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The Phils bullpen let Kyle Kendrick down, as the Phils lose again in walk-off fashion, losing to the Rangers, 4-3.

Philadelphia_PhilliesPhils closer Jonathan Papelbon waste a good performance by Kyle Kendrick, as he blows his first save attempt of the season, as the Phils lose to the Rangers once again in walk-off fashion, 4-3.

The Phils took the lead in the top of the first as, with one man on, and with one man out, Chase Utley hits a single into center field, sending Carlos Ruiz, who had earlier doubled, on to third base, before he goes on to score, as center fielder Leonys Martin commits a fielding error, giving the Phils a 1-0 lead. The Rangers tried to tie the game up in their half of the first as they put runners on second and third, via a Shin-Soo Choo lead-off single, and a single by Elvis Andrus, sending Choo to third base, as left fielder Dom Brown commits a throwing error, allowing Andrus to reach second base, and with nobody out, before Kyle Kendrick is able to get out of trouble as Prince Fielder strikes out, swinging, for the inning’s first out, then Adrian Beltre reaches base on a fielding error by Kenrdick, before Kendrick picks up the ball and throws it to third base, leading to Choo being put in a run down, 1-5-2-4, before finally being tagged out by Utley for the inning’s second out, as Andrus moved over to third base, and Beltre moved up to second base on the run down, and then finally gets out of the inning as Alex Rios flies out to center for the inning’s final out. The Phils increased their lead in the top of the third as, with one man on, and with two men out, Ryan Howard hits a two-run home run, his first home run of the season, knocking in Ruiz, who had earlier walked, then moved up to second base on pitcher Robbie Ross, Jr.’s wild pitch, giving the Phils a 3-0 lead. The Rangers would get a run back in the bottom of the seventh as, with a runner on third, and with two men out, Martin hits an RBI single, knocking in Mitch Moreland, who had earlier tripled, making it a 3-1 Phils’ lead. The Rangers would make it a 3-2 Phils’ lead in the bottom of the ninth as, with runners on second and third, and with one man out, pinch-hitter Jim Adduci hits an RBI single, knocking in Beltre, who had started the inning off with a single, then moved up to third base on Moreland’s double, while sending Moreland, who had just doubled, up to third base. The Rangers then tied the game up at three-all one batter later as Martin hits an RBI single, knocking in Moreland, while sending Adduci on to third base. Two batters later, after Martin has moved up to second base on defensive indifference, and Donnie Murphy was walked, loading the bases, and with still one man out, Choo received an RBI walk, forcing in Adduci with the winning run, as Martin and Murphy both moved up a base, giving the Rangers a 4-3 walk-off win.

Kyle Kendrick received a no-decision as he threw seven strong innings, giving up a run on five hits and a walk, while striking out four. Mario Hollands collected his first career hold as he pitched a 1-2-3 inning. Jonathan Papelbon blew his first save of the season before taking the lost (0-1, 20.25) as he pitched a third of an inning, giving up three runs on four hits and two walks, while striking out a batter. Robbie Ross, Jr. also received a no-decision as he went five innings, giving up three runs on seven hits, two walks and a wild pitch, while striking out seven. Shawn Tolleson and Pedro Figueroa would combine for two scoreless innings, giving up a hit (Tolleson) and a walk (Figueroa) between them. Seth Rosin (1-0, 0.00) got the win as he threw two scoreless innings, giving up a hit, while striking out a batter.

The Phils had nine hits in the game, with Carlos Ruiz (Single, Double) leading the team with two hits. Chase Utley (Single), Ryan Howard (Home Run, 2 RBIs), Marlon Byrd (Single), Dom Brown (Single), John Mayberry, Jr. (Single), Cody Asche (Single) and Jayson Nix (Single), had the other seven Phils’ hits. The Phils also had three walks (Ruiz, Utley, Mayberry) in the game, while the defense committed three errors (Brown, Kyle Kendrick, Nix) and performed a doubleplay.

The Phils (1-2, 4th) are off today, before playing their next game tomorrow against the Cubs at Wrigley Field in Chicago.

The Phils suffer their first lost of the season as they lose the game in the bottom of the ninth, losing to the Rangers, 3-2.

