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33 games in 31 days: Game #32: The Phils tie the club’s record in wins, as their offensive romp continue, as they beat the flailing Braves, 7-1.

The Phils finally tie the club’s mark in wins in a season, as the offense romps over the falling Braves, 7-1.

The Phils took the lead in the first as, with one man out, Chase Utley hits a solo home run, his eleventh home run of the year, giving the Phils a 1-0 lead. The Phils increased their lead in the third as, with a man on third, and with one man out, Jimmy Rollins hits an RBI single, knocking in Carlos Ruiz, who had earlier doubled, then went to third on Roy Oswalt’s sacrifice bunt hit, giving the Phils a 2-0 lead, while sending Oswalt, who was safe on his sacrifice bunt attempt, would move up to second base. Two batters later, after Oswalt had moved up to third base on Utley’s fly out to center, and Rollins had stolen second base, and with still one man out, Hunter Pence hits a sacrifice fly, scoring Oswalt, giving the Phils a 3-0 lead. The Phils then took a 4-0 lead in the fourth as, with runners on the corners, and with nobody out, Placido Polanco hits a sacrifice fly, knocking in Shane Victorino, who had earlier singled, then stopped at third on Raul Ibanez’s single. The Phils added to their lead in the fifth as, with one man on, and with one man out, Pence hits a two-run home run, his twenty-second home run of the season, and his eleventh home run as a Phil, knocking in Rollins, who had earlier singled, then reached second base on catcher Brian McCann’s passed ball, giving the Phils a 6-0 lead. The Phils then made it a 7-0 lead in the seventh as, with one man out, Rollins hits a solo home run, his sixteenth home run of the season. The Braves would get on the scoreboard in the ninth as Martin Prado hits a lead-off home run, his thirteenth home run of the year, making it a 7-1 Phils’ lead. But that would be the final score as Kyle Kendrick would get out the next three batters, striking out Freddie Freeman, looking, to end the ballgame.

Roy Oswalt (9-10, 3.69) got the win as he pitched six shutout innings, giving up just three hits and a walk, while striking out four. Joe Savery and Antonio Bastardo combined for two 1-2-3 innings, striking out two batters (one batter each) between them. Kyle Kendrick pitched an inning, giving up a run on a hit, as he struck out a batter. Derek Lowe (9-17, 5.05) took the lost as he pitched four innings, plus a batter, giving up five runs on six hits, while he struck out two. Arodys Vizcaino pitched an inning, giving up a run on a hit, while striking out a batter. Julio Teheran pitched three innings, giving up a run on two hits, while striking out three. Scott Linebrink pitched a scoreless inning, giving up a walk, while striking out a batter.

The Phils had nine hits in the game, with Jimmy Rollins leading the team with three hits, two singles and a home run, knocking in two runs. Chase Utley followed with two hits, a single and a home run, knocking in a run. Hunter Pence (Home Run, 3 RBIs), Shane Victorino (Single), Raul Ibanez (Single) and Carlos Ruiz (Double), had the other four Phils’ hits. Placido Polanco knocked in the other Phils’ run with a sacrifice fly.

The Phils (101-60, 1st) will conclude their regular season as they play the last game of their three-games series with the now desperate Braves (89-72, 2nd). The game will be played at Turner Field and it will start at 7:10 pm EDT. The Phils will send to the mound Joe Blanton (1-2, 5.03), who is coming off a no-decision against the Mets on September 24, as he pitched two scoreless innings, giving up just a hit, while striking out three, in the Phils’ 6-3 lost. He will be trying to pitch his way onto the playoff roster. The Braves will counter with Tim Hudson (16-10, 3.23), who is coming off a win against the Nationals on September 23, as he went five and two-thirds innings, giving up three runs on nine hits, as he struck out four, in the Braves’ 7-4. He will be trying to keep the Braves’ hopes of winning the Wild Card alive. The Phils will be going out to break the team’s franchise record in wins, while trying to add to their present momentum going into the playoffs.

33 games in 31 days: Game #31: The Phils earned victory no. 100, as they defeat the Braves, 4-2.

The Phils win their 100 game of the season, hitting the 100 mark for only the third time in the franchise’s history, as they defeat the Braves, 4-2.

