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The Phils’ offense goes back into hibernation as they lose to the Cubs, 5-1.

The Phils’ offense return to hibernation as they drop the series opener to the Cubs, 5-1.

The Cubs took the lead in the fourth as, with a man on second, and with one man out, Starlin Castro hits an RBI bloop single to center, scoring Tony Campana, who had earlier reached base with a bunt single, then stole second base, giving the Cubs a 1-0 lead. The Cubs added to their lead in the sixth as, with runners on the corners, and with one man out, Alfonso Soriano hits an RBI single, knocking in Campana, who had earlier singled, then stopped at third base on Bryan LaHair’s single, giving the Cubs a 2-0 lead, while sending LaHair, who had just singled, on to second base. The Cubs then took a 3-0 lead as Ian Stewart hits an RBI double, scoring LaHair, while sending Soriano over to third base. The Phils would finally get on the scoreboard in the seventh as, with one man out, Ty Wigginton hits a solo home run, his second home run of the year, making it 3-1 Cubs’ lead. The Cubs would get the run back in the ninth as, with a man on first, and with two men out, Reed Johnson hits an RBI triple, knocking in Geovany Soto, who had just walked, giving the Cubs a 4-1 lead. The Cubs then made it a 5-1 lead as David DeJesus hits an RBI triple, scoring Johnson. That would be the final score as Rafael Dolis recorded his first save of the season as he pitched a 1-2-3 ninth, getting Carlos Ruiz to end the game by lining out to center.

Roy Halladay (3-2, 1.95) took the lost as he went seven innings, giving up three runs on six hits and two walks, while striking out five. Antonio Bastardo pitched a scoreless inning, giving up a hit and a walk. Michael Schwimer pitched an inning, giving up two runs on two hits and a walk. Paul Maholm (2-2, 6.20) got the win by pitching six and a third innings, giving up a run on five hits, striking out a batter. James Russell got his first hold of the year as he pitched two-thirds of an inning, giving up two hits. Rafael Dolis pitched two scoreless innings, giving up a hit.

The Phils had eight hits in the game, with Placido Polanco (Singles) and Ty Wigginton (Single, Home Run, RBI) both leading the team with two hits each. Juan Pierre (Single), Carlos Ruiz (Double), Freddy Galvis (Single) and pinch hitter John Mayberry, Jr. (Single), had the other four Phils’ hits, as the offense went silent again, putting Roy Halladay out to dry in the process.

The Phils (9-11, 4th East) will continue their wraparound series with the Cubs (7-13, 6th Central). The game will be played at Citizens Bank Park and will start at 7:05 pm EDT. The Phils will send to the mound Joe Blanton (1-3, 4.34), who is coming off a lost against the Padres on May 22, as he went six innings, giving up six runs, only four of which were earned, on seven hits and two walks, while striking out two, in the Phils’ 6-1 lost. He will be trying to improve his record, while hoping that the offense will be able to give him some run support. The Cubs will counter with Randy Wells (0-0, 3.60), who is coming off a no-decision against the Reds on April 22, as he went five innings, giving up two runs on six hits and five walks, while he struck out just two batters, in the Cubs’ 4-3 win. He will be trying to continue the Phils’ offensive woes. The Phils will be trying to get back the hot bats that they had been using in Phoenix, as they go to tie up the series.

The Phils added several bad defensive plays to go along with their sad sack offense as they split the series with the Padres, losing 6-1.

Bad defesnse, added to a sad sack offense, ends up giving the Phils a series split with the Padres, losing 6-1.

The Padres took the lead in the first as, with two men on, and with nobody out, Chase Headley hits an RBI double, knocking in Will Venable, who had started the inning off with a bunt single, then reached second base as Phils’ starter Joe Blanton misread a slow doubleplay grounder to the mound by Mark Kotsay, allowing it to bounce over his head, for a force attempt, fielding error, giving the Padres a 1-0 lead, while sending Kotsay, who had been safe at first on the error as he beat shortstop’s Jimmy Rollins throw to first, would stop at third base. The Padres then took a 2-0 lead as Nick Hundley hits a sacrifice fly to center, scoring Kotsay from third, before Venable is thrown out trying to move up to third base, 9-5, on a good throw by center fielder Shane Victorino, for the inning’s second out. The Phils would get a run back in the second as, with two men on, and with two men out, Juan Pierre would hit a single to right, which would send Carlos Ruiz, who had earlier singled, then moved up to second base on Freddy Galvis’ ground out, 2-3, to third base, and Joe Blanton, who had just walked, up to second base, before Ruiz would be sent home as right fielder Venable committed a fielding error on the ball, cutting the Padres lead down to 2-1. The Padres would get the run back in the third as, with a man on first, and with two men out, Hundley hits an RBI triple, knocking in Headley, who had just walked, giving the Padres a 3-1 lead. The Padres then made it a 4-0 lead as Yonder Alonso reached first base on Jim Thome’s fielding error, allowing Hundley to score. The Padres then added to their lead in the sixth as, with one man on, and with two men out, Hundley hits a two-run home run, his second home run of the season, scoring Headley, who had just walked, giving the Padres a 6-0 lead. That would end up being the final score as Victorino ended the game by grounding out, 2-3, for the game’s final out.

