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The Phils end their Grapefruit League season on a high note as they come from behind to defeat the Blue Jays, 9-2.

Philadelphia_PhilliesThe Phils end their spring training season in Florida with a come from behind victory over the Blue Jays, winning 9-2.

The Blue Jays took the lead in the third as, with a runner on second, and with two men out, Edwin Encarnacion hits an RBI single, knocking in Jose Bautista, who had earlier doubled, giving the Blue Jays a 1-0 lead, before moving up to second base on the late throw to the plate. The Blue Jays then made it a 2-0 lead one batter later as Adam Lind hits an RBI single, scoring Encarnacion. The Phils would get a run back in the sixth as, with a runner on second, and with nobody out, Ben Revere, who had started the inning off with a single, then stole second base, would score on second baseman Eugenio Velez’s fielding error of Jimmy Rollins’ grounder, making it a 2-1 Blue Jays’ lead, while Rollins would be safe at first. The Phils then took the lead one batter later as Chase Utley hits a two-run home run, his fifth home run of the spring, scoring Rollins, giving the Phils a 3-2 lead. The Phils added to their lead in the eighth as, with a runner on second, and with two men out, Humberto Quintero hits an RBI single, knocking in Michael Martinez, who had just doubled, giving the Phils a 4-2 lead, before moving up to second base on the throw to the plate. Two batters later, after John Mayberry, Jr. had walked, the Phils made it a 7-2 lead as Laynce Nix hits a 3-run home run, his second home run of the spring, knocking in Quintero and Mayberry. That would end up being the final score as Jonathan Papelbon threw a 1-2-3 ninth.

Roy Halladay received a no-decision as he pitched four and a third innings, giving up two runs on eight hits and two walks, while striking out six. Hector Neris pitched two-thirds of an inning, getting out both men whom he would face. Cesar Jimenez (1-0, 0.00) got the win as he threw a 1-2-3 inning, striking out the side. Phillippe Aumont and Mike Adams both collected their second holds of the spring as they combine for two 1-2-3 innings, both striking out a batter. Jonathan Papelbon threw a 1-2-3 inning. Brandon Morrow (0-3, 6.14) took the lost as he pitched seven innings, giving up three runs, two of which were earned, on six hits, while striking out three. Sergio Santos pitched an inning, giving up four runs on three hits and a walk.

The Phils had nine hits in the game, with Ben Revere leading the ballclub with two hits, both singles. Chase Utley (Home Run, 2 RBIs), Ryan Howard (Single), Humberto Quintero (Single, RBI), Dom Brown (Single), Laynce Nix (Home Run, 3 RBI), Erik Kratz (Single) and Michael Martinez (Double), had the other seven Phils’ hits. The final Phil run came in on an error. The Phils also had a walk (John Mayberry, Jr.) and a stolen base (Revere (10)), in the game.

The Phils end their grapefruit league season with a 16-15-1 record. They will now play a pair of games at Citizens Bank Park, Friday and Saturday, against the Blue Jays.

The Phils end their three-game spring slide by beating the Astros, 7-1.

Philadelphia_PhilliesThe Phils put a stop to their three-game losing streak as Cole Hamels help lead them to a 7-1 victory over the Astros.

The Astros took the lead in the first as, with a runner on third, and with one man out, Chris Carter hits into an RBI ground out, 4-3, scoring Tyler Greene, who had started the inning off with a double, then moved up to third base on Jose Altuve’s ground out, 6-3, giving the Astros a 1-0 lead. The Phils tied the game up at one-all in the fourth as, with two men out, Laynce Nix hits a solo home run, his first home run of the spring. The Phils took the lead for good in the fifth as, with a runner on second, and with two men out, Kevin Frandsen hits an RBI double, knocking in Freddy Galvis, who had earlier singled, then stopped at second base on Ben Revere’s ground out, 1-3, giving the Phils a 2-1 lead. The Phils then took a 4-1 lead as, with two men on, via a double by Michael Young and Darin Ruf being hit by a pitch, before being replaced by pinch runner Jermaine Mitchell because of an injured elbow, and with two men out, Erik Kratz hits a two-run triple, knocking in both Young and Mitchell. The Phils then increased to their lead as Galvis hits an RBI single, scoring Kratz. The Phils increased their lead in the seventh as, with runners on second and third, and with one man out, Yuniesky Bentancourt hits a sacrifice fly, scoring Cesar Hernandez, who had earlier walked, stole second base, then moved up to third on Jarred Cosart’s wild pitch, giving the Phils a 6-1 lead. The Phils then took a 7-1 lead in the eight as, with a man on third, and with one man out, Galvis hits an RBI double, knocking in Mitchell, who had started the inning off with a single, then stole second base, before going on to third on shortstop Jonathan Villar’s interference error. That would end up being the final score as Justin De Fratus pitched a 1-2-3 inning.

