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Playing in the Arizona desert, part 3…

The Phillies’ (19-15) trip to Phoenix continues tonight as they play the Diamondbacks (22-11) for the third game of their four games visit to the Arizona desert. The game will start at 9:40 pm Eastern (6:40 pm Pacific) at Chase Field. The Phils’ starter will be Kyle Kendrick (2-2, 5.01). He is coming off of a no-decision against the Giants back on May 2, where he went six innings, giving up three earned runs on seven hits, in the Phils’ dramatic 10 innings, 6-5 victory. In his previous start, on April 26 against the Pirates, he got his second win of the year as he pitched seven innings, giving up four runs, three of which were earned, on seven hits, in the Phils’  8-4 victory. He will be once again looking for his third win of the season. His opponent for the Diamondbacks is Micah Owings (4-1, 4.42), who is coming off a lost to the Mets on May 2, where he pitched five and 2/3 innings, giving up all seven Mets’ runs, six of which were earned, on ten hits in the Diamondbacks’ 10-4 lost. Before that lost, he had won four of his previous five starts, giving up only three earned runs or less in his first four starts. But in his last two starts, he had given up five runs or more. He’ll be trying to regain his early April form.

The Phils hope to regain sole possession of first place with a victory against the Diamondbacks and a Marlins lost to the Brewers, while increasing their 1.5 games lead over the Braves and/or Mets if either or both of those teams loses their respective games.

Edit: The Mets have just crushed the Dodgers in their game in Los Angeles, 12-1, to avoid the sweep. So, they are presently trailing both the Phils and the Marlins by a full game. The Mets’ next game will be this coming friday against the Reds in New York.

Adam Eaton loses first game via a three walks, five runs, fourth inning.

Adam Eaton has finally received his first decision of the season. Unfortunatley, it is a lost, as the Phils lose to the Diamondbacks, 6-4. And Eaton would be the main reason for the lost as he would give up three walks, two extra-base hits, including a three run home runs, and five runs in the bottom of the fourth inning, which Eaton himself would acknowledge later in a post-game interview. The Diamondbacks would score first in the first inning as Conor Jackson hits an RBI single, knocking in Chris Young, who has doubled earlier. The Phils would take the lead in the top of the third as Eric Bruntlett hit his second home run of the season off of Randy Johnson, scoring Eaton, who has earlier doubled. Then came the disasterous fourth inning. After giving up two walks and a single, and then getting a fly out, Eaton would walk Johnson, scoring Justin Upton, who has earlier walked. Mark Reynolds, who has singled, would then score on a Young force out, giving the Diamondbacks back the lead at 3-2. Stephen Drew would then followed that up with a three run home run, his fourth of the season, scoring Miguel Monteo, who has walked, and Reynolds, giving the Diamondbacks a 6-2 lead. Eaton would be taken out of the game for a pitch hitter, as he gives up six earned runs on just five hits. The Phils’ bullpen of Rudy Seanez, Tom Gordon and Chad Durbin would then pitch the next four innings as they together kept the Diamondbacks’ bats quiet, while giving up only two hits between them. The Phils’ batters would then slowly start chipping away at Johnson, scoring one run in the fifth on a Bruntlett double, scoring Shane Victorino, who has earlier gotten on base via a walk, and then scoring another run in the sixth on a Jayson Werth home run, his sixth of the year, making the score 6-4 Diamondbacks. But that would be how the game would end, as the Diamondbacks’ own bullpen of Chad Qualls, Tony Pena and Brandon Lyon would pitch the last three innings, giving up no runs on three hits, saving the game for Randy Johnson.

With the lost, Eaton is still looking for his first win as his record falls to 0-1, with an ERA of 5.63. Johnson, with the victory, increases his record to 2-1, with an ERA of 5.06, as he gives up four earned runs on six hits. Lyon would record his tenth save of the season.

With the lost, the Phils are now tied with the Marlins for first place, trailing the fish by .004 percentage points as the Marlins won their game against the Brewers. The two teams are both leading the Braves and the Mets by 1.5 games as the Braves defeated the Padres, winning their fourth game in a row, while the Mets lost once again to the Dodgers, losing their second straight.

The Phils (19-15) will played the third game of their four games set against the Diamondbacks (22-11) tonight at 9:40 pm Eastern (6:40 pm Pacific) from Chase Field in Phoenix, Arizona. The Phillies will be starting Kyle Kendrick (2-2,  5.01) who will be facing the Diamondbacks for the first time. His last start, against the Giants on May 2, ended in a no-decision as he pitched six innings, giving up three earned runs on eight hits in the Phils’ 6-5, 10-innings win. He’ll be looking for his third win of the year. He will be opposed by Micah Owings (4-1, 4.42) who is coming off of a lost to the Mets on May 2, where he went 5 and 2/3 innings, giving up seven runs, six of which were earned, on ten hits in the Diamonbacks’ 7-2 lost. He’ll be looking to recover from the lost.

