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The Phils come from behind to win in extra-innings to split their series with the D-backs, winning 4-2.

Philadelphia_PhilliesThe Phils split their series with the D-backs by coming from behind to defeat the snake in extra-innings, winning by the score of 4-2.

The D-backs took the lead in the bottom of the first as Gerardo Parra hits a lead-off home run, his third home run of the season, giving the D-backs a 1-0 lead. Five batters later, with runners on the corners, and with two men out, the D-backs made it a 2-0 lead as A.J. Pollock hits an RBI single, knocking in Eric Chavez, who had earlier reached base on a fielder’s choice grounder as first baseman Ryan Howard threw home, trying to throw out at the plate Didi Gregorius, who had earlier tripled, but who would get back to third when catcher Erik Kratz took too long before throwing the ball to third baseman Freddy Galvis, while Chavez would move up to second base on the defensive mistake, before going on to third base on Miguel Montero’s fielder’s choice ground out, 3-2, as Kratz tagged out Gregorius at home plate. That would remain the score until the top of the ninth, as Phils’ starter Kyle Kendrick is able to hold off the D-backs for the next six innings, followed by Jeremy Horst for an inning, while the D-backs’ starter, Brandon McCarthy shut down the Phils for eight innings. But, the Phils would get on the scoreboard in the top of the ninth as, with a man on third, and with one man out, Delmon Young hits an RBI double, knocking in Chase Utley, who had started the inning off with a double, just missing a home run, and moving up to third base on Howard’s ground out, 4-3, cutting the D-backs’ lead to 2-1. The Phils then tied the game up at two-all one batter later as Dom Brown hits an RBI single, scoring pinch-runner John Mayberry, Jr. The Phils took the lead in the top of the tenth as, with runners on second and third, and with one man out, Howard hits an RBI single, knocking in Jimmy Rollins, who had earlier singled, then stopped at third base on Utley’s double, and Utley, who had just doubled, giving the Phils a 4-2 lead. That would end up being the final score as Jonathan Papelbon collected his seventh save of the season with a scoreless inning.

Kyle Kendrick received a no-decision as he pitched seven strong innings, giving up only two runs on six hits, as he struck out four. Jeremy Horst pitched a 1-2-3 inning, striking out two. Antonio Bastardo pitched two-thirds of an inning, giving up a walk, while striking out one. Justin De Fratus (1-0, 0.00) picked up the win as he pitched a third of an inning, striking out the only batter who he would face. Jonathan Papelbon picked up his seventh save of the year as he pitched a scoreless tenth, giving up a hit, while striking out one. Brandon McCarthy also received a no-decision as he threw eight strong innings, giving up seven scattered hits, while striking out five Phils. Heath Bell blew his second save attempt of the season, as he pitched two-thirds of an inning, giving up two runs on four hits. Brad Ziegler pitched a third of an inning, getting out the only man whom he would face. Matt Reynolds (0-1, 0.96) took the lost as he pitched an inning, giving up two runs on three hits, as he struck out two.

The Phils collected fifteen hits in the game, with Chase Utley (2 Singles, 2 Doubles) leading the team with four hits, followed by Freddy Galvis (Singles) with three and Delmon Young (Single, Double, RBI) and Dom Brown (Singles, RBI) with two hits apiece. Jimmy Rollins (Single), Ryan Howard (Single, 2 RBIs), pinch-hitter Carlos Ruiz (Single) and pinch-hitter Michael Young (Single) had the other four Phils’ hits.

The Phils (18-21, 3rd) have the day off.

33 games in 31 days: Game #29: The Phils reached the low point as the bullpen melts down in the third as the Phils lose their eighth straight game, 6-3.

After taking a quick lead, the Phils had a five-run meltdown by the bullpen in the third, as the Phils lose their eighth straight game, 6-3.

