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33 games in 31 days: Game #28: The Phils now have seven straight losts as they lose to the Mets, 2-1.

The Phils continue to forget what a win feels like, as they dropped their seventh straight, setting a major league record for most loses since clinching a pennant, as they lose to the Mets, 2-1. I hope you guys are real proud of that achievement in inepitude. Morons!!

The Phils break up a pitcher’s duel in the seventh as, with one man out, and with one man on, Ryan Howard hits an RBI single, scoring Shane Victorino, who had earlier doubled, giving the Phils a 1-0 lead. The Mets tied it up at one-all in their half of the seventh as, with two men out, pinch hitter Valentino Pascucci hits a solo home run, his first home run of the year. The Mets took the lead in the eighth as, with one man on, and with one man out, David Wright hits an RBI double, scoring Ruben Tejada who had earlier singled, then stole second base, giving the Mets a 2-1 lead. That would end up being the final score as Manny Acosta collected his third save of the year by pitching a scoreless ninth.

Cole Hamels took a no-decision as he went seven innings, giving up a run on four hits and three walks, while striking out seven. Brad Lidge took the lost (0-2, 1.56) as he went an inning, giving up a run on two hits, while striking out a batter. R.A. Dickey also received a no-decision as he went seven innings, giving up a run on three hits and a walk, while striking out four. Miguel Bastista pitched two-thirds of an inning, giving up a hit and a walk, while striking out a batter. Bobby Parnell got the win (4-6, 3.83) as he pitched a third of an inning, getting out the only man that he would face. Manny Acosta recorded his third save of the season, as he gave up a hit and a walk, while striking out one.

The Phils had just five hits in the ballgame, with Raul Ibanez leading the team with two hits, both singles. Shane Victorino (Double), Ryan Howard (Single, RBI) and Carlos Ruiz (Single), had the other three Phils’ hits as the offense continues to forget how to score runs, or to get hits for that matter.

The Phils (98-59, 1st) continue their series with the Mets (75-82, 4th) as they play the night half of the day/night doubleheader. The game will be played at Citi Field, and will start at 7:10 pm EDT. The Phils will send to the mound Joe Blanton (1-2, 5.30), who is making his first start since mid-May. His last appearance was on September 21 against the Nats, as he pitched a scorelesss inning in relief, giving up a hit, while striking out a batter, in the Phils’ 7-5 lost. He will be out to pitch a good game, while hoping that the offense will now be embarrassed enough to do something about the losing streak. (Yeah, right. They don’t want to know what winning feels like before the playoffs. Yeah, I’m being sarcastic and grumpy. Thanks for asking.) The Mets will counter with Dillon Gee (12-6, 4.48), who is coming off a no-decision against the Braves on September 18, as he went only four and one-third innings, giving up four runs on eight hits and five walks, striking out four, in the Mets’ 7-5 win. He will be seeing if he can give the Mets a doubleheader win against the presently clueless Phils. The Phils will be seeing how much worst things can get for them before they, as a team, decide to stop being a bunch of idiots and start playing to win ballgames, before its too late.

The Phils lose to the Mets, 7-4.

The Phils are unable to catch up after allowing four Mets runs to score in the first, as they lost to New York, 7-4.

The Mets took the lead in the first as, with the bases loaded, via a single by Angel Pagan, who was then safe at second base on a miss catch error by shortstop Michael Martinez as he botched a throw for a doubleplay, allowing Ruben Tejada to be safe at first on the error, and a single by David Wright, moving both runners up a base, and with nobody out, Lucas Duda hits an RBI force out, wiping out Wright at second base, 4-6, while scoring Pagan, giving the Mets a 1-0 lead, while sending Tejada over to third. The Mets then took a 4-0 lead as Nick Evans hits a three-run home run, his second home run of the year, knocking in both Tejada and Duda. The Phils got on the board in the second as, with two men on, and with two men out, Shane Victorino hits a two-run single, scoring Carlos Ruiz, who had earlier singled, would stop at second base on Martinez’s single, then moved up to third on Kyle Kendrick’s sacrifice bunt, and Martinez, who had earlier singled, then moved up to second base on Kendrick’s sac bunt, cutting the Mets’ lead down to 4-2. Two batters later, with runners on the corners, as Placido Polanco’s single sent Victorino to third, and with still two men out, Chase Utley hits an RBI single, scoring Victorino, making it a 4-3 Mets’ lead, while sending Polanco up to second base. The Mets got a run back in the third as Wright hits a lead-off home run, his eleventh home run of the year, giving the Mets a 5-3 lead. The Mets then added to their lead in the fourth as, with runners on the corners, and with one man out, Wright hits a sacrifice fly, knocking in Pagan, who had earlier walked, then stole second base, before going to third on Tejada’s single, giving the Mets a 6-3 lead. The Mets then took a 7-3 lead in the fifth as, with one man on, and with nobody out, Evans hits an RBI single, scoring Jason Bay, who had started off the inning with a walk. The Phils would get a run back in the seventh as, with a runner on third, and with one man out, Hunter Pence hits an RBI single, knocking in Chase Utley, who had earlier doubled, then went to third on Pagan’s throwing error, making it a 7-4 Mets’ lead. That would be the final score as Bobby Parnell would collect his first save of the year with a scoreless ninth.

