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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.

The bats are out now. The Phils crush the Giants 8-2.

For the second straight night, the Phils’ bats came out to play, helped along by a big Giant miscue, as the Phils crushed the Giants, 8-2.

The Giants took a quick 1-0 lead in the first as Andres Torres lead-off the game by hitting a 3-2 sinker into the right field seats for his twelfth home run of the season. The Phils tied the game up at on-all in the third as, with a runner on third, and with one man out, Chase Utley hits an RBI ground out, 4-3, scoring Jimmy Rollins, who had earlier tripled. The Phils then took the lead in the fourth 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, moved up to second on Shane Victorino’s ground out, 4-3, then went to third on Mike Fontenot’s fielding error of Ross Gload’s grounder, giving the Phils a 2-1 lead, while sending Gload, who got on base on Fontenot’s fielding error, to second base. Two batters latter, after Joe Blanton had hit into a bunt-force out as Gload is thrown out at third, 1-5, for the inning’s second out, while Ruiz moved up to second base, and Blanton was safe at first on the play, the Phils made it a 5-1 lead as Rollins hit a three-run home run, his fifth home run of the season, scoring both Ruiz and Blanton. The Giants got a run back in the sixth as, with one man out, Pat Burrell hits a solo home run, his fourteenth home run of the year, cutting the Phils’ lead to 5-2. The Phils got the run back in the seventh as, with a runner on second and with two men out, Raul Ibanez hits an RBI triple, knocking in Utley, who had just doubled, giving the Phils a 6-2 lead. One batter later, Werth made it a 7-2 Phils’ lead with an RBI double, scoring Ibanez. The Phils then made it an 8-2 lead as, with two men out, Dom Brown hits a pinch hit home run, his second home run of the season. That would be the final score as Jose Contreras would come in and pitch a 1-2-3 ninth.

Joe Blanton gets the win, as he pitches six and one-third innings, giving up two runs on eight hits, while striking out seven. His record is now 5-6 with a 5.54 ERA. Chad Durbin collects his eleventh hold of the year as he pitches two-thirds of an inning, inducing a doubleplay ball to get out of trouble in the seventh. Ryan Madson and Jose Contreras would combine for two 1-2-3 innings, striking out a batter (Madson) between them. Matt Cain took the lost as he pitches six innings, giving up five runs, only two of which were earned, on seven hits and a walk, while striking out four. His record is now 9-10 with an ERA of 3.11. Jeremy Affeldt pitches an inning, giving up two runs on three hits. Guillermo Mota pitches an inning, giving up a run on one hit, while striking out a batter.

The Phils had eleven hits in the game, with Jimmy Rollins leading the team with three hits, being a double short of hitting the cycle, as he had a single, a triple and a three-run home run. knocking in three runs. He was followed by Chase Utley, Jayson Werth and Carlos Ruiz, who each had two hits in the game, with Utley and Werth hits being a single and a double, with both men knocking in a run, while Ruiz’s hits were a single and triple, with him also knocking in a run. Raul Ibanez and Dom Brown had the other two Phils’ hits, with Ibanez’s hit being a triple, knocking in a run, while Brown’s hit was a pinch hit home run, the first of his career. The offense pounded the Giants’ starter for the second game in a row.

The Phils (68-51, 2nd NL East) will conclude their three-game series with the Giants (67-54, 2nd NL West) 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 (7-9, 3.33), who is coming off a defeat at the hand of the Mets on August 13, as he pitched eight strong innings, giving up just a run on five hits and two walks, while striking out eight, in the Phils’ 1-0 lost. In his last three starts, his record is 0-2 with a no-decision, as he pitched twenty-two strong innings, giving up six runs on seventeen hits and two walks, while striking out twenty-nine batters. He hopes that the bats will help him out for a change. He will be opposed by Jonathan Sanchez (8-8, 3.60), who is coming off a lost to the Padres on August 13, as he pitched 5 and a third innings, giving up three runs on five hits and two walks, while striking out four, in the Giants’ 3-2 lost. In his last three starts, his record is 1-2, as he pitched fifteen and a third innings, giving up seven runs on thirteen hits and nine walks, while striking out seventeen. He will be trying to be the first Giants winning starter since earlier in the month. The Phils will be out to sweep the Giants, hoping to either add to their lead in the wild card chase, or lower the Braves lead in the East, while giving Hamels some much needed runs support.

