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Spring Training: After Sunday’s crushing lost, the Phils roll off a two-game winning streak.

After being crushed by the Blue Jays on Sunday, the Phils rolled off a two-game winning streak, defeating the Tigers, 4-3 on Monday, then defeating the Orioles, 4-1 on Tuesday, before taking Wednesday off.

In Monday’s game, the Tigers took an early lead in the first as, with a runner on second, and with two men out, Don Kelly hits an RBI single, knocking in Miguel Cabrera, who had just walked, then stole second base, giving the Tigers a 1-0 lead. The Tigers then took a 3-0 lead in the third as, with one man on, and with one man out, Brennan Boesch hits a two-run home run, his third home run of the spring, knocking in Austin Jackson, who had just walked, then stole second base. The Phils then came back in the fifth as, with runners on the corners, and with nobody out, John Mayberry, Jr. hits an RBI single, knocking in Ty Wigginton, who had earlier singled, then went to third on Laynce Nix’s single, cutting the Tigers’ lead to 3-1, while sending Nix, who had just singled, up to second base.  Two batters later, with two men on, and now with one man out, the Phils tied the game up at three-all as Freddy Glavis hits a two-run triple, scoring both Nix and Mayberry.  The Phils then took the lead as Jimmy Rollins hits a sacrifice fly, scoring Galvis, giving the Phils a 4-3 lead. That would end up being the final score as David Purcey recorded his first save of the spring by getting Jackson to ground out, 5-3, for the game’s final out.

Scott Elarton got a no-decision as he went two and a third innings, giving up three runs on three hits and two walks, while he struck out four. Raul Valdes pitched one and two-thirds scoreless innings, giving up a hit, while striking out two. Joe Savery (1-0, 0.00) got the win as he pitched two scoreless innings, giving up a hit, while striking out three. Brian Sanches and Jake Diekman both received their first hold of the spring as they combined for two scoreless innings, giving up a hit (Sanches) between them, while striking out two batters (one batter each). David Purcey recorded his first save of the spring as he pitched an inning, giving up a hit, while striking out a batter. Max Scherzer (1-1, 4.85) took the lost as he gave up four runs on six hits, while striking out five. Collin Balester, Octavio Dotel and Jose Valverde combined for three scoreless innings, giving up two walks (Balester (1), Dotel (1)), while striking out one (Dotel) batter between them.

The Phils had six hits in the ballgame, a double by Shane Victorino, a single by Hunter Pence, a single by Ty Wigginton, a single by Laynce Nix, an RBI single by John Mayberry, Jr. and a two-run triple by Freddy Galvis. Jimmy Rollins had the other Phil RBI with a sac fly. The Phils also had two walks in the game.

In Tuesday’s game, the Phils took a 1-0 lead in the first as, with runners on the corners, and with one man on, Wigginton hits an RBI single, knocking in Lou Montanez, who had earlier walked, then went on to third on Pence’s single, while sending Pence, who had just singled, on to second base. The Orioles tied the game up at one-all in their half of the first as, with a runner on second, and with two men out, Adam Jones hits an RBI double, scoring Nolan Reimold, who had been hit by a pitch, then stole second base. The Phils retook the lead in the seventh as, with a man on second, and with two men out, Galvis hits an RBI triple, knocking in Michael Martinez, who had been hit by a pitch, before later leaving the game with a broken right foot, then moving up to second base on Roy Halladay’s sacrifice bunt, 3-4, giving the Phils a 2-1 lead. The Phils then took a 3-1 lead in the eighth as, with runners on the corners, and with two men out, Pete Orr hits an RBI single, scoring Scott Podsednik, who had earlier singled, then stopped at third on Brian Schneider’s single, while sending Brian Schneider, who had just singled, on to third. The Phils then made it a 4-1 lead in the ninth as pinch hitter Erik Kratz hits a lead-off home run, his first home run of the spring. That would end up being the final score as David Herndon threw his first save of the spring by striking out Matt Antonelli, looking, for the final out.

