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

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

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

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

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

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

Roy Halladay wins his tenth start of the season as the Phils defeat the Braves, 3-1.

Roy Halladay wins his tenth start of the season as he pitches his league leading seventh complete game, as the Phils defeat the Braves, 3-1, cutting the Braves’ lead over them to four games.

The Braves took the lead in the first as, with two men out, Chipper Jones hits a solo home run, his sixth home run of the year, to give the Braves a 1-0 lead. The game then became a pitchers’ duel between Halladay and Braves’ starter Dereke Lowe, as Lowe, through five innings, would just give up four hits and one walk, getting himself out of a two on, two outs, jam in the second and a bases loaded, two outs, jam in the fourth by striking out Halladay both times, while Halladay would give up just three more hits after the Jones’ home run, through six, as he strikes out four. The Phils then took the lead in the sixth as, with a runner on base, and with one man out, Greg Dobbs hits a two-run home run, his second home run of the season, as he knocks in Jayson Werth, who had earlier singled, giving the Phils a 2-1 lead. The Phils then increased their lead in the eighth as, with a runner on second, and with two outs, Juan Castro hits an RBI single, scoring Werth, who was earlier safe on a force out, 1-6, forcing out at second base Ryan Howard, who had just singled, as he beat out the throw to first, while sending Raul Ibanez, who had earlier singled, and then went to second base on Howard’s single, and then went to second as Ibanez got caught stealing on a failed suicide bunt attempt by Castro, and then caught in a rundown before finally being tagged out, 2-5, to give the Phils a 3-1 lead. That would be the final score as Halladay pitched a 1-2-3 ninth, getting Brian McCann to ground out, 4-3, for the game’s final out.

Roy Halladay gets the win as he pitches a complete game, giving up just a run on five hits and a walk, while he strikes out seven. His record is now 10-7 with an ERA of 2.33. Derek Lowe took the lost as he pitches seven innings, giving up two runs on six hits and a walk, while he strikes out six. His record is now 9-7 with a 4.40 ERA. Jonny Venters pitches an inning, giving up a run on three hits.

The Phils had nine hits in the game, with Raul Ibanez, Ryan Howard, Jayson Werth and Greg Dobbs all getting two hits each, with Ibanez, Howard and Werth’s hits being all singles, while Dobbs’ hits were a single and a two-run home run, knocking in two runs. Juan Castro had the only other Phil hit, an RBI single. Other than the two-run home run by Dobbs, the Phils had not enough offense to speak of against Lowe, and almost messed up a scoring opportunity in the eighth with a blown suicide squeeze attempt by Juan Castro, which hung Ibanez out to dry between third and home.

The Phils (43-38, 3rd) continues their three-game series with the Braves (48-35, 1st) with a night game tonight. The game will be played at Citizens Bank Park and will start at 7:05 pm Eastern. The Phils will send to the mound Cole Hamels (6-7, 4.07), who is coming off a lost against the Pirates on July 1, as he went seven innings, giving up three runs on five hits and two walks, while striking out eight, in the Phils’ 3-2 lost. In his last three starts, his record is 0-2 with a no-decision, as he pitched eighteen innings, giving up twelve runs, eleven of which were earned, on seventeen hits and seven walks, while he struck out eighteen batters. He will be trying to end his personal two games losing streak, while trying to even up his record. The Braves will counter with Jair Jurrjens  (1-3, 5.59), who is coming off a win against the Nationals on June 30, as he pitched five innings, giving up a run on six hits and two walks, while striking out six, in the Braves’ 4-1 win. In his last three starts, his record is 1-2, as he pitched twelve and two-thirds innings, giving up seven runs on twelve hits and six walks, while striking out nine. He will be trying for his second win of the season, while trying to even the series. The Phils will be trying to win the series tonight, while Hamels hope that the offense will give him a lot more runs support than he has received in his last three starts.

Boy, today has been a very busy day for the Phils, and they still have to face the Indians tonight.

