the first as, with a man on first, and with one man out, Chase Utley hits an RBI triple, scoring Dom Brown, who had earlier singled. The Phils then made it a 2-0 lead as Ryan Howard hits an RBI double, knocking in Utley. Two batters later, with runners on the corners, as Howard stopped at third base on a Shane Victorino single, and with still one man out, the Phils increased their lead as Raul Ibanez hits an RBI single, scoring Howard, to give the Phils a 3-0 lead, while sending Victorino on to third base. The Phils then broke the game wide open in the second as they batted around. The Phils started the inning as Wilson Valdez struck out, but reached first base as Pirates’ starter Charlie Morton threw a wild pitch. After Roy Halladay made the inning’s first out as he struck out failing to bunt Vladez over to second base, Jimmy Rollins singled, sending Valdez on to third. Now with runners on the corners and with one man out, Brown hits a grounder to second baseman Neil Walker who committed a fielding error, allowing Valdez to score, giving the Phils a 4-0 lead, while allowing Rollins to reach third base on the play. The Phils then took a 7-0 lead as Utley followed with a three-run home run, his eighth home run of the year, knocking in both Rollins and Brown. Four batters later, after Howard had flown out to left, for the inning’s second out, the Phils loaded up the base on a Victorino triple, an Ibanez walk, and Carlos Ruiz being hit by the pitch, sending Ibanez up to second base, before Valdez forced in a run with a walk, bringing in Victorino, giving the Phils an 8-0 lead, while moving both Ibanez and Ruiz up a base. The Phils then made it a 10-0 lead in the seventh as, with one man on, and with two men out, Rollins hits a two-run home run, his twelfth home run of the season, knocking in Ruiz, who had earlier walked. The Pirates finally got on the board in the eighth as, with two men on, and with two men out, Pedro Ciriaco hits a two-run double, knocking in Lyle Overbay, who had earlier walked, then stopped at third on Michael McKenry’s double and McKenry, who had just doubled, making it a 10-2 Phils’ lead. One batter later, the Pirates cut down the Phils’ lead to 10-3 as Xavier Paul hits an RBI single, scoring Ciriaco. That would be the final score as David Herndon pitched a 1-2-3 ninth.

Roy Halladay (13-4, 2.44) got the win as he pitched seven shut out innings, as he gave up just one hit, while he struck out five, as he became the first NL thirteen game winner. Drew Carpenter pitched an inning, giving up three runs on three hits and a walk, striking out a batter. David Herndon pitched a 1-2-3 inning, striking out two batters. Charlie Morton (8-6, 4.04) took the lost as he pitched only four innings, giving up eight runs, only six of which were earned, on nine hits, four walks, and a wild pitch, while he struck out four. Tony Watson pitched two 1-2-3 innings, striking out four. Jason Grilli also pitched two innings, giving up two runs on two hits and two walks, while striking out four.

The Phils had eleven hits in the ballgame, with Chase Utley (Single, Triple, Home Run, 4 RBIs) and Shane Victorino (Single, Double, Triple) both leading the team with three hits each, each being a hit short of hitting for the cycle. Jimmy Rollins followed with two hits (Single, Home Run, 2 RBIs). Dom Brown (Single, RBI), Ryan Howard (Double, RBI) and Raul Ibanez (Single, RBI), had the other three Phils’ hits. Wilson Valdez had the other Phil RBI, forcing in a run with a bases loaded walk, as the bats’ exploded after being kept silence for two straight nights by Giants’ pitching.

The Phils (66-39, 1st East) will continue their series with the Pirates (54-50, 3rd Central) with a game later today. The game will be played at Citizens Bank Park and will start at 7:05 pm Eastern. The Phils will send to the mound Cliff Lee (9-7, 3.05), who is coming off a lost against the Padres on July 25, as he went only four innings, giving up five runs on ten hits and a walk, while striking out five, in the Phils’ 5-4 lost. He will once more go for his tenth win of the seasonl, while trying to come back from his last start. The Pirates will counter with James McDonald (7-4, 3.95), who is coming off a win against the Braves on July 25, as he went five and a third innings, giving up eight hits, while striking out nine, in the Pirates’ 3-1 win. He will be trying to cool down the Phils’ bats. The Phils will be trying to finally give Cliff Lee his tenth win of the year.