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The National League wins the All-Star Game for the second straight year as they defeat the American League, 5-1.

For the second straight year, the National League All-Stars win the All-Star Game, as they defeat the American League’s best, 5-1.

The American League took the lead in the All-Star Game in the fourth as, with two men out, Adrian Gonzalez of the Red Sox hits a solo home run off of the Phils’ Cliff Lee, giving the AL a 1-0 lead. The AL tried to make it a 2-0 lead three batters later as, with runners on first and second, via singles by Jose Bautista of the Blue Jays, as first baseman Prince Fielder of the Brewers was unable to catch his pop fly, and Josh Hamilton of the Rangers, sending Bautista up to second base, Adrian Beltre of the Rangers hits a single to left. Bautista tried to score on the hit, but is gun down at home plate by a strong throw from left fielder Hunter Pence, as catcher Brian McCann of the Braves applied the tag, 7-2, for the inning’s final out. The National League then took the lead in their half of the fourth as, with two men on, via singles by Carlos Beltran of the Mets and Matt Kemp of the Dodgers, with Beltran stopping at second base, and with no one out, Fielder crushed a 2-2 cutter into center field for a three-run home run, scoring both Beltran and Kemp, giving the NL a 3-1 lead. The NL added to their lead in the fifth as, with a man on second, and with two men out, pinch hitter Andre Ethier of the Dodgers hits an RBI single, knocking in Rickie Weeks of the Brewers, who had earlier reached first base on a fielder’s choice force out, as pitcher Jordon Walden of the Angels threw home to beat out Starlin Castro of the Cubs, who was pinch running for Troy Tulowitzki of the Rockies who had earlier singled, after he had first stolen second base, and then third, as he was tagged out at the plate by catcher Alex Avila of the Tigers for the inning’s second out, 1-2, before Weeks stole second base, giving the NL a 4-1 lead, before he was thrown out at second base as right fielder Bautista’s throw towards home was cut off by first baseman Miguel Cabrera of the Tigers, who then threw to shortstop Jhonny Peralta of the Tigers, who then tagged Ethier out at second base for the inning’s final out, 9-3-6. The NL then made it a 5-1 lead in the seventh as, with a runner on third, and with one man out, Pablo Sandoval of the Giants hits a RBI ground-rule double to left, knocking in Pence, who head earlier singled, then went all the way to third on catcher Matt Wieters of the Orioles passed ball. That would be the final score as Brian Wilson of the Giants would record a save as he got out the last two batters, Michael Cuddyer of the Twins vis a fly out to right and then Paul Konerko of the White Sox via a ground out, 6-3, after the AL had put runners on second and third, via Carlos Quentin of the White Sox reaching base on shortstop Castro’s throwing error and a single by Matt Joyce of the Rays, which sent Quentin to third base, before he went on to second base on right fielder Jay Bruce of the Reds throwing error.

Roy Halladay of the Phils pitched two 1-2-3 innings, striking out a batter. Cliff Lee of the Phils pitcher one and two-thirds innings, giving up a run on three hits. Tyler Clippard (1-0, 0.00) of the Nationals gets the win as he pitched a third of an inning, giving up a hit. Clayton Kershaw of the Dodgers received a hold as he pitch a 1-2-3 inning, striking out a batter. Jair Jurrjens of the Braves also received a hold as he pitched a scoreless inning and two-thirds, giving up a hit, while striking out one. Craig Kimbrel of the Braves also got a hold as he pitched a scoreless third of an inning, as he walked a batter. Jonny Venters of the Braves pitched two-thirds of an inning, striking out one. Heath Bell of the Padres pitched a third of an inning, getting out the only man that he would face. Joel Hanrahan of the Pirates would pitch a third of an inning, giving up a hit, while striking out one. Brian Wilson of the Giants would receive a save as he pitched two-thirds of an inning. Jered Weaver of the Angels pitched a scoreless inning, giving up a walk, while striking out a batter. David Robertson of the Yankees also pitched a scoreless inning, giving up a hit, while striking out a batter. Michael Pineda of the Mariners pitched a 1-2-3 inning, striking out two. C.J. Wilson of the Rangers blew the save before taking the lost (0-1, 27.00) as he pitched an inning, giving up three runs on three hits, while striking out a batter. Jordon Walden of the Angels pitched an inning, giving up a run on two hits, while striking out one. Chris Perez of the Indians pitched a scoreless inning, giving up a hit, while striking out one. Brandon League of the Mariners pitched an inning, giving up a run on two hits, while striking out a batter. Alexi Ogando of the Rangers pitched two-thirds of an inning, getting out both men that he would face. Gio Gonzalez of the A’s pitched a third of an inning, striking out the only man that he would face.

