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The Phils end their 10-game road trip with a 6-4 record as they take two from the D-backs, winning by the scores of 6-5 and 2-0.

Philadelphia_PhilliesThe Phils leave the west with a 6-4 road record as they take the final two games from the D-backs, winning by 6-5 and 2-0.

On Saturday night, the D-backs took the lead in the bottom of the first as, with a runner on third, and with one man out, Paul Goldschmidt hits a sacrifice fly, knowing in A.J. Pollock, who had started the inning off with a single, then get picked off first base by pitcher Cliff Lee, but would end up being safe at second base on shortstop Jimmy Rollins’ missed catch error, then stopped at third base on Martin Prado’s ground out, 4-3, giving the D-backs a 1-0 lead. The D-backs added to their lead three batters later as, with two men on, via two straight singles by Miguel Montero and Aaron Hill, with Montero stopping at second base, and with two men out, Cody Ross hits an RBI single, scoring Montero, giving the D-backs a 2-0 lead, while moving Hill up to second base. The D-backs increased their lead in the bottom of the second as, with a runner on second, and with one man out, Pollock hits an RBI triple, knocking in Chris Owings, who had started the inning off with a single, then moved up to second base on Bronson Arroyo’s sacrifice bunt, 1-4, giving the D-backs a 3-0 lead. The D-backs tired to make it a 4-0 lead as, with Pollock still on third, and with the Phils’ infield drawn in, Prado hits a sharp ground ball to shortstop Rollins, who threw home, cutting down Pollock for the second out of the inning on a fielder’s choice force out, as Prado reached first base safely. The D-backs added to their lead in the bottom of the third as, with runners on second and third, and with one man out, Ross hits a two-run single, knocking in Goldschmidt, who had started the inning off with a walk, then stopped at third base on Hill’s double, and Hill, who had just doubled, making it a 5-0 D-backs’ lead. The Phils got a run back in the top of the seventh as, with a man on second, and with one man out, pinch-hitter Tony Gwynn, Jr. hits an RBI double, knocking in Carlos Ruiz, who had earlier singled, then moved up to second base on Freddy Galvis’ ground out, 3-4-3, making it a 5-1 D-backs’ lead. The Phils then made it a 5-2 D-backs’ lead two batters later, after Gwynn had moved up to third base on Ben Revere’s single, before he had moved up to second base on left fielder Ross’ throwing error, putting runners on second and third, and with still one man out, as Rollins hits an RBI ground out, 4-3, knocking in Gwynn, while moving Revere up to third base. The Phils would make it a 5-3 D-backs’ lead in the top of the eighth as, with the bases loaded, via third baseman Prado’s fielding error of Ryan Howard’s grounder, a walk to Marlon Byrd, moving Howard up to second base, and a single by Dom Brown, moving both runners up a base, and with nobody out, Ruiz hits an RBI single, scoring Howard, while moving both Byrd and Brown up a base, leaving the bases loaded. The Phils would tie the game up at five-all two batters later as pitch hitter Cody Asche hits a two-run double, knocking in Byrd and Brown, while sending Ruiz up to third base. The Phils then took the lead as Revere hits an RBI single, knocking in Ruiz, giving the Phils a 6-5 lead, while sending Asche up to third base. That would end up being the final score as Jonathan Papelbon recorded his seventh save of the season as he pitched a scoreless ninth, getting Montero to fly out to left for the game’s final out.

Cliff Lee received a no-decision as he went six innings, giving up five runs, only three of which were earned, on eight hits and two walks, while striking out two. Jeff Manship (1-0, 6.75) got the win as he threw a scoreless inning, as he gave up a hit, while striking out two. Antonio Bastardo received his third hold of the year as he pitched two-thirds of an inning, giving up a walk, while striking out a batter. Mike Adams collected his first hold of the season, as he pitched a third of an inning, getting out the only man whom he would face. Jonathan Papelbon collected his seventh save of the season as he pitched a scoreless inning, giving up a hit, while striking out a batter. Bronson Arroyo also received a no-decision as he pitched six and a third innings, giving up two runs on seven hits and a walk, as he struck out two. Joe Thatcher pitched two-thirds of an inning, plus a batter, as he gave up an unearned run on a hit. Trevor Cahill blew his first save of the season before taking the lost (1-5, 7.66), as he pitched an inning, giving up three runs on four hits and two walks, while striking out two. J.J. Putz pitched a scoreless inning, giving up a hit, while striking out a batter.