Boy, a lot of news have been released by the Phils today. Along with their announcement of selecting Darren Daulton as the newest member of the Phils’ Walk of Fame (See previous post), and the expected return of regular shortstop, leader and sparkplug, Jimmy Rollins, the Phils have made several more announcements:

1) To make room for JayRo, the Phils have sent the struggling Greg Dobbs, who is at the moment batting a lousy .152, with one homer and six RBIs, and is only 1 for 25 as a pinch hitter, to assignment. If he clears waivers, Dobbs will likely be sent to Triple-A Lehigh Valley, to get some well needed at-bats to get his swing back, if he is not either claimed on waivers by another team or is not traded by the Phils within the next 10 days;

2) Carlos Ruiz has been placed on the 15-day disabled list, as he continues to recover from getting his bell rung by a broken bat swing against the back of his head during last Friday night’s game with the Twins. This will leave Brian Schneider as the no. 1 catcher (UGH!) and Dane Sardinha, who was called up after Friday’s game to act as the backup, will stay as the no. 2 catcher, while Ruiz recovers;

3) Scott Mathieson, who came back to the big leagues, was sent back to the minors, with his place on the roster to be taken by Mike Zagurski.

With the above moves the Phils’ bench is now Juan Castro, Wilson Valdez, Ross Gload, Schneider (once Ruiz is back) and Ben Francisco.

With all this, I hope that Rollins will give some life back into the Phils’ starting line-up, with Castro and Valdez both being ready to come off the bench, considering the numbers of at-bats the pair had gotten during Rollins’ two stints on the disabled list. Now, if Francisco can just get his swing back, the bench might actually have improved with Dobbs being sent down. Knock on wood. A lot!!!!

Oh, and Dobbs, if this is the last time that we actually see you in a Phils’ uniform, thanks for helping the team during the last three seasons, but, dude, why did you have to go and stink during the last season plus?

Ruiz, please get well soon.

My thoughts on all these moves? I have no idea on the situation with Mathieson, since it is a tough break from him to be sent back down after returning to the bigs. I just hope the front office knows what it is doing. As for them sending down Dobbs, I think that it was the right move. Dobbs is just not doing it this year, and he might need a temporary (hopefully) change of scenary to (hopefully) get his groove back. As for Rollins’ return, uhm, excuse me….. Yaaaaaaaaaaahhhhhheeeeewwwwww, Jimmy’s back!!!!!! 🙂 Yes, I’m happy, thank you.

The Phillies (35-32, 3rd NL East) will continue their home stand with a three game series with the Indians (26-42, 5th AL Central), starting with a night game tonight. The game will be played at Citizens Bank Park, and will start at 7:05 pm Eastern. The Phillies will send to the mound Jamie Moyer (7-6, 4.76), who is coming off a win against the Yankees on June 16, as he pitched a strong eight innings, giving up just two runs, both on home runs, on three hits and a walk, while he struck out six, in the Phils’ 6-3 win. He will be going for his eighth win of the season, while trying to start the series for the Phils on a winning note. The Indians will counter with their ace Mitch Talbot (7-5, 4.21), who is coming off a lost against the Mets on June 16, as he went five and two-thirds innings, being rocked for eight runs on thirteen hits, as he struck out only three, in the Indians’ 8-4 lost. He will be trying to recover from the lost, while hoping that the Phils’ bat don’t erupt. The Phils will be trying to win their second interleague series by hopefully taking advantage of one of the weakest teams of the AL. Hopefully there will not be a repeat of last year’s embarrassment at the hands of the Orioles. Come on guys, time to regroup and clobber the tribe with the bats. 

Boy, today has been a very busy day for the Phils, and they still have to face the Indians tonight.

Boy, a lot of news have been released by the Phils today. Along with their announcement of selecting Darren Daulton as the newest member of the Phils’ Walk of Fame (See previous post), and the expected return of regular shortstop, leader and sparkplug, Jimmy Rollins, the Phils have made several more announcements:

1) To make room for JayRo, the Phils have sent the struggling Greg Dobbs, who is at the moment batting a lousy .152, with one homer and six RBIs, and is only 1 for 25 as a pinch hitter, to assignment. If he clears waivers, Dobbs will likely be sent to Triple-A Lehigh Valley, to get some well needed at-bats to get his swing back, if he is not either claimed on waivers by another team or is not traded by the Phils within the next 10 days;

2) Carlos Ruiz has been placed on the 15-day disabled list, as he continues to recover from getting his bell rung by a broken bat swing against the back of his head during last Friday night’s game with the Twins. This will leave Brian Schneider as the no. 1 catcher (UGH!) and Dane Sardinha, who was called up after Friday’s game to act as the backup, will stay as the no. 2 catcher, while Ruiz recovers;

3) Scott Mathieson, who came back to the big leagues, was sent back to the minors, with his place on the roster to be taken by Mike Zagurski.

