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After losing a well-pitched gem by Cole Hamels, 1-0, on Saturday, the Phils came back to win a so-so start by Roy Halladay, 6-5, winning the weekend series from the Mets.

The Phils’ home winning streak ends at twelve in a row as they lose a well pitched gem by Cole Hamels to the Mets, 1-0 on Saturday night. The offense then came back on Sunday to give needed runs support to Roy Halladay as he wins his fourteenth start as the Phils defeat the Mets, 6-5, to win the weekend series, staying two games behind the Braves in the East, and a 1/2 behind the Giants in the wild card race.

On Saturday, the game was a pitchers’ duel between Phils’ starter Cole Hamels and Mets’ starter Johan Santana. During the first six innings, Hamels was on fire, giving up no runs on five scattered hits, while striking out nine batters, while Santana had a no-hitter going into the Phils’ half of the sixth when, with one man on, and with two men out, Placido Polanco broke it up with a single to center, after Raul Ibanez had gotten on base after striking out as Santana threw a wild pitch, allowing him to reach first base, while Santana walks three batters, as he strikes out six. The Mets would finally take the lead in the seventh as Jeff Francoeur hits a lead-off home run, his eleventh home run of the season, to gives the Mets a 1-0 lead, before Hamels would put down the next three Mets down in order, as he records strikeouts numbers 10 and 11 on the night. The Phils tried to tie it in their half of the seventh as Jayson Werth got on base with a lead-off double, but then committed a bone headed play as he ran to third base on a grounder by Ben Francisco, which was to Werth’s right, as he is thrown out at third by the the shortstop, 6-5, as he is tagged out, while Francisco is safe at first on the fielder’s choice. The Phils tried again in the eight as they get their first two batters of the inning, Jimmy Rollins and Ibanez, on base via singles, with Rollins stopping at second base. The next batter, Polanco laid down a bunt between the third base line and the mound, that was picked up by Santana, who then threw to third, to force out Rollins on the bunt attempt for the inning’s first out, while Ibanez moved up to second, and Polanco was safe at first. Two batters later, with two men out, the Phils load the bases as Werth walks, moving up a base both Ibanez and Polanco. Sadly, the Phils would be turned back as pinch hitter Ross Gload grounds out, 4-3 to end the inning. Thus, 1-0 would be the final score as Mets’ closer Francisco Rodriguez would record his twenty-fourth save of the season as he recorded a five-out save by striking out Dom Brown swinging.

Cole Hamels took the lose, as he threw seven strong innings, giving up only one run on six hits, while striking out eleven. His record is now 7-8 with a 3.45 ERA. Chad Durbin pitches a scoreless inning, giving up a hit and two walks, while striking out two. Ryan Madson pitches a 1-2-3 inning, striking out a batter. Johan Santana gets the win as he pitches seven and a third innings, giving up five hits and three walks, while striking out six. His record is now 9-6 with a 3.06 ERA. Francisco Rodriguez records his twenty-fourth save of the season as he pitches an inning and two-thirds, giving up only a walk, while striking out two.

The Phils had just five hits in a game, singles by Jimmy Rollins, Raul Ibanez, Placido Polanco and Wilson Valdez, and a double by Jayson Werth. The offense was once again unable to give any runs support to Cole Hamels.

On Sunday, the Mets jumps into the lead in the first as, with a runner on second, and with nobody out, Angel Pagan hits an RBI single, scoring Jose Reyes, who had started the game off with a double, giving the Mets a 1-0 lead. Three batters later, with a runner on third, as Pagan stole first second base, and then third, and with two men out,  Ike Davis hits an RBI single, scoring Pagan, to give the Mets a 2-0 lead. The Phils cut the Mets’ lead in half in the second as, with one man out, Werth hits a solo home run to center field, his sixteenth home run of the year, as Carlos Beltran ran into the padding, making it a 2-1 Mets’ lead. The Phils then exploded in the third as, with one man out, Rollins got on base with a double. Polanco then got on base as Reyes commits a fielding error on his grounder, putting two men on base. The next batter, Gload, then hits an RBI single, scoring Rollins, tying the game up at two-all, while sending Polanco up to third on the throw home, as Rollins touched the back part of the plate as he slid past the catcher. Ibanez then follows with a three-run home run, his eleventh home run of the season, as he has now hit in his career high sixteenth straight game, scoring both Polanco and Gload, giving the Phils a 5-2 lead. Three batters later, with a runner on second, and now with two men out, Brian Schneider hits an RBI single, knocking in Werth, who had earlier doubled, making it a 6-2 Phils’ lead. The Mets would get a run back in the sixth as, with a runner on second and with no one out, Pagan hits an RBI single, scoring Reyes, who had earlier doubled, cutting the Phils’ lead to 6-3, while Pagan would move up to second on a fielding error by Brown, as he took his eyes off the ball while trying to field it. The Mets would cut the Phils’ lead down further in the seventh as, with runners on second and third, and with nobody out, Ruben Tejada hits an RBI ground out, 6-3, scoring Fernando Martinez, who had earlier singled, then went to third on Josh Thole’s double, making it a 6-4 Phils’ lead, while sending Thole, who had earlier double, up to third base. The Mets then made it a 6-5 Phils’ lead as pinch hitter Chris Carter hits an RBI double, scoring Thole. After giving up a walk to Reyes, Halladay finally got out of the inning by getting Pagan to fly out to center, for the inning’s second out, and then ending the inning by striking out Beltran swinging. That would end up being the Mets last change as they went down 1-2-3 to Madson in the eighth, before Lidge came in to record his fourteenth save, as he got Reyes to fly out to center, with a runner on third, for the final out.

