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

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

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

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

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

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

The Phils nightmare at PNC Park continue as they drop their fourth game in a row as they lose to the Pirates, 6-3.

The Phils have another nightmareish lost as they drop another series at PNC Park as they lose to the Bucos, 6-3.

The Phils take a quick 1-0 lead in the first as, with runners on the corners, and with one man out, Ryan Howard hits into an RBI force out, as Placido Polanco, who had earlier hit an infield single, is wiped out at second base, 4-6, as he take out shortstop Ronny Cedeno, allowing Howard to reach first base, and allowing Jimmy Rollins, who had earlier doubled, and then reached third on Polanco’s infield single, to score. The Pirates tied the game up at one-all in their half of the first as, with a man on third, and with one man out, Andrew McCutchen hits an RBI single, knocking in Jose Tabata, who had earlier doubled, then went to third on Xavier Paul’s sacrifice bunt, 1-3. Two batters later, with one man on, and now with two men out, Lyle Overbay hits an RBI double, scoring McCutchen, giving the Pirates a 2-1 lead. The Phils tied the game up at two-all in the fourth as, with runners on the corners, and with nobody out, Dom Brown hits an RBI ground out, 4-3, knocking in Shane Victorino, who had earlier singled, then went to third on Raul Ibanez’s single, while Ibanez, who had just singled, would move up to second base. The Pirates regained the lead in their half of the fourth as, with a runner on third, and with nobody out, Chris Snyder hits into an RBI ground out, 5-3, scoring Overbay, who had earlier tripled, as Ibanez fell down after getting his spikes caught in the grass, allowing the ball to go past him, giving the Pirates a 3-2 lead. The Pirates then made it a 4-2 lead as, with one man out, Brandon Wood hits a solo home run, his first home run of the year.  The Pirates added to their lead in the seventh as, with one man on, and with two men out, McCutchen hits an RBI double, knocking in pinch hitter Matt Diaz, who had earlier walked, then stole second base, giving the Pirates a 5-2 lead. The Pirates then made it a 6-2 lead in the eighth as, with a runner on third, and with two men out, Wood, who had earlier reached base on a force out, 3-6, wiping out at second Snyder, who had earlier walked, before going to second on Wilson Valdez’s throwing error to first, then reached third on Cedeno’s ground out, 4-3, scores on a Danys Baez wild pitch. The Phils made it a 6-3 Pirates’ lead as, with the bases loaded, via a ground-rule double by Ibanez, a walk by Carlos Ruiz, and an infield single by Valdez, with Ibanez stopping at third and with Ruiz at second, and with two men out, Polanco hits an RBI single, knocking in Ibanez, while moving both Ruiz and Valdez up a base, leaving the bases loaded. That would be the final score as Joel Hanrahan ended the game by getting Chase Utley to fly out to left for the final out.

Kyle Kendrick (3-4, 3.78) took the lost as he went five innings, giving up four runs on eight hits. Mike Zagurski pitched a scoreless inning, giving up a hit, while striking out one.  J.C. Romero pitched an inning, giving up a run on a hit and two walks, while striking out two. Danys Baez pitched an inning, as he gave up a run on a walk and a wild pitch. Charlie Morton (6-2, 2.52) got the win as he pitched seven innings, giving up two runs on six hits and two walks, while striking out five. Jose Veras pitched a 1-2-3 inning, striking out a batter. Joel Hanrahan pitched an inning, giving up a run on three hits and a walk, while striking out a batter.

The Phils had nine hits in the game, with Placido Polanco (Singles, RBI) and Raul Ibanez (Single, Double) both leading the team with two hits apiece. Jimmy Rollins (Double, before being taken out of the game with an injury), Wilson Valdez (Single), Chase Utley (Single), Shane Victorino (Single) and Dom Brown (Single, RBI), had the other five Phils’ hits. Ryan Howard had the other Phil RBI on a force out, as the offense is once again not getting a key hit to get them going.

The Phils (34-24, 1st East) will conclude their series with the Pirates (28-29, 4th Central) in a game already in progress.

