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33 games in 31 days: Game #17: The Phils clinch a playoff spot as their ace, Roy Halladay, throws a complete game shutout, as the Phils win, 1-0

Roy Halladay throws a complete game shutout at the Astros as the Phils clinched their fifth straight playoff spot, as the Phils win 1-0.

The Phils took the lead in the first as, with one man on, and with nobody out, Placido Polanco hits an RBI single, knocking in Shane Victorino, who had earlier doubled, giving the Phils a 1-0 lead, before moving up to second base on the late throw to the plate. The Astros tried to tie the game up in the second as they loaded up the bases, via a fielding error by third baseman Polanco, allowing Carlos Lee to reach first base, a single by Brian Bogusevic, sending Lee up to second base, and a bunt single by Jimmy Paredes, moving both runners up a base, and with nobody out, before Phils’ starter Roy Halladay pitched himself out of the jam. First, he got Jose Altuve to hit into a force out, 5-2, as Polanco threw home, forcing out Lee, as Carlos Ruiz touched home plate for the inning’s first out, while Bogusevic and Paredes would both move up a base while Altuve would be safe at first. Then, he got Humberto Quintero to hit into a 5-4-3 doubleplay, as Altuve is wiped out at second base, ending the inning. The Phils tried to add to their lead in the sixth as they loaded up the bases, with Halladay starting the inning off with a single, Victorino following with a walk, sending Halladay up to second base, Polanco then bunting into a force out, 1-5, as Astros’ starter Bud Norris made a good play on the ball before throwing it to third, beating Halladay to the bag, while Victorino moved up to second base, and then a single by Hunter Pence, moving up both runners. But Norris would deny the Phils by first striking out Ryan Howard, swinging, on three pitches, and then getting Raul Ibanez to fly out to center field for the final out. The Phils’ one run would then end up being all that they would need as Halladay kept the Astros under control, pitching a 1-2-3 ninth inning to get the win, as the Phils clinch a playoff spot for the fifth year in a row.

Roy Halladay (18-5, 2.34) gets the win as he pitched a complete game shutout, his first for the season, as he gave up six hits and a walk, while striking out seven. Bud Norris (6-10, 3.68) took the lost as he went seven innings, giving up a run on four hits. Wilton Lopez and Wesley Wright would combine for two scoreless innings, striking out four batters (two each) between them.

The Phils had just four hits in the ballgame, a double by Shane Victorino, a single by Placido Polanco, knocking in a run, a single by Hunter Pence and a single by Roy Halladay, as the Phils were put to sleep during the series. Hopefully they’ll wake up during tomorrow’s doubleheader.

The Phils (95-51, 1st) will now return home and will play a make-up doubleheader with the Marlins (67-81, 5th), with the first game starting tomorrow afternoon. The game will be played at Citizens Bank Park and will start at 2:35 pm EDT. The Phils will send to the mound Kyle Kendrick (7-6, 3.29), who is coming off a lost to the Mets on August 24, as he went only four innings, giving up six runs, only two of which were earned, on seven hits and a walk, while striking out a batter, in the Phils’ 7-4 lost. He will be trying to help lower the Phils’ magic number for winning the East. The Marlins will counter with Anibal Sanchez (8-7, 3.64), who is coming off a win against the Pirates on September 10, as he pitched a complete game shutout, giving up just one hit and three walks, while striking out eleven, in the Marlins’ 3-0 win. He will be trying to delay the Phils’ clinching of the East. The Phils will be out to take out their frustrations in Houston out on Sanchez and the Marlins.

33 games in 31 days: Game #15: Roy Oswalt receives a not so friendly home coming, as the Phils lose to the Astros, 5-1.

The Astros give Roy Oswalt a not so friendly welcome to his old home, as the Phils lose, 5-1.