Cole Hamels (2-0, 0.90) gets the win as he went five innings, giving up a run on a hit and a walk, while striking out a batter. Tyler Cloyd, Zach Miner, Jeremy Horst and Justin De Fratus would combine for four scoreless innings, giving up just a walk (Miner) between them, while striking out six (Cloyd (1), Miner (2), Horst (2), De Fratus (1)) Astros. Brad Peacock received a no-decision as he threw three scoreless innings, giving up two hits and a walk, while striking out two. Sergio Escalona blew his first save attempt of the spring as he pitched an inning, giving up a run on a hit, while striking out a batter. Josh Fields (0-1, 2.08) took the lost as he pitched an inning, giving up a run on two hits. Jerred Cosart pitched an inning and two-thirds, giving up four runs on three hits, a walk, a wild pitch and two hit batters, while striking out a batter. Hector Ambriz pitched a third of an inning, getting out the only batter that he would face. Brett Oberholtzer pitched two innings, giving up a run on three hits, while striking out two.

The Phils had eleven hits in the game, with Freddie Galvis leading the team with three hits (two singles, one double, 2 RBIs), followed by Michael Young (Single, Double) and Laynce Nix (Single, Home Run, RBI) with two hits each. Kevin Frandsen (Double, RBI), Yuniesky Betancourt (Single, RBI), Jermaine Mitchell (Single) and Erik Kratz (Triple, 2 RBIs) had the other four Phils’ hits. The Phils also had two walks (Cesar Hernandez, Kratz), two stolen bases (Hernandez (2), Mitchell (2)) and two hit batters (Darin Ruf, Josh Fields) in the game.

The Phils (7-8) have the day off.

Phils relief pitching let down the team again as they lose to the Blue Jays, 11-6.

Philadelphia_PhilliesA still leaking bullpen lets down the offense as the Phils are defeated by the Blue Jays, 11-6.

The Phils got on the scoreboard first in the first inning as, with a runner on second, and with one man out, Michael Young hits an RBI double, scoring Kevin Frandsen, who had just doubled, giving the Phils a 1-0 lead. The Phils then took a 3-0 lead as Ryan Howard hits a two-run blast, his second home run of the spring, knocking in Young. The Blue Jays cut the Phils’ lead in their half of the first as, with a runner on second, and with one man out, Melky Cabrera hits an RBI double, scoring Jose Reyes, who had started the inning off with a double, making it a 3-1 Phils’ lead. The Blue Jays then made it a 3-2 Phils’ lead as Edwin Encarnacion followed with an RBI single, scoring Cabrera. The Blue Jays then tied the game up at one-all in the second as, with two men out, Emilio Bonifacio hits a solo home run, his first home run of the spring. The Phils retook the lead in the fourth as, with one man out, Carlos Ruiz hits a solo home run, his first home run of the spring, giving the Phils a 4-3 lead. The Blue Jays retied the game in their half of the fourth as, with two men on, and with one man out, Bonifacio hits an RBI double, knocking in Adam Lind, who had started the inning off with a single, then moved up to second base on Brett Lawrie’s ground out, 6-3, while sending Moises Sierra, who had just walked, over to third base.  The Blue Jays then took the lead one batter later as Reyes hits a three-run home run, his first home run of the spring, knocking in both Sierra and Bonifacio, giving the Blue Jays a 7-4 lead. The Blue Jays increased their lead in the fifth as, with one man on, and with two men out, Sierra hits an RBI double, knocking in pinch runner Ryan Schimpf, who was pinch running for Lawrie, who had been safe at first on a force out, 5-4, as J.P. Arencibia, who had started the inning off with a single, was wiped out at second base, giving the Blue Jays an 8-4 lead. The Blue Jays then took a 9-4 lead as pinch hitter Jim Negrych hits an RBI single, scoring Sierra. The Blue Jays then made it a 10-4 lead in the sixth as, with a runner on first, and with two men out, Josh Thole hits an RBI double, knocking in Luis Jimenez, who had just singled, before moving on to third on right fielder Laynce Nix’s throwing error. The Blue Jays increased their lead once again in the seventh as, with runners on the corners, and with one man out, Ryan Goins hits an RBI ground out, scoring Schimpf, who had started the inning off with a walk, moved up to second base on Ricardo Nanita’s single, then moved up to third base on Negrych’s force out, 3-6, as Nanita was wiped out at second base, giving the Blue Jays an 11-4 lead, while Negrych, who was safe at first on the force out, would move up to second base on the out. The Phils got two runs back as, with one man on, and with one man out, Erik Kratz hits a two-run home run, his first home run of the spring, as he knocked in Jermaine Mitchell, who had started the inning off with a single, making it a 11-6 Blue Jays’ lead. That would end up being the final score, as Ryan Ortiz ended the game by striking out Tyson Gillies.