Philadelphia_PhilliesThe Phils lose to the Rangers in the walk-off fashion, losing the game in the bottom of the ninth, 3-2.

The Phils break up a 0-0 tie in the top of the sixth as, with runners on the corners, and with nobody out, Jimmy Rollins hits an RBI single, knocking in Cesar Hernandez, who had earlier doubled, then reached third base on Ben Revere’s sacrifice bunt, beating pitcher Martin Perez’s throw to third base, giving the Phils a 1-0 lead, while sending Revere, who had reached first base on the bunt, up to second base. Four batters later, after Chase Utley had flown out to center field for the inning’s first out, Revere was picked off at second base, 1-4, after having first been called safe, as the call was successfully challenged by Rangers’ manager Ron Washington, for the inning’s second out, and Marlon Byrd had singled, moving Rollins up to second base, the Phils added to their lead as Ryan Howard hits an RBI double, knocking in Rollins, giving the Phils a 2-0 lead, while sending Byrd on to third base. The Rangers got a run back in their half of the sixth as, with a man on second, and with nobody out, Mitch Moreland hits an RBI single, scoring Alex Rios, who had started the inning off with a double, making it a 2-1 Phils’ lead. The Rangers would tie the game up as 2-all in the bottom of the seventh as, with a man on third, and with two men out, Adrian Beltre hits an RBI double, knowing in Shin-Soo Choo, who had started the inning off with a single, moved up to second base on Elvis Andrus’ sacrifice bunt, 1-4 and Prince Fielder’s ground out, 6-3. The Rangers would win the game in walk-off fashion in the bottom of the ninth as, with two men on, and with one man out, Beltre hits a walk-off single, knocking in Choo, who had started the inning off with a walk, then moved up to second base on Andrus’ second sacrifice bunt of the ballgame, 3-4, giving the Rangers a 3-2 win.

A.J. Burnett received a no-decision as he pitched six strong innings, giving up a run on seven hits and two walks, while striking out three. Jake Diekman blew his first save of the season as he pitched an inning, giving up a run on two hits and a walk, while striking out a batter. Antonio Bastardo threw a 1-2-3 inning, striking out two. Mario Hollands, pitching in his first Major League ballgame, took the lost (0-1, 27.00) as he pitched a third of an inning, giving up a run on two walks. B.J. Rosenberg pitched to one batter, getting nobody out as he gave up a hit. Martin Perez also received a no-decision as he pitched five and two-thirds innings, giving up two runs on seven hits, as he struck out seven. Jason Frasor pitched an inning and a third, striking out a batter. Neal Cotts pitched a scoreless inning, giving up a hit and a walk, while striking out two.  Joakim Soria got the win (1-0, 0.00) as he threw a 1-2-3 inning, striking out a batter.

The Phils had eight hits in the game, with Marlon Byrd (Singles) and Cesar Hernandez (Single, Double) both leading the team with two hits each. Jimmy Rollins (Single, RBI), Chase Utley (Single), Ryan Howard (Double, RBI) and Jayson Nix (Single) had the other four Phils’ hit. The Phils also had a walk (Byrd) and a sacrifice bunt (Ben Revere) in the game, while they also had a runner caught stealing (Nix) and a runner caught off base (Revere), while the defense performed a doubleplay and an outfield assist (Byrd).

The Phils (1-1, 4th NL East) will conclude their interleague series with the Rangers (1-1, 3rd AL West) with a ballgame tonight. The game will be played at Globe Life Park and is to start at 8:05 pm EDT (7: 05 pm CDT). The Phils will send to the mound Kyle Kendrick (0-0, -.–), who will be trying to pitched the Phils to an early series win, while the Rangers will counter with Robbie Ross, Jr. (0-0, -.–), who will be trying to give the Rangers a series win. The Phils will be trying to win this series before they start their next three-game series with the Cubs in Chicago this weekend.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

The Phils give Charlie Manuel his 1,000 career win as a manager, as they defeat the Braves, 5-1.

Philadelphia_PhilliesBehind the complete game pitching of Cole Hamels, the Phils give their manager Charlie Manuel his 1000th career win as a manager, as they also end their road losing streak, as they defeat the Braves, 5-1.