Roy Halladay gets the win, as he pitches seven innings, giving up five runs on nine hits and a walk, while he strikes out ten. His record is now 14-8 with a 2.34 ERA. Madson records his third hold of the year as he pitches a 1-2-3 inning, striking out a batter. Brad Lidge records his fourteenth save of the year as he pitches a scoreless inning, giving up a hit. R.A. Dickey took the lost as he pitches just three innings, giving up six runs on eight hits and a walk. His record is now 7-5 with an ERA of 2.65. Raul Valdes. Hisanori Takahashi, Pedro Feliciano and Manny Acosta combine for five scoreless innings in relief, giving up just four hits (Takahashi (2), Feliciano (1), Acosta (1)), while striking out four (one each).

The Phils had twelve hits in the game, with Jayson Werth leading the team with three hits, a single, a double and a solo home run, raising his average to .301. Jimmy Rollins and Wilson Valdez follow with two hits each, with Rollins hits being a single and a double, as he scores a run, while both of Valdez’s hits were singles. Placido Polanco, Ross Gload, Raul Ibanez, Brian Schneider and Roy Halladay had the other five Phils’ hits, with Polanco, Gload, Schneider and Halladay’s hits being singles, with Gload and Schenider both knocking in a run, while Ibanez’s hit was a three-run blast to center field. The offense, for the fourth straight game, scored some runs for their ace, this time being enough for the win.

The Phils (62-49, 2nd East) have the day off today before starting a three-game series with the Dodgers (58-54, 4th West) on Tuesday night.

A six-run eighth inning leads to the Phils’ twelfth straight win at home and their fifth straight win overall as they beat the Mets, 7-5.

A six-run eighth inning leads the Phils’ to their fifth straight win, and their twelfth consecutive win at home, as they come from behind to defeat the Mets, 7-5. A Braves’ lost at home to the Giants put the Phils a game behind the first place Braves.

The Phils took the lead in the first as, with a runner on second, and with one man out, Placido Polanco hits an RBI double, scoring Raul Ibanez, who had earlier singled, and then moved up to second on a Josh Thole pass ball, giving the Phils a 1-0 lead. The Phils then loaded up the bases as Jayson Werth and Ben Francisco both got on base with walks, with Ibanez and Werth both moving up a base on Francisco’s walk, and with two men out, when they were turned back by Mets’ starter Jon Niese as he got Carlos Ruiz to strike out swinging for the inning’s final out. The Mets tied the score at one-all in the third as, with a runner on third, and with two men out, Jose Reyes hits an RBI single, knocking in Jeff Francoeur, who had earlier singled, moved up to second on Luis Castillo’s sacrifice bunt, 5-3, and then went to third on Niese’s ground out, 3-unassisted. The Mets then took the lead in the fourth as, with two men on, and with one man out, Thole hits an RBI single, knocking in David Wright, who had earlier singled, then went to second on Ike Davis’ single, giving the Mets a 2-1 lead, while sending David up to second base. The game would stay 2-1 Mets until the bottom of the eighth when the Phils erupted. The inning started with Mike Sweeney hitting a single to right, his first hit as a Phil. Werth followed with a single to center, sending Sweeney to third, putting runners on the corners. Francisco then came up and hit an RBI single, scoring Sweeney, tying the game at two-all, while sending Werth up to second base. The next batter, Ruiz, hits an RBI single, knocking in Werth, to give the Phils a 3-2 lead, while sending Francisco up to second base. After the Mets replaced Bobby Parnell with Pedro Feliciano, Wilson Valdez greets him with a bunt towards the third base side of the mound. Because of miscommunication between Feliciano and Wright, Valdez’s bunt becomes an infield single, loading up the bases as Francisco moves up to third, and Ruiz stops at second, with no one out. The Phils then took a 4-2 lead as pinch hitter Ross Gload received a walk, forcing in Francisco, while moving up a base both Ruiz and Valdez. Jimmy Rollins made it a 5-2 Phils’ lead with an RBI single, knocking in Ruiz, while sending Valdez to second and Gload to third. After Raul Ibanez strikes out for the first out of the inning, the Mets changed pitchers again, replacing Feliciano with Manny Acosta, Placido Polanco greets him with a sacrifice fly to center, for the second out of the inning, scoring Valdez, giving the Phils a 6-2 lead. Sweeney, the man who started the inning, then came up, the tenth men in the inning, as the Phils had batted around, then had an RBI single, his second hit of the inning, and his first RBI as a Phil, as he knocked in Gload, making it a 7-2 Phils’ lead, while moving Rollins to third. In the ninth, the Mets tried to get back into the game as, with two men on, and with two men out, pinch hitter Mike Hessman hits a three-run home run, his first home run of the year, scoring Davis, who had earlier singled, then went up to second on Francoeur’s single, and Francoeur, who had just singled, making it a 7-5 Phils’ lead. But that would be the end of the threat as Brad Lidge came in and nailed down his thirteenth save of the season by striking out pinch hitter Jesus Feliciano swinging to end the game.

