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The Phils’ pitching staff gives up nine runs in the seventh inning before they lose to the Blue Jays, 10-0.

Philadelphia_PhilliesThe Phils’ offense gets blanked for the second time in three days, while the pitching staff gets burned for nine runs in the seventh, as they get beaten by the Blue Jays, 10-0.

The Blue Jays took the lead in the bottom of the third as, with two men on, and with one man out, Jose Reyes hits a sacrifice fly, knocking in Colby Rasmus, who had earlier singled, then stopped at third base on Steve Tolleson’s ground-rule double, giving the Blue Jays a 1-0 lead. The Blue Jays increased their lead in the bottom of the seventh as, with a man on third, and with nobody out, Erik Kratz hits a two-run home run, his second home run of the season, knocking in Edwin Encarnacion, who had started the inning off with a triple on a ball that center fielder Ben Revere either lost in the roof or just simply misplayed, giving the Blue Jays a 3-0 lead. The Blue Jays then made it a 5-o lead two batters later as, with a man on first, via a single by Dioner Navarro, and with still nobody out, Juan Francisco hits his own two-run home run, his fourth home run of the season, scoring Navarro. The Blue Jays then added to their lead four batters later as, with runners on second and third, and with one man out, pitcher Mario Hollands struck out Melky Cabrera, swinging, for what should’ve been the inning’s second out, but instead becomes his second wild pitch of the inning as the ball gets past catcher Carlos Ruiz, allowing Tolleson, who had earlier doubled, then went to third base on Hollands’ first wild pitch, to score, giving the Blue Jays a 6-0 lead, while allowing Reyes, who had earlier walked, then stole second base, to move up to third base, as Cabrera safely reached first base, putting runners on the corners, with still one man out. The Blue Jays then took a 7-0 lead as Jose Bautista, the ninth man to bat in the inning, hits an RBI single, scoring Reyes, while sending Cabrera up to second base. The Blue Jays then took a 10-0 lead as Encarnacion, batting for the second time in the inning, ended the scoring by hitting a three-run home run, his fourth home run of the year, scoring Cabrera and Bautista. That would end up being the final score as Chad Jenkins threw a 1-2-3 ninth, getting Tony Gwynn, Jr. to lined out to center for the game’s final out.

Cliff Lee (3-3, 3.64) took the lost as he pitched six and a third innings, giving up six runs on seven hits and a walk, while striking out six. Mario Hollands pitched to two batters, getting neither of them out officially, as he gave up two runs on a walk and two wild pitches, while striking out one. Shawn Camp pitched one and two-thirds innings, giving up two runs on four hits, while striking out one. Mark Buehrle (6-1, 1.91) got the win as he pitched seven and a third shutout innings, giving up three hits and two walks, while striking out six. Sergio Santos and Chad Jenkins combined for two 1-2-3 innings, striking out a batter (Santos) between them.

The Phils had only three hits in the game, with a red hot Marlon Byrd (Single, Double) leading the team with two hits. Ben Revere had the other Phil hit, a single. The Phils also had two walks (Jimmy Rollins, Cody Asche) in the game, while the defense performed a doubleplay.

The Phils (15-17, 5th NL East) will conclude their home-home interleague play series with the Blue Jays (17-17, T-3rd AL East) with a night game tonight. The game will be played at Rogers Centre and is to start at 7:07 pm EDT. The Phils will send to the mound A.J. Burnett (2-1, 2.06), who is coming off a win against the Nats on May 3, as he pitched six innings, giving up a run on three hits and two walks, while striking out seven, in the Phils’ 7-2 win. He will be going for his third straight win, while trying to end the Phils’ present slide at three games. The Blue Jays will counter with R.A. Dickey (2-3, 5.01), who is coming off a no-decision against the Pirates on May 3, as he pitched six innings, giving up three runs on five hits and four walks, while striking out three, in the Blue Jays’ 8-6 lost. He will be trying to lead the Blue Jays to a combine series sweep. The Phils will be trying to salvage a win before their next series.

The Phils end their Grapefruit League season on a sour note as they are shutout for the second straight game as they lose to the Blue Jays, 3-0.