Joe Blanton (1-3, 4.34) took the lost as he went six innings, giving up six runs, only three of which were earned, on seven hits and two walks, while he struck out two. Joe Savery pitched two 1-2-3 innings. Anthony Bass (1-2, 2.33) got the win as he pitched six strong innings, giving up just a run on three hits and five walks, while he struck out seven. Joe Thatcher, Luke Gregerson and Ernesto Frieri combined for three scoreless innings, giving up five hits (Thatcher (1), Gregerson (3), Ernesto (1)) between them, while striking out four (Thatcher (1), Gregerson (1), Frieri (2)).

The Phils had only eight hits in the game, with Juan Pierre leading the team with three singles, as he raised his batting average to .326, with Jimmy Rollins following with two hits, both singles. Jim Thome (Single), Ty Wigginton (Single) and Carlos Ruiz (Double) had the other three Phils’ hits. The Phils had no RBIs in the game as their only run had scored on a Padres’ fielding error. The Phils, who had some very sloppy defense in the ballgame, as they committed three errors, and several other bad plays, to go along with their presently anemic batting, as they were unable to capitalize on a few scoring opportunities, had five walks and two stolen bases (Rollins (3 & 4)) in the ballgame. The team continues to leave a ton of runners on base, as they went only 1 for 9 in RISP opportunities.

The Phils (7-9, 5th East) will conclude their western road trip with a three-game series with the Diamondbacks (8-8, 3rd West) starting with a night game tonight. The game will be played at Chase Field, and it will start at 9:40 pm EDT (6:40 pm MDT). The Phils will send to the mound Kyle Kendrick (0-0, 1.93), who will be taking Cliff Lee’s spot in the rotation as he recovers from his left oblique strain. Kendrick last pitched in relief on April 17 against the Giants, as he pitched two scoreless innings, giving up two hits and a walk, while striking out a batter, in the Phils’ 4-2 lost. He will be seeing if he can keep the Phils in the game, while working on a pitch count. The D-backs will counter with Wade Miley (1-0, 3.12), who is also coming out of the bullpen to make the start. His last appearance was in relief against the Braves on April 19, as he went one and two-thirds innings, giving up three runs on five hits and a walk, while striking out a batter, in the D-backs’ 10-2 lost. He will be seeing if he can continue the Phils’ batting troubles. The Phils hope that they can get some batting going in another park that have been a known house of horrors for them.

The Phils’ winning streak at Petco Park comes to an end as they lose to the Padres, 5-1.

The Phils thirteen-game winning streak at Petco Park is brought to an end as their offensive woes resurface in their lost to the Padres, 5-1.

The Padres took the lead in the second as, with the bases loaded via walks to Yonder Alonso, Cameron Maybin and Jason Bartlett, as Phils’ starter Roy Halladay uncharacteristically misses the plate with his pitches, and with one man out, Orlando Hudson hits into an RBI ground out, 4-3, as second baseman Freddy Galvis makes a great play to keep the ball from going into right field for a base hit, bringing in Alonso, giving the Padres a 1-0 lead, while sending Maybin to third base and Bartlett up to second base. The Padres added to their lead in the third as, with two men on, and with two men out, Alonso hits an RBI double, knocking in Chase Headley, who had earlier singled, then stopped at second base on Nick Hundley’s single, giving the Padres a 2-0 lead, while sending Hundley, who had just singled, on to third. The Padres increased their lead in the eighth as, with one man on, and with two men out, Bartlett hits an RBI double, knocking in Maybin, who had earlier walked, then stole second base, giving the Padres a 3-0 lead. The Padres then took a 4-0 lead as Hudson hits an RBI triple, scoring Bartlett. The Padres then made it a 5-0 lead as pinch hitter Jesus Guzman hits an RBI single, knocking in Hudson. The Phils would finally get on the board in the ninth as, with a man on third and with two men out, Ty Wigginton hits an RBI double, knocking in Jimmy Rollins, who had started the inning off with a walk, then moved up to first second, and then to third on defensive indifference, making it a 5-1 Padres’ lead. But that would end up being the final score as Hudson Street ended the game by striking out Galvis, swinging, for the game’s final out.

