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Adam Morgan wins his first start as the Phils hang on to defeat the Braves, winning 3-2.

Philadelphia_PhilliesThe Phils give Adam Morgan his first win of the season as they start their three-game series with the Braves with a win as they defeat Atlanta, 3-2.

The Phils took the lead in the top of the fourth as, with runners on the corners, and with one man out, Freddy Galvis hits a sacrifice fly, knocking in Maikel Franco, who had started the inning off with a single, then stopped at third base on Carlos Ruiz’s single, giving the Phils a 1-0 lead. The Braves tied the game up at one-all in their half of the fourth as, with runners on the corners, and with nobody out, Tyler Flowers hits into a 6-4-3 doubleplay, knocking in Ender Inciarte, who had started the inning off with a single, then stopped at third base on Freddie Freeman’s single, while Freeman was thrown out at second base for the inning’s first out. The Phils regain the lead in the top of the fifth as, with a man on third, and with two men out, Cesar Hernandez hits an RBI single, knocking in Peter Bourjos, who had earlier doubled, then moved up to third base on Odubel Herrera’s fly out to right for the inning’s second out, giving the Phils a 2-1 lead. The Phils’ added to their lead in the top of the eighth as, with nobody out, Franco hits a lead-off home run, his seventh home run of the season, giving the Phils a 3-1 lead. The Braves would get a run back in the bottom of the ninth as, with nobody out, Freeman hits a lead-off home run, his fifth home run of the year, making it a 3-2 Phils’ lead. That would end up being the final score as Jeanmar Gomez would buckle down and collect his twelfth save of the season, getting pinch-hitter Reid Brignac to fly out to center for the game’s final out.

Adam Morgan (1-0, 3.94) got the win as he threw seven strong innings, giving up a run on four hits and a walk, while striking out four. Hector Neris collected his eighth hold of the season by pitching a scoreless inning, giving up a walk. Jeanmar Gomez received his twelfth save of the season as he pitched an inning, giving up a run on two hits. Matt Wisler (1-3, 3.27) took the loss as he pitched eight innings, giving up three runs on eight hits and two walks, while striking out two. Ian Krol pitched a scoreless inning, as he gave up a hit, while striking out a batter.

The Phils had nine hits in the game, with Maikel Franco leading the team with three hits, two singles and a home run, as he knocked in a run. Peter Bourjos followed with two hits, a single and a double. Odubel Herrera (Double), Cesar Hernandez (Single, RBI), Carlos Ruiz (Single) and Tyler Goeddel (Single) had the other four Phils’ hits, while Freddy Galvis (Sacrifice Fly) knocked in the final Phils’ run. The Phils’ offense also had two walks (Ruix, Galvis) in the game while the defense performed a double play.

The Phils (19-14, 3rd) continue their series with the Braves (7-24, 5th) with a night game tonight. The game is to start at 7:10 pm EDT and will be played at Turner Field. The Phils will send to the mound Jerad Eickhoff (1-4, 4.21), who is coming off a lost against the Cardinals on May 5, as he went six innings, giving up three runs on six hits and two walks, while striking out only two, in the Phils’ 4-0 lost. He will be trying for his second win of the season while trying to lead the Phils to a four-game winning streak. The Braves will counter with William Perez (0-0, 5.11), who is coming off a no-decision against the Dodgers on April 19, as he went only three and a third innings, giving up two hits and three walks, while striking out a batter, in the Braves’ 8-1 win. He is still looking for his first win of the season while trying to lead the Braves to tie up the series. The Phils will be trying to increase their present winning streak to four games.

The Phils are swept in Cincinnati as the pitching staff continues being unable to hold leads, as the Phils lose to the Reds, 10-6.

Philadelphia_PhilliesThe Phils’ pitchers are once again unable to hold onto a lead as the Phils get swept in Cincinnati by the Reds, losing 10-6.

