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33 games in 31 days: Game #21: The Phils offense exploded late on their way to clinching their fifth straight NL Eastern Division pennant, as they crush the Cardinals, 9-2.

A late offensive surge, including a grand-slam home run by Raul Ibanez, leads the Phils to their fifth straight NL Eastern Division crown, as they crush the Cardinals, 9-2.

The Phils took the lead in the first as, with two men on, and with two men, Hunter Pence hits an RBI double, knocking in Jimmy Rollins, who had started the inning off with a single, then moved up to second base on Shane Victorino’s ground out, 4-3, giving the Phils a 1-0 lead, while sending Ryan Howard, who had just walked, on to third base.  The Phils then took a 2-0 lead in the fourth as, with the bases loaded, via a walk by Placido Polanco, who then reached second base on a force attempt missed catch error by shortstop Rafael Furcal on a Roy Oswalt grounder to pitcher Jake Westbrook, with Oswalt reaching first, and a single by Rollins, sending Polanco to third base, and Oswalt to second base, and with one man out, Victorino forced in a run with a walk, scoring Polanco, giving the Phils a 2-0 lead, while sending both runners up a base. The Phils added to their lead in the sixth as, with one man out, Victorino hits a solo home run, his seventeenth home run of the season, giving the Phils a 3-0 lead. The Cardinals got a run back in the eighth as, with two men on, and with two men out, Lance Berkman hits an RBI single, knocking in Jon Jay, who had earlier singled, then moved up to second base on Albert Pujols’ single, cutting the Phils’ lead down to 3-1, while Pujols, who had earlier singled, would stop at second base. The Cards then cut the Phils’ lead down to 3-2 as David Freese hits an RBI single, scoring Pujols, while sending Berkman up to second base. The Phils got a run back in their half of the eighth as, with runners on the corners, and with one man out, Victorino hits an RBI single, scoring Carlos Ruiz, who had earlier reached base on third baseman Daniel Descalsco’s fielding error, ending up on second base, then went to third on Rollins’ single, giving the Phils a 4-2 lead, which Rollins, who had just singled, would stop at second base. Three batters later, after Chase Utley had been hit by a pitch, loading up the bases, as both Rollins and Victorino moved up a base, and Howard had struck out, and now with two men out, Pence hits an RBI infield single, beating shortstop Furcal’s throw to first base, as Rollins scored, giving the Phils a 5-2 lead, while both runners would move up a base, leaving the bases still loaded. The Phils then busted the game wide open as Raul Ibanez hits a grand-slam home run, his nineteenth home run of the year, knocking in Victorino, Utley and Pence, giving the Phils a 9-2 lead. That would be the final score, as Ryan Madson pitched a scoreless ninth as he got Furcal to hit into a ground out, 4-3, for the final out, leading to the Phils clinching their fifth straight National League Eastern Division title.

Roy Oswalt (8-9, 3.66) got the win as he pitched seven shutout innings, giving up five hits while striking out seven. Michael Stutes collected his twelfth hold of the year as he pitched two-thirds of an inning, as he gave up two runs on four hits. Brad Lidge received his seventh hold of the year as he pitched a third of an inning, getting out the only man that he would face. Ryan Madson pitched a scoreless inning, giving up a hit. Jake Westbrook (12-9, 4.58) took the lost as he went three and one-third innings, giving up two runs, only one of which was earned, on five hits and five walks, as he struck out one. Arthur Rhodes pitched two-thirds of an inning, getting out both men that he would face. Mitchell Boggs pitched a scoreless inning, walking two batters. Kyle McClellan pitched an inning, giving up a run on a hit, as he struck out one. Fernando Salas pitched an inning plus one batter, giving up an unearned run, as he struck out a batter.  Marc Rzepczynski pitched two-thirds of an inning, giving up three runs on two hits, as he struck out one.  Octavio Dotel pitched a third of an inning, giving up two runs on two hits.

The Phils’ had ten hits in the game, with Jimmy Rollins leading the team with four hits, all singles. Shane Victorino (Single, Home Run, 3 RBIs) and Hunter Pence (Single, Double, 2 RBIs) then followed with two hits each. Raul Ibanez (Home Run, 4 RBIs) and Placido Polanco (Single) had the other two Phils’ hits.

