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On-Deck Series: The Phils sweep the series, helped by a four-run fifth, as they defeat the Pirates, 7-2.

Thanks to a four-run fifth, the Phils sweep the On-Deck series from the Pirates, winning, 7-2.

The Phils took the lead in the first as, with one man on, and with two men out, Hector Pence hits an RBI double, knocking in Shane Victorino, who had earlier walked, then stole second base, before moving on to third on Jimmy Rollins’ ground out, 4-3, giving the Phils a 1-0 lead. The Pirates tied the game up at one-all in the fifth as, with one man on, and with two men out, Robbie Grossman hits an RBI double, scoring Clint Barmes, who had earlier singled. The Pirates then took a 2-0 lead as Yamaico Navarro hits an RBI single, knocking in Barmes.  The Phils tied the game up at two-all in theitr half of the fifth as, with two men on, and with nobody out, Victorino hits an RBI single, knocking in Pete Orr, who had earlier singled, then stole second base, while sending Brian Schneider, who had just walked, up to second base. The Phils then retook the lead for good as Placido Polanco hits a three-run home run, his first home run of the spring, giving the Phils a 5-1 lead. The Phils added to their lead in the eighth as, with a runner on third, and with two men out, Orr hits an RBI double, knocking in Laynce Nix, who had earlier doubled, then went to third as Ty Wigginton hits into a 6-4-3 doubleplay, wiping out at second base John Mayberry, Jr., who had earlier walked, for the inning’s first out, giving the Phils a 6-1 lead. The Phils then made it a 7-1 lead as Schneider hits an RBI single, knocking in Orr. That would end up being the final score as Eric Fryer struck out, looking, for the game’s final out.

Cole Hamels received a no-decision as he pitched four scoreless innings, giving up three hits, while striking out five. Antonio Bastardo pitched two-thirds of an inning, giving up a run on a hit. David Herndon (1-0, 3.31) got the win as he pitched an inning and a third, giving up a run on three hits, while striking out two. Raul Valdes received his first hold of the spring as he pitched a 1-2-3 inning. Chad Qualls received his second hold of the spring as he threw a 1-2-3 inning. Jonathan Papelbon pitched a 1-2-3 inning, as he struck out two. James McDonald also received a no-decision as he went three innings, giving up a run on two hits and a walk, while striking out three. Chris Leroux (0-1, 10.45) took the lost as he pitched an inning, plus three batters, giving up three runs on two hits and a walk, while striking out one. Tim Wood pitched an inning, giving up a run on one hit. Evan Meek and Jared Hughes combined for two scoreless innings, giving up two hits (one hit apiece) between them. Kris Johnson pitched two-thirds of an inning, giving up two runs on two hits and a walk. Tim Alderson pitched a third of an inning, giving up two hits, while he struck out one.

The Phils had eleven hits in the game, with Pete Orr (Single, Double, RBI) leading the team with two hits. Shane Victorino (Single, RBI), Juan Pierre (Single), Placido Polanco (Home Run, 3 RBIs), Freddy Galvis (Double), Hunter Pence (Double, RBI), Laynce Nix (Double), John Mayberry, Jr. (Double),  Carlos Ruiz (Double), and Brian Schneider (Single, RBI) had the other nine Phils’ hit. The Phils also had three walks and two stolen bases (Victorino, Orr) in the game.

The Phils will have tomorrow off, before they start off the regular season on Thursday with a three game series with the Pirates in Pittsburgh at PNC Park.

Spring Training: The Phils’ late rally comes up short as they lose to the Pirates, 3-2.

A late ninth-inning rally by the Phils comes up a run short as they lose to the Pirates, 3-2.

