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The Phils defeat the Brewers after a five-run offensive explosion in the top of the second, before hanging on to win, beating the Brew Crew 9-7.

Philadelphia_PhilliesA five-run outburst in the second inning leads to the Phils defeating the Brewers, 9-7.

The Phils took the lead in the top of the first as, with a runner on third, and with one man on, Chase Utley hits a sacrifice fly, knocking in Ben Revere, who had started the game off with a single, moved up to second base on pitcher Wily Peralta’s wild pitch, then went to third base on Jimmy Rollins’ ground out, three-unassisted, giving the Phils a 1-0 lead. The Brewers tied the game up at one-all in their half of the first as, with one man out, Scotter Gennett hits a solo home run, his seventh home run of the season. The Brewers took the lead four batters later as, with the bases loaded, via a single by Jonathan Lucroy, and then walks to first Aramis Ramirez and then Khris Davis, and with one man still out, Lyle Overbay hits a grand-slam home run, his fourth home run of the season, knocking in Lucroy, Ramirez and Davis, giving the Brewers a 5-1 lead. The Phils got a run back in the top of the second as, with the bases loaded, via a lead-off single by Marlon Byrd, a single by Cody Asche, sending Byrd up to second base, and a walk to Dom Brown, moving up both runners, and with nobody out, Koyle Hill hits an RBI infield single, scoring Byrd, making it a 5-2 Brewers’ lead, while moving both Asche and Brown up a base, leaving the bases loaded. After Kyle Kendrick had hit into a force play at the plate, 1-2, for the inning’s first out, forcing out Asche as catcher Lucroy touch home plate, as Brown and Hill both moved up a base, while Kendrick would be safe at first, the Phils made it a 5-4 Brewers’ lead as Revere hits a ground-rule double, knocking in both Brown and Hill, while sending Kendrick all the way to third base. The Phils then took the lead two batters later, after Rollins had walked to reload the bases, as Utley hits a two-run single, knocking in Kendrick and Revere. giving the Phils a 6-5 lead, while sending Rollins up to second base. The Phils increased their lead in the top of the third as, with one man out, Brown hits a solo home run, his sixth home run of the year, giving the Phils a 7-5 lead. The Phils then made it a 9-5 lead in the top of the fifth as, with runners on second and third, and with one man out, Brown hits a two-run single, knocking in Ryan Howard, who had started the inning off with a walk, then stopped at third base on Asche’s double, and Asche, who had just doubled. The Brewers cut the Phils’ lead down to 9-7 as, with one man on, and with one man out, pinch-hitter Mark Reynolds hits a two-run home run, his fourteenth home run of the season, scoring Logan Schafer, who had just singled. That would end up being the final score as Jonathan Papelbon collected his twenty-first save of the season as he threw a 1-2-3 ninth, getting Overbay to ground out, 6-3, for the game’s final out.

Kyle Kendrick (4-8, 4.46) got the win as he pitched five and two-thirds innings, giving up seven runs on eleven hits and two walks, while striking out two. Justin De Fratus collected his second hold of the season as he went two-thirds of an inning, getting out both men whom he would face. Jake Diekman received his twelfth hold of the season as he also went two-thirds of an inning, striking out both men whom he would face. Ken Giles received his second hold of the season as he pitched a scoreless inning, giving up two hits. Jonathan Papelbon collected his twenty-first save of the season as he pitched a 1-2-3 inning. Wily Peralta (9-6, 3.95) took the lost as he pitched four and one-third innings, giving up nine runs on eight hits, three walks and a wild pitch, while striking out four. Tom Gorzelanny, Brandon Kintzler, Zach Duke, Wei-Chung Wang and Francisco Rodriguez combined for four and two-thirds scoreless innings, giving up two hits (Gorzelanny (1), Rodriguez (1)) between them, while striking out three Phils (Kintzler (1), Wang (1), Rodriguez (1)).

The Phils had ten hits in the game, with Ben Revere (Single, Double, 2 RBIs), Chase Utley (Singles, 3 RBIs), Cody Asche (Single, Double) and Dom Brown (Single, Home Run, 3 RBIs) all leading the team with two hits each. Marlon Byrd and Koyle Hill (RBI) had the last two Phils’ hits, both singles. The Phils also had three walks (Jimmy Rollins, Ryan Howard, Brown), two stolen bases (Rollins (17), Utley (3)) and a sacrifice fly (Utley) in the game.

