Tagged: Joe Savery

Since my last post….

Philadelphia_PhilliesThe Phils officially started spring training on Thursday, February 13, as pitchers and catchers arrived at Clearwater, followed this week by the rest of the squad, although a large number of players had been at Clearwater during the off-season, getting ready for the 2014 season, especially first baseman Ryan Howard, who has been trying to get back into playing shape.

On Friday, February 14, former ballplayer and ex-Phil manager Jim Fregosi passed away at age 71 from multiple strokes. Fregosi, who broke into major league baseball as a shortstop in September 1961, had an 18-year career playing for the Los Angeles/California Angels, the New York Mets, the Texas Ranger and the Pittsburgh Pirates. A six-time All-Star and a gold glove winner (1967), he would play in 1902 games, having a .265 career batting average (1726 for 6523) as he hit 264 2Bs, 78 3Bs and 151 HRs, knocking in 706 RBIs, while scoring 844 times. He would also walk 715 times. After retiring from baseball during the 1978 season, he would be hired as the manager of the team that he had begun his playing career, the Angels, starting a career that would end in 2000, during which he would be the manager of the Angels (1978-1981), the Chicago White Sox (1986-1988), the Philadelphia Phillies (1991-1996) and the Toronto Blue Jays (1999-2000), compiling a managerial record of 1028-1094 .484, as he managed a total of 2122 games. He would lead the Angels into the playoffs in 1979 as they won the American League West, but losing the AL Championship Series, 3-1, to the Orioles, and he would lead the Phils in 1993 to the World Series, before losing the series, 4-2, to the Blue Jays.

On the 16, the Phils finalized their one-year deal with A.J. Burnett, in which they would give the veteran pitcher $15 million dollars plus a $1 million buyout on a mutual option for 2015. Burnett also has a player option for $7.5 million if he exercises his option. With the buyout options and other incentives, Burnett could end up receiving a two-year contract worth $ 33.5 million. He also has a partial no-trade clause, in which he would have to sign off on any possible trade involving nine other teams. In order to make room for Burnett on their roster, the Phils placed left-handed reliever Joe Savery on waviers, awaiting reassignment. On Monday the 17, the A’s picked Savery off of waivers. Selected by the Phils in the first round of the draft back in 2007, Savery has pitched for the Phils for parts of three seasons (2011-2013), appearing in 41 games, with a 3-2 record and a 3.15 ERA, as he pitched in 47.2 innings, giving up 42 hits and 28 runs, 22 of which were earned, as he struck out 32 batters, while walking 19.

As spring training continues, former Phil Roy Holladay has come to camp as a special pitching instructor, offering advice to the team’s younger players. Hopefully they’ll listen to the future Hall of Famer.

The bats have a field day as they pound the Dodgers, winning 16-1.

Philadelphia_PhilliesThe Phils’ offense finally have a laughter as they give John Lannan 16 runs, as they beat up on the Dodgers, 16-1.