The Phils had thirteen hits in the game, with Carlos Ruiz (RBI) leading the team with three hits, all singles, followed by Ben Revere (Singles, RBI) and Don Brown (Singles) with two hits each. Jimmy Rollins (Single, RBI), Chase Utley (Single), Marlon Byrd (Single), Cliff Lee (Single), pinch-hitter Tony Gwynn, Jr. (Double, RBI) and Cody Asche (Double, RBIs), had the other six Phils’ hits. The Phils also had three walks (Utley, Byrd, Ruiz) and a stolen base (Revere (8)) in the game, while Lee picked off two runners, but only recorded one pick off because of Rollins’ missed catch error.

On Sunday afternoon, the Phils took the lead in the top of the first as, with one man on, and with one man out, Chase Utley hits an RBI single, knocking in Ben Revere, who has started the game off with a single, then stole second base, giving the Phils a 1-0 lead. The Phils added to their lead in the top of the seventh as, with a man on second, and with one man out, Utley, who had started the inning off with a double, would score on Marlon Byrd’s infield single as shortstop Owings tried to throw Utley out at third base, but instead hit him with the ball, which would then go into the dugout, making it a 2-0 Phils’ lead, while Byrd would move up to second base on shortstop Owings’ throwing error. That would end up being the final score as Jonathan Papelbon recorded his eighth save of the season by pitching a scoreless ninth, getting Cody Ross to ground out, 6-3, for the game’s final out.

A.J. Burnett (1-1, 2.15) got the win as he threw eight scoreless innings, giving up just five hits and a hit batter, while striking out eight. Jonathan Papelbon received his eighth save of the season as he threw a scoreless inning, giving up a hit. Brandon McCarthy (0-5, 5.54) took the lost as he pitched seven innings, giving up two runs on seven hits and a walk, while striking out twelve Phils. Oliver Perez and Brad Ziegler combined for two scoreless innings, giving up a hit (Ziegler) between them, while striking out one (Ziegler).

The Phils had eight hits in the game, with Ben Revere (Singles), Chase Utley (Single, Double, RBI) and Marlon Byrd (Singles) all leading the team with two hits each. Ryan Howard (Double) and Wil Nieves (Single) had the other two Phils’ hits, while the other Phil run came in on a throwing error. The Phils also had a walk (Jimmy Rollins), a stolen base (Revere (9)) and a caught stealing (Rollins (2)), while the defense performed a doubleplay.

The Phils (13-12, 4th) have the day off today.

The Phils’ rally in the ninth ends up being a run short as they lose to the D-backs, 5-4.

Philadelphia_PhilliesA Phils’ ninth inning rally ends up a run short as they lose to the D-backs, 5-4.