The Phils (39-51, 5th NL East) continue their series with the Brewers (52-39, 1st Central) with a ballgame tonight. The game is to start at 8:10 pm EDT (7:10 pm CDT) at Miller Park. The Phils plan to send to the mound Roberto Hernandez (3-8, 4.48), who is coming off a lost against the Pirates on July 4, as he went five and two-thirds innings, giving up five runs on ten hits and four walks, while striking out three, in the Phils’ 8-2 lost. Hernandez will be trying to increase the Phils’ present winning streak to three games. The Brewers will counter with Kyle Lohse (9-3, 3.18), who is coming off a lost against the Reds on July 4, as he threw five innings, giving up four runs, three of which were earned, on seven hits and a walk, while striking out eight, in the Brewers’ 4-2 lost. He will once again be going for his tenth win of the year. The Phils will be trying for their third straight win against the Brewers.

 

The Phils bounce back as the offense come alive, crushing the Rockies, 9-0.

Philadelphia_PhilliesThe offense bounce back as Kyle Kendrick receives his first victory of 2014, as the Phils crush the Rockies, 9-0.

The Phils took the lead in the bottom of the fourth as, with a runner on second, and with two men out, Ryan Howard hits an RBI single, knocking in Chase Utley, who had earlier singled, then moved up to second base on pitcher Jhoulys Chacin’s wild pitch, giving the Phils a 1-0 lead. The Phils increased their lead in the bottom of the fifth as, with runners on the corners, and with two men out, Ben Revere hits an RBI single, knocking in Dom Brown, who had started the inning off with a walk, then went to third base on Carlos Ruiz’s single, giving the Phils a 2-0 lead, while moving Ruiz, who had just singled, up to second base. The Phils then made it a 4-0 lead in the bottom of the sixth as, with one man on, and with nobody out, Howard hits a two-run home run, his eighth home run of the season, knocking in Utley, who had lead-off the inning with a single. The Phils added to their lead in the bottom of the seventh as, with runners on the corners, and with one man out, Utley hits an RBI double, scoring Tony Gwynn, Jr., who had started the inning off with a walk, had moved up to second base on Revere’s single, then stopped at third base on Jimmy Rollins’ force out, 4-6, as Revere is wiped out at second base for the inning’s first out, giving the Phils a 5-0 lead, while sending Rollins, who had been safe at first on the force out, up to third base. The Phils then took a 7-0 lead one batter later as Howard hits a two-run single, scoring both Rollins and Utley. The Phils then made it a 9-0 lead two batters later as, with one man on, and now with two men out, pinch-hitter John Mayberry, Jr.  hits a two-run home run, his second home run of the year, scoring Howard. That would end up being the final score as Justin De Fratus pitched a 1-2-3 ninth, getting Corey Dickerson to fly out to center for the game’s final out.

Kyle Kendrick (1-5, 4.04) got the win as he pitched six and two-thirds shutout innings, giving up six hits, four walks and a wild pitch, while striking out two. Mike Adams pitched a third of an inning, giving up a hit, while striking out a batter. Antonio Bastardo and Justin De Fratus combined for two 1-2-3 innings, striking out two batters (one batter each) between them. Jhoulys Chacin (0-4, 5.20) took the lost as he pitched five innings plus two batters, giving up four runs on seven hits, a walk and three wild pitches, while striking out five. Tommy Kahnle pitched an inning, giving up a hit, while striking out a batter. Nick Masset pitched a third of an inning, giving up two runs on a hit and a walk. Rex Brothers pitched two-thirds of an inning, giving up three runs on three hits, while striking out a batter. Adam Ottavino pitched a 1-2-3 inning.

The Phils had twelve hits in the game, with Ben Revere (Singles, RBI), Chase Utley (2 Singles, Double, RBI) and Ryan Howard (2 Singles, Home Run, 5 RBIs) all leading the team with three hits each. Dom Brown (Single), Carlos Ruiz (Single) and pinch-hitter John Mayberry, Jr. (Home Run, 2 RBIs) had the other three Phils’ hits. The Phils also had two walks (Brown, Tony Gwynn, Jr.) in the game, while the defense performed two double plays.