Roy Halladay (1-1, 6.59) got the win as he went six innings, giving up a run on three hits and a hit batter, while striking out five. Jonathan Papelbon recorded his second hold of the spring as he pitched a scoreless inning, walking a batter. Michael Stutes recorded his first hold of the spring as he threw a scoreless inning, giving up a hit and a walk, while striking out a batter. David Herndon recorded his first save of the spring as he pitched a 1-2-3 inning, striking out two. Brian Matusz received a no-decision as he pitched five innings, giving up a run on seven hits and a walk, while striking out three. Kevin Gregg pitched a scoreless inning, giving up two hits. Jim Johnson (0-2, 12.00) took the lost as he went an inning, giving up a run on a hit and a hit batter. Willie Eyre pitched an inning, giving up a run on three hits. Zach Phillips pitched an inning, giving up a run on two hits.

The Phils had fifteen hits in the game, with Hunter Pence (Single, Double), Ty Wigginton (Singles, RBI) and Carlos Ruiz (Singles) all leading the team with two hits each. Freddy Galvis (Triple, RBI), Juan Pierre (Single), John Mayberry, Jr. (Double), Scott Podsednik (Single), Brian Schneider (Single), Pete Orr (Single, RBI), Michael Martinez (Double), Roy Halladay (Single) and pinch hitter Erik Kratz (Home Run, RBI) had the other nine Phils’ hits. The Phils also had a walk in the game.

The Phils lost Michael Martinez as his right foot was broken by a Jim Johnson pitch. There is no timetable for his return. On Monday, Chase Utley left Clearwater to meet with an unamed specialist to check out what is wrong with his knees. The Phils, as of yet, have no idea how this will effect his return to the club. The Phils have also sent five players down to their minor league camp: they’d optioned right handers Phillippe Aumont and Michael Schwimer, while reassigning left handers David Purcey and Jeremy Horst and infielder Kevin Frandsen.

The next Phils (9-9) game will be this afternoon with the Blue Jays (14-4) at Dunedin. The game is to start at 1:05 pm EDT.

Spring Training: The Phils overcome a 4-0 deficit to defeat the Tigers, 7-5.

The Phils come back from a 4-0 deficit to end up defeating the Tigers, 7-5.

The Tigers took a 1-0 lead in the first as, with one man out, Eric Patterson hits a solo home run, his first home run of the spring. The Tigers then made it a 3-0 lead in the third as, with one man on, and with one man out, Patterson hits a two-run home run, his second home run of the spring and of the ballgame, knocking in Omir Santos, who had earlier singled. The Tigers added to their lead in the fourth as, with two men out, Don Kelly hits a solo home run, his first home run of the spring, giving the Tigers a 4-0 lead. The Phils started to come back in the sixth as, with two men on, and with one man out, Carlos Ruiz hits a three-run home run, his first home run of the spring, knocking in Lou Montanez, who had earlier singled, then stopped at second base on Laynce Nix’s single, and Cesar Hernandez, who was pinch running for Nix, who had just singled, cutting the Tigers’ lead down to 4-3. The Phils then tied the score at four-all in the seventh as, with two men on, and with one man out, John Mayberry, Jr. hits an RBI double, scoring Michael Martinez, who had earlier singled, then stopped at second base on Juan Pierre’s single, while sending Pierre, who had just singled, on to third base. The Phils then took the lead as Montanez hits an RBI single, scoring Pierre, giving the Phils a 5-4 lead, while sending Mayberry up to third base. The Phils then made it a 6-4 lead as Hernandez hits a sacrifice fly, scoring Mayberry. Two batters later, with two men on, and with two men out, Kevin Frandsen hits an RBI single, knocking in Montanez, who had reached second base on a David Pauley’s wild pitch, beating the throw to the plate, making it a 7-4 Phils’ lead, while sending Sebastian Valle, who had just walked, on to third base, before moving up to second base on the throw home. The Tigers would get a run back in the ninth as, with a man on second, and with nobody out, Patterson hits an RBI single, knocking in Quintin Berry, who had just doubled, cutting the Phils’ lead to 7-5. But, that would be the final score as Brian Sanches ended the game by getting Argenis Diaz to field out to center for the final out.