The Phils took the lead in the second as, with runners on the corners, and with nobody out, Wilson Valdez hits an RBI single, knocking in Ross Gload, who had earlier doubled, then went to third on Brian Schneider’s single, giving the Phils a 1-0 lead, while sending Schneider, who had earlier singled, up to second base. Two batters later, after Joe Blanton had hit into a bunt force out, 1-5, as Schneider is forced out at third base for the inning’s first out, while Valdez would reach second base on the play, while Blanton would be safe at first, the Phils added to their lead as Jimmy Rollins hits an RBI single, scoring Valdez, giving the Phils a 2-0 lead, while sending Blanton up to second base. The Phils then made it a 3-0 lead as, with one man on, and with two men out, Gload hits an RBI double, knocking in Hunter Pence, who had earlier been safe at first on a force out, 1-4, as Chase Utley had earlier reached base on second baseman Justin Turner’s fielding error. The Phils’ then pulled out Blanton before the start of the Mets half of the third, who was doing fine after pitching two scoreless innings, giving up just one hit and started auditioning for bullpen spot(s) on the playoff roster, which turned out to have been a mistake. The Mets cut the Phils’ lead down to 3-2 as, with two men on, and with two men out, Willie Harris hits a deep fly ball to right that Pence was unable to catch, scoring Ruben Tejada, who had reached first base on a fielder’s choice, as Jason Pridie, who had earlier singled, then stole second base, was caught in a rundown before being tagged out, 1-4-5-6-4, before reaching second base during the rundown, and Turner, who had earlier walked, before he reached third base. The Mets then tied the game up at three-all two battters later, after David Wright had walked, putting runners on the corners as Nick Evans hits an RBI double, knocking in Harris, while sending Wright up to third. The Mets then took the lead as, with two men on, and with still two men out, Josh Thole hits a two-run single, scoring both Wright and Evans, giving the Mets a 5-3 lead. The Mets then made it a 6-3 lead in the fourth as, with a runner on third, and with one man out, Tejada hits an RBI single, scoring Pridie, who had earlier hit a ground-rule double, then moved up to third on Dillon Gee’s sacrifice bunt, 2-4. That would be the final score as the Phillies were put down easily in the ninth as Manny Acosta collected his fourth save of the season.

Joe Blanton received a no-decision as he went two shutout innings, giving up just a hit, while he struck out three. David Herndon (1-4, 3.38) took the lost as he pitched two-thirds of an inning, giving up four unearned run on a hit and two walks, while striking out one. Kyle Kendrick pitched an inning and a third, giving up two runs on four hits, while striking out a batter. Michael Schwimer, Michael Stutes and Justin De Fratus combined for four scoreless innings, striking out six batters (two batters each) between them.  Dillon Gee (13-6, 4.43) gets the win as he pitched six innings, giving up three runs on nine hits and two walks, while striking out two. Bobby Parnell collected his eleventh hold of the year as he pitched one and two-third scoreless innings, striking out a batter. Daniel Herrera collected his first hold of the season as he pitched a third of an inning, getting out the only man that he would face. Manny Acosta received his fourth save of the year as he pitched a scoreless inning, giving up a hit and a walk.

The Phils had ten hits in the ballgame, with Jimmy Rollins leading the team with three hits, all singles, knocking in a run. Ross Gload followed with two hits, both doubles, knocking in a run. Shane Victorino (Single), Chase Utley (Double), Brian Schneider (Single), Wilson Valdez (Single, RBI) and pinch hitter Erik Kratz (Single) had the other five Phils’ hits.

The Phils (98-60, 1st) will conclude their series with the Mets (76-82, 4th), with a game in progress, with the Phils in complete control.

Post No. 800: Phils lose close one thanks in part to a bad call by the first base ump, as they drop one to the Astros, 3-2.

Thanks in part to a bad call by the first base umpire, the Phils drop a close one to the Astros as former Phil Brett Myers come back to stifle his ex-teammates, 3-2.

The Astros took the lead in the first as, with runners on the corners, and with nobody out, Hunter Pence hits a sacrifice fly, scoring Michael Bourn, who had earlier singled, stole second base and then moved up to third on Angel Sanchez’s single, giving the Astros a 1-0 lead, while sending Sanchez, who had just singled, on to second base. The Astros then tried to increase their lead as Sanchez tried to score on Carlos Lee’s double, but was instead gun down at home plate, 8-4-2, for the inning’s second out. The Phils tied it up at one-all in the third as Carlos Ruiz hits a lead-off home run, his sixth home run of the year. The Phils then took the lead later in the inning as, with two men on, and with one man out, Chase Utley hits an RBI single, knocking in Jimmy Rollins, who had earlier singled, before moving up to second on Lee’s fielding error, moved up to third on a fielder’s choice grounder hit by Shane Victorino, as Joe Blanton, who had earlier singled, and had gone to third on Rollins’ single, is thrown out at home, 3-2, giving the Phils’ a 2-1 lead, while Victorino, who was safe at first on the fielder’s choice, moved up to second base. The Phils tried to add to their lead in the sixth as, with a runner on second, Jayson Werth, via a double, and with two men out, after Raul Ibanez had just struck out, swinging, the Astros proceeded to intentionally walk Ruiz, to get to Wilson Valdez, but, after ball four is thrown, Astros catcher Humberto Quintero threw a strike to second base, picking off Werth, 2-6, who’s mind appeared to have been somewhere else, to end the inning. This base running blunder might have come back to haunt the Phils, as, in the eighth, with two men on, and with two men out, the Astros took the lead as Lee hits a two-run single, scoring pinch hitter Jason Michaels, who had earlier singled, had moved up to second on Bourn’s bunt single, and moved to third on Sanchez’s sacrifice bunt, 5-4, and Bourn, who had gotten on base with a bunt single, when he had in fact went out of the base line to avoid being tagged by Ryan Howard, but was called safe by the first base umpire, which lead to a long argument by Charlie Manuel before he was ejected from the game for arguing the call, and then went to second on Sanchez’s bunt, giving the Astros a 3-2 lead. That would end up being the final score as Brandon Lyon put down the Phils in the ninth for his seventh save of the season.

