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The Phils sweep the best in the west as they ‘gasp’ score runs for Hamels, as they beat the Padres, 5-0.

The Phils finally scored some runs for Coel Hamels as they sweep the Padres during the weekend, winning the third game of the series, 5-0.

The Phils took the lead in the third as, with a runner on third, and with two men out, Jimmy Rollins hits an RBI single, knocking in Carlos Ruiz, who had earlier reached first on an infield single, went to second on Dodgers’ starter Clayton Richard’s throwing error on a pickoff attempt, and then went to third on Cole Hamels’ ground out, 3-1, giving the Phils a 1-0 lead. The Phils added to their lead in the seventh as, with one man on, and with two men out, Mike Sweeney hits a two-run home run, his seventh home run of the season, and his first as a Phil, knocking in Jayson Werth, who had earlier walked. The Phils made it 4-0 in the eighth as, with two men on, and with nobody out, Rollins hits a fly ball to right that was caught by Ryan Ludwick, who then threw to first base to try and double up Hamels, who had been safe on first on a force attempt error to second base by Richard on Hamels’ bunt attempt, who tried to throw out Ruiz, who had earlier singled, and was safe at second because of the error, at first, but threw the ball into the Padres’ dugout, with Ruiz being awarded home plate, while Hamel would go to third. In the ninth, the Phils made it a 5-0 lead as, with one man out, Werth hits a solo home run, his eighteenth home run of the year. That would be the final score as Ryan Madson got Chase Headley to fly out to center for the final out.

Cole Hamels gets the win as he pitches eight shut out innings, giving up just four hits, as he strikes out six. His record is now 8-10 with an ERA of 3.31. Ryan Madson pitches a scoreless inning, giving up a hit, while he strikes out a batter. Clayton Richard gets the lost as he pitches seven and two-thirds innings, giving up four runs, only two of which were earned, on four hits and a walk, while striking out five. His record is now 12-6 with a 3.50 ERA. Edward Mujica pitches a third of an inning, getting out the only man he would face. Luis Pedromo pitches an inning, giving up a run on one hit.

The Phils had only five hits in the game, with Carlos Ruiz leading the team with two hits, both singles. Jimmy Rollins, Mike Sweeney and Jayson Werth had the other three Phils’ hits, with Rollins’ hits being an RBI single, Sweeney’s a two-run home run and Werth’s a solo home run. The Phils’ offense continue to get few hits, but still found a way to sweep the Padres.  

The Phils (73-57, 2nd East) are now involved in a three-game series with the Dodgers (67-64, 4th West), with the first game already in progress, with the Phils trailing.

The Phils rewards Blanton’s good performance with a win as they defeat the Padres, 3-1.

The presently punchless Phils got enough hits to reward another recent good performance by Joe Blanton with a win, as they defeat the Padres, 3-1.

The Phils took the lead in the fifth as, with one man on, and with one man out, Shane Victorino hits an RBI single, knocking in Jayson Werth, who was earlier hit by the pitch, then moved up to second on Raul Ibanez’s ground out, 4-3, giving the Phils a 1-0 lead. The Padres tied the game up at one-all in their half of the fifth as, with runners on the corners, and with two men out, Jon Garland hits an RBI single, scoring Chris Denorfia, who was safe at first on a force out, 6-4, as Chase Headley, who had earlier walked, was wiped out at second for the inning’s second out, and then went to third on Nick Hundley’s single, while sending Hundley, who had just singled, up to second base. The Padres then tried to take the lead as Hundley tried to score on David Eckstein’s single to center, but was nailed at home, 8-2, by a strong throw by Victorino which beat Hundley to the plate, as Brian Schneider applied the tag for the final out of the inning. The Phils regain the lead in the seventh as, with a man on, and with one out, Victorino hits an RBI triple, knocking in Werth, who had earlier walked, giving the Phils a 2-1 lead. Two batters later, now with runners on the corners, as Carlos Ruiz is intentionally walked, and with still one man out, pinch hitter Mike Sweeney hits a grounder to shortstop Miguel Tejada, who threw to second to attempt a doubleplay, but Ruiz’s slide into second baseman Eckstein hard enough to slow down the throw to first, allowing Sweeney to beat the throw to first, while Victorino would cross home plate, giving the Phils a 3-1 lead. That would be the final score as the Phils’ bullpen would pitch three 1-2-3 innings, with Brad Lidge recording his eighteenth save, as he ended the game by getting Headley to fly out to left.