Philadelphia_PhilliesThe Phils end their Grapefruit League portion of spring training on a low note as they end up being shutout for the second straight game as they lose to the Blue Jays, 3-0.

The Blue Jays took the lead in the top of the fourth as, with a runner on third, and with one man out, Dioner Navarro hits a sacrifice fly, knocking in Emilio Guerrero, who was pinch running for Jose Bautista, who had started the inning off with a single, stole second base as Adam Lind struck out, swinging, then went to third on catcher Carlos Ruiz’s throwing error as he tried to throw Guerrero out, giving the Blue Jays a 1-0 lead. The Blue Jays added insurance runs in the top of the eighth as, with runners on second and third, and with one man out, Gabe Jacobo hits a two-run single, knocking in Josh Thole, who had started the inning off with a walk, moved up to second base on Guerrero’s single, then went to third base on Jonathan Diaz’s sacrifice bunt, 1-4, and Guerrero, who had earlier singled, then moved up to second base on Diaz’s sacrifice bunt, giving the Blue Jays a 3-0 lead, before moving up to second base on left fielder Leandro Castro’s throwing error to the plate. That would end up being the final score as Wil Browning collected the save as he ended a Phils’ threat as they loaded up the bases with Reid Brignac being hit by a pitch, before stealing second base, a walk to Edgar Duran, and a walk to Clete Thomas, and with two men out, as he struck out Koyie Hill, looking, for the game’s final out.

A.J. Burnett (1-3, 6.05) took the lost as he pitched five innings, giving up a run on three hits, a walk and a hit batter, while striking out six. Jonathan Pettibone pitched two scoreless innings, giving up two hits and a walk, while striking out two. Mario Hollands pitched a third of an inning, giving up two runs on a hit and a walk. Justin De Fratus pitched two-thirds of an inning, giving up two hits, while striking out two. Jonathan Papelbon threw a scoreless inning, giving up a hit, while striking out a batter. Drew Hutchinson (1-1, 1.80) got the win as he threw five and a third scoreless innings, giving up a hit and three walks, while striking out three. Brett Cecil collected his third hold of the spring as he pitched two-thirds of an inning, striking out a batter, as he retired both batters that he would faced. Casey Janssen received his first hold of the season as he threw a 1-2-3 inning, striking out two. Marcus Walden also received his first hold of the spring as he also threw a 1-2-3 inning, striking out a batter. Wil Browning received his first save of the spring as he threw a scoreless inning, giving up two walks and a hit batter, while striking out the side.

The Phils had only one hit in the game, a fourth inning single by Jimmy Rollins. The Phils also had five walks (Ryan Howard, Marlon Byrd, John Mayberry, Jr. Edgar Duran, Clete Thomas), a hit batter (Reid Brignac) and two stolen bases (Rollins (3), Brignac (1)) in the game, while the defense committed two errors (Carlos Ruiz, Leandro Castro).

The next Phils (9-17-3) game will be the first of two against the Pittsburgh Pirates for the On-Deck Series at Citizens Bank Park. The game is to start at 7:05 pm EDT tomorrow night. The Phils will send to the mound Kyle Kendrick (1-0, 4.09) while the Pirates will counter with Charlie Morton (1-1, 1.13). The Phils hope to do well in these last two spring training games.

The Phils come back from a 6-0 deficit before hanging on to defeat the Dodgers, 9-8, to end the team’s best road trip on a high note.

The Phils come back from falling behind 6-0 before holding on to sweep the Dodgers, 9-8, ending their 9-1 road trip, the best in the team’s history, on a high note.