The Phils (22-26, 4th NL East) continue their series with the Rockies (27-24, 3rd NL West) with a night game tonight. The game will be played at Citizens Bank Park and is to start at 7:05 pm EDT. The Phils will send to the mound Cole Hamels (1-2, 4.30) who is coming off a no-decision against the Marlins on May 22, as he went seven innings, giving up three runs on six hits and a walk, while striking out six, in the Phils’ 4-3 walk-off lost. He will be trying to throw his fourth straight quality start, while trying to give the Phils the series win. The Rockies will counter with Jorge De La Rosa (5-3, 3.91), who is coming off a no-decision against the Giants in a suspended game on May 22, as he went only three scoreless innings, giving up a walk, while striking out three, in the Rockies’ 2-2 tie with the Giants in a rain-suspended game. He will be trying to even up the series. The Phils will be trying to increase their winning streak while trying to forget Sunday’s game.

The Phils take the weekend series from the Nats, after losing the series opener, 5-3, by taking the next two games by the scores of 7-2 and 1-0.

Philadelphia_PhilliesAfter losing the series opener, 5-3, the Phils come back to take the weekend series from the Nats, winning by the scores of 7-2 and 1-0.

On Friday night, the Phils took a quick 3-0 lead in the bottom of the first as, with two men on, and with two men out, Marlon Byrd, after right fielder Jayson Werth had committed a fielding error on his foul pop in the right field foul area, hits a three-run home run, his fourth home run of the season, knowing in Chase Utley, who had earlier singled, and Ryan Howard, who had just singled, sending Utley to third base. The Nats would get a run back in the top of the third as Tyler Moore hits a lead-off home run, his second home run of the year, making it a 3-1 Phils’ lead. The Nats would cut the Phils’ lead down to 3-2 in the top of the fifth as, with runners on second and third, and with one man out, Denard Span hits an RBI ground out, 4-3, scoring Moore, who had started the inning off with a single, reached second base on second baseman Utley’s force attempt fielding error of Jose Lobaton’s grounder, and then moved up to third base on Stephen Strasburg’s sacrifice bunt, 1-4, while moving Lobaton, who had earlier reached base on Utley’s error, then moved up to second base on Strasburg’s bunt, up to third base. The Nats would tie the game up at three-all in the top of the eighth as, with a runner on third and with nobody out, Anthony Rendon hits an RBI single, knocking in Span, who had started the inning off with a double, then stole third base. The Nats then took the lead two batters later, after Werth had hit a single, moving Rendon up to second base, and with still nobody out, as Adam LaRoche hits an RBI single, knocking in Rendon, giving the Nats a 4-3 lead, which sending Werth up to second base. The Nats then took a 5-3 lead as Ian Desmond followed with an RBI double, knocking in Werth, while sending LaRoche on to third base. That would end up being the final score as Rafael Soriano collected his sixth save of the season as he threw a scoreless ninth, getting pinch-hitter Freddy Galvis to pop up to the third baseman for the game’s final out.

Cliff Lee received a no-decision as he pitched seven innings, giving up two runs, only one of which was earned, on four hits and two walks, while he struck out five. Mike Adam blew his second save of the season before taking the lost (1-1, 8.31) as he pitched to three batters, giving up three runs on three hits. Jake Diekman pitched an inning, giving up two hits and a walk, while striking out three. Antonio Bastardo pitched an inning, giving up a hit and a walk, while striking out a batter. Stephen Strasburg also received a no-decision as he went six innings, giving up three unearned runs on six hits, a walk and a wild pitch, while striking out five. Aaron Barrett pitched a third of an inning, as he gave up a hit. Jerry Blevins (2-1, 3.38) got the win as he pitched two-thirds of an inning, getting out both men whom he would face. Tyler Clippard collected his sixth hold of the season as he threw a scoreless inning, giving up a hit and a walk, while striking out two. Rafael Soriano collected his sixth save of the year as he pitched a scoreless ninth, giving up a walk.

