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A late inning surge gives the Phils the win, as they defeat the Braves, 10-2.

Seven runs scored in the seventh and eighth innings, including a career first grand-slam home run by pinch hitter Carlos Ruiz, gives the Phils a 10-2 win over the Braves.

The Phils took the lead in the first as, with runners on the corners, and with two men out, Ben Francisco hits an RBI single, scoring Shane Victorino who had started the game off with a double, then went to third on Jimmy Rollins’ ground out, 3-1, giving the Phils a 1-0 lead. The Braves tied the game up at one-all in the third as, with one man on, and with nobody out, Freddie Freeman hits an RBI single, knocking in Alex Gonzalez, who had earlier doubled. Two batters later, after Brandon Beachy had moved Freeman up to second base with a sacrifice bunt, 1-4, the Braves took the lead as Martin Prado hits a single to right, which Francisco misfielded for an error, allowing Freeman to score, giving the Braves a 2-1 lead. The Phils retook the lead in the fourth as, with a man on, and with two man out, Brian Schneider hits a two-run home run, his first home run of the season, knocking in Raul Ibanez, who had just walked, giving the Phils a 3-2 lead. The Braves then tried to regain the lead in the sixth, as they loaded the bases, via a single by Chipper Jones, and walks to Brian McCann and Dan Uggla, with two men out. But Roy Oswalt got out of the inning by getting Jason Heyward to pop up to the third baseman for the inning’s final out. The Phils then broke the game wide open in the seventh as, with the bases loaded, via a double by Ibanez, a pinch hit single by pinch hitter John Mayberry, Jr. sending Ibanez over to third base, and a walk to Wilson Valdez, moving Mayberry, Jr. up to second base, and with nobody out, pinch hitter Carlos Ruiz hits a pinch hit grand-slam home run, his first home run of the season, and his first career grand-slam, knocking in Ibanez, Mayberry, Jr. and Vadez, giving the Phils a 7-2 lead. Three batters later, with a man on second, and with two men out, the Phils made it an 8-2 lead as Howard hits an RBI double, knocking in Victorino, who had earlier singled, then stole second base. The Phils then made it a 9-2 lead in the eighth as, with one man on, and with two men out, Ruiz hits an RBI double, scoring pinch hitter Michael Martinez, who had earlier singled. The Phils then took a 10-2 lead as Victorino hits an RBI single, scoring Ruiz. That would be the final score, as J.C. Romero and Danys Baez would pitch a pair of scoreless innings.

Roy Oswalt (2-0, 2.25) got the win as he pitched six innings, giving up two runs, only one of which was earned, on five runs and two walks, while he struck out only two batters. David Herndon, J.C. Romero and Danys Baez combined for three scoreless innings, giving up only one hit (Baez), while striking out one (Baez). Brandon Beachy (0-1, 3.75) took the lost as he pitched six innings plus one batter, giving up four runs on seven hits and two walks, while striking out two batters. George Sherrill pitched to two batters, giving up two runs on a hit and a walk. Scott Linebrink pitched an inning, giving up two runs on three hits, while striking out two. Cristhian Martinez pitched two innings, giving up two runs on four hits,while also striking out two.

The Phils had fifteen hits in the game, with Shane Victorino leading the team with four hits, three singles and a double, knocking in a run, while scoring two, lifting his average to .375. Jimmy Rollins (Single, Double) and Carlos Ruiz (Grand-Slam Home Run, Double, 5 RBIs) followed with two hits each. Ryan Howard (Double, RBI), Ben Francisco (Single, RBI), Raul Ibanez (Double), Brian Schneider (Home Run, 2 RBIs), Roy Oswalt (Single), pinch hitter John Mayberry, Jr. (Single) and pinch hitter Michael Martinez (Single) had the other seven Phils’ hits. The Phils offense went back to where they had left off on Thursday, while their pinch hitters went three for three, knocking in four runs, all on Carlos Ruiz’s first career grand-slam home run.