Roy Halladay received a no-decision as he went three innings, giving up three runs on four hits, while striking out four. Joel Pineiro pitched two innings, giving up a run on two hits, striking out a batter. Jeremy Horst (1-0, 0.00) picked up the win as he pitched an inning and two-thirds of shutout ball, giving up two hits, while striking out a batter. David Herndon picked up his first hold of the spring as he pitched an inning and a third of scoreless ball, giving up two hits and a walk. Brian Sanches recorded his first save of the spring as he pitched an inning, giving up a run on two hits, while striking out a batter. Max Scherzer also received a no-decision as he pitched three and one-third innings, giving up a hit and two walks, while striking out two batters. Adam Wilk recorded his second hold of the spring as he went two and a third innings, giving up three runs on four hits. Tyler Stohr recorded his first hold of the spring as he pitched a third of an inning, getting out the only man that he would face. David Pauley (1-1, 16.88) blew his first save attempt of the spring before taking the lost, as he pitched two-thirds of an inning, giving up four runs on five hits and two walks. Collin Balester pitched an inning and a third, giving up a hit. Daniel Schlereth pitched a scoreless inning, striking out a batter.

The Phils had eleven hits in the ballgame, with Lou Montanez leading the team with two hits (Singles, RBI). Juan Pierre (Single), Scott Podsednik (Single), John Mayberry, Jr. (Double, RBI), Hunter Pence (Single), Laynce Nix (Single), Carlos Ruiz (Home Run, 3 RBI), Kevin Frandsen (Single, RBI), Freddy Galvis (Single) and Michael Martinez (Single) had the other nine Phils’ hit. Cesar Hernandez knocked in the other Phil RBI with a sacrifice fly. Phils also had four walks and a stolen base (Podsednik) in the game.

The Phils (4-3) will continue with their spring training schedule tomorrow with an afternoon game at Bright House Field in Clearwater with the Orioles (3-2). The game will start at 1:05 pm EDT.

Roy Oswalt and Michael Stutes combine for the eight-hit shutout as the Phils beat the Nats, 5-0.

Phils pitching shuts down the Nats’ bats, as they defeat the Nationals, 5-0.

The Phils took the lead in the fourth as, with two men on, and with two men out, Wilson Valdez hits a two-run triple, knocking in John Mayberry, Jr., who had earlier singled, then, although being caught off first base by Nats’ starter John Lannan, he would be safe at second as shortstop Ian Desmond committed a miss catch error, and Carlos Ruiz, who had just walked, giving the Phils a 2-0 lead. The Nats tried to score in their half of the fourth as, with two men on, Ryan Zimmerman on second, via a single, and a walk to Michael Morse, which sent Zimmrman up to second base, and with one man out, Jayson Werth hits a single to left. Zimmerman is sent in to score, but, he is thrown out at the plate by a one-hop strike by Mayberry, for the inning’s second out, while Morse would stop at second base on the play. Roy Oswalt would then get out of the inning by striking out Danny Espinosa. That would turn out to be the Nats’ last shot as Oswalt would control them until he is replaced by Michael Stutes in the ninth. The Phils would add to their lead in the sixth as Hunter Pence hits a lead-off home run, his fifteenth home run of the year, and his fourth as a Phil, giving the Phils a 3-0 lead. Five batters later, the Phils made it a 5-0 lead as, with two men on, and with one man out, Jimmy Rollins hits a two-run single, knocking in Carlos Ruiz, who had earlier singled, sending Mayberry, who had singled earlier, up to second base, then moved up to second base on Valdez’s force out grounder, 5-unassisted, forcing out Mayberry at third base, for the inning’s first out, then stopped at third base on Oswalt’s sacrifice bunt that lead to the bases being loaded as Collin Balester tried to throw to third base to force out Ruiz, but failed, and Valdez, who had been safe at first on his force out, then would stop at second base on Oswalt’s sac bunt, giving the Phils a 5-0 lead, while Oswalt, who had been safe at first on the sac bunt-fielder’s choice, would be thrown out at third, 8-5, for the inning’s second out, while Rollins would move up to second base on the throw. That would be the final score as Stutes pitched a 1-2-3 ninth, ending the game on an Espinosa ground out, 3-unassisted.