The Braves took the lead in the first as, with two men out, Chipper Jones hits a solo home run, his eighteenth home run of the season, giving the Braves a 1-0 lead. The Braves increased their lead in the second as, with a runner on second, and with one man out, Alex Gonzalez hits an RBI double, scoring Matt Diaz, who had earlier doubled, giving the Braves a 2-0 lead. The Phils cut the Braves’ lead in half in the fourth as, with the bases loaded, via singles by Hunter Pence and Ryan Howard, with Pence stopping at third, and a walk to Shane Victorino, moving Howard up a base, and with two men out, Placido Polanco hits an RBI single, scoring Pence, making it a 2-1 Braves’ lead, while sending Howard up to third base, and Victorino up to second base. The Phils then tied the game up at two-all in the fifth as, with one man out, Jimmy Rollins hits a solo home run, his fifteenth home run of the year. The Phils then took the lead in the sixth as, with a runner on third, and with one man out, Raul Ibanez hits an RBI single, scoring Victorino, who had just tripled, giving the Phils a 3-2 lead. The Phils added an insurance run in the eighth as, with a runner on second, and with one man out, Ibanez hits an RBI single, scoring Victorino, who had just doubled, giving the Phils a 4-2 lead. That would be the final score as Ryan Madson would collect his thirty-second save of the season with a scoreless ninth.

Cliff Lee (17-8, 2.40) got the win as he pitched six innings, giving up two runs on five hits, as he struck out six. Joe Savery collected his first hold of his career as he pitched a third of an inning, getting out the only man that he would face. Michael Stutes received his thirteenth hold of the season as he pitched two-thirds of an inning, getting out both men that he would face, striking out one. Brad Lidge collected his eighth holdof the year as he pitched a scoreless inning, giving up a hit and a walk, while striking out a batter. Ryan Madson received his thirty-second save of the year as he pitched a scoreless ninth, striking out two. Randall Delgado received a no-decision as he pitched five innings, giving up two runs on five hits and a walk. Cristhian Martinez (1-3, 3.40) took the loss as he went a third of an inning, giving up a run on a hit. Eric O’Flaherty pitched an inning and two-thirds, giving up two hits, while striking out a batter. Jonny Venters pitched an inning, giving up a run on two hits, while striking out one. Anthony Varvaro pitched a 1-2-3 inning.

The Phils had ten hits in the ballgame, with Jimmy Rollins (Single, Home Run, RBI), Ryan Howard (Singles), Shane Victorino (Double, Triple) and Raul Ibanez (Singles, 2 RBIs) all leading the team with two hits each. Hunter Pence (Single) and Placido Polanco (Single, RBI) had the other two Phils’ hits, as the Phils’ offense have now collected thirty-nine hits in their last three games, while scoring sixteen runs, winning the last two games.

The Phils (100-60, 1st) will continue their series the Braves (89-71, 2nd), with a night game tonight. The game will be played at Turner Field and will start at 7:10 pm EDT. The Phils will send to the mound Roy Oswalt (8-10, 3.86), who is coming off a lost against the Nationals on September 22, as he went seven and two-thirds innings, giving up six runs on seven hits and two walks, while striking out four, in the Phils’ 6-1 lost. He will be trying to get his act together, while hoping to end the regular season with a win. The struggling Braves will counter with Derek Lowe (9-16, 4.92), who is coming off a lost to the Marlins on September 21, as he went six and one-third innings, giving up three runs on six hits and two walks, while striking out three, in the Braves’ 4-0 lost. He will be trying to keep the Braves’ Wild Card hopes alive, while hoping the Phils’ just revived offense doesn’t take him to town. The Phils will tonight be trying to tie the club’s record for most wins in a season with the 1976 and 1977 Eastern Division Champs.

33 games in 31 days: Game #8: Cliff Lee throws his sixth complete game shutout of the season as the bats erupt for nine runs, as the Phils crush the Braves, 9-0.

Cliff Lee pitches his major league leading sixth complete game shutout, as the bats erupt for nine runs, as the Phils clobber the Braves, 9-0.

