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The Phils’ rally in the ninth ends up being a run short as they lose to the D-backs, 5-4.

Philadelphia_PhilliesA Phils’ ninth inning rally ends up a run short as they lose to the D-backs, 5-4.

The D-backs took the lead in the bottom of the fourth as, with a runner on first, and with nobody out, Aaron Hill hits a two-run home run, his second home run of the year, knocking in Miguel Montero, who had started the inning off with a walk, giving the D-backs a 2-0 lead. The D-backs increased their lead in the bottom of the fifth as, with a runner on third, and with two men out, Paul Goldschmidt hits an RBI single, knocking in Gerardo Parra, who had earlier singed, stole second base, then moved up to third base on Martin Prado’s ground out, 6-3,  giving the D-backs a 3-0 lead. The D-backs then made it a 4-0 lead two batters later as, after Montero had walked, moving Goldschmidt up to second base, Hill hits an RBI ground-rule double, knocking in Goldschmidt, while Montero would stop at third base. The Phils would get on the board in the top of the seventh as, with the bases loaded, via three straight singles by Marlon Byrd, Dom Brown and Carlos Ruiz, and with one man out, Cody Asche received a bases loaded walk, forcing in Byrd, making it a 4-1 D-backs’ lead, while sending Brown up to third base, and Ruiz on to second base, with still one man out. The Phils then made it a 4-3 D-backs’ lead as pinch-hitter Tony Gwynn, Jr. reached base on shortstop Cliff Pennington’s fielding error, allowing Brown and Ruiz to score, before Asche was called out at second base on the throw to second by center fielder Montero. Phils’ manager Ryne Sanberg challenged the call, saying that Asche was tagged while on the bag, and the challenge was upheld, leaving two men on base with only one out. The D-backs got a run back in the bottom of the eighth as, with one man out, A.J. Pollock hits a solo home run, his second home run of the season, making it a 5-3 D-backs lead. The Phils got a run back in the top of the ninth as, with a runner on second, and with two men out, Jimmy Rollins hits an RBI single, knocking in Ben Revere, who had earlier singled, then move up to second base on defensive indifference, making it a 5-4 D-backs’ lead. The Phils then threaten to tie the game as Rollins stole second base, followed by Chase Utley being intentionally walked. But Addison Reed would c0llect his sixth save of the season as he struck out John Mayberry, Jr.  on a called third strike, for the game’s final out.

Roberto Hernandez (1-1, 5.81) took the lost as he pitched six innings, giving up four runs on seven hits and two walks, while striking out five. Jake Diekman pitched two innings, giving up a run on two hits, while striking out one. Josh Collmenter (1-2, 3.38) got the win as he threw sixth scoreless innings, giving up four hits, while striking out five. Joe Thatcher pitched two-thirds of an inning, giving up two runs on two hits, while striking out a batter. Randall Delgado collected his first hold of the season as he pitched two-thirds of an inning, giving up an unearned run on a hit and a walk. Oliver Perez received his second hold of the year as he pitched a third of an inning, giving up a hit. Brad Ziegler also collected his second hold of the season as he went two-thirds of an inning, giving up a hit. Addison Reed received his sixth save of the year as he gave up a run on two hits and a walk, while striking out two.

The Phils had eleven hits in the game, all singles, led by Ben Revere, Jimmy Rollins, Marlon Byrd and Dom Brown with two hits each. Ryan Howard, Carlos Ruiz and Cody Asche had the other three Phils’ hits. The Phils also had two hits (Chase Utley, Asche) and two stolen bases (Revere (7), Rollins (4)) in the game.

The Phils (11-12, 4th East) continue their series with the D-backs (8-18, 5th West) with a game now in progress.

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.

The Phils are once again unable to give Cole Hamels runs support as they lose to the D-backs, 2-1.

Philadelphia_PhilliesYet another good pitching effort by Cole Hamels is wasted by an offense that refuses to score runs for him, as they are handled by the D-backs, 2-1.