The Phils will be looking to once again have first place all to themselves, while the Marlins will be playing the second game of their series with the Brewers, the Mets will be playing the final game of their series with the Dodgers in Los Angeles and the streaking Braves will be playing the second of their three games with the Padres in Atlanta.

Playing in the Arizona desert, part 2…

The National League East leading Phillies (19-14) will continue their western road trip by playing their second of four games against the National League West leading Diamondbacks (21-11) in Phoenix, Arizona. The games starts at 9:40 pm Eastern (6:40 pm Pacific) in Chase Field. The Phillies’ starter will be Adam Eaton (0-0, 4.72). Eaton, who is still winless after six games, will be coming off of an outing against the Padres on May 1, where he went six innings, giving up two earned runs on five hits, which the Phils would eventually win 3-2. Eaton will for the seventh time this season be looking for his first win, although he has pitched well in all but one of his previous starts. His opponent will be Randy Johnson (1-1, 4.79), one of the Diamondbacks’ best pitchers. Johnson’s last start was on April 30 against the Astros, where he went four innings, giving up six earned runs on nine hits, and receiving a no decision in the Diamondbacks’ 8-7 victory. His previous start was a victory over the Padres on April 25, where he went six innings, giving up one earned run on three hits and striking out seven in the Diamondbacks’ 5-1 win. He will be trying to get his second victory of the season, and doing it at the Phillies’ expense.

As the Phils met the Diamondbacks in Phoenix, the Marlins will be beginning a three games series against the Brewers in Florida, while the Mets will be trying to rebound in the middle game of their three games set against the Dodgers in Los Angeles.

The Phillies defeat the best in the West with bats and pitching.

The Phillies increased their National League East lead to a full game over the Marlins as their bats wake up in the Phoenix heat as they crush the Arizona Diamondbacks, 11-4. Moyer, who pitched an excellent game, would go seven innings against the Diamondbacks, giving up only two earned runs on six hits and striking out five, as he evened his record to 2-2. The Phils scored first in the first inning with a sacrifice fly by Ryan Howard off of Diamondbacks’ starter, and loser, Max Scherzer, scoring Shane Victorino, who has started the game off with a double. The Diamondbacks would tie the game in the second on a triple by Stephen Drew, who knocked in Chris Snyder, who has reached base while he hit into a force out. The Phils would then explode for four runs in the third, batting around for the first of two times that night. The first Philles run of the inning would come on a Geoff Jenkins single, scoring Chase Utley, who has earlier doubled. Howard would score the Phils second run on a Drew error of a Pedro Feliz groundball. Jenkins would next score the third run of the inning by coming in on a Carloz Ruiz single. Moyer would then help his own cause by hitting a RBI double off of Scherzer, knocking in Feliz, making the score at the time, Phillies 5, Diamondbacks 1. The Phils would add four more runs in the seventh inning, as they batted around for the second time. The first three runs would score on a Eric Bruntlett triple, scoring Jenkins and Ruiz, who have both singled, and Victorino, who has walked. Bruntlett would then scored the Phils fourth run of the inning off of a Howard single, making the score 9-1 Phils. All four Phils runs were off of Edgar Gonzalez, who was pitching his third inning of relief for Scherzer, soon ending up giving up four earned runs on seven hits. The Diamondbacks would answer with one run of their own in the bottom of the seventh as Moyer gives up a solo home run to Snyder, his second of the year. The Phils would then add single runs in the eighth and ninth innings, with their tenth run of the game coming on a Greg Dobbs sacrifice fly off of Brandon Medders, scoring Feliz, who has doubled earlier, and the eleventh and final run coming on a Mark Reynolds fielding error, which would score Utley, who has doubled earlier in the inning. The Diamondbacks would score their final two runs in their half of the ninth off of Clay Condrey. The first would come on a Reynolds single, scoring Miguel Montero, who has earlier singled, with no one out, and the second on a Chris Burke ground out, bringing in Reynolds, now with two outs. Condrey would then end the inning and the game with a ground outs, giving the Phillies a 11-4 victory.