The Phils had eight hits in the game, with Chase Utley (Singles), Marlon Byrd (Single, Home Run, 3 RBIs) and Cody Asche (Single, Double), all leading the team with two hits each. Ryan Howard and Carlos Ruiz had the other two Phils’ hits, both singles. The Phils also had three walks (Jimmy Rollins (2), Ruiz) in the game, while the defense performed a doubleplay.

In Saturday night’s game, the Phils, like on Friday, took a quick 3-0 lead in the bottom of the first as, with two men on, and with one man out, Ryan Howard hits a three-run home run, his sixth home run of the season, knocking in Jimmy Rollins, who had earlier singled, then stole second base, and Chase Utley, who had just walked. The Phils then added to their lead in the bottom of the second as, with one man out, Cody Asche hits a solo home run, his second home run of the season, giving the Phils a 4-0 lead. The Phils then made it a 5-0 lead in the bottom of the fourth as, with a runner on second, and with one man out, Ruiz hits an RBI double, knocking in Dom Brown, who had just doubled. The Phile then made it a 7-0 lead as, with the bases loaded, via a lead-off single by Tony Gwynn, Junior, a single by Rollins, sending Gwynn over to third base, and a walk to Utley, moving Rollins up a base, and with one man out, Marlon Byrd hits a two-run single, knocking in Gwynn and Rollins, while moving Utley up to second base. The Nats would get on the scoreboard in the top of the sixth as, with one man out, Adam LaRoche hits a solo home run, his fifth home run of the season, making it a 7-1 Phils’ lead. The Nats would make it a 7-2 Phils’ lead in the top of the seventh as, with two men out, pinch-hitter Zach Walters hits a solo home run, his third home run of the season. That would end up being the final score as Antonio Bastardo pitched a scoreless ninth as he got Sandy Leon to strike out, swinging, to end the ball game.

A.J. Burnett (2-1, 2.06) got the win as he pitched six innings, giving up a run on three hits, two walks and a hit batter, while striking out seven. Mario Hollands pitched an inning, giving up a run on a hit, while striking out one. Mike Adams and Antonio Bastardo combined for two scoreless innings, striking out five (Adams (2), Bastardo (3)) between them. Tanner Roark (2-1, 4.17) took the lost as he went four innings plus two batters, as he gave up seven runs on seven hits and a walk, while striking out five. Ryan Mattheus pitched two innings, giving up three hits and a walk, while striking out one. Craig Stammen pitched two scoreless innings, as he gave up two hits, while striking out a batter.

The Phils collected twelve hits in the game, with Jimmy Rollins leading the team with four hits, all singles, followed by Tony Gwynn, Jr. (Singles) and Marlon Byrd (Single, Double, 2 RBIs) with two hits each. Ryan Howard (Home Run, 3 RBIs), Dom Brown (Double), Carlos Ruiz (Double, RBI) and Cody Asche (Single, RBI) had the other four Phils’ hits. The Phils also had three walks (Gwynn (1), Chase Utley (2)) and a stolen base (Rollins (5)), while the defense committed an error (Asche).

Yesterday afternoon, the Phils took a 1-0 lead in the bottom of the first as, with a runner on third, and with one man out, Chase Utley hits an RBI single, knocking in Jimmy Rollins, who had just tripled. That would end up being all the runs the Phils would need as starter Roberto Hernandez would throw seven and a third scoreless innings, giving up just four hits, a single to Jayson Werth in the top of the first, with a man on first, via a one-out walk to Kevin Frandsen, who is thrown out at third base, trying to go from first to third as the ball was deflected off of third baseman Jayson Nix into left field, 7-5, as John Mayberry, Jr. threw him out, as Werth moved up to second base on the throw, a lead-0ff infield single to Ian Desmond in the top of the second, a lead-off single to Denard Span in the top of the third and a lead-off single to Span in the top of the eighth, followed by a sacrifice bunt by Frandsen, 1-4, for the inning’s first out, moving Span up to second base. After a pitching change, Mike Adams gets Werth to ground out, 3-unassisted, for the inning’s second out, the Phils get out of trouble after another pitching change, as Bastardo, after walking LaRoche, who is then replaced at first base by pinch-runner Steven Souza, Jr., putting runners on the corners, gets out of the inning by striking out Anthony Rendon, swinging. Jonathan Papelbon would then come in and collect his ninth save of the season as he pitched a scoreless ninth, striking out pinch-hitter Zach Walters, swinging, for the game’s final out.