The Phils (98-52, 1st East) will continue their series with the Cardinals (82-69, 2nd Central) with a night game later today. The game will be played at Citizens Bank Park, and will begin at 8:05 pm EDT. The Phils will send to the mound Cole Hamels (14-8, 2.71), who is coming off a lost against the Astros on September 13, as he went five innings, giving up four runs on nine hits and a walk, while striking out six, in the Phils’ 5-2 lost. He will be going out to help lower the magic number for home field advantage during the playoffs. The Cardinals will counter with Chris Carpenter (9-9, 3.80), who is coming off a no-decision against the Pirates on September 13, as he went seven innings, giving up four runs on ten hits and a walk, while striking out six, in the Cards’ 6-4 win. He will be trying to help his club stay in the wild card race. The Phils will now be going out to clinch home field advantage throughout the playoffs.

33 games in 31 days: Game #20: The Phils missed an opportunity to clinch the NL East, as they fall in extra-innings to the Cardinals, 4-2.

As the Braves get crushed by the Mets, the Phils missed a chance to clinch their fifth straight Eastern Division title as they fall in extra-innings to the Cardinals, 4-2.

The Cardinals took the lead in the second as, with the bases loaded, via a walk to David Freese, a single by Yadier Molina, sending Freese up to second base, and a walk to Skip Schumaker, moving both runners up a base, and with two men out, Rafael Furcal forced in a run with a walk, scoring Freese, giving the Cards a 1-0 lead, while moving up a base both Molina and Schumaker. The Phils tied the game up at one-all in their half of the second as, with one man on, and with one man out, John Mayberry, Jr. hits an RBI double, knocking in Placido Polanco, who had just doubled. The Cardinals retook the lead in the eighth as, with two men out, Molina hits a solo home run, his thirteenth home run of the season, giving the Cards a 2-1 lead. The Phils would retie the game up at two-all in the ninth as, with two men on, and with two men out, pinch runner Michael Martinez, who was running for pinch hitter Ryan Howard, who had earlier doubled, would score on a Corey Patterson fielding error of a fly ball hit by Carlos Ruiz, allowing Ruiz to reach second base on the miscue. The Cards then regain the lead in the eleventh as, with runners on the corners, and with one man out, Adron Chambers hits an RBI single, scoring Furcal, who had earlier doubled, then went to third on Patterson’s sacrifice bunt, giving the Cards a 3-2 lead, while sending Albert Pujols, who had just been intentionally walked, up to second base. The Cards then added to their lead as Tyler Greene hits an RBI double, knocking in Pujols, giving the Cards a 4-2 lead, before Chambers, who was following Pujols, was tagged out at the plate on a strong throw by Martinez, via Jimmy Rollins, for a 7-6-2 second out. But that would end up being the final score as the Phils go down in their half of the eleventh.

Vance Worley received a no-decision as he went only six innings, giving up a run on six hits and three walks, while striking out five. David Herndon pitched a scoreless inning, giving up a hit and two walks, while striking out one. Antonio Bastardo pitched an inning, giving up a run on one hit, while striking out one. Brad Lidge pitched a scoreless inning, giving up two hits. Ryan Madson pitched a scoreless inning, giving up a hit, while striking out a batter. Michael Schwimer (1-1, 4.82) took the lost, giving up two runs on three hits and two walks. Jaime Garcia also received a no-decision as he went seven innings, giving up a run on five hits and two walks, while striking out four. Marc Rzepczynski collected his seventeenth hold of the season as he pitched two-thirds of an inning, giving up a walk, while striking out a batter. Octavio Dotel received his ninth hold of the year as he pitched a third of an inning, striking out the only batter that he would face. Jason Motte blew his fourth save attempt of the year as he pitched two-thirds of an inning, giving up a run on a hit, striking out a batter. Arthur Rhodes pitched a third of an inning, striking out the only batter that he would face. Kyle McClellan (12-8, 4.01) got the win as he pitched a 1-2-3 inning. Fernando Salas collected his twenty-fourth save of the year as he pitched a scoreless inning, giving up a hit, while striking out a batter.

The Phils had seven hits in the ballgame, with Placido Polanco (Single, Double) and John Mayberry, Jr. (Single, Double, RBI) both leading the team with two hits each. Ben Francisco (Single), Brian Schneider (Single) and pinch hitter Ryan Howard (Double), had the other three Phils’ hits, as the offense continue to sputter, in spite of continuing to win.

