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Cole Hamels gets thirteenth win as he pitches a complete game against the Giants as the Phils win their third straight game from the World Champs, 2-1.

The Phils win another series as Cole Hamels pitches a complete game as he win his 13th start as the Phils defeat the Giants, 2-1.

The Phils took the lead in the first as, with two men on, and with two men out, Hunter Pence hits an RBI single, scoring Jimmy Rollins, who had earlier doubled, giving the Phils a 1-0 lead, while sending Chase Utley, who had earlier walked, over to third, as Pablo Sandoval committed a miss catch error on Carlos Beltran’s throw to third base. The Phils then took a 2-0 lead as Utley scored on Eli Whiteside’s passed ball. That would remain the score for the next seven and a half innings, as the Giants’ starter Matt Cain and the Phils’ starter Cole Hamels would be involved in a pitcher’s duel as Cain would allow only two more man on base via a single and a walk, while striking out eight batters, while Cole would allow only six hits, as he is helped out of trouble in both the first and the fourth innings by a strikeout, one of five, and two doubleplays, and by a pop up with two men on in the eighth. After the Phils are unable to score an insurance run in the top of the ninth, the first two Giants made outs by flying out (Jeff Keppinger) and lining out (Beltron) before Sandoval came up. Sandoval made it a 2-1 Phils’ lead as he hits his twelfth home run of the season on a 2-1 fastball. But, Hamels would then shut the door as he gets Orlando Cabrera to ground out, 6-3, for the final out.

Cole Hamels (13-6, 2.53) gets the win as he pitches a complete game, giving up a run on seven hits, striking out five. Matt Cain (9-8, 3.00) took the lost as he went eight innings, giving up two runs, only one of which was earned, on three hits and two walks, while he struck out eight. Javier Lopez pitched a third of an inning, as he gave up two hits. Sergio Romo pitched two-thirds of an inning, getting out both man that he would face.

The Phils had just five hits in the game, with Hunter Pence leading the team with two hits, both single, as he knocked in the only RBI for the Phils. Jimmy Rollins (Double), Shane Victorino (Single) and Ryan Howard (Single), had the other three Phils’ hits. The other Phils run came in on a passed ball.

The Phils (74-39, 1st West) will conclude their series tomorrow with the Giants (62-52, T-1st West) with an afternoon game. The game will be played at AT&T Park and will begin at 4:05 pm EDT (1:05 pm PDT). The Phils will send to the mound Roy Oswalt (4-6, 3.79), who will be coming off the disabled list. His last major league start was a lost against the Cardinals on June 23, as he went just two innings, giving up four runs on five hits, while striking out just one batter, in the Phils’ 12-2 lost. He will be trying to see if he can help pitch the Phils into their tenth straight win while trying to get his fifth win of the season. The Giants will counter with Tim Lincecum (9-9, 2.77), who is coming off a lost against the Diamondbacks on August 2, as he went seven innings, giving up two runs on three hits and three walks, while striking out eight, in the Giants’ 6-1 lost. He will be trying to keep the Giants from being swept. The Phils will be going out to sweep the Giants for their third straight series sweep.

2010 National League Championship Series, Game # 5: True grit shown by a wounded Doc Halladay, a weird top of the third and a Jayson Werth homer gives the Phils a 4-2 win, sending the series back to Philly.

True grit shown by their ace Roy Halladay, who was pitching through a mild groin injury, a wierd-o top of the third inning where the Phils took the lead, and a solo blast by Jayson Werth in the top of the ninth gives the Phils a 4-2 win, as they cut the Giants’ lead in the series, 3-2. The game will now return to Philadelphia for game six on Saturday.