The Phils took the lead in the first as, with the bases loaded, via singles by Placido Polanco and Chase Utley, sending Polanco on to third base, and a walk to Ryan Howard, moving Utley to second base, and with one man out, Hunter Pence hits a two-run single, knocking in both Polanco and Utley, giving the Phils a 2-0 lead, while sending Howard up to second base. The Phils increased their lead in the fourth as, with two men on, and with two men out, Shane Victorino hits a two-run single, scoring John Mayberry, Jr., who had earlier walked, was safe at second on shortstop Alex Gonzalez’s force out attempt fielding error on Carlos Ruiz’s grounder, and went to third on Michael Martinez’s sacrifice bunt, 1-3, and Ruiz, who was safe at first on Gonzalez’s error, then went to second base on Martinez’s sac bunt, giving the Phils’ a 4-0 lead. The Phils then tried to make it a 5-0 lead as, with a man on second, after Victorino had stolen second base, Victorino stole third base, as Derek Lowe’s pitch got pass catcher Brian McCann. Victorino then tried to score, but is thrown out at the plate as McCann is able to get to the ball, and then throw it to Lowe, who tagged out Victorino at the plate for the inning’s third out. The Phils added to their lead in the fifth as, with runners on the corners, and with one man out, Pence hits an RBI double, knocking in Utley, who had earlier tripled, giving the Phils a 5-0 lead, while sending Howard, who had earlier been intentionally walk, on to third base.  Two batters later, after Mayberry is intentionally walked to load the bases, Carlos Ruiz broke the game wide open with an RBI single, scoring Howard and Pence, making it a 7-0 Phils’ lead, while sending Mayberry on to second base. The Phils then made it an 8-0 lead in the seventh as Howard hits a lead-off home run, his thirty-first home run of the season. The Phils then took a 9-0 lead in the eighth as, with two men on, and with one man out, Polanco hits an RBI single, knocking in Lee, who had earlier singled, then moved up to second base on Victorino’s walk, while Victorino, who had just walked, would stop at second base. That would be the end of the scoring, as Lee came in to pitch the top of the ninth, pitching a 1-2-3 inning, as he recorded his sixth complete game shutout, as he threw a five hitter at the Braves.

Cliff Lee (16-7, 2.47) gets the win as he threw his sixth complete game shut out, giving up just five hits, while striking out six. Derek Lowe (9-13, 4.65) took the lost as he went just five innings, giving up seven runs, five of which were earned, on eight hits and four walks, while he struck out four. Scott Linebrink pitched an inning plus one batter, giving up a run on a hit. Peter Moylan pitched a scoreless inning, striking out a batter. Arodys Vizcaino pitched an inning, giving up a run on two hits and a walk.

The Phils had eleven hits in the ballgame, with Placido Polanco (Singles, RBI), Chase Utley (Single, Triple), Ryan Howard (Single, Home Run, RBI) and Hunter Pence (Single, Double, 3 RBIs) all leading the team with two hits each. Shane Victorinio (2 RBIs), Carlos Ruiz (2 RBIs) and Cliff Lee  had the other three Phils’ hits, all singles.

The Phils (89-48, 1st) will continue their important series with the Braves (82-58, 2nd) weather permitting, with a game tonight. The game will be played at Citizens Bank Park and it is slated to start at 7:05 pm EDT. The Phils will send to the mound Vance Worley (10-1, 2.85), who is coming off a win against the Reds on September 1, as he pitched six innings, giving up four runs on eight hits and a walk, while striking out seven, in the Phils’ 6-4 win. He will be out to put the Phils’ lead in the East once again at nine and a half games. The Braves will counter with Tim Hudson (14-8, 3.05), who is coming off a win against the Nationals on September 1, as he went six innings, giving up a run on five hits and two walks, while striking out five, in the Braves’ 5-2 win. He will be out to even the series. The Phils will be out to place a stranglehold on first place in the East.

33 games in 31 days: Game #7: The Phils lose to the Marlins in a walk-off bases loaded walk in fourteen innings, 5-4.

The Phils lose the ballgame in fourteen innings on a walk-off bases loaded walk to the Marlins, 5-4.