Kyle Kendrick (7-6, 3.29) took the lost as he went four innings, giving up six runs, only two of which were earned, on seven hits and a walk, while striking out one. Michael Schwimer pitched an inning, giving up a run on a hit and two walks. Brad Lidge, Antonio Bastardo, David Herndon and Ryan Madson combined for four scoreless innings, giving up three hits (Herndon (2), Madson (1)) and three walks (Lidge (1), Bastardo (2)) , while striking out six (Lidge (2), Bastardo (2), Herndon (1), Madson (1)) batters between them. Mike Pelfrey (7-10, 4.60) got the win as he went six innings, giving up three runs on nine hits and two walks, while striking out two. Tim Byrdak pitched a third of an inning, giving up a run on a hit, striking out a batter. Manny Acosta pitched one and two-thirds innings, giving up two hits, while striking out two batters. Bobby Parnell recorded his first save of the season as he pitched a scoreless inning, giving up two walks, while striking out two.

The Phils had twelve hits in the ballgame, with Chase Utley leading the team with three hits, two singles and a double, knocking in a run. Placido Polanco, Hunter Pence (RBI) and Carlos Ruiz all followed with two hits each, all singles. Shane Victorino (Single, 2 RBIs), Michael Martinez (Single) and pinch hitter Ross Gload (Double), had the other three Phils’ hits, as the offense was unable to overcome the Mets four runs first.

The Phils (83-45, 1st) have tomorrow off, before they start a three-game series with the Marlins (58-71, 5th).

A defensive miscue opens up the floodgates as the Phils are thumped by the Mets, 11-2.

A defensive mess-up opens up the floodgates for the Mets as the Phils are thumped by the Mets, 11-2.

The Mets took the lead in the first as, with a runner on second, and with two men out, Daniel Murphy gets an RBI single on a pop up that should had been caught by Ryan Howard, but instead dropped in for a hit as Howard thought that he’d been called off by Chase Utley, who had already moved away from the play, allowing Scott Hairston, who had earlier doubled, and was running all out on the pop up, to score, giving the Mets a 1-0 lead. The Mets then took a 3-0 lead in the third as, with two men on, and with one man out, Hairston hits a two-run double, scoring Jon Niese, who had earlier walked and had stopped at second base on Justin Turner’s single, and Turner, who had just singled. The Mets added to their lead in the fourth as, with two men on, and with one man out, Angel Pagan hits a sacrifice fly, scoring Nick Evans, who had earlier walked, stopped at second base on Ruben Tejada’s single, then went to third on Niese’s sacrifice bunt, giving the Mets a 4-0 lead. The Mets then broek the game wide open in the fifth as Murphy hits a lead-off home run, his sixth home run of the year, giving the Mets a 5-0 lead. Three batters later, the Mets took a 6-0 lead as, with a runner on second, and with one man out, Evans hits an RBI triple, knocking in Jason Bay, who had earlier singled, then stole second base. The Mets then made it a 7-0 lead as Tejada hits an RBI single, scoring Evans. The Phils got on the scoreboard in the seventh as, with the bases loaded, via singles by Raul Ibanez, Carlos Ruiz and Wilson Valdez, and with nobody out, pinch hitter Michael Martinez would get an RBI as Mets’ shortstop Tejada committed a force attempt fielding error on his grounder, scoring Ibanez, while Ruiz would reach third base, and Valdez would get to second base safely, making it a 7-1 Mets’ lead. The Phils then made it a 7-2 Mets’ lead as Jimmy Rollins hits into a 5-4-3 double play, scoring Ruiz, while Valdez reached third base, as Martinez was wiped out at second base. The Mets came back in their half of the seventh as, with two men on, and with two men out, Turner hits an RBI single, knocking in Lucas Duda, who had earlier doubled, giving the Mets an 8-2 lead, while sending Pagan, who had earlier walked, up to third, as Turner would move up to second base on the throw. The Mets then took an 11-2 lead as Hairston hits a three-run home run, his fifth home run of the season, knocking in both Pagan and Turner. That would be the final score as Manny Acosta would put down the Phils in the ninth.