With the above moves the Phils’ bench is now Juan Castro, Wilson Valdez, Ross Gload, Schneider (once Ruiz is back) and Ben Francisco.

With all this, I hope that Rollins will give some life back into the Phils’ starting line-up, with Castro and Valdez both being ready to come off the bench, considering the numbers of at-bats the pair had gotten during Rollins’ two stints on the disabled list. Now, if Francisco can just get his swing back, the bench might actually have improved with Dobbs being sent down. Knock on wood. A lot!!!!

Oh, and Dobbs, if this is the last time that we actually see you in a Phils’ uniform, thanks for helping the team during the last three seasons, but, dude, why did you have to go and stink during the last season plus?

Ruiz, please get well soon.

My thoughts on all these moves? I have no idea on the situation with Mathieson, since it is a tough break from him to be sent back down after returning to the bigs. I just hope the front office knows what it is doing. As for them sending down Dobbs, I think that it was the right move. Dobbs is just not doing it this year, and he might need a temporary (hopefully) change of scenary to (hopefully) get his groove back. As for Rollins’ return, uhm, excuse me….. Yaaaaaaaaaaahhhhhheeeeewwwwww, Jimmy’s back!!!!!! 🙂 Yes, I’m happy, thank you.

The Phillies (35-32, 3rd NL East) will continue their home stand with a three game series with the Indians (26-42, 5th AL Central), starting with a night game tonight. The game will be played at Citizens Bank Park, and will start at 7:05 pm Eastern. The Phillies will send to the mound Jamie Moyer (7-6, 4.76), who is coming off a win against the Yankees on June 16, as he pitched a strong eight innings, giving up just two runs, both on home runs, on three hits and a walk, while he struck out six, in the Phils’ 6-3 win. He will be going for his eighth win of the season, while trying to start the series for the Phils on a winning note. The Indians will counter with their ace Mitch Talbot (7-5, 4.21), who is coming off a lost against the Mets on June 16, as he went five and two-thirds innings, being rocked for eight runs on thirteen hits, as he struck out only three, in the Indians’ 8-4 lost. He will be trying to recover from the lost, while hoping that the Phils’ bat don’t erupt. The Phils will be trying to win their second interleague series by hopefully taking advantage of one of the weakest teams of the AL. Hopefully there will not be a repeat of last year’s embarrassment at the hands of the Orioles. Come on guys, time to regroup and clobber the tribe with the bats. 

Doc Halladay enters the major league history books as he pitches the twentieth perfect game in major league history, the second by a Phil pitcher, as the Phils beat the Marlin, 1-0.

For the second time in Phils’ history, and for the twentieth time in major league history, a Phil starter threw a perfect game, as Roy Halladay threw a complete game no-hitter, as the Phils beat the Marlins, 1-0.

The Phils took the lead in the third as, with one man on, and with one man out, Cameron Maybin misplays a Chase Utley fly ball that bounces off his glove and then goes to the fence for a three-base fielding error, allowing Wilson Valdez, who had earlier singled to score, giving the Phils a 1-0 lead. That would be all the runs that the Phils would score in the game as the Marlins’ pitchers, starter Josh Johnson, and relievers Clay Hensley and Leo Nunez, would give up only seven hits and a walk to the Phils. But it would also end up being all the runs that the Phils’ starter Roy Halladay would need as he pitches a perfect game no-hitter, striking out eleven Marlins on a total of 115 pitches, 72 of which were for strikes. Halladay ends the game by getting pinch hitter Mike Lamb to fly out deep to center for out number one, then getting pinch hitter Wes Helms to strike out looking for out number two, then ending the game by getting pinch hitter Ronny Paulino to ground out, 5-3.

Roy Halladay gets the win as he pitches a perfect game, giving up no runs on no hits and no walks, while striking out eleven Marlins. His record is now 7-3 with a 1.99 ERA. Josh Johnson took the lost as he gives up an unearned run on seven hits and a walk, while striking out six. His record is now 5-2 with an ERA of 2.19. Clay Hensley and Leo Nunez threw two shut out innings, striking out a batter (Hensley) between them.