The Phils (6-2, 1st) will conclude their three-games series with the Braves (4-5, 3rd) tomorrow with an afternoon game at Turner Field. The game will start at 1:05 pm EDT. The Phils will send to the mound Cole Hamels (0-1, 20.25), who is coming off a horrible start against the Mets on April 5, as he went only two and two-thirds innings, giving up six runs on seven hits, two walks and a hit batter, while striking out only three batters, in the Phils’ 7-1 lost. He will be trying to bounce back from that lost. Derek Lowe (1-1, 0.77), who is coming off a lost against the Brewers on April 5, as he pitched six innings, giving a run on five hits and three walks, while he struck out seven, in the Braves’ 6-1 lost. He will be trying to give the Braves the series win. The Phils will be going for their third series win, while looking to see if Hamels will bounce back from his previous start.

Countdown to the Playoffs, Game # 11: Roy Halladay gets his twentieth victory of the year, as the Phils decrease their magic number to 6, as they defeat the Braves,  5-3.

Roy Halladay becomes the first Phils starter, since Hall of Famer Steve Carlton won 23 in 1982, to win 20 games in a season, as the Phils defeat the Braves, 5-3. The Phils’ lead in the NL East increases to five games, while their magic number falls to six games.

The Phils took the lead in the third as, with two men on, and with one man out, Jayson Werth hits a three-run home run, his twenty-fifth home run of the year, knocking in Placido Polanco, who had earlier walked, and had moved up to second on Chase Utley’s single, and Utley, who had earlier singled, giving the Phils a 3-0 lead. The Braves got a run back in the fifth as, with runners on the corners, and with nobody out, Eric Hinske hits an RBI force out, 4-6, knocking in Alex Gonzalez, who had earlier doubled, then went to third on Rick Ankiel’s single, making it a 3-1 Phils’ lead, while Ankiel, who had earlier singled, was wiped out at second base. The Braves scored again in the sixth as, with runners on second and third and with nobody out, Derrek Lee hits a sacrifice fly, knocking in Martin Prado, who had earlier singled, and had gone to third on Brian McCann’s double, making it a 3-2 Phils’ lead, before McCann, who has earlier doubled, is thrown out at third, 8-5, trying to move up to third, on a sacrifice fly-double play, for the second out of the inning. The Phils got the runs back in their half of the sixth as, with two men on base, and with two men out, Raul Ibanez hits a two-run double, knocking in Ryan Howard, who had earlier walked, and moved up to second on Werth’s single, and Werth, who had just singled, giving the Phils a 5-2 lead. The Braves got a run back in the seventh as, with two men out, pinch hitter Freddie Freeman hits a pinch hit solo home run, the first of his major league career, making it a 5-3 Phils’ lead. That would be the final score as the bullpen would hold down the Braves in the eighth and in the ninth, with Brad Lidge collecting his twenty- fifth save of the year, as he got Ankiel to end the game by poping up to the shortstop for the final out.

Roy Halladay gets the win as he pitches seven innings, giving up three runs on seven hits and two walks, striking out three. His record is now 20-10 with an ERA of 2.53. Ryan Madson collects his fourteenth hold as he pitches a scoreless inning, giving up a hit, while striking out one. Brad Lidge gets his twenty-fifth save of the season as he pitches a scoreless inning, giving up a hit, while striking out a batter. Mike Minor took the lost as he pitches only two and one-third innings, giving up three runs on seven hits and a walk. His record is now 3-2 with a 6.18 ERA. Cristhian Martinez and Kyle Farnsworth combines for two and two-thirds scoreless innings, giving up  a hit (Martinez) and two walks (Martinez), while striking out four (Martinez (3), Farnsworth (1)) between them. Michael Dunn pitches two-thirds of an inning, giving up two runs on two hits and a walk, while striking out a batter. Peter Moylan, Craig Kimbrel and Jonny Venters combine for two and a third scoreless innings, giving up two hits (Kimbrel (1), Venters (1)), while striking out three (Kimbrel (1), Venters (2)) between them.