The Phils took the lead in the second as, with a man on second, and with one man out, Pete Orr hits an RBI single, knocking in Raul Ibanez, who had earlier doubled, giving the Phils a 1-0 lead. The Astros tied up the ballgame at one-all in the fourth as, with runners on the corners, and with one man out, Jimmy Paredes hits an RBI infield single, as second baseman Orr and shortstop Jimmy Rollins collided behind second base, trying to field his potential doubleplay ball, as J.D. Martinez, who had earlier doubled, then went to third on Brian Bogusevic’s single, on a fly ball that Ibanez did not catch as he broke in too late, while Bogusevic, who had earlier singled, would stop at second base. The Astros then took the lead as, once again with runners on the corners, after Jose Altuve was safe at first on a force out, 3-6, beating the throw back to first base, while Paredes is wiped out at second base for the inning’s second out, as Bogusevic reached third base on the play, Humberto Quintero hits an RBI double, scoring Bogusevic, giving the Astros a 2-1 lead, while Altuve would stop at third base. The Astros would add to their lead in the fifth as, with one man on base, and with two men out, Carlos Lee hits a two run home run, his sixtenth home run of the year, scoring Martinez, who had just singled, giving the Astros a 4-1 lead. The Astros increased their lead in the seventh as, with runners on the corners, and with one man out, Bogusevic hits into an RBI force out, 4-6, as Lee, who had earlier been hit by a pitch, is thrown out at sec0nd base for the inning’s second out, while Martinez, who had earlier singled, moved up to second base when Lee was hit by a pitch, then went to third on Oswalt’s wild pitch, scored, making it a 5-1 Astros’ lead. That would be the final score as Mark Melancon would pitch a scoreless ninth.

Roy Oswalt (7-9, 3.88) took the lost as he gave up five runs on eleven hits and two walks, while striking out two. Joe Blanton, in his first appearance since coming off the disabled list, pitched a scoreless inning, giving up a hit, as he struck out a batter. Brett Myers (5-13, 4.52) got the win as he muzzled his old team, as he gave up just a run on six hits and a walk, while striking out four. Mark Melancon pitched a scoreless inning, as he gave up two walks.

The Phils had six hits in the ballgame, with a returning Hunter Pence leading the team with two hits, a single and a double. Jimmy Rollins (Single), Raul Ibanez (Double),  Carlos Ruiz (Single) and Pete Orr (Single, RBI) had the other four Phils’ hits.

The Phils (94-50, 1st East) continue their series with the Astros (50-97, 6th Central) with a game tonight. The game will be played at Minute Maid Park and will begin at 8:05 pm EDT (7:05 pm CDT). The Phils will send to the mound Cole Hamels (14-7, 2.60), who is coming off a complete game win against the Brewers on September 8, as he gave up two runs on four hits and two walks, as he struck out two, in the Phils’ 7-2 win. He will be going for win no. fifteen, while trying to put a stop to the Phils’ present losing streak. The Astros will try to counter with J.A. Happ (5-15, 5.77), who is coming off a no-decision against the Pirates on September 7, as he went five innings, giving up four runs on five hits and four walks, while striking out eight, in the Astros’ 5-4 lost. He will be trying to increase the Phils’ losing streak. The Phils will be out to end their present losing streak. and end their late season bad luck with the Astros, as they attempt to clinch a playoff spot tonight.

33 games in 31 days: Game #9: While playing in the rain, a late charge place the Phils nine and half games ahead in the NL East as they defeat the Braves, 6-3.

A charge in the late innings, after suffering through an almost two-hours rain delay, before playing most of the game in a light rain, the Phils defeat the Braves, 6-3, to once again place themselves nine and a half games ahead in the NL East.