Cole Hamels (11-5, 2.71) took the lost as he went four and a third innings, giving up seven runs on eight hits and four walks, while he struck out only three. David Herndon pitch one and two-thirds innings, giving up three hits, while striking out two. Danys Baez pitched an inning, giving up four runs on four hits and a walk. Andrew Carpenter pitched a scoreless inning, striking out a batter. Jon Niese (9-7, 3.73) got the win as he went seven innings, giving up two runs, only one of which was earned, on six hits and a walk, while striking out six. Bobby Parnell and Manny Acosta pitched two scoreless inning, giving up a hit (Acosta) and a walk (Parnell), while striking out three (Parnell (2), Acosta (1)) between them.

The Phils had just seven hits in the game, all singles, with Jimmy Rollins and Raul Ibanez both leading the team with two hits each. Carlos Ruiz, Wilson Valdez and pinch hitter Pete Orr had the other three Phils’ hits. Pinch Hitter Michael Martinez knocked in the only Phils’ RBI on an error with the bases loaded. Rollins knocked in the other Phils’ run with a doubleplay ground ball, thus not receiving an RBI.

The Phils (58-35, 1st) will conclude their three-game series with the Mets (47-46, 3rd) with a game that is already in progress.

Sunday: Countdown to the Playoffs, Game # 7: The Mets prevent the Phils from clinching the Eastern Divison flag at home, as the Phils lose, 7-3.

Cole Hamels was not at his best, while also getting no help from the umpire, as the Mets prevent the Phils from clinching the division title at home, as the Phils lose to the Mets, 7-3, while the Braves lose again to the Nationals, cutting the Phils’ magic number down to one game.

The Mets took the lead in the second as David Wright hits a lead-off home run, his twenty-sixth home run of the year, giving the Mets a 1-0 lead. The Mets added to their lead in the fourth as, with the bases loaded, via singles by Angel Pagan and Ike Davis, with Davis’ single sending Pagan to third base, Joaquin Arias being safe at first on a fielder’s choice grounder as Pagan is caught between third and home by Cole Hamels on Arias’ grounder, before being caught in a rundown, and then being tagged out, 1-2-5, while Davis went to third on the play, and a Henry Blanco walk, sending Arias to second, and with two men out, after Mets’ starter Pat Misch struck out swinging, Jose Reyes hits an RBI infield single, which Wilson Valdez threw to second late, after being slow to get it out of his glove, allowing Davis to score, giving the Mets a 2-0 lead, while moving Arias to third base and Blanco to second, with the bases still loaded. The next batter, Nick Evans then hits a two-run double on a ball that Jayson Werth in right was unable to catch and then let get behind him, allowing both Arias and Blanco to score, making it a 4-0 Mets’ lead, before Reyes, who also tried to score on the play, is thrown out at the plate by a strong throw from Shane Victorino, who was backing up the play, 8-2, to finally end the inning. The Mets then made it a 5-0 lead in the fifth as Carlos Beltran hits a solo home run, his sixth home run of the year. The Phils then came back in their half of the fourth as, with two men on, and with two men out, Chase Utley hits a three-run home run, his sixteenth home run of the season, knocking in Valdez, who had earlier singled, and pinch hitter John Mayberry, Jr, who had a pinch hit infield single, moving Valdez up to second base, making it a 5-3 Mets’  lead. The Mets increased their lead in the ninth as, with one man on, and with nobody out, Beltran hits a two-run home run, his second home run of the ballgame and his seventh home run of the year, knocking in Evans, who had earlier singled, giving the Mets a 7-3 lead. That would be the final score as Hisanori Takahashi pitches a scoreless ninth, getting Utley to end the game by flying out to center.