Joe Blanton gets a no-decision as he pitches seven strong innings, giving up just two runs on seven hits, while striking out four. Chad Durbin gets the win as he pitches a 1-2-3 inning, striking out a batter. His record is now 3-1 with a 3.35 ERA. Danys Baez pitches two-thirds of an inning, giving up two runs on two hits, while striking out a batter. J.C. Romero pitched to one batter, giving up a run on one hit, a home run. Brad Lidge records his thirteenth save of the year by striking out the only man whom he would face. Jon Niese also receives a no-decision as he also pitches seven strong innings, giving up just a run on four hits, five walks and a pass ball, while striking out seven. Bobby Parnell blew his second save of the year before taking the lost, as he pitched to four batters, giving up four runs on four hits. His record is now 0-1 with a 4.12 ERA. Pedro Feliciano pitched a third of an inning, giving up two runs on two hits and a walk, as he strikes out a batter. Manny Acosta pitched two-thirds of an inning, giving up a hit.

The Phils had eleven hits in the game, with seven of them coming in the six-run eighth. Mike Sweeney, Jayson Werth and Carlos Ruiz lead the team with two hits each, all singles, with Sweeney and Ruiz both knocking in a run. Jimmy Rollins, Raul Ibanez, Placido Polanco, Ben Francisco and Wilson Valdez had the other five Phils’ hit, with Rollins, Ibanez, Francisco and Valdez each having a single, with Rollins and Valdez both knocking in a run, while Polanco had a double, as he knocked in two runs, one by sac fly. Ross Gload brought in the other run, via a bases loaded walk. The Phils’ offense was kept quiet by Niese, after losing a chance in the first to take a big lead, before erupting in the eighth.

The Phils (61-48, 2nd) continue their weekend series with the Mets (54-55, 3rd) 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 (7-7, 3.56), who is coming off a no-decision against the Nationals on August 1, as he pitched seven innings, giving up four runs on six hits, as he struck out ten, in the Phils’ 6-4 win. In his last three starts, his record is three no-decisions, as he pitched twenty innings, as he gave up seven runs on thirteen hits and five walks, while striking out twenty-five. Hamels will be trying to win his first start since his win against the Reds on July 11, four no-decisions ago. The Mets will counter with their ace Johan Santana (8-6, 3.20), who is coming off a lost against the Braves on August 2, as he pitched seven innings, giving up four runs on nine hits and two walks, while striking out eleven, in the Mets’ 4-1 lost. In his last three starts, his record is 1-1 with a no-decision, as he pitched nineteen and two-thirds innings, giving up twelve runs on twenty-seven hits and four walks, while striking out seventeen. He will be trying to even up the series, while hoping that the Phils won’t bomb him like they did earlier in the season. The Phils will be going for their second straight series win, and their fourth straight series win at home, while hoping that they will end up tied for first with the Braves.

Roy Halladay throws a complete game shutout at the Mets as the Phils’ bat wake up to pound on their NL East rival, 10-0.

As the Phils’ bats pound out thirteen hits against Mets’ pitching, Roy Halladay pitches his third complete game start and his second shutout of the season as the Phils defeat the Mets, 10-0, putting them half a game behind the first place Mets as they head into the rubber match of the series.