The Phils took the lead in the top of the third as, with a runner on third, and with one man out, Jimmy Rollins hits an RBI single, scoring Cole Hamels, who had just tripled, giving the Phils a 1-0 lead. The Phils added to their lead in the top of the sixth as, with two men on, and with one man out, Cody Asche hits a three-run home run, his second home run of the season, knocking in Chase Utley, who had started the inning off with a single, then moved up to second base when Darin Ruf was hit by a pitch, and Ruf, who was just hit by a pitch, giving the Phils a 4-0 lead. The Phils made it a 5-0 lead in the top of the ninth as, with a runner on second, and with one man out, Carlos Ruiz hits an RBI single, scoring Asche, who had earlier singled, then stole second base, his first career steal. The Braves got on the scoreboard in their half of the ninth as, with a runner on second, and with two men out, Chris Johnson hits a ground-rule double, knocking in Justin Upton, who had started the inning off with a double, making it a 5-1 Phils’ lead. That would end up being the final score as Dan Uggla grounds out softly, 5-3, for the game’s final out.

Cole Hamels (5-13, 3.65) got the win as he threw a complete game, giving up just one run on six scattered hits and a walk, while striking out nine. Julio Teheran (9-6, 3.08) took the lost as he pitched six innings, giving up four runs on six hits, a walk and a hit batter, while striking out six. Luis Ayala and Scott Downs combined for two scoreless innings, giving up a walk (Ayala) between them, while striking out a batter (Downs). Anthony Varvaro pitched an inning, giving up a run on two hits, while striking out a batter.

The Phils had eight hits in the game, with Jimmy Rollins (Single, Double, RBI), Chase Utley (Singles) and Cody Asche (Single, Home Run, 3 RBIs), all leading the team with three hits each. Carlos Ruiz (Single, RBI) and Cole Hamels (Triple) had the other two Phils’ hits. The Phils also had two walks (Dom Brown, Hamels), a hit batter (Darin Ruf), a stolen base (Asche (1)) and a sacrifice bunt (Hamels) in the game.

The Phils (53-65, 4th) continue their series with the Braves (72-47, 1st) with a night game tonight. The game is to start at 7:10 pm EDT and is to be played at Turner Field. The Phils will sent to the mound Ethan Martin (1-1, 6.75) who is coming off his first career win against the Cubs on August 8, as he threw five innings, giving up a run on four hits and a walk, while striking out four, in the Phils’ 12-1 rout. He will be going for his second straight victory. The Braves will counter with Kris Medlen (9-10, 3.85) who is coming off a victory against the Nationals on August 7, as he went seven innings, giving up three runs on three hits and a walk, while he struck out six, in the Braves’ 6-3 win. He will be going for his tenth straight win. The Phils will be going for both the series win, and their second straight win on the road.

The Phils win their first series of the second half of the season as they defeat the Cubs in a laughter, 12-1.

Philadelphia_PhilliesThe Phils defeat the Cubs in a laughter, winning 12-1.

The Phils took the lead in the bottom of the second as, with runners on second and third, and with one man out, John Mayberry, Jr. hits an RBI infield single, scoring Darin Ruf, who had earlier singled, then stopped at third base on Cody Asche’s double, giving the Phils a 1-0 lead, while sending Asche, who had just doubled, up to third base. The Phils then made it a 2-0 lead one batter later as Michael Martinez hits an RBI single, scoring Asche, while sending Mayberry over to third base. The Phils then made it a 4-0 lead in the bottom of the third as, with one man on, and with one man out, Ruf hits a two-run home run, his fifth home run of the season, knocking in Chase Utley, who had earlier doubled. The Cubs got on the scoreboard in the top of the fourth as Nate Schierholtz hits a lead-off home run, his fifteenth home run of the year, making it a 4-1 Phils’ lead. The Phils then proceeded to bust the game open in their half of the fourth as, with runners on the corners and with one man out, Carlos Ruiz hits a RBI bunt single, knocking in Martinez, who had started the inning off with a single, had reached second base on Ethan Martin’s sacrifice bunt, 1-4, then reached third base as he beat Cubs’ pitcher Jeff Samardija’s throw to third on Kevin Frandsen’s fielder choice’s grounder to the pitcher, giving the Phils a 5-1 lead, while sending Frandsen, who was safe at first on the fielder’s choice, up to second base. The Phils then increased their lead as Utley hits an RBI double, knocking in Frandsen, giving the Phils a 6-1 lead, while sending Ruiz up to third base. The Phils then made it an 8-1 lead as Dom Brown hits a two-run single, scoring both Ruiz and Utley. The Phils then made it a 10-1 lead two batters later as, with a man on, and now with two men out, Asche hits a two-run home run, his first career home run, knocking in Brown. The Phils then made it a 12-1 lead in the bottom of the eighth as, with a man on first, and with nobody out, John McDonald hits a two-run home run, his first home run of the season, knocking in Ruiz, who had started the inning off with a single. That would end up being the final score as Raul Valdes pitched a 1-2-3 ninth.