The Phils had only seven hits in the game, with Wilson Valdez, Juan Castro and Carlos Ruiz leading the team with two hits each, with Valdez and Castro both having a single and a double, with Valdez scoring the only run of the game on an error, and Ruiz’s hits being a pair of singles. Shane Victorino had the other Phil hit, a single.

The Phils (28-20, 1st) will conclude their three-game series with the Marlins (24-26, 5th) with an afternoon game. The game will begin at 1:10 pm Eastern. The Phils will send to the mound Jamie Moyer (5-4, 4.55), who is coming off a lost against the Mets on May 25, as he went only five innings, giving up four runs on seven hits and two walks, while striking out none, in the Phils’ 8-0 lost. He will be trying to help the Phils get the series sweep, while trying to continue his dominance of the fish to get his sixth win of the season. The Marlins will counter with Anibal Sanchez (4-2, 3.23), who is coming off a win against the Braves on May 25, as he went six and one-third innings, giving up two runs on five hits and four walks, while striking out six, in the Marlins’ 6-4 win. He will be trying to help the Marlins avoid the sweep. The Phils will be trying to get the series sweep as well as evening up their present road trip.

Sunday: Roy Halladay gets crushed by his old nemesis as the Phils lose to the Red Sox, 8-3.

Roy Halladay had an off day Sunday as he got crushed by his old AL nemesis the Red Sox, as the Phils lost to the Red Sox, 8-3.

The Bosox took the lead in the second as, with a runner on third, and with nobody out, J.D. Drew hits an RBI ground out, 3-1, scoring Kevin Youkilis, who had earlier tripled, giving the Bosox a 1-0 lead. The Bosox added to their lead in the fourth as, with the bases loaded, via a single to Victor Martinez, a walk to Youkilis, moving Martinez up to second base, and a single to Drew, moving both Martinez and Youkilis up a base, and with one man out, Greg Dobbs committed a fielding error on an Adrian Beltre grounder that went through his legs, allowing both Martin and Youkilis to score, making it a 3-0 Bosox’s lead, while allowing Drew to reach second and Beltre to be safe at first. The Bosox would then break the game wide open in the sixth. Youkilis made it a 4-0 Bosox’s lead as he hit a lead-off home run, his ninth home run of the season. Three batters later, with runners on the corners, and with one man out, Marco Scutaro hits an RBI single, scoring Drew, who had earlier doubled and had gone to third on Beltre’s single, giving the Bosox a 5-0 lead, while sending Beltre up to second base. Two batters later, the Bosox made it 7-0 as, now with runners on second and third, thanks to a Tim Wakefield sacrifice bunt moving both Beltre and Scutaro up a base, and now with two men out, Jacoby Ellsbury hits a two-run infield single, knocking in both Beltre and Scutaro, with the later running home as Juan Castro, who had fielded the ground ball, threw to third base in the hopes of catching Scutaro coming back to third. The Bosox made it 8-0 in the ninth as, with the bases loaded, via a walk to Dustin Pedroia, a double to Martinez, sending Pedroia to third, and Pedroia being safe at third on a fielder’s choice grounder to Dobbs, who threw home to Paul Hoover, catching Pedroia in a run down, and a throwing error by Hoover, whose throw hit Pedroia, allowing pinch hitter Darnell McDonald to be safe at first, and with one man out, Beltre hits a sacrifice fly, scoring Pedroia. In the meantime, Bosox’s starter Wakefield and his knuckleball kept the Phils off the scoreball through eight innings, as he gave up only five hits and two walks. The Phils finally scored in their half of the ninth as, with a runner on second, and with nobody out, Raul Ibanez hits an RBI double, knocking in Jayson Werth, who had earlier doubled, making it an 8-1 Bosox’s lead. Three batters later, with a man still on base, and now with two men out, pinch hitter Ross Gload hits a two-run pinch hit home run, his second home run of the year, scoring Ibanez, making it 8-3 Bosox. That would be the final score as Ramon Ramirez finally ended the game by getting Shane Victorino to fly out to center.