Joe Blanton receives a no-decision as he pitches seven strong innings, giving up just one run on six hits, while striking out nine. Ryan Madson records his fourth blown save of the year before taking the lost as he pitches an inning, giving up two runs on three hits, while striking out a batter. His record is now 4-2 with a 3.58 ERA. Brad Lidge pitches a scoreless inning, giving up a hit, while he strikes out one. Brett Myers gets the win as he pitches seven inning, giving up two runs on nine hits and a walk, while striking out nine. His record is now 9-7 with a 3.08 ERA. Tim Byrdak collects his sixth hold of the year as he pitches a scoreless inning, giving up a hit. Brandon Lyon receives his seventh save of the year as he pitches a scoreless inning, giving up a walk. 

The Phils had ten hits in the game, with Jimmy Rollins and Jayson Werth both leading the team with two hits each, with Rollins’ two hits being singles, while Werth’s hits were a single and a double. Chase Utley, Raul Ibanez, Carlos Ruis, Wilson Valdez, Joe Blanton and pinch hitter Dom Brown had the other six Phils’ hits, all singles, except for Ruiz’s solo home run, with Utley knocking in the other Phil’s run. The offense did not get the much needed key hit last night.

The Phils (70-54, 2nd East) will continue their series with the Astros (55-69, 4th Central) with a night game tonight. The game will be played at Citizens Bank Park and will start at 7:05 pm Eastern. The Phils will send to the mound Cole Hamels (7-10, 3.51), who is coming off a lost to the Giants on August 19, as he went only five innings, giving up five runs on seven hits and a walk, while striking out only five, in the Phils’ 5-2 lost. In his last three starts, his record is 0-3, as he pitched twenty innings, giving up seven runs on eighteen hits and three walks, while striking out twenty-four. He will be hoping that the bats will finally give him some runs so that he can finally end his win-less streak. The Astros will counter with Bud Norris (6-7, 5.23), who is coming off a win over the Mets on August 19, as he pitched seven innings, giving up two runs on two hits and two walks, while striking out four, in the Astros’ 3-2 win. In his last three starts, his record is 2-0 with a no-decision, as he pitched twenty and two-thirds innings, giving up eight runs on fourteen hits and five walks, while striking out twenty-one. He will be going for his third win in a row. The Phils’ offense will be out to score runs for Hamels tonight.

The Phillies wasted several opportunities before finally losing to the Reds, 4-3.

Despite a good pitched game by J.A. Happ, the sixth straight quality start by a Phils’ starter, the Phils’ offense allowed too many opportunities to go by, allowing the Reds to get away with the win as they lose 4-3. They remain two games ahead of the Marlins as they lose again to the Giants.