The Phils (97-52, 1st East) will continue their series with the Cardinals (82-68, 2nd 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 Roy Oswalt (7-9, 3.88), who is coming off a lost against the Astros on September 12, as he went seven innings, giving up five runs on eleven hits and two walks, while striking out just two, in the Phils’ 5-1 lost. Oswalt will be trying to regain his old form while trying to pitch the Phils over the finish line, if the Braves don’t fall to the Mets this afternoon. The Cardinals will counter with Jake Westbrook (12-8, 4.61), who is coming off a win against the Braves on September 11, as he went five and a third innings, giving up two runs on five hits and a walk, while striking out four, in the Cards’ 6-3 win. He will be trying to keep the Phils from winning the East for one more day, while keeping his team in the race for the Wild Card. The Phils will be out prove to that they have won the East by going for the win tonight.

An explosive eighth inning gives the Phils a come from behind win as they defeat the Cards, 10-2.

The Phils explode for nine runs in the eighth inning as the Cards’ bullpen implode as they come from behind to defeat the Redbirds, 10-2.

The game started as a pitchers’ duel between Cardinals’ starter Kyle McClellan, who pitched five innings keeping the Phils off-balanced, as he gave up two singles and three walks, while striking out two, and Roy Halladay, who for four innings kept the Cards off the scoreboard as he gave up a hit and two walks, while striking out four. The Cards took the lead in the fifth as, with the bases loaded, via singles to Yadier Molina, Daniel Descalsco, with Molina stopping at second base, and Skip Schumaker, with the runners stopping at third and second base, and with one man out, Ryan Theriot hits into an RBI force out, 5-4, forcing out Schumaker at second base, as Molina scored, as Placido Polanco was slow getting the ball out of his glove, giving the Cards a 1-0 lead, while Descalsco would move up to second base, as Theriot would beat the throw to first. The Phils would tie the game up at one-all in the seventh as, with two men on, and with two men out, pinch hitter Ross Gload hits an RBI single, knocking in Raul Ibanez, who had earlier walked, then went to second base on Carlos Ruiz’s single, crossing the plate before Ruiz, who had earlier singled, was tagged out between second and third by third baseman Descalsco, who had just cut off Matt Holliday’s throw to the plate, for the inning’s final out. The Cards retook the lead in their half of the seventh as, with runners on the corners, and with one man out, Schumaker hits a sacrifice fly, scoring Descalsco, who had earlier walked, then went to third on pinch hitter Mark Hamilton’s single. The Phils would then break the game open in the eighth, helped by the implosion of the Cards’ bullpen. After Jimmy Rollins started the inning off by lining out to left, Shane Victorino got on base with a single to right. Chase Utley followed by taking a walk, moving Victorino up to second base. Cardinals’ manager Tony LaRussa then came to the mound and relieved Trever Miller with Jason Motte to face Ryan Howard. On an 0-1 pitch, Motte hit Howard, loading up the bases as both runners moved up a base. Then with Polanco batting, Motte hit him on a 3-2 count, forcing in Victorino, tying the score up at two-all, while moving up both Utley and Howard, as the bases remained loaded. After Wilson Valdez comes in to pinch run for Polanco, as he is taken out of the ballgame to see if he was okay, as the ball had hit him on his left elbow, LaRussa replaces Motte with Brian Tallet, who proceeded to strikeout Ibanez swinging for the inning’s second out, leaving the bases loaded. The next batter was to be Dom Brown, but Phils’ manager Charlie Manuel sent out pinch hitter Ben Francisco to face Tallet. Francisco then gave the Phils a 3-2 lead with an RBI single, knocking in Utley, while moving up both Howard and Valdez, leaving the bases still loaded. LaRussa then replaced Tallet with Miguel Batista, who proceeded to walk Ruiz on five pitches, forcing in Howard as the Phils took a 4-2 lead, while both Valdez and Francisco moved up a base, the bases remaining loaded. Michael Martinez is then sent up to pinch hit for Michael Stutes, and proceeded to take a walk, forcing in a run, as Valdez scores, giving the Phils a 5-2 lead, while sending Francisco up to third base, and Ruiz over to second, as the Phils batted around. Rollins, batting for the second time in the inning, followed with a two-run single, scoring both Francisco and Ruiz, giving the Phils a 7-2 lead, while sending Martinez to second base. LaRussa then replaced Bastista with Maikal Cieto, hoping to final end this disastrous inning for the Redbirds. Cieto proceed to walk Victorino, the eleventh batter of the inning, reloading the bases as both Martinez and Rollins moved up a base. Utley, the twelfth Phils to bat in the inning, followed with a two-run single, knocking in both Matinez and Rollins, making it a 9-2 Phils’ lead, while sending Victorino to second base. Howard, the inning’s thirteenth batter, then made it a 10-2 Phils’ lead with an RBI single, knocking in Victorino, while sending Utley on to third. Cieto then finally ended the inning by getting Valdez, who was batting for the first time in the game, to fly out to right. That would end up being the final score as Antonio Bastardo and David Herndon threw a pair of scoreless innings against the Cards.