The American League All-Stars had six hits in the game, a solo home run by Adrian Gonzalez of the Red Sox, and singles by Jose Bautista of the Blue Jays, Josh Hamilton of the Rangers, Adrian Beltre of the Rangers, Kevin Youkilis of the Red Sox and Matt Joyce of the Rays. The National League All-Stars had nine hits in the game, a single by Lance Berkman of the Cardinals, a single by Carlos Beltran of the Mets, a single by Matt Kemp of the Dodgers, a three run home run by Prince Fielder of the Brewers, a single by Troy Tulowitzki of the Rockies, an RBI single by pinch hitter Andre Ethier of the Dodgers, a double by Yadier Molina of the Cardinals, a single by Hunter Pence of the Astros and an RBI ground-rule double by Pablo Sandoval of the Giants.

The victory gives the National League a 42-38-2 lead over the American League, while it will also give the National League pennant winner home field advantage during the upcoming World Series.

The Phils leave L.A. after two straight drubbings of the Dodgers, winning by scores of 8-4 and 5-1.

The Phils leave L.A. with the bats seeming to be back, as they pound the Dodgers by the scores of 8-4 and 5-1.

On Tuesday, the Dodgers took the lead in the first as, with the bases loaded, via a double to Scott Podsednik, Jamey Carroll being hit by the pitch, and a single by Matt Kemp, moving both Podsednik and Carroll up a base, and with one man out, James Loney had an RBI walk, scoring Podsednik, while moving both Carroll and Kemp up a base. The Phils took the lead in the second as, with two men on base, and with one man out, Brian Schneider hits a three-run home run, his fourth home run of the season, knocking in Jayson Werth, who had earlier doubled, and Shane Victorino, who has just walked, giving the Phils a 3-1 lead. The Phils added to their lead in the third as, with runners on the corners, and with nobody out, Ryan Howard hits a three-run home run of his own, his twenty-fourth home run of the year, knocking in Placido Polanco, who had earlier singled, and then went to third on Chase Utley’s single, and Utley, who had just singled, making it a 6-1 Phils’ lead. The Dodgers cut the Phils’ lead to 6-2 in the fifth as, with runners on the corners, and with one man out, Carroll hits an RBI ground out, 6-3, scoring Rod Barajas, who had earlier singled, went to second on Kenley Jansen’s single, and then went to third on Podsednik’s force out, 4-6, wiping out Jansen’s at second base for the inning’s first out, to make it a 6-2 Phils’ lead, while sending Podsednik, who was safe at first on the force out, up to second base. The Dodgers then cut the Phils’ lead down to 6-4 in the sixth as, with one man on, and with nobody out, Loney hits a two-run home run, his ninth home run of the season, knocking in Kemp, who had earlier singled. The Phils regain the two runs in the seventh as, with the bases loaded, via walks to Howard and Werth, the two moving up to third and second respectively on Raul Ibanez’s ground out, 4-3, and a intentional walk to Victorino, and with two men out, pinch hitter Carlos Ruiz hits a two-run single, scoring both Howard and Werth, making it an 8-4 Phils’ lead, while sending Victorino up to second base. That would be the final score as Brad Lidge pitches a 1-2-3 ninth, getting pinch hitter Jay Gibbons to end the game by grounding out, 4-3. 

Kyle Kendrick gets the win as he pitches five innings plus two batters, giving up four runs on seven hits and a walk. His record is now 9-7 with a 4.72 ERA. Chad Durbin records his twelfth hold of the year as he pitches an inning, giving up a hit. J.C. Romero, Ryan Madson and Brad Lidge combine for three 1-2-3 innings, striking out a batter (Madson) between them. Carlos Monasterios took the lost as he pitches two innings plus two batters, giving up five runs on five hits and a walk, while striking out a batter. His record is now 3-5 with a 4.02 ERA. Ramon Troncoso pitches three innings, giving up a run on two hits and a walk, while striking out a batter. Jeff Weaver pitches a scoreless inning, walking a batter. George Sherrill pitches two-thirds of an inning, giving up two runs on three walks. Jonathan Broxton pitches an inning and a third, giving up two hits, while striking out three. Octavio Dotel pitches a scoreless inning, walking two batters.

The Phils had nine hits in the game, with Placido Polanco and Chase Utley both leading the team with two hits each, all singles, with both man scoring a run. Ryan Howard, Jayson Werth, Raul Ibanez, Brian Schneider and pitch hitter Carlos Ruiz had the other seven Phils’ hits, with Howard and Schneider’s hits being three-run home runs, Werth and Ibanez’s hits being doubles, and Ruiz’s hit being a pinch hit two-run single.