The Phils took the lead in the top of the first as, with the bases loaded, via singles by Michael Young and Chase Utley, with M. Young stopping at second base, and a walk by Jimmy Rollins, moving both runners up a base, and with nobody out, Dom Brown hits into an RBI force out, 3-6, scoring M. Young, giving the Phils a 1-0 lead, while sending Utley up to third base, while Rollins is force out at second base for the inning’s first out, while Brown is safe at first. The Phils then took a 2-0 lead as the next batter, Delmon Young, hits an RBI single, scoring Utley, while sending Brown up to second base. Two batters later, after John Mayberry, Jr. hits into a 4-6 force out, sending Brown to third base, while D. Young is forced out at second base for the inning second out, while Mayberry is safe at first, the Phils increased their lead as Ben Revere hits an RBI single, knocking in Brown, giving the Phils a 3-0 lead, while sending Mayberry up to second base. The Phils added to their lead in the top of the second as, with a man on second base, and with two men out, Rollins hits an RBI single, knocking in Utley, who had just doubled, giving the Phils a 4-0 lead, before he moved up to second base on the late throw home. The Phils made it a 6-0 lead two batters later, after Brown reached base on first baseman Adrian Gonzalez’s fielding error, while Rollins moved up to third base, as D. Young hits a two-run double, scoring both Rollins and Brown. The Phils took a 7-0 lead in the top of the fourth as M. Young hits a lead-off home run, his fifth home run of the season. The Phils added to their lead in the top of the fifth as, with a runner on second base, and with two men out, John Lannan helped his own cause with an RBI single, knocking in Carlos Ruiz, who had just doubled, giving the Phils an 8-0 lead, before Lannan is thrown out trying to go to second base on the throw, 7-2-4, for the inning’s final out. The Phils then made it a 9-0 lead in the top of the sixth as, with two men on, and with one man out, Brown hits an RBI single, knocking in M. Young, who had started the inning off with a single, then moved up to second base on Utley’s single, while sending Utley, who had earlier singled, would stop at third base. The Phils then added to their lead as, with two men still on base, and with still one out, D. Young hits an RBI force out, 6-4, scoring Utley, giving the Phils a 10-0 lead, as Brown is forced out at second base for the inning’s second out, as D. Young reaches first base. The Phils then made it a 12-0 lead as Mayberry hits a two-run home run, his sixth home run of the year, knocking in D. Young. The Dodgers finally get onto the scoreboard in their half of the sixth as, with a man on base, and with two men out, pinch-hitter Scott Van Slyke hits an RBI double, scoring Yasiel Puig, who had just walked, making it a 12-1 Phils’ lead. The Phils increased their lead again in the top of the seventh as, with runners on the corners, and with two men out, pinch-hitter John McDonald hits an RBI single, knocking in Lannan, who had earlier singled, moved up to second base on M. Young’s single, then moved up to third base on pinch-hitter Kevin Frandsen’s force out, 6-4, wiping out M. Young at second base for the inning’s second out, giving the Phils a 13-1 lead, while sending Frandsen, who was safe at first on the force out, would stop at second base. Two  batters later, after Brown walks, loading up the bases, as both runners moved up a base, D. Young hits a two-run single, scoring Frandsen and McDonald, giving the Phils a 15-1 lead, while Brown would stop at second base. The Phils then took a 16-1 lead in the top of the eighth as, with a man on third, and with one man out, M. Young hits an RBI ground out, 3-unassisted, scoring Ruiz, who had started the inning off being hit by the pitch, went to second base on pinch-hitter Laynce Nix’s ground out, 3-unassisted, and then moved up to third base on pitcher Brandon League’s wild pitch. That would be the final score as Joe Savery threw a scoreless ninth inning.

John Lannan (1-2, 4.83) got the win as he pitched seven strong innings, giving up a run on five hits and a walk, striking out two. Phillippe Aumont and Joe Savery pitched two scoreless innings, giving up three walks (Aumont (1), Savery (2)) between them, while striking out two batters (one batter each). Chris Capuano (2-5, 4.72) took the last as he lasted only three and two-thirds innings, giving up seven runs, five of which were earned, on ten hits and a walk, while striking out four. Peter Moylan pitched two innings, giving up five runs on five hits and a walk. Matt Guerrier pitched an inning and a third, giving up three runs on four hits and two walks. Brandon League pitched an inning, giving up a run on a hit, a hit batter and a wild pitch. Skip Schumaker pitched a scoreless inning, giving up a hit and two walks, while striking out one.

The Phils had a season high twenty-one hits, with Michael Young (2 RBIs) leading the team with four hits, three singles and home run, followed by Delmon Young (2 Singles, Double, 6 RBIs) and John Lannan (Singles, RBI) with three hits each and Chase Utley (Single, Double), Jimmy Rollins (Singles, RBI), and Ben Revere (Single, Double, RBI) following with two hits apiece. Dom Brown (Single, 2 RBIs), John Mayberry, Jr. (Home Run, 2 RBIs), Carlos Ruiz (Double), Kevin Frandsen (Single) and pinch-hitter John McDonald (Single, RBI), had the other five Phils’ hits. The Phils also had six walks (Utley, Rollins, Brown, Mayberry (2) and Ruiz) and a hit batter (Ruiz) in the game.