Roy Oswalt (6-7, 3.51) got the win as he pitched eight shutout innings, giving up eight hits and a walk, while striking out nine. Michael Stutes pitched a 1-2-3 inning, striking out a batter. John Lannan (8-9, 2.61) took the lost as he pitched five innings plus three batters, giving up five runs, only three of which were earned, on seven hits and four walks, while striking out one. Collin Balester pitched two innings, giving up two hits and a walk, while striking out two. Henry Rodriguez and Ryan Mattheus combined for two scoreless innings, giving up two walks (one each), while striking out two (Rodriguez) batters between them.

The Phils had nine hits in the ballgame, with Jimmy Rollins (2 RBIs), John Mayberry, Jr. and Carlos Ruiz all leading the team with two hits each, all singles. Shane Victorino (Single), Hunter Pence (Home Run, RBI) and Wilson Valdez (Triple, 2 RBI), had the other three Phils’ hits.

The Phils (81-43, 1st) will conclude their series (depending on the weather) with the Nats (60-64, 3rd), with the game already in progress, with the Phils presently in the lead.

Roy Oswalt wins his first start since coming back from the DL as the offense take advantage of Nats’ mistakes as the Phils win, 11-3.

Roy Oswalt wins his first start after coming off the DL, as the bats take advantage of several Nats’ mistakes, as the Phils beat the Nats, 11-3.

The Phils took the lead in the first as. with one man on, and with two men out, Ryan Howard hits a two-run home run, his twenty-sixth home run of the year, knocking in Jimmy Rollins, who began the game reaching base on second baseman Danny Espinosa’s fielding error, giving the Phils a 2-0 lead. The Nats cut the Phils’ lead in the second as, with a runner on third, and with one man out, Laynce Nix hits an RBI double, knocking in Michael Morse, who had earlier doubled, then went to third on Jayson Werth’s fly out, cutting the Phils’ lead down to 2-1. Two batters later, the Nats’ tied the game up at two-all as Ian Desmond hits an RBI single, scoring Nix, before moving up to second base on Raul Ibanez’s late throw to the plate. The Phils regain the lead in the third as, with runners on the corners, and with nobody out, Howard hits an RBI single, scoring Shane Victorino, who had been safe at first on shortstop Desmond’s throwing error, then stopped at third on Chase Utley’s single, giving the Phils a 3-2 lead, while sending Utley, who had just singled, on to third base. Two batters later, with the bases loaded, after Hunter Pence had walked, the Phils added to their lead as Ibanez hits an RBI ground out, 3-1, for the inning’s first out, scoring Utley, to give the Phils a 4-2 lead, while sending Howard on to third base, and Pence up to second base. Three batters later, after Carlos Ruiz had been intentionally walked to reload the bases, and then Wilson Valdez had hit into a force out at the plate, 1-2, as Nats’ starter John Lannan had made a good play on his grounder, beating Howard with his throw to the plate for the second out, while the other two runners both moved up a base, leaving the bases loaded, the Phils took a 5-2 lead as Roy Oswalt walked, forcing home Pence, while sending Ruiz over to third, and Valdez up to second as the bases remained loaded. Jimmy Rollins then followed with an infield single to short, knocking in Ruiz, giving the Phils a 6-2 lead, before it became a 7-2 Phils’ lead as Valdez, who had kept on running, scored as well, while Oswalt stopped at second. The Nats got a run back in the sixth as, with one man on, and with one man out, Morse hits an RBI single, scoring Ryan Zimmerman, who had earlier singled, then went to second base on Oswalt’s wild pitch, making it a 7-3 Phils’ lead. The Phils got the run back in their half of the sixth as, with the bases loaded once again, via a strikeout-wild pitch on Rollins, allowing him to reach first base, a single by Victorino. moving Rollins up to second base, and a force attempt fielding error by first baseman Morse, allowing Utley to reach first base, as Rollins stopped at third, and Victorino reached second base, and with one man out, Howard hits into an RBI force out, 3-6, wiping out Utley at second base for the second out, before Howard beats the throw back to first base, allowing Rollins to score, giving the Phils an 8-3 lead, while Victorno would stop at third base. The Phils then increased their lead in the eighth as, with the bases once more loaded, via a walk to Rollins, a single by Victorino, sending Rollins on to second base, a Ryan Mattheus’ wild pitch that moved both runners up a base and an intentional walk to Howard, and with one man out, Pence hits an RBI single, scoring Rollins, giving the Phils a 9-3 lead, while moving both Victorino and Howard up a base, leaving the bases loaded. Ibanez then made it a 10-3 lead as he hits a sacrifice fly to left, knocking in Victorino. The Phils then took an 11-3 lead as Ruiz hits an RBI single, knocking in Howard, while sending Pence up to second base. That would be the final score as Michael Stutes would throw his second scoreless inning in relief of Oswalt.