The Giants took the lead in the first as, with two men on, and with one man out, Buster Posey hits into an RBI force out, 4-6, on a possible doubleplay grounder that was botched by second baseman Chase Utley before he threw to second base to force out Freddy Sanchez, who had earlier singled, allowing Andres Torres, who had started the inning off with a walk, and then went to third on Sanchez’s single, to score, giving the Giants a 1-0 lead, as Posey beats shortstop Jimmy Rollins’ throw to first. The Phils then came back in the third. Raul Ibanez started the inning off with a single, then moved up to second base as Carlos Ruiz is hit by the pitch. Roy Halladay then bunted the ball in front of the plate, although possibly a foul ball, it was called fair by the home plate umpire, as Posey grabbed the ball and threw it to third, trying to get out Ibanez, as Halladay stood in the batter’s box, thinking it was foul, but, Pablo Sandoval was unable to get back to the third base bag, as Ibanez is called safe, while Ruiz reach second base. But, Sandoval then recovers and threw to first base for the out, 2-5-4, as the throw beats Halladay to the bag, as Halladay is credited with a sacrifice bunt. The next batter, Shane Victorino, then hits a grounder towards first baseman Aubrey Huff, who committed a fielding error as the ball hit against his right leg, and bounce into left center field, allowing both Ibanez and Ruiz to score, giving the Phils a 2-1 lead, while allowing Victorino to move up to second base. Placido Polanco then followed with an RBI single, scoring Victorinio, giving the Phils a 3-1 lead. The Giants got a run back in the fourth as, with a runner on second, and with one man out, Cody Ross hits an RBI double, knocking in Pat Burrell, who had earlier doubled, making it a 3-2 Phils’ lead. Halladay would then keep the Giants down, squashing a pair of rallies in the fifth and the sixth innings. The Phils then tried to add to their lead in the seventh as they placed runners on the corners, with Rollins on third, who had started the inning off with a single, before stealing first second, and then third, and Ruiz on first, who had walked, with one man out, before pinch hitter Ross Gload ended the inning by hitting into a line out-doubleplay, three-unassisted. The Phils would finally increase their lead in the ninth as Jayson Werth hits a lead-off home run, his second home run of the series, giving the Phils a 4-2 lead. That would end up being the final score as Brad Lidge would receive his first save of the series as he pitches a 1-2-3 inning, getting pinch hitter Travis Ishikawa to end the game by striking out on a foul tip caught by Ruiz.

Roy Halladay gets the win as he pitches six innings, giving up two runs on six hits and two walks, while striking out five. His series record is now 1-1 with a 4.15 ERA. Jose Contreras receives his first hold of the series as he pitches two-thirds of an inning, giving up a hit, while striking out a batter. J.C. Romero also gets his first hold of the series as he pitches a third of an inning, getting out the only man that he would face. Ryan Madison receives his first hold of the series as he threw a 1-2-3 inning, striking out the side. Brad Lidge receives his first save of the series as he also pitches a 1-2-3 inning, striking out a batter. Tim Lincecum took the lost as he pitches seven innings, giving up three runs, two of which were earned, on four hits and a walk, while striking out seven. His series record is now 1-1 with a 3.21 ERA. Sergio Romo and Javier Lopez combine for a scoreless inning, giving up a walk (Romo), while striking out a batter (Lopez) between them. Ramon Ramirez pitches two thirds of an inning, giving up a run on two hits. Jeremy Affeldt pitches a third of an inning, striking out the only batter that he would face.

The Phils had only six hits in the game, with Raul Ibanez leading the team with two hits, both singles. Placido Polanco, Chase Utley, Jayson Werth and Jimmy Rollins had the other four Phils hits, with Polanco, Utley and Rollins’ hits being singles, with Polanco knocking in a run, while Werth’s hit was a solo home run. The other two Phil’s runs came in on an error hit by Shane Victorino, with him receiving an RBI. The offense still have not had a breakout inning, but it has once again taken advantage of the opponent’s mistake(s), this time to get the game taken back to Philadelphia.

The Phils (2-3) are still alive in the series, as they take a day off before coming back to Philadelphia to face the Giants (3-2) in game six of the series on Saturday.

2010 National League Championship Series, Game # 4: The Phils lose a heartbreaker as the pitching staff fail a resurgent offense as they fall to the Giants in the bottom of the ninth, 6-5. They now trail the Giants 3-1, with their backs to the wall.

The pitching staff allows one to get away as the Phils lose to the Giants in the bottom of the ninth, 6-5, after the offense had finally decided to come out and fight. The Phils now trail the Giants in the series, 3-1.