Ethan Martin (1-1, 6.75) got the win, the first of his major league career, as he pitched five strong innings, giving up a run on four hits and three walks, as he struck out four. Zack Minor, Cesar Jimenez and Raul Valdes combined for four scoreless innings, giving up just two hits (Jimenez) and a walk (Minor) between them, while striking out four (Minor (2), Jimenez (1), Valdes (1)). Jeff Samardija (6-11, 4.23) took the lost as he lasted only three and a third innings, giving up nine runs on eleven hits, while striking out three. Eduardo Sanchez pitched two and a third innings, giving up a run on a hit and two walks, while striking out three. Hector Rondon pitched a scoreless inning, giving up a walk, while striking out a batter. Michael Bowden pitched an inning, giving up two runs on two hits.

The Phils had fourteen hits in the game, with Cody Asche (2 RBIs) leading the ballclub with three hits, a single, a double and a two-run home run, the first of his career, followed by Carlos Ruiz (Singles, RBI), Chase Utley (Doubles, RBI), Darin Ruf (Single, Home Run, 2 RBIs), and Michael Martinez (Singles, RBI) with two hits each. Dom Brown (Single, 2 RBIs), John Mayberry, Jr. (Single, RBI) and John McDonald (Home Run, 2 RBIs) had the other three Phils’ hits. The Phils also had three walks (Utley, Ruf and pinch-hitter Erik Kratz) and one sacrifice bunt (Ethan Martin) in the game.

The Phils (52-62, 4th) will start a three-game series with the Nationals (54-60, 2nd), starting with a night game tonight. The game will be played at Nationals Park and is to start at 7:05 pm EDT. The Phils will send to the mound John Lannan (3-4, 4.10), who is coming off a no-decision against the Braves on August 3, as he pitched four and a third innings, giving up four runs, only two of which were earned, in the Phils’ 5-4 extra-innings lost. He will be trying to give his old team fits. The Nats will counter with Dan Haren (6-11, 5.14) who is coming off a win against the Brewers on August 3, as he went seven innings, giving up four scattered hits and two walks, while striking out six, in the Nats’ 3-0 win. He will be trying to pitch well against the Phils. The Phils will be trying to start their present series on a good note.

The Phils start their home stand with the bats returning as they crush the Marlins, 7-2.

Philadelphia_PhilliesBehind the once again good pitching of Kyle Kendrick, the Phils’ bats once again come alive as they crush the listless Marlins, 7-2.