Joe Blanton gets the win as he pitches six innings, giving up a run on six hits and a walk, while he strikes out three. His record is now 6-6 with a 5.15 ERA. Jose Contreras collects his tenth hold of the year as he pitches a 1-2-3 inning, striking out a batter. Ryan Madson picks up his eighth hold of the season as he also pitches a 1-2-3 inning, striking out a batter. Brad Lidge collects his eighteenth save of the year as he pitches a 1-2-3 inning, striking out one. Jon Garland took the lost as he pitches six and a third innings, giving up three runs on three hits, three walks and a hit batter, while striking out two. His record is now 13-9 with a 3.29 ERA. Joe Thatcher, Luke Gregerson, Edward Mujica and Ernesto Frieri combine for two and two-thirds scoreless innings, giving up just one walk (Thatcher), while striking out three (Gregerson (1), Frieri (2)) between them.

The Phils had only three hits in the game, with Shane Victorino leading the team with two hits, a single and a triple, as he knocked in two runs. Jimmy Rollins had the only other Phil hit, a single. Mike Sweeney had the other Phil RBI as he hit into a force out. The Phils’ bats were otherwise silent, which will have to change before things really gets bad for the team.

The Phils (72-57, 2nd East) will conclude their three-game series with the Padres (76-52, 1st West) with an afternoon game. The game will be played at PETCO Park and will start at 4:05 pm Eastern (1:05 pm Pacific). The Phils will send to the mound Cole Hamels (7-10, 3.47), who is coming off a no-decision against the Astros on August 24, as he went seven innings, giving up two runs on five hits and a walk, as he struck out eight, in the Phils’ 4-2 extra-innings lost. In his last three starts, his record is 0-2 with a no-decision, as he pitched twenty innings, giving up eight runs on seventeen hits and four walks, while striking out twenty-one batters. He will be going for his first win in over two months, while hoping the bats will score more than one run for him. The Padres will counter with Clayton Richard (12-5, 3.55), as he is coming off a win against the D-backs on August 24, as he pitched six scoreless innings, giving up just three hits and five walks, while striking out eight, in the Padres’ 5-0 win. In his last three starts, his record is 3-0 as he pitched eighteen and two-thirds innings, giving up three runs on sixteen hits and nine walks, while striking out eleven. Richard will try to end the Phils’ present winning streak. The Phils will be trying to sweep the series before going on to Los Angeles.

The bats are cold again as the Phils drop the series to the Astros as they lose, 3-2.

The Phils’ offense has once again gone cold as they waste another good performance by one of their starters as they lose to the Astros, 3-2.

The Astros took the lead in the fourth as, with two men out, Hunter Pence hits a solo home run, his twentieth home run of the year, giving the Astros a 1-0 lead. The Phils tied it up at one-all in the fifth as Jayson Werth hits a lead-off home run, his seventeenth home run of the season. The Astros retook the lead in the sixth as, with one man out, Michael Bourn hits a solo home run, making it a 2-1 Astros’ lead. The Phils retied it in their half of the sixth as, with two men on, and with one man out, Placido Polanco hits an RBI double, scoring Roy Halladay, who had earlier singled, and then went to second on Shane Victorino’s single, while sending Shane Victorino, who had earlier singled, on to third base. The Astros retook the lead again in the seventh as, with one man on and with two men out, Humberto Quintero hits an RBI single, knocking in Chris Johnson, who had earlier doubled, giving the Astros a 3-2 lead. The Phils tried to retied the game in their half of the seventh as they had runners on the corners, with Ben Francisco at third, after being safe on first on a 5-4 force out, as Mike Sweeney, who had earlier singled, was thrown out at second base, and going to third on Carlos Ruiz’s single, and with Ruiz on first, via a single, and with two men out, as Jimmy Rollins was batting, Quintero threw out Francisco with a quick snap throw to third, as Francisco lost sight of the bag. That would be the last real threat by the Phils as Brandon Lyon records his eighth save of the season in the ninth by striking out the side.

Roy Halladay took the lost as he pitches seven innings, giving up three runs on six hits, while striking out three. His record is now 16-9 with a 2.22 ERA. Jose Contreras and Chad Durbin pitches two 1-2-3 innings, striking out two batters (one each). J.A. Happ gets the win as he pitches six and one-third innings, giving up two runs on five hits and two walks, while striking out four. His record is now 4-2 with a 3.45 ERA. Wilton Lopez pitched to one batter, giving up a hit. Tim Byrdak collects his eighth hold of the year as he pitches a third of an inning. Mark Melancon records his second hold of the year as he also pitches a third of an inning. Brandon Lyon records his eighth save of the year with two scoreless innings, giving up a hit, while striking out three.