On Wednesday, the Phils a quick 1-0 lead as, on a 1-0 fastball, Jimmy Rollins hits a lead-off home run, his seventh home run of the season. The Phils then made it 2-0 in the second as Victorino hits a lead-off home run of his own, his sixteenth home run of the year. That would be more than enough for Phils’ starter Roy Oswalt to work with, as he would have a no-hitter going for five and two-third innings, until it was broken up in the sixth by Casey Blake with a single, who moved to second Loney, who had earlier walked. Oswalt would end the threat by getting Ronnie Belliard to pop out to the second baseman. The Phils then added to their lead in the seventh as, with one man on, and with two men out, Utley hits an RBI double, scoring Rollins, who had earlier walked, and then stole second base, giving the Phils a 3-0 lead. The Dodgers got a run back in the eighth as, with two men on, and with one man out, Loney hits an RBI single, scoring Carroll, who had earlier singled, then moved to second on Rollins’ fielding error of Kemp’s grounder, making it a 3-1 Phils’ lead, while sending Kemp, who was safe at first on Rollins’ error, to second base. The Phils got the runs back in the ninth as, with a runner on second, and with one man out, Rollins hits an RBI single, scoring pinch hitter Dom Brown, who had earlier hit a ground-rule double, giving the Phils a 4-1 lead, before he went to second base on the late throw to home plate. One batter later, the Phils took a 5-1 lead as UItley hit a ground-rule double, scoring Rollins. That would be the final score as Brad Lidge pitched a scoreless ninth, striking out Podsednik swinging to end the game.

Roy Oswalt gets the win as he pitches six and one-third scoreless innings, giving up a hit and six walks, while striking out six. His record is now 10-13 (4-1) with a 3.01 (1.89) ERA. J.C. Romero records his seventh hold of the year as he pitches two-thirds of an inning, getting out the two men that he would face. Ryan Madson gets his ninth hold of the season as he pitches an inning, giving up an unearned run on two hits. Brad Lidge pitches an inning, giving up a walk, while striking out two. Clayton Kershaw gets the lost as he pitches six innings, giving up two runs on five hits and two walks, while striking out eleven. His record is now 11-9 with a 3.01 ERA. Kenley Jansen pitches an inning, giving up a run on a hit and two walks, while striking out two. Ronald Belisario pitches an inning and a third, giving up a run on two hits, striking out a batter. Hong-Chih Huo pitches two-thirds of an inning, giving up a run on two hits.

The Phils had ten hits in the game, with Chase Utley leading the team with three hits, all doubles, knocking in two runs. He was followed by Jimmy Rollins and Shane Victorino, who both had two hits, both having a single and a solo home run, with Rollins knocking in two runs and Victorino one. Placido Polanco, Ryan Howard and pinch hitter Dom Brown had the other three Phils’ hits, with Polanco’s hit being a single and Howard and Brown’s hits being doubles. The offense appears to be coming alive.

The Phils (75-58, 4th East) with conclude their road trip with a one game stop in Denver against the Rockies (69-63, 3rd West) to play a make up game for an earlier rain out. The game will be played at Coors Field and will begin at 7:10 pm Eastern (5:10 pm Mountain). The Phils will send to the mound Joe Blanton (6-6, 5.15), who is coming off a win against the Padres on August 28, as he pitched six innings, giving up a run on six hits and a walk, while striking out three, in the Phils’ 3-1 win. In his last three stars, he is 2-0 with a no-decision, as he pitched nineteen and a third innings, giving up four runs on twenty hits and a walk, while striking out nineteen. He will be shooting for his seventh win of the season, while trying to keep the Rockies under control. The Rockies will counter with Jhoulys Chacin (7-9, 3.79), who is coming off a win against the Dodgers on August 28, as he pitched seven innings, giving up a run on four hits and four walks, while striking out seven. In his last three starts, his record is 2-1, as he pitched nineteen and two-thirds innings, giving up six runs on twelve hits and ten walks, while striking out twenty. He will be trying to end the Phils’ trip on a low note. The Phils plan to end the road trip on a high note, with the bats finally coming out to play.

Memo to Joe: Phillies own Broxton!!! Phils come from behind to defeat the Dodgers, 10-9.

In a dramatic turn of events, the Phils come back to defeat the Dodgers by scoring eight runs in the last two innings, with the last four coming off of Jonathan Broxton in a wild ninth inning, winning the game with a Carlos Ruiz walk-off double, 10-9.