Roy Halladay received a no-decision as he pitched six innings, giving up a run on four hits and two walks, while striking out five. Michael Stutes (2-0, 2.38) got the win as he pitched an inning, giving up a run on a hit and a walk, while striking out one. Antonio Bastardo and David Herndon combined for two scoreless innings, giving up a walk (Bastardo), while striking out three (Bastardo (1), Herndon (2)) between them. Kyle McClellan also received a no-decision as he went seven innings, giving up a run on five hits and four walks, while he struck out two. Trever Miller (0-1, 3.86) took the lost, after receiving his four hold of the season, as he pitched a third of an inning, giving up two runs on a hit and a walk. Jason Motte blew his second save of the year as he pitched to two batters, hitting both of them. Brian Tallet pitched a third of an inning, giving up a run on a hit, as he struck out one. Miguel Batista pitched to three batters, as he gave up three runs on a hit and two walks, getting none of the three batters he faced out. Maikal Cieto pitched an inning and a third, giving up a run on three hits and two walks, while striking out one. The Cardinals’ bullpen blew up in the eighth inning, allowing fourteen men to come to the plate, giving up nine runs on six hits, three walks, and two hit batters.

The Phils had eleven hits in the game, with Carlos Ruiz leading the team with four hits, all singles, knocking in a run, as he lifted his average to .256. Chase Utley followed with two hits, bith singles, as he knocked in two runs, Jimmy Rollins (Single, 2 RBIs), Shane Victorino (Single), Ryan Howard (Single, RBI), pinch hitter Ross Gload (Single, RBI) and pinch hitter Ben Francisco (Single, RBI), had the other five Phils’ hits. Placido Polanco (Hit by the Pitch) and Michael Martinez (Walk), had the other two Phils’ RBI, as the offense took advantage of the Cards’ bullpen’s meltdown in the eighth.

The Phils (46-28, 1st East) continue their series with the Cards (40-34, 2nd Central) with a night game tonight at Busch Stadium (III). The game will start at 8:15 pm EDT (7:15 pm CDT). The Phils will send to the mound Cliff Lee (7-5, 3.12), who is coming off a complete game win against the Marlins on June 16, as he gave up just two hits and two walks, while striking out four, in the Phils’ 3-0 win. He will be going for his fourth straight win, while trying to give the Phils their first series win in their last four tries on the road. The Cards will counter with Kyle Lohse (7-3, 2.88), who is coming off a no-decision against the Nationals on June 16, as he pitched six innings, giving up four runs on seven hits and a walk, as he struck out three, in the Cards’ 7-4  lost. He will be trying to even up the series for the Redbirds. The Phils will be trying to give Lee some runs support to give him his eighth win of the season.

Phils leave St. Louis with an extra-inning win as they defeat the Cards, 2-0.

The Phils leave St. Louis salvaging an extra-inning win as they defeat the Cards in a pitchers’ duel, 2-0.

The game from the start was a classic pitchers’ duel between Phils’ starter Cole Hamels, who pitched eight scoreless inning, giving up only a lead-off single to Matt Holliday in the fifth, before he is wiped out by an 8-3 fly out-double play to center by Allen Craig and a two out walk to Yadier Molina in the eighth, while striking out seven, and Cards’ starter Adam Wainwright, who pitched six shut out innings, giving up six scattered hits, while he struck out six. The bullpens then took over, with the Cards’ pen keeping the Phils off the scoreboard for four more innings, as they give up just three hits, while striking out three, and the Phils’ pen, which threw two more shut out innings, giving up no hits, while striking out two. The Phils then took the lead in the eleventh as Placido Polanco hits a lead-off home run, his sixth home run of the year, giving the Phils a 1-0 lead. Four batters later, with two men on, and with one out, Jayson Werth hits an RBI double, scoring Raul Ibanez, who had earlier walked, then moved up to second base on Ryan Howard’s single, giving the Phils a 2-0 lead, while sending Howard, who had just singled, on to third. That would end up being the final score as Brad Lidge came in to nail down his eighth save of the season as he pitched a scoreless inning.