The Phils’ offense come alive once again as they continue to handle the Nats, beating them, 7-4.

The Phils’ offense broke out as they once again defeat the Nats, 7-4.

The Phils took the lead in the fifth as Raul Ibanez hits a lead-off home run, his second home run of the season, giving the Phils a 1-0 lead. The Phils then took a 2-0 lead as, with the bases loaded, via a single by Brian Schneider, before he was forced out at second base on a ground ball hit by Wilson Valdez, 6-4, a single by Vance Worley, sending Valdez up to second base, and a walk to Jimmy Rollins, sending both runners up a base, and with one man out, Shane Victorino hits an RBI single, scoring Valdez, while sending Worley up to third base, and Rollins up to second base. The Phils then took a 3-0 lead as Placido Polanco hits a sacrifice fly, scoring Worley. The Nats got a run back in the sixth as, with a runner on second, and with two men out, Adam LaRoche hits an RBI double, scoring Danny Espinosa, who had earlier been hit by a pitch, then moved up to second on an Ian Desmond ground out, 6-3, making it a 3-1 Phils’ lead. The Phils got the run back in their half of the seventh as, with the bases loaded, via a walk to Ben Francisco, and singles by both Ibanez and Schneider, and with nobody out, Valdez hits an RBI single, scoring Francisco, making it a 4-1 Phils’ lead, while seniding Ibanez to third and Schneider up to second, leaving the bases loaded. Two batters later, with the bases still loaded, and now with one man out, the Phils took a 5-1 lead as Rollins hits an RBI single, knocking in Ibanez, while sending both Schneider and Valdez up a base each, leaving the bases loaded. The Phils then added to their lead as Victorino hits a ground to the second baseman, who then forced out Rollins at second base for the inning’s second out, 4-6, before the shortstop, Desmond, committed a throwing error to first base, allowing both Schneider and Valdez to score, giving the Phils a 7-1 lead, while letting Victorino to reach second base on the error. The Nationals cut the Phils’ lead to 7-4 in the ninth as, with runners on second and third, and with two men out, Espinosa hits a three-run home run, his third home run of the year, knocking in Laynce Nix, who had earlier singled, then went to third on pinch hitter Matt Stairs’ single, his 100th pinch hit of his career, and Stairs, who had just singled, then went to second base on defensive indifference. But, that would be it as Danys Baez finally ended the game by getting Desmond to ground out, 6-3.

Vance Worley (2-0, 0.75) gets the win as he went six innings, giving up a run on four hits and a hit batter, while striking out seven. J.C. Romero and Michael Stutes combine for two scoreless innings, giving up two hits (one hit each) and a walk (Stutes), while striking out two batters (one each). Danys Baez pitched an inning, giving up three runs on three hits, while striking out two. Jason Marquis (3-1, 3.66) took the lost as he went five innings plus four batters, as he gave up seven runs, six of which were earned, on ten hits and two walks, while he struck out two. Brian Broderick pitched an inning, giving up a hit, while striking out one. Sean Burnett and Todd Coffey combine for two scoreless innings, giving up a walk (Coffey) between them.

The Phils had eleven hits in the game, with Raul Ibanez leading the team with three hits, two singles and a solo home run, knocking in a run. Jimmy Rollins (Singles, RBI) and Brian Schneider (Singles) followed with two hits each. Shane Victorino (Single, 2 RBIs), Placido Polanco (Single, RBI), Wilson Valdez (Single, RBI) and Vance Worley had the other four Phils’ hits. The other Phil run came in on a Nats’ throwing error.

The Phils (20-9, 1st) will conclude their three-game set with the Nats (14-16, 5th) with a night game at Citizens Bank Park. The game will start at 7:05 pm EDT. The Phils will send Roy Halladay (5-1, 2.14) who is coming off a complete game win against the Mets on April 30, as he gave up a run on seven hits and a walk, as he struck out eight, in the Phils’ 2-1 win. He will be trying to win his fifth start while trying to lead the Phils to a sweep. The Nats will send to the mound John Lannan (2-3, 3.78), who is coming off a lost against the Giants on April 30, as he pitched six and two-thirds innings, giving up two runs on six hits and three walks, in the Nats’ 2-1 lost. He will be trying to stop the Nats current losing streak. The Phils will once again be trying for their third sweep of the season.