The Phils took the lead in the first as, with two men out, Chase Utley hits a solo home run to center field through the teeth of the wind, his tenth home run of the season, giving the Phils a 1-o lead. Three batters later, with two men on, and with still two men out, the Phils made it a 2-0 lead as Raul Ibanez hits a bloop single, scoring Ryan Howard, who had earlier singled, then stopped at second base on Hunter Pence’s single, while sending Pence, who had just singled, up to third base. The Braves cut the Phils’ lead down to 2-1 in the fourth as Dan Uggla hits a lead-off home run, his thirty-third home run of the year. The Braves tied the game up at two-all in the sixth as, with the bases loaded, via a walk to Uggla, a double by Chipper Jones, sending Uggla to third base, and a walk to Freddie Freeman, and with nobody out, Alex Gonzalez hits a sacrifice fly, scoring Uggla. The Phils retook the lead in their half of the sixth as, with runners on second and third, and with nobody out, Howard, who had started the inning off with a walk, and then stopped at third base on Pence’s double, would score on Tim Hudson’s wild pitch, giving the Phils a 3-2 lead, while Pence, who had just doubled, would move up to third base. The Phils then made it a 4-2 lead as Ibanez hits an RBI double, scoring Pence. The Braves would cut the Phils’ lead down to 4-3 in the seventh as, with runners onn the corners, and with one man out, Uggla hits into an RBI force out, 5-4, wiping out Brian McCann, who had just walked, at second base for the inning’s second out, as he knocked in Michael Bourn, who had started the inning off with a double, then stole third. The Phils got the run back in their half of the seventh as, with runners on the corners, and with one man out, Howard hits an RBI ground out, three-unassisted, scoring Shane Victorino, who had earlier singled, moved up to second base when Placido Polanco was hit by the pitch, then went to third on Utley’s force out, 4-6, wiping out Polanco at second base for the inning’s first out, giving the Phils a 5-3 lead, while sending Utley, who had beaten the throw to first on his force out, thanks to Polanco’s take out slide, up to second base. Two batters later, after Pence had gotten on base with a walk, Ibanez hits an RBI single, scoring Utley, making it a 6-3 Phils’ lead, while moving Pence up to second base. That would be the final score as Ryan Madson recorded his twenty-eighth save of the year with a scoreless ninth.

Vance Worley (11-1, 2.85) gets the win as he pitched six innings, giving up two runs on seven hits and three walks, while striking out six. Michael Stutes recorded his tenth hold of the season as he pitched an inning, giving up a run on a hit and a walk. Brad Lidge recorded his fifth hold of the year as he pitched a scoreless inning, as he gave up a hit, while striking out three. Ryan Madson received his twenty-eighth save of the season as he pitched a scoreless ninth, giving up a hit, while striking out one. Tim Hudson (14-9, 3.14) took the lost as he pitched six innings, giving up four runs on six hits and four walks, while striking out five. Cristhian Martinez pitched an inning, giving up two runs on two hits, two walks and a hit batter, while striking out one. Anthony Varvaro pitched a scoreless inning, giving up a hit.

The Phils had nine hits in the ballgame, with Raul Ibanez leading the team with three hits, two singles and a double, knocking in three runs. Hunter Pence followed with two hits, a single and a double. Shane Victorino (Single), Placido Polanco (Single), Chase Utley (Home Run, RBI) and Ryan Howard (Single, RBI) had the other four Phils’ hits. The other Phil run came in on a wild pitch.

The Phils (90-48, 1st) will conclude their three-game series with the Braves (82-59, 2nd) with a night game tonight. The game will start at Citizens Bank Park and will begin at 7:05 pm EDT. The Phils will send to the mound Roy Oswalt (7-8, 3.80), who is coming off a win against the Marlins on September 2, as he went six and a third innings, giving up three runs on eight hits and a walk, while striking out seven, in the Phils’ 5-3 win. He will be trying to even up his record while trying to lead the Phils to a sweep. The Braves will counter with Brandy Beachy (7-2, 3.37), who is coming off a no-decision against the Dodgers on September 2, as he pitched six innings, giving up three runs on four hits and three walks, while striking out seven, in the Braves’ 8-6 lost. He will be trying to keep the Braves from being swept. The Phils will be out to sweep the Braves.

33 games in 31 days: Game #3: The Phils once more shut downs the Reds as they defeat the Reds, 3-0.

The Phils win another series, as Cliff Lee and Ryan Madson combine for a six-hit shutout, as the Phils defeat the Reds, 3-0.

The Phils took the lead in the first as, with runners on the corners, and with one man out, Ryan Howard hits into an RBI force out, 3-4, wiping out at second base for the inning’s second out Chase Utley, who had earlier been safe at first on an earlier force out, 4-6, forcing out at second base Placido Polanco, who had earlier walked, for the inning’s first out, while scoring Shane Victorino, who had started off the game with a walk, went to second base on Polanco’s walk, then stopped at third on Utley’s force out, as Howard beats the throw back to first, giving the Phils a 1-0 lead. The Phils then added to their lead in the sixth as Hunter Pence hits a lead-off home run, his eighteenth home run of the year, and his seventh as a Phil, giving the Phils a 2-0 lead. The Phils then made it a 3-0 lead in the seventh as, with runners on the corners, and with nobody out, Utley hits an RBI force out, forcing out Polanco at second base, who had earlier singled, as the inning’s first out, while scoring Victorino, who had earlier walked, then went to third on Polanco’s single. The Reds tried to break up the shutout in the bottom of the ninth, as they loaded up the bases via a double by Joey Votto, a walk by Jay Bruce, and then Miguel Cairo being hit by a pitch while behind in the count, sending Votto to third, and Bruce to second base, and with two men out, before Ryan Madson, who was pitching in relief of Cliff Lee, recorded his twenty-fifth save of the season as he ended the game by getting pinch htter Yonder Alonso to pop out to third to end the game.