Cliff Lee received a no-decision as he threw three innings, giving up three runs on five hits, as he struck out three. Tyler Cloyd committed his first blown save of the spring, before taking the lost (0-1, 13.50), as he pitched two innings, giving up six runs on seven hits and a walk. Michael Stutes pitched an inning, giving up a run on two hits. Justin Friend pitched an inning, giving up a run on a hit and a walk, while striking out a batter. Chad Durbin pitched a 1-2-3 inning, striking out two.  R.A. Dickey also received a no-decision as he also went three innings, giving up three runs on four hits, while striking out a batter. Josh Johnson got the win (1-0, 2.25), as he threw two innings, giving up a run on one hit, as he struck out a batter. Steve Delabar, Esmil Rogers and Jeremy Jeffress combined for three scoreless innings, giving up a walk (Rogers) between them, while striking out four (Delabar (2), Rogers (1), Jeffress (1)).  Ryan Ortiz pitched an inning, giving up two runs on three hits, while striking out a batter.

The Phils collected eight hits in the game, a double by Kevin Frandsen, an RBI double by Michael Young, a two-run home run by Ryan Howard, a single by Dom Brown, a solo home run by Carlos Ruiz, a single by John Mayberry, Jr., a single by Jermaine Mitchell and a two-run home run by Erik Kratz. The Phils had only one walk (Ruiz) in the game.

The Phils (3-4-1) continued spring training as they play a pair of split squad games, one at home against the Blue Jays (5-4) and on the road against the Orioles (6-2), presently trailing in both games.

All I can say is, WOW!!!

It has just been announced that Phils’ catcher Carlos Ruiz has been tested positive for using Adderall, an amphetamine commonly used to help control attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), as it help the user stay focus. This is not a steroid, but it’s use is banned by MLB. This is the second time that he has tested positive for using the stimulant, which will not lead to an automatic suspension the first time it is detected, as it would have if he had been using steroids, and will lead to him being suspended for 25 games, a suspension that will begin at the start of the 2013 season.

Ruiz, who has apologized for using the substance, and have said that he will take his punishment, was one of the few bright spots in the Phils’ lousy 2012 season. During the season, in which he played in 114 games, Ruiz batted .325, hitting 121 for 372, with 32 doubles, 16 home runs and 68 RBIs, with a .394 on-base percentage, a .540 slugging percentage and a .935 on-base-plus-slugging percentage.

During the suspension, Erik Kratz will likely be the team’s starting catcher. Kratz, who joined the club late in the season, appeared in 50 games, batting .248 with nine doubles, nine home runs and 26 RBIs. I hope you’re ready to step up again, Erik.

Wow, just wow!!! 2012 can’t end soon enough for me!!!

The bullpen once again comes up short as the Phils lose to the Nats, 4-2.

The Phils’ bullpen comes up short as the Phils lose to the Nats, 4-2.