The Phils’ winning pitcher, Moyer, increased his record to 2-2 as he lowered his ERA to 4.15. Ryan Madson would pitch the eighth, giving up no runs on one hit, while Condrey pitched the ninth, giving up two earned runs on four hits. The Diamondbacks’ starting pitcher, Scherzer, would take the lost, watching his record go to 0-1 and his ERA climb to 2.16, as he pitched four innings, giving up five runs, only two of which were earned, on seven hits. After Gonzalez, Medders and Doug Slaten would each pitch an inning, with Medders giving up an earned run on two hits and Slaten an unearned run on one hit.

The Phils bats would come alive with Jenkins leading the charge as he goes 3 for 6, followed by Ruiz, who went 3 for 5, then Victorino, Bruntlett and Feliz, who all went 2 for 5, and Utley, who went 2 for 4, with Victorino and Feliz both hitting doubles, Utley hitting two doubles, and Bruntlett hitting a triple. Even Moyer got into the act, going 2 for 3 with a double. The Phils also received four walks. Also, the Phils would win the ballgame without hitting a home run. The only member of the starting eight not to get a hit or to get on base with a walk was Pat Burrell, who went 0 for 5.

With the victory, the Phils increased their lead in the National League East to 1 game over the Florida Marlins, who had the day off last night, and 1.5 games ahead of the Mets, who has lost to the Dodgers, 5-1.

The Phils continue their four game set with the Diamondbacks tonight at 9:40 pm Eastern (6:40 pm Pacific) at Chase Field in Phoenix as they send out Adam Eaton (0-0, 4.72), who is still looking for his first victory of the season after six tries. His opponent will be Randy Johnson (1-1, 4.79), who is also coming off of a no-decision, as he pitched four innings against the Houston Astros on April 30, giving up six earned runs on nine hits in the Diamondbacks’ 8-7 win.

Playing in the Arizona desert…

The National League East leading Phillies (18-14) will be playing the first of a four game set against the National League West leading Arizona Diamondbacks (21-10). The game will be played at Chase Field in Phoenix, Arizona, starting at 9:40 pm Eastern (6:40 Pacific). The Phillies’ starter will be Jamie Moyer (1-2, 4.50), who is coming off of a lost to the Padres on April 30, where he pitched 5 and 1/3 innings, giving up four earned runs on nine hits, two of which were home runs, in the Phils’ 4-2 lost. Moyer will be looking for his second victory of the year, after suffering two loses and a no decision in his last three starts, while avoiding giving up the long ball, which has so far been the main bain of Phillies’ starting pitching. The Diamondbacks will be countering with Max Scherzer (0-0, 0.00), who will be making his first major league start. His previous appearance was in relief as he pitched four and 1/3 innings against the Astros on April 29 in the Diamondbacks’ 6-4 lost, giving up no runs and no hits in his major league debut. He’ll be looking to defeat the Phils for his first major league win.

Hopefully the Phils’ bat will avoid doing what they usually do when they see a new starter for the first time. And that being, going to sleep as they are unable to figure out the new guy and his pitches.

As the Phils face Arizona, the Mets will start a three games series against the Dodgers in Los Angeles while the Marlins will have the day off as they stay home to start a three games series with the Brewers. 

Leading by the numbers…

The Phils (18-14) are right now leading the National League East by .5 games over both the New York Mets and the Florida Marlins, as they prepare to meet the Arizona Diamondbacks (21-10), the team with the best record in baseball for a four games series in Phoenix, Arizona.

Let look at the numbers:

Months:

March: 0-1

April:  15-12

May:    3-1

Having a winning April for the first time in several seasons is one of the main reasons why the Phils are leading the National League Eastern division.

Vs. Opponents :

Washington: 1-2

Cincinnati: 2-2

New York: 2-4

Chicago (NL): 2-1

Houston: 2-1

Colorado: 2-0

Milwaukee: 1-1

Pittsburgh: 2-1

San Diego: 2-1

San Francisco: 2-1

At the moment, the Phils have so far lost only three series against their opponents, as one of the things required to have a good season is to win most, if not all, series played against your opponent. They are 1-2 against the Nationals and 2-4 against the Mets, losing both series against the New Yorkers. They have spilt season series with two teams, the Reds and the Brewers. They are leading season series with six other teams, with their best record, so far, being against the 2007 National League Champions Colorado Rockies, 2-0. This means that series wise, the Phils are 6-3-2.

The Phils are 10-8 at home, and 8-6 on the road, which means that they can win games both at home and on the road.

Batting wise, the Phils are leading the National League in home runs with 48, fourth in the league in total bases with 482, fifth in RBIs with 144, at-bats with 1097 and slugging percentage with .439, tied for sixth in walks with 119, seventh in runs scored with 150 and on base percentage with .328. The starting eight should become even more dangerous once the silent bats begin to walk up.