Cliff Lee (15-7, 2.59) gets the win as he went eight and two-thirds shutout innings, giving up six hits and a walk, while striking out seven. Ryan Madson recorded his twenty-fifth save of the year as he pitched a third of an inning, getting out the only man that he would face. Dontrelle Willis (0-4, 4.10) took the last as he pitched six and two-thirds innings, giving up three runs on five hits and five walks, while striking out six. Jose Arredondo and Aroldis Chapman combined for two and a third scoreless innings, as they gave up just three hits (Arredondo (2), Chapman (1)), while striking out one batter (Chapman) between them.

The Phils had eight hits in the ballgame, with Carlos Ruiz leading the team with three hits, all singles. Placido Polanco followed with two hits, both singles. Hunter Pence (Home Run, RBI), John Mayberry, Jr. (Single) and Wilson Vladez (Single), had the other three Phils’ hits. Chase Utley and Ryan Howard knocked in the other two Phils’ runs with force outs.

The Phils (86-46, 1st East) will conclude their four-game series with the Reds (67-69, 3rd Central) with a day game later today. The game will be played at Great American Ball Park and will start at 12:35 pm EDT. The Phils will send to the mound Vance Worley (9-1, 2.65), who is coming off a win against the Mets on August 23, as he pitched seven innings, giving up a run on seven hits and a walk, while striking out nine, in the Phils’ 9-4 win. Worley will going for his tenth win of the season while also trying to lead the Phils to a sweep of the Reds. The Reds will counter with Mike Leake (11-8, 4.04), who is coming off a win against the Nats on August 27, as he went six innings, giving up two runs on six hits and a walk, while he struck out four, in the Reds’ 6-3 win. He will be trying to help the Reds avoid a sweep. The Phils will be out to sweep the Reds.

The Phils’ nine-game winning streak ends as they are once again unable to handle Lincecum as they lose the series’ finale to the Giants, 3-1.

The Phils present winning streak ends at nine-game as they are unable to defeat Lincecum as they drop the finale to the Giants, 3-1.

The Phils took the lead in the third as, with one man on, and with two men out, Chase Utley hits an RBI single, knocking in Roy Oswalt, who had earlier singled, then reached second base on Jimmy Rollins’ grounder, beating out first baseman’s Aubrey Huff”s throw to second base, after he had tagged first base, beating out Rollins to the bag, for the inning’s first out, giving the Phils a 1-0 lead. The Giants tied the game up at one-all in the fourth as, with the bases loaded, via a ground-rule double by Pablo Sandoval, a pop single by Huff, with Sandoval staying at second base, and a single by Nate Schierholtz, moving both runners up a base, and with one man out, Chris Stewart hits an RBI single, knocking in Sandoval, while moving both Huff and Schierholtz up a base, leaving the bases loaded. The Giants then tried to take the lead as Tim Linececum attempted a sucide squeeze sacrifice bunt, which dropped in front of home plate. But the attempt backfired as Carlos Ruiz grabbed the ball with his bare hand and then tagged out Huff before he could cross home plate for the inning’s second out, 2-unassisted, while Schierholtz and Stewart both moved up a base, and Lincecum was safe at first on the force out. The Giants tried to take the lead again in the fifth as, with runners on the corners, and with nobody out, Jeff Keppinger, who had earlier singled, then stopped at third base on Carlos Beltran’s single, tried to score on Sandoval’s grounder to Ryan Howard, who threw the ball home, which was caught by Ruiz, who was soon forcing Keppinger back to third base, before tagging him out for the inning’s first out on the fielder’s choice grounder, 3-2, while Beltran would stop at second base, and Sandoval would be safe at first. Two batters later, after Huff had walked, moving both Beltran and Sandoval up a base, to load the bases, Orlando Carbera hits a sacrifice fly, scoring Beltran, giving the Giants a 2-1 lead. The Giants then added to their lead in the sixth as, with runners on the corners, and with one man out, Keppinger hits a sacrifice fly, knocking in Stewart, who had earlier singled, moved up to second base on Lincecum’s sacrifice bunt, 1-4, then stopped at third on Andres Torres’ single, giving the Giants a 3-1 lead. That would end up being the final score as Brian Wilson recorded his thirty-fourth save of the year by pitching a scoreless ninth.