The Marlins took the lead in the first as, with a man on third, and with nobody out, Omar Infante hits an RBI single, scoring Emilio Bonifacio, who had started the inning off with a triple, giving the Marlins a 1-0 lead. The Phils tied the game up at one-all as, with two men on, and with one man out, Marlins’ third baseman Greg Dobbs committed a throwing error on a Roy Halladay sacrifice bunt, allowing Carlos Ruiz, who had earlier singled, then moved up to second base on Wilson Valdez’s single, to score, while allowing Valdez, who had just singled, to reach third base, while Halladay would be safe at first. The Phils then took the lead two batters later as Michael Martinez hits an RBI single, scoring Valdez, while sending Halladay up to second base. The Marlins then tied the game up at two-all in the third as, with a runner on second base, and with two men on, Gaby Sanchez, who had earlier doubled, scored as Halladay committed a missed catch error on a grounder hit by Logan Morrison to Ryan Howard because he had broke off the mound late, and was thus unable to catch Howard’s throw to him. It looked like the Phils were starting to develop a rally in their half of the sixth as, with Howard on first, via a walk, and with nobody out, Hunter Pence hits a fly ball into deep right field that went off right fielder Bryan Petersen’s glove, and ended up being a double, placing Howard at third, as Pence stopped at second base. But Marlins’ skipper Jack McKeon asked for the play to be reviewed, claiming fan interference, which it was. Instead of telling him that the play could not be reviewed, since it had ended up being a double, and not a home run, as is stated by the rules on when instant reply could be used, the umpires, lead by Joe West, reviewed the play and called Pence out, claiming that Petersen may have been able to catch the ball if not for interference from the fan(s), while Howard was sent back to first base. Then Phils’ manager Charlie Manuel came out and tried to tell West that the umps should not have reviewed the play, as it was not used in the correct manner, but was not listened to by West, before being ejected. My take: the play, since it was not a home run, as it was called a double, should not have been reviewed, since it is only to be used to determine if a ball is a home run or not. Anyway, I’m afraid that this will open up a can of worm that MLB will only have itself to blame, as I’m sure that the Phils’ protest will be rejected, as the present day MLB is really reluctant to reprimand umps who make mistakes, and yes, this was a mistake. This would be immediately costly for the Phils as Raul Ibanez hits a double, which, instead of knocking in two runs, sent Howard back to third base. Ruiz is then walked to load up the bases, with one man out. The next batter, Valdez, then ended the threat by hitting into a 4-6-3 double play, wiping out Ruiz at second base. The Marlins then retook the lead in their half of the sixth as, with two men on, and with two men out, pinch hitter Jose Lopez hits an RBI single, knocking in Petersen, who had earlier singled, then stopped at second base on Jon Buck’s single, giving the Marlins a 3-2 lead, while sending Buck on to third base. The Phils then retook the lead in the seventh as, with two men on, and with two men out, Howard hits a two-run single, knocking in Shane Victorino, who had earlier walked, went to second on Martinez’s walk, before both runners moved up a base on Chase Utley’s ground out, 3-1, giving the Phils a 4-3 lead. The Marlins then tied up the game at four-all in their half of the seventh as, with runners on second and third, and with nobody out, Sanchez hits into a fielder’s choice ground out, 6-5, as Dobbs, who had earlier doubled, sending Infante, who had started the inning off with a walk, to third base, made a base running mistake by trying to go to third on the grounder, before he is tagged out by third baseman Martinez, for the inning’s first out, as Infante scored from third, while Sanchez was safe at first base. The game would stay tied until the bottom of the fourteenth, as the Phils develop no offense, while the Phils’ bullpen kept the Marlins off the scoreboard, especially David Herndon, who would get himself out of three straight bases loaded situations, after the game have gone into extra-innings. But, his luck would run out in the fourteenth inning, as the Marlins once again loaded the bases, via a walk to Bonifacio, who then moved up to second base on Infante’s sacrifice bunt, 1-4, for the inning’s first out, an intentional walk to Dobbs,  that was then followed by a lined out to left by Sanchez, for the inning’s second out, then an intentional walk to Morrison, moving up both runners, and with two men out, Mike Cameron walked, forcing in Bonifacio with the winning run, giving the Marlins a 5-4 walk-off win.

Roy Halladay received a no-decision as he went six innings, giving up three runs, two of which were earned, on nine hits and a walk, while striking out four. Michael Schwimer committed his second blown save of the year as he pitched an inning, giving up a run on one hit and three walks, while striking out two. Brad Lidge and Michael Stutes combined for three scoreless innings, giving up two hits (one hit each) and a walk (Stutes), while striking out five (Lidge (1), Stutes (4)) between them. David Herndon (1-3, 3.83) would take the lost as he went three and two-thirds innings, giving up a run on four hits and seven walks. Anibal Sanchez also received a no-decision as he pitched sixth innings, giving up two unearned runs on six hits and three walks, as he struck out five. Burke Badenhop recorded his fourth hold of the year as he pitched a third of an inning, giving up two runs on two walks, striking out a batter.  Michael Dunn blew his three save opportunity of the season as he pitched two-third of an inning, giving up a hit. Edward Mujica, Leo Nunez, Jose Ceda and Steve Cishek combined for five scoreless innings, giving up three hits (Mujica (1), Cishek (2)) and two walks (Ceda (1), Cishek (1)), while striking out two (Nunez (1), Cishek (1)) between them. Clay Hensley (3-6, 5.34) got the win as he pitched two 1-2-3 innings, striking out a batter.