The Phils took the lead in the fourth as Darin Ruf hits a lead-off home run, his second home run of the season, giving the Phils a 1-0 lead. The Nats tied it up at one-all in their half of the fourth as, with a man on third, and with two men out, Roger Bernadina hits an RBI single, knocking in Adam LaRoche, who had started the inning off with a double, then moved up to third base on Chad Tracy’s ground out, 3-1. The Nats took the lead in the sixth as LaRoche hits a lead-off home run, his thirty-third home run of the season, giving the Nats a 2-1 lead. The Nats tried to add to their lead five batters later as, with the bases loaded, via a walk to Tracy, a single by Mark DeRosa, moving Tracy up to second base, and Sandy Leon being hit by a pitch, moving up a base both runners, and with one man out, Eury Perez hits into a force out, 6-2, as shortstop Michael Martinez threw home, forcing out at home Tracy, as catcher Erik Kratz touches home plate for the inning’s second out, as Perez safely reaches first base, while both DeRosa and Leon move up a base, leaving the bases loaded. The Nats then took a 3-1 lead as Steve Lombardozzi hits an RBI single, scoing DeRosa, while both Leon and Perez moved up to third and second base respectively, as the bases remained loaded. The Phils would get a run back in the eighth as Ruf hits a lead-off home run, his third home run of the year, and his second home run of the game, making it a 3-2 Nats’ lead. The Nats tried to get the run back in their half of the eighth as, with the bases once again loaded, this time via a lead-off double by DeRosa, Bernadina being hit by a pitch, and a walk to Leon, moving both runners up a base, and with nobody out, Perez hits into a force out, 6-2, as Martinez threw home to Kratz, who touches the plate, forcing out DeRosa for the inning’s first out, while Perez would be safe at first, as Bernadina and Leon both moved up a base, as the bases stayed loaded. The Nats then took a 4-2 lead as Lombardozzi hits a sacrifice fly, scoring Bernadina. That would end up being the final score as Drew Storen collected his fourth save of the season as he pitched a 1-2-3 ninth.

B.J. Rosenberg received a no-decision as he pitched four innings, giving up a run on three hits and two walks, while striking out three. Jake Diekman pitched a scoreless inning, as he gave up two hits, while striking two batters. Josh Lindblom (3-5, 3.55) took the lost as he went an inning, giving up two runs on three hits, a walk and a hit batter. Jeremy Horst pitched a 1-2-3 inning, striking out two batters. Antonio Bastardo pitched an inning, as he gave up a run on a hit, a walk, and a hit batter. Tom Gorzelanny also received a no-decision as he pitched three and two-thirds innings, giving up a run on four hits and two walks, while striking out five. Christian Garcia pitched one and one-third scoreless innings. Zach Duke (1-0, 1.32) got the win as he pitched a scoreless inning, giving up two hits and a walk, while striking out a batter. Ryan Mattheus collected his eighteenth hold of the year as he pitched a scoreless inning, giving up a hit, while striking out two. Tyler Clippard collected his thirteenth hold of the season as he pitched an inning, giving up a run on two hits. Drew Storen received his fourth save of the year as he threw a 1-2-3 inning.

The Phils had nine hits in the game, with Kevin Frandsen (Doubles), Darin Ruf (Home Runs, 2 RBIs) and Michael Martinez (Singles), all leading the ballclub with two hits each. Ty Wigginton, Dom Brown and Erik Kratz had the other three Phils’ hits, all singles. The Phils also had three walks in the game.

The Phils (81-80, 3rd) play their final game of the season today, facing the Nats (97-64, 1st).

An eight-run first help leads to the Phils 16-1 rout of the Mets.

Two big innings lead to the Phils routing of the Mets as they win by the score of 16-1.