Roberto Hernandez (2-1, 4.50) got the win as he pitched seven and a third scoreless innings, giving up four hits and three walks, while striking out three. Mike Adams collected his second hold of the season as he pitched a third of an inning, getting out the only man whom he would face. Antonio Bastardo recorded his fourth hold of the season as he pitched a third of an inning, giving up a walk, while striking out a batter. Jonathan Papelbon received his ninth save of the year as he threw a scoreless inning, giving up a hit, while striking out a batter. Gio Gonzalez (3-2, 2.91) took the lost as he pitched seven and a third innings, giving up a run on four hits and two walks, while striking out seven. Jerry Blevins pitched two-thirds of an inning, giving up a walk, while striking out a batter.

The Phils had just four hits in the game, a triple by Ben Revere, a triple by Jimmy Rollins, an RBI single by Chase Utley and a single by Jayson Nix. The Phils also had three walks (Rollins, John Mayberry, Jr., Nix) and two sacrifice bunts (Roberto Hernandez, Tony Gwynn, Jr.) in the game, while the defense committed an error (Utley) and an outfield assist (Mayberry)

The Phils (15-14, 4th NL East) starts a home-home interleague games series with the Blue Jays (14-17, 5th AL East), beginning the first of two home games, already in progress.

The Phils spoil the Cubs’ celebration of the 100th home opener at Wrigley Field, as they defeat the Cubs, 7-2.

Philadelphia_PhilliesThe Phils ruin the 100th home opener at Wrigley Field as they defeat the Cubs, 7-2.

The Cubs take the lead in the bottom of the second as, with two men out, Wellington Castillo hits a solo home run, his first home run of the season, giving the Cubs a 1-0 lead. The Cubs would increase their lead in the bottom of the third as, with a man on second, and with two men out, Starlin Castro hits an RBI single, knocking in Darwin Barney, who had started the inning off with a single, then moved up to second base on Travis Wood’s sacrifice bunt, 1-4, giving the Cubs a 2-0 lead. The Phils would get a run back in the top of the third as, with two men on, and with nobody out, Dom Brown hits an RBI single, knocking in Marlon Byrd, who had started the inning off by reaching base on third baseman Luis Valbuena’s fielding error, then stopping at third base on Ryan Howard’s single, making it a 2-1 Cubs’ lead, while sending Howard, who had just singled, up to second base. The Phils would take the lead in the top of the fifth as, with one man on, and with one man out, Chase Utley hits a two-run home run, his first home run of the season, knocking in Carlos Ruiz, who had just singled, giving the Phils a 3-2 lead. The Phils would add to their lead in the top of the seventh as, with two men on, and with one man out, Utley hits an RBI single, knocking in Ben Revere, who had earlier singled, then stole second base, giving the Phils a 4-2 lead, while sending Ruiz, who had just walked, up to second base. The Phils would increase their lead in the top of the eighth as, with one man on, and with two men out, pinch-hitter John Mayberry, Jr. hits a two-run home run, his first home run of the year, knocking in Brown, who had lead the inning off with a single, making it a 6-2 Phils’ lead. The Phils added an insurance run in the top of the ninth as, with a man on first, and with two men out, Brown hits an RBI double, knocking in Howard, who had just walked, giving the Phils a 7-2 lead. That would remain the final score as Mario Hollands and Jeff Manship would combine for a 1-2-3 ninth, with Manship getting pinch-hitter Mike Ott to ground out, 6-3, for the game’s final out.

Roberto Hernandez (1-0, 3.38) got the win as he pitched five and a third innings, giving up two runs on three hits and a walk, while striking out five. Jake Diekman collected his first hold of the year as he pitched two-thirds of an inning, getting out both men whom he would face, striking out one. Justin De Fratus also collected his first hold of the season as he threw a 1-2-3 inning, striking out a batter. Antonio Bastardo, Mario Hollands and Jeff Manship would combine for two 1-2-3 innings, striking out two batters (Bastardo (1), Hollands (1)) between them. Travis Wood (0-1, 4.26) took the lost as he went six and a third innings, giving up four runs, only three of which were earned, on six hits, a walk and a hit batter, while striking out eight. Hector Rondon pitched to one batter, walking him. Wesley Wright pitched an inning and a third, giving up two runs on four hits, while striking out a batter. Brian Schlitter pitched an inning and a third, giving up a run on a hit and a walk.