The Dodgers took the lead in the first as, with runners on the corners, and with two men out, Ronnie Belliard hits an RBI single, scoring Scott Podsednik, who had earlier singled, moved to second on Ryan Theriot’s ground out, 4-3, then went to third on Andre Ethier’s ground out, 4-3, giving the Dodgers a 1-0 lead, while sending James Loney, who had just walked, on to second base. Matt Kemp then gave the Dodgers a 2-0 lead with an RBI single, knocking in Loney, while sending Belliard to second. James Carroll then made it a 3-0 Dodgers’ lead with an RBI single of his own, scoring Belliard, while sending Kemp to third, before moving up to second on the late throw to third. The Phils got a run back in the second as, with two men on, and with one man out, Joe Blanton hits an RBI ground out, 5-3, knocking in Carlos Ruiz, who had earlier singled, then went to third on Wilson Valdez’s double, making it a 3-1 Dodgers’ lead, while sending Valdez, who had just doubled, over to third base. The Phils then cut the Dodgers’ lead down to 3-2 in the fourth as, with a runner on second, and with one man out, Ruiz hit an RBI single, scoring Jayson Werth, who had earlier singled, and then stole second base. The Dodgers would get one of those runs back in the fifth as, with two men on, and with one man out, Belliard hits a sacrifice fly, scoring Theriot, who had earlier singled, and had gone on to third on Ethier’s single, making it a 4-2 Dodgers’ lead. The Dodgers then made it 6-2 in the seventh as, with one man on, and with one out, Kemp hits a two-run bomb, his nineteenth home run of the year, knocking in Loney, who had earlier singled. The Dodgers added to their lead in the eighth as, with two men on, and with two men out, Casey Blake hits an RBI single, scoring Podsendik, who was earlier safe at first on first baseman Mike Sweeney’s fielding error, then moved up to second on Ethier’s single, making it a 7-2 Dodgers’ lead, while sending Ethier, who had earlier singled, over to third base. Kemp then made it an 8-2 Dodgers’ lead with an RBI single, knocking in Ethier, while sending Blake up to second base. Carroll then gave the Dodgers a 9-2 lead with an RBI single of his own, scoring Blake, while sending Kemp over to third, before moving up to second on the throw. The Phils, after falling behind by seven runs, then started to chip away at the Dodgers’ lead. In their half of the eighth, Placido Polanco started the inning off with a single. Sweeney followed him with a single of his own, sending Polanco to second base. With Werth batting, Ronald Bellsario threw a wild pitch, sending Polanco to third base, and Sweeney up to second base. Werth then hits a two-run single, scoring both Polanco and Sweeney, cutting the Dodgers’ lead down to 9-4. With Ben Francisco batting, Bellsario committed a balk, sending Werth up to second base, although it took the home plate umpire a long time before finally saying that Bellsario’s fake to third and then to first move was a balk, since there was no body on third at the time, as he needed to be prompted first by Phils’ manager, Charlies Manuel, and then by the rest of the umpiring crew. Francisco then hits an RBI double, bringing in Werth, cutting the Dodgers lead down even further to 9-5. After Ruiz hits a bullet to third, that was grabbed by third baseman Blake, for a 5-3 ground out, the inning’s first out, Valdez hits an RBI single, knocking in Francisco, making it a 9-6 Dodgers’ lead. The Dodgers would then get out of the inning as pinch hitter Ben Francisco flies out to left, and then, after Jimmy Rollins walks, Raul Ibanez ended the inning by hitting into a force out, 4-6, wiping out Rollins at second base. After Danys Baez shut down the Dodgers in the top of the ninth, the Dodgers brought in Jonathan Broxton to nail down the game for them. He did not do so. After falling behind Polanco 2-0, he hit him with his third pitch, as Polanco turned his body so that the ball would not hit his right elbow, sending Polanco to first. The next two batters, Sweeney and Werth, then walked, loading up the bases, with nobody out. Ben Francisco then followed by hitting what should have been a doubleplay grounder to third, but was misplayed by Blake who pulled up his glove too soon, becoming a fielding error, allowing both Polanco and Sweeney to score, cutting the Dodgers lead down to 9-7, while sending Werth up to second base. Now, with two men on, and with still nobody out, Ruiz hits a 1-1 slider towards left center field, where it would hit against the wall and bounce in for a double, knocking in first Werth, and then Francisco, who was on Werth’s heels, with the winning run, as the Phils had a 10-9 walk-off win.

Joe Blanton gets a no-decision as he pitches five and two-thirds innings, giving up four runs on eight hits and four walks, while striking out three. Chad Durbin pitches an innings and a third, giving up two runs on two hits and a walk, while striking out one. J.C. Romero pitches two-thirds of an inning, giving up two unearned run on a hit, while striking out a batter. Jose Contreras pitches a third of an inning, giving up a run on three hits, while striking out a batter. Danys Baez gets the win as he pitches a scoreless inning, giving up a hit. His record is now 3-3 with a 5.40 ERA. Clayton Kershaw also receives a no-decision, as he pitches six and two-thirds innings, giving up two runs on six hits and two walks, while striking out four. Hong-Chih Kuo records his seventeenth hold of the year as he pitches a third of an inning, getting out the only man that he would face. Ronald Belisaro pitches to four batters, giving up four runs on four hits, a wild pitch and a balk. Kenley Jansen pitches a third of an inning, giving up a hit. George Sherrill records his third hold of the year as he pitches two-thirds of an inning, giving up a walk. Jonathan Broxton blew his fifth save of the season, before taking the lost, as he faces five batters, giving up four runs on just one hit, two walks and a hit batter. His record is now 4-4 with a 3.50 ERA.