The Giants took the lead in the first as, with a runner on third, and with two men out, Buster Posey hits an RBI single, scoring Freddy Sanchez, who had earlier singled, then went first to second, and then to third on a pair of wild pitches, giving the Giants a 1-0 lead. The Giants then increased their lead in the third as, with one man on, and with two men out, Posey hits an RBI double, knocking in Aubrey Huff, who had earlier singled, making it a 2-0 Giants’ lead. The Phils’ offense then exploded in the fifth. After Ben Francisco and Carlos Ruiz started off the inning with back-to-back singles, with Francisco stopping at second base, Joe Blanton moved both man over with a sacrifice bunt, 1-4, sending Francisco over to third base, and Ruiz up to second base. The next batter, Shane Victorino, then followed with an RBI single, scoring Francisco, cutting the Giants’ lead to 2-1, before Ruiz is cut down at home plate on a one-hop strike by Giants’ center fielder Aaron Rowand, with Posey supplying the tag, for the inning’s second out. Two batters later, after Chase Utley has reached base with a single, moving Victorino up to second base, the Phils took the lead as Placido Polanco hits a two-run double, scoring both Victorino and Utley, giving the Phils a 3-2 lead. Three batters later, after the Phils had loaded the bases via an intentional walk to Ryan Howard, and Jayson Werth being hit by the pitch, moving up a base both Polanco and Howard, and with Jimmy Rollins batting, Giants’ reliever Santiago Casilla threw a wild pitch which went into the stands, scoring Polanco, making it a 4-2 Phils’ lead, while moving Howard to third base, and Werth to second. The Giants came back in their half of the fifth as, with one man on, and with two men out, Huff hits an RBI single, knocking in Andres Torres, who had earlier walked, and then moved up to second on a Edgar Renteria ground out, 5-3, making it a 4-3 Phils’ lead. The Giants then regain the lead in the sixth as, with two men on, and with nobody out, Pablo Sandoval hits a two-run double, knocking in Pat Burrell, who had earlier walked, then went to third on Cody Ross’ double, and Ross, who had just doubled, giving the Giants a 5-4 lead. The Phils would then tie the game up at five-all in the eighth as, with a runner on second, and with nobody out, Werth hits an RBI double, knocking in Howard, who had just doubled. In the bottom of the ninth, the Giants won the game as, with runners on the corners and with one man out, Juan Uribe hits a sacrifice fly to left field, knocking in Huff, who had earlier singled, and then went to third on Posey’s single, giving the Giants a 6-5 walk-off win, and a 3-1 lead in the series.

Joe Blanton receives a no-decision as he pitches four and two-thirds innings, giving up three runs on five hits, a walk and two wild pitches, while striking out three. Jose Contreras pitches a third of an inning, striking out the only batter that he would face. Chad Durbin receives his first blown save of the series as he pitches an inning, giving up two runs on two hits and two walks, while striking out a batter. Antonio Bastardo pitches a third of an inning, gives up a hit. Ryan Madson pitches one and two-thirds scoreless innings, as he giving up a hit and a walk, while striking out two. Roy Oswalt took the lost as he pitches two-thirds of an inning, giving up a run on two hits. His series record is now 1-1 with a 2.08 ERA. Madison Bumgarner also receives a no-decision as he pitches four and two-third innings, giving up three runs on six hits and a walk, while striking out six. Santiago Casilla pitches an inning and a third, giving up a run on one hit, a walk, a hit batter and a wild pitch, while striking out two. Javier Lopez records his third hold of the series as he pitches an inning plus one batter, giving up a run on a hit and a walk. Sergio Romo collects his first blown save of the series as he pitches an inning, giving up a hit, while striking out two. Brian Wilson collects the win as he pitches a 1-2-3 inning, striking out a batter. His series record is now 1-0 with a 0.00 ERA.

The Phils had nine hits in the game, with Placido Polanco leading the team with two hits, a single and a double, knocking in two runs. Shane Victorino, Chase Utley, Ryan Howard, Jayson Werth, Jimmy Rollins, Ben Francisco and Carlos Ruiz had the other seven Phils’ hits, with Victorino, Utley, Rollins, Francisco and Ruiz’s hits being singles, with Victorino knocking in a run, while Howard and Werth’s hits were both doubles, with Werth knocking in a run. The other Phil run came in on a bases loaded wild pitch. The offense finally appeared. Sadly, parts of the relief corps decided to lose its touch, before Oswalt took the mound in relief to lose the game.

The Phils (1-3), with their backs to the wall, will continue the series with the Giants (3-1), trying to send it back to Philadelphia. The game is to be played at AT&T Park and is to start at 7:30 pm Eastern (4:30 pm Pacific). The Phils will send to the mound their ace Roy Halladay (0-1, 5.14), who lost game one of the series to the Giants on October 16, as he pitched seven innings, giving up four runs on eight hits, while striking out seven, in the Phils’ 4-3 lost. He will be trying to get the series back to Philadelphia. The Giants will counter with Tim Lincecum (1-0, 3.86), who is coming off a win against the Phils in game one of the series on October 16, as he also went seven innings, giving up three runs on six hits and three walks, while striking out eight, in the Giants’ 4-3 win. He will be trying to cinch the series for the Giants. The Phils will be trying to come back after a very heartbreaking lost, so that they can bring the series back to Philadelphia.