The Phils had only seven hits in the game, singles by Shane Victorino, Mike Sweeney, Carlos Ruiz, Roy Halladay and pinch hitter Ryan Howard, an RBI double by Placido Polanco and a solo home run by Jayson Werth. The offense is once again having a hard time scoring runs.

The Phils (70-56, 2nd East) are concluding their series with the Astros (57-69, 4th Central) with an afternoon game, already in progress, with the Phils trailing.

What we have here is a failure to score runs for Hamels. Giants defeat the Phils, 5-2.

The Phils’ offense have once again fail to give runs support to Cole Hamels as he this time get lit up by the Giants’ offense as the Phils lose, 5-2.

The Giants took the lead in the first as, with a runner on second, and with one man out, Buster Posey hits an RBI double, knocking in Freddy Sanchez, who had earlier singled, then moved up to second on a wild pitch, giving the Giants a 1-0 lead. Two batters later, after Pat Burrell has walked, the Giants made it 2-0 as Jose Guillen hits an RBI single, scoring Posey, while sending Burrell to third. The Giants then made it a 3-0 lead as Juan Uribe hits an RBI single of his own, scoring Burrell, while sending Guillen up to second base. The Giants added to their lead in the third as, with one man on, and with nobody out, Posey hits an RBI double, knocking in F. Sanchez, who had earlier singled, giving the Giants a 4-0 lead. The Giants then made it 5-0 in the fourth as Pablo Sandoval hits a lead-off home run, his ninth home run of the season. After that, the Giants are kept off the scoreboard, while Giants’ starter Jonathan Sanchez keep the Phils’ bats silent for eight innings, allowing only one hit, a single by Shane Victorino, with two men out in the third, two walks, and a hit batter before running into trouble in the ninth. Victorino would start the inning off with a single. After J. Sanchez falls behind Placido Polanco 2-0, he is replaced with Sergio Romo, who then gets Polanco to fly out to left for the inning’s first out. Chase Utley then followed with a single, sending Victorino up to second base. Jayson Werth then strikes out, swinging, for the inning’s second out, bringing Mike Sweeney up to the plate. With the count 1-2, Sweeney gets the Phils on the board with a two-run double, scoring both Victorino and Utley, making it a 5-2 Giants’ lead. But that would be it as Brian Wilson, who replaces Romo on the mound, records his thirty-fourth save by getting Raul Ibanez to fly out to left for the game’s final out.

Cole Hamels took the lost as he pitches five innings, giving up five runs on seven hits and a walk, while striking out five. His record is now 7-10 with a 3.51 ERA. David Herndon and Danys Baez combine for four scoreless innings, giving up only one hit (Baez), while striking out four (Herndon (3), Baez (1)). Jonathan Sanchez gets the win as he pitches eight innings plus two batters, giving up a run on two hits, two walks and a hit batter, while striking out seven. His record is now 9-8 with a 3.47 ERA. Segio Romo pitches two-thirds of an inning, giving up a run on two hits, while striking out a batter. Brian Wilson records his thirty-fourth save of the year as he pitches a third of an inning, getting out the only man that he would face.

The Phils only had four hits in the game with Shane Victorino leading the team with two hits, both singles. He is followed by Chase Utley and Mike Sweeney who both had a hit, a single for Utley and a two-run double for Sweeney. The rest of the bats were kept silent, as J. Sanchez handle them very easily, thanks in part to the bats being a bit too aggressive at times. For the third straight game, the offense gave Hamels no runs or hit support. Guys, this has got to stop. Hamels is holding up his end of the bargain, even if last night’s game was a clunker, how about holding up yours by scoring some runs for him?!?