The Dodgers jump into the lead in the first as, with two men on, and with one man out, Matt Kemp hits an RBI single, knocking in Casey Blake, who had earlier walked, then went up to second base on Andre Ethier’s walk, giving the Dodgers a 1-0 lead, while sending Ethier, who had just walked, up to second base. The Dodgers then made it a 4-0 lead as Juan Rivera hits a three-run home run, his eighth home run of the year, knocking in both Ethier and Kemp. Two batters later, after James Loney had walked, the Dodgers took a 5-0 lead as Dioner Navarro hits an RBI double, scoring Loney, before he is thrown out trying to stretch his double into a triple, 9-4-3-5, for the inning’s second out. The Phils tried to score in the third as, with two men on, and with one man out, Chase Utley hits a fly ball to center that was caught by center fielder Kemp, for the inning’s second out, who then threw home to try and cut down Jimmy Rollins, who had earlier singled, then stopped at third base on Shane Victorino’s ground-rule double. Kemp’s throw, after being grabbed by first baseman Loney, beats Rollins to the plate, who is then tagged out by the catcher Navarro, for the inning’s final out, 8-3-2, thus ending the Phils’ threat. The Dodgers then added to their lead in their half of the third as, with runners on the corners, and with one man out, Navarro hits a sacrifice fly, scoring Kemp, who had earlier doubled, then stopped at third on Rivera’s single, giving the Dodgers a 6-0 lead. The Phils then started their comeback. The Phils got onto the scoreboard in the fourth as, with one man on, and with nobody out, Hunter Pence hits a two-run home run, his fourteenth home run of the season, and his third as a Phil, knocking in Ryan Howard, who had lead-off the inning with a walk, making it a 6-2 Dodgers’ lead. Four batters later, with a man on second, and with two men out, Vance Worley helped himself with an RBI single, knocking in Michael Martinez, who had earlier reached base on a Loney fielding error, cutting the Dodgers’ lead down to 6-3. The Phils then cut the Dodgers’ lead down to 6-4 as, with two men on, and with one man out, Pence reaches first base on third baseman Blake’s fielding error, as Victorino, who had earlier walked, then stopped at second base on Howard’s single, scores, while Howard, who had just singled, would stop at third base, while Pence would go on to second base. A batter later, the Phils made it a 6-5 Dodgers’ lead as Raul Ibanez hits an RBI ground out, 3-unassisted, knocking in Howard, while sending Pence on to third. The Dodgers added to their lead in their half of the fifth as, with one man on, and with one man out, Loney hits an RBI double, scoring Rivera, who had just singled, making it a 7-5 Dodgers’ lead. The Phils tied the game up at seven-all in the sixth as, with two men on, and with two men out, Utley hits a two-run single, scoring pinch hitter Ben Francisco, who had earlier walked, then stopped at third on Rollins’ single, and Rollins, who had earlier singled, then stole second base. The Phils then took the lead as Howard hits a two-run home run, his twenty-fifth home run of the season, scoring Utley, giving the Phils a 9-7 lead. The Dodgers made it a 9-8 Phils’ lead in the ninth as, with runners on the corners, and with one man out, Rivera hits into an RBI force out, 4-6, wiping out Kemp, who had just singled, at second base, for the inning’s second out, while scoring Blake, who had earlier singled, then had stopped at third on Kemp’s single. That would be the final score as Ryan Madson then recorded his twenty-second save of the season by getting pinch hitter Rod Barajas to fly out to center for the final out.

Vance Worley received a no-decision as he went four innings, giving up six runs on seven hits and three walks, while striking out six. Kyle Kendrick (7-5, 3.26) gets the win as he pitches an inning, giving up a run on two hits, as he struck out two. David Herndon received his fourth hold of the year as he pitched a 1-2-3 inning. Brad Lidge recorded his second hold of the season as he pitched a third of an inning, giving up a hit and a walk, while striking out a batter. Antonio Bastardo received his eleventh hold of the year as he pitched an inning and two-thirds, striking out a batter. Ryan Madson recorded his twenty-second save of the season as he went an inning, giving up a run on two hits. Chad Billingsley also received a no-decision as he pitched four and a third innings, giving up five runs, only three of which were earned, on seven hits and three walks. Hong-Chih Kuo pitched an inning, giving up a run on a hit and a walk, while striking out a batter. Blake Hawsworth blew his first save attempt of the year before taking the lost (2-3, 3.57), as he pitched a third of an inning, giving up a run on three hits, while striking out one. Matt Guerrier, Mike MacDougal and Javy Guerra combined for three and one-thirds scoreless innings, giving up a hit (Guerrier) and a walk (Guerra), while striking out three (Guerrier (2), Guerra (1)), between them.