The Phils had ten hits in the ballgame, with Michael Martinez (Single, Double, RBI), Ryan Howard (Singles, 2 RBIs) and Raul Ibanez (Single, Double) all leading the team with two hits each. Shane Victorino (Single), Carlos Ruiz (Single), Wilson Valdez and Placido Polanco had the other four Phils’ hits. The other Phil run came in on a throwing error.

The Phils (88-48, 1st) will start a three-game series with the Braves (82-57, 2nd) with a night game tonight. The game will be played at Citizens Bank Park and will start at 7:05 pm EDT. The Phils will send to the mound Cliff Lee (15-7, 2.59), who is coming off a win against the Reds on August 31, as he went eight and two-thirds innings, giving up six hits and a walk, while striking out seven, in the Phils’ 3-0 win. Lee will be going for his sixteenth win of the year, while trying to start off the series with a win. The Braves will counter with Derek Lowe (9-12, 4.52), who is coming off a win against the Nats on August 31, as he went six innings, giving up a run on three hits and two walks, while striking out six, in the Braves’ 3-1 win. He will be out to add to the Phils’ present losing streak. The Phils will be out to see if they can put the NL East away for good with a series win against the Braves.

The Phils make a statement at the end of the first half of the season as they routed the Braves, 14-1.

The Phils end the first half of the 2011 season as they make a fourteen-run, twenty-hit statement as they routed the Braves, 14-1.

The Braves took the lead in the second as, with a runner on third, and with one man out, Julio Lugo received an RBI as Ryan Howard commited a missed catch error as he misplayed Jimmy Rollins’ throw of Lugo’s grounder, as Dan Uggla, who had lead-off the inning with a double, and then went to third on Jason Heyward’s ground out, 4-3, scored, giving the Braves a 1-0 lead. That would be all the runs that the Braves would get as Phils’ starter Cole Hamels would only allow them three hits during the entire game, while the Phils’ offense would proceed to get to Braves’ starter and Phils’ nemesis Derek Lowe. The Phils first tied the game up at one-all in their half of the second as, with one man on, and with two men out, John Mayberry hits an RBI double, the first of three for him in the ballgame, scoring Dom Brown, who had just singled. The Phils then took the lead in the third as, with two men on, and with on man out, Howard redeemed himself for his earlier error by hitting an RBI single, knocking in Michael Martinez, who had earlier singled, the second of four hits for him, then went to third on Chase Utley’s single, giving the Phils a 2-1 lead, while sending Utley, who had earlier singled, then stole second base, up to third base. The Phils then took a 3-1 lead a batter later as Uggla made a force attempt fielding error on a grounder hit by Raul Ibanez, allowing Utley to score, and Howard to reach second base, while Ibanez would be safe at first. The Phils then made it a 4-1 lead in the fourth as, with a man on third, and with one man out, Rollins would hit an RBI single, scoring Mayberry, who had earlier doubled, then went to third on Hamels’ sacrifice bunt, 1-4. The Phils then proceeded to bust the game wide open in the seventh as, with the bases loaded, via singles by Rollins and Utley, with Rollins stopping at third, Utley then stealing second base, his second steal of the game, and an intentional walk to Howard, and with one man out, Ibanez hits a two-run single, scoring both Rollins and Utley, making it a 6-1 Phils’ lead, while sending Howard on to second base. After a wild pitch by Cory Gearrin moved both runners up a base, and Carlos Ruiz then reloaded the bases with a walk, the Phils then took an 8-1 lead as Brown hits a two-run single, scoring both Howard and Ibanez, with Ibanez just beating the throw to the plate, while Ruiz would stop at second base. The Phils then made it a 10-1 lead as Mayberry hits an RBI double of his own, scoring both Ruiz and Brown. The Phils then made it a 13-1 lead in the eighth as, with two men on, and with one man out, Ibanez hits a three-run home run, his twelfth home run of the season, scoring Martinez and Howard, who had both reachd base with singles, with Martinez stopping at second base on Howard’s single. Three batters later, the Phils would make it a 14-1 lead as Mayberry hits into an RBI force out, scoring Ruiz, who had earlier doubled, then went to third on Brown’s single, as Brown is wiped out at second base, 5-4, as Mayberry beat the throw to first base. That would end up being the final score as Kyle  Kendrick would pitch a scoreless ninth.