The Marlins took the lead in the top of the first as, with runners on the corners, and with nobody out, Placido Polanco hits into a 5-4-3 doubleplay, wiping out at second base, for the inning’s first out, Donovan Solano, who had just singled, as he knocked in Juan Pierre, who had started the game off with a walk, moved up to second base on Solano’s single, then stole third base, the 600th steal of his career, giving the Marlins a 1-0 lead. The Phils would tie the game up at one-all in the bottom of the second as, with one man on, Dom Brown hits a solo home run to right field, his fourth home run of the season. The Phils took the lead in the bottom of the fourth as, with one man out, Ryan Howard, after a frustrating two days in Cleveland where his monster shots would die between the warning track and the wall, hits a solo bomb of his own to left field, his fourth home run of the season, giving the Phils a 2-1 lead. The Phils increased their lead in the bottom of the fifth as, with runners on the corners, and with one man out, Chase Utley hits a sacrifice fly, scoring Erik Kratz, who had earlier walked, moved up to second base on Kyle Kendrick’s sacrifice bunt, 1-4, then stopped at third base on second baseman Solano’s fielding error of Jimmy Rollins’ grounder, giving the Phils a 3-1 lead. The Phils two batters later, after Michael Young’s single sent Rollins on to third base, and with still two men out, would add to their lead as Rollins would score on catcher Rob Brantley’s passed ball, giving the Phils a 4-1 lead, while sending Young, who had just singled, up to second base. The Marlins would get a run back in the top of the sixth as Justin Ruggiano hits a lead-off home run, his fourth home run of the season, making it a 4-2 Phils’ lead. The Phils would get that run back in the bottom of the eighth as, with two men on, and with nobody out, Brown hits an RBI single, knocking in Howard, who had started the inning off with a walk, then moved up to second base on Laynce Nix’s walk, giving the Phils a 5-2 lead, while sending Nix, who had just walked, over to third base. Two batters later, after Brown had moved up to second base on John Mayberry Jr’s ground out, 1-3, and now with one man out, the Phils made it a 6-2 lead as Nix scored on pitcher Tom Koehler’s wild pitch, while Brown would move up to third base. The Phils then made it a 7-2 lead as Kratz hits an RBI single, scoring Brown. That would end up being the final score as Jonathan Papelbon pitched a 1-2-3 ninth.

Kyle Kendrick (3-1, 2.43) got the win as he threw another quality start as he went seven strong innings, giving up two runs on seven scattered hits and two walks, while striking out five. Mike Adams collected his second hold of the season as he pitched a 1-2-3 inning, striking out two. Jonathan Papelbon threw a 1-2-3 inning. Alex Sanabia (2-4, 4.67) took the lost as he went five innings, giving up four runs, only two of which were earned, on six hits, two walks and a passed ball, while he struck out four. Jon Rauch pitched a scoreless inning, giving up a walk, while striking out a batter. Tom Koehler pitched two innings as he gave up three runs on two hits, two walks and a wild pitch.

The Phils had eight hits in the game, with Dom Brown (2 Singles, Home Run, 2 RBIs) leading the team with three hits, followed by Michael Young (Single, Double) with two. Ryan Howard (Home Run, RBI), Erik Kratz (Single, RBI) and Kyle Kendrick (Single) had the other three Phils’ hits. The other three Phils’ runs came in on a sacrifice fly, a passed ball and a wild pitch. The Phils also had five walks (Howard (2), Laynce Nix (1), John Mayberry, Jr. (1), Kratz (1)) in the ballgame.

The Phils (13-16, 4th) continue their four-games series with the Marlins (8-21, 5th) with a night game tonight. The game will be played at Citizens Bank Park and is supposed to start at 7:05 pm EDT. The Phils will send to the mound Jonathan Pettibone (1-0, 4.35), who is coming off a win against the Mets on April 27, as he pitched five innings, giving up three runs on seven hits and two walks, while striking out four, in the Phils’ 9-4 rout. Pettibone will be looking for his third straight quality start and his second straight win. The Marlins will counter with Ricky Nolasco (2-2, 3.82) who is coming off a win against the Cubs on April 24, as he went seven innings, giving up three runs on four hits and two walks, while he struck out two, in the Marlins’ 6-4 win. He will be going for his third straight win. The Phils will be out to win their second straight game.

Pitching let the offense down, as the Phils start the 2013 season off with a lost as they lose to the Braves, 7-5.

Philadelphia_PhilliesThe Phils’ offense is let down by the pitching as they lose their opening day game with their NL East rival, the Braves, 7-5.