 The Phils had twelve hits in the game, with Placido Polanco, Chase Utley, Jason Werth, Raul Ibanez and Wilson Valdez leading the team with two hits each, with Polanco, Utley and Valdez’s hits being all singles, with Werth’s hits being a single and a three-run home run, knocking in three runs, and Ibanez’s hits being a pair of doubles, knocking in two runs. Ryan Howard and Roy Halladay had the other two Phil hits, both singles. The Phils’ offense left twelve men on base, failing to cash in on several scoring opportunities, but scoring enough runs to win once again.

The Phils (91-61, 1st) will conclude their series with the Braves (86-66, 2nd) 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 Roy Oswalt (13-13 (7-1), 2.90 (1.94)), who is coming off a win against the Nats on September 17, as he went six innings, giving up a run on six hits and a walk, while striking out seven, in the Phils’ 9-1 rout. In his last three starts, his record is 3-0 as he had pitched twenty-two innings, giving up five runs on sixteen hits and three walks, while striking out twenty. He will be trying to lead the Phils to a sweep of the Braves. The Braves will counter with Tommy Hanson (10-11, 3.62), who is coming off a win against the Mets on September 17, as he pitched six innings, giving up four runs on five hits and a walk, while striking out four, in the Braves’ 6-4 win. In his last three starts, his record is 1-1 with a no-decision, as he had pitched nineteen innings, giving up twelve runs, nine of which were earned, on fourteen hits and three walks, while striking out thirteen. He will be trying to help the Braves avoid the sweep. The Phils will be trying to sweep the Braves, to extend their lead in the NL East to six games and set things up for an early clinching.

Countdown to the Playoffs, Game # 18: The bats continue to hit as they support Joe Blanton, as the Phils pound the fish, 11-4.

The offense gave Joe Blanton massive runs support, including four bombs, as they pounded the Marlins, 11-4, staying a game ahead of the Braves in the NL East.

The Phils took the lead in the second as, with one man out, Jayson Werth hits a solo home run, his twenty-first home run of the season, giving the Phils a 1-0 lead. The Phils made it a 2-0 lead in the third as, with two men out, Chase Utley hits a solo home run, his fourteenth home run of the season. The Phils then increased their lead in the fourth as, with one man on, and with one man out, Carlos Ruiz hits a two-run home run, his seventh home run of the year, knocking in Raul Ibanez, who had just walked, giving the Phils a 4-0 lead. The Phils then made it 6-0 in the fifth as, with two men on, and with one man out, Werth hits an RBI single, scoring Utley, who had earlier walked, and then stole second, as Logan Morrison made a missed catch error on the ball, before allowing Ryan Howard, who had just walked, to score on a throwing error to the plate, allowing Werth to move up to second base. Two batters later, with a runner still on second, and now with two men out, Ruiz hits an RBI single, scoring Werth, to give the Phils a 7-0 lead. The Phils made it 8-0 in the sixth as, with runners on the corners, and with nobody out, Placido Polanco hits an RBI single, scoring Joe Blanton, who had earlier singled, then went to third on Shane Victorino’s single, while sending Victorino up to second base. Two batters later, with one man out, the Phils took a 9-0 lead as Howard hits an RBI single, scoring Victorino, while sending Polanco up to second base, before going to third on the late throw to the plate. Then with the bases loaded, as Ibanez is walked, moving Howard up to second base, Ruiz received an RBI walk, forcing in Polanco, making it a 10-0 Phils’ lead, while moving both Howard and Ibanez up a base. Meanwhile, Blanton was setting down the Marlins in the first five innings, giving up only two hits and two walks, while striking out seven. The Marlins then scored in their half of the sixth as Morrison hits a solo home run, his second home run of the season, making it a 10-1 Phils’ lead. The Marlins then tried to add another run, as they got two men on, via a Dan Uggla fielder’s choice grounder, as Hanley Ramirez, who had just doubled, was caught off second base by shortstop Wilson Valdez, and then put into a run down, before finally being tagged out, 6-5-4, at second base, keeping Uggla at first, and a single by Gaby Sanchez, sending Uggla up to second base. But Blanton got out of the inning by getting Mike Stanton to fly out to right for the inning’s second out, and then by striking out Chad Tracy. The Phils would get the run back in the seventh as pinch hitter Greg Dobbs hits a lead-off pinch hit home run, his fifth home run of the year, giving the Phils an 11-1 lead. The Marlins tried once again to come back as, with one man on, and with one man out, Uggla hits a two-run home run, his thirtieth home run of the season, knocking in Morrison, who had earlier been hit by the pitch, making it an 11-3 Phils’ lead. Three batters later, with a runner on second, and now with two men out, Tracy hits an RBI double, knocking in Stanton, who had earlier doubled, making it an 11-4 Phils’ lead. But, the Phils would finally get out of the inning as David Herndon would get Brad Davis to ground out, 5-3. Danys Baez then came in and pitched a scoreless ninth, getting Ramirez to end the game by grounding out, 5-3. 