The Phils (39-42, 3rd East) continue their series with the Dodgers (36-43, 5th West) with a night game tonight. The game will be played at Dodgers Stadium and will start at 10:10 pm EDT (7:10 pm EDT). The Phils will send to the mound Cliff Lee (9-2, 2.51) who is coming off a no-decision against the Padres on June 24, as he went eight innings, giving up two runs on eight hits and a walk, while striking out seven, in the Phils’ 4-3 extra-innings lost. Lee will once again be going for his tenth win of the year, and hoping that the team won’t allow this start to slip away. The Dodgers will counter with Hyun-Jin Ryu (6-3, 2.85) who is coming off a no-decision against the Giants on June 24, as he went eight innings, giving up a run on eight hits and four walks, while striking out two, in the Dodgers’ 3-1 win. He will be trying to outpitch Lee. The Phils will be trying to win their second straight game against the Dodgers.

The Phils rally from behind before winning in extra-innings, 7-5, taking the series from the Padres.

Philadelphia_PhilliesAfter allowing the Padres to build up a 5-2 lead, the Phils come from behind to tie the game up at 5-5, before winning it in the 13th inning, 7-5, to take the series from the Padres.

The Phils took the lead in the top of the first as, with one man on, and with one man out, Michael Young hits an RBI double, knocking in Chase Utley, who had just singled, giving the Phils a 1-0 lead. The Phils increased their lead in the top of the second as, with a man on third, and with one man out, Carlos Ruiz hits a sacrifice fly, scoring Delmon Young, who had started the inning off with a double, then moved up to third base on John Mayberry, Jr.’s fly out to center, giving the Phils a 2-0 lead. The Padres cut the Phils’ lead in the bottom of the third as, with a runner on second, and with one man out, Logan Forsythe hits an RBI double, knocking in Pedro Ciriaco, who had started the inning off with a single, then moved up to second base on Robbie Erlin’s sacrifice bunt, making it a 2-1 Phils’ lead. The Padres tied the game up at two-all one batter later as, with a man on second, and with still one man out, Chris Denorfia hits a single, which is then deflected off of right fielder D. Young, allowing Forsythe to score on the missed catch error. The Padres took the lead in the bottom of the fifth as, with a man on second, and with two men out, Denorfia hits a two-run home run, his sixth home run of the season, scoring Forsythe, who had just hit a ground-rule double, giving the Padres a 4-2 lead. The Padres then made it a 5-2 lead in the bottom of the sixth as, with a man on second, and with nobody out, Kyle Blanks hits an RBI double, knocking in Chase Headley, who had started the inning off with a double. The Phils got a run back in the top of the seventh as, with two men on, and with two men out, pinch-hitter Kevin Frandsen hits an RBI single, knocking in Dom Brown, who had started the inning off with a single, then moved up to second base on Ruiz’s single, making it a 5-3 Padres’ lead, while sending Ruiz, who had just singled, up to second base. The Phils tied the game up at five-all in the top of the eighth as, with one man on, and with two men out, D. Young hits a two-run home run, his seventh home run of the season, scoring Brown, who had just doubled. The Phils retook the lead in the top of the thirteenth as, with two men on, and with two men out, Ben Revere hits a grounder that is missed played by second baseman Forsythe, becoming a fielding error, which allows Revere to reach first base, before Forsythe threw towards home plate in an attempt to throw out Utley, who had started the inning off being hit by a pitch, before moving up to second base on Brown’s walk, as he was trying to score, after having first run past third base, but Forsythe’s throw bounce off of catcher Nick Hundley, allowing Utley to score on Forsythe’s throwing error, giving the Phils a 6-5 lead. On the same play, as the ball gets away from Hundley, Brown, who had just walked, and had gone to first second base and then to third base on the play, also headed for home, soon crossing the plate ahead of pitcher Tommy Layne’s attempt to tag him out, giving the Phils a 7-5 lead. That would end up being the final score as Jonathan Papelbon collected his fifteenth save of the year by pitching a scoreless bottom of the thirteenth.