The Phils had eleven hits in the ballgame, with Jimmy Rollins (Singles), Shane Victorino (Single, Double), and Ryan Howard (Single, Home Run, 2 RBIs), all leading the team with two hits each. Chase Utley (Single, 2 RBIs), Hunter Pence (Home Run, 2 RBIs), Raul Ibanez (Single, RBI), Brian Schneider (Single) and Vance Worley (Single, RBI), had the other five Phils’ hits, as the offense bailed out Worley on their way to defeating the Dodgers. The other Phil run came in on Blake’s error.

The Phils (77-40, 1st East) have the day off as they come home from LA, as they end a 9-1 road trip, one of their most successful road trip in the club’s history.

Two errors in one inning do in the Phils as they lose to the Dodgers, 6-2.

Two errors in the third inning do in the Phils before they drop one to the Dodgers, 6-2.

The Dodgers took the lead in the second as, with two men on, and with one man out, Dioner Navarro hits an RBI single, scoring Matt Kemp, who had earlier doubled, giving the Dodgers a 1-0 lead, while sending James Loney, who had just walked, on to second base.  The Phils tried to tie up the score in their half of the third as they loaded the baes via walks to Carlos Ruiz and Dom Brown, and then an infield single to Wilson Valdez, moving up both runners, and with one man out, Shane Victorino hits a grounder to the pitcher, Dodgers’ starter Rubby De La Rosa, who then threw home, forcing out Ruiz, 1-2, for the inning’s second out, while both Brown and Valdez would move up a base, while Victorino would stop at first. The Phils then tied the game up at one-all as Placido Polanco forced in Brown with a walk, while both Valdez and Victorio would move up a base.  The Dodgers regained the lead in the third as, with runners on the corners, and with nobody out, Casey Blake hits an RBI single, knocking in De La Rosa, who had earlier walked, then went on to third on Dee Gordon’s single, giving the Dodgers a 2-1 lead, while sending Gordon, who had earlier singled, up to second base. The Dodgers then took a 3-1 lead as Phils’ starter Roy Oswalt commited a throwing error, trying to pick-off Gordon at second, who then scored, while Blake would move to third on the error. It then became a 4-1 Dodgers’ lead as Andre Ethier knocked in Blake with a single. The Phils cut the lead down to 4-2 in the seventh as, with one man on, and with two men out, Chase Utley hits an RBI triple, scoring Victorino, who was earlier safe at first on a force out as Ross Gload, who had gotten on base with a pinch hit walk, is wiped out at second base, 4-6.  The Dodgers would make it a 6-2 lead in the  eighth as, with a runner on first, and with no one out, Kemp hit a two-run home run, his seventeenth home run of the year, scoring Ethier, who had earlier walked. That would be the  final score as the Phils went down easily in the ninth.

Roy Oswalt (3-4, 3.05) went six innings, giving up four runs on eight hits and two walks, striking out a batter. J.C. Romero pitched a scoreless inning, giving up a walk, while striking out a batter. Michael Stutes pitched an inning, giving up two runs on a hit and a walk, striking out a batter. David Herndon pitched a scoreless inning, giving up a hit. Rubby De La Rosa (2-0, 1.80) gets the win as he pitched five inning. giving up a run on four hits and five walks, while striking out four. Blake Hawksworth received his third hold of the season as he pitched a 1-2-3 inning. Matt Guerrier collected his ninth hold of the year as he pitched two-thirds of an inning, giving up a run on a walk. Scott Elbert collected his third hold of the year as he pitched a third of the inning, giving up a hit, while striking out one. Javy Guerra pitched a 1-2-3 inning.

The Phils had just five hits in the ballgame, with Wilson Valdez leading the team with two hits, both singles. Chase Utley (Triple, RBI), Raul Ibanez (Single) and Carlos Ruiz (Single) had the other three Phils’ hits. Placido Polanco had the other Phil RBI as he forced in a run with a bases loaded walk, as the Phils did not take advantage of Rubby De La Rosa’s early wildness.