The D-backs took the lead in the bottom of the fifth as, with runners on second and third, and with one man out, Patrick Corbin helps his own case by hitting an RBI ground out, 6-3, knocking in Martin Prado, who had started the inning off with a single, moved to second base on Gerardo Parra’s single, then moved up to third on Cliff Pennington’s ground out, 1-3, giving the D-backs a 1-0 lead, while sending Parra, who had earlier singled, then moved up to second base on Pennington’s ground out, on to third base. The D-backs then took a 2-0 lead in the bottom of the sixth as, with runners on the corners, and with one man out, Parra hits a bunt ground out, 3-4, scoring Cody Ross, who had started the inning off with a double, then moved up to third base on Prado’s force out, 6-4, wiping out at second base Miguel Montero, who had just walked, for the inning’s first one, as Prado was safe at first, while moving Prado up to second base. The Phils got a run back in the top of the seventh as, with the bases loaded, via a single by Delmon Young, who is then forced out on a ground ball by Dom Brown, 3-6, a single by Carlos Ruiz, moving Brown up to second base, and a bloop single by John Mayberry, Jr., moving up a base both Brown and Ruiz, and with one man out, pinch-hitter Kevin Frandsen hits into force out, 9-6, as Mayberry committed a base runner blunder by not moving fast enough to reach second base, thus denying Frandsen of a single, as Brown scores, making it a 2-1 D-backs’ lead, while Ruiz would move up to third base, and Frandsen would be safe at first. That would end up being the final score as Heath Bell collected his fourth save of the year by pitching a scoreless ninth.

Cole Hamels (1-5, 4.18) received the lost as he threw another quality start as he pitched six innings, giving up two runs on six hits and five walks, while striking out three. Phillippe Aumont and Jeremy Horst combined for two scoreless innings, giving up a hit (Aumont) and three walks (Aumont (1), Horst (2)) between them, while striking out one (Horst). Patrick Corbin (5-0, 1.75) got the win as he went six and a third innings, giving up a run on four hits, two walks and a wild pitch, while striking out four. Matt Reynolds collected his third hold of the year as he pitched two-thirds of an inning, giving up a hit. David Hernandez received his sixth hold of the year as he threw a 1-2-3 inning, striking out a batter. Heath Bell collected his fourth save of the season as he pitched a scoreless inning, giving up a hit.

The Phils had six hits in the game, with Delmon Young (Singles) and Dom Brown (Single, Double) both leading the team with two hits each. Carlos Ruiz and John Mayberry, Jr. had the other two Phils’ hits, both singles. The only Phil run came in on pinch-hitter Kevin Frandsen’s force out, thanks to Mayberry’s base running blunder. The Phils also had two walks (Chase Utley, Young) in the game.

The Phils (16-20, 3rd East) continue their series with the D-backs (20-15, 3rd West) with a night game tonight. The game will begin at 9:40 EDT (6:40 PDT) and will be played at Chase Field. The Phils will send to the mound Tyler Cloyd (0-0, -.-) who will be pitching in place of Roy Halladay, who was earlier this week placed on the DL with an elbow injury. Cloyd will be out to make to keep the Phils in the game. The D-backs will counter with Ian Kennedy (1-3, 5.19) who is coming off a loss against the Padres on May 5, as he threw five and two-thirds innings, giving up five runs on five hits and three walks, while striking out five, in the D-backs’ 5-1 lost. He’s hoping to bounce back from that lost. The Phils will be out to even the series while hoping to find their bats in the Arizona heat.

The Phils’ offense strike back with a display of offense in support of Vance Worley as they defeat the D-backs, 8-5.

The Phils’ offense picked up the momentum from the previous night’s ninth-inning rally by striking for five extra-base hits, including three home runs, as they supported a good start by Vance Worley as they defeat the D-backs, 8-5.