The game started as a three and a half innings pitchers’ duel between Mets’ starter Mike Pelfrey, who gave up only one hit, a lead-off double to Shane Victorino in the first, while Phils’ starter Roy Halladay gave up three hits, getting out of jams in the second, third and fourth innings, leaving it a 0-0 ballgame. The Phils then took the lead in their half of the fourth as, with two men on, and with nobody out, Jayson Werth hits an RBI single on a pop up that Mets’ second baseman Alex Cora is unable to catch, scoring Chase Utley, who had earlier singled on a pop up that Mets’ shortstop Jose Reyes was unable to catch, and then moved up to second on Ryan Howard’s single, giving the Phils a 1-0 lead, while sending Howard, who had already singled, up to second base. Two batters later, with two men still on base, and with one man out, Juan Castro hit a two-run double, scoring both Howard and Werth, giving the Phils a 3-0 lead. After Castro is thrown out at home by Mets’ centerfielder Angel Pagan, 8-2, on a Carlos Ruiz’s single for the second out of the inning, and then a single by Halladay, which sent Ruiz up to second, the Phils made it 6-0 as Victorino hits a three-run home run, his fourth home run of the season. The Phils added to their lead in the fifth as, with runners on the corners, and with one man out, Raul Ibanez hits a two-run triple, knocking in Utley, who had earlier doubled, and went to third on Howard’s fly out, and Werth, who had earlier walked, giving the Phils an 8-0 lead. The Phils made it 9-0 in the seventh as, with a runner on second, and with one out, Werth hits an RBI single, scoring Utley, who had earlier doubled. Three batters later, with two men on base, and with two men out, Ruiz hits an RBI single, knocking in Werth, who was safe on a throwing error by Mets’ first baseman Ike Davis on an Ibanez’s grounder, making it 10-0 Phils, while sending Ibanez, who was safe on Davis’ error, on to third. That would be the final score as Halladay would pitch a 1-2-3 ninth to complete the shut out win.

Roy Halladay threw a complete game shut out, giving up only three hits and a walk, while striking out six. His record is now 5-1 with a 1.47 ERA. Mike Pelfrey took the lost as he goes only four innings, giving up six runs on eight hits and a walk, as he strikes out only two. His record is now 4-1 with a 2.40 ERA. Raul Valdes pitches three innings, giving up four runs, only three of which were earned, on five hits and a walk, as he strikes out six batters. Manny Acosta pitches a 1-2-3 inning.

The Phils’ bats break out for thirteen hits, with Chase Utley leading the way with three hits, for two doubles and a single, as he scores three runs. Shane Victorino, Jayson Werth and Carlos Ruiz follows with two hits each. Victorino hits were a double and a three-run home run, knocking in three RBIs. Werth had two singles, knocking in two runs, while scroing three. Ruiz also had two singles, knocking in a run, while scoring a run. Ryan Howard, Raul Ibanez, Juan Castro and Roy Halladay each recorded a hit, with Howard and Halladay’s hits being singles, with both man scoring a run, Ibanez’s hit being a triple, knocking in two runs, while Castro’s hit was a double, also knocking in two runs.

The Phils (13-10, 2nd?) will conclude their series with the Mets (14-10, 1st) tomorrow night. The game will be played at Citizens Bank Park and will start at 8:05 pm Eastern. The game will be nationally televised on ESPN. The Phils will send to the mound the ageless Jamie Moyer (2-2, 5.25), who is coming off a lost against the Giants on April 27, as he pitched six innings, giving up four runs on ten hits and a walk, while he struck out two, in the Phils’ 6-2 lost. Moyer will be going for his third victory of the season, while trying to help the Phils regain first place. The Mets will counter by sending to the mound the Phils’ nemesis Johan Santana (3-1, 2.08), who is coming off a win against the Dodgers on April 27, as he pitched six innings, giving up no runs on four hits and three walks, which striking out six, in the Mets’ 4-0 win. He will be trying to continue his dominance of the Phils while trying to keep the Mets in first place. The Phils will be trying for both a series win and regaining first place in the NL East.

Post # 700: Mets power past the Phils as Kyle Kendrick loses his first start, 9-1.

The Mets come to Citizens Bank Park and put on a power display as they crush the still struggling Phils, 9-1, as they hand Kyle Kendrick his first official decision.

The Mets took the lead in the second as, with one man on base, and with nobody out, David Wright hits a two-run bomb, his fourth home run of the season, as he scored Jason Bay, who had earlier doubled, giving the Mets a 2-0 lead. Two batters later, with one man out, Jeff Francoeur increased the Mets’s lead to 3-0 as he hits a solo home run, his fourth home run of the year. The Phils would get a run back in their half of the second as, with runners on the corners, and with one man out, Carlos Ruiz hits an RBI single, knocking in Jayson Werth, who had earlier singled and then went to third on Juan Castro’s single, cutting the Mets’ lead to 3-1, while sending Castro, who had just singled, up to second base. But, the Mets’ offense would do the scoring for the rest of the night. The Mets increased their lead in the fifth as Rod Barajas hurt the Phils again as he hits a lead-off home run, his fourth home run of the year, to give the Mets a 4-1 lead. The Mets then broke the game open in the seventh. With a runner on second, and with nobody out, Barajas hits an RBI double, knocking in Francoeur, who had earlier been hit by a pitch, and then stole second, giving the Mets a 5-1 lead. Two batters later, with runners on the corners, and with still no outs, Angel Pagan hits a two-run triple, scoring Barajas, who had gone to third on Danys Baez’s wild pitch, and Mets’ starter Jon Niese, who had earlier walked, to give the Mets a 7-1 lead. Then two batters later, with one man out, Jose Reyes made it 8-1 with an RBI single, knocking in Pagan. In the ninth, the Mets made it 9-1 as Barajas welcomed Brad Lidge with a lead-off home run, his fifth home run of the season and his second home run of the game. That would be the final score as the Phils went down weakly in their half of the ninth.