The Phils (36-25, 1st) will conclude their series with the Dodgers (29-33, 4th West) with a night game tomorrow night at Citizens Bank Park. The game will start at 7:05 pm EDT.  The Phils will send to the mound Cole Hamels (7-2, 2.83) as he received a no-decision against the Pirates on June 3, as he went eight innings, giving up just one run on a hit and three walks, while striking out four, in the Phils’ 2-1 extra-inning lost. He will be going for his eighth win of the season. The Dodgers will counter with Hiroki Kuroda  (5-6, 3.46), as he is coming off a lost against the Reds on June 3, as he went six innings, giving up two runs on six hits and four walks, while he struck out three, in the Dodgers’ 2-1 lost. He will be trying to end his three-game losing streak. The Phils will be trying to win the series.

Cliff Lee threw a seven-hitter while striking out ten as the Phils defeat the Dodgers, 3-1.

Cliff Lee starts off the home stand by throwing a seven-hitter against the Dodgers as the Phils defeat their old rival, 3-1.

The Phils took the lead in the third as, with runners on the corners, and with one man out, Placido Polanco hits an RBI single, scoring Wilson Valdez, who had earlier doubled, then went to third on Cliff Lee’s sacrifice bunt, 5-3, giving the Phils a 1-o lead, while sending Shane Victorino, who had earlier walked, to second base. Two batters later, with two men on, and with two men out, with both man running, Ryan Howard hits an RBI single, scoring Victorino, giving the Phils a 2-0 lead, while sending Polanco on to third. The Phils then made it a 3-0 lead in the eighth as, with two men on, and with two men out, Carlos Ruiz hits an RBI double, knocking in Chase Utley, who had earlier walked, then moved up to second on Ben Francisco’s walk, while sending Francisco, who had just walked, on to third. The Dodgers got on the scoreboard in the ninth as, with runners on the corners, and with nobody out, pinch hitter Andre Either hits into an RBI force out, knocking in pinch runner Dee Gordon, who was running for Juan Uribe, who had earlier singled, before he (Gordon) went to third on James Loney’s single, as Loney, who had just singled, is forced out at second base for the inning’s first out. That would be the final score as Ryan Madson collected his thirteenth save of the season as he struck out the next two batters, Rod Barajas swinging, and then pinch hitter Dioner Navarro on a foul tip.

Cliff Lee (5-5, 3.62) got the win as he pitched seven innings, giving up seven hits and a walk, while striking out ten. Antonio Bastardo collected his fifth hold of the season as he threw a 1-2-3 inning, striking out a batter. Ryan Madson recorded his thirteenth save of the year as he pitched an inning, giving up a run on two hits, as he struck out two. Ted Lilly (4-5, 4.13) took the lost as he went six innings, giving up two runs on five hits and a walk, while striking out four. Blake Hawksworth pitched a 1-2-3 inning. Mike MacDougal pitched an inning, giving up a run on a hit and two walks, while striking out a batter.

The Phils had only six hits in the ballgame, with Carlos Ruiz leading the team with two hits, a single and a double, with an RBI. Placido Polanco (Single, RBI), Ryan Howard (Single, RBI), Dom Brown (Single) and Wilson Valdez (Double) had the other four Phils’ hits, as the offense did just enough tonight to win.

The Phils (36-24, 1st East) will continue their series with the Dodgers (28-33, 4th West) with a night game tomorrow night. The game will be played at Citizens Bank Park and will start at 7:05 pm EDT. The Phils’ starter will be Roy Oswalt (3-3,  2.70), who is coming off a lost against the Nats on June 1, as he went five innings,  giving up two runs on six hits and two walks, while striking out three, in the Phils’  2-1 lost. He will be trying to put a stop to his present three-game losing streak. The Dodgers will counter with Rubby De La Rosa (1-0, 1.80),  who is coming off a relief appearance against the Rockies on May 31, as he went two innings, giving up a hit, while striking out two, in the Dodgers’ 8-2 win. He hope that he will give the Phils fits in his spot start. The Phils hope to finally give Roy O his first win since coming back to the rotation after seeing to his family.