The D-backs took the lead in the bottom of the fourth as, with a runner on first, and with nobody out, Aaron Hill hits a two-run home run, his second home run of the year, knocking in Miguel Montero, who had started the inning off with a walk, giving the D-backs a 2-0 lead. The D-backs increased their lead in the bottom of the fifth as, with a runner on third, and with two men out, Paul Goldschmidt hits an RBI single, knocking in Gerardo Parra, who had earlier singed, stole second base, then moved up to third base on Martin Prado’s ground out, 6-3,  giving the D-backs a 3-0 lead. The D-backs then made it a 4-0 lead two batters later as, after Montero had walked, moving Goldschmidt up to second base, Hill hits an RBI ground-rule double, knocking in Goldschmidt, while Montero would stop at third base. The Phils would get on the board in the top of the seventh as, with the bases loaded, via three straight singles by Marlon Byrd, Dom Brown and Carlos Ruiz, and with one man out, Cody Asche received a bases loaded walk, forcing in Byrd, making it a 4-1 D-backs’ lead, while sending Brown up to third base, and Ruiz on to second base, with still one man out. The Phils then made it a 4-3 D-backs’ lead as pinch-hitter Tony Gwynn, Jr. reached base on shortstop Cliff Pennington’s fielding error, allowing Brown and Ruiz to score, before Asche was called out at second base on the throw to second by center fielder Montero. Phils’ manager Ryne Sanberg challenged the call, saying that Asche was tagged while on the bag, and the challenge was upheld, leaving two men on base with only one out. The D-backs got a run back in the bottom of the eighth as, with one man out, A.J. Pollock hits a solo home run, his second home run of the season, making it a 5-3 D-backs lead. The Phils got a run back in the top of the ninth as, with a runner on second, and with two men out, Jimmy Rollins hits an RBI single, knocking in Ben Revere, who had earlier singled, then move up to second base on defensive indifference, making it a 5-4 D-backs’ lead. The Phils then threaten to tie the game as Rollins stole second base, followed by Chase Utley being intentionally walked. But Addison Reed would c0llect his sixth save of the season as he struck out John Mayberry, Jr.  on a called third strike, for the game’s final out.

Roberto Hernandez (1-1, 5.81) took the lost as he pitched six innings, giving up four runs on seven hits and two walks, while striking out five. Jake Diekman pitched two innings, giving up a run on two hits, while striking out one. Josh Collmenter (1-2, 3.38) got the win as he threw sixth scoreless innings, giving up four hits, while striking out five. Joe Thatcher pitched two-thirds of an inning, giving up two runs on two hits, while striking out a batter. Randall Delgado collected his first hold of the season as he pitched two-thirds of an inning, giving up an unearned run on a hit and a walk. Oliver Perez received his second hold of the year as he pitched a third of an inning, giving up a hit. Brad Ziegler also collected his second hold of the season as he went two-thirds of an inning, giving up a hit. Addison Reed received his sixth save of the year as he gave up a run on two hits and a walk, while striking out two.

The Phils had eleven hits in the game, all singles, led by Ben Revere, Jimmy Rollins, Marlon Byrd and Dom Brown with two hits each. Ryan Howard, Carlos Ruiz and Cody Asche had the other three Phils’ hits. The Phils also had two hits (Chase Utley, Asche) and two stolen bases (Revere (7), Rollins (4)) in the game.

The Phils (11-12, 4th East) continue their series with the D-backs (8-18, 5th West) with a game now in progress.

The Dodgers spoil Cole Hamels’ return, as the Phils lose to the Dodgers, 5-3.

Philadelphia_PhilliesCole Hamels’ return is spoiled by the Dodgers, as the Phils lose to LA, 5-2.

The Dodgers took the lead in the bottom of the second as, with runners on the corners, and with nobody out, Juan Uribe hits a sacrifice fly to right, knocking in Matt Kemp, who had started the inning off with a double, then went on to third base on Scott Van Slyke’s single, giving the Dodgers a 1-0 lead. The Phils would tie the game up at one-all in the top of the fourth as, with a runner on third, and with one man out, Ryan Howard hits an RBI single, scoring Jimmy Rollins, who had started the inning off with a double, then moved up to third base on Chase Utley’s ground out, 6-3. The Dodgers would retake the lead in the bottom of the fifth as, with two men on, and with two men out, Yasiel Puig hits an RBI single, knocking in Drew Butera, who had earlier singled, then moved up to second base on Zack Greinke’s walk, giving the Dodgers a 2-1 lead, while sending Greinke, who had just walked, up to second base. The Dodgers then added to their lead in the bottom of the seventh as, with one man on, and with two men out, Puig hits an RBI triple, knocking in Greinke, who had just doubled, giving the Dodgers a 3-1 lead. The Phils would get a run back in the top of the eighth as Jayson Nix hits a lead-off home run, his first home run of the season, making it a 3-2 Dodgers’ lead. The Dodgers would get the run back in their half of the eighth as Hanley Ramirez hits a lead-off home run, his fourth home run of the year, giving the Dodgers a 4-2 lead. The Dodgers would then make it a 5-2 lead four batters later as, with a man on third, and with two men out, Justin Turner hits an RBI single, scoring Van Slyke, who had earlier doubled, then moved up to third base on Uribe’s ground out, 5-3. That would end up being the final score as Kenley Jansen collected his eighth save of the season as he pitched a 1-2-3 ninth, striking out Dom Brown, swinging, for the game’s final out.