The Phils took the lead in the top of the third as, with two men on, and with two men out, Ryan Howard hits a single to right, moving Charlie Morton, who had started the inning off with an infield single, then moved up to second base on Freddy Galvis’ single, up to third base, while sending Galvis, who had earlier singled, on to second base, before Morton would score on right fielder Jay Bruce’s fielding error, giving the Phils a 1-0 lead. The Reds would tie the game up at one-all in their half of the third as, with a man on first, and with two men out, Scott Schebler hits an RBI double, scoring Tucker Barnhart, who had earlier walked. The Phils retook the lead in the top of the fourth as Cedric Hunter hits a lead-off home run, his first home run of the season, giving the Phils a 2-1 lead. The Reds then took the lead in their half of the fourth as, with two men on, via a lead-off infield single by Joey Votto, and a single by Adam Duvall, moving Votto up to second base, and with nobody out, Bruce hits a three-run home run, his first home run of the season, knocking in Votto and Duvall, giving the Reds a 4-2 lead. The Reds added to their lead six batters later as, with the bases loaded, via an one-out walk by Ivan DeJesus, who then stole second base, a single by Barnhart, sending DeJesus over to third base, a sacrifice bunt by Robert Stephenson, 1-4, for the inning’s second out, sending Barnhart up to second base, and a walk to Schebler, loading the bases, and with two men out, Eugenio Suarez busted the game open with a grand slam home run, his second home run of the season, knocking in DeJesus, Barnhart and Schebler, giving the Reds an 8-2 lead. The Reds then took a 9-2 lead three batters later as, with two men on, via walks to Votto and Duvall, with Votto moving up to second base, and with still two men out, Bruce hits an RBI single, scoring Votto, while sending Duvall on to second base, before moving up to third base, while Bruce would move up to second base, on center fielder Odubel Herrera’s fielding error. The Phils would get two runs back in the top of the fifth as, with one man on, and with two men out, Howard would hit a two-run home run, his first home run of the year, knocking in Maikel Franco, who had just walked, making it a 9-4 Reds’ lead. The Reds would get one of those runs back in the bottom of the seventh as Bruce hits a lead-off home run, his second home run of the season and of the game, giving the Reds a 10-4 lead. The Phils got two more runs back in the top of the eighth as, with one man on, and with one man out, Carlos Ruiz hits a two-run home run, his first home run of the year, knocking in Hunter, who had just walked, making it a 10-6 Reds’ lead. That would end up being the final score as Ross Ohlendorf pitched a scoreless ninth, getting Andres Blanco to hit into a force out, 4-6, forcing out Franco, who had earlier reached base after being hit by a pitch, at second base for the game’s final out.

Charlie Morton (0-1, 14.73) took the lost as he pitched just three and two-thirds innings, giving up six runs on five hits and two walks, while striking out three. Daniel Stumpf pitched to three batters, getting none of them out, as he gave up three runs on a hit and two walks. Brett Oberholtzer pitched three and a third innings, giving up a run on four hits and a walk, while striking out five. Dalier Hinojosa pitched a scoreless inning, giving up two hits, while striking out a batter. Robert Stephenson (1-0, 5.40) got the win as he pitched five innings, giving up four runs, three of which were earned, on six hits, two walks and a hit batter, while striking out one. Jumbo Diaz and Tony Cingrani would combine for two scoreless innings, giving up a hit (Cingrani) and a walk (Diaz) between them, while striking out three (Diaz (1), Cingrani (2)). Keyvius Sampson pitched an inning, giving up two runs on two hits and a walk, while striking out one. Ross Ohlendorf would pitch a scoreless ninth, hitting a batter, while striking out one.

The Phils had nine hits in the game, with Ryan Howard (Single, Home Run, 2 RBIs) and Carlos Ruiz (Double, Home Run, 2 RBIs) both leading the team with two hits. Freddy Galvis (Single), Maikel Franco (Double), Cedric Hunter (Home Run, RBI), Peter Bourjos (Double) and Charlie Morton (Single) had the other five Phils’ hits, while the final Phil run would come home on an error. The Phils also had four walks (Franco (2), Hunter, Ruiz) and two hit batters (Andres Blanco, Franco) in the ballgame, while the defense committed an error (Odubel Herrera) and picked off a Red runner (Hinojosa).

The Phils would move on to New York to start a three-game weekend series with the Mets at Citi Field starting with an afternoon game this Friday afternoon, which is presently in progress.

The Phils’ bullpen ruins another excellent start by blowing the lead in the bottom of the ninth, as they lose to the Reds, 3-2.

Philadelphia_PhilliesThe Phils’ bullpen blew another lead as they allowed the winning run to cross the plate via a walk-off bases loaded double, as they drop the series to the Reds, losing 3-2.

The Phils took the lead in the top of the first as, with one man on, and with two men out, Maikel Franco hits a two-run home run, his first home run of the season, knocking in Odubel Herrera, who had earlier reached based on an infield single to first, giving the Phils a 2-0 lead. The Reds would get a run back in their half of the first as, with one man out, Eugenio Suarez hits a solo home run, his first home run of the season, making it a 2-1 Phils’ lead. The Phils would keep it a 2-1 lead via excellent pitching from their starter Aaron Nola who would pitch seven strong innings, giving up only one run, via Suarez’s home run, and four hits, while striking out eight, and a 1-2-3 eighth inning from David Hernandez, as he redeemed himself for Monday’s fiasco. But the Reds would threaten in the bottom of the ninth as they loaded up the bases, via a one-out single by Suarez, an infield single to the relief pitcher Dalier Hinojosa by Devin Mesoraco, sending Suarez up to second base, and a single by Jay Bruce, sending Suarez on to third base, while moving pinch-runner Tyler Holt, who was pinch-running for Mesoraco, up to second base, with one man out. The Reds would then walk-off with the victory as Scott Schebler hits a two-run double, knocking in both Suarez and Holt, while sending Bruce over to third base, giving the Reds a 3-2 walk-off win.