The Phillies lose another interleague play game as Antonio Bastardo leaves the game with an injury, as they fall to the Rays, 10-4.

After an explosive start, the Phils watch the game slip out of their hands, and see another pitcher go down, as they lose to the Rays, 10-4, their first road series lost in a while.

The Phillies took a quick lead in the first as, with two men on, and one out, Ryan Howard hits a two-run double, scoring Greg Dobbs, who had earlier singled and had gone to second on Chase Utley’s single, and Utley, who had just singled, giving the Phils a 2-0 lead. Two batters later, with two men out, the Phils made it 3-0 as Matt Stairs followed with a double, knocking in Howard. It then became 4-0 Phils as Pedro Feliz hits an RBI single, scoring Stairs. The Rays would come back in their half of the first, as, with one man on and two outs, Carlos Pena hits an RBI double, knocking in Pat Burrell, who had earlier doubled, making it a 4-1 Phils’ lead. Ben Zobrist then made it a 4-3 Phils’ lead as he hits a two-run home run, his sixteenth home run of the season, scoring Pena. The Rays would tie the game up at four-all in the second, as Willy Aybar hits a lead-off home run, his sixth home run of the season. Four batters later, with runners on the corners, and one man out, the Rays took the lead as Carl Crawford hits an RBI double, scoring Gabe Kapler, who had earlier doubled and had gone to third on Dioner Navarro’s single, giving the Rays a 5-4 lead, while sending Navarro, who had just singled, over to third base. One batter later, Burrell would hit into an RBI ground out, 4-3, for the inning’s second out, scoring Navarro from third to make it 6-4 Rays, while sending Crawford on to third. In the fourth, the Rays tried to add to their lead, with two men on, Kapler and Crawford via walks, and two men out, as the Phillies took their starter Antonio Bastardo out of the game because of a strained left shoulder. The Phils replaced him with Chad Durbin, who then proceeded to end the threat by striking out Burrell. The Phils then threathen to score in the sixth, as they had runners on the corners, Stairs on third, after getting on base by being hit by the pitch, and then going to third on Feliz’s infield single and a throwing error by Rays’ shortstop Jason Bartlett, after originally being unable to handle the ball, with one man out, as Eric Bruntlett hits a fly ball to center field, which would’ve been deep enough to score Stairs, and make it a 6-5 Rays’  lead. But, in a baserunning blunder, Feliz had run up to second base, and was thus doubled up when Rays’ centerfielder B.J. Upton’s throw beat him back to first, 8-3, before Stairs could cross the plate, denying the Phils a run, and leaving the score at 6-4 Rays. The Rays then proceeded to bust the game open in their half of the sixth as, with the bases loaded via a Crawford double, later going to third on a Durbin wild pitch, and then walks to both Burrell and Zobrist, and two men out, Bartlett hits an RBI single, scoring Crawford, making it 7-4 Rays, while both Burrell and Zobrist moved up a base, leaving them loaded. Aybar then followed with a two-run single, scoring both Burrell and Zobrist, giving the Rays a 9-4 lead, and sending Bartlett to third, before Aybar is thrown out trying to go to second, 8-4, ending the inning. The Rays made it 10-4 in the seventh as, with runners on the corners and one man out, Crawford hits into a RBI force out, scoring Upton, who had earlier tripled, as Gabe Gross, who had earlier walked, was thrown out at second, 4-6, for the inning’s second out. That would end up being the final score, as the Phils’ offensive would be unable to mount any attack during the last two innings.

Antonio Bastardo took the lost, pitching only three and two-thirds innings because of an injury to his left shoulder, as he gave up six runs on seven hits and three walks, while striking out two. His record is now 2-3 with an ERA of 6.75. Chad Durbin pitched two innings of relief, giving up three runs on three hits and three walks, while striking out three. Tyler Walker pitched a third of an inning, giving up two hits. Jack Taschner pitched an inning, giving up a run on two hits and a walk, while striking out one. Ryan Madson also pitched an inning, giving up a hit and a walk, while striking out one. Andy Sonnanstine got the win, as he pitched five and one third innings, giving up four runs on six hits and a walk, and striking out seven. His record is now 6-7 with a 6.61 ERA. Grant Balfour pitched one and two-thirds innings, recording his ten hold of the year, as he give up a hit, while he struck out two. Randy Choate pitched an inning, striking out a batter. Dan Wheeler also pitched an inning, giving up a hit.