Roy Halladay took the lost as he went only five and two-thirds innings, giving up seven runs, only six of which were earned, on eight hits and two walks, while striking out only one batter. His record is now 6-3 with a 2.22 ERA. Chad Durbin pitched one and one-third scoreless innings, striking out one. J.C. Romero pitched a scoreless inning, giving up a hit and a walk, while striking out two. Danys Baez pitched an inning, giving up an unearned run on a hit and a walk. Tim Wakefield got the win as he pitched eight shut out innings, giving up just five hits and two walks, while striking out a batter. His record is now 1-2 with a 4.44 ERA. Ramon Ramirez pitched an inning, giving up three runs on three hits, while striking out a batter.

The Phils had eight hits in the game, with Chase Utley and Jayson Werth leading the team with two hits each, with Utley’s hits being an infield single and a triple, while Werth hits were a single and a double, scoring a run. Shane Victorino, Raul Ibanez, Juan Castro and Ross Gload had the other four Phils’ hits, with Victorino, Ibanez and Castro’s hits being doubles, with Ibanez knocking in a run, while Gload’s hit was a pinch hit two-run home run.

The Phils (26-17, 1st) after taking yesterday off, start a nine-game road trip with a three-game series against the Mets (22-23, 5th). The game will be played at Citi Field and will start at 7:10 pm Eastern. The Phils will send to the mound Jamie Moyer (5-2, 4.30), who is coming off a lost against the Cubs on May 19, where he went seven strong innings, giving up two runs on four hits and a walk, while striking out seven, in the Phils’ 4-1 lost. He will try to record his sixth win of the season, while hoping to continue the Mets’ present woes. The Mets will send to the mound R.A. Dickey (0-0. 3.00), who is coming off a no-decision against the Nationals on May 19, as he went six innings, giving up two runs on five hits and four walks, while striking out two, in the Mets’ 5-3 lost. He will be trying to add to the Phils’ problems with knuckleballers. The Phils will be trying to start their road trip off with a good series against the Mets.

The Phils avoid being no-hit before they lose to the Bosox, 5-0.

A single by Juan Castro in the bottom of the eight, with two men out, breaks up a no-hit bid by  Daisuke Matsuaka, before the Phils fall to the Bosox, 5-0.

The Bosox took the lead in the fourth as, with two men on base, and with one man out, Jeremy Hermida hits a sacrifice fly, knocking in David Ortiz, who had earlier been safe on a force out, 3-6, wiping out J.D. Drew at second, who had earlier singled, and had gone to third on Adrian Beltre’s double, giving the Red Sox a 1-0 lead. The Bosox then broke it open in the fifth as, with runners on the corners, and with two men out, Drew hits an RBI single, knocking in Marco Scutaro, who had earlier doubled, and had gone to third on Daisuke Matsuaka’s sacrifice bunt, giving the Bosox a 2-0 lead, while sending Jacoby Ellsbury, who had earlier walked, on to second base. One batter later, with still two men out, Ortiz hits an RBI double, knocking in Ellsbury, giving the Bosox a 3-0 lead, while sending Drew on to third. One batter later, and still with two men out, Beltre hits a two-run double, scoring both Drew and Ortiz, making it a 5-0 Bosox lead. That would be all the scoring as Matsuaka would shut down the Phils, not giving up a hit until the bottom of the eighth, when, with two out, Juan Casto got a two out single, breaking up the no-hit bid, before Daniel Bard came in to pitch a 1-2-3 ninth.

Kyle Kendrick took the lost as he last only four and two-thirds innings, giving up five runs on eight hits and two walks, while striking out two. His record is now 2-2 with a 5.66 ERA. Antonio Bastardo, Nelson Figueroa and David Herndon pitches a combine four and a third scoreless innings, giving up just one hit (Figueroa) and a walk (Herndon), while striking out four (3 (Bastardo), 1 (Figueroa)). Daisuke Matsuaka gets the win as he pitches eight shut out innings, giving up just one hit and four walks, while striking out five. His record is now 3-1 with a 5.76 ERA. Daniel Bard pitches a 1-2-3 ninth.

The Phils had only one hit, a single by Juan Castro, as he breaks up Matsuaka’s no-hitter.

The Phils (26-16, 1st NL East) will conclude their interleague series with the Red Sox (23-21, 4th AL East) with an afternoon game, already in progress.