Kyle Kendrick took the lost as he pitches five innings, giving up four runs on five hard hits, all for extra-bases, and one walk, while striking out three. His record is now 0-1 with a 7.61 ERA. Danys Baez pitches one inning plus four batters, giving up four run on two hard hits, both for extra-bases and a walk. David Herndon pitches two innings, giving up no runs on a hit. Brad Lidge pitches a third of an inning, giving up a run on two hits. J.C. Romero pitches two-thirds of an inning, getting out both men that he would face. Jon Niese gets the win as he goes seven innings, giving up a run on four hits and a walk, while he strikes out seven. His record is now 1-1 with a 3.10 ERA. Je Mejia and Manny Acosta combine for two shut out innings, giving up just two hits (one each) and a walk (Acosta), while striking out one (Mejia).

The Phils were only able to get six hits in the game, all singles. Jayson Werth lead the club with two hits, followed by Shane Victorino, Raul Ibanez, Juan Castro and Carlos Ruiz, with Ruiz knocking in the only Phil run.

The Phils (12-9, 3rd) continue their three-game series with the Mets (14-9, 1st). The game will be played at Citizens Bank Park and will start at 3:05 pm Eastern. The game will be televised nationally on Fox. The Phils will send their ace Roy Halladay (4-1, 1.80), to the mound after having suffered his first lost of the seasons on April 26 at the hands of the Giants, as he went seven innings, giving up five runs on ten hits, while he struck out five, in the Phils’ 5-1 lost. He will be trying to get back on the winning track, while trying to put the Phils back on the winning track. He will be opposed by Mike Pelfrey (4-0, 0.69), who is coming off a win against the Braves on April 25, as he pitched five inning, giving up no runs on five hits and five walks, while striking out three, in the Mets’ 1-0 win. He will be trying to continue his scoreless streak. The Phils will be trying to start off the month of May on a good note, after ending April with a winning record.

Four home runs help lead to the Phils victory over the Braves, 9-4. Magic number drops down to eight.

Two home run blasts by Ryan Howard and a pair of homers by Jimmy Rollins and Ben Francisco help lead the Phils to a 9-4 victory over the Braves. The Phils’ magic number over both the Braves and the Marlins is now at eight.

The Braves tried to take an early lead in the second with a runner on second and with two men out, as Tim Hudson hits a single to left field. Matt Diaz, who had earlier doubled, rounded third, attempting to score, as Raul Ibanez threw a strike to home plate. Carlos Ruiz, who was blocking home plate, grabbed the ball and held on to it as he tagged out Diaz, keeping the score at 0-0. Ruiz would leave the game later with a sprained wrist. The Braves then took a 1-0 lead in the third as, with one man out, Martin Prado hits a solo home run, his tenth home run of the season. The Phils then took the lead in the fourth as, with one man on, and with two men out, Ryan Howard hits a two-run bomb, his thirty-ninth home run of the year, knocking in Ben Francisco, who had earlier singled, making it 2-1 Phils. The Phils then increased their lead in the sixth as, with two men out, Howard hits a solo shot, his fortieth home run of the season, giving the Phils a 3-1 lead. The Phils added to their lead in the eighth as, with the bases loaded, via a walk to Jimmy Rollins, a single by Chase Utley, which sent Rollins to third, a steal of second base by Utley, and then Howard being hit by the pitch, and with one man out, Jayson Werth hits a two-run single, knocking in both Rollins and Utley, making it 5-1 Phils, while sending Howard on to second. The Braves cut the Phils’ lead in their half of the eighth as, with a man on base and with two men out, Brian McCann hits a two-run home run of his own, his twentieth home run of the year, knocking in Prado, who had earlier singled, making it a 5-3 Phils lead. The Phils then broke the game wide open in the ninth as, with two men on, and with one out, Rollins hits a three-run home run, his nineteenth home run of the year, knocking in Paul Bako and pinch hitter Matt Stairs, who had both walked, giving the Phils an 8-3 lead. The next batter, Francisco, then hits a home run of his own, his fifteenth home run of the season, making it 9-3 Phils. In the Braves’ half of the ninth, with a runner on second and with one man out, Adam LaRoche hits an RBI single, knocking in Garret Anderson, who had earlier doubled, making it a 9-4 Phils’ lead. But that would be the final score as Chad Durbin got Nate McLouth to fly out to left for the final out.