The Phils pounded out eleven hits in the game, with Ben Revere (Singles) and Dom Brown (2 Singles, Double, 2 RBIs) both leading the team with three hits, followed by Chase Utley (Single, Home Run, 3 RBIs) with two hits. Carlos Ruiz (Single), Ryan Howard (Single) and pinch-hitter John Mayberry, Jr. (Home Run, 2 RBIs), had the other three Phils’ hits. The Phils also had three walks (Ruiz (2), Howard), a hit batter (Ruiz) and a stolen base (Revere (2)) in the game, while the defense performed a doubleplay.

The Phils (2-2, 4th East) will continue their series with the Cubs (1-3, 5th Central) with a day game tomorrow afternoon. The game will be played at Wrigley Field, and it will start at 2:20 pm EDT (1:20 pm CDT). The Phils will send to the mound Cliff Lee (1-0, 14.40), who is coming off a win against the Rangers on March 31, as he went five innings, giving up eight runs on eleven hits and a walk, while striking out only one, in the Phils’ 14-10 win. He will be trying to pitched a better start, while trying to help get the Phils over the .500 mark. The Cubs will counter with Jeff Samardzija (0-0, 0.00), who is coming off a no-decision against the Pirates on March 31, as he went seven shutout innings, giving up five hits and two walks, while striking out three, in the Cubs’ 1-0 extra-inning lost. He will be trying to even up the series for the Cubs. The Phils will once again be trying for the series win tomorrow, while hoping to see their fourth straight quality start from their starters, while the bats continue to hit.

The Phils take the series from the Nats as they defeat Washington, 4-2.

Philadelphia_PhilliesThe Phils gain a tie for second place in the NL East with Washington, as they defeat the Nats, 4-2.

The Nats took the lead in the top of the fourth as, with two men out, Jayson Werth hits a solo home run, his seventh home run of the year, giving the Nats a 1-0 lead. The Phils tied it up at one-all in their half of the fourth as, with a runner on third, and with one man out, Ryan Howard hits a sacrifice fly, scoring Michael Young, who had started the inning of with a double, then went to third on Jimmy Rollins’ sacrifice bunt, 1-3. The Phils tried to take the lead in the bottom of the fifth as, with a runner on second, and with two men out, Cliff Lee tried to help his on cause with a single to center, as Delmon Young, who had started the inning off by being hit by a pitch, then moved up to second base on Kevin Frandsen’s ground out, 5-3, tried to score. but is gunned down at the plate by a strong throw home by center fielder Denard Span, 8-2, with catcher Kurt Suzuki applying the tag before D. Young could cross the plate, for the inning’s final out. The Phils took the lead in the bottom of the sixth as, with one man on, and with nobody out, M. Young hits an RBI double, knocking in Ben Revere, who had started the inning off with a single, giving the Phils a 2-1 lead. Five batters later, the Phils made it a 4-1 lead as, with the bases loaded, via a single by Rollins, sending M. Young to third base, and Howard being hit by a pitch, sending Rollins up to second base, and with two men out, Frandsen hits a two-run single, knocking in M. Young and Rollins, while sending Howard up to second base. The Nats got a run back in the top of the eighth as, with one man out, pinch-hitter Jeff Kobernus hits a solo home run, his first home run of the year, making it a 4-2 Phils’ lead. That would end up being the final score as Jonathan Papelbon collected his fourteenth save of the season as he threw a scoreless ninth.

Cliff Lee (9-2, 2.53) got the win as he pitched eight strong innings, giving up two runs on five hits, while striking out nine. Jonathan Papelbon received his fourteenth save of the year as he pitched a scoreless ninth, giving up a hit. Ross Detwiler (2-5, 3.34) took the lost as he went six innings, giving up four runs on seven hits and two hit batters, while striking out four. Craig Stammen and Drew Storen combined for two scoreless innings, giving up two hits (one hit each) between them, while striking out three (Stammen (2), Storen (1)).