The Phils (68-52, 2nd) will now start a three-game series with the Nationals (52-59, 5th), 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 their ace Roy Halladay (15-8, 2.24), who is coming off a win against the Mets on August 14, as he went eight strong innings, giving up four hits, while he struck out seven, in the Phils’ 4-0 win. In his last three starts, he is 3-0, pitching twenty-two innings, giving up six runs on eighteen hits, while he struck out twenty-six batters. He will be going for his sixteenth win of the season. The Nats will counter with Jason Marquis (0-5, 14.33), who is coming off a lost against the D-backs on August 14, as he pitched four innings, giving up five runs on seven hits and two walks, while striking out only two, in the Nats’ 9-2 lost. In his last three starts, his record is 0-3, as he pitched only eight plus innings, giving up fourteen runs on sixteen hits and five walks, while striking out five. He will be trying to record his first win of the year. The Phils’ bats will be hoping to slice up the presently luckless Marquis while hoping that Halladay will once again handle the Nats with little trouble.

Phils defeat the Giants, 9-3, as they take control of the wild card, while looking to win the NL East.

A five-run eight give the Phils control of the wild card race, as they defeat the Giants, 9-3. The Phils would prefer having control of the NL East.

The Giants took the lead in the first as, with runners on the corners, and with nobody out, Aubrey Huff hits into a doubleplay, 4-6-3, scoring Andres Torres, who had earlier doubled, then went to third on Buster Posey’s single, giving the Giants a 1-0 lead, while Posey, who had just singled, was wiped out at first. The next batter, former Phil Pat Burrell, made it a 2-0 Giants’ lead as he hits a solo home run, his thirteenth home run of the season. The Phils would tie up the game at two-all in the fifth as, with two men on, and with two men out, Jimmy Rollins hits an RBI single, knocking in Mike Sweeney, who had earlier singled, went to second on Carlos Ruiz’s walk, and then went to third on Roy Oswalt’s sacrifice bunt, and Ruiz, who had earlier walked, and then went to second on Oswalt’s sac bunt. The Phils took the lead in the sixth as, with runners on the corners, and with nobody out, Shane Victorino hits a two-run double, knocking in Placido Polanco, who had earlier singled, then went to third on Jayson Werth’s double, and Werth, who had earlier doubled, giving the Phils a 4-2 lead. The Giants would get a run back in the seventh as, with one man out, Jose Guillen hits a solo home run, his seventeenth home run of the year, making it a 4-3 Phils’ lead. The Phils then put the game out of reach in the eighth as, with the bases loaded via a Victorino single, who then stole second, a walk to Sweeney and a single by Raul Ibanez, moving both Victornio and Sweeney up a base, and with nobody out, Ruiz hits a two-run double, scoring both Victorino and Sweeney, making it a 6-3 Phils’ lead, while sending Ibanez up to third base. Two batters later, with runners still on second and third, and now with one man out, the Phils took a 7-3 lead as Rollins hit an RBI single, scoring Ibanez, while sending Ruiz on to third base. The Phils then made it an 8-3 lead as, Ruiz would score on a Ramon Ramirez balk, when it was originally thought that he had caught Rollins off first base, but it turned out that his fake move to third, then throw over to first base was a balk because he did not move his leg in the move, thus allowing Ruiz to cross the plate, while allowing Rollins, who was tagged out, to instead be safe at second. The end result is that Giants manager Bruce Bochy would be ejected from the game by home plate umpire Mark Carlson for arguing the play. It then became a 9-3 Phils’ lead as, after Ramirez had thrown a wild pitch, allowing Rollins to reach third, Chase Utley hits a grounder to second baseman Mike Fontenot, who first bobble the ball, before committing a throwing error to first, allowing Rollins to score, and for Utley to reach second base. That would be the final score as Chad Durbin would easily handle the Giants in the ninth, getting Juan Uribe to end the game by flying out to left.  

Roy Oswalt gets the win as he pitches seven innings, giving up three runs on six hits, while striking out seven. His record is now 2-1 (8-13) with a 3.08 (3.36) ERA. Ryan Madson records his sixth hold as he pitches a scoreless inning, striking out two batters, one of whom would get on base because of a passed ball by Carlos Ruiz. Chad Durbin pitches a scoreless inning as well, giving up a hit, while striking out one. Barry Zito took the lost as he pitches five innings plus three batters, giving up four runs on eight hits and a walk. His record is now 8-7 with a 3.56 ERA. Santiago Casilla pitches a scoreless inning, giving up a hit, while striking out two. Chris Ray pitches to four batters, giving up four runs on three hits and a walk. Ramon Ramirez pitches an inning, giving up an unearned run on a hit, a balk and a wild pitch.