2010 National League Championship Series, Game # 3: No offensive punch place the Phils in a 2-1 series hole as they lose to the equally punchless Giants, 3-0.

Lack of offense punch puts the Phils in a 2-1 hole against an equally punchless Giants crew as the Phils lose, 3-0.

The Giants took the lead in the fourth as, with two men on, and with two men out, Cody Ross hits an RBI single, knocking in Edgar Renteria, who had earlier singled, and had moved up to second on Freddy Sanchez’s sacrifice bunt, giving the Giants a 1-0 lead, while sending Pat Burrell, who had earlier walked, on to third base. The Giants then took a 2-0 lead as Aubrey Huff hits an RBI single, scoring Burrell, while sending Ross on to third. The Giants increased their lead in the fifth as, with one man on, and with two men out, Sanchez hits an RBI infield single on a grounder that ate up second baseman Chase Utley, and was originally called an error before being changed by the official scorer, scoring Aaron Rowand, who had earlier doubled, making it a 3-0 Giants’ lead. That would end up being the final score, as the Phils’ offense would be unable to get the key hit it needed to open up the scoring floodgates, before Brian Wilson would record his second save of the series by getting Raul Ibanez to hit into a 4-6-3 doubleplay, wiping Jimmy Rollins, who had just singled, out at second base.

Cole Hamels took the lost as he pitches six innings, giving up three runs on five hits and a walk, while striking out eight. His series record is now 0-1 with a 4.50 ERA. Jose Contreras pitches two 1-2-3 innings, striking out a batter. Matt Cain gets the win as he pitches seven scoreless innings, giving up two hits and three walks, while striking out five. His series record is now 1-0 with a 0.00 ERA. Javier Lopez receives his second hold of the series as he pitches a 1-2-3 inning, striking out a batter. Brian Wilson get his second save of the series as he pitches a scoreless ninth, giving up a hit, while also striking out a batter.

The Phils had only three hits in the game, singles by Carlos Ruiz, Ryan Howard and Jimmy Rollins, as they were constantly unable to get rallies going all game long, making outs at the worst possible times. The offense is being offensive for the wrong reason, seemingly unable to get that key hit to score runs. Seems the regulars may need to stop putting pressure on themselves, while Raul Ibanez may need to be sat down for at least one game as he is not getting anything done at the plate.

The Phils (1-2) will continue the NLCS series with the Giants (2-1) with a late afternoon game. The game will be played at AT&T Park and will start at 7:30 pm Eastern (4:30 pm Pacific). The Phils will send to the mound Joe Blanton (9-6, 4.82) who hasn’t pitched in a game since he had pitched an inning of relief against the Braves on October 3, when he gave up two runs on four hits and a walk. He will be trying to keep the Giants off-balance while giving the offense a change to break out of its present funk. The Giants will in turn send to the mound Madison Bumgarner, who is coming off a win against the Braves on October 11 in game four of the NLDS, as he went six innings, giving up two runs on six hits and a walk, while striking out five, in the Giants’ 3-2 win. He will be trying to put the Phils into a deeper hole. The Phils’ offense will be trying to snap out of the doldrums so that they can even up the series before tomorrow night’s game five.

2010 National League Championship Series, Game # 1: The Phils start off on the wrong foot as they lose to the Giants in a tight game, 4-3. They trail the series  0-1.

With the Doc not at his dominant best, the Phils fall behind and are unable to defeat the Giants, as they lose 4-3. They trail the Giants in the championship series, 0-1.