Aaron Nola received a no-decision as he threw seven strong innings, giving up just one run on four hits, while striking out eighth. David Hernandez received his first hold of the season as he threw a 1-2-3 inning, striking out a batter. Dalier Hinojosa received his first blown save of the season before taking the lost (0-1, 54.00), as he pitched a third of an inning, giving up two runs on four hits. Brandon Finnegan also received a no-decision as he pitched six strong innings, giving up two runs on three hits and a walk, while striking out nine. Caleb Cotham pitched two scoreless innings, as he gave up two hits. Blake Wood got the win (1-0, 0.00) as he pitched a scoreless inning, walking a batter, while striking out one.

The Phils had five hits in the game, a double by Freddy Galvis, a single by Odubel Herrera, a two-run home run by Maikel Franco, a double by Cameron Rupp and a single by pinch-hitter Ryan Howard. The Phils’ offense also had two walks (Herrera, Darin Ruf) in the game and performed a sacrifice bunt (Cesar Hernandez), while Ruf was caught trying to steal.

The Phils will complete the three game-series today with an afternoon game at the Great American Ball Park.

And the Phils give another reason why it looks to be a long season as they get goose egged by the Braves, 9-0.

Philadelphia_PhilliesThe Phils take another lost on the road as they get beaten by the Braves, 9-0.

The Braves took a quick 2-0 lead in the bottom of the first as, with a man on first, and with one man out, Freddie Freeman hits a two-run home run to right, his fifth home run of season, knocking in Andrelton Simmons, who had just singled. The Braves would add to their lead in the bottom of the fourth as, with two men on, and with nobody out, Freeman, who had started the inning off with a single, then moved up to second base on A.J. Pierzynski’s single, would score on third baseman Cody Asche’s fielding error on Jonny Gomes’ grounder, giving the Braves a 3-0 lead, while Pierzynski, who had earlier singled, would stop at second base, as Gomes would be safe at first on the error. The Braves then made it a 6-0 lead as Kelly Johnson busted the game wide open with a three-run home run, his sixth home run of the year, knocking in Pierzynski and Gomes. The Braves added to their lead in the bottom of the seventh as, with the bases loaded via a lead-off walk by Simmons, a walk by Freeman, moving Simmons up to second base, before both runners would move up a base on Pierzynski’s deep fly out to right field, 9-unassisted, and then a walk to Gomes, and with one man out, Simmons would walk home on a Kelly Johnson walk, making it a 7-0 Braves’ lead, while Freeman and Gomes would both move up a base, leaving the bases loaded. The Braves then made it an 8-0 lead as Jace Peterson hits an RBI single, knocking in Freeman, while moving both Gomes and Johnson up a base, as the bases remained loaded. The Braves then took a 9-0 lead as, after the Phils have made a pitching change, replacing Dustin McGowen with Justin de Fratus, Cameron Maybin hits an RBI single, scoring Gomes, while sending Johnson on to third base and Peterson up to second base, leaving the bases loaded. That would end up being the final score as Shelly Miller finished his complete game shutout by throwing a 1-2-3 ninth inning, striking out Ryan Howard, swinging, for the game’s final out.

Chad Billingsly (0-1, 9.00) took the lost as he pitched five innings, giving up six runs, only five of which were earned, on eight hits and a walk, while striking out two. Elvis Araujo threw a scoreless inning, giving up two hits, as he struck out two. Dustin McGowen pitched a third of an inning, giving up three runs on a hit and four walks. Justin De Fratus pitched one and two-thirds innings, giving up a hit, while striking out a batter. Shelly Miller (4-1, 1.66) got the win as he pitched a complete game shutout, giving up just three hits and a walk, while striking out eight.

The Phils’ offense collected only three hits in the game, a lead-off single in the third by Cesar Hernandez, a lead-off double in the fifth by Ryan Howard and a two-out single in the eighth by Grady Sizemore, as well as a two-out walk by Hernandez in the fifth. The Phils had one other base runner as Freddy Galvis reached base in the sixth on a fielding error by third baseman Kelly Johnson. The Phils defense committed an error (Cody Asche) in the game, while performing three doubleplays.