The Phils had thirteen hits in the game, with Placido Polanco leading the team with four hits, all singles, as he went 4-5, as he raised his average to .325. He was followed by Jimmy Rollins, Shane Victorino and Raul Ibanez, who each had two hits, with Rollins and Ibanez’s hits being singles, with Rollins knocking in three runs, while Victorino’s hits were a single and a double, knocking in two runs. Jayson Werth, Mike Sweeney and Carlos Ruiz had the other three Phils’ hits, with Werth and Ruiz’s hits being doubles, with Ruiz knocking in two runs, while Sweeney’s hit was a single. The other two Phils’ runs came in on a balk and an error. The offense once again took advantage of opponents’ mistakes in the field while making few of their own.

The Phils (67-51, 2nd NL East) wil continue their three-game series with the Giants (67-53, 2nd NL West) with a night game tonight. The game will be played at Citizens Bank Park, weather permitting, and will start at 7:05 pm Eastern. The Phils will send to the mound Joe Blanton (4-6, 5.69), who is coming off a no-decision against the Dodgers on August 12, when he pitched five and two-thirds innings, giving up four runs on eight hits and four walks, while striking out three, in the Phils’ dramatic 10-9 walk-off win. In his last three starts, he has three no-decisions, as he had pitched eighteen and two-thirds innings, giving up ten runs on twenty-four hits and five walks, while striking out fifteen. He will be trying for his first win in about a month. The Giants will counter with Matt Cain (9-9, 3.11), who is coming off a no-decision against the Cubs on August 12, as he went six innings, giving up three runs on eight hits and a walk, while he struck out nine, in the Giants’ 8-7 win. In his last three starts, his record is 1-1 with a no-decision, as he pitched eighteen and two-thirds innings, giving up six runs on eighteen hits and four walks, while striking out twenty batters. He will be trying for his tenth win of the year, and to get the Giants once again even in the wild card race. The Phils will be going for the series win, while hoping to once again shrink the Braves’ lead in the East.

The Phils take two from the Mets, beating them, 3-1, as they now have a share of first place in the National League Wild Card race.

The Phils find themselves percentage points ahead in the NL Wild Card race as they take the series from the Mets by defeating them last night, 3-1.

The Phils took the lead in the third as, with one man on, and with two men out, Shane Victorino hits an RBI double, scoring Jimmy Rollins, who had earlier singled, then proceeded to steal first second and then third, to give the Phils a 1-0 lead. The Mets would tie it up at one-all as Jose Reyes hits a lead-off home run, his eighth home run of the year. The Phils would retake the lead in the fifth as, with one man on, and with two men out, Placido Polanco hits an RBI single, knocking in Victorino, who had earlier singled, and then stole second base, giving the Phils a 2-1 lead. The Phils then made it 3-1 in the sixth as, with a runner on third, and with one man out, Carlos Ruiz hits an RBI single, knocking in Jayson Werth, who had earlier tripled. That would be all that Phils’ starter Kyle Kendrick would need as he would be able to control the Mets after giving up five hits to the first ten men that he would face, but giving up only one run, as he would pitch six and two-thirds innings, giving up only six hits and striking out four, before being lifted in the bottom of the seventh with a man on first (Luis Castillo) via the only walk that he would give up during the game, with two men out, before Chad Durbin would end the inning by getting Jeff Francoeur to fly out to center for the inning’s final out. The back end of the Phils’ bullpen would easily handle the Mets in the last two innings, with their closer Brad Lidge throwing a 1-2-3 ninth inning for his sixteenth save of the season, as he got Josh Thole to end the game by flying out to center.

Kyle Kendrick gets the win as he pitches six and two-thirds inning, giving up just a run on six hits and a walk, while striking out four. His record is now 8-5 with a 4.45 ERA. Chad Durbin receives his tenth hold of the season as he pitches a third of an inning, getting out the only man that he would face. Ryan Madson collects his fifth hold of the year as he pitches a scoreless inning, giving up just a walk, while striking out two. Brad Lidge receives his sixteenth save of the season as he pitches a 1-2-3 inning, striking out a batter. Mike Pelfrey took the lost as he pitches seven innings, giving up three runs on seven hits, while striking out a batter. His record is now 11-7 with a 3.95 ERA. Pedro Feliciano, Bobby Parnell and Hisanori Takahashi combine for two scoreless innings, giving up just two hits (Feliciano (1), Takahashi (1)) and one walk (Takahashi), while striking out two (Feliciano (1), Takahashi (1)).