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 Phillies lose another interleague play game as Antonio Bastardo leaves the game with an injury, as they fall to the Rays, 10-4.

After an explosive start, the Phils watch the game slip out of their hands, and see another pitcher go down, as they lose to the Rays, 10-4, their first road series lost in a while.

The Phillies took a quick lead in the first as, with two men on, and one out, Ryan Howard hits a two-run double, scoring Greg Dobbs, who had earlier singled and had gone to second on Chase Utley’s single, and Utley, who had just singled, giving the Phils a 2-0 lead. Two batters later, with two men out, the Phils made it 3-0 as Matt Stairs followed with a double, knocking in Howard. It then became 4-0 Phils as Pedro Feliz hits an RBI single, scoring Stairs. The Rays would come back in their half of the first, as, with one man on and two outs, Carlos Pena hits an RBI double, knocking in Pat Burrell, who had earlier doubled, making it a 4-1 Phils’ lead. Ben Zobrist then made it a 4-3 Phils’ lead as he hits a two-run home run, his sixteenth home run of the season, scoring Pena. The Rays would tie the game up at four-all in the second, as Willy Aybar hits a lead-off home run, his sixth home run of the season. Four batters later, with runners on the corners, and one man out, the Rays took the lead as Carl Crawford hits an RBI double, scoring Gabe Kapler, who had earlier doubled and had gone to third on Dioner Navarro’s single, giving the Rays a 5-4 lead, while sending Navarro, who had just singled, over to third base. One batter later, Burrell would hit into an RBI ground out, 4-3, for the inning’s second out, scoring Navarro from third to make it 6-4 Rays, while sending Crawford on to third. In the fourth, the Rays tried to add to their lead, with two men on, Kapler and Crawford via walks, and two men out, as the Phillies took their starter Antonio Bastardo out of the game because of a strained left shoulder. The Phils replaced him with Chad Durbin, who then proceeded to end the threat by striking out Burrell. The Phils then threathen to score in the sixth, as they had runners on the corners, Stairs on third, after getting on base by being hit by the pitch, and then going to third on Feliz’s infield single and a throwing error by Rays’ shortstop Jason Bartlett, after originally being unable to handle the ball, with one man out, as Eric Bruntlett hits a fly ball to center field, which would’ve been deep enough to score Stairs, and make it a 6-5 Rays’  lead. But, in a baserunning blunder, Feliz had run up to second base, and was thus doubled up when Rays’ centerfielder B.J. Upton’s throw beat him back to first, 8-3, before Stairs could cross the plate, denying the Phils a run, and leaving the score at 6-4 Rays. The Rays then proceeded to bust the game open in their half of the sixth as, with the bases loaded via a Crawford double, later going to third on a Durbin wild pitch, and then walks to both Burrell and Zobrist, and two men out, Bartlett hits an RBI single, scoring Crawford, making it 7-4 Rays, while both Burrell and Zobrist moved up a base, leaving them loaded. Aybar then followed with a two-run single, scoring both Burrell and Zobrist, giving the Rays a 9-4 lead, and sending Bartlett to third, before Aybar is thrown out trying to go to second, 8-4, ending the inning. The Rays made it 10-4 in the seventh as, with runners on the corners and one man out, Crawford hits into a RBI force out, scoring Upton, who had earlier tripled, as Gabe Gross, who had earlier walked, was thrown out at second, 4-6, for the inning’s second out. That would end up being the final score, as the Phils’ offensive would be unable to mount any attack during the last two innings.

Antonio Bastardo took the lost, pitching only three and two-thirds innings because of an injury to his left shoulder, as he gave up six runs on seven hits and three walks, while striking out two. His record is now 2-3 with an ERA of 6.75. Chad Durbin pitched two innings of relief, giving up three runs on three hits and three walks, while striking out three. Tyler Walker pitched a third of an inning, giving up two hits. Jack Taschner pitched an inning, giving up a run on two hits and a walk, while striking out one. Ryan Madson also pitched an inning, giving up a hit and a walk, while striking out one. Andy Sonnanstine got the win, as he pitched five and one third innings, giving up four runs on six hits and a walk, and striking out seven. His record is now 6-7 with a 6.61 ERA. Grant Balfour pitched one and two-thirds innings, recording his ten hold of the year, as he give up a hit, while he struck out two. Randy Choate pitched an inning, striking out a batter. Dan Wheeler also pitched an inning, giving up a hit.