The Phils had eight hits in the game, with Greg Dobbs and Pedro Feliz both leading the team with two hits a piece. Chase Utley, Ryan Howard, Matt Stairs and John Mayberry, Jr. had the other four hits, as the Phils got shut down after such a promising start in the first inning. Howard knocked in two of the Phils’ runs, while Stairs and Feliz both knocked in a run.

The Phillies (37-33, 1st National League East) will conclude Interleague Play this weekend with a three-games series against the Blue Jays (40-34, 3rd American League East). The game will start at 7:07 pm Eastern time, and will be played in Rogers Centre in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. The Phils starter will be their ace Cole Hamels (4-3. 4.24), who is coming off a lost to the Orioles on June 21, as he went eight strong innings, giving up just two runs on nine hits, as he struck out ten, in the Phils’ 2-1 lost. In a previous start against the Blue Jays, on June 16, he pitched a no-decision, as he went six innings, also giving up just two runs, on seven hits and two walks, as he struck out two, in the Phils’ 8-3 lost. He will be trying for his fifth win of the year, while trying to start the series on a very positive note for the Phils. He will be opposed by Ricky Romero (4-3, 3.59), who is coming off a win against the Nationals on June 21, as he pitched seven strong innings, giving up only two runs on eight hits and three walks, while striking out six, in the Blue Jays’ 9-4 win. In a previous start against the Phils, also on June 16, he also received a no-decision as he pitched seven strong innings, giving up three runs on six hits and two walks, while striking out nine, in the Blue Jays’ 8-3 win. He will also be looking for his fifth win of the season, while trying to continue the Phils’ Interleague Play woes.