The Giants took the lead in the third as, with one man out, Cody Ross hits a solo home run, his first home run of the series, giving the Giants a 1-0 lead. The Phils would tie the score up at one-all in their half of the third as Carlos Ruiz hits a lead-off home run, his first home run of the series. The Giants retook the lead in the fifth as, with one man out, Ross hits his second solo home run of the night, and of the series, giving the Giants a 2-1 lead. The Giants then added to their lead in the sixth as, with one man on, and with two men out, Pat Burrell hits an RBI double, knocking in Buster Posey, who had earlier singled, giving the Giants a 3-1 lead. One batter later, after Burrell is replaced on second base by pinch runner Nate Schierholtz, Juan Uribe knocks him in with an RBI single up the middle, making it a 4-1 Giants’ lead, before he went up to second base on Shane Victorino’s offline throw to home plate. The Phils then cut the Giants’ lead down to 4-3 in their half of the sixth as, with one man on, and with one man out, Jayson Werth hits a two-run home run, his first home run of the series, knocking in Chase Utley, who had earlier singled. But that would end up being the final score as the Phils are unable to mount a rally in the last three innings, as Brian Wilson picks up his first save of the series by getting a four-out save, striking out Shane Victorino swinging to end the game.

Roy Halladay took the lost as he is unable to do an encore to his no-hitter, as he pitches seven innings, giving up  four runs on eight hits, as he strikes out seven. His record in the series is now 0-1 with a 5.14 ERA. Ryan Madson and Brad Lidge pitches two scoreless innings, giving up just one hit (Lidge) and a walk (Lidge), while striking out three (Madson (1), Lidge (2)) between them. Tim Lincecum gets the win as he also pitches seven innings, giving up three runs on six hits and three walks, while striking out eight. His record in the series is now 1-0 with a 3.86 ERA. Javier Lopez collects his first hold of the series as he pitches two-thirds of an inning, getting out both men that he would face, one by strikeout. Brian Wilson collects his first save of the series as he pitches a scoreless inning and a third, giving up a hit, while striking out four.

The Phils had seven hits in the game, with Jayson Werth leading the team with two hits, a single and a two-run home run. Placido Polanco, Chase Utley, Ryan Howard, Carlos Ruiz and Roy Halladay had the other five Phils’ hits, with Polanco, Utley and Halladay’s hits being singles, Howard’s hit being a double, and Ruiz’s hit being a solo home run. The Phils’ offense is still being held in check, not being patient and, in some cases, swinging at junk. The bats need to come out and put together some sustain rallies, else its going to be a short series.

The Phils (0-1) will tonight face the Giants (1-0) in the second game of the 2010 National League Championship Series. The game will be played at Citizens Bank Park and will start at 8 pm Eastern Time. The Phils will send to the mound Roy Oswalt, who is coming off a bad start against the Reds on October 8, as he received a no-decision as he pitched five innings, giving up four runs, only three of which were earned, on five hits and a walk, while striking out five, in the Phils’ 7-4 win. He will be going out to improve on his divisional series start, while trying to pitch the Phils into a series tie. The Giants will counter with Jonathan Sanchez, who is also coming off a no-decision in the third game of the divisional series with the Braves on October 10, as he pitched seven and a third innings, giving up a run on two hits and a walk, while striking out eleven in the Giants’ 3-2 win. He will be trying to give the Giants a 2-0 series lead. The Phils will be looking for a good start from Oswalt while trying to get the lumber out against Sanchez to even up the series.

Kyle Kendrick pitches his first complete game start of his career as the bats come alive to crush the Pirates, 12-4.

Kyle Kendrick throws his first complete game start of his career as the Phils’ offense scored early and often, as the Phils finally defeat the Bucos, 12-4.