Cliff Lee pitched a complete game three-hit shut-out as the Phils beat the Nats, 4-0.

Cliff Lee threw a complete game three-hit shut out, as the Phils defeat the Nats, 4-0.

The game started as a pitchers’ duel between the Nats’ starter Jordan Zimmermann, who was throwing a no-hitter at the Phils thru five innings, as he struck out four batters, and Phils’ starter Cliff Lee, who was throwing a two-hitter, as he struck off five, while the defense kept the Nats off the board in the third as, with a man on third, and with one man out, Zimmermann hits a grounder to shortstop Jimmy Rollins, who then threw home to Carlos Ruiz to force out Danny Espinosa, who had earlier doubled, then went to third on Jerry Hairston’s fly out to center, for the inning’s second out. The Phils then took the lead in the sixth as Ruiz broke up Zimmermann’s no-hit bid with a lead-off home run, his second home run of the season, giving the Phils a 2-0 lead. Four batters later, with a runner on second, and with two men out, Placido Polanco hits an infield single, before Shane Victorino, who had just doubled, scored on Hairston’s throwing error to first, giving the Phils a 2-0 lead, as Polanco goes on to second base on the errant throw. The Phils added to their lead in the eighth as, with the bases loaded, via singles by Ruiz and Wilson Valdez, with Ruiz stopping at second base, and an Espinosa throwing error of a Lee grounder, allowing Ruiz to reach third, and Valdez to stop at second base, and with one man out, Polanco hits into an RBI force out, knocking in Ruiz, while Lee is thrown out at second base for the inning’s second out, to give the Phils a 3-0 lead, while Valdez would be safe at third base, as Polanco stopped at first. The Phils then made it a 4-0 lead as Jimmy Rollins hits an RBI single, finally knocking in his first RBI of the year, scoring Valdez, while sending Polanco on to second base. That would be the final score as Lee set down the Nats in the ninth for the complete game shut out.

Cliff Lee (2-1, 4.19) got the win as he pitched a complete game, the second by a Phils starter in as many games, as he gave up only three hits and a walk, while he struck out twelve. Jordan Zimmerman (1-2, 2.45) took the lost as he pitched seven innings plus three batters, giving up four runs, only one of which was earned, on five hits, while striking out four. Drew Storen, Doug Slaten and Brian Broderick pitched for two innings without giving up a run, giving up a hit (Storen), while striking out two batters (Storen and Slaten one batter each) between them. 

The Phils had only six hits in the game, with Carlos Ruiz leading the team with two hits, a single and a solo home run, knocking in a run. Shane Victorino (Double), Placido Polanco (Single, RBI), Jimmy Rollins (Single, RBI) and Wilson Valdez (Single) had the other four Phils’ hits. The other Phil run came in on a throwing error, as the offense capitalized on the few opportunities given to them by the Nats.

The Phils (9-3, 1st) now go back home to Citizens Bank Park for their second home stand to face the Marlins (7-5, 2nd). The game will be played later today at 7:05 pm EDT. Roy Oswalt (2-0, 2.25), who is coming off a strong start against the Braves on April 9, as he pitched six innings, giving up two runs, only one of which was earned, on five hits and two walks, while he struck out two, in the Phils’ 10-2 win. He will be trying for his third victory of the year, while trying to give the Phils their second three games winning streak. The fish will attempt to counter with Javier Vazquez (1-1, 8.64), who is coming off a win against the Astros on April 9, as he went six innings, giving up four runs on eight hits and two walks, while he struck out four in the Marlins’ 7-5 win. He will be trying to get the fish one game behind the Phils. The Phils will be going for their fifth straight series win, while hoping to start it off with a win in the opening game of the series for the first time since their series with the Astros.