The Pirates take a quick 1-0 lead in the first as Starling Marte hits a lead-off home run, his first home run of the spring. The Pirates then took a 2-0 lead in the third as, with two men on, and with one man out, Casey McGehee hits an RBI ground out, 5-3, scoring Marte, who had earlier singled, stopped at second base on Clint Barmes’ single, then went to third on Cliff Lee’s wild pitch, while sending Barmes, who had earlier singled, then stopped at second base on Lee’s wild pitch, would move up to third base. The Pirates then made it a 3-0 lead in the fifth as pinch hitter Jake Fox hits a solo home run. The Phils finally get on the board in the ninth as, with the bases loaded, via Hector Luna being hit by a pitch, then moving up to second on Lou Montanez’s grounder before going on to third on third baseman Matt Pogue’s force attempt throwing error, Montanez reaching first base on Pogue’s error, and a walk to Tuffy Gosewisch, sending Montanez up to second base, and with one man out, Kevin Frandsen hits a sacrifice fly, scoring Luna, making it a 3-1 Pirates’ lead. while sending Montanez on to third. The Phils then made it a 3-2 Pirates’ lead one batter later as, with runners on the corners, and now with two men out, Miguel Abreu hits an RBI infield single, scoring Montanez, while sending Gosewisch up to second base. But, that would end up being the final score as Juan Pierre would end the game by grounding out, 4-3, for the final out.

Cliff Lee (1-1, 4.66) took the lost as he went four and two-thirds innings, giving up three runs on five hits and a walk, while striking out five. Kyle Kendrick pitched three and one-third scoreless innings, striking out five batters.  Kevin Correia (1-0, 0.00) got the win as he pitched four shutout innings, giving up a hit and a walk, while striking out two. Evan Meek collected his second hold of the spring as he pitched a scoreless inning, giving up a hit, while striking out a batter. Justin Wilson, Kyle McPherson and Daniel Moskos all received their first hold of the spring as they combined for three scoreless innings, giving up three hits (McPherson (1), Moskos (2)) and a walk (Wilson) between them, while striking out one (Wilson). Bryan Morris recorded his first save of the spring as he pitched an inning, giving up two runs on a hit, a walk and a hit batter, while striking out one.

The Phils had six hits in the game, a single by Scott Podsednik, a single by Lou Montanez, a double by Pete Orr, a double by Kevin Frandsen (RBI), a single by Freddy Galvis and a single by Miguel Abreu (RBI). The Phils also had three walks in the game as well as two stolen bases (Podsednik, Juan Pierre).

The Phils (6-8) next spring training game will be an afternoon game with the Blue Jays (12-2) at Bright House Field in Clearwater tomorrow afternoon. The game is to start at 1:05 pm EDT.

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

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

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

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

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

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

Phils hold on to win a wild shoot out in Denver, as they defeat the Rockies, 12-11.

The Phils, after trailing early, takes the lead after a nine run outburst in the seventh, before hanging on to win a wild on in Denver, as they defeat the Rockies, 12-11.