Cole Hamels (0-1, 3.00) took the lost as he went six innings, giving up two runs on six hits and a walk, while striking out five. Jeff Manship pitched two-thirds of an inning, giving up a run on two hits, as he struck out two. Mario Hollands pitched two-thirds of an inning, giving up two runs on two hits. Shawn Camp also went two-thirds of an inning, giving up two hits. Zack Greinke (4-0, 2.45) got the win as he pitched seven innings, plus a batter, as he gave up two runs on five hits and a walk, while he struck out eleven. J.P. Howell received his sixth hold of the season as he pitched an inning, striking out a batter. Kenley Jansen collected his eighth save of the season as he threw a 1-2-3 inning, striking out a batter.

The Phils had just five hits in the game, a double by Jimmy Rollins, a double by Chase Utley, an RBI single by Ryan Howard, a single by Cole Hamels and a solo home run by Jayson Nix. The Phils also had a walk (Howard) in the game, while Hamels picked-off a runner.

The Phils (10-11, 4th East) will conclude their four-game series with the Dodgers (13-9, 1st West) with a night game tonight. The game will be played at Dodgers Stadium and is to start at 10:10 pm EDT (7:10 pm PDT). The Phils will start Kyle Kendrick (0-2, 3.60), who is coming off a lost against the Rockies on April 19, as he went seven innings, giving up three runs on six hits, as he struck out three, in the Phils’ 3-1 lost. He is still looking for his first win, while hoping to give a good enough performance to help the Phils win the series. The Dodgers will send to the mound Dan Haren (3-0, 2.16), who is coming off a win against the D-backs on April 19, as he pitched seven and a third innings, giving up five runs, only two of which were earned, on seven hits, while striking out five, in the Dodgers’ 8-6 win. He will be trying to help lead the Dodgers to a series split. The Phils will be trying to leave LA with a series win.

The Phils take advantage of a Dodgers error in the top of the tenth to win in extra-innings, 3-2.

Philadelphia_PhilliesThe Phils win in extra-innings thanks to a Dodgers’ error in the top of the tenth, as they defeat LA, 3-2.

The Phils break up a o-o tie in the top of the fifth as, with two men on, and with one man out, Marlon Byrd hits an RBI double, knocking in A.J. Burnett, with had started the inning off with a single, then stopped at second base on Ben Revere’s single, giving the Phils a 1-0 lead, while sending Revere, who had earlier singled, on to third base. The Phils then took a 2-0 lead as Ryan Howard hits a sacrifice fly to left, scoring Revere. The Dodgers would get a run back in their half of the fifth as, with a runner on third, and with one man out, Carl Crawford hits a sacrifice fly, scoring Tim Federowicz, who had started the inning off with a double, then went to third base on Hyun-Jin Ryu’s sacrifice bunt, 1-4, for the inning’s first out, making it a 2-1 Phils’ lead. The Dodgers would tie the game up at two-all in the bottom of the seventh as, with a runner on third, and with two men out, pinch-hitter Justin Turner hits an RBI single, scoring Dee Gordon, who had earlier doubled, then stole third base. The Phils regain the lead in the top of the tenth as, with a runner on second, and with one man out, Dom Brown hits an RBI double, knocking in Carlos Ruiz, who had earlier reached second base on left fielder Crawford’s two-base fielding error, giving the Phils a 3-2 lead. That would end up being the final score as Jonathan Papelbon recorded his sixth save of the season as he pitched a scoreless inning, getting Hanley Ramirez to pop up to the second baseman for the game’s final out.