Cole Hamels took the lost as he pitches just four innings, plus a batter, as he gives up five runs on nine hits and three walks, while striking out two. His record is now 12-11 with a 3.09 ERA. David Herndon, Vance Worley, Chad Durbin and Jose Contreras combine for four scoreless innings, giving up one hit (Durbin) and three walks (Herndon, Worley and Durbin one each), while striking out four (Herndon (2), Worley (1), Durbin (1)) between them. Ryan Madson pitches to three batters, giving up two runs on two hits and a walk, getting out none of the batters that he would face. Danys Baez pitches a scoreless inning, striking out two. Pat Misch gets a no-decision as he pitches four and two-thirds innings, giving up three runs on seven hits and a walk, while striking out three. Sean Green pitches a third of an inning, getting out the only man that he would face. Manny Acosta gets the win as he pitches an inning and a third, giving up a hit and a walk. His record is now 3-1 with a 3.12 ERA. Pedro Feliciano records his twenty-first hold as he pitches two-thirds of an inning, getting out both men that he would face.  Elmer Dessens receives his tenth hold as he pitches a scoreless inning, giving up a walk. Hisanori Takahashi pitches a scoreless inning, giving up a hit.

The Phils had nine hits in the game, with Raul Ibanez leading the team with two hits, a single and a double. Shane Victorino, Placido Polanco, Chase Utley, Ryan Howard, Jayson Werth, Wilson Valdez and pinch hitter John Mayberry, Jr. had the other seven Phils’ hits, with Victorino, Polanco, Werth, Valdez and Mayberry’s hits being singles, Howard’s hit being a double and Utley’s hit being a three-run home run. The Phils were unable to get a key hit when they needed it.

The Phils (93-63, 1st) would go on the road for the last time during the regular season, to start a series with the Nationals (67-89, 5th) in Washington, looking to clinch the East, as they have already clinched at least a tie for both the Eastern Division and the Wild Card, as the Padres have also lost.

Countdown to the Playoffs, Game # 9: Phils hold on to beat the Mets, 3-2, increasing their winning streak to eleven games while dropping their magic number down to 2.

Behind the pitching of Joe Blanton and the back end of the bullpen (Ryan Madson and Brad Lidge), the Phils beat the Mets, 3-2, increasing their winning streak to eleven games, while reducing their magic number to winning their fourth straight Eastern Division title to two games as the Braves lose to the Nationals in Washington.

The Phils took the lead in the first as Shane Victorino hits a lead-off home run, his eighteenth home run of the season, giving the Phils a 1-0 lead. The Phils added to their lead in the second as, with one man on, and with two men out, Victorino hits an RBI double, knocking in Wilson Valdez, who had earlier singled, and then went up to second on Joe Blanton’s sacrifice bunt, 1-4, giving the Phils a 2-0 lead. The Mets tied the game up at two-all in the fourth as, with a runner on first, and with two men out, Angel Pagan hit a two-run home run, knocking in Ike Davis, who had earlier singled. The Phils retook the lead in their half of the fourth as, with a runner on second, and with nobody out, Carlos Ruiz hits an RBI single, knocking in Raul Ibanez, who had earlier singled, then moved up to second on Josh Thole’s passed ball, giving the Phils’ a 3-2 lead. This would turn out to be the final score, as first Blanton, then Ryan Madson and finally Brad Lidge would hold off the Mets, with Lidge getting pinch hitter Jesus Feliciano to strike out, swinging, with runners on the corners, to end the game.

Joe Blanton gets the win as he pitches seven innings, giving up two runs on six hits and a walk, while striking out six. His record is now 8-6 with a 4.94 ERA. Ryan Madson collects his fifteenth hold of the season as he pitches a 1-2-3 inning, striking out two. Brad Lidge collects his twenty-seventh save of the year as he pitches a scoreless inning, giving up a hit and a walk, while striking out a batter. R.A. Dickey took the lost as he pitches six innings, giving up three runs on eight hits and two walks, while striking out four. His record is now 11-8 with a 2.92 ERA. Elmer Dessens, Pedro Feliciano and Manny Acosta combine for two scoreless innings, giving up a hit (Feliciano), while striking out two (Feliciano and Acosta one each) between them.

The Phils had nine hits in the game, with Shane Victorino and Placido Polanco both leading the team with two hits apiece, with Victorino’s hits being a solo home run and a RBI double, knocking in two runs, while Polanco’s hits were both singles. Chase Utley, Ryan Howard, Raul Ibanez, Carlos Ruiz and Wilson Valdez had the other five Phils’ hits, all singles, with Ruiz knocking in the other Phil run. The offense once again had enough hits to beat their opponent, increasing their winning streak, while at the same time lowering their magic number.