The Phils took the lead in the second as Ryan Howard hits a lead-off home run, his twenty-first home run of the year, to make it 1-0 Phils. Jayson Werth quickly made it a 2-0 lead as he followed Howard with a solo home run of his own, his eighteenth home run of the season. The Phils would increase their lead to 3-0 as, with two men on base, and nobody out, Chase Utley hits an RBI double, scoring Jimmy Rollins who had earlier singled, then went to second on Shane Victorino’s single, while sending Victorino, who had just singled, over to third. Howard then loaded the bases as he worked a walk off of Reds’ starter Aaron Harang. But Harang then got himself out of the inning by first striking out Werth, swinging, then getting Greg Dobbs to pop up to the second baseman for the inning’s second out, and then getting Pedro Feliz to ground out, 1-3, leaving it a 3-0 Phils’ lead. The Reds would make it a closer game in the fourth as, with a man on, and one man out, Brandon Phillips hits a two-run home run, his twelfth home run of the year, scoring Jerry Hairston, who had earlier singled, making it a 3-2 Phils’ lead. The Phils tried to add another run in their half of the fourth as Carlos Ruiz started off the inning with a lead-off triple. But, he would then get stranded there as Harang struck out Phillies’ starter J.A. Happ, then got Rollins to ground out, 4-3, as Ruiz decided not to head for home on the ground out, and then got Victorino to ground out, 6-3 to end the inning, still 3-2 Phils. The Reds then tied it up at three-all in the sixth, as, with two men out, Philips hits a solo home run, his thirteenth home run of the year and his second home run of the night. The Phils tried to retake the lead in the seventh as, with runners on the corners, and with two men out, Charlie Manuel sent out Eric Bruntlett to pinch hit, intending for Dusty Baker to take out reliever Arthur Rhodes and replace him with another pitcher so that he could counter with Matt Stairs. Baker, instead, left Rhodes in the game, who would, in turn, proceeds to strike out Bruntlett to end the threat, with the game still tied at three-all. The Phils tried again in the eighth inning, with runners once again on the corners, and now with one man out, as Rollins hits a grounder to first, as John Mayberry, Jr., who was pinch running for Feliz, who had earlier reached second on a two-base throwing error by Reds’ shortstop Hairston, and had then gone to third on Ruiz’s sacrifice bunt, 1-4. Reds’ first baseman Joey Votto threw home, which beat Mayberry, who was tagged out (although the radio announcers commented that there’s a possibility that the Reds’ catcher did not tag him out before he had crossed the plate) by Ramon Hernandez for the second out on a fielder’s choice, 3-2, while Rollins was safe at first, as pinch hitter Stairs, who had earlier walked, would move up to second base. Victorino then hit into a 4-6 force out, as Rollins is wiped out at second, to end the inning. The Reds then took the lead in the ninth when, with two men on, and one out, Hernandez hits an RBI single, scoring Votto, who had earlier doubled and had gone to third on Philips’ sacrifice bunt, giving the Reds a 4-3 lead, while sending Laynce Nix, who had just pinch hit and had been intentionally walked, on to second base. That would be the final score as the Phils would be put down in their half of the ninth, as Francisco Cordero recorded his twenty-first save of the season.

J.A. Happ received a no-decision as he pitched seven strong innings, giving up three runs on six hits, while he struck out seven. Ryan Madson pitched a scoreless inning, striking out two. Brad Lidge took the lost as he gave up a run on two hits and a walk. His record is now 0-4 with a  7.12 ERA. Aaron Harang also got a no-decision as he went six inning, pitching out of jams, as he gave up three runs on nine hits and two walks, while striking out seven. Arthur Rhodes pitched a scoreless inning, giving up only a hit and a walk. David Weathers got the win as he pitched a scoreless inning, giving up a walk. Francisco Cordero recorded his twenty-first save of the seasn as he pitched a scoreless inning, giving up just one walk.

The Phillies collected ten hits in the game, with Chase Utley leading the way with three hits, as he raised his average to .310. Jimmy Rollins, Shane Victorino, Ryan Howard, Jayson Werth, Greg Dobbs, Pedro Feliz and Carlos Ruiz had the other seven Phils’ hit, with Howard’s and Werth’s hits being a pair of solo home runs, Rollins’ a double and Ruiz’s a triple, while the team would be unable to get the key hit that would’ve opened up the flood gates as had happened on Monday night. Beside Howard and Werth, Utley knocked in the other Phillies’ run. The Phils’ offense will now go back out there and will try to win the series, hoping that this time they will get the key hit to win the next two games, starting tonight.

The Phillies (43-38, 1st National League East) will continue their four-games series with the Reds (41-41, 4th National League Central) with another night game. The game will be played at Citizens Bank Park and it will start at 7:05 pm Eastern. Rodrigo Lopez (1-0, 2.84) will start for the Phils, coming off of his spectacular return to the majors on July 3, as he pitched a six and one-thirds innings gem, giving up only two runs on six hits and a walk, while striking out four, in the Phils’ 7-2 win over the Mets. He will be going for his second victory while proving that his return was not a fluke. The Reds will counter with Homer Bailey (1-0, 5.94), who is coming off a no-decision against the Cardinals, as he pitched seven and a third strong innings, giving up just two runs on three hits and two walks, while striking out five, in the Reds’ 7-4 lost. He is also shooting for his second win, while hoping that the Phils’ bats won’t come back seeking revenge for last night’s inablity to score runs. The Phils will be trying to win their fifth game since coming home, putting some more distance between them and their Eastern Division rivals as they continue to lose.