Roy Halladay (3-1, 1.50) took the lost as he went seven innings, giving up two runs on five hits and four walks, while he struck out five. Michael Stutes pitched an inning, giving up three runs on three hits and a walk, while striking out a batter. Cory Luebke (2-1, 2.52) got the win as he went eight strong scoreless innings, giving up just two hits and two walks, while striking out five. Hudson Street pitched an inning, giving up a run on a hit and a walk, while striking out two.

The Phils had only three hits in the ballgame, singles by Placido Polanco and Roy Halladay and an RBI double by Ty Wigginton, as the team continue not being patient with opposing starters. The Phils also had three walks in the game.

The Phils (7-8, T-4th East) will conclude their series with the Padres (4-12, 5th West) with an afternoon game later today. The game will be played at Petco Park and will begin at 4:05 pm EDT (1:05 pm PDT). The Phils will send to the mound Joe Blanton (1-2, 4.26), who is coming off a lost against the Giants on April 17, as he went five innings, giving up four runs on eleven hits, while he struck out two, in the Phils’ 4-2 lost. Blanton will be trying to recover from his last start, while trying to see if he can lead the Phils to the series win. The Padres will counter with Anthony Bass (0-2, 3.38), who is coming off a lost against the Rockies on April 17, as he pitched five innings, giving up three runs on four hits and three walks, while striking out seven, in the Padres’ 5-3 lost. He will be trying to see if he can lead to Padres to a series split. The Phils will be trying to win their first series on the road, and their second of the young season.

The Phils’ offense once again is unable to get started as they drop one to the Giants, 4-2.

The Phils’ once more sputtering offense is once again unable to get going as they are defeated by the Giants, 4-2.

The Giants took a quick 1-0 lead in the first as, with one man on, and with nobody out, Melky Cabrera hits an RBI triple, knocking in Angel Pagan, who had started the inning off with a single. The Giants then took a 2-0 lead as Cabrera scored on Pablo Sandoval’s ground out, 4-3. The Phils got a run back in the fourth as Hunter Pence hits a monster lead-off home run to left, his second home run of the year, cutting the Giants’ lead down to 2-1. The Giants got the run back in the fifth as, with runners on the corners, and with one man out, Nate Schierholtz hits an RBI single, scoring Sandoval, who had started the inning off with a double, then stopped at third on Buster Posey’s single, giving the Giants a 3-1 lead, while sending Posey, who had earlier singled, up to second base. The Giants increased their lead one batter later as, after Posey had stolen third base, as the third base umpire missed the call, he would score on Brandon Crawford’s force out, 1-6, wiping out Schierholtz at second base for the inning’s second out, as Crawford is able to beat the throw to first, giving the Giants a 4-1 lead. The Phils would get a run back in the sixth as, with the bases loaded, via a single by Jimmy Rollins, who then moved up to second base on Madison Bumgarner’s wild pitch, Pence being hit by the pitch, and a single by Ty Wigginton, moving both runners up a base, and with one man out, Carlos Ruiz hits a sacrifice fly, scoring Rollins, making it a 4-2 Giants’ lead. That would end up being the final score as Santiago Casilla recorded his first save of the year with a scoreless ninth, as he got Shane Victorino to ground out, 6-3, for the game’s final out.

Joe Blanton (1-2, 4.26) took the lost as he went five innings, giving up four runs on eleven hits, while striking out two. Kyle Kendrick and Michael Stutes combined for three scoreless innings, giving up two hits (Kendrick) and two walks (one walk each) between them, while striking out three (Kendrick (2), Stutes (1)). Madison Bumgarner (2-1, 3.63) got the win as he went six strong innings, giving up two runs on seven scattered hits, a walk, a hit batter and a wild pitch, while striking out two. Clay Hensley recorded his first hold of the season as he pitched a 1-2-3 inning, striking out two Phils. Sergio Romo collected his second hold of the year as he threw a 1-2-3 inning. Santiago Casilla received his first save of the year, as he replaced injured closer Brian Wilson, by pitching a scoreless inning, giving up a hit.

The Phils had only eight hits in the ballgame, with Juan Pierre leading the team with two hits, both singles. Shane Victorino (Double), Jimmy Rollins (Single), Hunter Pence (Home Run, RBI), Ty Wigginton (Single), Carlos Ruiz (Single, RBI) and Freddy Galvis (Single) had the other six Phils’ hits. The Phils also had a walk, a hit batter (Pence) and two stolen bases (Victornio (5), Pierre (3)), as they are once again unable to get the key hit that they needed as they tried to put together a few rallies.