A.J. Burnett received a no-decision as he pitched six and two-thirds innings, giving up two runs on six hits, a walk and a wild pitch, while he struck out five. Jake Diekman pitched a third of an inning, getting out the only batter whom he would face. Mike Adams pitched a 1-2-3 inning. Antonio Bastardo (3-1, 4.35) got the win as he pitched a scoreless inning, giving up a hit, while striking out two. Jonathan Papelbon collected his sixth save of the season as he pitched a scoreless inning, giving up a hit. Hyun-Jin Ryu also received a no-decision as he went six innings, giving up two runs on nine hits and two walks, while striking out three. Chris Withrow, Brian Wilson and Kenley Jansen combined for three scoreless innings, giving up a hit (Jensen) and hitting a batter (Wilson) between them, while striking out four (Withrow (2), Jensen (2)). J.P. Howell (1-2, 1.00) took the lost as he gave up an unearned run on a hit, while striking out one.

The Phils had eleven hits in the game, with Ben Revere leading the team with four hits, all singles, followed by A.J. Burnett (Singles) with three. Marlon Byrd (Double, RBI), Ryan Howard (Single, RBI), Carlos Ruiz (Single) and Dom Brown (Double, RBI) had the other four Phils’ hits. The Phils also had two walks (Ruiz, Brown), a stolen base (Revere (6)) and a caught stealing (Jayson Nix) in the game.

The Phils (10-10, 4th East) continue their series with the Dodgers (12-9, 1st West) with a game tonight. The game will be played at Dodgers Stadium and is to start at 10:10 pm EDT (7:10 pm PDT). The Phils will send to the mound Cole Hamels (0-0, -.–) who will be making his first start of 2014. He will be trying to help lead the Phils to their fourth straight win, and the series win. The Dodgers will counter with Zack Greinke (3-0, 2.42), who is coming off a no-decision against the D-backs on April 18, as he went six innings, giving up a run on three hits and two walks, while striking out eight, in the Dodgers’ 4-2 extra-innings lost. He will be trying to put a stop to the Dodgers’ current losing streak. The Phils will be trying to give some support to Hamels in his first start of 2014, as well as win the series against the Dodgers.

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 win their first series under new manager Ryne Sandberg, as they defeat the Rockies for the second straight in walk-off fashion, winning 5-4.

Philadelphia_PhilliesFor the second straight night, the Phils win in walk-off fashion, as they defeat the Rockies, 5-4, giving new manager Ryne Sandberg his first series win.

The Phils took the lead in the bottom of the second as, with runners on the corners, and with one man out, Cody Asche hits an RBI double, knocking in Dom Brown, who had started the inning off with a single, stopped at second base on Carlos Ruiz’s single, then moved up to third base on Chad Bettis’ wild pitch, giving the Phils a 1-0 lead, while sending Ruiz, who had earlier singled, over to third base. The Rockies tied the game up at one-all in the top of the fifth as, with runners on second and third, and with one man out, Dexter Fowler hits a sacrifice fly, knocking in Nolan Arenado, who had started the inning off with a single, stopped at second base on DJ LeMahieu’s single, then went to third base on Bettis’ sacrifice bunt, 2-4, while LeMahieu would stop at second base, before he moved up to third on the late throw to the plate. The Rockies took the lead in the top of the sixth as, with two men on, via singles by Troy Tulowitzki and Michael Cuddyer, with Tulowitzki stopping at second base, and with nobody out, Wilin Rosario hits a three-run home run, his twentieth home run of the year, knocking in both Tulowitzki and Cuddyer, giving the Rockies a 4-1 lead. The Phils cut the Rockies’ lead down to 4-3 in the bottom of the eighth as, with one man on, and with two men out, Darin Ruf hits a two-run home run, his ninth home run of the season, knocking in Chase Utley, who had started the inning off with a walk, then moved up to second base on Dom Brown’s soft ground out, 2-3. The Phils tied the game up at four-all in the bottom of the ninth as, with a man on third, and with two men out, Michael Young hits a slow roller that got past closer Rafael Betancourt, before third baseman Arenado was unable to picked the ball up, for an RBI infield single, as Jimmy Rollins, who had earlier doubled, then took third base on defensive indifference, scored. Two batters later, after pitcher Jeff Francis comes in to replace Betancourt, who had gotten injured on the play, and a walk to Utley, sending Young up to second base, the Phils win the game in walk-off fashion as Brown hits an RBI single, knocking in Young, while Utley would stop at third base, giving the Phils a 5-4 win.