Final Countdown to the Playoffs: Game 8: Phillies defeated the Marlins, 3-2, in another heart stopper. Regain the lead in the East as the Mets lose to the Braves.

The Phillies, behind Joe Blanton and the bullpen, would hold on in a heart stopper to defeat the Marlins, 3-2. The win and the Mets’ lost to the Braves would put the Phillies back into first place in the Eastern Division pennant race. The Phillies would take the lead in the third as, with two men on and one out, Chase Utley would hit a RBI single, scoring Carlos Ruiz, who has gotten on base earlier on Marlins’ third baseman Jorge Cantu’s throwing error, and would then go to second on Phillies’ starter Joe Blanton’s sacrifice bunt, who would in turn be safe on first on Marlins’ starter Anibal Sanchez’s own throwing error, giving the Phillies a 1-0 lead. The Marlins would then strike back in their half of the third, when, with two men on and one out, John Baker would hit a two-run double, scoring Alfredo Amezaga, who has earlier singled and would move on to second on Cameron Maybin’s single, and Maybin, who has singled, to give the Marlins a 2-1 lead. The Phillies would tie the game up in the fourth as, with one out, Shane Victorino would hit a solo home run, his fourteenth home run of the year. The Phillies would then retake the lead in the sixth, as with two men on and two out, Greg Dobbs would hit a bloop single to left, scoring Ryan Howard, who has gotten on base earlier with a walk, giving the Phillies a 3-2 lead, and sending Pat Burrell, who has also walked, to second. After throwing two balls to Ruiz, Sanchez would be taken out of the game because of cramps to his right leg. The Marlins’ relief pitcher, Logan Kensing, would then throw two balls to Ruiz, walking him and loading the bases, although the walk would be charged to Sanchez. Kensing would then be taken out for Mark Hendrickson, who would get pinch hitter Tadahito Iguchi, who was pinch hitting for the originally announced pinch hitter Geoff Jenkins, who was pinch hitting for Blanton, to fly out to end the inning. The Phillies bullpen would then spend the next four innings turning back the Marlins. Sixth: Chad Durbin would get the first two batters out but would then give up a walk to Josh Willingham. But with the count 2-1 on Cody Ross, Ruiz would pick Willingham off first base, with Howard applying the tag, to end the inning. Seventh: After getting out the first batter, Durbin would give up a single to Amegaza. Charlie Manuel would then come out of the dugout, and replace Durbin with J.C. Romero. Romero would then walk pinch hitter Paul Lo Duca, sending Amegaza to second. After Brett Carroll goes to first base to pinch run for Lo Duca, Romero would proceed to strike out Maybin for the inning’s second out, and then strike out Baker to end the inning. Eighth: With Ryan Madson on the mound, he would give up a single to Cantu and then a double to Mike Jacobs, putting runners on second and third, with no one out, thanks to Jayson Werth’s playing of the ball after it drops in. After Jacobs is replaced by pinch runner Robert Andino, Dan Uggla would hit a slow roller to third. After getting the ball, Phillies’ third baseman Greg Dobbs would throw home, cutting down Andino, who would be tagged out by Ruiz, although instant replay would show that he might have beaten the tag, for the inning’s first out, while Jacobs would stay at second as Uggla would reach first on the fielder’s choice. Willingham would then hit into a force out, 6-4, cutting down Uggla at second, while Jacobs would go on to third, putting runners on the corners with two out. Madson would then end the inning by striking out Ross. Ninth: The ball is then handed over to Phillies’ closer Brad Liddge. Lidge would start the inning off by walking the pesky Amegaza. He would then strike out pinch hitter Dallas McPherson swinging for the inning’s first out, while Amegaza would steal second on the third strike. Lidge would then strike out Maybin swinging for the inning’s second out before he finally ends the ball game by striking out Baker, also swinging, for his thirty-ninth save in thirty-nine tries.