The Rockies took the lead in the second as, with two men on base, and with nobody out, Chris Iannetta hits a three-run home run, his eighth home run of the season, scoring Melvin Mora, who had earlier singled, and had moved up to second on Chase Utley’s fielding error of Seth Smith’s grounder, and Smith, who was safe on Utley’s error, giving the Rockies a 3-0 lead. Two batters later, with two men out, Dexter Fowler made it a 4-0 Rockies’ lead with a solo home run, his fourth home run of the season. The Phils cut the Rockies’ lead to 4-1 in the fourth as, with a runner on second, and with two men out, Raul Ibanez hits an RBI single, scoring Jayson Werth, who had earlier singled, and then moved up to second on Ianetta’s passed ball. The Phils then made it a 4-2 Rockies’ lead in the fifth as, with the bases loaded, via Joe Blanton being hit by the pitch, then moving up to second as Eric Young, Jr. threw the ball away as he tried to forced him out at second on a Jimmy Rollins grounder, and then a single by Placido Polanco, moving both men up a base, and with one man out, Utley hits a sacrifice fly, scoring Blanton. The Rockies got both runs back in their half of the fifth as Carlos Gonzalez started the inning off with a lead-off home run, his thirty-first home run of the year, giving the Rockies a 5-2 lead. Four batters later, with runners on the corners, and with one man out, Smith hits an RBI single, scoring Troy Tulowitzki, who had earlier walked, and then went to third on Mora’s single, making it a 6-2 Rockies’ lead, while sending Mora, who had just singled, up to second base. The Phils cut the Rockies’ lead back down to 6-3 as, with the bases once again loaded, via single by Werth and Ibanez, a 4-6 force out on a Shane Victorino grounder, wiping out Ibanez at second, a stolen base by Victorino and a walk by Brian Schneider, and with one man out, Werth scored as pinch hitter Mike Sweeney is hit by a pitch, while both Victorino and Scheneider moved up a base. The Rockies got the run back in their half of the sixth as, with the bases loaded, via a single by Chris Nelson, a bunt single by Young, Jr., moving Nelson to second base, and then a bunt single by Fowler, moving up a base both Nelson and Young, Jr, and with one man out, Tulowitzki hits an RBI infield single off of Antonio Bastardo’s glove, scoring Nelson, making it a 7-3 Rockies lead, while moving Young, Jr. to third and sending Fowler to second. Then in the seventh the Phils’ offense exploded for nine runs, taking the lead. The Phils made it a 7-4 Rockies’ lead as, with one man on, and with nobody out, Utley hits an RBI single, scoring Polanco, who had earlier doubled. After Utley moved up to second on a Joe Beimel wild pitch, Ryan Howard hits a two-run home run, his twenty-fifth home run of the year, making it a 7-6 Rockies’ lead.  One batter later, Werth tied the score at seven-all as he hits a solo home run, his nineteenth home run of the year. Three batters later, with runners on the corners, and with one man out, pinch hitter Ben Francisco hits an RBI single, knocking in Victorino, who had earlier singled, then went to third on Schneider’s single, giving the Phils an 8-7 lead, while sending Schneider, who had just singled, up to second base. Three batters later, after the Phils had loaded up the bases again, as Rollins hits a single, moving both Schneider and Francisco up a base, and now with two men out, Utley hits a grand-slam home run, his twelfth home run of the year, scoring Schneider, Francisco and Rollins, giving the Phils a 12-7 lead. The Rockies came back in their half of the seventh as, with one man on, and with one man out, Jonathan Herrera hits an RBI single, scoring Smith, who had earlier doubled, making it a 12-8 Phils’ lead. Two batters later, with runners on second and third, and with still one man out, Fowler hits an RBI single, knocking in Herrera, who had stopped at third on Young, Jr.’s double, and Young, Jr., who had just doubled, making it a 12-10 Phils’ lead. The Rockies made it a 12-11 Phils’ lead in the ninth as, with runners on the corners and with nobody out, Tulowitzki hits into a force out, 4-6, knocking in Fowler, who was earlier safe at first on Howard’s fielding error, then went to third on Gonzalez’s single, while Gonzalez, who had just singled, was wiped out at second. After Todd Helton is walked, moving Tulowitzki up to second base, Brad Lidge finally recorded his nineteenth save of the season by striking out Clint Barmes, swinging, before getting Ryan Spilborghs to hit into a force out, 5-unassisted, as he beat Tulowitzki to the third base bag.

Joe Blanton receives a no-decision as he pitches four and a third innings, giving up six runs, four of which were earned, on ten hits and two walks, while he struck out three. David Herndon pitches two-thirds of an inning, getting out both man that he would face. Antonio Bastardo gets the win as he pitches an inning, giving up a run on four hits, while striking out one. His record is now 1-0 with a 5.79 ERA. Chad Durbin pitches an inning, giving up three runs on four hits, striking out a batter. J.C. Romero records his eighth hold of the season as he pitches a third of an inning, walking a batter, Jose Contreras receives his eleventh hold of the year, as he pitches two-thirds of an inning, giving up a hit and a walk. Brad Lidge records his nineteenth save of the season as he gives up an unearned run on a hit and a walk, while striking out a batter. Jhoulys Chacin also receives a no-decision as he pitches five and a third innings, giving up three runs, only one of which were earned, on five hits, two walks and two hit batters, while striking out three. Matt Belisle records his seventeenth hold as he pitches two-thirds of an inning, walking a batter and hitter a batter. Joe Beimel pitches to three batters, giving up three runs on three hits and a wild pitch. Manny Delcarmen blew his third save attempt of the season before taking the lost as he pitches a third of an inning, giving up four runs on four hits. His record is now 3-3 with a 5.48 ERA. Matt Reynolds pitches two-thirds of an inning, giving up two runs on two hits. Rafael Betancourt and Huston Street pitches two scoreless innings, giving up a hit (Betancourt), while striking out two (one each).