Kyle Kendrick received a no-decision as he threw five innings plus four batters, giving up four runs on eight hits and a walk, while striking out two. Zach Miner pitched two innings, striking out a batter. B.J Rosenberg pitched a scoreless inning, giving up a hit, while striking out two. Cesar Jimenez (1-0, 0.00) got the win as he pitched a 1-2-3 inning, striking out a batter. Chad Bettis also received a no-decision as he pitched five and a third innings, giving up a run on six hits, a walk and a wild pitch, while striking out five. Wilton Lopez received his sixth hold of the season as he pitched two and a third innings, giving up a hit and a walk, while striking out one. Josh Outman received his tenth hold of the year as he pitched two-thirds of an inning, giving up a run on a walk. Matt Belisle collected his twenty-first hold of the season as he also pitched two-thirds of an inning, giving up a run on a hit, while striking out a batter. Rafael Betancourt blew his third save attempt of the season, before taking the lost (2-5, 4.08) as he went two-thirds of an inning, giving up two runs on two hits. Jeff Francis pitched to two batters, getting neither of them out, as he gave up a hit, and walked a batter.

The Phils had eleven hits in the game, with a presently red-hot Carlos Ruiz (Singles) leading the team with three hits, followed by Jimmy Rollins (Single, Double) and Dom Brown (Singles, RBI) with two hits each. Michael Young (Single, RBI), Chase Utley (Single), Darin Ruf (Home Run, 2 RBIs) and Cody Asche (Double, RBI) had the other four Phils’ hits. The Phils also had four walks (Utley (3), pinch hitter Casper Wells) and one sacrifice bunt (Rollins) in the game.

The Phils (57-70, 4th NL East) will conclude their homestand with a three-game series with the Diamondbacks (65-61, 2nd West). The first game will be played tonight at Citizens Bank Park and is to start at 7:05 pm EDT. The Phils will send to the mound Cole Hamels (5-13, 3.61), who is coming off a no-decision against the Dodgers on August 18, as he pitched seven strong innings, giving up just two runs on seven hits, while striking out eight, in the Phils’ 3-2 walk-off win. He’ll be trying to continue his second half of better pitching while trying to lead the Phils to their fifth win in six games. The D-backs will counter with Wade Wiley (9-8, 3.56), who is coming off a no-decision against the Pirates on August 18, as he threw eight innings, giving up two runs on seven hits and two walks, while striking out eight, in the D-backs’ 4-2 win. He’ll be going for his tenth win of the season. The Phils will be trying to get their first three-game winning streak under new manager Ryne Sandberg.

The Phils take the series from the Bucos as they defeat the Pirates, 6-4.

Philadelphia_PhilliesThe Phils’ offense give Cole Hamels his third win of the season as they defeat the NL Central leading Pirates, 6-4.