Cliff Lee allows a lead to get away, as the Phils lose to the Braves, 6-3.

Cliff Lee blew a three-run lead, before losing the game, as the Phils dropped their road opener to the Braves, 6-3.

The Phils took a 1-0 lead in the first as, with two men on, and with one man out, Ryan Howard hits a sacrifice fly, scoring Shane Victorino, who had earlier singled, moved up to second base on Placido Polanco’s single, then went to third when Jimmy Rollins hits into a 3-6 force out, wiping out Polanco at second base, after Rollins had stolen second base. The Phils then took a 2-0 lead as, with one man on, and now with two men out, Ben Francisco hits an RBI single, scoring Rollins. The Phils then made it a 3-0 lead as, with two men on, and with one man out, Victorino hits into an RBI forced out, 4-6, knocking in Carlos Ruiz, who had earlier singled, moved up to second base on Wilson Valdez’s ground out, 6-3, then went to third on shortstop Alex Gonzalez’s fielding error of Cliff Lee’s grounder, while Lee, who had earlier been safe on first on Gonzalez’s error, was wiped out at second base, while Victorino was safe on first base. The Braves then came back in their half of the second, as they cut the Phils’ lead down to 3-1 as, with a runner on third, and with no one out, Gonzalez hits an RBI double, scoring Jason Heyward, who had earler tripled. Three batters later, with runners on the corners, and with one man out, Martin Prado hits a ground-rule double, scoring Gonzalez, who had moved up to third on Freddie Freeman’s single, making it a 3-2 Phils’ lead, while Freeman, who had earlier singled, stopped at third base. The Braves then tied the game up at three-all as Nate McLouth hits into an RBI ground out, 4-3, scoring Freeman, while sending Prado to third base. The Braves then took the lead in the fourth as, with the bases loaded, via Freeman being hit by a pitch, a single by Prado, moving Freeman up to second base, and a single by McLouth, with both runners moving up a base, and with one man out, Chipper Jones hits a three-run double, that Victorino had missplayed, giving the Braves a 6-3 lead. The Braves then turned the Phils away in the fifth as, with the bases loaded via a single by Kyle Kendrick, a single by Victorino, sending Kendrick to second base, who then moved to third as Polanco hits into a force out, 4-unassisted, as Dan Uggla tagged Victorino in the base path, allowing Polanco to be safe at first, who, in turned would move up to second as Tim Hudson committed a fielding error as he tried to field Rollins’ grounder, and with one man out, Howard check swinged into a 1-2-3 doubleplay, as Kendrick is out at the plate. That would be the final score as the Phils are unable to mount up much of an offense after that miss opportunity.

Cliff Lee (1-1, 7.84) took the lost as he lasted only three and a third innings, giving up six runs on ten hits, one walk, and one hit batter, while he struck out only three. Kyle Kendrick, Antonio Bastardo and J.C. Romero then followed, together pitching four and two-thirds scoreless innings, giving up two hits (Kendrick (1), Bastardo (1)) and two walks (Kendrick (1), Romero (1)), while striking out eighth batters between them (Bastardo (6), Romero (1)). Tim Hudson (2-0, 1.84) got the win, as he pitched seven and two-thirds innings, giving up three runs, only two of which were earned, on eight hits, while he struck out two. Jonny Venters received his third hold of the year as he pitched a third of an inning, striking out the only man that he would face. Craig Kimbrel recorded his third save of the season as he pitched a 1-2-3 inning, striking out a batter. The Phils’ bullpen once again did an excellent job after a starter was knocked out early.

The Phils offense had only eight hits, with Shane Victorino (Singles, RBI), Ben Francisco (Single, Double, RBI) and Carlos Ruiz (Singles) each leading the team with two hits. Placido Polanco and Kyle Kendrick had the other two Phils’ hits, both singles, while Ryan Howard knocked in the other Phil run, via a sac fly. The Phils took an early lead, but they missed an opportunity to get back in the ballgame in a bases loaded, one out, situation in the fifth, as Howard hits into a double play.