The Phils had twelve hits in the game, with Carlos Ruiz leading the team with three hits, two singles and a double, knocking in three runs, including the game winner, as he raised his batting average to .294. He was followed by Placido Polanco, Mike Sweeney, Jayson Werth and Wilson Valdez, who all had two hits apiece, with Polanco, Sweeney and Werth’s hits all being singles, with Werth knocking in two runs, while Valdez’s hits were a single and a double, as he knocks in a run. Ben Francisco had the other Phil hit, a double, as he knocks in two runs. Joe Blanton knocks in the other Phil RBI with a ground out, while the other run came in on an error. The offense this time was able to come back, in spite of the bullpen, although helped by a Broxton melt down in the ninth. Seriously, either the Phils are deep in his head (Thank you Matt Stairs), or the Phils got some supernatural assistant from a young male fan in the ninth. Either way, I think Joe Torre might think twice and maybe a third time before using him with such a small lead in the ninth against the Phils. Not so good things seems to happen to him. 😉

The Phils (64-50, 2nd) will now go to New York for a three-game set with the Mets (57-57, 4th). The game will be played at Citi Field and will start at 7:10 pm Eastern. The Phils will send to the mound Cole Hamels (7-8, 3.45), who is coming off a lost against the Mets on August 7, where he pitched seven strong innings, giving up only one run on six hits, while he struck out eleven, in the Phils’ 1-0 lost. In his last three starts, his record is 0-1 with two no-decisions, as he pitched nineteen innings, giving up eight runs on eighteen hits and four waks, while striking out twenty-nine. He will be trying to get even with the Mets for his last lost. The Mets will counter with R.A. Dickey (7-5, 2.65), who is coming off a lost against the Phils on August 8, as he went only three innings, giving up four runs, on eight hits and a walk, in the Phils’ 6-5 win. In his last three starts, his record is 1-1 with a no-decision, as he pitched seventeen and a third innings, giving up six runs on nineteen hits and seven walks, while striking out four. He hopes that the Phils won’t be able to handle him again. The Phils will be trying to take the momentum from their ninth-inning win last night into New York City for the weekend.

The new Vice Roy wins his first start as a Phils as the Phils defeat the Dodgers in a tight one, 2-0.

Roy Oswalt finally win his first start as a Phils as he and the back end of the bullpen throws a nine-inning goose egg at the Dodgers as the Phils win, 2-0.

The game was a tight one between the Phils and the Dodgers for the first three and a half innings pitchers’ duel between Phils’ starters Roy Oswalt, who was pitching in front of his new home town fans for the first time, and the Dodgers’ starter Chad Billingsley. During the first four innings that he faced the Dodgers, Oswalt gave up only three hits and a walk, while striking out a batter, as he pitched his way out a two on, and one out jam in the second, and a two on, two out jam in the third, while his opponent, Billingsley, gave up only a hit, while striking out three in his first three innings of work. But that would change in the bottom of the fourth as the Phils loaded up the bases via a single to Placido Polanco, and walks to Raul Ibanez and Jayson Werth, and with one man out, when Dom Brown hit a grounder to second baseman Ryan Theriot, who then threw to second to force out Werth, 4-6, for the inning’s second out, but Brown would beat out shortstop Jamey Carroll’s throw to first, allowing Polanco to score and give the Phils a 1-0 lead, while Ibanez would move up to third. After Oswalt gets himself out of another two on, two outs jam in the top of the fifth, the Phils tried to add to their lead in their half of the inning, as Wilson Valdez lead-off the inning with a triple. But Billingsley would turned the Phils back as he gets Oswalt to ground out to short, 6-3, for the inning’s first out, then got Jimmy Rollins to ground out to second, 4-3, on one pitch, for the inning’s second out, before ending the inning by getting Polanco to fly out to left. The Phils would finally add to their lead in the sixth as, with one man on, and with nobody out, Raul Ibanez hits an RBI double, knocking in pinch runner Mike Sweeney, who took over second from Ross Gload, who had earlier doubled, but had come up lame as he headed for second base, with Sweeney later staying in the game to play first base, giving the Phils a 2-0 lead. That would end up being the final score, as Oswalt would pitch seven scoreless inning, giving up just five hits and two walks, while striking out five, before handing the ball over to the back-end of the Phils’ bullpen, who then threw two more scoreless innings, allowing the Dodgers only one more hit, before Brad Lidge would nail down his fifteenth save of the season by striking out both Jay Gibbons and Carroll swinging.

Roy Oswalt gets the win, his first as a Phil, as he pitches seven strong innings, giving up just five hits and two walks, while striking out five. His record is now 7-13 (1-1) with an ERA of 3.34 (2.79). Ryan Madson collects his fourth hold, as he pitches a scoreless inning, giving up a hit, while striking out two. Brad Lidge records his fifteenth save of the year as he pitches a 1-2-3 ninth, striking out two. Chad Billingsley took the lost as he pitches six innings, giving up two runs on five hits and three walks, while striking out three. His record is now 9-7 with a 3.78 ERA. Kenley Jansen and Hong-Chih Kuo combine for two scoreless innings, giving up two hits (one apiece), while striking out three (Jansen (2), Kuo (1)).

The Phils had only seven hits in the game, with Raul Ibanez leading the team with two hits as he increased his personal hitting streak to eighteen games, as he had a single and a double, knocking in a run. Jimmy Rollins, Placido Polanco, Ross Gload (before he was taken out of the game for a groin injury), Jayson Werth and Wilson Valdez had the other five Phils’ hits, with Rollins, Polanco and Werth’s hits being singles, Gload’s hits being a double and Vladez’s hit being a triple. The Phil’s other run was knocked in by Dom Brown as he hit an RBI ground ball. The Phils, after a hitting display in a losing cause on Tuesday, had just enough hits to give Oswalt the win.