The Pirates took the lead in the bottom of the third as, with runners on second and third, and with two men out, Andrew McCutchen hits a two-run single, knocking in Starling Marte, who had earlier singled, reached second base on Jose Tabata infield single, before reaching third on second baseman Chase Utley’s missed catch error, and Tabata, who had just singled, then moved up to second base on Utley’s error, giving the Pirates a 2-0 lead. The Phils cut the Pirates’ lead in half in the top of the fifth as, with a runner on second, and with two men out, Ben Revere hits an RBI single, knocking in Carlos Ruiz, who had earlier singled, then moved up to second base on Cole Hamels’ sacrifice bunt, 1-4, making it a 2-1 Pirates’ lead, before he moved up to third base on center fielder McCurchen’s throwing error to the plate. The Phils then tied the game up at two-all in the top of the sixth as, with the bases loaded, via a walk by Ryan Howard, a single by Dom Brown, with Howard stopping at second base, and a single by Delmon Young, with both Howard and Brown moving up a base, and with one man out, Kevin Frandsen hits an RBI single, knocking in Howard, and moving both Brown and D. Young up a base, leaving the bases loaded. The Phils then took the lead as Ruiz hits a two-run single, knocking in Brown and D. Young, giving the Phils a 4-2 lead, while sending Frandsen up to third base. The Phils then made it a 5-2 lead two batters later, after reloading the bases as Hamels is hit by the pitch, moving Ruiz up to second base, as Revere hits into an RBI force out, 6-unassisted, as Frandsen scores while Ruiz is tagged out by shortstop Clint Barmes, for the inning’s second out, while Hamels reaches second base, and Revere is safe at first. The Phils added to their lead in the top of the eighth as, with runners on second and third, and with one man out, pinch-hitter Michael Young hits a sacrifice fly, knocking in D. Young, who had started the inning off with a single, moved up to second base as Frandsen is hit by a pitch, then moved up to third on Ruiz’s sacrifice bunt, 2-3, giving the Phils a 6-2 lead. The Pirates got a run back in the bottom of the eighth as, with two men on, and with nobody out, pinch-hitter Garrett Jones hits an RBI single, knocking in Jordy Mercer, who had started the inning off with a single, then moved up to second base on Marte’s single, making it a 6-3 Phils’ lead, while sending Marte, who had just singled, on to third base. The Pirates then made it a 6-4 Phils’ lead as McCutchen hits into a 5-4-3 double play, wiping out Jones at second base for the inning’s second out, as Marte scored. That would end up being the final score as Jonathan Papelbon collected his seventeenth save of the season as he threw a scoreless ninth.

Cole Hamel (3-11, 4.38) got the win as he pitched seven strong innings, giving up two runs, only one of which was earned, on five hits, as he struck out eight. Justin De Fratus pitched an inning, giving up two runs on three hits. Jonathan Papelbon collected his seventeenth save of the year as he pitched a scoreless inning, giving up a hit, while striking out a batter. Gerrit Cole (4-1, 3.94) took the lost as he went five and a third innings, giving up three runs on eight hits and a walk, while striking out five. Vin Mazzaro committed his second blown save of the season as he faced four batters, getting none of them out, as he gave up two runs on three hits and a hit batter. Tony Watson pitched one and two-thirds innings, giving up a hit, while striking out a batter. Ryan Reid pitched two innings, giving up a run on two hits, a hit batter and a walk, striking out one.

The Phils had fourteen hits in the game, with Ben Revere (2 RBIs) leading the team with three hits, all singles, as he raised his batting average to .290, followed by Chase Utley (Double, Triple .382), Jimmy Rollins (Singles), Delmon Young (Singles, .273) and Carlos Ruiz (Singles, 2 RBIs, .278) with two hits each. Ryan Howard (Single), Dom Brown (Single) and Kevin Frandsen (Single, RBI, .286) had the other three Phils’ hits. Pinch-hitter Michael Young knocked in the final Phil run with a sacrifice fly. The Phils also had two walks (Howard, Brown), two hit batters (Cole Hamels, Ruiz), and two sacrifice bunts (Hamels, Ruiz) in the game.

The Phils (41-45, 3rd) will start a three-game series with the Braves (49-36, 1st), starting with a ball 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 (9-2, 2.59), who is coming off a no-decision against the Dodgers on June 29, as he pitched seven innings, giving up three runs on four hits and three walks, while striking out ten, in the Phils’ 4-3 lost. He will for the third straight start be trying for his tenth win. The Braves will counter with Paul Maholm (9-6, 3.69), who is coming off a win against the D-backs on June 30, as he threw six and two-thirds innings, giving up two runs on eight hits and two walks, while striking out three, in the Braves’ 6-2 win. He will also be going for his tenth win. The Phils will be trying to make up some ground against the Braves.