J.A. Happ received a no-decision as he pitched just three innings, taken out as an injury precaution, giving up only a run on five hits, while striking out one. Kyle Kendrick got the win as he pitched four scoreless innings, giving up three hits. His record is now 2-1 with an ERA of 2.70. Tyler Walker pitched two-thirds of an inning, giving up two runs on two hits, as he struck out a batter. Ryan Madson collected his twenty-fourth hold as he got out the only batter he would face. Chad Durbin pitched an inning, giving up a run on two hits, while striking out a batter. Tim Hudson took the lost as he pitched seven innings, giving up three runs on six hits and a walk, while striking out three. His record is now 1-1 with a 3.70 ERA. Kris Medlen pitched a third of an inning, giving up two runs on a hit and a walk. Boone Logan pitched to one batter, hitting him. Manny Acosta pitched two-thirds of an inning, giving up a hit. Vladimir Nunez pitched an inning, giving up four runs on two hits and two walks, while striking out a batter.

The Phils had ten hits in the game, with Ben Francisco and Jayson Werth both leading the way with three hits each, with Francisco hitting a double and a solo home run, while one of Werth’s hits knocked in two runs. Ryan Howard followed with two hits, both home runs, which knocked in three runs. Jimmy Rollins and Chase Utley had the other two Phils’ hits, with Rollins’ being a three-run home run. The Phils’ offense appear to be now out of its slump, as the end of the regular season comes closer.

The Phils (86-60, 1st) continue their three-games visit with the Braves (78-69, 3rd) with a night game tonight. The game will be played tonight at Turner Field and will start at 7:05 pm Eastern. The Phils will send to the mound Pedro Martinez (5-0, 2.87), who is coming off a win against the Mets in the second game of a doubleheader sweep on September 13, as he pitched eight shut out innings, giving up six hits and two walks, while striking out seven, in the Phils’ 1-0 win. The Braves will counter with Javier Vazquez (13-9, 3.01), who is coming off a complete game win against the Cardinals on September 13, as he gave up only two runs on seven hits, while striking out eight, in the Braves’ 9-2 win. The Phils will be trying for the series win tonight, while at the same time trying to lower their winning number even more.

The Phils continues their troubles into July as they lose badly to the Braves, 11-1.

After losing a close one, the Phils lose badly while avoiding the added embarrassment of also being no-hitted, as they lose to the Braves, 11-1.

The Braves took the lead in the third as, with two men on, and one man out, Martin Prado hits a two-run double, scoring Braves’ starter Jair Jurrjens, who had earlier singled and had gone to second on Gregor Blanco’s single off of Phils’ starter Cole Hamels’ leg, and Blanco, who had just singled, giving Atlanta a 2-0 lead. One batter later, Chipper Jones hits an RBI single, scoring Prado, making it 3-0 Braves. The Phils got a run back in the fourth, where, with a runner on third and two men out, Greg Dobbs hits a sacrifice fly, scoring Jayson Werth, who had earlier walked, and then went all the way to third on Jurrjens’ throwing error when he tried to pick him off, making it a 3-1 Braves’ lead. From there, it would be all Atlanta. In the fifth, with two men on, and nobody out, Jones hits another two-run double, sending home Blanco, who had earlier walked and had gone to second on Prado’s single, making it a 5-1 Braves’ lead. Brain McCann then made it 6-1 with a RBI single, knocking in Jones. That would be it for Cole Hamels, as Charlie Manuel would come out of the dugout and replace him with Tyler Walker. Matt Diaz proceeded to greet Walker with a two-run home run, his fourth home run of the game, scoring McCann, and giving Atlanta a commanding 8-1 lead. Three batters later, now with two men out, Diory Hernandez hits a solo home run, his first home run of the season, and of his career, making it 9-1 Braves. Meanwhile, Jurrjens was going through the Phils’ line-up, not giving up a hit until the seventh when, with two men out, Paul Bako broke up the no-hitter attempt with a single. In the eighth, the Braves would increase their lead as, with two men on, and two men out, pinch hitter Yunel Escobar hits an RBI single, scoring Hernandez, who had earlier reached base on a Pedro Feliz’s fielding error, and then moved up to second on a Blanco’s ground out, 6-3, giving the Braves a 10-1 lead, while sending Prado, who had earlier walked, over to third. McCann then followed with an RBI single, scoring Prado, giving Atlanta an 11-1 lead, while sending Escobar to second. That would be the final score as the Phils would go down 1-2-3  in the ninth.

Cole Hamels took the lost, as he went only four innings, giving up seven runs on nine hits and two walks, while he struck out only one. His record is now 4-5 with an ERA of 4.98. Tyler Walker pitched two innings, giving up two runs on two hits, as he struck out a batter. Sergio Escalona pitched a scoreless inning, giving up only one hit, as he struck out one. Jack Taschner pitched an inning, giving up two runs on two hits and a walk, while striking out two. Jair Jurrgens picked up the win as he pitched a strong game, giving up only a run on a hit and four walks, while he struck out six. His record is now 6-6 with an ERA of 2.73. Kris Medlen and Manny Acosta each pitched a scoreless inning, giving up only one hit (Medlen), while striking out one (Acosta) between them.