The Phils (93-61, 1st) continued their final home stand of the regular season with the Mets (74-79, 4th) 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 Kyle Kendrick (10-9, 4.78), who is coming off a win against the Nationals on September 18, as he pitched six innings, giving up two runs on six hits and a walk, while striking out three, in the Phils’ 5-2 win. In his last three starts, his record is 1-2, as he had pitched fifteen innings, giving up nine runs on eighteen hits and four walks, while striking out six. He will be trying to either help shrink the Phils’ magic number to one, or to help them clinch, depending on what the Braves do against the Nationals this afternoon. The Mets will counter with Dillon Gee (1-1, 1.80), who is coming off a lost to the Braves on September 18, as he pitched seven innings, giving up three runs on six hits and three walks, while striking out three, in the Mets’ 4-2 lost. In his previous three starts, his record is 1-1 with a no-decision, as he pitched twenty innings, giving up four runs on thirteen hits and ten walks, while striking out ten. He will be trying to spoil the Phils’ night, and put the clinching party, if it is to occur, on hold for one more day. The Phils will be trying to either bring their magic number down to one game, or clinch their fourth straight NL East title, depending on what the Braves do against the Nationals this afternoon. 

Countdown to the Playoffs, Game # 19: Roy Oswalt pitches a complete game shut out as the Phils take the series from the Mets, winning 3-0.

Roy Oswalt pitches a four-hit shutout, as he leads the Phils past the Mets, 3-0, as the Phils regain sole lead in the NL East as the Braves lose to the Cardinals in the evening. The Phils took a quick 1-0 lead in the first as, with two men on and with nobody out, Chase Utley hits an RBI single, scoring Shane Victorino, who had earlier singled and then moved up to second on Placido Polanco’s walk, while sending Polanco, who had just walked, up to second base. The Phils increased their lead in the third as, with one man on, and with two men out, Ryan Howard hits an RBI single, scoring Polanco, who had earlier doubled, then went to third on Utley’s ground out, 4-3, making it a 2-0 Phils’ lead. The Phils then made it a 3-0 lead in the seventh as Raul Ibanez hits a solo home run, his fourteenth home run of the year. That would end up being the final score as Roy Oswalt would pitch a 113-pitch complete game shut out, giving up just four hits, all singles, and a walk, while striking out six, ending the game by striking out Carlos Beltran on a foul tip that was held onto by Carlos Ruiz. Roy Oswalt gets the win as he pitches a complete game shut out, giving up just four hits and a walk, while striking out six. His record is now 12-13 (6-1) with an ERA of 2.94 (1.98). Jon Niese takes the lost as he pitches seven innings, giving up three runs on eight hits and two walks, while striking out six. His record is now 9-8 with a 3.85 ERA. Pedro Feliciano, Manny Acosta and Elmer Dessens combine for two scoreless innings, giving up one hit (Dessens) and a walk (Dessens), while striking out two (Feliciano and Acosta one apiece) between them. The Phils had nine hits in the game, with Chase Utley and Wilson Valdez both leading the team with two hits each, with Utley’s hits being two singles, knocking in a run, while Valdez’s hits were a single and a double. Shane Victorino, Placido Polanco, Ryan Howard, Raul Ibanez and Carlos Ruiz had the other five Phils’ hits, with Victorino, Howard and Ruiz’s hits being singles, with Howard knocking in a run, with Polanco’s hit being a double and Ibanez’s hit being a solo home run, as the offense had enough key hits to give Oswalt some runs support. The Phils (82-61, 1st) continue their road trip as they go to Miami to face the Marlins (73-69, 3rd) for three games, starting with a night game tonight. The game will be played at Sun Life Stadium and will start at 7:10 pm Eastern. The Phils will send to the mound Joe Blanton (6-6, 5.15), who is coming off a no-decision against the Marlins on September 7, as he pitched six and one-third innings, giving up four runs, two of which were earned, on six hits and two walks, while striking out five, in the Phils’ 8-7 win. In his last three starts, his record is 1-0 with two no-decisions, as he pitched sixteen and two-thirds innings, giving up eleven runs, seven of which were earned, on twenty-two hits and five walks, while striking out eleven. He will be trying for his seventh win of the year, while hoping to shut down the fish. The Marlins will counter with Andrew Miller (1-1, 6.16), who is coming off a lost against the Phils on September 8, as he pitched just four innings, giving up seven runs on eleven hits and three walks, while striking out five, in the Marlins’ 10-6 lost. He will be hoping that the Phils will not beat up on him for the second straight start. The Phils are once again alone in first place in the East, thanks to the Cardinals beating up on the Braves, as they hope to add on to their lead tonight.