Roy Oswalt (4-7, 3.84) took the loss as he pitched six innings, giving up three runs on twelve hits, tying a career high, and two walks, while striking out four. Brad Lidge and Michael Stutes combined for two scoreless innings, giving up a hit (Stutes) and two walks (Lidge), while striking out two (one batter each) between them. Tim Lincecum (10-9, 2.69) got the win as he pitched seven and two-thirds innings, giving up a run on seven hits and a walk, while striking out five. Javier Lopez recorded his seventeenth hold of the year as he got out the only man that he would face. Brian Wilson recorded his thirty-fourth save of the season as he pitched a scoreless ninth, giving up a hit.

The Phils had eight hits in the ballgame, with both Chase Utley and Carlos Ruiz leading the team with two hits apiece, all singles, with Utley knocking in the lone Phil run. Jimmy Rollins (Single), Michael Martinez (Single), pinch hitter Ben Francisco (Double) and Roy Oswalt (Single), had the other four Phils’ hits, as the offense is once again unable to adjust to Lincecum.

The Phils (74-40, 1st East) will conclude their ten-game road trip with a three-game series against the Dodgers (52-61, 4th West), starting tonight. The game will be played at Dodgers Stadium and will begin at 10:10 pm EDT (7:10 pm PDT). The Phils will send their ace Roy Halladay (14-4, 2.55), who is coming off a win against the Rockies on August 3, as he pitched seven innings, giving up four runs on eight hits and a walk, while striking out seven, in the Phils’ 8-6 win. He will be trying to become the NL’s first fifteen game winner, while also trying to do better than his last start. The Dodgers will counter with Hiroki Kuroda (7-13, 2.96), who is coming off a win against the Padres on August 2, as he went seven innings, giving up four hits and two walks, while striking out eight, in the Dodgers’ 1-0 win. He will be trying to continue being a pain to the Phils. The Phils will be out to start a new winning streak.

Cliff Lee finally gets win number ten, his only win in the month of July, as the Phils’ offense welcome Hunter Pence with a sixteen-hit attack against the Bucos as they win, 7-4.

A sixteen-hit attack, including four from Ryan Howard, welcomes Hunter Pence’s arrival to the line-up as the Phils’ defeat the Pirates, 7-4.

The Phils took the lead in the second as Ryan Howard lead-off the inning with a home run, his twenty-first home run of the season, giving the Phils a 1-0 lead. The Phils then made it a 2-0 lead in the third as, with one man out, Jimmy Rollins hits a solo home run, his thirteenth home run of the year. The Phils then added to their lead three batters later as, with two men on, and with still one man out, Howard hits an RBI double, knocking in Shane Victorino, who had earlier singled, then stole second base, giving the Phils a 3-0 lead, while sending Chase Utley, who had just walked, on to third. The Pirates cut down the Phils’ lead to 3-2 in the fourth as, with one man on, and with two men out, Pedro Alvarez hits a two-run home run, his third home run of the year, knocking in Brandon Wood, who had just singled. The Phils got a run back in their half of the fourth as, with two men on, and with two men out, Utley hits a single, that allowed Cliff Lee, who had earlier singled, then stopped at second base on Rollins’ single, to reach third, while Rollins, who had just singled,  would stop at second base, before Lee would score when right fielder Steve Pearce committed a fielding error, giving the Phils a 4-2 lead. The Phils then made it a 5-2 lead as Howard hits an RBI single, scoring Rollins, while sending Utley on to third. The Phils then added to their lead in the seventh as, with one man on, and with one man out, Carlos Ruiz hits an RBI double, scoring Placido Polanco, who had just singled, giving the Phils a 6-2 lead.  The Pirates then tried to rally in the eighth as, with runners on the corners, and with one man out, Neil Walker hits an RBI single, knocking in Pedro Ciriaco, who had earlier gotten on base with a bunt single, moved up to second base on Matt Diaz’s walk, then went to third on Andrew McCutchen’s force out grounder, 6-4, as Diaz is wiped out at second for the inning’s first out, making it a 6-3 Phils’ lead. Two batters later, after Pearce had hit into a force out, 5-4, wiping out Walker at second base for the inning’s second out, while sending McCutchen on to third, Wood made it a 6-4 Phils’ lead as he hits an RBI single, scoring Wood, while Pearce would stop at second base. The Phils got a run back in their half of the eighth as, with runners on the corners, and with one man out, Hunter Pence hits an RBI single, scoring Victorino, who had earlier hit a lead-off triple, while sending Howard, who had just been intentionally walked, on to second base, giving the Phils a 7-4 lead. That would be the final score as Ryan Madson recorded his eighteenth save of the year as he pitched a 1-2-3 ninth, striking out the side.