Cole Hamels (11-4, 2.32) gets the win as he pitches eight innings, giving up a run on three hits and two walks, while striking out six. Kyle Kendrick pitched a scoreless inning, giving up a hit, as he struck out a batter. Derek Lowe (5-7, 4.30) took the lost as he went six innings, giving up four runs on ten hits, while striking out one batter. Cory Gearrin pitched a third of an inning, as he got pounded for six runs on four hits and two walks. Scott Proctor also got pounded as he went an inning and two-thirds, giving up four runs on six hits, as he struck out a batter.

The Phils had twenty hits in the ballgame, the most hits for the team so far this season, with Michael Martinez leading the team with a career high four hits, all singles, as he raised his batting average to .229. Jimmy Rollins (Singles, RBI), Dom Brown (Singles, 2 RBIs) and John Mayberry, Jr. (Doubles, 4 RBIs), all followed with three hits each, being career highs in hits for both Brown and Mayberry. Chase Utley (Singles), Ryan Howard (Singles, RBI) and Raul Ibanez (Single, Home Run, 6 RBIs) all followed with two hits each. Carlos Ruiz had the twentieth Phil hit, a double. 

The Phils enter the All-Star break with a 57-34 record, presently the best record in baseball. They will resume play on Friday.

Cliff Lee, despite striking out sixteen Braves, still loses, as the Phils fall to the Braves, 5-0.

In spite of striking out sixteen batters, Cliff Lee still ends up losing the ballgame as the Phils get shut out by the Braves, losing 5-0.

The Braves took the lead in the third as, with a runner on second, and with two men out, Chipper Jones hits an RBI single, knocking in Alex Gonzalez, who had just doubled, giving the Braves a 1-0 lead. The Braves then took a 2-0 lead as Brian McCann hits an RBI double, knocking in Jones. The Braves then made it 3-0 as Dan Uggla hits an RBI double, scoring McCann. The Braves added to their lead in the ninth as, with one man on, and with one man out, Martin Prado hits an RBI single, scoring Jason Heyward, who had earlier singled, then stole second base, giving the Braves a 4-0 lead, while Prado would move up to second base on the throw to home plate. The Braves then took a 5-0 lead as Gonzalez hits an RBI single, knocking in Prado, before being thrown out trying to go to second base as the throw home is cut off, 7-6-4, for the inning’s second out. That would end up being the final score as the Phils would go down weakly in the ninth.

Cliff Lee (2-3, 3.69) took the lost as he went seven innings, giving up three runs on nine hits and a walk, while striking out sixteen, tying Steve Carlton’s record for most strikeouts by a Phils’ left hander. J.C. Romero pitched a 1-2-3 inning, striking out a batter. Danys Baez pitched an inning, giving up two runs on three hits, as he striked out a batter. Derek Lowe (3-3, 3.22) got the win as he went six innings plus two batters, giving up just two hits and a walk, while striking out four. Eric O’Flaherty collected his fifth hold of the year as he pitched a scoreless inning, striking out the side. Jonny Venters collected his eighth hold of the season as he pitched a 1-2-3 inning, striking out two. Craig Kimbrel pitched a scoreless inning, giving up a walk, as he struck out a batter.

The Phils had only two hits in the game, a single by Shane Victorino and a ground-rule double by Placido Polanco, as Derek Lowe and the Braves’ bullpen handled them all night.

The Phils (21-10, 1st) will continue their series with the Braves (19-15, 3rd) with a night game tonight. The game will be played at Citizens Bank Park and will start at 7:05 pm EDT. The Phils will send to the mound Kyle Kendrick (1-2, 2.08), who is pitching in place of Roy Oswalt, who was put on the disabled list to give his back a rest, as he comes off a lost in relief against the Mets on May 1, as he went three innings, giving up a run on four hits and two walks, while he struck out one, in the Phils’ 2-1 extra-inning lost. He will be out to prove himself, while seeing if he can continue owning the Braves. The Braves will counter with Julio Teheran (0-0, -.–) who will be making his major league debut. He will be trying to control the Phils. The Phils will be out to even the series, while trying to take care of the rookie.