The Braves took the lead in the bottom of the first as, with one man on, and with two men out, Freddie Freeman hits a two-run bomb to right field, his first home run of the season, knocking in Jason Heyward, who had earlier walked, giving the Braves a 2-0 lead. The Braves added to their lead in the second as Dan Uggla started off the bottom of the second with a solo home run, his first home run of the season, giving the Braves a 3-0 lead. The Braves then made it a 4-0 lead in the bottom of the third as, with a runner on third, and with two men out, Freeman hits an RBI single, scoring Andrleton Simmons, who had started the inning off with a double, then stopped at third base on Justin Upton’s fly out to right. The Phils then got on the board in the top of the fourth as Chase Utley started the inning off with a solo shot to straight center field, his first home run of the season, and the 200th home run of his career, cutting the Braves’ lead to 4-1. The Phils would make it a 4-3 Braves’ lead in the top of the fifth as, with the bases loaded, via a single by Cole Hamels, a walk by Ben Revere, moving Hamels up to second base, and a single by Jimmy Rollins, sending Hamels on to third base and Revere up to second base, and with one man out, Utley hits a two-run single, knocking in Hamels and Revere, while sending Rollins on to third base, beating the throw, before moving up to second base on the throw. After Braves’ manager Freddie Gonzalez replaces starter Tim Hudson with Luis Avilan, Avilan stops the damage by first striking out Ryan Howard for the inning’s second out, and after intentionally walking Michael Young to reload the bases, gets Dom Brown to ground out softly, 4-3, for the inning’s final out. The Braves would get a run back in their half of the fifth as, with one man out, Upton hits a solo home run, his first home run of the season, giving the Braves a 5-3 lead. The Braves increased their lead in bottom of the sixth as, with runners on second and third, and with nobody out, Gerald Laird hits an RBI single, knocking in Uggla, who had started the inning off with a walk, then stopped at third base on Chris Johnson’s double, giving the Braves a 6-3 lead, while sending Johnson, who had just singled, on to third base. The Braves then took a 7-3 lead as pinch-hitter Reed Johnson hits into a 1-6-3 double play, wiping out Laird at second base for the inning’s first out, scoring C. Johnson, who beat Howard’s wide and late throw to the plate. The Phils got one run back in the top of the seventh as, with a man on third, and with one man out, Howard hits an RBI ground out, three-unassisted, knocking in Utley, who had just tripled, making it a 7-4 Braves’ lead. The Phils then cut the Braves’ lead down to 7-5 in the top of the eighth as, with a runner on third, and with one man out, Erik Kratz hits an RBI single, knocking in John Mayberry, Jr., who had earlier doubled, then moved up to third on Jordan Walden’s wild pitch. That would be the final score as Craig Kimbrel would come in and collect his first save of the season as he pitched a 1-2-3 ninth, getting Howard to fly out for the game’s final out.

Cole Hamels (0-1, 9.00) took the lost as he went five innings, giving up five runs on seven hits and a walk, while striking out five. Chad Durbin pitched to three batters, getting none of them out, as he gave up two runs on two hits and a walk. Jeremy Horst pitched two innings, as he gave up a hit, while striking out two. Philippe Aumont pitched a scoreless inning, giving up a walk, while striking out a batter. Tim Hudson received a no-decision as he went four and a third-innings, giving up three runs on six hits and three walks, while striking out a batter. Luis Avilan (0-1, 0.00) picked up the win as he pitched two-thirds of an inning, giving up an intentional walk, while striking out a batter. Eric O’Flaherty pitched an inning, giving up a run on a hit. Jordan Walden recorded his first hold of the year as he threw an inning, giving up a run on two hits and a wild pitch, while striking out a batter. Craig Kimbrel recorded his first save of the season as he pitched a 1-2-3 ninth, striking out a batter.

The Phils had ten hits in the game, with Chase Utley (Single, Triple, Home Run, 3 RBIs) leading the team with three hits, being a double short of hitting the cycle. Ben Revere (Single), Jimmy Rollins (Single), Dom Brown (Single), John Mayberry, Jr. (Double), Erik Kratz (Single, RBI) and Cole Hamels (Single) had the other seven Phils’ hits. Ryan Howard knocked in the final Phil’s run with a ground out. The Phils also had a four walks (Revere, Young (2), Brown) and a stolen base (Revere (1)) in the ballgame.

The Phils (0-1, T-4th) will continue their three games series with the Braves (1-0, T-1st) with a night game tomorrow night at Turner Field. The game is to start at 7:05 pm EDT. The Phils will send to the mound Roy Halladay (0-0, -.–) who is coming off a bad 2012, and a so-so spring. Halladay and the Phils both hope that he’ll rebound from last season. The Braves will counter with Paul Malholm (0-0, -.–) who is coming off a so-so 2012 season between the Cubs and the Braves. He hopes to pitch better this season. The Phils will be trying to even up the series, while hoping that the old Doc will return.