Cole Hamels receives a no-decision as he pitches eight shut out innings, as he gives up just one hit and one walk, while striking out seven. Ryan Madson and J.C. Romero combine for one and one-third scoreless innings, striking out a batter (Madson). Chad Durbin picks up the win as he pitches two-thirds of an inning, giving up no runs or hits, while striking out a batter. His record is now 2-1 with a 3.23 ERA. Brad Lidge receives his eighth save of the year as he pitches a scoreless inning, giving up just a walk. Adam Wainwright also receives a no-decision, as he pitches six scoreless innings, giving up six hits, while striking out six. Mitchell Boggs, Dennys Reyes and Jason Motte combine for four scoreless inning (with Reyes facing only one batter), giving up three hits (Boggs (2), Reyes (1)), while striking out three (Boggs (1), Motte (2)) between them. Kyle McClellan took the lost as he pitches a third of an inning, giving up a run on one hit. His record is now 1-3 with a 2.06 ERA. Trever Miller pitch to two batter, getting neither one out, as he gives up a run on a hit and a walk. Fernando Salas pitches two-thirds of an inning, giving up a hit and a walk.

The Phils had twelve hits in the game, with Placido Polanco and Ryan Howard both leading the team with three hits each. Polanco’s hits were two singles and a solo home run, while Howard’s three hits were all singles. Brian Schneider follows with two hits, a single and a double. Shane Victorino, Raul Ibanez, Jayson Werth and Jimmy Rollins had the other four Phils’ hits, with Ibanez and Rollins’ hits being singles, and Victorino and Werth’s hits being doubles, with Werth knocking in a run. The Phils are still unable to put together some decent rallies, since they are continuing to press themselves while batting, instead of trying to relax. This has resulted in the firing of hitting coach Milt Thompson, who had held that position since 2004. He is being replaced by Greg Gross, who held that same position from 2002 to 2004, when Larry Bowa was the manager. Sorry to see you go Milt. Good luck. And, Greg, hope you have some ideas that’ll get this offense moving in the right direction, as you are so going to need them.

The Phils (49-46, 2nd NL East) come home to start a four-game series with the Rockies (51-44, 3rd NL West) with a night game tonight. The Phils will send to the mound their ace Roy Halladay (10-8, 2.40), who is coming off a lost against the Cubs on July 18, as he went six innings, giving up six runs, five of which were earned, on seven hits, while striking out three, in the Phils’ 11-6 lost. In his last three starts, his record is 1-1 with a no-decision, as he had pitched twenty-four innings, giving up seven runs, six of which were earned, on seventeen hits and two walks, while striking out nineteen. He will be once again gunning for his eleventh win of the season, while hoping that the offense will actually give him some runs support. The Rockies will counter with Aaron Cook (4-5, 4.56), who is coming off a win against the Reds on July 18, as he went seven shut out innings, giving up just six hits and a walk, while striking out five, in the Rockies’ 1-0 win. In his last three starts, his record is 2-0 with a no-decision, as he pitched eighteen and one-third innings, giving up eight runs on twenty-three hits and three walks, while striking out ten. He will be trying to even his record at the Phils’ expense. The Phils will hope to get their offense started once again, after the firing of Milt Thompson because of their present inability to do anything right, batting wise.

When…Willl…This…End??? Phils lose to the Cards, 5-1.

The Phils lose their sixth game since the All-Star break as they fall to the Cardinals, 5-1.