Cole Hamels received a no-decision as he went six innings, giving up five runs, four of which were earned, on seven hits and two walks, while striking out five. J.C. Ramirez, Phillippe Aumont and Jake Diekman combined for five scoreless innings, giving up a hit (Diekman) and two walks (Aumont) between them, while striking out two (Ramirez (1), Aumont (1)). Joe Savery (1-0, 2.25) got the win as he threw a 1-2-3 inning, striking out a batter. Jonathan Papelbon received his fifteenth save of the season as he threw a scoreless inning, giving up a hit, while striking out a batter. Robbie Erlin also received a no-decision as he went six and a third innings, giving up three runs, two of which were earned, on four hits and a walk, while striking out seven. Nick Vincent collected his first hold of the season as he pitched a third of an inning, giving up two hits and a walk, while striking out a batter. Joe Thatcher collected his ninth hold of the year as he pitched an inning, giving up a run on a hit, while striking out a batter. Luke Gregerson committed his fourth blown save of the season as he pitched a third of an inning, giving up a run on a hit. Dale Thayer, Tim Stauffer and Huston Street combined for five scoreless innings, giving up a hit (Street) between them, while striking out two (Thayer (1), Stauffer (1)). Tommy Layne (0-2, 2.45) took the lost as he pitched two-thirds of an inning, giving up two unearned runs on a hit batter and a walk. Tyson Ross pitched a third of an inning, giving up a hit.

The Phils had ten hits in the game, with Dom Brown (Single, Double), Delmon Young (Double, Home Run, 2 RBIs) and Carlos Ruiz (Singles, RBI), all leading the team with two hits each. Chase Utley (Single), Michael Young (Double, RBI), John Mayberry, Jr. (Single) and pinch-hitter Kevin Frandsen (Single, RBI), had the other four Phils’ hit. The last two Phils’ run came in on a couple of errors. The Phils also had three walks (Jimmy Rollins, Brown, Ruiz), a sacrifice fly (Ruiz), a sacrifice bunt (Cole Hamels) and a hit batter (Utley)) in the ballgame.

The Phils (38-41, 3rd East) start a four-games series with the Dodgers (35-42, 5th West) starting with a night game tonight. The game is to be played at Dodgers Stadium and is to start at 10:10 pm EDT (7:10 pm PDT). The Phils will send to the mound Jonathan Pettibone (3-3, 4.14), who is coming off a no-decision against the Mets on June 22, as he went six innings, giving up a run on five hits and a walk, while striking out one, in the Phils’ 8-7 walk-off win. Pettibone will once again be looking for his fourth win of the season, hoping that the Phils’ bullpen will not allow this one to get out of hand. The Dodgers will counter with Zack Greinke (4-2. 3.79), who is coming off a win against the Padres on June 22, as he went eight innings, giving up a run on four hits and a walk, while striking out eight, in the Dodgers’ 6-1 win. He’ll be out to beat the Phils. The Phils will be out to continue their present winning streak on the west coast.

The Phils scored four runs in their last at-bat to defeat the Brewers, 7-6.

The Phils score four times in their last at-bat to come back from behind to beat the Brew Crew, 7-6.