The Phils (10-18, 5th) will conclude their series with the Braves (13-14, 3rd) with a night game tonight. The game will be played at Turner Field and is to start at 7:10 pm EDT. The Phils will send to the mound Jerome Williams (2-1, 4.08), who is coming off a no-decision against the Marlins on May 1, as he pitched five innings, giving up three runs on seven hits and two walks, while striking out two, in the Phils’ 4-3 walk-off lost. He will be going for his third win of the year and his second against the Braves. The Braves will counter with Mike Foltynewicz (1-0, 3.60), who is coming off a win against the Reds on May 1, as he went five innings, giving up three runs, two of which were earned, on six hits and three walks, while striking out two, in the Braves’ 4-3 win. He will be going for his second win of the season. The Phils will be going for the series win.

The Phils have announced that they have retained outfielder Grady Sizemore for another year.

Philadelphia_PhilliesEarlier today, the Phils have announced that they have retained the services of outfielder Grady Sizemore for the next season.

Sizemore had appeared in 112 games during the 2014 seasons, 60 of which were played for the Phils and 42 with the Red Sox. In the games that he had played with the Phils, he would bat .253, going 41 for 162, with a slugging percentage of .389, as he would hit 9 doubles, 2 triples and 3 HRs, knocking in 12 RBIs while scoring 21 times. He would collect 14 walks while striking out 35 times. For both the Red Sox and the Phils, Sizemore would have a combine batting average of .233 with a slugging percentage of .354, as he went 81 for 347, hitting 19 doubles, 4 triples and 5 home runs, while he would walk 33 times, while striking out 76.

Sizemore will be given a one-year contract worth 2 million dollars, as he is expected to be the team’s fourth or fifth outfielder at the end of Spring Training next year.

The Phils have also announced that they have avoided arbitration with left-hander Cesar Jimenez, as the two sides have agreed to a one-year contract.

A.J. Burnett strike out twelve Nats in seven strong innings of work, as the Phils hang on to defeat the division leading Nats, 3-2.

Philadelphia_PhilliesThe Phils take the series opener from the division leading Nats as A.J. Burnett throw seven strong inning, winning 3-2.

The Phils took the lead in the bottom of the fourth as, with runners on the corners, and with one man out, Dom Brown hits an RBI single, scoring Ryan Howard, who had earlier doubled, then stopped at third base on Marlon Byrd’s single, giving the Phils a 1-0 lead, while sending Byrd, who had just singled, up to second base. The Phils increased their lead in the bottom of the fifth as Cody Asche hits a lead-off home run, his ninth home run of the season, giving the Phils a 2-0 lead. The Nats would get a run back in the top of the sixth as, with one man out, Anthony Rendon hits a solo home run, his seventeenth home run of the year, giving the Phils a 2-1 lead. The Phils would get the run back in the bottom of the seventh as, with one man out, Carlos Ruiz hits a solo home run, his fourth home run of the season, giving the Phils a 3-1 lead. The Nats would cut the Phils’ lead down to 3-2 in the top of the ninth as, with two men out, Wilson Ramos hits a solo home run, his seventh home run of the season. That would be the final score as Jonathan Papelbon then buckled down to collect his thirty-second save of the season.

A.J. Burnett (7-14, 4.30) got the win as he pitched seven strong innings, giving up a run on three hits, a walk and a hit batter, while striking out twelve. Jake Diekman received his sixteenth hold of the year as he pitched a scoreless inning, as he gave up a hit and a walk. Jonathan Papelbon received his thirty-second save of the year as he pitched an inning, giving up a run on two hits, while striking out two. Tanner Roark (12-8, 2.81) took the lost as he went six innings, giving up two runs on five hits and a walk, while striking out two. Jerry Blevins pitched an inning, giving up a run on two hits and a hit batter, while striking out one. Ross Detwiler pitched a scoreless inning, giving up a hit, while striking out a batter.

The Phils had eight hits in the game, with Jimmy Rollins and Dom Brown (RBI) both leading the team with two hits each, all singles. Ryan Howard (Double), Marlon Byrd (Single), Cody Ache (Home Run, RBI) and Carlos Ruiz (Home Run, RBI), had the other four Phils’ hits. The Phils also had a walk (Howard), a hit batter (Darin Ruf) and a stolen base (Jimmy Rollins (27)) in the game.