The Cards took the lead in the fourth as, with a runner on second, and with nobody out, Albert Pujols hits an RBI single, knocking in Jon Jay, giving the Cards a 1-0 lead. The Phils would tie the game up at one-all in the fifth as Ryan Howard leads off the inning with a solo home run, his twenty-second home run of the season. The Phils then threathen to take the lead in the seventh as they loaded the bases, via a walk to Jayson Werth, a single to Jimmy Rollins, sending Werth to second, and a walk to Carlos Ruiz, moving both Werth and Rollins up a base, and with two men out, but Cards’ starter Jaime Garcia turned the Phils back by striking out Joe Blanton swinging on three straight pitches. The wheels then started to come off of Blanton as the Cards took the lead in their half of the seventh. Matt Holliday would hit the first pitch he saw into the left field seats for a lead-off solo home run, his eighteenth home run of the year, giving the Cards a 2-1 lead. The Phils then threathen to tie up the game in the eighth as they put runners on the corners, with Shane Victorino on third, who had reached base on a two-base fielding error by second baseman Skip Schumaker, and then moving to third on Ben Francisco’s ground out, 4-3, and with Howard on first, via a walk, and with two men out, before the Phils are denied when Werth hits into a force out, 4-6, wiping out Howard at second base. The Cards would then increased their lead in their half of the eighth as, with two men on, and with nobody out, Felipe Lopez hits a two-run double, knocking in Aaron Miles, who had earlier singled, and had gone to second on Brendan Ryan’s sacrifice bunt, before going to third on Ruiz’s throwing error, and Ryan, who reached first and then went to second on Ruiz’s throwing error of his sacrifice bunt, giving the Cards a 4-1 lead. Four batters later, with the bases loaded, via a sacrifice bunt by Jay, 5-3, sending Lopez to third, an intentional walk to Pujols, and Holliday being hit by the pitch, and with one man out, Colby Rasmus hits a sacrifice fly, scoring Lopez, giving the Cards a 5-1 lead. That would end up being the final score, as the Phils went down 1-2-3 in the ninth.

Joe Blanton took the lost, as he pitches seven innings, plus three batters, giving up five runs, three of which were earned, on seven hits and a walk, while striking out three. His record is now 3-6 with a 6.03 ERA. J.C. Romero pitches a third of an inning, giving up a walk and hitting a batter. Jose Contreras pitches two-thirds of an inning, striking out a batter. Jaime Garcia gets the win, as he pitches seven innings, giving up a run on four hits and two walks, while striking out six batters. His record is now 9-4 with a 2.21 ERA. Kyle McClellan records his fourteenth hold as he pitches two-thirds of an inning, getting out both men that he would face. Trever Miller pitches to one batter, walking him. Ryan Franklin records his eighteenth save as he pitches one and one-third scoreless innings.

The Phils had only four hits in the game, singles by Shane Victroino, Jimmy Rollins and Cody Ransom and a solo home run by Ryan Howard. The offense doesn’t seem to be able to do much of anything right now, as they are, in general, being too impatient at the plate.

The Phils (48-46, 3rd NL East) will conclude their road trip to nowhere with an afternoon game against the red hot Cards (54-41, 1st NL Central). The game will be played at Busch Stadium and will begin at 2:15 pm Eastern (1:15 pm Central). The Phils’ starter will be Cole Hamels (7-7, 3.63), who is coming off a no-decision against the Cubs on July 17, as he pitched seven strong innings, giving up just one run on eight hits and two walks, while striking out six, in the Phils’ 4-1 come from behind win. In his last three starts, his record is 1-0 with two no-decisions, as he pitched twenty-one and two-thirds innings, giving up four runs on twenty-two hits and seven walks, while striking out seventeen batters. He hopes to finally cool down the Cards while trying to give the Phils a chance to leave St. Louis on a good note. The Cards will send to the mound their ace Adam Wainwright (14-5, 2.02), who is coming off a win against the Dodgers on July 17, as he pitched six shut out innings, giving up just five hits and a walk, while striking out three, in the Cards’ 2-0 win. In his last three starts, he is 3-0, as he pitched twenty-three innings, giving up just one run on sixteen hits and four walks, while striking out sixteen batters. He hopes to make the Phils his latest pitching victims. The Phils hope to salvage a win before going home to Philadelphia.

Kendrick’s fifth inning melt down ruins the Phils’ night as they fall to the Cards, 8-4.

A fifth inning melt down by Phils’ starter Kyle Kendrick leads to another Phils’ lose as they lose to the Cardinals, 8-4.