The Phils (5-6, T-4th East) will conclude their three-game series with the Giants (5-6, T-3rd West) with a night game tonight. The game will be played at AT&T Park, and will start at 10:15 pm EDT (7:15 pm PDT). The Phils will send to the mound their number two starter Cliff Lee (0-1, 3.46), who is coming off a lost against the Mets on April 13, as he pitched seven innings, giving up four runs on five hits, while striking out seven, in the Phils’ 5-2 lost. Lee will be out to redeem himself as he goes once again for his first win, while trying to give the Phils the series win. The Giants will counter with Matt Cain (1-0, 3.00), who is coming off a win against the Pirates on April 13, as he pitched a one-hit complete game, while striking out eleven, in the Giants’ 5-0 shutout. He will be trying to compound the Phils present offensive troubles as he goes for his second win of the season. The Phils will be trying to leave San Francisco with their first series victory on the road.

The Phils continue their three-game series with the Giants.

The Phils (5-5, T-3rd East) will continue their three-game visit with the Giants (4-6, T-3rd West) with a night game tonight. The game will be played at AT&T Park, and is to start at 10:15 pm EDT (7:15 pm PDT).

The Phils won the first game of the three-game series with a four-hit, four-run outburst in the first inning against eventual loser Tim Lincecum, who had been awful in his first three starts of the young season, despite having struck out sixteen batters, before eventually winning the game, 5-2, behind their ace Roy Halladay, who, as he won his third start, first pitched himself out of a bases loaded jam with less than two outs in the bottom of the first inning, before eventually breezing along in his last four innings, before handing the ball off to Jonathan Papelbon,who recorded his third save of the year.

The Phils will be sending to the mound Joe Blanton (1-1, 2.35), who is coming off a solid victory over the Marlins on April 14, as he pitched seven strong innings, giving up just one run on three hits and a walk, while striking out three, in the Phils’ 3-1 win. Against the Giants, Kentucky Joe has a 2-3 career record with an ERA of 4.73, while he had struck out 24 Giants. He will be out to help lead the Phils to their third straight win, while hoping to improve upon his previous start. The Giants will counter with Madison Bumgarner (1-1, 3.97), who is coming off a strong win against the Rockies on April 12, as he went seven and one-third innings, giving up just a run on four hits and two walks, while striking out two, in the Giants’ 4-2 win. Bumgarner, who had just finishing signing a five-year contract with the Giants, has a career record of 0-1 against the Phils with a 2.25 ERA, as he had struck out just nine Phils. He will be trying to even up the series for the Giants, while trying to show that he deserved the contract that he had just finished signing.

The Phils take advantage of a less than stellar Tim Lincecum to score four runs in the first inning, before rolling along behind their own ace, Roy Halladay, to defeat the Giants, 5-2.

The Phils scored four first inning runs against their nemesis Tim Lincecum, before going on to beat the Giants, 5-2.

The Phils took the lead in the first as, with two men on, and with one man out, Hunter Pence hits an RBI single, scoring Placido Polanco, who had earlier doubled, giving the Phils a 1-0 lead, while sending Jimmy Rollins, who had just walked, up to second base. The Phils then took a 2-0 lead as Shane Victorino hits an RBI single, knocking in Rollins, while sending Pence on to second base. The Phils then made it a 4-0 lead as Laynce Nix hits a two-run double to the right field wall, scoring both Pence and Victorino. The Giants would get a run back in their half of the first as, with the bases loaded, via a single by Angel Pagan, a walk by Melky Cabrera, moving Pagan up to second base, and a single by Buster Posey, moving both runners up a base, and with one man out, Aubrey Huff hits a sacrifice fly to right, scoring Pagan, cutting the Phils’ lead down to 4-1, while sending Cabrera on to third base. The Phils got that run back in the fourth as, with a man on second, and with two men out, Roy Halladay helped himself with an RBI single, knocking in Freddy Galvis, who had just doubled, giving the Phils a 5-1 lead. The Giants would get that run back in their half of the fourth as, with runners on second and third, and with one man out, Tim Lincecum hits an RBI ground out, 5-3, knocking in Brandon Belt, who had started the inning off with a single, then stopped at third on Brandon Crawford’s double, making it a 5-2 Phils’ lead. That would remain the score as Halladay would shut down the Giants for the rest of the night, before handing the ball over to closer Jonathan Papelbon in the ninth, who would then record his third save of the season as he got Cabrera to ground out, 4-3, for the game’s final out.