2008 World Series: Game 5.5: The Phillies are the 2008 World Champions of the Baseball World.

The Phillies have won the 2008 World Series, winning the series four games to one, as they would outscore the Rays in the final three and a half innings of this past Monday’s suspended game five, 4-3. As play resumed, Rays’ manager Joe Maddon would decide to leave Grant Balfour in the game. Pinch hitter Geoff Jenkins would be the first batter to face him in the Phillies’ half of the sixth, and he would greet him with a hard hit double to center. Jimmy Rollins would follow with an excellent sacrifice bunt, that would go 5-3 for the inning’s first out, as he would move Jenkins over to third base. Then, with the Rays’ infield pulled in to prevent a run, Jayson Werth would hit a pop up into shallow center field. Ray’s second baseman Akinori Iwamura would be unable to make an over-the-shoulder basket catch of the ball, as it would drop in for a RBI single, scoring Jenkins, and giving the Phillies a 3-2 lead. Balfour is then taken out of the ballgame by Maddon and is replaced on the mound by J.P. Howell. Howell would then end the inning by first getting Utley to strike out swinging for the inning’s second out, and after Werth would steal second, he would get Ryan Howard to pop out to third for the final out of the inning. Charlie Manuel would then put out in place of Cole Hamels, who is now in line to be the game’s winning pitching, Ryan Madson. Madson would proceed to strike out Dioner Navarro looking for the inning’s first out. But then he would give up a solo home run to Rocco Baldelli to left, tying the game up at three apiece, and thus denying Hamels his chance to make World Series history by winning all five of his starts. Jason Bartlett would then follow with a single. The next batter, Howell, would sacrifice the runner over to second, 1-4, for the inning’s second out, as he put a runner in scoring position. Madson is then replaced by J.C. Romero. Iwamura would then hit a ground ball towards second base, that Utley would be able to grab, but would then have no play to make at first, as Iwamura would get an infield single. But, Utley would then throw a strike towards home plate as he would see Bartlett trying to score from second on the play. His throw would beat Bartlett to home plate and then Carlos Ruiz would tag out a sliding Bartlett to keep the game tied at three all. In the Phillies’ half of the seventh, Pat Burrell would start the inning off with a double to left center field. As he would be replaced on second base by pinch runner Eric Bruntlett, the Rays would replace Howell on the mound with Chad Bradford. Shane Victorino would then hit the ball to the right side of the infield, after being unable to put down a bunt, for the inning’s first out, 4-3, while Bruntlett would move on over to third base. This move would once again force the Rays to bring in their infield. Pedro Feliz would take advantage of this move as he would hit a RBI single to center, scoring Bruntlett and giving the Phillies’ a 4-3 lead. Ruiz would then follow Feliz by hitting into a force out, 4-6, wiping out Feliz at second for the second out. Romero would then bat for himself and proceed to hit into a force out, 4-6, for the inning’s final out. Romero would then stay in to pitch the eighth. Chris Crawford would start the inning off with a single. B.J. Upton would then hit into a 6-4-3 double play, doubling up Crawford at second base, putting no one on base with two men out. Romero would then end the inning by getting Carlos Pena to fly out to left for the final out. In the Phillies’ eighth, the Rays would send out David Price to keep the game close. Prince would proceed to get Rollins to fly out to left for the inning’s first out and then would strike out Werth for out number two. Utley would then get on base with a walk. After Utley would steal second, Howard would end the inning by striking out. In the Rays’ ninth, the Phillies would hand the ball over to Brad Lidge to end the game. Lidge would get Evan Longorio to pop out to Utley for the first out of the inning. Navarro would then get on base with a single. Navarro would be replaced at first by pinch runner Fernando Perez, while pinch hitter Ben Zobrist would come to the plate. After Perez would steal second base, Lidge would get Zobrist out as he lines out directly to the right fielder for the second out of the inning. Maddon would then send out pinch hitter Eric Hinske to try and take the lead with one swing of the bat. Instead, Lidge would strike Hinske out for the game’s final out, as he would record his forty-eighth straight save in forty-eight attempts and his seventh save of the post-season, and lead to the start of a celebration among the Phillies, as they would win their second World Championship in the team’s 126 years of existance.

Cole Hamels would get a no-decision, as he would pitch six strong innings, giving up two earned runs on five hits and a walk, while striking out three. Ryan Madson would pitch two-thrids of an inning, giving up an earned run on two hits, while striking out one. J.C. Romero would get the win as he pitches a scoreless inning and a third, giving up only two hits. His series’ record is now 2-0 with an 0.00 ERA. Brad Lidge would record his second save of the series, pitching a scoreless inning, as he would give up just a hit, while striking out one, as he records his forty-eighth straight save, and his seventh in the post-season. Scott Kazmir would also get a no-decision, as he would go only four innings plus two batters, giving up two earned runs on four hits, six walks and a hit batsman, while striking out five. Grant Balfour would pitch an inning and a third, giving up an earned run on two hits. J.P. Howell would get the lost as he would pitch two-thirds of an inning plus one batter, giving up an earned run on one hit, while striking out one. His series’ record is now 0-2 with an ERA of 7.71. Chad Bradford would pitch a scoreless inning, giving up only one hit. David Price would also pitch a scoreless inning, giving up just a walk, while striking out two.

During the celebration, which would include Bud Selig giving David Montgomery, Pat Gillick and Charlie Manuel the World Series Trophy, Cole Hamels would be announced as being the 2008 World Series MVP. It would later be announced that the city of Philadelphia plans to hold its World Series parade on Friday. And it would appear that the parade wouldl be shown on at least one of the local networks. I can’t wait. 🙂

Now that the Phillies have won the series, I would like to first apologize for the number of times that I’ve shown a lack faith in the guys actually being able to get into the World Series. Next, I would like to laugh in the face of the so-called experts who during the post-season have never given the Phillies the chance to win the Series, including FOX. Ha-HA, in your face, experts. Lastly, I would like to congratulate the Tampa Bay Rays for doing as well as they did this season to get into the World Series as well. I am sure that they’ll be back in the series at some point during the next few years.

Next stop, the victory parade. I love a parade, etc. etc. 🙂