The Phillies only had two hits in the game, both singles. One was by Paul Bako, who broke up Jurrjens’ no-hitter attempt, and the other was by Shane Victorino. Greg Dobbs knocked in the Phils’ only run, bringing in Jayson Werth via a sacrifice fly, without a hit, thanks to a two-base throwing error by Jurrjens when he tried to pick-off Werth at first base after walking him. The Phillies’ offense seems to have hit the skids, while starting pitching isn’t pitching very deep into games, with the bullpen it hurting as a result. Something have got to give soon, although I have to agree with one of the announcers during last night’s game saying that dropping out of first place might be the best thing for the Phils at the moment, as it would give them something to shoot for again.

The Phils (39-36, 1st) will conclude their losing road trip with one final game with the Braves (37-40, 4th). The game will be played at Turner Field and will start at 7:00 pm Eastern time. The Phillies will send to the mound J.A. Happ (5-0, 3.00) who is coming off a complete game shut out win against the Blue Jays on June 27, where he gave up only 5 hits while striking out four, in the Phils’ 10-0 blow out win. He will be going for his sixth win of the year, his fourth since being put into the rotation, while trying to avoid a series sweep for the Phils. The Braves will counter with Javier Vazquez (5-7, 3.04), who is coming off a lost against the Red Sox, where he went seven and two-thirds innings, giving up only a run on six hits and three walks, as he struck out eight, in the Braves’ 1-0 lost. He will be hoping to get some runs support from the Braves, while hoping to add to the Phils’ offensive woes. The Phils’ lead in the National League East is now down to a half-game over the Marlins.

Final Countdown to the Playoffs: Game 4: Brett Myers has second straight bad outing as the Phillies lose to the Braves, 10-4. Mets lost drops Phillies’ magic number to 3.

For his second straight start, Brett Myers will be unable to get through the fifth inning as the Braves would bust the game wide open on a Chipper Jones’ pinch hit three-run home run in a six run fifth, as the Phillies fall to the Braves, 10-4. A Mets lost to the Cubs in extra-innings still leaves the Phillies ahead in the East by a game and a half while the magic number to clinch the East drops down to three. The Braves would score first in the first inning as, with two men on and no one out, Martin Prado would hit a RBI single, scoring Josh Anderson, who has earlier doubled, giving the Braves a 1-0 lead, while sending Kelly Johnson, who has earlier singled, to move on to second base. One out later, after Johnson has stolen third, as Brain McCann strikes out, to put runners on the corners, Casey Kotchman would make it 2-0 Braves, as he would hit a RBI single, scoring Johnson, and sending Prado to third. Phillies’ starter Brett Myers would finally get out of the inning by getting Omar Infante to hit into a double play, 1-6-3, cutting down Kotchman at second. The Phillies would get a run back in the second as, with runners on the corners and one man out, Pedro Feliz would hit a RBI single, scoring Pat Burrell, who has earlier doubled and has went to third on Shane Victorino’s ground ball to Braves’ second baseman Johnson, who would then commit a fielding error that would allow Victorino to reach base, making it 2-1 Braves, while Victorino would go to second. Chris Coste would then end the inning by hitting into a 6-4-3 double play, cutting down Feliz at second. The Braves would make it 3-1 in the third, as, with a runner on third and one out, Kotchman would hit into an out to Ryan Howard, for the second out of the inning, scoring McCann, who has earlier doubled, and has gone to third as Jayson Werth threw out Prado, who has earlier singled, when he tried to score on McCann’s double, with Coste supplying the tag, for the inning’s first out. The Phillies would get it back in their half of the third, when, with two outs, Chase Utley would hit a solo home run, his thirty-third home run of the year, cutting the lead to 3-2 Braves. The Phillies would tie it up in the fourth as Howard would hit a lead off home run, his forty-seventh home run of the year. Burrell would then follow with a double. After a Victorino fly out to right would move Burrell to third, Braves’ manager Bobby Cox would come out and relieve Braves’ starter Jo-Jo Reyes and replace him with Buddy Carlyle. Carlyle would then proceed to strand Burrell at third as he first get Feliz to strike out for the inning’s second out and then get Coste to end the inning by grounding out, 6-3. The Braves would then retake the lead in the fifth. After getting the lead-off batter to fly out, Myers would give up a walk to Prado. McCann would follow with a RBI double, scoring Prado, and giving the Braves a 4-3 lead. After Myers intentionally walk Kotchman, Charlie Manuel would take out Myers and replace him with Chad Durbin. Durbin would get the next batter, Infante, to hit a grounder to Howard. Instead of getting the sure out at first, Howard would throw to second, trying to force out Kotchman. Sadly, the plan backfired as the ball hit Kotchman and would go into right field, allowing McCann to score, making it a 5-3 Braves’ lead, with Kotchman safe at second and Infante on first thanks to Howard’s throwing error. This would become important as Durbin would strike out Jeff Francoeur for the inning’s second out, as it could’ve been the inning’s final out if Howard had gone to first and not second, leaving the Phillies’ trailing by one run. The next batter, Brandon Jones would then hit a RBI single, scoring Kotchman, giving the Braves a 6-3 lead and putting Infante on second. Chipper Jones is then sent out to pitch hit for Carlyle. Durbin is then replaced with Scott Eyre, whom the Phillies hope would be able to handle C. Jones. Sadly, he would not as C. Jones would hit a 2-1 fastball into the left field seats for a three-run home run, his twenty-second home run of the year, knocking in both Infante and B. Jones, and giving the Braves a 9-3 lead. Eyre would then end the inning by striking out Anderson. That six run fifth inning would seem to take the fight out of the Phillies, as they would be unable to mount anything against the Braves’ relievers. The Braves, in the meantime, would tack on an extra run in the eighth, as, with a runner on second and two outs, Prado would hit a RBI single, scoring Anderson, who has earlier walked, and has stolen second, to give the Braves a 10-3 lead, The Phillies would get a run back in their half of the eighth, as, with runners on second and third, and one out, Burrell, who has earlier walked, would score on McCann’s pass ball, making it a 10-4 Braves’ lead, and sending Victorino, who has earlier double, to move to third. But that was where he would stay as Braves’ reliever Julian Taveraz would strike out pinch hitter Greg Dobbs for the inning’s second out and then strikes out pinch hitter Matt Stairs to end the inning. The Phillies would then go down 1-2-3 in the ninth to end the ballgame.