The Phils had fifteen hits in the game, with Jayson Werth leading the team with three hits, two singles and a solo home run, knocking in a run. Placido Polanco, Jayson Werth, Raul Ibanez and Shane Victorino each followed with two hits apiece, with Polanco’s hits being a single and a double, Utley’s hits being a single and a grand-slam home run, knocking in six runs, one by a sac fly, while Ibanez and Victorino’s hits were all singles, as Ibanez knocks in a run. Jimmy Rollins, Ryan Howard, Brian Schneider and pinch hitter Ben Francisco had the other four Phils’ hit, with Rollins, Schneider and Francisco’s hits being singles, with Francisco knocking in a run, while Howard’s hits was a two-run home run. Mike Sweeney had the other Phil RBI, as it came in as he was hit by the pitch with the bases loaded. The Phils’ offense had a one-inning scoring outburst, after scoring one run for three straight innings to close the gap.

The Phils (76-58, 2d East) begin a three-game series with the Brewers (62-71, T-3rd Central), starting 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 Cole Hamels (8-10, 3.31), who is coming off a win against the Padres on August 29, as he pitched eight shut out innings, giving up just four hits, while striking out six, in the Phils’ 5-0 win. In his last three starts, his record is 1-1 with a no-decision, as he pitched twenty innings, giving up seven runs on sixteen hits and two walks, while striking out thirteen. Hamels will be trying for his second straight win, while hoping that the offense will continue to score runs for him. The Brewers will counter with Chris Capuano (2-2, 5.06), who is coming off a no-decision against the Pirates on August 28, as he went three innings, giving up six runs on six hits and three walks, while striking out five, in the Brewers’ 8-7 win. In his last three appearances, his record is 1-0 with a no-decison, as he pitched seven and two-thirds innings, giving up six runs on six hits and a walk, while striking out nine. He will be trying to recover from his outing against the Pirates. The Phils will be out to win their last series against a non-Eastern Division rival.

Phils win series with the Rockies with a breakout win on Saturday, 10-2 and a wierd win on Sunday, 4-3.

The Phils win their series with the Rockies with a rout on Saturday, 10-2 behind Kyle Kendrick, and then with a wierd win on Sunday, 4-3, as J.A. Happ returns to the team from the minors.

On Saturday, the Phils took a 7-0 lead in the third inning as they send eleven men to the plate. After Jimmy Rollins started the inning off with a single, and then stole second been, and Placido Polanco and Raul Ibanez followed with walks, loading the bases, as Rollins went to third, and with nobody out, Ryan Howard gave the Phils the lead with a bases clearing triple, scoring Rollins, Polanco and Ibanez, giving the Phils a 3-0 lead. The Phils then made it 4-0 as Howard would score on a Ubaldo Jimenez’s wild pitch. After Jayson Werth and Shane Victorino are walked, Jimenez is replaced by Matt Belisle. Greg Dobbs greets Belisle with an RBI single, scoring Werth, making it a 5-0 Phils’ lead, while sending Victorino up to second base. After Brian Schneider hits into a force out, 6-4, wiping out Dobbs at second for the inning’s first out, as Victorino moved up to third base and Kyle Kendrick moves Schneider to second on a sacrifice bunt, 2-4, for the inning’s second out, Rolllins made it a 7-0 Phils’ lead with a two-run triple, scoring Victorino and Schneider. The Rockies got a run back in the fifth as Ian Stewart hits a lead-off home run, his fourteenth home run of the year, making it a 7-1 Phils’ lead. The Phils added to their lead in the sixth as, with a runner on second and with one man out, Ibanez hits a two-run home run, scoring Polanco, who had eariler doubled, giving the Phils a 9-1 lead. The Phils made it 10-1 in the seventh as, with a man on second and with two men out, Rollins hits an RBI single, scoring pinch hitter Ben Francisco, who had earlier doubled. The Rockies made it a 10-2 Phils’ lead in the eighth as, with one man on, and with two men out, Carlos Gonzalez hits an RBI double, scoring Ryan Spilborghs, who had earlier doubled. That would be the final score as rookie Vance Worley made his major league debut pitching a 1-2-3 inning, recording two strikeouts.