The Phils (59-72, 5th) continue their series with the Nats (75-55, 1st) with a game tonight. The game will be played at Citizens Bank Park and is to begin at 7:05 pm EDT. The Phils will send to the mound Cole Hamels (7-6, 2.53), who is coming off a win against the Mariners on August 20, as he pitched five innings, giving up three runs on nine hits and a walk, while striking out four, in the Phils’ 4-3 win. He will be trying to give the Phils their third straight series win with a victory tonight. The Nats will counter with Gio Gonzalez (6-9, 3.83), who is coming off a no-decision against the Diamondbacks on August 21, as he threw seven scoreless innings, giving up four hits and three walks, while striking out six, in the Nats’ 1-0 walk-off win. He will be trying to even up the series. The Phils will be trying to win their third straight series, and their third straight game with a win tonight.

The Phils rally in the bottom of the eight, scoring five runs, on their way to sweeping the Astros, winning 6-5.

Philadelphia_PhilliesRyan Howard’s thirteenth-career grand slam caps a five-run eighth inning as the Phils come from behind to sweep the Astros, winning by the score of 6-5.

The Astros took the lead in the top of the first inning as, with one man on, and with one man out, Chris Carter hits a two-run home run, his twenty-third home run of the season, knocking in Jason Castro, who had just walked, giving the Astros a 2-0 lead. The Astros made it a 3-0 lead one batter later as Marc Krauss followed with a solo home run, his sixth home run of the season. The Phils got a run back in the bottom of the second inning as, with two men on, and with one man out, Carlos Ruiz hits an RBI single, knocking in Marlon Byrd, who had earlier singled, then moved up to second base on Gary Sizemore’s single, making it a 3-1 Astros’ lead, while sending Sizemore, who had just singled, up to second base. The Astros’ increased their lead in the top of the third inning as, with one man on, and with nobody out, Carter hits a two-run home run, his twenty-fourth home run of the season, and his second two-run home run of the night, knocking in Castro, who has started the inning of with a single, giving the Astros a 5-1 lead. The Phils then rallied in the bottom of the eighth inning as, with a runner on second, and with no one out, Cody Asche hits an RBI single, knocking in Ruiz, who had started the inning off with a double, making it a 5-2 Astros’ lead. The Phils then took the lead five batters later as, with the bases now loaded, via singles by Ben Revere, sending Asche up to second base, and by Jimmy Rollins, moving up both runners, and with two men out, Ryan Howard hits a grand-slam home run, his eighteenth home run of the season, knocking in Asche, Revere and Rollins, giving the Phils a 6-5 lead. That would end up being the final score as Jonathan Papelbon came in and threw a 1-2-3 ninth, collecting his twenty-seventh save of the year.

Sean O’Sullivan received a no-decision as he pitched six innings, giving up five runs on seven hits and two walks, while striking out four. Mario Hollands (2-1, 4.32) got the win as he pitched two scoreless innings, giving up a hit, while striking out a batter. Jonathan Papelbon collected his twenty-seventh save of the season as he threw a 1-2-3 ninth, striking out a batter. Collin McHugh also received a no-decision as he pitched seven innings, giving up a run on five hits, while striking out eight. Josh Fields pitched a third of an inning, giving up three runs on three hits, while striking out a batter. Tony Sipp collected his first blown save of the year, before taking the lost (2-2, 2.91) as he pitched a third of an inning, giving up two runs on two hits. Chad Qualls pitched a third of an inning, getting out the only man whom he would face.

The Phils had ten hits in the game, with Ben Revere (Singles) and Carlos Ruiz (Single, Double, RBI) both leading the team with two hits apiece. Jimmy Rollins (Single), Chase Utley (Single), Ryan Howard (Home Run, 4 RBIs), Marlon Byrd (Single), Gary Sizemore (Single) and Cody Asche (Single) had the other six Phils’ hits. The Phils’ offense had no walks in the game, while the defense performed four double plays.

The Phils (52-63, 5th) will start a three-game series with the Mets (54-61, 4th), starting with a night game tonight. The game will be played at Citizens Bank Park and is to start at 7:05 pm EDT. The Phils will send to the mound A.J. Burnett (6-11, 4.16), who is coming off a lost to the Nationals on August 2, as he went just one and two-thirds innings, as he was ejected from the game for arguing balls and strikes with the umpire, giving up five runs, only one of which was earned, on three hits and two walks, while striking out one, in the Phils’ 11-0 lost. He hopes that today will have a different outcome, as he tries to continue the Phils present winning streak. The Mets will counter with Bartolo Colon (10-9, 4.12), who is coming off a lost to the Giants on August 3, as he pitched four and two-thirds innings, giving up six runs on eight hits, while striking out five, in the Mets’ 9-0 lost. He will be trying to stop the Phils’ bats. The Phils will be trying to increase their current winning streak to four games.