The Phils broke up a 0-0 tie in the fourth as, with one man on, and with one man out, Hunter Pence hits a two-run home run, his third home run of the year, scoring Jimmy Rollins, who was safe at first on a force out, 4-6, as Pete Orr, who had started the inning off with a single, was wiped at second base for the inning’s first out, giving the Phils a 1-0 lead. The Phils added to their lead three batters later as, with a runner on second, and with two men out, Laynce Nix hits a two-run bomb of his own, his first home run of the season, knocking in Ty Wigginton, who had just doubled, giving the Phils a 4-0 lead. The D-backs got a run back in the fifth as Cody Ransom hits a lead-off home run, his first home run of the season, cutting the Phils’ lead down to 4-1. The Phils made it a 7-1 lead in the seventh as, with the bases loaded, via singles by Nix and Brian Schneider, a sacrifice bunt by pinch hitter Placido Polanco, 1-4, moving both runners up a base, and a soft fly ball single to left by Juan Pierre, although the Phils’ broadcasters mention that the umpires may have made the wrong call, and with one man out, Orr hits a bases clearing triple, knocking in Nix, Schneider and Pierre. The D-backs tried to come back in their half of the seventh as, with one man on, and with nobody out, pinch hitter Ryan Roberts hits an RBI double, scoring Willie Bloomquist, who had started the inning with a double, cutting the Phils’ lead down to 7-2. Gerardo Parra cut the Phils’ lead down to 7-3 as he followed with an RBI double of his own, scoring Roberts. Two batters later, after Parra had stolen third base, and now with one man out, Justin Upton hits an RBI ground out, scoring Parra, and making it a 7-4 Phils’ lead. The Phils would get a run back in the eighth as Shane Victorino hits a lead-off home run, his fourth home run of the year, giving the Phils an 8-4 lead. The D-backs would get that run back in their half of the eighth as Jason Kubel hits a lead-off home run, his third home run of the year. That would end up being the final score as Jonathan Papelbon nailed down his sixth save of the season as he pitched a 1-2-3 ninth, getting Aaron Hill to fly out to right for the game’s final out.

Vance Worley (2-1, 2.16) got the win as he pitched six strong innings, giving up just one run on five scattered hits and a walk, while he struck out six. Jose Contreras pitched two-thirds of an inning, giving up three runs on three hits, while he struck out a batter. Antonio Bastardo collected his first hold of the season as he pitched a third of an inning, getting out the only man that he would face. Chad Qualls pitched an inning, giving up a run on a hit, as he struck out the side. Jonathan Papelbon recorded his sixth save of the year as he pitched a 1-2-3 inning, striking out a batter. Josh Collmenter (0-2, 9.82) took the lost as he went six innings plus two batters, giving up six runs on nine hits, while he struck out six. Bryan Shaw pitched an inning, giving up a run on two hits, while he struck out a batter. Mike Zagurski pitched two innings, giving up a run on a hit, as he also struck out one.

The Phils had twelve hits in the game, with Laynce Nix (Singles, Home Run, 2 RBIs) leading the team with three hits, raising his batting average to .333. Juan Pierre (Singles), Pete Orr (Single, Triple, 3 RBIs) and Brian Schneider (Singles), all followed with two hits apiece. Hunter Pence (Home Run, 2 RBIs), Shane Victorino (Home Run, RBI) and Ty Wigginton (Double) had the other three Phils’ hits, as the batters erupted for five extra-base hits (Double, Triple, 3 Home Runs), which were responsible for all eight Phils’ RBIs. Hopefully this is a precursor to a better offense.

The Phils (8-10, 4th East) will conclude their three-game series (and their road trip) with an afternoon game against the D-backs (9-9, 4th West). The game will be played at Chase Field, and is to start shortly. The Phils will send to the mound Cole Hamels (2-1, 2.95), who is coming off a win against the Padres on April 20, where he went six innings, giving up a run on six hits and a walk, while striking out four, in the Phils’ 4-1 win. He will be out to give the Phils the series win, and a spilt of the road trip. The D-backs will counter with Trevor Cahill (1-1, 2.84), who is coming off a lost against the Braves on April 20, as he pitched five and two-thirds innings, giving up four runs on seven hits and two walks, while striking out just two, in the D-backs’ 9-1 lost. He will be out to silent the Phils’ suddenly hot bats. The Phils will be out for a spilt of their road trip, while hoping that the bats will stay hot.

Kyle Kenrdick becomes the first Phils’ starter to be knock out of the box before the Phils lose to the D-backs, 9-5.

Spot-starter Kyle Kendrick becomes the first Phils’ starter to last less than five innings as he is knocked out of the box in the fourth inning, before the Phils finally end up losing to the D-backs, 9-5, although scoring five runs in the ninth, highlighted by back-to-back home runs.