The Phils (5-2, 1st) continue their three-games road trip with the Braves (4-4, 3rd) at Turner Field. The game will start at 1:10 pm EDT, and it will be nationally televised on Fox-TV. The Phils will send to the mound Roy Oswalt (1-0, 3.00), who is coming off a win against the Astros on April 3, as he went six innings, giving up two runs on six hits and a walk, while he struck out six, in the Phils’ 7-3 win. He will be trying to even up the series. The Braves will counter with Brandon Beachy (0-0, 1.50), as he is coming off a no-decision against the Brewers on April 4, as he went six innings, giving up a run on four hits and a walk, while he struck out seven, in the Braves’ 2-1 win. He will be trying to handle the Phils’ offense. The Phils will be trying to recover from last night’s lost to even up the series.

The Phils offense give Roy Halladay plenty of runs support as they shut out the Mets, 11-0.

The bats pounded the Mets, giving Roy Halladay plenty of runs support as the Phils shut out the Mets, 11-0.

After Roy Halladay pitched himself out of a bases loaded, one out, jam in the top of the third, the Phils took the lead in their half of the inning as, with one man on, and with one man out, Shane Victorino hits an RBI single, knocking in Wilson Valdez, who had earlier singled, then moved up to second base on Halladay’s sacrifice bunt, 2-4, giving the Phils a 1-0 lead, before Victorino would go to second base on center fielder Angel Pagan’s throwing error. The Phils then took a 2-0 lead as Placido Polanco hits an RBI double, scoring Victorino. The Phils then increased their lead in the fourth as, with two men on, and with nobody out, Carlos Ruiz hits an RBI single, knocking in Ben Francisco, who had earlier singled, then went to second when Raul Ibanez was hit by the pitch, giving the Phils a 3-0 lead, while sending Ibanez, who had been hit by the pitch, to second base. The Phils then made it a 4-0 lead as Valdez hits an RBI double, knocking in Ibanez, while sending Ruiz on to third base. Three batters later, with still two men on, and now with two men out, Polanco hits a two-run single, scoring both Ruiz and Valdez, giving the Phils a 6-0 lead. The Phils then took an 8-0 lead in the fifth as, with two men on, and with two men out, Valdez hits a two-run double, his second double of the game, knocking in Ryan Howard, who had earlier singled, then reached second on Ike Davis’ throwing error on an Ibanez ground ball, as he tried to force out Howard at second base, and Ibanez, who had been safe at first on Davis’ throwing error, before he is thrown out at third base trying to stretch it into a triple, 8-6-5, to end the inning. The Phils then took a 10-0 lead in the seventh as, with one man on, and with two men out, Ibanez hits a two-run home run, his first home run of the season, knocking in Howard, who had been safe on a force out, 3-6, as Jimmy Rollins, who had earlier singled, was wiped out at second base thanks to the shift. The Phils would score once more in the eighth as, with runners on the corners, and with one man out, Polanco hits into an RBI force out, 6-4, knocking in Valdez, who had earlier singled, moved up to second base on pinch hitter John Mayberry, Jr’s single, then went to third on Victorino’s fly out, giving the Phils’ an 11-0 lead, while Mayberry, Jr., who had earlier singled, is wiped out at second base, while Polanco would beat the throw back to first. That would be the final score as David Herndon threw a scoreless ninth.

Roy Halladay (1-0, 0.69) got the win as he pitched seven innings, giving up six scattered hits and a walk, while striking out seven. Danys Baez and David Herndon combined for two shut out innings, giving up a hit (Baez) and a walk (Herndon) between them. Jon Niese (0-1, 6.55) took the lost as he pitched only four innings, giving up six runs on eight hits and a walk, while he struck out seven Phils. Pedro Beato pitched two innings, giving up two unearned runs on three hits. Tim Byrdak pitched an inning, giving up two runs on two hits, while striking out a batter. D.J. Carrasco pitched an inning, giving up a run on three hits. Despite not throwing his best stuff, Halladay stayed in there until the offense started to score runs. Then he started to get control of the Mets, before handing it over to the bullpen for two scoreless final innings.