The Phils had eight hits in the game, with Greg Dobbs and Pedro Feliz both leading the team with two hits a piece. Chase Utley, Ryan Howard, Matt Stairs and John Mayberry, Jr. had the other four hits, as the Phils got shut down after such a promising start in the first inning. Howard knocked in two of the Phils’ runs, while Stairs and Feliz both knocked in a run.

The Phillies (37-33, 1st National League East) will conclude Interleague Play this weekend with a three-games series against the Blue Jays (40-34, 3rd American League East). The game will start at 7:07 pm Eastern time, and will be played in Rogers Centre in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. The Phils starter will be their ace Cole Hamels (4-3. 4.24), who is coming off a lost to the Orioles on June 21, as he went eight strong innings, giving up just two runs on nine hits, as he struck out ten, in the Phils’ 2-1 lost. In a previous start against the Blue Jays, on June 16, he pitched a no-decision, as he went six innings, also giving up just two runs, on seven hits and two walks, as he struck out two, in the Phils’ 8-3 lost. He will be trying for his fifth win of the year, while trying to start the series on a very positive note for the Phils. He will be opposed by Ricky Romero (4-3, 3.59), who is coming off a win against the Nationals on June 21, as he pitched seven strong innings, giving up only two runs on eight hits and three walks, while striking out six, in the Blue Jays’ 9-4 win. In a previous start against the Phils, also on June 16, he also received a no-decision as he pitched seven strong innings, giving up three runs on six hits and two walks, while striking out nine, in the Blue Jays’ 8-3 win. He will also be looking for his fifth win of the season, while trying to continue the Phils’ Interleague Play woes.

The Phils are unable to support Joe Blanton’s stellar performance before being blown away in the 8th inning, as they lose to the Rays, 7-1.

The Phils’ bat waste a good effort by Joe Blanton, before watching the Rays bust the game wide open in the eighth inning, losing 7-1. The lost means that the Phils have now participated in another losing season of Interleague Play. GGGRRRR!!!!!

The Rays took the lead in the second as, with one man on, and one man out, Pat Burrell hits a two-run home run, his second home run of the season, scoring Carlos Pena, who had earlier singled, making it 2-0 Rays. The game would then become a pitchers’ duel between Phils’ starter Joe Blanton, who would end up giving up only six hits and two walks, as he struck out ten Rays in seven plus innings of work, and Rays’ starter Matt Garza, who was one hitting the Phils, striking out six batters (seven overall) by the seventh inning. In the seventh, the Phils cut the Rays lead to 2-1 as, with one man out, Jayson Werth hits a solo home run, his thirteenth home run of the season. The Rays would then break the game wide open in the bottom of the eighth inning. With the bases loaded, and two men out, Burrell hits a ball to Phils’ shortstop Jimmy Rollins which should had ended the inning, if he had thrown it over to first for the sure out. Instead, he threw over to second base, where it was beaten out by Ben Zobrist, who had earlier walked, allowing Carl Crawford, who had earlier singled, moved on to second when Pena was hit by the pitch, and then moved over to third on Zobrist’s walk, to score, while Pena, who had been hit by the pitch, and had moved up to second on Zobrist’s walk, to move to third, as the Rays increaded their lead to 3-1, as the bases remained loaded. The Rays would then make it a 5-1 game as Jason Bartlett hits a two-run single, knocking in both Pena and Zobrist, while sending Burrell, who had been safe at first on the fielder’s choice ground ball, to third base, putting runners on the corners. Gabe Gross then followed with a two-run double, scoring both Burrell and Bartlett, making it a 7-1 Rays’ lead. That would be the final score as the Phils went down in the ninth.

Joe Blanton took the lost in spite of pitching a very good game, as he went seven innings plus one batter, giving up only two runs on six hits and two walks, while striking out ten. His record is now 4-4, with an ERA of 5.06. J.C. Romero pitched two-thirds of an inning, giving up three runs on one hit, a walk and a hit batter. Chan Ho Park pitched a third of an inning in relief, giving up a run on two hits. Matt Garza got the win as he pitched eight strong innings, giving up only a run on three hits, three walks and a hit batter, as he struck out seven. His record is now 5-5 with a 3.61 ERA. Randy Choate pitched a scoreless inning, giving up only a hit and a walk.