Roy Halladay (3-0, 1.17) got the win as he pitched eight innings, giving up two runs on seven scattered hits and three walks, while striking out six. Jonathan Papelbon recorded his third save of the season as he threw a scoreless ninth, giving up a hit. Tim Lincecum (0-2, 10.54) took the lost as he pitched six innings, giving up five runs on eight hits and a walk, while striking out six Phils. Dan Otero and Jeremy Affeldt combined for three scoreless innings, giving up a hit (Otero) between them, while striking out two (one each).

The Phils had nine hits in the ballgame, with Hunter Pence (Singles, RBI) and Shane Victorino (Singles, RBI) both leading the team with two hits each. Placido Polanco (Double), Lanyce Nix (Double, 2 RBIs), Carlos Ruiz (Single), Freddy Galvis (Double) and Roy Halladay (Single, RBI) had the other four Phils’ hits, as the team got to Tim Lincecum early, thanks in part to Polanco’s first inning double dropping in between the center and right fielders. The Phils also had a walk and a hit batter in the game.

The Phils (5-5, T-3rd East) will continue their visit with the Giants (4-6, T-3rd West) with a night game later today. The game will be played at AT&T Park and will start at 10:15 pm EDT (7:15 pm PDT). The Phils will send to the mound Joe Blanton (1-1, 2.35), who is coming off a win against the Marlins on April 14, as he pitched seven strong innings, giving up only a run on three hits and a walk, while striking out three, in the Phils’ 3-1 win. He will be out to help lead the Phils to their third straight win, while hoping to improve on his previous start. The Giants will counter with Madison Bumgarner (1-1, 3.97), who is coming off a win against the Rockies on April 12, as he went seven and one-third innings, giving up a run on four hits and two walks, while striking out two, in the Giants’ 4-2 win. He will be trying to even up the series for the Giants. The Phils will be out to win their third straight game, while hoping that the offense will continue to score runs, as well as get hits.

The Phils will conclude their six-game home stand with the first of three games against the Mets.

The Phils (3-3, 3rd) will end their short home stand with a weekend series against the Mets (4-2, 2nd), starting with a night game tonight. The game will be played at Citizens Bank Park and will start at 7:05 pm EDT.

The Phils, who presently own a two-game winning streak, will see if they can continue the Mets present two-game slide, as they send to the mound their number two starter, Cliff Lee (0-0, 1.50), who is presently coming off a no-decision against the Pirates on April 7, in which he pitched six innings, giving up just one run, thanks to a wild pitch, and his not being able to catch Carlos Ruiz’s throw back to him as he still had a chance to tag out the runner, on two hits and two walks, while he struck out four, in the Phils’ 2-1 extra-inning lost. Lee, who has a career record of 2-0 against the Mets with an ERA of 0.43 and seventeen strikeouts, as he pitched in 21 innings, will once again be going for his first win of the year. The Mets will counter with R.A. Dickey (1-0, 3.00), who is coming off a win against the Braves on April 7, where he pitched six innings, giving up just two runs on six hits and four walks, as he struck out three, in the Mets’ 4-2 win. Dickey, who has a caeer record of 2-3 against the Phils with a 2.61 ERA and twenty-seven strikeouts, will be trying to see if he can again give the Phils’ batters fits.

The Phils’ offense, after being able to score only eight runs in their first four games of the season, for an average of two runs per game, have scored a total of ten runs in their last two, while their pitching have allowed only two runs, after being rung up for six in the home opener. In their last two games, the Phils have cranked out a total of twenty-two hits, including six extra-base hits (2B (3), HR (3)), with Carlos Ruiz, Shane Victorino and Ty Wigginton all hitting their first home runs of the season. The offense would also have three stolen bases, with Victorino swiping his third and fourth stolen bases, and Juan Pierre swiping his second stolen base of the young season, as the team continues to use small ball, along with some timely hitting added in the second game of the series, as well as some Marlins’ fielding mistakes and some luck finally going their way. Pitching wise, the starters have had only one bad start, Cole Hamels’ opening day dud at home in which he gave up four runs, all but one of which was earned, while the rest of the staff (Roy Halladay, Cliff Lee, Vance Worley and Joe Blanton) have allowed a grand total of four runs in thirty-four innings pitched, for a record of 3-1 for the starters, with two no-decisions, in six starts. Lee will be trying to continue the so far excellent starting pitching when he faces the Mets tonight. The Phils hope that they can extend their winning streak, while putting the Mets back in their place, before they start an early trip to the West Coast.