Kyle Kendrick gets the win as he pitches seven strong innings coming back from Lehigh Valley, giving up only one run on six hits and one walk, while striking out three. His record is now 6-4 with a 4.60 ERA. Jose Contreras pitches an inning, giving up a run on two hits, while striking out a batter. Vance Worley, as he made his major league debut before being sent to Lehigh Valley, pitches a 1-2-3 inning, striking out two batters. Ubaldo Jimenez took the lost, as he lasts only two innings, plus six batters, giving up six runs on just three hits, six walks and a wild pitch, while he strikes out only two. His record is now 15-2 with a 2.75 ERA. Matt Belisle pitches three innings, giving up a run on three hits, as he strikes out a batter. Taylor Buchholz pitches an inning, giving up two runs on two hits and a walk, while striking out two. Joe Beimel pitches an inning, giving up a run on three hits, while striking out a batter. Huston Street pitches a 1-2-3 inning.

The Phils had eleven hits in the game, with Jimmy Rollins leading the team with three hits, two singles and a triple, as he knocks in three runs. Placido Polanco and Jayson Werth both follow with two hits each, with both men getting a single and a double. Raul Ibanez, Ryan Howard, Greg Dobbs and pinch hitter Ben Francisco had the other four Phils’ hits, with Ibanez’s hit being a two-run home run, Howard’s hit being a three-run triple, Dobbs’ hit being an RBI single, and Francisco’s hit being a double. The other Phil’s run came in on a wild pitch.

On Sunday, the Rockies took the lead in the second as, with the bases loaded, via a double to Spilborghs, a single to Stewart, sending Spilborghs to third, and a walk to Miguel Olivo, and with one man out, Clint Barmes hits a sacrifice fly, knocking in Spilborghs, giving the Rockies a 1-0 lead. The Phils took the lead in their half of the second as, with a runner on base, and with one man out, Francisco hits a two-run home run, his third home run of the season, knocking in Werth, who had earlier singled, to give the Phils a 2-1 lead. The Rockies regain the lead in the fourth as, with a man on, and with nobody out, Spilborghs hits a two-run home run, his ninth home run of the season, scoring Melvin Mora, who had earlier walled, to give the Rockies a 3-2 lead. After the game was held up for over ninety minutes by a rain delay, the Phils regained the lead in the seventh. Pinch hitter Wilson Valdez started the inning off with a pinch hit ground-rule double, before scoring on an RBI single by Rollins, tying the game up at three-all, before he moved up to second on a fielding error by Gonzalez. Four batters later, with runners on the corners, via Rollins stealing third, and Howard walking, and with two men out, Rollins scored the go-ahead run on a wild pitch by Rafael Betancourt, as Betancourt did not cover home plate, giving the Phils a 4-3 lead. That would be the final score as Brad Lidge would record his ninth save of the year as he got out of a bases loaded jam, via a walk to Jonathan Herrera, a single to Mora, sending Herrera to second, and a walk to pinch hitter Jason Giambi, moving both Herrera and Mora up a base, and with two men out, by striking out Stewart on a call third strike.