The Phils took the lead in the first as, with two men on, and with nobody out, Chase Utley hits an RBI single, knocking in Jimmy Rollins, who had started the game off with a single, then stopped at second base on Juan Pierre’s bunt single, giving the Phils a 1-0 lead, while sending Pierre, who had earlier reached base on a bunt single, over to third base. Ryan Howard then gave the Phils a 2-0 lead with an RBI single, scoring Pierre, while sending Utley up to second base. After John Mayberry, Jr. had loaded up the bases with a soft fly single to right, moving up a base both Utley and Howard, Dom Brown gave the Phils a 3-0 lead with an RBI single, knocking in Utley, while sending Howard on to third base, and Mayberry to second base, leaving the bases loaded. The Phils then made it a 4-0 lead as Kevin Frandsen walked, forcing in Howard, while moving up a base both Mayberry and Brown, as the bases remained loaded. The Phils, after the Mets had sent in relief pitcher Collin McHugh, in place of starter Jeremy Hefner, increased their lead to 5-0 as Erik Kratz is hit by a pitch, forcing in Mayberry, while sending Brown to third base, and Frandsen to second base, as the bases remained loaded. The Phils then batted around as Tyler Cloyd hits into a 1-2-3 doubleplay, as McHugh caught his grounder and threw home, forcing out Brown for the inning’s first out as catcher Kelly Shoppach touched home plate, before throwing to first base for the second out, while Frandsen would move up to third base, and Kratz would stop at second base on the play. The Phils then took a 7-0 lead as Rollins hits a two-run single, his second hit of the inning, scoring both Frandsen and Kratz. Two batters later, as Pierre had his second hit of the inning, sending Rollins up to second base, the Phils made it an 8-0 lead as Utley hits an RBI single, his second hit in the inning, scoring Rollins, while sending Pierre up to second base. Howard then grounded out, 6-3 for the inning’s final out, as the Phils sent thirteen men to the plate. The Phils tried to make it a 9-0 lead in the fifth as, with two men on, via singles by Brown and Frandsen, as Brown would stop at second base, and with one man out, Brown tried to score on Kratz’s single to left, but is gunned down at the plate by a good throw by left fielder Lucas Duda, as Shoppach applied the tag, for the inning’s second out. The Mets would finally get on the scoreboard in their half of the fifth as, with one man out, Mike Baxter hits a solo home run, his third home run of the season, making it an 8-1 Phils lead. The Phils finally took a 9-1 lead in the eighth as, with two men on, and with two men out, Chase Utley hits an RBI single, his fourth hit of the game, and his third RBI, knocking in Cloyd, who had earlier walked, then stopped at second base on Pierre’s single, his fourth hit of the game, while moving Pierre, who had just singled, up to second base. The Phils then increased their lead in the ninth as, with the bases loaded via Frandsen reaching first base on a force out, 6-4, as Brown, who had earlier singled, is forced out at second base for the inning’s second out, a walk to Kratz, moving Frandsen up to second base, and a single by pinch hitter Nate Schierholtz, moving up both runners, and with two men out, Rollins is walked, forcing in Frandsen, giving the Phils a 10-1 lead, as both Kratz and Schierholtz moved up a base. The Phils then made it an 11-1 lead as Pierre hits an RBI infield single, on a ball that went up the first base line and stayed fair, for his fifth hit of the night, scoring Kratz, while moving up a base both Schierholtz and Rollins, as the bases stayed loaded. The Phils then took a 12-1 lead as Utley is hit by a pitch, forcing in Schierholtz for Utley’s fourth RBI of the night, while moving up a base both Rollins and Pierre. After Michael Martinez is sent in to pinch run for Utley, Howard ended the scoring as he hits a grand-slam home run, his twelfth home run of the season, knocking in Rollins, Pierre and Martinez, giving the Phils a 16-1 lead. That would end up being the final score as B.J. Rosenberg came in and pitched a scoreless ninth.

Tyler Cloyd (2-1, 3.86) got the win as he pitched eight strong innings, giving up a run on only three hits and two walks, as he struck out six. B.J. Rosenberg pitched a scoreless inning, walking a batter. Jeremy Hefner (2-7, 5.79) took the lost as he faced seven batters, getting none of them out, as he gave up seven runs on six hits and a walk. Collin McHugh pitched three innings, giving up a run on three hits and a hit batter. Justin Hampson, Jenrry Mejia, Robert Carson and Manny Acosta combined for four scoreless innings, giving up six hits (Mejia (3), Carson (2), Acosta (1)) between them. Elvin Ramirez pitched an inning, giving up a run on two hits and a walk, striking out a batter. Jeurys Familia pitched two-thirds of an inning, giving up five runs on three hits and two walks, while striking out a batter. Josh Edgin pitched to two batters, getting neither of them out, as he gave up two runs on a hit and a hit batter. Ramon Ramirez pitched a third of an inning, getting out the only batter that he would face.