The Phils had only four hits in the game, with Jayson Werth leading the team with two hits, including a solo home run, accounting for the Phils only run, and one hit each by Matt Stairs and Greg Dobbs. The Phils’ batters were kept off-balanced for most of last night by Garza as they fail to support a good effort by Blanton,

The Phillies (37-32, 1st National League East) will conclude their interleague game series with the Rays (38-35, 4th American League East) tonight. The game will start at 7:08 pm Eastern and will be played at Tropicana Field. The Phils’ starter will be Rookie Antonio Bastardo (2-2, 5.21), who is coming off a lost against the Orioles on June 19, where he went seven innings, giving up four runs on five hits, as he struck out five, in the Phils’ 7-2 lost. He will be trying for his third win of the season, while trying to give the Phils the chance to win another road series. The Rays will counter with Andy Sonnanstine (5-7, 6.60), who is coming off a lost to the Mets on June 19, where he pitched six innings, giving up four runs on seven hits and two walks, while striking out five, in the Rays’ 5-3 lost. He will be trying to give the Rays a series win, while trying to improve his record. The Phillies will be trying for another road series win, only their second series win in Interleague Play.

The Phils continue their dominance on the road as they blast the Rays for an easy win, 10-1.

The Phils continue to show themselves to be the best road team in the major league after posting six quick runs in the first as they coast to an easy 10-1 victory over the 2008 American League Champions Rays. In the process, the Phils stopped a six games losing streak.

The Phils took an early lead in the first as, with two men on, and nobody out, Chase Utley hits a two-run double, scoring Jimmy Rollins, who had earlier reached base on a two-base throwing error by Rays’ third baseman Evan Langoria, and Shane Victorino, who had just walked, giving the Phils a 2-0 lead. It became 3-0 Phils as Ryan Howard hits an RBI double, scoring Utley. After Jayson Werth followed Howard with a single, sending him up to third base, putting runners on the corner, with still nobody out, and Pedro Feliz struck out swinging, for the Phils’ first out, John Mayberry made it 6-0 Phils with a three-run home run, his third home run of the season, scoring both Howard and Werth. The six-run outburst made things easier for Phils’ starter Jamie Moyer, who would proceed to have an easy game, giving up only five hits before finally being taken out of the game in the seventh. Before then, the Phils would add to their lead. In the top of the fourth, with two men on, and nobody out, Carlos Ruiz hits an RBI ground out, 6-3, for the Phils’ first out of the inning, while scoring Mayberry, who had reached first base on a missed catch error by Rays’ first baseman Carlos Pena, then moved up to second on Chris Coste’s single, before continuing on to third on Rays’ center field B.J. Upton’s fielding error, while Coste moved up to second, as the Phils increased their lead to 7-0. Two batters later, with Coste now on third with, two men out, thanks to a Rollins’ ground out, 4-3, Victorino would make it an 8-0 lead as he hits an RBI single, scoring Coste. Utley then gave the Phils a 10-0 lead as he hits a two-run home run, his sixteenth home run of the season, knocking in Victorino. The Rays would score a run in their half of the fourth as, with two men on, and two men out, Jason Bartlett hits an RBI single, knocking in Pena, who had earlier doubled, while sending Pat Burrell, who had earlier walked, over to second, making it a 10-1 Phils’ lead. But that would be all of the scoring that night, as the Rays’ bullpen stopped the Phils’ offense, while Tyler Walker and Sergio Escalona, recalled from the minors to take the place of Clay Condrey, who had been placed on the 15-day disabled list, took over for Moyer and threw three shut out innings at the Rays.

Jamie Moyer got the win as he pitched six strong innings, only giving up a run on five hits and three walks, while striking out four, recording career victory no. 251. His record is now 5-6 with an ERA of 5.97. Tyler Walker and Sergio Escalona combined for three shut out innings, giving up only three hits (Walker), while striking out one (Walker). David Price took the lost, as he got roughed up for all ten runs, only five of which were earned, on seven hits and two walks, while striking out only two, in four and a third innings of work. His record is now 1-2 with a 4.45 ERA. Winston Abreu and Lance Cormier then came in for four and two-thirds scoreless innings, giving up only three hits (Abreu (2), Cormier (1)) and a walk (Abreu), while striking out five batters between them (Abreu (3), Cormier (2)).