J.A. Happ, coming back from elbow injury, pitches five innings, giving up three runs on four hits and four walks, while striking out four, getting a no-decision. Chad Durbin pitches a scoreless inning, giving up a hit, while striking out a batter. Ryan Madson gets the win as he pitches a scoreless inning, giving up two hits, while striking out two. His record is now 3-1 with a 5.51 ERA. Jose Contreras receives his eight hold of the year as he pitches two-thirds of an inning, getting out the two men that he would face. J.C. Romero receives his fifth hold of the season as he pitches a third of an inning, striking out the one man that he would face. Brad Lidge would records his ninth save of the year, as he pitches a scoreless inning, giving up a hit and two walks, while striking out three. Jeff Francis also receives a no-decision as he pitches five innings, giving up two runs on six hits and a walk, while striking out six. Manuel Corpas collects his second hold of the year as he pitches a scoreless inning, giving up a hit, while striking out one. Joe Beimel blew his first save of the season before taking the lost as he pitches two-thirds of an inning, giving up two runs, one of which were earned, on two hits and walk. His record is now 1-1 with a 2.67 ERA. Rafael Betancout pitches a scoreless inning and a third, giving up a hit and throwing a wild pitch. 

The Phils had ten hits in the game, with Jimmy Rollins, Jayson Werth and Ben Francisco leading the club with two hits each. Rollins’ hits were both singles, knocking in a run, while Werth’s hits were a single and a double and Francisco’s hits were a two-run home run and a double. Ryan Howard, pinch hitter Raul Ibanez, pinch hitter Ross Gload and pinch hitter Wilson Valdez had the other four Phils’ hits, with Ryan’s hit being a single, and Ibanez, Gload and Valdez’s hits being pinch hit doubles, with Valdez’s being a ground-rule double. The last Phil run scored on a wild pitch. The Phils’ offense seems to have responded to the firing of hitting coach Milt Thompson, as they have now won four straight games, and seven straight at home.

The Phils (52-46, 2nd NL East) conclude their series with the Rockies (51-47, 4th NL West), going for the series sweep, with an afternoon game, already in progress, with the Phils leading in the eighth inning.

The Phils are unable to come back from an early hole as they lose to the Rockies, 5-4. The divisional series is now tied at one game apiece.

The Phils are unable to pull off a come from behind win after being put behind early as they lose to the Rockies, 5-4. The series now go to Colorado with the series tied at one to one.

The Rockies took a 1-0 lead in the first as, with a runner on third, and with one man out, Todd Helton scored Carlos Gonzalez. who had earlier singled, stole second base after being picked off by Phils’ starter Cole Hamels, as Ryan Howard’s throw to second wasn’t in time, and then moved to third on Dexter Fowler’s sacrifice bunt, 1-4, on a fielder’s choice grounder to Hamels, as Gonzalez beat Carlos Ruiz’s tag, while Helton was safe at first. The Rockies then increased their lead in the fourth as, with a man on, and with two men out, Yorvit Torrealba hits a two-run home run, his first home run of the post-season, knocking in Hilton, who had earlier singled, making it 3-0 Rockies. The Rockies then made it 4-0 in the fifth as, with two men on, and with one out, Fowler hits a sacrifice fly, scoring Rockies’ starter Aaron Cook, who had earlier singled, and then went to third on Gonzalez’s double, while Gonzalez, who had earlier doubled, would move up to third. The Phils then started to come back in the sixth as, with runners on the corners, and with nobody out, Howard hits an RBI double, knocking in Shane Victorino, who had earlier hit an infield single and had moved up to second on second baseman’s Clint Barmes’ throwing error, and then went to third on Chase Utley’s single, making it a 4-1 Rockies’ lead, while sending Utley, who had earlier singled, up to third base. Two batters later, with runners still on second and third, and now with one man out, Raul Ibanez hits a two-run single, knocking in both Utley and Howard, making it a 4-3 Rockies’ lead. The Rockies then added a run in the seventh as, with the bases loaded, via a Ryan Spilborghs double, Barmes hitting a sacrifice bunt, in which Joe Blanton, who was pitching in relief of Hamels, tried to throw Spilborghs out at third, but was unsuccessful, while Barmes would be safe at first, and an infield single for pinch hitter Seth Smith, off of J.A. Happ’s knee, after he was brought in in relief of Blanton, and with one man out, Fowler hits his second sac fly of the game, scoring Spilborghs, giving the Rockies a 5-3 lead, while sending Barmes over to third. The Phils would get the run back in the eighth as, with two men out, Jayson Werth hits a solo home run, his first home run of the post-season, making it a 5-4 Rockies’ lead. The Phils made a last threat to tie the game in the ninth, with two men on base, with Cliff Lee on second, pinch running for Matt Stairs, who had earlier gotten on base with a pinch hit walk, and Jimmy Rollins on first with a single, moving Lee up to second, with two men out. But Victorino would end the game by lining out to Barmes for the final out.