Saturday: Coundown to the Playoffs, Game # 20: The Phils’ rally comes too late as the Phils’ bullpen can not hold back the Mets as they drop one to the Mets, 4-3.

The bats wake up too late as the Phils drop one to the Mets, thanks in part to the bullpen being unable to hold back their rival to the north, as they lose to the Mets, 4-3. A victory by the Braves over the Cardinals lead to a tie for the lead in the NL East.

In the first, the Mets take the lead as, with one man on, and with two men out, Ike Davis hits an RBI ground-rule double, scoring Jesus Feliciano, who had earlier singled, and had moved up to second on David Wright’s walk, giving the Mets a 1-0 lead, while Wright, who had just walked, would stop at third base. The Mets took a 2-0 lead as Jose Reyes hits a lead-off home run, his ninth home run of the season. The Mets increased their lead in the seventh as, with the bases loaded, via singles to J. Feliciano and Angel Pagan, with J. Feliciano going to third and Pagan going to second on Raul Ibanez’s fielding error, and with Wright being intentionally walked, and with two men out, Davis hits a two-run single, scoring both J. Feliciano and Pagan, giving the Mets a 4-0 lead, while sending Wright to second base. The Phils started a comeback in the eighth as, with a runner on second and with one man out, Shane Victorino hits an RBI single, knocking in pinch hitter Ross Gload, who had earlier doubled, making it a 4-1 Mets’ lead. Three batters later, with runners on second and third, and with two men out, Ryan Howard hits a two-run single, knocking in Victorino, who had moved up to second on Placido Polanco’s single, then went to third on Chase Utley’s ground out, 3-unassisted, and Polanco, who had earlier singled, then went to second on Utley’s ground out, cutting the Mets’ lead down to 4-3. The Phils tried to tie the game up in the ninth as they had a runner on third, John Mayberry, who was pinch running for pinch hitter Mike Sweeney, who had earlier doubled, and had (Mayberry) gone to third on Wilson Valdez’s ground out, 3-1, and with two men out. But they would be turned back as Hisanori Takahashi got pinch hitter Carlos Ruiz to end the game by grounding out, 5-3, recording his sixth save of the year.

Kyle Kendrick took the lost as he pitches five innings, giving up two runs on five hits and two walks, while striking out one. His record is now 9-9 with a 4.85 ERA. David Herndon pitches to one batter, giving up a hit. Antonio Bastardo pitches a third of an inning, giving up a hit, while striking out a batter. Jose Contreras pitches an inning and a third, giving up two runs on two hits and two walks, while striking out a batter. J.C. Romero pitches to two batters, giving up two hits. Chad Durbin and Ryan Madson combine for one and a third scoreless innings, giving up two walks (Madson), while striking out a batter (Durbin). Mike Pelfrey gets the win as he pitches seven and one-third innings, giving up two runs on six hits, as he strikes out five. Bobby Parnell pitches to a batter, giving up a run on a hit. Pedro Feliciano records his seventeenth hold of the year as he pitches a third of an inning, giving up a hit. Manny Acosta receives his first hold of the season as he pitches a third of an inning. Hisanori Takahashi records his sixth save of the year by pitching a scoreless inning, giving up a hit.

The Phils had nine hits in the game, with Raul Ibanez leading the team with two hits, both singles. Shane Victorino, Placido Polanco, Chase Utley, Ryan Howard, Brian Schneider, pinch hitter Ross Gload and pinch hitter Mike Sweeney had the other seven Phils’ hits, with Victorino, Polanco, Utley, Howard and Schneider’s hits being singles, with Victorino knocking in a run and Howard knocking in two runs, while Gload and Sweeney’s hits were pinch hit doubles. The Phils’ offense came to life too late to affect the outcome of the game, as the team fell into a tie for first place (81-61) in the NL East with the Braves as they defeated the Cardinals in Atlanta during the night.