The Phils took a quick 1-0 lead in the first as, with one man on, and with nobody out, Shane Victorino hits an RBI triple, scoring Jimmy Rollins, who had earlier singled. The Phils added to their lead as, with Victorino still on third, and now with one man out, Ryan Howard hits an RBI single, knocking in Victorino, giving the Phils a 2-0 lead. The Pirates would cut the Phils’ lead to 2-1 as, with one man out, Pedro Alvarez hits a solo home run, his first major league home run of his career. The Phils then busted the game wide open in the third. With the based loaded, via a walk to Rollins, a Victorino infield single, moving Rollins up to second, and a throwing error by shortstop Bobby Crosby on a force attempt of a Jayson Werth grounder, as Victorino beats the throw to second, while Rollins reached third, and Werth was safe at first, and with nobody out, Howard hits a two-run single, scoring both Rollins and Victorino, giving the Phils a 4-1 lead, while sending Werth over to third. The Phils then made it 5-1 one batter later, as Ben Francisco hits into an RBI force out, 5-4, as Werth scores from third while Howard was wiped out at second for the inning’s first out, before Francisco beats the throw to first. Two batters later, with two men on base, as Wilson Valdez reaches base with a single, sending Francisco up to second, and with still one man out, Cody Ransom, who the Phils have just called up, hits an RBI single, scoring Francisco, giving the Phils a 6-1 lead, while sending Valdez up to second base. The Phils then made it 7-1 as, with two men on base, and still with one man out, Dane Sardinha hits an RBI double, knocking in Valdez, while sending Ransom to third. The Phils added to their lead in the fourth as, with a runner on base, and with nobody out, Jayson Werth hits an RBI double, knocking in Victorino, who had earlier singled, making it an 8-1 Phils’ lead. The Phils made it 10-1 in the fifth as, with one man on, and with two men out, Jimmy Rollins hits a two-run home run, scoring Ransom, who had earlier singled. The Pirates got a run back as Ryan Church hits a solo home run, his third home run of the season, making it a 10-2 Phils’ lead. The Phils made it 11-2 in the sixth as, with two outs, Francisco hits a solo home run, his first home run of the year. The Phils added their final run in the seventh as, with one man on, and with two men out, Rollins hits an RBI double, knocking in Kyle Kendrick, who had earlier doubled, making it a 12-2 Phils’ lead. The Pirates made it 12-3 in the eighth as, with a runner on third and with two men out, pinch hitter Ronny Cedeno hits an RBI double, scoring Delwyn Young, who had earlier reached base on a Ransom fielding error, moved to second on a Jose Tabata’s ground out, 1-3, and went to third on a Neil Walker’s ground out, 3-unassisted. In the ninth, the Pirates made it a 12-4 Phils’ lead as, with runners on the corner, and with two men out, Young hits an RBI single, scoring Alvarez, who had earlier singled, moved up to second on Church’s single, and then went to third on Crosby’s force out, 6-4, wiping out Church at second base, while sending Crosby, who was safe on the force out, over to second. The game was then ended as Tabata hits into a force out, 1-5, wiping out Crosby at third for the game’s final out.

Kyle Kendrick gets the win as he pitches a complete game, his first career complete game, as he gives up four runs, three of which were earned, on ten hits and two walks, as he strikes out four. His record is now 5-3 with a 4.70 ERA. Paul Maholm takes the lost as he goes only three innings, plus two batters, as he gives up eight runs, seven of which were earned, on ten hits and two walks, while striking out just one Phil. His record is now 5-7 with a 4.50 ERA. Justin Thomas pitches three innings, giving up three runs on three hits, while striking out one. Brendan Donnelly pitches an inning, giving up a run on two hits. D.J. Carrasco and Javier Lopez combined for two scoreless innings, giving up no hits, while striking out two (Carrasco).

The Phils errupted for fifteen hits in the game, with both Jimmy Rollins and Shane Victorino leading the team with three hits, with Rollins’ hits being a triple short of the cycle, as he had a single, a double and a two-run home run, knocking in three runs, while scoring three runs, while Victorino’s hits were two singles and a triple, as he scored three runs, while knocking in one run. Ryan Howard and Cody Ransom followed with two hits apiece, with Howard’s hits being two singles, knocking in three runs, while Ransom’s hits were also singles, knocking in a run. Jayson Werth, Ben Francisco, Wilson Valdez, Dane Sardinha and Kyle Kendrick had the other five Phils’ hits, with Werth, Sardinha and Kendrick’s hits being doubles, with Werth and Sardinha both knocking in a run, while Valdez’s hit was a single and Francisco’s hit being a solo home run. Just when it looks like the Phils were feeling sorry for themselves, the bats wake up. Question is, how long will they stay awake, as the Phils face both the Reds and the Braves after today’s game.

The Phils (42-37, 3rd NL East) will conclude their four-game series with the Pirates (29-52, 6th NL Central) with an afternoon game, already in progress, with the Phils leading 4-2 in the top of the fifth.

The Phils gets off to a bad start as they lose a close one to the Pirates, 3-2.

The Phils starts off their four-games set with the Bucos on a bad note as they lose a close one to the Pirates, 3-2.