The Phils (63-50, 2nd NL East) will conclude their three-games series with the Dodgers (59-55, 4th NL West) with a night game tonight. The game will be played at Citizens Bank Park and will start at 7:05 pm Eastern. The Phils will send to the mound Joe Blanton (4-6, 5.65), who is coming off a no-decision against the Mets on August 6, as he went seven innings, giving up two runs on seven hits, while striking out four, in the Phils’ 7-5 win. In his last three starts, he has an 1-0 record with two no-decisions, as he had pitched nineteen innings, giving up eight runs on twenty-two hits and four walks, while striking out sixteen. He will be trying to end the home stand on a high note, hoping to give the Phils their fifteenth home win in their last seventeen home games. The Dodgers will counter with Clayton Kershaw (10-7, 3.19), who is coming off a lost against the Nationals on August 6, as he pitched six innings, giving up six runs on seven hits and two walks, while striking out nine, in the Dodgers’ 6-3 lost. In his last three starts, his record is 1-2, as he pitched twenty-one innings, giving up eight runs on twenty hits and seven walks, while striking out eighteen. He will be trying to end his present two-game losing streak. The Phils will be trying to end the home stand on a high note, before heading to New York for a three-game set.

Repeat!!!! The Phils’ bats buried the Dodgers as the Phils win game five of the NLCS, 10-4, to return to the World Series to defend their championship.

Four home runs, with two of them by Jayson Werth, help rocket the Phils past the Dodgers, 10-4, to win the 2009 National League Championship Series, 4 games to 1, to become the first National League squad, since the 1995-96 Atlanta Braves, to win back-to-back National League pennants. The Phillies will now try to become the first NL team, since the Big Red Machine of Cincinnati, to win back-to-back World Series (1975-76).

The Dodgers took the early lead in the first as, with two men out, Andre Ethier hits a solo home run, his first home run iof the series, to give the Dodgers a 1-0 lead. The Phils then struck back in their half of the first as, with two men on base, and with two men out, Jayson Werth hits a three-run bomb into the right field seats, his second home run of the series, knocking in Chase Utley and Ryan Howard, who had both been walked, to give the Phils a 3-1 lead. The Dodgers got a run back in the second as James Loney hits a lead-off home run, his second home run of the series, cutting the Phils’ lead to 3-2. The Phillies would get that run back in their half of the second as Pedro Feliz hits the first pitch into right field for a solo home run of his own, his first of both the series and of the post-season, to give the Phils a 4-2 lead. The Phillies then increased their lead in the fourth as, with one man on, and with nobody out, Raul Ibanez hits an RBI double, knocking in Werth, who had just singled, giving the Phils a 5-2 lead. Five batters later, with the bases loaded, thanks to a Carlos Ruiz walk, then Phils’ starter Cole Hamels moving both Ibanez and Ruiz up a base with a sacrifice bunt, and Jimmy Rollins then being hit by the pitch, and with two men out, Shane Victorino brought in another run as he in turn was hit by the pitch, forcing in Ibanez, making it a 6-2 Phils’ lead, as both Ruiz and Rollins moved up a base. The Dodgers got a run back in the fifth as, with one man out, pinch hitter Orlando Hudson hits a pinch hit solo home run, his first of the series, cutting the Phils’ lead down to 6-3. The Phils then added to their lead in the sixth as, with a runner on base, and with two men out, Victorino hits a two-run shot into left field, his second home run of the series, knocking in Rollins, who had earlier been hit by the pitch for the second straight time, to make it an 8-3 Phils’ lead. The Phils increased their lead in the seventh as, with one man out, Werth hits a solo home run, his second home run of the game, his third home run of the series and his fifth of the post-season, to give the Phils a 9-3 lead. The Dodgers then made one last attempt in the eighth as, with the bases loaded, via singles to Ronnie Belliard and Ethier, who sent Belliard to third with his single, and a walk to Manny Ramirez, and with nobody out, Matt Kemp hits an RBI single, scoring Belliard, and moving both Either and Ramirez up a base, making it a 9-4 Phils’ lead, with the bases still loaded. But the Phils then got out of the inning, as Ryan Madson then got Loney to foul out to the third baseman, then struck out Russell Martin, swinging, then got Casey Blake to hit into a force out, 6-4, wiping out Kemp at second. The Phils then got that run back in their half of the eighth as, with runners on second and third, thanks to a single by Rollins and a ground-rule double, thanks to Fan Interference, by Victorino, and with two men out, with Utley batting, Rollins would score on a wild pitch by Dodgers’ reliever Ronald Belisario, giving the Phils a 10-4 lead, while sending Victorino over to third. The Phils then send out Brad Lidge to end the game. He first struck out pinch hitter Mark Loretta swinging for the first out. He then got Rafael Furcal to foul out to the catcher for the second out. He then got Belliard to fly out to center to end the game, and give the Phils their second straight NL pennant, and the seventh NL pennant in the francishe’s long history.