Joe Blanton would get the win, his third win as a Phil, as he would pitch five innings, giving up two earned runs on four hits, while striking out nine. His record is now 8-12, 3-0 as a Phil, while his ERA is now 4.79. Chad Durbin would pitch one and a third innings, giving up no runs on one hit. J.C. Romero would pitch two-thirds of an inning, giving up no hits while striking out two. Ryan Madson would pitch a scoreless inning, as he gives up two hits and strikes out one as he pitched his way out of a two on, no outs jam. Brad Lidge would pitch a scoreless ninth as he struck out the side swinging while also walking one, as he recorded his thirty-ninth save of the year. Anibal Sanchez would get the lost, as he goes five and two-thirds innings, giving up three runs, only two of which were earned, on four hits, as he struck out eight while also walking three. His record is now 2-5 with a 5.57 ERA. Logan Kensing would pitch to one batter, walking him, but having it charged to Sanchez, because of the 2-0 count thanks to Sanchez’s injury. Mark Hendrickson would pitch an inning and a third, giving up no runs on no hits. Kevin Gregg and Joe Nelson would both pitch a scoreless inning, giving up just one hit (Nelson) while striking out three batters between them (Gregg (2) and Nelson (1)).

Blanton would pitch five strong innings, being able to keep the fish off-balanced enough that they would only get four hits off of him while getting nine of the Marlins to strike out. The bullpen would then take over and pitch four shut out innings, refusing to give the Marlins’ batters that clutch hit, especially in the eighth inning, when they had runners on second and third with no outs, thus ending the Marlins’ winning streak at nine games, and bringing a little bit closer the ending of the Marlins’ hopes for a playoff berth.

The once again first place Phillies (87-68) will play the final game of their series with the third place Marlins (81-73) tomorrow afternoon. The game will be played at Dolphin Stadium and will start at 4:10 pm Eastern. The Phillies’ starter will be the Marlins’ nemesis Jamie Moyer (14-7, 3.86), who will be coming off a no-decision against the Braves on September 16, where he went five and two-thirds innings, giving up six earned runs on six hits, in the Phillies’ 8-7 win. His last start against the Marlins on August 5 was a lost as he was only able to go five innings, giving up two earned runs on six hits in the Phillies’ 8-2 lost. Lifeteime, his record against the Marlins is 10-1. He will be trying to regain his dominance over the young Marlins’ batters while gunning for his fifteenth win of the year. The Marlins will counter with rookie Chris Volstad (5-3, 3.07), who is coming off a win against the Astros on September 16, where he went eight innings, giving up an earned run on four hits, in the Marlins’ 5-1 win. He has faced the Phillies twice already this year, being 1-0 with a no-decision, as he would pitch a combine total of nine innings, giving up an earned run on five hits. He will be trying to improve his record while trying to hurt the Phillies’ pennant chances.

The Phillies are once again leading the Mets by half a game as they lost to the Braves. Their lead over the Marlins is now back to five and a half games thanks to their win over the fish. In the Wild Card chase, the Mets lead the Brewers by two and a half games as the Brewers lost to the Reds. The Mets lead both the Marlins and the Astros by five games, as the Astros lost to the Pirates. The Phillies will be trying for a series win while also hoping to increase their lead over the Mets in the Eastern Division.

Brett Myers pitches his first complete game shutout since 2004 as he nine hit the Nats, 4-0.

Brett Myers gives up nine hits and no runs to the Nationals as he pitches his first complete game shutout since May 20, 2004, as the Phils defeat the Nationals, 4-0. Myers got saved in the first inning, when, with two men on and two outs, Ryan Zimmerman, who has reached base on a Greg Dobbs’ throwing error and have gone to second on a walk to Lastings Milledge, would try to score on a Ronnie Belliard single to left. He would be cut down at the plate by a good throw by Pat Burrell, as Chris Coste supplies the tag, which would end the inning. The Phillies would take a 1-0 lead in the third, when, with two men on and one out, Coste, who has been hit by the pitch, and would reach second on a fielder’s choice ground out on a failed sacrifice bunt attempt by Myers, would score on a throwing error by rookie shortstop Anderson Hernandez, when he tried to double up Jimmy Rollins, and instead threw the ball past the glove of first baseman Belliard. The Nationals would threaten to tie the score in the fifth as they get Emilio Bonifacio to third on an infield single, a stolen base and a ground out, second to first. Myers would end the threat by striking out Zimmerman, one of nine strike out victims. The Phillies would then increase their lead in the bottom half of the inning, as Dobbs would hit a two-run home run, his sixth home run of the year, scoring Shane Victorino, who has gotten on base earlier with a single, to make it a 3-0 Phillies’ lead. Later in the inning, with a runner on third, and two outs, Jayson Werth would hit a RBI double, scoring Coste, who has earlier singled, to give the Phillies a 4-0 lead. That would be the final score as Myers would dominate the Nats for the final four innings, giving up four singles, one in each of the last four innings, but refusing to give in as only one runner would even reach second base.