The Phils had nine hits in the game, with Victorino leading the team with three hits, a single and two doubles, scoring one run, while knocking in a run. He was followed by Jayson Werth with two hits, a single and a triple, scoring a run. Jimmy Rollins, Placido Polanco, Carlos Ruiz and pinch hitter Mike Sweeney had the other four Phils’ hits, all singles, with both Polanco and Ruiz knocking in a run. The Phils’ offense had decided to hit during the balance of the weekend series with the Mets.

The Phils (66-51, 2nd NL East, T-1st NL Wild Card) have the day off today, before they face the Giants (67-52, 2nd NL West, T-1st NL Wild Card) for three games at home, starting tomorrow night.

Memo to Joe: Phillies own Broxton!!! Phils come from behind to defeat the Dodgers, 10-9.

In a dramatic turn of events, the Phils come back to defeat the Dodgers by scoring eight runs in the last two innings, with the last four coming off of Jonathan Broxton in a wild ninth inning, winning the game with a Carlos Ruiz walk-off double, 10-9.

The Dodgers took the lead in the first as, with runners on the corners, and with two men out, Ronnie Belliard hits an RBI single, scoring Scott Podsednik, who had earlier singled, moved to second on Ryan Theriot’s ground out, 4-3, then went to third on Andre Ethier’s ground out, 4-3, giving the Dodgers a 1-0 lead, while sending James Loney, who had just walked, on to second base. Matt Kemp then gave the Dodgers a 2-0 lead with an RBI single, knocking in Loney, while sending Belliard to second. James Carroll then made it a 3-0 Dodgers’ lead with an RBI single of his own, scoring Belliard, while sending Kemp to third, before moving up to second on the late throw to third. The Phils got a run back in the second as, with two men on, and with one man out, Joe Blanton hits an RBI ground out, 5-3, knocking in Carlos Ruiz, who had earlier singled, then went to third on Wilson Valdez’s double, making it a 3-1 Dodgers’ lead, while sending Valdez, who had just doubled, over to third base. The Phils then cut the Dodgers’ lead down to 3-2 in the fourth as, with a runner on second, and with one man out, Ruiz hit an RBI single, scoring Jayson Werth, who had earlier singled, and then stole second base. The Dodgers would get one of those runs back in the fifth as, with two men on, and with one man out, Belliard hits a sacrifice fly, scoring Theriot, who had earlier singled, and had gone on to third on Ethier’s single, making it a 4-2 Dodgers’ lead. The Dodgers then made it 6-2 in the seventh as, with one man on, and with one out, Kemp hits a two-run bomb, his nineteenth home run of the year, knocking in Loney, who had earlier singled. The Dodgers added to their lead in the eighth as, with two men on, and with two men out, Casey Blake hits an RBI single, scoring Podsendik, who was earlier safe at first on first baseman Mike Sweeney’s fielding error, then moved up to second on Ethier’s single, making it a 7-2 Dodgers’ lead, while sending Ethier, who had earlier singled, over to third base. Kemp then made it an 8-2 Dodgers’ lead with an RBI single, knocking in Ethier, while sending Blake up to second base. Carroll then gave the Dodgers a 9-2 lead with an RBI single of his own, scoring Blake, while sending Kemp over to third, before moving up to second on the throw. The Phils, after falling behind by seven runs, then started to chip away at the Dodgers’ lead. In their half of the eighth, Placido Polanco started the inning off with a single. Sweeney followed him with a single of his own, sending Polanco to second base. With Werth batting, Ronald Bellsario threw a wild pitch, sending Polanco to third base, and Sweeney up to second base. Werth then hits a two-run single, scoring both Polanco and Sweeney, cutting the Dodgers’ lead down to 9-4. With Ben Francisco batting, Bellsario committed a balk, sending Werth up to second base, although it took the home plate umpire a long time before finally saying that Bellsario’s fake to third and then to first move was a balk, since there was no body on third at the time, as he needed to be prompted first by Phils’ manager, Charlies Manuel, and then by the rest of the umpiring crew. Francisco then hits an RBI double, bringing in Werth, cutting the Dodgers lead down even further to 9-5. After Ruiz hits a bullet to third, that was grabbed by third baseman Blake, for a 5-3 ground out, the inning’s first out, Valdez hits an RBI single, knocking in Francisco, making it a 9-6 Dodgers’ lead. The Dodgers would then get out of the inning as pinch hitter Ben Francisco flies out to left, and then, after Jimmy Rollins walks, Raul Ibanez ended the inning by hitting into a force out, 4-6, wiping out Rollins at second base. After Danys Baez shut down the Dodgers in the top of the ninth, the Dodgers brought in Jonathan Broxton to nail down the game for them. He did not do so. After falling behind Polanco 2-0, he hit him with his third pitch, as Polanco turned his body so that the ball would not hit his right elbow, sending Polanco to first. The next two batters, Sweeney and Werth, then walked, loading up the bases, with nobody out. Ben Francisco then followed by hitting what should have been a doubleplay grounder to third, but was misplayed by Blake who pulled up his glove too soon, becoming a fielding error, allowing both Polanco and Sweeney to score, cutting the Dodgers lead down to 9-7, while sending Werth up to second base. Now, with two men on, and with still nobody out, Ruiz hits a 1-1 slider towards left center field, where it would hit against the wall and bounce in for a double, knocking in first Werth, and then Francisco, who was on Werth’s heels, with the winning run, as the Phils had a 10-9 walk-off win.