Cole Hamels took the lost, as he pitched five innings, giving up four runs on seven hits, while he struck out five. His divisional series record is now 0-1 with a 7.20 ERA. Joe Blanton pitched an inning plus two batters, giving up a run on one hit, as he struck out one. J.A. Happ pitched to one batter, giving up a hit before taken out for an injury. Scott Eyre pitched an inning, striking out a batter. Brett Myers pitched two-thirds of an inning, giving up two walks and hitting a batter. Antonio Bastardo pitched a third of an inning, striking out the only man he would face. Ryan Madson pitched a 1-2-3 ninth. Aaron Cook got the win, as he went five innings plus three batters, giving up three runs on seven hits and two walks, while striking out four. His record in the divisional series is now 1-0 with a  5.40 ERA. Jose Contreras converted his first hold as he pitched an inning, giving up two hits, while striking out a batter. Matt Belisle received a hold as he pitched a 1-2-3 inning, striking out a batter. Rafael Betancourt received a hold as he pitched two-thirds of an inning, giving up a run on one hit. Franklin Morales recieved a hold as he pitched a third of an inning, getting out the one man he would face. Huston Street recorded his first save of the post-season as he gave up only a hit and a walk.

The Phillies got eleven hits in the game, with Shane Victorino leading the team with three hits, all singles. Ryan Howard and Raul Ibanez both followed with two hits apiece, with one of Howard’s hits being a double, as between them they knocked in three of the Phils’ runs (Howard (1), Ibanez (2)). Jimmy Rollins, Chase Utley, Jayson Werth and Pedro Feliz had the other four Phils’ hits, with Werth’s hit being a solo home run. Between them, so far, Howard, Werth and Ibanez has been the Phils’ offense, with a combined record of eleven for twenty-three, with six singles, three doubles, a triple and a home run, with eight RBIs (Howard (2), Werth (2) Ibanez (4)) and six runs scored. The only other Phil hitting, at the moment, is Victorino, who is hitting four for nine, with three singles and a double, but with only one run scored. If Rollins and Utley can get their bats to wake up, especially Rollins, if he would become a bit more selective in his pitch count, the Phils might still have a chance to win the series, if they can get men on base for the presently hot middle part of their line-up.

The Phils (1-1) will now journey to Denver to play games three and four of the divisional series with the Rockies (1-1). The third game is to be played on Saturday, weather permitting, at Coors Field, and is suppose to start at 9:37 pm Eastern (7:37 pm Mountain). The Phils still have yet to announce their starter for game three, although it will most likely be Pedro Martinez. The Rockies’ starter will be Jason Hammel (10-8, 4.33), who is coming off a no-decision against the Dodgers on October 4, as he pitched two innings in relief, giving up just two hits, while striking out two, in the Rockies’ 5-3 lost. He will be trying to give the Rockies the lead in the series. The Phillies will be trying to come back from the lost, while coming out smoking at the start of game three.

Phils starts off the playoffs with a masterpiece by Cliff Lee as the Phils defeat the Rockies, 5-1, taking a 1-0 lead in the NLDS.

Behind the strong pitching of Cliff Lee, the Phils begin the defense of their 2008 World Series Championship by defeating the Rockies in game one of the National League Divisional Series, 5-1.