The Phils had their second straight sixteen hits game, with all of the starters, including Roy Halladay, having at least one hit. Wilson Valdez lead the team with four hits, two singles and two doubles, as he knocked in three runs, as he increased his batting average to .429. Shane Victorino (Singles, RBI), Placido Polanco (Single, Double, 4 RBIs) and Jimmy Rollins (Singles), all followed with two hits each. Ryan Howard (Single), Raul Ibanez (HR, 2 RBIs), Ben Francisco (Single), Carlos Ruiz (Single, RBI), Roy Halladay (Single) and pinch hitter John Mayberry, Jr. (Single), had the other six Phils’ hits. After scoring only one run on seven hits in the opener of the three games set, the Phils have come back to score 21 runs, while getting thirty-two hits. Meanwhile, the Phils’ pinch hitter have gone 7 for 12 with a walk, during the first six games, knocking in two runs.

The Phils (5-1, 1st) will go on the road for the first time this season, to face the Braves (3-4, 4th) in Atlanta for three games, starting tomorrow night. The game will be played at Turner Field, and will start at 7:35 pm EDT. The Phils will send to the mound Cliff Lee (1-0, 3.86), who won his first start against the Astros on April 2, as he pitched seven inning, giving up three runs on four hits, while he struck out eleven in the Phils’ 9-4 win. He will be going for his second win of the season, while trying to add to the Braves present woes. The Braves will counter with Tim Hudson (1-0, 1.29), who is coming off a win against the Nationals on April 3, as he went seven innings, giving up a run on three hits and a walk, while he struck out five, in the Braves’ 11-2 rout of the Nats. He will be trying to end the Braves present three-game losing streak. The Phils will hit the road for the first time this season, for three games in Atlanta and three more in Washington, D.C.

Despite a so-so performance from Roy Oswalt, the Phils win their next to last spring training game, defeating the Pirates, 8-5.

In spite of a subpar pitching performance by Roy Oswalt, the Phils defeat the Pirates, 8-5, winning their next to last spring training game.

The Pirates took the lead in the first as, with two men on, and with one man out, Lyle Overbay hits a two-run double, scoring Jose Tabata, who had earlier walked, went to second base on Neil Walker’s single, then went to third on Andrew McCutchen’s ground out, 5-3, and Walker, who had earlier singled, then went to third on McCutchen’s ground out, giving the Pirates a 2-0 lead. The Phils got a run back in their half of the first as, with runners on the corners, and with one man out, Luis Castillo, who had earlier singled, then went to third base on Jimmy Rollins’ single, would score on Pirates’ catcher Ryan Doumit’s throwing error to second, as Rollins, who had just singled, successfully stole second base, before moving up to third on the error, cutting the Pirates lead to 2-1. The Phils tied the score up at two-all in the second as Ben Francisco hits a lead-off home run, his fifth home run of the spring. The Phils later took the lead as, with the bases loaded, via Pete Orr being hit by the pitch, a walk to Carlos Ruiz, moving Orr up to second base, a sacrifice bunt by Roy Oswalt, moving both runners up a base, and Shane Victorino being hit by a pitch, and with one man out, Orr would score on a Ronny Cedeno fielding error of a Castillo grounder, allowing Orr to score, and both Ruiz and Victorino to move up a base, leaving the bases loaded, while giving the Phils a 3-2 lead. One batter later, the Phils made it a 4-2 lead as Rollins hits a sacrifice fly, scoring Ruiz, while Victorino would move up to third. The Phils would make it a 5-2 lead in the fourth as, with two men on, and with two men out, Ryan Howard hits an RBI single, knocking in Castillo, who was safe at first on a force out, 3-6, as Victorino was wiped out at second base, who, in turn, had reached first on an earlier force out, 4-6, as Oswalt, who had an infield single, was wiped out at second, then stole second base, while sending Rollins, who had been hit by the pitch, over to third base. One batter later, the Phils took a 6-2 lead as Raul Ibanez hits an RBI single, scoring Rollins, while sending Howard up to second base. The Pirates would cut the lead in the fifth as, with two men on, and with nobody out, Walker hits an RBI single, knocking in pinch hitter Josh Rodriguez, who had earlier walked, then moved to second base on Tabata’s walk, making it a 6-3 Phils’ lead, before Tabata, who had just walked, would also score because of a Francisco fielding error as he let the ball get past him for a two-base error, making it a 6-4 Phils’ lead, while allowing Walker to get to third base. One batter later, the Pirates cut the lead to 6-5 as McCutchen hits an RBI single, scoring Walker. The Phils would get a run back in the sixth as, with runners on the corners, and with nobody out, Rollins hits into an RBI ground out, 4-3, scoring, Victorino, who had earlier walked, then went to third on a hit and run single by Castillo, giving the Phils a 7-5 lead, while sending Castillo, who had earlier singled, up to second base. The Phils added an insurance run in the eighth as, with the bases loaded, via singles by Erik Kratz and John Mayberry, Jr., with Kratz stopping at second base, Kratz and Mayberry both moving up a base on Wilson Valdez’s ground out, 4-3, and Michael Martinez being safe at first on second baseman’s Walker’s fielding error, and with one man out, Ross Gload hits an RBI ground out, 6-1, scoring Kratz, while sending Mayberry to third and Martinez up to second base, giving the Phils an 8-5 lead. That would be the final score as Michael Stutes recorded his first save of the spring as he had an easy ninth inning.