The Phils took the lead in the first as, with two men on, and with one man out, Ryan Howard hits an RBI double, knocking in Placido Polanco, who had earlier gotten on base with an infield single, and had moved up to second on Raul Ibanez’s single, giving the Phils a 1-0 lead, while sending Ibanez, who had just singled, on to third. The Phils then added to their lead as, with two men still on base, and now with two men out, Shane Victorino hits a two-run single, scoring both Ibanez and Howard, giving the Phils a 3-0 lead. The Cards got a run back in their half of the first as, with two men on, and with nobody out, Albert Pujols hits an RBI ground out, 6-3, scoring Felipe Lopez, who had earlier singled, and then had gone on to third on Jon Jay’s ground-rule double, making it a 3-1 Phils’ lead. The Cards made it a 3-2 Phils lead in the second as, with runners on second and third, and with one man out, Brendan Ryan hits an RBI ground out, 6-3, scoring Skip Schumaker, who had earlier walked, had moved up to second base on Yadier Molina’s walk, then went to third on Blake Hawksworth’s sacrifice bunt, 1-4, while Molina would move up to second. The Phils increased their lead in the fourth as, with two men on, and with two outs, Jimmy Rollins hits an RBI single, knocking in Carlos Ruiz, who had earlier doubled, making it a 4-2 Phils’ lead, while sending Kyle Kendrick, who had just walked, on to second base. In the fifth, the wheels came off, as Kendrick ran into trouble. The Cardinals made it a 4-3 Phils’ lead as, with one man on, and with one out, Jay hits an RBI double, scoring Lopez, who had just walked. The Cardinals then took the lead as Pujols hits a two-run home run, his twenty-second home run of the year, knocking in Jay, giving the Cards a 5-4 lead. Two batters later, with no man on, and now with two outs, the Cardinals made it a 6-4 lead as Allen Craig hits a solo home run, the first home run of his career. The next batter, Schumaker, increased the Cardinals’ lead to 7-4 with a solo home run of his own, his third home run of the season. The Cards made it 8-4 in the sixth as pitch hitter Randy Winn hits a pitch hit home run, his second home run of the year. That would end up being the final score, as the Phils would mount no more offense before going down in the ninth as Howard hits into a 6-3 double play to end the game, wiping out at second Ibanez, who had earlier walked.

Kyle Kendrick took the lost as he pitches five innings, giving up seven runs on seven hits and three walks, while striking out two. His record is now 5-4 with a 4.82 ERA. Chad Durbin pitches an inning, giving up a run on one hit. J.C. Romero and Ryan Madson threw a pair of 1-2-3 innings. Blake Hawksworth gets the win as he pitches six innings, giving up four runs on ten hits and three walks, while striking out a batter. His record is now 4-5 with a 4.85 ERA. Trever Miller, Jason Motte and Kyle McClellan combine for three scoreless innings, giving up three hits (Miller (1), Motte (2)) and a walk (McClellan) between them, while striking out 1 batter (Miller).

The Phils had a total of thirteen hits in a losing cause, with Raul Ibanez, Ryan Howard, Jayson Werth and Carlos Ruiz all leading the team with two hits each. Ibanez and Werth’s two hits were singles, while Ruiz’s hits were a single and a double, scoring a run, and Howard’s hits were also a single and a double, knocking in a run, and scoring a run. Jimmy Rollins, Placido Polanco, Shane Victorino, pinch hitter Greg Dobbs and pinch hitter Ross Gload had the other five Phils’ hits, all singles, with Rollins knocking in a run and Victorino knocking in two runs. The Phils’ offense is still not getting the key hits, as the starting pitching is now starting to get bad.

The Phils (48-44, 3rd NL East) continue their lousy road trip with the second of four games against the Cards (52-41, 1st NL Central). The game will be played at Busch Stadium and will start at 8:15 pm Eastern (7:15 pm Central). The Phils will send to the mound Jamie Moyer (9-9, 4.88), who is coming off a lost against the Cubs on July 15, where he pitched only three innings, giving up six runs on five hits, while striking out a batter, in the Phils’ 12-6 lost. In his last three starts, his record is 0-3, as he pitched fourteen and a third innings, giving up fourteen runs, thirteen of which were earned, on seventeen hits and three walks, while he struck out twelve. His will be going for his tenth win for the fourth time, hoping that this time he will actually get the win. The Cards will counter with Chris Carpenter (10-3, 3.16), who is coming off a win over the Dodgers on July 15, as he went eight innings, giving up a run on four hits, while striking out six, in the Cards’ 7-1 win. In his last three starts, his record is 1-2, as he pitched seventeen inning, giving up thirteen runs, twelve of which were earned, on twenty-two hits and four walks, while he struck out fourteen. He will be trying to keep the Phils in their current miserable state. The Phils have now lost four of their first five games in the second half. The offense is starting to hit, and score runs, but the starting pitching is now starting to get bad. What in the bleep have happen to the team that was suppose to be the beast of the National League? I do not know about the rest of you, but this is starting to feel more and more like 1979. If it is, I’m hoping 2011 will be like 1980, without the need for a Dallas Green type of manager at the helm.