Brett Myers would get the win as he pitched nine innings of shut out ball, giving up nine scattered hits and striking out nine and walking only one batter. His record is now 6-10 with a 4.71 ERA. Since his return from the minors, in six starts, Myers has given up three earned runs or less in all six starts, while pitching six innings or more in all but one of his starts. His record since his return is 3-1, with two no-decisions, in which the Phillies are 1-1, with an ERA of 1.94. He has gone a total of forty-one and two-thirds innings, giving up only ten runs, nine of which were earned, on thirty hits. Myers is back and it is about time in my opinion. Collin Balester would get the lost as he goes six innings, giving up four runs, only three of which were earned, on seven hits. His record is now 2-6 with a 4.99 ERA. The rookie Marco Estrada would pitch two scoreless innings in relief, giving up only two hits.

The Phillies’ offense did better last night, as they got nine hits, although they wouldn’t get their first hit until the fourth inning on a single by Chase Utley. The hits would be spread more evenly between the top and bottom of the order, with Ryan Howard and Pat Burrell being the only starters without a hit. Is the offense getting ready to bust out? You guess is as good as mines, but I’m praying that it finally is getting ready to burst open, and I hate to be the first ballclub that they’ll take out their frustrations on.

The Phillies (68-58) will conclude their three games home stand with the luckless Nationals (44-83) as they look to sweep the Nats. The game will be played at Citizens Bank Park and will start at 7:05 pm Eastern. Their starter will be 45 years old veteran Jamie Moyer (11-7, 3.64), who is coming off a gem of a start against the Padres on August 15 as he outduel fellow 1984 Draftie Greg Maddux, as he pitched seven shut out innings, giving up only three hits, in the Phillies’ 1-0 win. In his last start against the Nationals on July 30, he would get the win as he pitched six innings, giving up only three earned runs on six hits, in the Phillies’ 8-5 win. He will be going for his twelfth win, while also going for his fourteenth straight start where he has given up three runs or less. The Nationals will counter with Tim Redding (8-8, 4.66), who is coming off a lost to the Rockies on August 15, where he went six innings, giving up four earned runs on seven hits, in the Nats’ 4-3 lost. In his last start against the Phillies on July 30, the Phillies would finally get to him, as they knocked in seven earned runs on ten hits as he would only be able to go four innings plus five batters. He will be trying to stop a personal two games losing streak while trying to stop the Nationals’ team losing streak at twelve games.

The Phillies still trail the Mets by one and a half games as they defeated the fastly fading Braves. The Phillies are now ahead of the equally fading Marlins by three and a half games as they lost a squeaker to the Giants. The Phillies will be looking for a sweep of the Nationals so that they can stay close to the Mets, before preparing for a four games weekend series with the Dodgers, and a bit of revenge for their previous week fiasco in LA.

Bullpen is unable to save the game as the Phillies fall to the Mets, 9-4.