Cliff Lee (10-7, 3.14) finally got his tenth win of the year, as he went seven and one-third innings, giving up four runs on eight hits and a walk, while striking out eleven. Antonio Bastardo would received his eighth hold of the season as he pitched a third of an inning, striking outn the only man that he would face. Ryan Madson recorded his eighteenth save of the season as he pitched a 1-2-3 inning, striking out the side. James McDonald (7-5, 4.17) took the lost as he pitched five innings, giving up five runs on ten hits and two walks, while striking out five. Daniel McCutchen pitched a scoreless inning, giving up a hit, while striking out a batter. Chris Resop pitched an inning, giving up a run on two hits, while striking out one. Jose Veras pitched an inning, giving up a run on three hits and a walk.

The Phils had sixteen hits in the ballgame, with Ryan Howard leading the team with four hits, a single, two doubles, and a solo home run, being a triple short of hitting the cycle, as he knocked in three runs, while raising his batting average up to .254. Jimmy Rollins (Single, Home Run, RBI), Shane Victorino (Single, Triple), Placido Polanco (Singles), Carlos Ruiz (Single, Double, RBI) and Cliff Lee (Singles), all followed with two hits apiece. Chase Utley (Single) and Hunter Pence (Single, RBI) had the other two Phils’ hits. The seventh Phil run scored on a Pirates error.

The Phils (67-39, 1st East) will conclude their series with the Pirates (54-51, 3rd Central) with an afternoon game at Citizens Bank Park. The game will start at 1:35 pm EDT. The Phils will send to the mound Vance Worley (7-1, 2.02), who is coming off a complete game win against the Giants on July 26, as he gave up just two runs on three hits and a walk, while striking out five, in the Phils’ 7-2 win. He will be trying to give the Phils a sweep. The Pirates will counter with Jeff Karstens (8-5, 2.41), who is coming off a no-decision against the Braves on July 26, as he went five innings, giving upm three runs on six hits and three walks, while striking out three in the Pirates’ 4-3 extra-innings lost. He will be out to keep the Pirates from being swept. The Phils will be out to end their successful home stand with a sweep.

The Phils hold on against a late Cubs rally to make Roy Halladay the league’s first nine game winner as they defeat the Cubs, 7-5.

The Phils hold off a late inning rally by the Cubs to make their ace Roy Halladay the NL’s first nine game winner as they defeat the Cubs, 7-5.