The Phils had ten hits in the game, with Chase Utley leading the way with three hits, including a double and a home run, knocking in four runs, as he raised his batting average to .303. He was followed by Shane Victorino, who had two hits, knocking in a run, as he raisied his average to .308. Ryan Howard, Jayson Werth, John Mayberry Jr., Chris Coste and Carlos Ruiz had the other five Phillies’ hits, with Mayberry’s hit being a three-run home run, and Howard’s hit a one-run double. Besides Utley’s four RBIs, Mayberry’s three, and Victorino and Howard’s one RBI each, Ruiz knocked in the other RBI, as the Phils’ bats finally knocked in some runs, as they took advantage of some sloppy fielding by the Rays.

The Phillies (37-31, 1st National League East) continue their three-games Interleague Play series with the Rays (37-35, 4th American League East). The game will be played at Tropicana Field, at 7:08 pm Eastern. The Phils will send to the mound Joe Blanton (4-3, 5.28), who is coming off his third straight no-decision, this one against the Blue Jays on June 18, as he pitched five and one-third innings, giving up four runs on nine hits and a walk, while he struck out two, in the Phils’ 8-7 lost. He will once again try for his fourth straight win and his fifth win of the season, while trying to eat up the innings to help give the bullpen a much needed rest. The Rays will counter with Matt Garza (4-5, 3.83), who is coming off a lost against the Rockies on June 18, as he pitched five innings, giving up four runs on five hits and two walks, as he struck out five, in the Blue Jays’ 4-3 lost. He will be trying to even up his record while hoping to avoid getting creamed by the Phils’ potent road warrior offense. The Phillies will be looking for another road win, while at the same time go back to increasing their lead over the Mets.

Post No. 500: Spring Training: Phillies lose final Spring Training game to the Rays, 9-7. Are ready for Opening Night.

Yesterday afternoon, the Phillies faced the Tampa Bay Rays in their final spring training game. Despite their best efforts, they lost the game to the Rays, 9-7.

The Phils’ ace, Cole Hamels, started the game for the World Champs. In five innings of work, he gets rocked by the 2008 American League Champs, giving up six runs on six hits, including two home runs, a solo shot in the first inning to former teammate Pat Burrell and a three-run home run to Carlos Pena, also in the first, and a walk while striking out seven. Gary Majewski followed him, pitching a scoreless inning, giving up only a hit. J.C. Romero then took the mound for an inning, being hit for two runs on three hits and a walk. Cedrick Bowers followed Romero, pitching a 1-2-3 inning. Mike Koplove took the mound in the ninth, giving up a run on one hit and three walks while striking out a batter. Hamels took the lost, with his spring record now at 0-1 with a 9.39 ERA. In spite of the bad outing, the fact that Hamels was striking out a large number of batters in the ballgame should be an indication that he will be tough to face during the regular season.

Among the batters, the Phils had eleven hits against Rays’ pitching. Matt Stairs led the way with three hits, two singles and a double, as he knocked in a run and scored a run, ending the spring with a .288 batting average. Ryan Howard and Raul Ibanez both followed with two hits each, with Ibanez hitting a home run, a two-run shot in the fourth, along with a double, while Howard had two singles and scored a run. Howard ended the spring with a .333 batting average while Ibanez ended his with a .310 batting average. Hopefully, Howard will be able to translate his hot spring hitting into the regular season. If so, opposing pitchers are in for a long season while facing him. Jimmy Rollins, Jayson Werth, Greg Dobbs and Jason Donald had the other four Phillies’ hits, with Dobbs’ hit being a two-run home run in the fourth, while Donald’s was a solo shot in the sixth. Werth’s hit, a double, help knocked in a run. Werth ended the spring with a .333 average, after a slow start thanks to injury problems. Rollins ended his spring with a .351 batting average, after coming back from being hot while playing for Team USA in the WBC. Prospect Jason Donald will be headed for Triple-A Lehigh Valley with a .310 batting average.

The defending 2008 World Champions are now ready to begin their title defense, ready to become the first National League team to repeat as World Series Champs since the Pete Rose-Johnny Bench-Joe Morgan-led Big Red Machine of 1975-76.

The Phillies will play the first game of their title defense tonight at home against the Atlanta Braves, the first game of a three-game series with the Braves. The game will be played at Citizens Bank Park, with the game starting at 8:00 pm Eastern time. The game will be televisied nationally on ESPN. The Phillies’ starter will be Brett Myers while the Braves will counter with Derek Lowe. Both starters’ records will be 0-0 with a -.– ERA.

PLAY BALL!!! and GO PHILLIES!!!!!