For the first time in a long while, the Phillies’ bullpen have collectively let a ballgame get away as J.C. Romero and Tom Gordon would combine to blow a save as the Phillies lose to the Mets, 9-4. The Mets would score first in the first inning, as Jose Reyes, who has earlier singled, and then reached third on Ryan Church’s single, would score on a David Wright double play ball, 6-4-3, wiping out Church at second, to give the Mets a 1-0 lead. The Met would then increase their lead in the fourth, when, with runners on first and third, and one out, Jamie Moyer would pick off first base Carlos Beltran, who has just walked. But a Ryan Howard’s throwing error towards second would allow Wright, who has earlier doubled, and has reached third on a stolen base, to score, giving the Mets a 2-0 lead, while Beltran would be safe at second. Beltran would then score on a RBI single by Damion Easley, giving the Mets a 3-0 lead. The Phillies would come back in their half of the fourth, as Howard would hit a three-run home run, his twenty-third home run of the year, scoring Shane Victornio, who has earlier been hit by the pitch, and Chase Utley, who has just walked, to even the score at three. It would remain tied until the bottom of the seventh, when pinch hitter Jayson Werth would hit a RBI single to score Eric Bruntlett, who was pinch running for Pat Burrell. who has earlier singled, to give the Phillies the lead at 4-3. But, Werth would then be thrown out at second, catcher Ramon Castro to second baseman Easley, when he tried to move up to second on the throw to home, ending the inning. The Phillies then gave it to the bullpen to try and close the door. Unfortunately, the bullpen would be unable to do so. With one out, J.C. Romero would give up singles to Easley and Carlos Delgado, which would put runners on the corners. Charlie Manuel would then quickly replace Romero with Tom Gordon. While pitching to Marlon Anderson, Gordon would uncork a wild pitch, which would score Easley, tying the game at four all, and send Delgado to second. After Anderson walks, Endy Chavez would ground out to Howard, moving the runners to second and third base with two outs. Pinch hitter Brian Schneider would then hit a pinch hit double, scoring both Delgado and Anderson, and giving the Mets a 6-4 lead. Then in the ninth, with Rudy Seanez on the mound, pinch hitter Fernando Tatis would start the inning off with a pinch hit double. After moving up to third on a Wright ground out to third, he would score on a ball hit back to Seanez, which he would be unable to field for an error, allowing Beltran to reach first safely, and giving the Mets a 7-4 lead. Easley would then follow with a single, moving Beltran to second. Delgado would then follow with a single, loading the bases. Anderson would then hit a ground ball to second, that would lead to Delgado being thrown out at second for the second out of the inning, as Beltran scores, and Easley moves up to third on the fielder’s choice, making it 8-4 Mets. Easley would then score the Mets’ final run on a RBI single by Chavez. That would be it, as Tony Armas would come in to pitch a 1-2-3 ninth inning.

Jamie Moyer would get a no-decision, as he pitches a quality start, going six and two-thirds innings, giving up only three earned runs on seven hits. Ryan Madson would pitch a third of an inning, getting out the only batter that he would face. J.C. Romero, would take the lost, going one-third of an inning, giving up two earned runs on two hits. He record is now 4-2 with an ERA of 2.43. Tom Gordon will receive a blown save, his first of the year, as he goes two-thirds of an inning, giving up an earned run on one hit. Rudy Seanez would go two-thirds of an inning, giving up three earned runs on four hits. Clay Condrey would pitch a third of an inning, retiring the only man that he would face. John Maine would also get a no-decision, as he leaves the game after having pitched five and two-thirds inning, and with the count 2-2 on Ryan Howard, because of an injury to his non-pitching elbow. He has given up three earned runs on just one hit, Howard’s home run, when he was replaced by Aaron Heilman, who would then strike out Howard on one pitch, who would turn out to be the only man that he would face. Joe Smith would pitch two-thirds of an inning, giving up an earned run on one hit. Pedro Feliciano would get the win, as he would pitch only a third of an inning, giving up no runs on one hit. His record is now 1-2 with an ERA of 2.91. Duaner Sanchez would pitch an inning of scoreless ball, giving up just one hit. Tony Armas would pitch a 1-2-3 ninth to end the game.

The Phillies’ offense was only able to get four hits tonight, even if one of them, Howard’s three-run home run, did bring in a few runs. Moyer had another quality start, but the bullpen did something that it has not done at all this year, be unable to protect a lead late in the ballgame. Unfortunately, it was bound to happen, and hopefully there will not be a repeat performance during the rest of the series.

The four games series between the two rivals will continue tomorrow afternoon from Citizens Bank Park with the third game of their series. The game will begin at 1:35 pm Eastern, The Phillies (48-40) will send to the mound Kyle Kendrick (8-3, 4.58), who is coming off a victory over the Braves on July 1, where he went six plus innings, giving up only three earned runs on seven hits, in the Phillies’ 8-3 win. He will be trying for his ninth win of the year, hoping to make it three straight wins in a row, while trying to get even with the Mets for his early season defeat at their hands. The Mets (43-44) will counter with Oliver Perez (6-5, 4.98), who is coming off a win against the Yankess on June 29, where he went seven innings, giving up just an earned run on three hits, in the Mets’ 3-1 win. He will be gunning for his seventh win of the year whle trying to get the Mets back into the pennant race.

In spite of the lost, the Phillies’ lead is still three and a half games over the Marlins as the fish have once again lost to the Rockies. The Mets now trail the Phillies by four and a half games with tonight’s win. The Braves still trail by seven games as they have lost their game to the Astros. The Phillies will be trying to regroup, so that they can do some more damage and add on to their lead in the Eastern Division.