The Brewers took the lead in the first as, with a runner on second, and with two men out, Aramis Ramirez hits an RBI double, knocking in Carlos Gomez, who was earlier hit by a pitch, then stole second base, giving the Brewers a 1-0 lead. The Brewers then made it a 2-0 lead as Corey Hart hits an RBI single, scoring Ramirez. The Phils got a run back in their half of the first as, with two men out, Chase Utley hits a solo home run, his fourth home run of the season, and his second home run in two days, making it a 2-1 Brewers’ lead. The Phils then tied it up at two-all as Ryan Howard’s long fly to left center field, originally called a double, is called a home run by the umpires after seeing that it had cleared the home run line along the fence, giving Howard his fourth home run of the season, and his third home run in the last four games. The Brewers regain the lead in the third as, with a man on second, and with nobody out, Ryan Braun hits an RBI single on a ball that bounces off of Howard’s glove, knocking in Gomez, who had started the inning off with a single, then stole second base, for his second steal of the night, giving the Brew Crew a 3-2 lead. The Brewers then made it a 6-2 lead in the fourth as, with two men on, and with two men out, Gomez hits a three-run home run, on a ball that hits the left field foul pole, his sixth home run of the season, knocking in Randy Wolf, who had earlier singled, then stopped at second base on Norichika Aoki’s single, and Aoki, who had just singled. The Phils would get a run back in the seventh as, with the bases loaded, via walks to Jimmy Rollins and Juan Pierre, who then perform a double steal, moving up to third and second base respectively, and a walk to Utley and with one man out, Rollins would score on catcher George Kottaras’ passed ball, cutting the Brewers’ lead down to 6-3, while allowing Pierre to move up to third base, and Utley to go to second base. The Phils then began a rally in the ninth as, after pinch hitter Laynce Nix struck out for the inning’s first out, Rollins  would get on base with a walk. Pierre followed with a single to right, sending Rollins all the way to third, putting runners on the corners. While Utley was batting, Pierre stole second base, his second steal of the game. Utley then walked, loading up the bases. Howard then came to the plate, and after falling behind in the count, 0-2, hits a single up the middle, knocking in Rollins and Pierre, cutting the Brewers’ lead down to 6-5, while sending Utley to third base. The Phils then tied the game up at six-all as Carlos Ruiz hits an RBI single, knocking in Utley, while moving Howard up to second base. Hunter Pence then worked a walk, reloading the bases, as Howard and Ruiz both moved up a base. Erik Kratz is then sent in to pinch run for Howard. Ty Wigginton then comes to the plate and hits a fly ball to left, that would score Kratz from third, beating the off-line throw to the plate, for the walk-off 7-6 win.

Roy Halladay received a no-decision as he threw six innings, giving up six runs on eight hits, a hit batter and a walk, while striking out three. Michael Schwimer and Jake Diekman would combine for two scoreless innings, walking two batters (one each) between them, while striking out four (two batters each). Joe Savery (1-2, 5.63) gets the win, his first career win, as he pitched a 1-2-3 inning, striking out a batter. Randy Wolf also got a no-decision as he also went six innings, as he gave up two runs on five hits and three walks, while striking out five. Manny Parra pitched two-thirds of an inning, giving up an unearned run on three walks and a passed ball. John Axford received his first hold of the season as he threw one and one-third scoreless innings, striking out a batter. Francisco Rodriguez received his fifth blown save of the year before taking the lost (2-5, 4.47), as he pitched two-thirds of an inning, giving up four runs on three hits and three walks, while striking out a batter.

The Phils had eight hits in the game, with Ryan Howard leading the team with three hits (Single, Double, Home Runs, 3 RBIs), followed by John Mayberry, Jr. who had two hits (Single, Double). Chase Utley (Home Run, RBI), Juan Pierre (Single) and Carlos Ruiz (Single, RBI) had the other three Phils’ hit. Ty Wigginton had the final Phil RBI, via a sacrifice fly, while the final run came in on a passed ball. The Phils also had nine walks and three stolen bases (Rollins (16) & Pierre (22 & 23)) in the game.

The Phils (43-54, 5th East) will continue their series with the Brew Crew (44-51, 4th Central) with a night game tonight. The game will be played at Citizens Bank Park, and will start at 7:05 pm EDT. The Phils will send to the mound Cliff Lee (1-6, 3.72), who is coming off a no-decision against the Dodgers on July 18, as he went eight strong innings, giving up just a run on two hits and a walk, while striking out four, in the Phils’ 5-3 extra-innings lost. He will once more be trying to record his second win of the season. The Brewers will counter with Zack Greinke (9-3, 3.57), who is coming off a no-decision against the Pirates on July 13, as he pitched five innings, giving up five runs on seven hits and two walks, while striking out six, in the Brewers’ 10-7 win. He will be going for his tenth win of the season. The Phils will be going for their third straight win at home.