Joe Blanton has a solid start on his return to the mound but takes the lost as the Phils fall to the Cards, 6-3.

Joe Blanton comes back and has a solid start, but ends up losing as the Phils’ offense is unable to do anything as the Phils lose to the Cardinals, 6-3.

The Cards took a 1-0 lead in the second as, with a runner on third, and with one man out, Colby Rasmus hits a sacrifice fly, knocking in Matt Holliday, who had earlier doubled, and then went to third on a David Freese ground out, 4-3. The Phils tied the game up at 1-1 in the fifth inning as, with runners on the corners, and with nobody out, Juan Castro hits a sacrifice fly, scoring Jayson Werth, who had earlier doubled, and then moved up to third on Raul Ibanez’s single. The Cardinals retook the lead in the seventh, as Nick Stavinoha hit a lead-off home run, his second home run of the year, giving the Cards a 2-1 lead. Later, with the bases loaded, via singles to Skip Schumaker and Albert Pujols, sending Shumaker up to second base, a Nelson Figueroa wild pitch, sending Schumaker up to third and Pujols to second, and an intentional walk to Holliday, and with two men out, Freese hits a bases clearing double, scoring Schumaker, Pujols and Holliday, giving the Cardinals a 5-1 lead. One batter later, Rasmus made it a 6-1 Cardinals’ lead by hitting an RBI single, knocking in Freese. The Phils would get a run back in their half of the seventh as Werth hits a lead-off home run, his fourth home run of the season, cutting the Cardinals’ lead to 6-2. In the ninth, the Phils cut the lead to 6-3 as Chase Utley hits a solo home run, his seventh home run of the season. But, that would be it, as Trever Miller and Ryan Franklin then proceeded to strike out the side to end the ballgame.

Joe Blanton took the lost as he pitches six and two-thirds innings, giving up four runs on ten hits and a walk, while striking out four. His record is now 0-1 with a 5.40 ERA. Nelson Figueroa pitches an inning and a third, giving up two runs on three hits, a walk and a wild pitch. Brad Lidge pitches a scoreless inning, giving up just a hit, while striking out two. Jaime Garcia gets the win as he pitches six innings, giving up a run on three hits and four walks, while striking out six. His record is now 3-1 with a 1.13 ERA. Kyle McClellan pitches two innings, giving up a run on one hit, while striking out three. Trever Miller pitches a third of an inning, giving up a run on a hit, while striking out one. Ryan Franklin pitches two-thirds of an innings, striking out both men that he would face.

The Phils had only five hits in the game, with Jayson Werth leading the team with two hits, a double and a solo home run, knocking in a run, while scoring two. Shane Victorino, Chase Utley and Raul Ibanez followed with one hit each, with Utley’s hit being a solo home run, while Victorino and Ibanez’s hits were singles. Juan Castro knocked in the other Phil run with a sac fly.

The Phils (14-11, 1st East) continues their four-game series with the Cardinals (18-8, 1st Central) with a night game tomorrow night. 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 (2-2, 5.28), who is coming off a so-so start against the Giants on April 28, as he pitched a no decision, going six innings, giving up four runs on nine hits and four walks, while striking out ten, in the Phils’ 7-6 win. He will be trying to improved on his last performance. The Cardinals will counter by sending to the mound Adam Wainwright (4-1, 2.13), who is coming off a win against the Braves on April 29, as he went six innings, giving up three runs on six hits and two walks, while striking out four, in the Cardinals’ 10-4 win. He will be trying to collect his fifth win of the season. The Phils will be trying to even the four game series while hoping that Hamels is close to his 2007-08 form.