Roy Oswalt (5-7, 3.84) gets the win as he went seven innings, giving up three runs on six hits and a walk, while striking out five. Michael Stutes pitched two scoreless innings, giving up a hit and a walk, while striking out one. John Lannan (8-8, 3.55) took the lost as he lasted just three innings, giving up seven runs, only one of which was earned, thanks to three Nats’ errors, on four hits and five walks, while striking out only one. Collin Balester pitched three innings, giving up a run on a hit, while striking out three. Henry Rodriguez pitched an inning, plus two batters, giving up two runs on two hits and a walk, as he struck out a batter. Ryan Mattheus also pitched an inning, giving up a run on two hits and a walk.

The Phils had nine hits in the ballgame, with Shane Victorino (Singles) and Ryan Howard (Single, Home Run, 4 RBIs) both leading the team with two hits each. Jimmy Rollins (RBI), Chase Utley, Hunter Pence (RBI), Carlos Ruiz (RBI) and Wilson Valdez had the other five Phils hits, all singles. Raul Ibanez knocked in two runs, via a ground out and a sac fly and Roy Oswalt, via a walk, forced in a run. The final Phil run scored as Valdez kept on running from second base on Rollins’ infield single, following Ruiz across the plate.

The Phils (78-41, 1st) are not playing today as their game with the Nats was rained out. Their next game will be Tuesday night against the Diamondbacks.

Countdown to the Playoffs, Game # 4: The Phils second string crushed the Nats, as the Phils win, 7-1.

The Phils’ bench players crushed the Nats to win their next to last road series, as they defeat the Nats, 7-1.

The Phils took the lead in the second as Mike Sweeney hits a lead-off home run, his eighth home run of the season, and his second home run as a Phil, giving the Phils a 1-0 lead. The Phils then took a 2-0 lead as Ben Francisco hits a solo home run of his own, his fifth home run of the year. The Phils then took a 5-0 lead in the fourth as, with two men on, and with nobody out, John Mayberry Jr. hits a three-run home run, his first home run of the year, scoring both Sweeney, who had earlier walked, then went to second on Francisco’s single, and Francisco, who had just singled. The Nats got a run back in their half of the fourth as Ian Desmond hits an RBI ground out, 4-3, scoring Nyjer Morgan, who had earlier singled, moved up to second on Danny Espinosa’s ground out, 3-unassisted, before moving up to third on Sweeney’s throwing error when he tried to double up Morgan at second base, making it a 5-1 Phils’ lead. The Phils then increased their lead in the fifth as, with one man on, and with two men out, Francisco hits a two-run home run, his second home run of the game, and his sixth home run of the season, knocking in Wilson Valdez, who had earlier walked, giving the Phils a 7-1 lead. That would be the final score as Joe Blanton and the bullpen would contain the Nats, with Brad Lidge recording a 1-2-3 ninth, getting Willie Harris to end the game by flying out to center.

Joe Blanton gets the win as he pitches seven strong innings, giving up an unearned run on three hits and three walks, while striking out six. His record is now 9-6 with a 4.74 ERA. J.C. Romero, Ryan Madson and Brad Lidge combine for two 1-2-3 innings, striking out two batters (Madson and Lidge one each) between them. Ross Detwiler took the lost as he last only four and two-thirds innings, giving up seven runs on seven hits and two walks, while striking out two. His record is now 1-3 with a 4.25 ERA. Miguel Batista, Collin Balester, Joel Peralta and Doug Slaten combine for four and a third scoreless innings, giving up a hit (Batista), while striking out two (Slaten) between them.

The Phils had eight hits in the game, with Ben Francisco leading the team with three hits, a single and two home runs, knocking in three runs. He was followed by John Mayberry, Jr. and Greg Dobbs, who each had two hits, with Mayberry’s hits being a single and a three-run home run, and with Dobbs’ hits being both singles. Mike Sweeney had the other Phil hit, a solo home run. A few of the bench players caused some damaged last night.