For the first four and and half innings, the game was a pitchers’ duel between Phils’ starter Cliff Lee and Rockies’ starter Ubaldo Jimenez. For the first five innings, Lee game up only three hits, while striking out three, as he survives a two on, two men out threat in the first, and then got out of a runner on second, with only one out, situation in the second as Clint Barmes hits into a fly out-doubleplay, 9-5, as Jayson Werth’s throw from right beats Yorvit Torrealba, who had earlier doubled, to the third base bag. Meanwhile, Jimenez was handling the Phils in the first four innings, as he struck out four batters, although also giving up three hits. But, things would change in the Phils’ half of the fifth. With a runner on first, and with nobody out, Raul Ibanez hits an RBI double, knocking in Jayson Werth, who had earlier walked, giving the Phils a 1-0 lead. Two batters later, with a runner on third, and with one man out, Carlos Ruiz hits an RBI single, scoring Ibanez, who had moved up to third on Pedro Feliz’s ground out, 4-3, making it a 2-0 Phils’ lead, while Ruiz would end up on second as right fielder Brad Hawpe misplayed the ball for a fielding error. The Phils would add to their lead in the sixth. With a runner on second and with two men out, Ryan Howard hits an RBI double, knocking in Chase Utley, who had earlier singled, and then stole second, giving the Phils a 3-0 lead. The next batter, Werth, then followed with an RBI triple, scoring Howard, making it a 4-0 Phils’ lead. That would be it for Jimenez, as Rockies’ manager Jim Tracy took him out of the game, and replaced him with Joe Beimel. Ibanez would greet Beimel with an RBI single, knocking in Werth, giving the Phils a 5-0 lead. Lee would take it from there, shutting the Rockies down until the ninth. In the ninth, the Rockies would finally get on the scoreboard as, with a runner on second, and with two men out, Troy Tulowitzki hits an RBI single, knocking in Carlos Gonzalez, who had earlier singled, and then moved up to second on a wild pitch. But that would be the final score as Lee would strike out Garrett Atkins swinging for the final out.

Cliff Lee pitched a complete game, giving up a run on six hits and a wild pitch, as he struck out five. His divisional series record is now 1-0 with a 1.00 ERA. Ubaldo Jimenez took the lost as he pitched five innings plus three batters, giving up five runs on nine hits and a walk, as he struck out four. His series record is now 0-1 with a 9.00 ERA. Joe Beimel pitched to only one batter, giving up a hit. Matt Daley pitched an inning plus one batter, giving up just a hit and a walk, while striking out a batter. Franklin Morales pitched a scoreless inning, as he got out both man that he would face. Jason Marquis also pitched a scoreless innings, as he gave up a hit.

The Phillies’ offense had twelve hits in the game, with all of the starters, including Cliff Lee, getting at least one hit. The middle part of the Phils’  lineup, Ryan Howard, Jayson Werth and Raul Ibanez, led the attack with two hits each, as they went a combined six for eleven with a walk, collecting three singles, two walks and a triple (Werth), as they knocked in four of the Phils’ run (Howard (1), Werth (1), Ibanez (2)) and scored four runs. Jimmy Rollins, Shane Victorino, Chase Utley, Pedro Feliz, Carlos Ruiz and Cliff Lee had the other six Phils’ hits, with Victorino’s hit being a double, while Ruiz knocked in the other Phil run. The Phils also had three stolen bases, with, surprise, Lee having one of them, as the Phils went about making an early statement.

The Phils (1-0) will continue the divisional series against the Rockies (0-1), this afternoon. The game is to be played at Citizens Bank Park and is to start at 2:37 pm Eastern. The Phils will send to the mound Cole Hamels (10-11, 4.32), who is coming off a lost against the Marlins on October 3, as he pitched only three innings, after the Phils had clinched home field advantage for the divisional series as the Cardinals lost, as he went only three innings, giving up three runs on three hits and two walks, while striking out two, in the Phils’ 4-3 lost. He will be trying to regain his 2008 post-season form, and put the Rockies in a 2-0 hole. The Rcokies will counter with Aaron Cook (11-6, 4.16), who is coming off a win against the Brewers on October 1, as he pitched eight innings, giving up just a run on four hits and a walk, while striking out two, in the Rockies’ 9-2 win. He will be trying to even up the series before it moves on to Denver for the weekend. The Phils will be trying to take a commanding 2-0 lead before the series moves to Colorado.