The Phils had nine hits in the game, with Michael Young (RBI) leading the team with three hits, all doubles. Ben Revere (Single), Jimmy Rollins (Single), Ryan Howard (Triple, RBI), Kevin Frandsen (Single, 2 RBIs), Carlos Ruiz (Single) and Cliff Lee (Single), had the other six Phils’ hits. The Phils also had two hit batters (Delmon Young, Howard) in the game.

The Phils (34-37, T-2nd) will conclude their series with the Nats (34-35, T-2nd) with a ballgame tonight, looking for the sweep.

The Phils take the series from the Marlins thanks to a walk-off grand slam home run by John Mayberry, Jr., winning in eleven innings, 7-3.

Philadelphia_PhilliesThe Phils win their series with the fish thanks to John Mayberry, Jr.’s walk-off grand-slam home run in the eleventh, beating the Marlins, 7-3.

The Marlins took the lead in the top of the second as, with runners on second and third, and with nobody out, Casey Kotchman hits an RBI ground out, 6-3, knocking in Marcell Ozuna, who had started the inning off with a double, then moved up to third base on Derek Dietrich’s single, before he moved up to second base on left fielder Dom Brown’s fielding error, giving the Marlins a 1-o lead, while moving Dietrich up to third base. The Marlins increased their lead in the fifth as, with a runner on second, and with nobody out, Rob Brantley hits an RBI single, knocking in Adeiny Hechavarria, who had started the inning off with a single, then moved up to second base on Jimmy Rollin’s error, when he was unable to tag Hechvarria out when Phils’ catcher Humberto Quintero had caught him stealing second, giving the Marlins a 2-0 lead. The Phils cut the Marlins’ lead in half in the bottom of the seventh as, with a man on second, and with one man out, Delmon Young hits an RBI double, knocking in Ryan Howard, who had started the inning off with a double, making it a 2-1 Marlins’ lead. The Phils then tied the game up at two-all two batters later as, with Young still on second base, and now with  two men out, pinch-hitter Erik Kratz hits an RBI double, knocking in Young. The Marlins retook the lead in the tenth as, with a man on third, and with one man out, Juan Pierre, who had started the inning off with a walk, moved up to second base on Ed Lucas’ sacrifice bunt, 3-unassisted, and then stole third base, scored on Antonio Bastardo’s wild pitch, giving the Marlins a 3-2 lead. The Phils retied the game at three-all in their half of the tenth as pinch-hitter John Mayberry, Jr. hits a lead-off home run, his third home run of the season. The Phils won the game in the bottom of the eleventh as, with the bases loaded, via Brown reaching first base on pitcher Edgar Olmos’ fielding error, then moved up to second base on pinch-hitter Kyle Kendrick’s sacrifice bunt, 1-4, Freddy Galvis being intentionally walked, then Kratz being walked, moving up both base runners, and with two men out, Mayberry hits a walk-off grand-slam home run, his fourth home run of the season, his second home run of the game, and his first career grand slam, scoring Brown, Galvis and Kratz, giving the Phils a 7-3 walk-off win.

Jonathan Pettibone received a no-decision as he pitched six innings, giving up two runs on seven hits and two walks, while striking out seven. Jeremy Horst, Mike Adams and Jonathan Papelbon combined for three scoreless innings, giving up a hit (Adams) between them, while striking out four (Horst (2), Papelbon (2)). Antonio Bastardo pitched an inning, giving up a run on a hit, a walk and a wild pitch. Michael Stutes (1-0, 1.23) got the win as he threw a scoreless inning, giving up a hit. Ricky Nolasco also received a no-decision as he went six and two-thirds innings, giving up two runs on four hits and two walks, while striking out six. Mike Dunn pitched one and one-third innings, giving up a walk, while striking out a batter. Chad Qualls pitched a scoreless inning, giving up two hits. Steve Cishek committed his second blown save of the season as he pitched two-thirds of an inning, giving up a run on a hit and a walk. Dan Jennings pitched a third of an inning, getting out the only man that he would face. Edgar Olmos (0-1, 0.00) took the lost as he pitched two-thirds of an inning, giving up four unearned runs on one hit and two walks.