With pitching, the team is overall ranked fifth best in the league in ERA with 3.76, tied for fifth in saves with 8, third in innings pitched with 290.0, tied for sixth best in least runs given up with 137, sixth for least earned runs given up with 121 and least walks given up with 110, tied for eighth for least hits given up with 285, and tied for fourth for least batters hit by a pitch with 7. Their one major problem category is that they have given up too many home runs thus far, giving up 32 total, making them the sixth worst team in that category. The main reason for the success that they have had so far this year has been because of the bullpen. The Phils’ relief corps so far has the second best ERA in the league at 2.66, second best in least hits given up at 79, in least earned runs with 29, and in strike outs with 71, the league best at least runs given up at 32, and is tied for first for least home runs given up with 5 and hit batters with 2. If the bullpen can continue what it is doing now and if the starters can improve during the season, the Phillies will be tough to beat, pitching wise.

The Phils stay in first place as they win in the ninth inning on second baseman’s fielding error.

The Phils have avoided going into their third straight extra-innings game as they defeated the San Francisco Giants in the bottom of the ninth with two out on second baseman Eugenio Velez’s throwing error, 6-5. The Phils would score the game’s first runs in the bottom of the third inning on a two-run double by Pat Burrell, off of Giants’ starter Tim Lincecum, scoring Shane Victorino, who has earlier reached base on a Emmanuel Burriss error, and Eric Bruntlett, who has singled. The Giants would tie it up in the fourth off of Phils’ starter Cole Hamels, on a RBI single by Jose Castillo, which scored Burriss, who has earlier singled, and then a RBI double by Rich Aurilia, scoring Burriss. The Fightin’s would retake the lead in the bottom of the fifth off of Lincecum. The first one would come off of a wild pitch by Lincecum, which scores Victorino, who has earlier singled. The Phils second run of the inning would come on a Geoff Jenkins sacrifice fly, scoring Bruntlett, who has reached base on a Castillo throwing error when he tried to force out Victorino at second base earlier in the inning. The Giants would respond by scoring two more runs of their own off of Hamels as Aurilia hits a two-run home run, his third of the season, with Aaron Rowand aboard, who has earlier singled. Both teams starters would then be taken out of the ballgame for pitch hitters, with both getting a no-decision. Hamels would give up four earned runs on seven hits while striking out five, while Giants’ starter Lincecum would also give up four runs, none earned, on six hits while also striking out five. The Phils now find themselves involved in their four straight game which would be decided by each sides’ bullpens. The Phils would first send out Chad Durbin for two innings. After having an easy seventh inning, Durbin would give up a run in the eighth. After getting two out, he would give up a single to Rowand, and then a RBI triple to Castillo, which scores Rowand, before he finally ends the inning with a fly out, after intentionally walking a batter. The Giants would counter with Jack Taschner for one-third of an inning, and then Vinnie Chulk for one and two-third innings, with Chulk giving up a solo home run to Carlos Ruiz, his first home run of the year, which would tie the game once again, this time at 5-5. The Phils would then send their closer Brad Lidge to pitch the ninth. Lidge would have an easy 1-2-3 inning. The Giants would send in Keiichi Yabu to pitch their half of the ninth. After getting the first two Phillies’ batters out, he would walk first Ryan Howard and then Burrell. He would then get Jenkins to hit a grounder to Velez, but Velez would misplay the ball, letting it go under his glove, thus allowing Howard to score the winning run, giving the Phillies a 6-5 win.

The Phils’ (18-14) winning pitcher is Lidge, who went one inning, giving up no hits and no run. His record is now 1-0, with his ERA still at 0.00. The Giants’ (14-18) losing pitcher is Yabu, who pitched two-thirds of an inning, giving up an unearned run on no hits, as his record falls to 2-2, with his ERA still at 2.95.

The victory was Charlie Manuel’s 500th as a Manager.

The Phils finished the homestand winning both series, with a combined record of 4-2. They are still leading the National League East by .5 games over the Marlins, who have earlier won their game, and at the moment by a full game over the Mets, who are presently winning their game.

The Phillies next game is on the road, where they will play the National League Western Division leading Arizona Diamondbacks (21-9) who presently have the best record in baseball. Their next game will be played tomorrow at Chase Field in Phoenix, Arizona at 9:40 pm Eastern. The Phils’ starter will be Jamie Moyer (1-2, 4.50) who is still looking for his second win of the year. He will be facing Max Scherzer (0-0, 0.00) who is pitching in his second major league game and will be making his first career start.