The D-backs took the lead in the first as, with a runner on second and with nobody out, Aaron Hill hits an RBI double, after it was first called a two-run home run, before being corrected via instant replay, knocking in Gerardo Parra, who had started the inning off with a double of his own, giving the D-backs a 1-0 lead. The D-backs then took a 2-0 lead as Justin Upton hits a sacrifice fly, scoring Hill, after he had earlier stolen third base. Two batters later, the D-backs made it a 3-0 lead as, with a man on first, and with one man out, Jason Kubel hits an RBI double, knocking in Miguel Montero, who had earlier been hit by the pitch. Three batters later, with runners on the corners, and now with two men out, John McDonald hits an RBI single, scoring Kubel, who had moved up to third base on Cody Ransom’s ground out, 3-unassisted, giving the D-backs a 4-0 lead, while sending Lyle Overbay, who had just walked, up to second base. The D-backs added to their lead in the second as, with the bases loaded, via singles by Hill, Upton and Montero, and with two men out, Ransom hits a two-run double, knocking in Hill and Upton, giving the D-backs a 6-0 lead, while sending Montero up to third base. The D-backs then made it a 7-0 lead in the fourth as Upton hits a lead-off home run, his first home run of the season, running Phils’ starter Kyle Kendrick out of the game in the process. Two batters later, with one man out, the D-backs made it an 8-0 lead as Kubel hits a solo home run of his own, his second home run of the year. The D-backs increased their lead in the seventh as, with a runner on third, and with one man out, Parra hits a sacrifice fly, scoring McDonald, who had earlier doubled, then rmoved up to third base on Carlos Ruiz’s passed ball, giving the D-backs a 9-0 lead. The Phils finally got on the scoreboard in the ninth as, with a runner on first, and with nobody out, Laynce Nix hits an RBI double, knocking in Placido Polanco, who had started the inning off with a single, making it a 9-1 D-backs’ lead. Two batters later, with runners on the corners, and with still nobody out, Shane Victorino hits a three-run home run, his third home run of the year, and the first Phils’ home run with runners on base, scoring Nix, who had stopped at third base on Ty Wigginton’s single, and Wigginton, who had just singled, cutting the D-backs’ lead down to 9-4. The Phils then made it a 9-5 D-backs’ lead as Ruiz followed with a solo home run, his second home run of the season. But that would end up being the final score as Pete Orr ended the game by grounding out, 4-3, for the final out.

Kyle Kendrick (0-1, 9.39) took the lost as he lasted only three innings plus one batter, giving up seven runs on eleven hits and a walk, while striking out just one batter. David Herndon pitched two and two-thirds innings, giving up a run on three hits and a walk, while he struck out four. Joe Savery pitched an inning and a third, giving up an unearned run on a hit and a passed ball, while he struck out one. Jose Contreras pitched a scoreless inning, giving up a hit and a walk, while striking out one. Wade Miley (2-0, 1.84) got the win as he threw six strong innings, giving up just two hits and a walk, while striking out seven. Brad Ziegler and Jonathan Albaladejo combined for two scoreless innings, giving up three hits (Ziegler (1), Albaladejo (2)) between them, while striking out a batter (Albaladejo). Joe Patterson pitched to five batters, getting none of them out, as he gave up five runs on five hits. Craig Breslow pitched an inning, as he gave up a hit.

The Phils had eleven hits in the game, getting six of them in their last at bat, with Ty Wigginton (Singles) and John Mayberry, Jr (Single, Double) both leading the team with two hits apiece. Juan Pierre (Single), Placido Polanco (Single), Laynce Nix (Double, RBI), Shane Victorino (Home Run, 3 RBIs), Carlos Ruiz (Home Run, RBI) and Pete Orr (Double) had the other seven Phils’ hits, as the Phils finally strung together a big inning which included three extra-base hits (Double, 2 Home Runs), even if it was a case of too little, too late. Hopefully that will be the precursor of the offense coming out. The Phils also had a walk in the game.