Brett Myers would take the lost as he would only be able to go four and one third innings, giving up six run, four of which were earned, on ten hits. His record is now 10-13 with a 4.55 ERA. Chad Durbin would pitch a third of an inning, giving up two runs, neither of which were earned, on one hit while striking out a batter. Scott Eyre would pitch and inning and a third, giving up an earned run on two hits. Rudy Seanez would pitch a scoreless inning, giving up no hits. J.C. Romero would pitch an inning, giving up an earned run on one hit. Clay Condrey would pitch a scoreless inning, giving up a hit. Jo-Jo Reyes would get a no decision, as he pitches three and a third innings, giving up three earned runs on five hits. Buddy Carlyle would get the win as he goes two-thirds of an inning, giving up no runs on no hits. His record is now 2-0 with a 3.77 ERA. Vladimir Nunez would pitch a scoreless inning, giving up no hits. Jorge Julio would also pitch a scoreless inning, giving up a hit. Julian Taveraz would pitch an inning, giving up an unearned run on one hit and a walk. Manny Acosta would pitch a 1-2-3 ninth inning.

The Phillies’ offense has once again gone silent for most of the night, being unable to do any real damage on Jo-Jo Reyes before he got yanked in the bottom of the fourth inning, and then being kept quiet for most of the night by the Braves’ bullpen. Of course, Brett Myers being unable to put down the Braves earlier in the night didn’t help matters and Ryan Howard’s fielding blunder of throwing to second base for the force instead of going to first for the sure out would open up the flood gates that would turn the game into a blow out in the fifth inning thanks to Chipper Jones’ pinch hit three-run home run. Sigh, I hate reruns like this. I wonder why this team never make pennant winning easy or fast. Luckily, a Mets’ lost to the Cubs in extra-innings has dropped the Phillies magic number down to three. Anyway, with the day off today they should be able to regroup and forget this series before they meet the Nationals for the final three games of the season, starting tomorrow, weather permitting, as a big storm is heading in the direction of both Philadelphia and New York, which could play a factor in both the Phillies-Nationals and the Mets-Marlins series. I guess we’ll see what develops by friday night.

The Phillies are still a game and a half ahead of the Mets as they lost to the Cubs in extra-innings, with one more game to play in their four games series tonight. In the Wild Card chase, the Mets and the Brewers are now tied for the lead as the Brew Crew defeated the Pirates, with one more game left in their series. This bring up several interesting scenarios for the start of tomorrow night’s series (Phillies-Nationals, Mets-Marlins, Brewers-Cubs): 1) A Mets lost to the Cubs and a Brewers lost to the Pirates would place the Mets two games behind the Phillies and leaving both teams two games behind the Phillies in the wild card (the best of the four scenarios); 2) A Mets lost and a Brewers victory would put the Mets two games behind the Phillies and a game behind the Brewers in the wild card (the preferred scenario as it would force the Mets to get past two teams); 3) A Mets win and a Brewers lost would put the Mets a game behind the Phillies and a game ahead of the Brewers (bad, as it will put the pressure back on the Phillies to try to win two against the pesky Nationals); and 4) both the Mets and the Brewers win, putting the Mets a game behind in the East and both teams a game behind the Phillies in the wild card (very bad as the Phllies will have to worry about both teams). While I prefer scenario number two, I would rather the Phillies would just go out and cream the Nationals and let everything else just sort itself out.