The Phils had a season high twenty-one hits in the game, with Juan Pierre leading the team with five hits, all singles, knocking in a run. Chase Utley followed with four hits, three singles and a double, knocking in four runs. Dom Brown followed with three hits, all singles, knocking in a run. Jimmy Rollins (Singles, 3 RBIs), Ryan Howard (Single, Home Run, 5 RBIs) and John Mayberry, Jr. (Singles) were next with two hits each. Kevin Frandsen (RBI), Erik Kratz (RBI) and pinch hitter Nate Schierholtz had the other three Phils’ hits, all singles. The Phils also had four walks and two hit batters (Kratz and Utley) in the ballgame.

The Phils (76-74, 3rd) with begin a three-game series with the Braves (86-64, 2nd), starting with a ballgame tonight. The game will be played at Citizens Bank Park, and is to start at 7:05 pm EDT. The Phils will send to the mound Kyle Kendrick (9-11, 4.33) who is coming off a lost to the Astros on September 15, as he pitched five innings, giving up four runs on seven hits, while striking out four, in the Phils’ 5-0 lost. He will be trying to recover from his first bad start in almost two months. The Braves will counter with Tommy Hanson (12-8, 4.33), who is coming off a no-decision against the Nationals on September 15, as he went five innings, giving up two runs on five hits and a walk, while striking out seven, in the Braves’ 5-4 win. He will be out to try and hinder the Phils’ playoff hopes. The Phils will be trying to keep themselves in the race for the second wild card spot.

The Phils’ offense gets shut down as they lose to the Astros, 5-0.

The Phils get shut out as they lose to the Astros, 5-0.

The Astros took the lead in the first as, with one man on, and with two men out, Justin Maxwell hits a two-run home run, his sixteenth home run of the season, knocking in Jose Altuve, who had started the inning off with a single, then moved up to second base on Fernando Martinez’s ground out, 4-3, giving the Astros a 2-0 lead. The Astros added to their lead in the second as, with the bases loaded, via singles to Matt Dominguez, Jason Castro and J. D. Martinez, then a force out at the plate, 3-2, on a grounder hit by Dallas Keuchel, as Erik Kratz touch first base in front of Dominguez, while both Castro and Martinez would move up a base, and with one man out, Altuve hits into a force out, 3-6, as Keuchel is wiped out at second base for the inning’s second out, as Castro scores, making it a 3-0 Astros’ lead, while Martinez would stop at third base. The Astros made it a 4-0 lead in the fifth as, with a runner on second base, and with two men out, Brett Wallace hits an RBI ground-rule double, scoring Keuchel, who had started the inning off with a single, then moved up to second base on Altuve’s sacrifice bunt, 2-3. The Astros increased their lead in the sixth as, with one man on, and with one man out, Martinez hits an RBI single, knocking in Castro, who had just doubled, giving the Astros a 5-0 lead. That would end up being the final score as Wesley Wright pitched a scoreless ninth.

Kyle Kendrick (9-11, 3.95) took the lost as he went five innings, giving up four runs on seven hits, as he struck out four. Josh Lindblom pitched two innings, giving up a run on three hits and a walk, while he struck out two. Jake Diekman pitched a 1-2-3 inning. Dallas Keuchel (2-7, 4.97) got the win as he threw five and one-third innings, as he gave up five hits, four walks and a hit batter. Mickey Storey pitched two-thirds of an inning, striking out both men that he would face. Xavier Cedeno, Hector Ambriz and Wesley Wright combined for three scoreless innings, giving up two hits (Ambriz (1), Wright (1)) and a walk (Cedeno) between them, while striking out a batter (Cedeno).

The Phils had seven hits in the game, with Kevin Frandsen leading the team with two hits, a single and a double. Jimmy Rollins (Single), John Mayberry, Jr. (Single), Ty Wigginton (Double), Erik Kratz (Single) and Kyle Kendrick (Single) had the other five Phils’ hits as the offense could not get the key hit to start scoring runs. The Phils also had five walks, three stolen bases (Rollins (28 & 29), Chase Utley (8)) and a hit batter (Utley) in the ballgame.

The Phils (73-73, 3rd East) will complete their series with the Astros (47-99, 6th Central) with a game already in progress.