The Phils (7-10, 5th East) will continue their visit with the Diamondbacks (9-8, 4th West) with a night game tonight. The game will be played at Chase Field and will start ay 9:40 pm EDT (6:40 pm MDT). The Phils wil send to the mound Vance Worley (1-1, 2.37), who is coming off a win against the Padres on April 19, as he threw seven shutout innings, giving up just four hits and three walks, while he struck out eleven, in the Phils’ 2-0 win. Worley will be out to stop the Phils’ three game winning streak, while trying to control the D-backs’ bats. The D-backs with  counter with Josh Colllimenter (0-1, 10.22), who is coming off a lost against the Braves, as he pitched five and one-thirds innings, giving up four runs on six hits and a walk, while striking out four, in the D-backs’ 10-2 lost. He will be trying to win his first start of 2012. The Phils will be trying to gain some momentum from their last at-bat in the previous game, while trying to even up the series.

The Phils come up short as they lose once again to the D-backs, 7-5.

The Phils come up short as they lose their second straight game to the D-backs, 7-5.

The Phils took a 1-0 lead in the first as, with a runner on third, and with nobody out, Placido Polanco hits an RBI single, knocking in Shane Victorino, who had started the game off with a triple. The D-backs tied it up at one-all in the second as, with two men on, and with two men out, Gerardo Parra hits an RBI single, knocking in Miguel Montero, who had earlier singled, then went to second on Juan Miranda’s walk, while sending Miranda, who had just walked, to third base. The D-backs then took a 3-1 lead as Daniel Hudson hits a two-run double, knocking in both Miranda and Parra. The Phils got a run back in the third as, with two men on, and with one man out, Ryan Howard hits an RBI single, scoring Polanco, who had been safe on a force out, 6-unassisted, as Shane Victorino, who had just singled, was wiped out at second base, then went to second on Jimmy Rollins’ single, cutting the D-backs’ lead to 3-2, while sending Rollins, who had just singled, up to third base. The D-backs got the run back in their half of the third as, with a man on third, and with one man out, Stephen Drew hits an RBI single, knocking in Kelly Johnson, who had earlier singled, stole second base, then went to third on Justin Upton’s ground out, 5-3, giving the D-backs a 4-2 lead. The D-backs then made it a 5-2 lead as with Drew now on third base, after going to second on Montero’s ground out, 6-3, and then going to third on Roy Oswalt’s wild pitch, and with two men out, he would score on Ryan Roberts’ RBI single. The Phils then cut the lead to 5-3 D-backs in the sixth as, with two men on, and with two men out, pinch hitter Ross Gload hits an RBI single, scoring Ben Francisco, who had earlier singled, then reached second base on Pete Orr’s single. The D-backs got that run back in their half of the sixth as, with one man out, Roberts hits a solo home run, his fifth home run of the season, making it a 6-3 D-backs’ lead. The D-backs made it 7-3 in the seventh as, with man on, and with two men out, Uption hits an RBI single, scoring Johnson, who earlier had an infield single, thanks to David Herndon not covering first base on his grounder to Howard, stealing second base, then reaching third on Herndon’s wild pitch. The Phils then cut the D-backs’ lead to 7-5 in the ninth as, with one man on, and with two men out, Francisco hits a two-run home run, his fourth home run of the year, scoring Howard, who had just singled. But that would be it as David Hernandez ended the game by getting Raul Ibanez to fly out to right.

Roy Oswalt (3-1, 3.33) took the lost as he pitched only three innings, giving up five runs on six hits, a walk, and a wild pitch. Kyle Kendrick followed with two 1-2-3 innings. Mike Zagurski then pitched an inning, giving up a run on one hit, as he struck out a batter. David Herndon pitched two innings, giving up a run on two hits, a wild pitch and a walk. Daniel Hudson (1-4, 5.64) got the win as he pitch six innings, giving up three runs on ten hits, while he struck out six. Sam Demel recieved his second hold of the season as he pitched two-third of an inning, walking two batters, while striking out one. Joe Paterson pitched to one batter, walking him. Esmerling Vasquez collected his second hold of the year as he pitched a scoreless inning and a third, striking out a batter. David Hernandez pitched an inning, giving up two runs on two hits, as he struck out one. Oswalt was taken out of the game early when it was seen that he just did not have his best stuff.