The Phils (95-64, 1st) have the day off today, before going to Atlanta to play the Braves (90-69, 2nd) for their last road series of the regular season, as they prepare for the playoffs.

Coundown to the Playoffs, Game # 6: The Phils win their fourth straight National League Eastern Division Title behind the two-hit complete game pitching of Roy Halladay, as they defeat the Nats, 8-0.

Behind the two-hit complete game shut out pitching of their ace Roy Halladay, the Phils have clinched their fourth straight National League Eastern Division title as they defeat the Nats, 8-0.

The Phils took the lead in the second as Jayson Werth hits a lead-off home run, his twenty-sixth home run of the season, giving the Phils a 1-0 lead. The Phils increased their lead in the sixth as, with two men on, and with two men out, Werth hits a two-run double, knocking in Placido Polanco, who had earlier singled, then went to second base when Chase Utley was hit by the pitch, and Utley, who had just been hit by the pitch, giving the Phils a 3-0 lead. The Phils then made it a 4-0 lead two batters latter as, with runners on the corners, as Raul Ibanez got on base with an infield single, sending Werth to third, and still with two men out, Carlos Ruiz hits an RBI double, scoring Werth, while sending Ibanez over to third. The Phils then busted the game wide open in the ninth as, with runners on the corners, and with two men out, Polanco hits an RBI single, scoring Wilson Valdez, who had reached first earlier on a strikeout that got away from Wilson Ramos before he threw to third base to nail Ruiz, who had earlier doubled, and then tried to move up to third on the play, who then stole second as Halladay struck out, then stole third base, giving the Phils a 5-0 lead, while sending Shane Victorino, who had just walked, on to third base. The Phils then took a 7-0 lead as Utley hits a two-run double, scoring both Victorino and Polanco. The Phils then made it an 8-0 lead as, after Ryan Howard had walked, Werth hits an RBI infield single to the first baseman, as Utley ran all the way from second base to score, while Howard would move up to second base. That would be more than enough for Halladay as he pitched a complete game shut out, giving up only two hits, a lead-off single to Ramos in the third, before he was wiped out in a 4-6-3 double play by Alberto Gonzalez, and then a lead-off single in the eighth by Adam Dunn, who was then stranded at first, before he ended the game by getting Danny Espinosa to strike out, swinging, his sixth strike out victim.

Roy Halladay gets the win as he pitches a complete game shut out, giving up only two hits, while striking out six. His record is now 21-10 with a 2.44 ERA. John Lannan took the lost as he pitches only five and two-thirds innings, giving up four runs on seven hits, a walk and a hit batter, while striking out three. His record is now 8-8 with a 4.65 ERA. Craig Stammen and Collin Balester combine for two and a third scoreless innings, giving up a hit (Stammen) and a walk (Stammen), while striking out two (Balester) between them. Joe Bisenius pitches two-thirds of an inning, giving up four runs on three hits and two walks, while striking out two. Miguel Batista pitches a third of an inning, giving up a hit.

The Phils had twelve hits in the game, with Placido Polanco, Jayson Werth and Carlos Ruiz all leading the team with three hits each, with Polanco’s hits being all singles, knocking in a run, Werth’s three hits being a single, a double and a solo home run, knocking in four runs and Ruiz’s hits being a single, and two doubles, knocking in a run. Raul Ibanez followed with two hits, a single and a double. Chase Utley had the final Phil hit, a double, knocking in two runs. The Phils’ offense exploded late in the game, after being kept quiet for the early part of the evening.

The Phils (94-63, 1st) continues their three-game series with the Nationals (67-90, 5th) with a night game tonight. The game will be played at Nationals Park and will begin at 7:05 pm Eastern. The Phils starter will be Roy Oswalt (13-13 (7-1), 2.80 (1.76)), who is coming off a no-decision against the Braves on September 22, when he pitched seven shut out innings, giving up only a hit and a walk, while striking out eight, in the Phils 1-0 win. In his last three starts, his record is 2-0 with a no-decision, as he had pitched twenty-two innings, giving up just a run on eleven hits and three walks, while striking out twenty-one. He will be going for his eighth win since joining the Phils, and his third straight win against the Nats. The Nats will counter with Jason Marquis (2-9, 7.18), who is coming off a no-decision against the Astros, as he pitched six innings, giving up two runs on seven hits and a walk, while striking out two, in the Nats’ 4-3 win. In his last three starts, his record is 0-2 with a no-decision, as he had pitched twelve and one-third innings, giving up ten runs on eighteen hits and three walks, while striking out ten. He will be trying to not be rough up again by the Phils. The Phils will be trying to make sure that they’ll have the best record in the National League no matter what happens during the rest of the season.