The Phils’ bullpen ruin Chase Utley’s return, as the Phils lose to the Pirates, 11-7.

The Phils’ bullpen spoil Chase Utley’s return to the club as they can not hold down the Pirates, as the Phils lose to the Bucos, 11-7.

The Phils took the lead in the first as, with two men out, Chase Utley hits a dramatic solo home run, his first home run of the season, as well as his first hit of the year, giving the Phils a 1-0 lead. The Phils then took a 2-0 lead as Carlos Ruiz followed with a solo home run of his own, his eleventh home run of the year. The Pirates took the lead in the second as, with two men on, and with two men out, Michael McKenry hits a three-run home run, knocking in Neil Walker, who had earlier walked, then moved up to second base on Jose Tabata’s single, and Tabata, who had just singled, giving the Pirates a 3-2 lead. The Pirates added to their lead in the fourth as Casey McGehee hits a lead-off home run, his fourth home run of the season, giving the Pirates a 4-2 lead. The Pirates then took a 5-2 lead as, with runners on the corners, and with two men out, James McDonald hits an RBI single, scoring Walker, who had earlier doubled, then reached third base on Pedro Alvarez’s ground out, 4-3, while moving McKenry, who had just been intentionally walked, on to third base. The Pirates increased their lead in the fifth as, with two men on, and with one man out, Walker hits an RBI single, knocking in Drew Sutton, who had lead-off the inning with a walk, then moved up to second base on Andrew McCutchen’s single, giving the Pirates a 6-2 lead, while sending McCutchen, who had earlier singled, up to third base. The Pirates then made a 7-2 lead as Tabata hits an RBI single, scoring McCutchen, while sending Walker on to third base. The Pirates then took an 8-2 lead as McKendry hits an RBI single, scoring Walker, while sending Tabata up to third base. The Phils started a comeback in the sixth as, with one man on, and with one man out, Hunter Pence hits an RBI double, knocking in Ruiz, who had been safe at first as Utley, who had reached first base on an infield single, is wiped out at second base on a 6-4 force out, cutting the Pirates’ lead down to 8-3. The Phils then made it an 8-4 Pirates’ lead as Shane Victorino hits an RBI single, knocking in Pence. The Phils cut the Pirates’ lead down to 8-5 in the seventh as, with a man on first, and with nobody out, Jimmy Rollins hits an RBI triple, knocking in Hector Luna, who had started the inning off by reaching base on third baseman’s Alvarez’s fielding error. The Phils then made it an 8-6 Pirates’ lead as Juan Pierre hits an RBI single, scoring Rollins. Two batters later, with runners on the corners, as Utley send Pierre to third base with a single to right, and with still nobody out, Ruiz hits an RBI single, scoring Pierre, cutting the Pirates’ lead down to 8-7, while sending Utley up to second base. The Pirates then increased their lead in the eighth as, with one man on, and with one man out, Sutton hits an RBI double, scoring pinch hitter Alex Presley, who had started the inning off with a walk, giving the Pirates a 9-7 lead. The Pirates then made it an 11-7 lead as McCutchen hits a two-run home run, his fourteenth home run of the year, knocking in Sutton. That would end up being the final score as Joel Hanrahan pitched a scoreless ninth.

Raul Valdes (2-1, 3.24) took the lost as he only pitched two innings, giving up three runs on two hits and two walks, while striking out two. Joe Savery pitched two and two-thirds innings, giving up five runs on five hits and two walks, while striking out two. Michael Schwimer pitched an inning and a third, giving up four hits, while striking out three. Jake Diekman pitched a 1-2-3 inning, striking out two. Chad Qualls pitched an inning, giving up three runs on three hits and a walk. Antonio Bastardo pitched a scoreless inning, giving up a walk. James McDonald (7-3, 2.44) got the win as he pitched five and two-thirds innings, giving up four runs on six hits and two walks, while striking out three. Jared Hughes pitched a third of an inning, plus two batters, giving up two runs, one of which was earned, on a hit and a walk. Tony Watson pitched to three batters, getting none of them out, as he gave up a run on three hits. Brad Lincoln collected his first hold of the year as he threw a scoreless inning. Jason Grilli pitched a 1-2-3 inning, striking out a batter. Joel Hanrahan pitched a scoreless inning, giving up a walk.