Roy Oswalt (1-2, 6.11) got the win as he pitched four innings, plus four batters, as he gave up five runs on five hits and four walks, while he struck out four. J.C. Romero recorded his third spring hold as he pitched an inning, striking out a batter. Michael Herndon recorded his third spring hold as he pitched an inning and two-thirds, giving up a hit and a walk. Antonio Bastardo received his first hold of the spring as he pitched a third of an inning, getting out the only man that he would face. Ryan Madson recorded his fourth spring hold as he pitched an inning, giving up a hit, while striking out a batter. Michael Stutes recorded his first spring save as he pitched a scoreless inning, giving up a walk, while striking out three. Ross Ohlendorf (0-5, 9.82) took the loss as he pitched four innings, giving up six runs, four of which were earned, on seven hits and a walk, while striking out a batter. Michael Dubee pitched a scoreless inning, striking out a batter. Chris Leroux pitched a third of an inning, giving up a run on one hit and a walk. Garret Olsen pitched two-thirds of an inning. Jose Veras pitched a scoreless inning, strking out a batter. Evan Meek pitched an inning, giving up an unearned run on two hits.

The Phils had ten hits in the game, with Luis Castillo leading the team with two hits, both singles, while knocking in a run. Jimmy Rollins, (Single, 2 RBIs), Ryan Howard (Single, RBI), Raul Ibanez (Single, RBI), Ben Francisco (Home Run, RBI), Roy Oswalt (Single), Pete Orr (Double), John Mayberry, Jr. (Single) and Erik Kratz (Single), had the other eight Phils’ hits. Ross Gload knocked in a run on a ground out, while the other run came in on a Pirates error.

The Phils’ spring training record is now 21-13.

In other news, the Phils announced that Ben Francisco will be their regular right fielder, although he will be in a platoon with Ross Gload and John Mayberry, Jr., but being given most of the at-bats. Also, the Phils announced that they will be placing Brad Lidge on the disabled list because of a rotator cuff strain of his right shoulder. He will be out until at least mid-May. The Phils will be using Jose Contreras as their closer until Lidge is able to return, and leaving Ryan Madson as their eighth inning specialist. Finally, Chase Utley was yesterday moving around on his legs, fielding ground balls. Hopefully, this will be a sign that his legs are starting to get better. Keeping fingers cross, as I don’t expect to see him before the all-star break, if he doesn’t do anything to aggravate his knees.