A six-run third supports a fine pitching performance by Roy Halladay as the Phils proceed to sweep the Nats, 7-4.

A six-run third and a fine pitching performance by their ace Roy Halladay leads the Phils to a sweep of the hapless Nats, 7-3.

The Phils broke the game wide open in their half of the third as they send ten men to the plate. They took a 2-0 lead as, with Jimmy Rollins on first, via a single, and with nobody out, Shane Victorino hits a two-run home run, his fifth home run of the season, scoring Rollins. Three batters later, after Placido Polanco had reached base with a single, and then moved up to second base on Ryan Howard’s walk, John Mayberry, Jr. gave the Phils a 3-0 lead with an RBI double, knocking in Polanco, while sending Howard to third base. A red-hot Raul Ibanez then followed with a two-run double, scoring both Howard and Mayberry, giving the Phils a 5-0 lead. The Phils then took a 6-0 lead as Ibanez scored on a Wilson Valdez single. The Nats got on the scoreboard in the fourth as, with two men on, and with one man out, Wilson Ramos hits an RBI single, scoring Jayson Werth, who had earlier singled, then moved up to second base on an Adam LaRoche single, and was called safe by the home plate umpire on a play that he might have missed, making it a 6-1 Phils’ lead, while sending LaRoche, who had just singled, up to second base. Two batters later, after Jerry Hairston had loaded up the bases with a single, moving both LaRoche and Ramos up a base, Ian Desmond hits a sacrifice fly, knocking in LaRoche, making it a 6-2 Phils’ lead. The Phils got a run back in the fifth as Ibanez hits a lead-off home run, his third home run of the year, and his second in two days, as he give the Phils a 7-2 lead. The Nats made it a 7-3 Phils’ lead in the eighth as, with runners on the corners, and with nobody out, Werth hits a sacrifice fly, knocking in Danny Espinosa, who had earlier doubled, then stopped at third on Alex Cora’s single. That would be the final score as Ryan Madson pitched a 1-2-3 ninth.

Roy Halladay (5-1, 2.19) gets the win as he pitched seven innings, giving up two runs on six hits, as he struck out ten. Antonio Bastardo pitched an inning, giving up a run on two hits, as he struck out a batter. Ryan Madson pitched a 1-2-3 inning, striking out a batter. John Lannan (2-4, 5.09) took the lost as he pitched two innings plus six batters, giving up six runs on seven hits and a walk, while striking out one. Brian Broderick pitched a scoreless inning, giving up a hit. Todd Coffey pitched two innings, giving up a run on two hits, while striking out five. Henry Rodriguez and Doug Slaten combine for three scoreless innings, giving up two hits (Rodriguez) and two walks (one walk each), while striking out four (Rodriguez (3), Slaten (1)) between them. Halladay is presently the second starter in the National League to reached five wins.

The Phils had twelve hits in the game, with a red-hot Raul Ibanez leading the team with three hits, a single, a double and a solo home run, knocking in three runs. Jimmy Rollins (Singles), Placido Polanco (Singles) and Wilson Valdez (Singles, RBI) each followed with two hits apiece. Shane Victorino (Home Run, 2 RBIs), Placido Polanco (Single) and John Mayberry, Jr. (Double, RBI), had the other three Phils’ hits. The slight adjustment in their line-up, along with Ibanez getting hot (8-11), have gotten the offense rolling again. I just hope it last for a while.

The Phils (21-9, 1st) begin a three-game weekend series with the Braves (18-15, 3rd), that will begin tonight at Citizens Bank Park. The game will start at 7:05 pm EDT. The Phils will send to the mound Cliff Lee (2-2, 3.66) who is coming off a no-decision against the Mets on May 1, as he went a strong seven innings, giving up a run on eight hits and two walks, as he struck out five, in the Phils’ 2-1 extra-innings lost. He will be looking to get his third victory of the year. The Braves will counter with Derek Lowe (2-3, 3.72), who is coming off a no-decision against the Cards on May 1, as he went five innings, giving up four runs on six hits and two walks, while striking out five, in the Braves’ 6-5 walk-off win. He will be trying to once again be a pain in the Phils’ side. The Phils will be going for their four straight win, and their sixth win on the home stand.