The Pirates took the lead in the second as, with two men on base, and with one man out, Bobby Crosby hits an RBI single, scoring Lastings Milledge, who had earlier singled, and then moved up to second on Ryan Doumit’s walk, giving the Pirates a 1-0 lead, while sending Doumit, who had just walked, on to third. The Phils tied it up at one-all in the third as Wilson Valdez hits a lead-off home run, his fourth home run of the season. The Pirates regain the lead in their half of the third as, with one man on, and with nobody out, Pedro Alvarez hits an RBI double, scoring Jose Tabata, who had just walked, to give the Pirates a 2-1 lead. The Pirates then added to their lead in the fourth as, with a runner on second, and with two men out, Tabata hits an RBI single, knocking in Andy LaRoche, who had earlier singled, and then went to second base on Daniel McCutchen’s sacrifice bunt, 2-4, making it a 4-1 Pirates’ lead. The Phils cut down the Pirates’ lead in the fifth as, with a runner on base, and with two men out, Shane Victorino, who had earlier singled and then stole second base, scores on a LaRoche’s throwing error of Greg Dobbs’ infield single, beating the throw to the plate, making it a 3-2 Pirates’ lead. But that would end up being the final score as the Phils would be unable to mound up any offense for the rest of the game, before Victorino ended it in the ninth as, with a man on third, Dane Sardinha, who had come into the game earlier to replace Brian Schneider, who was taken out after his thumb got hit by a foul tip, and in the inning had singled, moved up to second on Valdez’s sacrifice bunt, 1-4, then went to third on pinch hitter Ross Gload’s ground out, 4-3, and with two outs, he struck out looking for the final out.

Cole Hamels took the lost, being hurt early by walks, as he pitched seven innings, giving up three runs on five hits and two walks, while striking out eight. His record is now 6-7 with an ERA of 4.07. Jose Contreras pitches a 1-2-3 inning, striking out a batter. Daniel McCutchen gets the win as he pitches five and a third inning, giving up two runs, one of which was earned, on six hits, while he strikes out four. His record is now 1-3 with an 8.87 ERA. Javier Lopez receives his fourth hold as he pitches a third of an inning, getting out the only man he would face. D.J. Carrasco also picks up his fourth hold as he also pitches a third of an inning, getting out the only batter he would face. Evan Meek collects his fifth hold as he pitches two scoreless inning, as he gives up only one hit and one walk, while striking out a batter. Octavio Dotel gets his seventeenth save of the year as he pitches a scoreless inning, giving up a hit, while striking out a batter.

The Phils had eight hits in the game, with Greg Dobbs leading the team with two hits, both singles. Shane Victorino, Jimmy Rollins, Ryan Howard, Wilson Valdez, Dane Sardinha and Cole Hamels had the other six Phils’ hits, with Victorino, Howard, Sardinha and Hamel’s hits being singles, Rollins’ hit being a double and Valdez’s hit being a solo home run, knocking in the Phils’ only RBI. An error allowed the other Phil run to score. The top part of the Phil’s batting order is once again being its own worst enemy, trying a bit too hard to make things happen, while major parts of the machine are still on the disabled list. Come on guys, just calm down, and try to relax. Else, you’re going to end up looking at the Washington Nationals’ rear end. That’s right, I went there!!!

The Phils (41-36, 3rd NL East) continue their four-game series with the Pirates (28-51, 6th NL Central) with a night game. The game will be played at PNC Park and will begin at 7:10 pm Eastern. The Phils will send to the mound Jamie Moyer (9-6, 4.30), who is coming off a win against the Blue Jays on June 27, as he went seven innings, giving up just two runs on six hits, as he strikes out seven, in the Phils’ 11-2 rout. In his last three starts, he is 3-0, pitching twenty-three innings, giving up just five runs (all on home runs) and two walks, while striking out seventeen. He will go for both his fourth win in a row and his fourth straight quality start since getting shell at Boston for nine runs in one plus innings of work on June 11. Against the Pirates he is 2-1 with an ERA of 4.30. The Pirates will counter with Ross Ohlendorf (0-6, 4.90), who is coming off a no-decision against the A’s on June 27, as he went six innings, giving up two unearned runs on two hits and four walks, while striking out three, in the Pirates’ 3-2 lost. In his last three starts, he is 0-2 with a no-decision, as he pitched seventeen innings, giving up eleven runs, nine of which were earned, on sixteen hits and two walks, while striking out eight. He is 0-0 against the Phils with a 3.75 ERA. He will be looking for his first win of the season. The Phils’ offense will be trying to overcome the loss of both Chase Utley, who will be out for at least eight weeks, as he had his thumb operated on yesterday, and Placido Polanco, who may not be back until after the All-Star break, as they continue to play the lowly Pirates. Come on, guys, concentrate. This is no time for the June Swoon to became a July Funk.