The Phils had ten hits in the game, with Chase Utley (2 Singles, Home Run, RBI), leading the team as he played in his first game after coming off the dl, followed by Jimmy Rollins (Single, Triple, RBI) and Carlos Ruiz (Single, Home Run, 2 RBIs) with two hits each. Juan Pierre (Single, RBI), Hunter Pence (Double, RBI) and Shane Victorino (Single, RBI) had the other three Phils’ hits. The Phils also had four walks and two stolen bases (Pierre (17), Victorino (19)) in the ballgame.

The Phils (36-41, 4th East) conclude their series with the Pirates (39-35, 2nd Central) with an afternoon game at Citizens Bank Park, already in progress.

The Phils begin their four-game series with the Dodgers with a lose as Papelbon is unable to keep the Dodgers from scoring in the top of the ninth, as the Phils lose, 4-3.

The Phils lose their third straight game, as Papelbon is unable to secure the ninth inning, as the Phils drop one to the Dodgers, 4-3.

The Dodgers took the lead in the first as, with two men on, and with one man out, Juan Rivera hits an RBI single, scoring Elian Herrera, who had earlier walked, then stole second base, giving the Dodgers a 1-0 lead, while sending Andre Ethier, who had just walked, on to third base. The Dodgers then took a 2-0 lead as Bobby Abreu hits an RBI single, knocking in Ethier, while moving Rivera up to second base. The Dodgers added to their lead in the second as, with a man on third, and with one man out, Dee Gordon hits an RBI single, scoring Adam Kennedy, who had started the inning off with a double, then went to third base on Clayton Kershaw’s sacrifice bunt, 1-4, giving the Dodgers a 3-0 lead. The Phils would get a run back in the third as, with one man on, and with nobody out, Freddy Galvis hits an RBI single, knocking in John Mayberry, Jr., who had started the inning off with a double, making it a 3-1 Dodgers lead. The Phils then tied up the ballgame at three-all three batters later, after Vance Worley moves Galvis up to second base on a sacrifice bunt, 1-4, and with two men out, Placido Polanco hits a two-run home run, his second home run of the season, scoring Galvis. The game would remain tied until the ninth inning as the Dodgers retake the lead as, with a runner on third, and with nobody out, Herrera hits an RBI single, knocking in Gordon, who had started the inning off with a triple, giving the Dodgers a 4-3 lead. That would end up being the final score as Kenley Jensen converted his seventh save of the season as he pitched a 1-2-3 ninth.

Vance Worley received a no-decision as he went four innings, giving up three runs on five hits and three walks, while striking out four. Joe Savery and Antonio Bastardo combined for four scoreless innings, giving up two hits ( one hit each) between them, while striking out six (three each). Jonathan Papelbon (0-2, 2.31) took the lost as he pitched an inning, giving up a run on two hits, while striking out two. Clayton Kershaw also received a no-decision as he threw seven innings, giving up three runs on eight hits, while striking out five. Ronald Belisario (1-0, 1.26) got the win as he pitched a 1-2-3 inning. Kenley Jensen collected his seventh save of the year as he threw a 1-2-3 inning, striking out two Phils.

The Phils had eight hits in the game, with Jimmy Rollins (Single, Triple), Placido Polanco (Single, Home Run, 2 RBIs) and Freddy Galvis (Singles, RBI) all leading the Phils with two hits each. Carlos Ruiz (Single) and John Mayberry, Jr. (Double) had the other two Phils’ hits.

The Phils (28-28, 5th East) continue their series with the Dodgers (34-21, 1st West) with a game now in progress.

Joe Blanton has his third straight bad outing, as the Phils lose to the Mets, 6-3.

Joe Blanton has his third staright bad start, giving up six runs this time, as the Phils drop one to the Mets, 6-3.