Cole Hamels received a no-decision as he lasted only four and a third innings, giving up three runs on five hits and a walk, while striking out three. J.A. Happ pitched a third of an inning, giving up a walk. Chad Durbin got the win as he pitched one and a third scoreless innings, as he struck out a batter. His series record is now 1-0 with an 0.00 ERA. Chan Ho Park pitched an inning plus two batters, giving up a run on two hits, as he struck out a batter. Ryan Madson pitched an inning, giving up a hit. Brad Lidge pitched a 1-2-3 ninth. Vicente Padilla took the lost as he lasted four innings plus two batters, giving up six runs on four hits and two walks, as he struck out three. His series record is now 0-1 with a 6.10 ERA. Ramon Troncoso pitched two-thirds of an inning, walking a batter and hitting a batter. George Sherrill pitched a third of an inning, giving up a run, as he hit a batter, as he struck out one. Clayton Kershaw pitched two innings, giving up two runs on a hit, a walk and a hit batter, while he struck out three. Hong-Chih Kuo pitched an inning, giving up a run on one hit, as he struck out three batters. Ronald Belisario pitched an inning, giving up a run on two hits and a wild pitch.

The Phils had eight hits in the game, with Jayson Werth leading the team with three hits, including two home runs, as he knocked in four runs. Shane Victorino followed with two hits, a two-run double and a ground-rule double, knocking in three runs. Jimmy Rollins, Raul Ibanez and Pedro Feliz followed with one hit each, with Ibanez’s hit being an RBI double and Feliz’s hit being a solo home run. The Phils had six extra-base hits in the game, two doubles and four home runs, as the offense, once again, got the hits when they needed them.

The Phillies (4-1) now wait to find out who their American League opponent will be in the 2009 World Series, as the 2009 ALCS between the New York Yankees and the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim continues tonight in Anaheim.

A pair of three-run bombs help propel the Phils past the Dodgers, 8-6, to take a 1-0 lead in the 2009 NLCS.

Two three-run home runs by Carlos Ruiz and Raul Ibanez and a two-run double by Ryan Howard help lead the Phils to an 8-6 victory in the first game of the 2009 National League Championship Series. The Phils lead the seven-games series with the Dodgers, 1-0.

The Dodgers struck first in the bottom of the second as James Loney hits a solo home run, his first in the series, over the right field fence to give the Dodgers a 1-0 lead. The game then developed into a pitchers’ duel for the first four innings between Phils’ starter Cole Hamels and Dodgers’ starter Clayton Kershaw. During those four innings, Kershaw had the Phils’ bats quieted, giving up only one hit and two walks, while striking out two batters. Meanwhile, Hamels, besides Loney’s home run, gave up three hits and a walk, pitching himself out of a two on, two out jam in the first inning, while striking out three Dodgers. The Phils then struck in the fifth as, with two men on, via a single to Raul Ibanez, who then moved up to second on a wild pitch, and then a walk to Pedro Feliz, and with nobody out, Carlos Ruiz hits a three-run shot to left, his first home run of the series, scoring both Ibanez and Feliz, giving the Phils a 3-1 lead. Five batters later, with two men on, and with two men out, Ryan Howard hits a two-run double, scoring Jimmy Rollins, who got on base on a force out, wiping out Hamels at second, who had earlier walked, then moved up to second on a wild pitch as Shane Victorino struck out, swinging, and then moved to third on the third wild pitch in the inning, and Chase Utley, who had just walked, to give the Phils a 5-1 lead. The Dodgers then came back in their half of the inning as, with runners on the corners, and with one out, Andre Ethier hits into a force out, 6-4, knocking in Russell Martin, who had earlier hit a ground-rule double, and then went to third on Rafael Furcal’s single, making it a 5-2 Phils’ lead, as Furcal, who had just singled, was forced out at second base, before Ethier would move up to second as Utley’s throw to first went into the Phils’ dugout. The next batter, Manny Ramirez, then made it a 5-4 Phils’ lead, as he hits a two-run home run into left center field, his first home run of the series, scoring Ethier. The Dodgers would threathen to score in the sixth, as they loaded up the bases on singles by Loney and Ronnie Belliard and a walk to pinch hitter Jim Thome, who was then pinch run for by Randy Wolf, with two men out. But, J.A. Happ, who was pitching in relief of Chad Durbin, who had earlier come in in relief of Hamels, ended the inning by getting Furcal to ground out, 4-3. The Dodgers then threathen again in the seventh as Ethier lead off the inning with a double. But, Chan Ho Park, pitching in relief of Antonio Bastardo, turned back the Dodgers by getting Ramirez to ground out, 5-3, then struck out Matt Kemp, swinging, before ending the inning by getting Casey Blake to also ground out, 4-3. The Phils then increased their lead in the eighth as, with two men on, and with nobody out, Ibanez hits a three-run bomb to right, knocking in Howard and Jayson Werth, who had both walked, giving the Phils an 8-4 lead. The Dodgers then tried to come back in their half of the eighth as, with two men on, and with nobody out, Martin hits an RBI single, knocking in Loney, who had earlier singled, and then moved up to second on Belliard’s single, cutting the Phils’ lead to 8-5, while sending Belliard, who had just singled, over to second. Two batters later, after pinch hitter Juan Pierre hits into a force out, 1-4, as a low throw to second from reliever Ryan Madson killed a possible double play attempt, wiping out Martin at second, while Belliard moved up to third, Furcal hits a sacrifice fly for the inning’s second out, knocking in Belliard, to make it an 8-6 Phils’ lead. Madson would then get out of the inning by getting Ramirez to ground out 5-3, with runners on first and third. Brad Lidge was then given the ball in the ninth to save it. Lidge was greeted with a lead-off single by Kemp. But, he then got Blake to hit into a 4-6-3 double play, wiping out Kemp at second base, for outs number one and two. Loney then worked a walk, after falling behind 0-2, to keep the game alive. After Loney took second on defensive indifference, Lidge finally recorded the save, his first for the series, by getting Belliard to pop up to Rollins for the final out.