Joe Blanton gets a no-decision as he pitches five and two-thirds innings, giving up four runs on eight hits and four walks, while striking out three. Chad Durbin pitches an innings and a third, giving up two runs on two hits and a walk, while striking out one. J.C. Romero pitches two-thirds of an inning, giving up two unearned run on a hit, while striking out a batter. Jose Contreras pitches a third of an inning, giving up a run on three hits, while striking out a batter. Danys Baez gets the win as he pitches a scoreless inning, giving up a hit. His record is now 3-3 with a 5.40 ERA. Clayton Kershaw also receives a no-decision, as he pitches six and two-thirds innings, giving up two runs on six hits and two walks, while striking out four. Hong-Chih Kuo records his seventeenth hold of the year as he pitches a third of an inning, getting out the only man that he would face. Ronald Belisaro pitches to four batters, giving up four runs on four hits, a wild pitch and a balk. Kenley Jansen pitches a third of an inning, giving up a hit. George Sherrill records his third hold of the year as he pitches two-thirds of an inning, giving up a walk. Jonathan Broxton blew his fifth save of the season, before taking the lost, as he faces five batters, giving up four runs on just one hit, two walks and a hit batter. His record is now 4-4 with a 3.50 ERA.

The Phils had twelve hits in the game, with Carlos Ruiz leading the team with three hits, two singles and a double, knocking in three runs, including the game winner, as he raised his batting average to .294. He was followed by Placido Polanco, Mike Sweeney, Jayson Werth and Wilson Valdez, who all had two hits apiece, with Polanco, Sweeney and Werth’s hits all being singles, with Werth knocking in two runs, while Valdez’s hits were a single and a double, as he knocks in a run. Ben Francisco had the other Phil hit, a double, as he knocks in two runs. Joe Blanton knocks in the other Phil RBI with a ground out, while the other run came in on an error. The offense this time was able to come back, in spite of the bullpen, although helped by a Broxton melt down in the ninth. Seriously, either the Phils are deep in his head (Thank you Matt Stairs), or the Phils got some supernatural assistant from a young male fan in the ninth. Either way, I think Joe Torre might think twice and maybe a third time before using him with such a small lead in the ninth against the Phils. Not so good things seems to happen to him. 😉

The Phils (64-50, 2nd) will now go to New York for a three-game set with the Mets (57-57, 4th). The game will be played at Citi Field and will start at 7:10 pm Eastern. The Phils will send to the mound Cole Hamels (7-8, 3.45), who is coming off a lost against the Mets on August 7, where he pitched seven strong innings, giving up only one run on six hits, while he struck out eleven, in the Phils’ 1-0 lost. In his last three starts, his record is 0-1 with two no-decisions, as he pitched nineteen innings, giving up eight runs on eighteen hits and four waks, while striking out twenty-nine. He will be trying to get even with the Mets for his last lost. The Mets will counter with R.A. Dickey (7-5, 2.65), who is coming off a lost against the Phils on August 8, as he went only three innings, giving up four runs, on eight hits and a walk, in the Phils’ 6-5 win. In his last three starts, his record is 1-1 with a no-decision, as he pitched seventeen and a third innings, giving up six runs on nineteen hits and seven walks, while striking out four. He hopes that the Phils won’t be able to handle him again. The Phils will be trying to take the momentum from their ninth-inning win last night into New York City for the weekend.