The Phils had eight hits in the game, with John Mayberry, Jr. (5 RBIs) leading the team with two hits, both home runs. Michael Young (Single), Ryan Howard (Double), Delmon Young (Double, RBI), Freddy Galvis (Single), pinch-hitter Cesar Hernandez (Single) and Erik Kratz (Double, RBI), had the other six Phils’ hits. The Phils also had six walks (Jimmy Rollins (2), Howard, Galvis (Intentional), Kratz, pinch-hitter Kevin Frandsen) and a stolen base (M. Young) in the game.

The Phils spoil a good start by Cliff Lee as they lose the series opener to the Reds, 4-2.

Philadelphia_PhilliesThe Phils are unable to take advantage of the fifth straight quailty start by one of their starters, as they lose the opener of their series with the Reds, 4-2.

The Phils and Reds were involved in a pitchers’ due between Phils’ starter Cliff Lee and Reds’ starter Bronson Arroyo for the first six plus innings, as Lee gives up just three hits and a walk in his first six innings, while striking out four, while Arroyo, in his first seven innings of work, would also give up just three hits, while striking out three Phils. The Reds would finally break the 0-0 tie in their half of the seventh as, with two men on, and with nobody out, Joey Votto, who had started the inning off with a single, then stopped at third base on Brandon Phillips’ double, would score on Lee’s wild pitch, giving the Reds a 1-0 lead, while it sends Philips, who had earlier doubled, up to third base. The Reds then took a 2-0 lead as, now with runners on the corners as Jay Bruce walks, and with still one man out, Todd Frazier hits a sacrifice fly to right, scoring Philips. The Phils got Lee off the hook in the top of the eighth as, with one man on, and with two-men out, pinch-hitter Chase Utley hits a two-run home run to center field, his third home run of the season, scoring Dom Brown, who had started the inning off with a single, tying the game up at two-all. The Reds would retake the lead in their half of the eighth as, with the bases loaded, via a lead-off infield single by Derrick Robinson, who then moves up to second base on Shin-Soo Choo’s sacrifice bunt, 1-3, a double by Zack Cozart, as right fielder Laynce Nix overran the ball while trying to make the catch, as Robinson stopped at third base, and an intentional walk to Votto, and with one man out, Phillips hits a two-run single, which was just able to get by second baseman Freddy Galvis, knocking in Robinson and Cozart, giving the Reds a 4-2 lead, while sending Votto up to second base. The Reds then tried to add more after Jay Bruce hits a single, reloading the bases as Votto and Philips both moved up a base, but Mike Adams buckled down as he struck out Frazier looking, for the inning’s second out, before ending the inning by getting Chris Heisey to pop out to Galvis. That would be the final score as Aroldis Chapman recorded his third save of the season by pitching a 1-2-3 ninth.

Cliff Lee received a no-decision as he threw seven innings, giving up two runs on five hits, a walk and a wild pitch, while striking out four. Jeremy Horst (0-1, 9.53) took the lost as he pitched a third of an inning, giving up two runs on two hits and a walk. Mike Adams pitched two-thirds of an inning, giving up two hits, while striking out a batter. Bronson Arroyo (2-1, 4.05) got the win as he pitched eight innings, giving up two runs on five hits, while striking out three. Aroldis Chapman collected his third save of the year as he threw a 1-2-3 inning, striking out two.

The Phils had only five hits in the game, singles by Freddy Galvis, Michael Young, Dom Brown and Laynce Nix and a home run by pinch-hitter Chase Utley (2 RBIs).

The Phils (6-7, 4th East) continues their series with the Reds (6-7, T-2nd Central) with a game tonight. The game will be played at Great American Ball Park, and is to start at 7:10 pm EDT. The Phils will send to the mound Kyle Kendrick (1-1, 5.40), who is coming off a win against the Mets on April 10, as he went six innings, giving up two runs on eight hits and two walks, while striking out six, in the Phils’ 7-3 win. He will be trying to become the second Phils’ starter to have more than one win. The Reds will counter with Homer Bailey (1-1, 5.73), who is coming off a lost against the Cardinals on April 10, as he threw five innings, giving up seven runs on nine hits and three walks, while striking out two, in the Reds’ 10-0 lost. He will try to recover from his last start. The Phils will be out to even the series.