The Phils took the lead in the first as, with runners on second and third, and with one man out, Ryan Howard hits into an RBI ground out, 3-unassisted, scoring Shane Victorino, who had earlier singled, then went all the way to third on Chase Utley’s grounder, as Jimmy Rollins, who had earlier walked, then went to third on Victorino’s single, was caught between third and home on the grounder, before being tagged out at home plate, 1-5-2, for the inning’s first out, but allowing Victorino to reach third, and Utley to reach second base on the play. The Phils then took a 3-0 lead in the second as, with one man on, and with nobody out, Dom Brown hits a two-run home run, his second home run of the season, knocking in Raul Ibanez, who had just walked. The Phils then took what was thought to be a commanding lead in the seventh as, with the bases loaded, via a walk to Rollins, who then moved up to second on Victorino’s sacrifice bunt, 5-4, then walks to both Utley and Howard, and with one man out, Placido Polanco hits a grand-slam home run, his fourth home run of the season, and his 100th career home run, scoring Rollins, Utley and Howard, making it a 7-0 Phils’ lead. The Cubs then came back in the eighth. After Kosuke Fukudome walked, he would be forced out at second base on a Darwin Barney grounder, 5-4, as Utley would be unable to complete the double play, for the inning’s first out. The next batter, Starlin Castro, would then follow with a double, with Barney stopping at third, putting runners on second and third. Carlos Pena then walks to load up the bases. Aramis Ramirez then follows with a two-run single, scoring both Barney and Castro, cutting the Phils’ lead to 7-2, while sending Pena over to third, putting runners on the corners, with still one man out. Charlie Manuel then came out and relieved Jose Contreras, replacing him with J.C. Romero. Romero then proceeded to walk Blake DeWitt, reloading the bases.  The next batter, Geovany Soto, followed with an RBI single, scoring Pena, making it a 7-3 Phils’ lead, while Ramirez would stop at third base, and DeWitt at second, leaving the bases loaded. The next batter, pinch hitter Lou Martinez, made it a 7-5 Phils’ lead with a two-run single, knocking in both Ramirez and DeWitt, while sending Soto up to second base. Manuel decided that was enough as he came back out and took the ball from Romero, replacing him with Michael Stutes. Stutes then proceeded to shut down the Cubs, as he first struck out pinch hitter Brad Snyder on a called third strike, before getting Fukudome, the tenth batter of the inning, to fly out to left on the first pitch. The Cubs then tried to erupt again in the ninth as their lead-off hitter, Barney, got on base with a walk, but the following batter, Castro, struck out swinging, for the inning’s first out, while Carlos Ruiz dropped the ball, although, with a runner on first, it’s still a strikeout, and the batter can’t go to first. But, Barney tried to move up to second, and is gunned down at second by Ruiz, who picked up the ball and threw to second, where the ball is caught by Utley, who applied the tag, for a strikeout-double play, for the inning’s second out. Antonio Bastardo then comes in to replace Stutes, before he recorded his second save of the season by striking out Pena, swinging, for the final out.

Roy Halladay (9-3, 2.39) got the win as he pitched seven shut out innings, giving up six hits, while striking out nine. Jose Contreras pitched a third of an inning, giving up four runs on two hits and two walks. J.C. Romero pitched to three batters, giving up a run on two hits and a walk. Michael Stutes received his third hold of the year as he pitched an inning and a third, giving up a walk, while striking out two. Antonio Bastardo collected his second save of the season, as he went a third of an inning, striking out the only batter he would face. Carlos Zambrano (5-3, 4.40) took the lost as he went six and a third innings, giving up seven runs on seven hits and seven walks, while he struck out five. James Russell and Jeff Samardzija combine for one and two-thirds scoreless inning, giving up a hit (Russell), while striking out four (two batters each) between them.

The Phis had eight hits between them, with Shane Victorino (Singles) and Raul Ibanez (Single, Double), both leading the team with two hits apiece. Chase Utley (Single), Placido Polanco (Home Run, 4 RBIs), Dom Brown (Home Run, 2 RBIs) and Carlos Ruiz (Single), had the other four Phils’ hits. Ryan Howard knocked in the other Phil run with a ground out.

The Phils (38-26, 1st East) will continue their series with the Cubs (25-37, 5th Central) with an afternoon game at Citizens Bank Park. The game will start at 4:10 pm EDT and will be televised nationally on Fox Sports. The Phils will send to the mound Cliff Lee (5-5, 3.62) who is coming off a win against the Dodgers on June 6, as he went seven strong innings, giving up just seven hits and a walk, while striking out seven, in the Phils’ 3-1 win. He will be going for his sixth win of the season. The Cubs plan to counter with Matt Garza (2-5, 4.07), who is coming off a lost against the Reds on June 6, as he went only four innings, giving up four runs on six hits and three walks, while striking out three, in the Cubs’ 8-2 lost. He will be trying to give the Cubs the lead in the four game series. The Phils will be out to give Lee some offensive support this afternoon.