Saturday: Countdown to the Playoffs, Game # 14: The Phils hurt the Nats with the long ball as they win,  5-2.

The Phils hits three home runs as they go on to defeat the Nats, 5-2, staying three games ahead of the Braves in the NL East.

The Nats took the lead in the first as, with one man on, and with nobody out, Ian Desmond hits an RBI triple, knocking in Danny Espinosa, who had earlier singled, giving the Nats a 1-0 lead. The Nats tried to add to their lead latter that inning, as they loaded up the bases via Ryan Zimmerman being hit by the pitch, and then a walk to Michael Morse, moving Zimmerman up to second base, and now with two men out, but Kyle Kendrick got out of the inning by getting Wilson Ramos to ground out, 4-3, to end the inning. The Phils then tied it up at one-all in the second as Jayson Werth hits a lead-off home run, his twenty-third home run of the season. Three batters later, with two men on, and with still nobody out, Wilson Valdez hits an RBI double, scoring Raul Ibanez, who had earlier singled, and moved up to second on Carlos Ruiz’s single, giving the Phils a 2-1 lead, while sending Ruiz, who had just singled, up to third base. The Phils increased their lead in the third as, with a man on, and with nobody out, Ryan Howard hits a two-run home run, his thirtieth home run of the season, establishing a new club record as he now has hit 30 or more home runs and driven in 100 or more RBIs in five straight seasons, breaking the old record held by both him and Hall of Famer Chuck Klein, as he knocks in Chase Utley, who had just walked, making it a 4-1 Phils’ lead. Two batters later, with one man out, Ibanez hits a solo home run, his fifteenth home run of the season, giving the Phils a 5-1 lead. The Nats get a run back in the sixth as, with a runner on second, and with two men out, Morse hits an RBI single, knocking in Zimmerman, who had earlier doubled, making it a 5-2 Phils’ lead. That would be the final score as the Phils’ bullpen would handle the Nats for the last three innings, with Brad Lidge recording his twenty-third save of the season as he pitches a 1-2-3 ninth, getting Desmond to end the game by grounding out softly to the pitcher, 1-3.

Kyle Kendrick gets the win as he pitches six innings, giving up two runs on six hits and a walk, while striking out three. His record is now 10-9 with a 4.78 ERA. Chad Durbin collects his fifteenth hold of the season as he pitches a scoreless inning, walking a batter, while striking out two. Ryan Madson pitches his thirteen hold of the year as he pitches a scoreless inning, giving up a hit and two walks, while striking out one. Brad Lidge would record his twenty-third save of the year as he pitches a 1-2-3 ninth. Jordon Zimmermann took the lost as he pitches only three innings, giving up five runs on nine hits and a walk, while striking out three. His record is now 0-2 with a 6.75 ERA. Craig Stammen, Ross Detwiller, Tyler Clippard and Collin Balester combine for five scoreless innings, giving up three hits, (Detwiller (2), Balester (1)) and three walks (Detwiller (1), Clippard (1), Balester (1)) between them.

The Phils had twelve hits in the game, with Raul Ibanez and Wilson Valdez both leading the team with three hits each, with Ibanez’s hits being two singles and a solo home run, knocking in a run, while Vladez’s hits were two singles and a double, also knocking in a run. Shane Victorino followed with two hits, both singles. Chase Utley, Ryan Howard, Jayson Werth and Carlos Ruiz had the other four Phils’ hits, with Utley and Ruiz’s hits being singles, while Howard’s hit was a two-run home run, and Werth’s hit was a solo home run. The Phils’ offense continue to gets hit, as they now head for a sweep with the Nats, while keeping a three-game lead over the Braves, as they defeat the Mets in an afternoon game.