The Phils took the lead in the first as, with a runner on third, and with one man out, Jimmy Rollins, who had started the ballgame off with a double, then went to third on Juan Pierre’s sacrifice bunt, 1-3, would score on Jeremy Hefner’s wild pitch, giving the Phils a 1-0 lead. The Mets would tie the game up at one-all in their half of the first as, with runners on the corners, and with nobody out, David Wright hits an RBI single, scoring Mike Baxter, who had started the inning off by being hit by a pitch, then going to third on Kirk Nieuwenhuis’ single, while sending Nieuwenhuis, who had just singled, up to third base. The Mets then took the lead three batters later as, with runners on the corners, and now with two men out, Ike Davis hits an RBI single, knocking in Nieuwenhuis, who had reached third base on Daniel Murphy’s force out, 4-6, as Wright is wiped out at second base on Murphy’s grounder, giving the Mets a 2-1 lead, while sending Murphy, who was safe at first on the force out, up to second base. The Phils would tie the score up at two-all in the second as, with two men out, Brian Schneider hits a solo home run, his second home run of the season. The Mets retook the lead in their half of the second as, with a runner on third, and with one man out, Baxter hits an RBI double, knocking in Omar Quintanilla, who had started the inning off with a double, then went to third base on Hefner’s sacrifice bunt, 5-4, giving the Mets a 3-2 lead. The Mets added to their lead in the fourth as, with two men out, Hefner hits a solo home run, his first home run of the season and of his career, as well as his first major league hit. The Phils would get a run back in the sixth as, with one man on, and with nobody out, Hunter Pence hits a double to left, sending Pierre, who had started the inning off with a single, to third base, before he would head home on left fielder Baxter’s fielding error, making it a 4-3 Mets’ lead, while Pence would go on to third on the error. The Mets would increase their lead in their half of the sixth as, with one man on, and with nobody out, pinch hitter Scott Hairston hits a two-run home run, his sixth home run of the season, knocking in Quintanilla, who had started off the inning with a double, giving the Mets a 6-3 lead. That would end up being the final score as Frank Francisco recorded his fourteenth save of the year as he threw a scoreless ninth, striking out Schneider on a called third strike.

Joe Blanton (4-5, 5.05) took the lost as he pitched five innings, plus two batters, giving up six runs on nine hits, two walks and a hit batter, while striking out four. Raul Valdes threw a scoreless inning, striking out a batter. Jake Diekman and Joe Savery combined for two scoreless innings, giving up a hit (Savery) between them, while striking out three (Diekman (2), Savery (1)). Jeremy Hefner (1-2, 5.60) got the win, the first of his career, as he went six innings, giving up three runs on six hits, as he struck out four. Bobby Parnell collected his eleventh hold of the year as he pitched a 1-2-3 inning.  Jon Rauch received his fifth hold of the season as he threw a scoreless inning, giving up a hit. Frank Francisco collected his fourteenth save of the year as he pitched a scoreless inning, giving up a hit, while he struck out two.

The Phils had eight hits in the game, with Jimmy Rollins (Single, Double) and Placido Polanco (Singles) both leading the team with two hits each. Juan Pierre (Single), Hunter Pence (Double), Ty Wigginton (Single) and Brian Schneider (Home Run, RBI) had the other four Phils’ hits. The 0ther two Phils’ runs came in on a wild pitch and an error.

The Phils (26-25, 5th) will conclude their series with the Mets (28-22, T-2nd) with a night game tonight. The game will be played at Citi Field, and will start at 7:10 pm EDT. The Phils will send to the mound Cliff Lee (0-2, 2.82), who is coming off a no-decision against the Cardinals on May 25, as he pitched seven innings, giving up three runs on eight hits and three walks, while striking out seven, in the Phils’ 5-3 extra-innings win. He is still looking for his first win of the 2012 season. The Mets will counter with Dillon Gee (4-3, 4.92), who is coming off a win against the Padres on May 25, as he threw seven innings, giving up a run on four hits and three walks, while striking out nine, in the Mets’ 6-1 win. He will be trying to lead the Mets to a series win. The Phils will be going for the series win, while trying to give Lee his first victory of 2012.