The Phils had twelve hits in the game, with Ryan Howard leading the way with three hits, two singles and a double, knocking in a run. Shane Victorino (Triple, Single), Jimmy Rollins (Singles), Ben Francisco (Single, Home Run, 2 RBIs), all followed with two hits each. Placido Polanco (Single, RBI), Pete Orr (Single) and pinch hitter Ross Gload (Single, RBI), had the other three Phils’ hits. The offense had their first ten+ hits game in a while, but they were unable to get the big hit when they needed it, spoiling a lot of scoring opportunities, with Francisco and Raul Ibanez being the main culprits.

The Phils (15-8, 2nd East) will conclude their series with the D-backs (10-12, 4th West) with an afternoon game at Chase Field. The game will start at 3:40 pm EDT (12:40 pm PDT). The Phils will send to the mound Cole Hamels (2-1, 2.92), who is coming off a win against the Padres on April 22, as he pitched eight shut out innings, giving up only four hits and three walks, while striking out eight, in the Phils’ 2-0 win. He will be trying to avoid the sweep, while hoping that last night’s game was an indication that the offense was waking up. The D-backs will counter with Joe Saunders (0-2, 4.98), who is coming off a no-decision against the Mets on April 22, as he pitched six innings, giving up a run on two hits and three walks, while striking out four, in the D-backs’ 4-1 lost. He is still loking for his first win of the year. The Phils hope to leave Phoenix with a win, while hoping that last night’s game will be a start of an offensive eruption.

The Phils gets blanked as they drop the series opener to the D-backs, 4-0.

The Phils are once again snakebit in Phoenix as they are blanked by the D-backs, 4-0.

The D-backs took the lead in the third as, with one man on, and with two men out, Chris Young hits a two-run home run, his fifth home run of the year, knocking in Ryan Roberts, who had earlier singled, and then stole second base, giving the D-backs a 2-0 lead. The D-backs increased their lead to 3-0 in the fifth as, with one man out, Gerardo Parra hits a solo home run, his first home run of the season. The D-backs then increased their lead in the sixth as, with a runner on second, and with two men out, Xavier Nady hits an RBI single, scoring Justin Upton, who had earlier walked, then stole second, giving the D-backs a 4-0 lead. That would be all that D-backs starter Ian Kennedy would need as he threw a complete game, three-hit shut out on the Phils, ending the game by striking out Jimmy Rollins.

Cliff Lee (2-2, 4.18) took the lost as he pitched seven innings, giving up four runs on five hits and a walk, while striking out twelve. Michael Stutes made his major league debut as he pitched a 1-2-3 inning, striking out a batter. Ian Kennedy (3-1, 4.02) got the win as he pitched a complete game shut out, giving up only three hits, while striking out ten.

The Phils offense only had three hits in the game, two hits by Placido Polanco, a double and a single, and a single by Jimmy Rollins. The offense is doing nothing right now, as they are not even attempting to take walks, and swinging at bad pitches at the worst possible time, while either not swinging or fouling off ‘good’ pitches. This has got to change guys. This is suppose to be one of the worst pitching staffs in the NL. Act accordingly. PLEASE!!!

The Phils (15-7, 1st NL East) will continue their series with the D-backs (9-12, 4th NL West) with a night game tonight. The game will be played at Chase Field and will begin at 9:40 pm EDT (6:40 pm PDT). The Phils will send to the mound Roy Oswalt (3-0, 1.88), who is coming off a win against the Padres on April 21, as he went six strong shut out innings, giving up only a hit and two walks, in the Phils’ 3-0 win. He will be going for his fourth win, while trying to even the series in Phoenix. The D-backs will counter with Daniel Hudson (0-4, 5.92), who is coming off a lost against the Reds on April 21, as he went five and one-thirds innings, giving up 5 runs on seven hits and four walks, while striking out only three, in the D-backs’ 7-4 lost. He will be trying for his first win of the year, while hoping that the Phils’ bat won’t decide to erupt on him. The Phils will be trying to even up the series, while trying to get the bats out of their present funk.