Cole Hamels got the win, as he pitched five and one-third innings, giving up four runs on eight hits and a walk, while striking out four. His record in the series is now 1-0 with a 6.75 ERA. Chad Durbin picked up his first hold of the series as he pitched a third of an inning, getting out the only man that he would face. J.A. Happ also picked up his first series hold as he pitched a third of an inning, giving up a walk. Antonio Bastardo pitched to one batter, giving up a hit. Chan Ho Park got his first hold as he pitched a scoreless inning, as he struck out a batter. Ryan Madson pitched an inning, as he gave up two runs on four hits. Brad Lidge got the save, his first in the series, as he pitched a scoreless inning, giving up a hit and a walk. Clayton Kershaw took the lost as he went just four and two-thirds innings, giving up five runs on four hits, five walks and three wild pitches, while he struck out three. His series record is now 0-1 with a 9.64 ERA. Ramon Troncoso pitched a third of an inning, getting out the only batter he would face. Ronald Belisario and Hong-Chih Kuo combined for two scoreless innings, giving up just one hit (Kuo), while striking out two (Kuo). George Sherrill pitched an inning, giving up three runs on two hits and two walks. Jonathan Broxton pitched a scoreless inning, giving up a hit, while he struck out a batter.

The Phils had only eight hits in the game, making the most of them, along with the seven walks that they received. Shane Victorino, Raul Ibanez and Carlos Ruiz led the team with two hits apiece, with both Ibanez and Ruiz each hitting a three-run home run. Jimmy Rollins and Ryan Howard had the other two Phils’ hits, with Howard’s hit being a two-run double. The Phils did very well with runners in scoring position as they went 3 for 5.

The Phils (1-0) continues their NL Championship Series with the Dodgers (0-1) with an afternoon game at Dodgers Stadium. The game will start at 4:07 pm Eastern (1:07 pm Pacific). The Phils will send to the mound Pedro Martinez (5-1, 3.63), who last pitched on September 30 against the Astros, as he went only four innings, giving up three runs on six hits and a walk, while striking out two as he received a no-decision in the Phils’ 10-3 win, as they clinched the NL East pennant. This will be his first start of the 2009 post-season, as he hope to give the Phils a chance to take a 2-0 lead back to Philadelphia. The Dodgers will counter with Vicente Padilla (12-6 (4-0), 4.46 (3.20)), who is coming off a win against the Rockies on October 4, as he pitched five innings, giving up just a run on four hits, as he struck out ten, in the Dodgers’ 5-3 win. He will be trying to even up the series before the two teams head for Philadelphia. The Phillies hope to continue their road success before they head back home to continue the series with home field advantage.

Preview: Phillies v. Dodgers – 7:05 pm Eastern.

The 2008 World Champions Philadelphia Phillies (15-14, 3rd) begin a three-games home stand with the 2008 National League Western Division Champions Los Angeles Dodgers (22-11, 1st National League West). The game will be played at Citizens Bank Park and will start at 7:05 pm Eastern. The Phillies will send to the mound Chan Ho Park (0-1, 6.67), who is still looking for his first win as a Phil. His last start, on May 6 against the Mets, was his first quality start of the year, as he went six strong innings, giving up no runs on one hit and two walks, while striking out five, in the Phils’ 1-0 lost. He will be trying to pitch his first quality start at home while trying to stop the Phils present two games slide. The Dodgers will counter with Clayton Kershaw (1-2, 4.91), who is coming off a win against the Nationals, as he went five innings, giving up just a run on four hits and three walks, while he struck out five, in the Dodgers’ 10-3 blowout win. Kershaw will be trying to even his win-lost record at the Phils’ expense. The Phillies will be trying to take advantage of the Dodgers being without Manny Ramirez, as he continue his 50-games suspension, while trying to leave the Bank with their second series win at home.