Joe Blanton gets the win as he pitches six strong innings, giving up just a run on five hits and two walks, while he strikes out eight. His record is now 7-6 with a 5.00 ERA. Jose Contreras pitches a 1-2-3 inning, striking out a batter. David Herndon pitches an inning, giving up three runs on three hits and a hit batter, while striking out a batter. Danys Baez pitches a scoreless inning, walking a batter. Andrew Miller took the lost as he pitches five innings, giving up seven runs, five of which were earned, on nine hits and three walks, while striking out five. His record is now 1-2 with a 6.75 ERA. Jay Buente pitches an inning, giving up three runs on four hits and two walks. Jose Ceda pitches an inning, giving up a run on a hit and a walk, while striking out a batter. Jorge Sosa pitches two scoreless innings, giving up a hit, while striking out a batter.

The Phils had fifteen hits in the game, with Carlos Ruiz leading the team with three hits, with two singles and a two-run home run, knocking in four runs, one via a bases loaded walk, raising his batting average to .300. Shane Victorino, Jayson Werth and Wilson Valdez all followed with two hits apiece, with Victorino’s hits being two singles, Werth’s hits being a single and a solo home run, knocking in two runs, and Valdez’s hits being a single and a double. Placido Polanco, Chase Utley, Ryan Howard, Joe Blanton, pinch hitter Greg Dobbs and pinch hitter Ben Francisco had the other six Phils’ hits, with Polanco, Howard, Blanton and Francisco’s hits being singles, with Polanco and Howard both knocking in a run, Utley’s hits being a solo home run, and Dobbs’ hit being a pinch hit home run. The other Phil’s run came in on an error. The offense continues to explode, while Blanton has added to the team’s recent good starting performances.

The Phils (84-61, 1st) continue their three-game series with the Marlins (73-70, 3rd) with a night game tonight. The game will be played at Sun Life Stadium and will start at 7:10 pm Eastern. The Phils will send to the mound Cole Hamels (10-10, 3.06), who is coming off a win against the Marlins on September 8, as he pitched seven strong shut out innings, giving up just four hits and a walk, while striking out five, in the Phils’ 10-6 win. In his last three starts, his record is 3-0, as he had pitched twenty-two scoreless innings, giving up only eleven hits and four walks, while striking out eighteen. He will be going for his fourth straight win and his fifth straight quality start, while trying to extend his scoreless streak past twenty-five innings. He will be opposed by Adalberto Mendez (1-0, 0.00), who is coming off a win against the Phils on September 6, as he pitched six scoreless innings, giving up just a hit, while walking two and striking out six, in the Marlins’ 7-1 win. He will be hoping that the Phils will not have figured him out yet. The Phils will be going for their third straight win, while planning to take the rookie to the cleaners, while hoping to increase their lead over the Braves as they continue their series with the Nationals in Atlanta.

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.

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

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

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

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

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

The Phils (61-48, 2nd) continue their weekend series with the Mets (54-55, 3rd) with a night game tonight. The game will be played at Citizens Bank Park and will start at 7:05 pm Eastern. The Phils will send to the mound Cole Hamels (7-7, 3.56), who is coming off a no-decision against the Nationals on August 1, as he pitched seven innings, giving up four runs on six hits, as he struck out ten, in the Phils’ 6-4 win. In his last three starts, his record is three no-decisions, as he pitched twenty innings, as he gave up seven runs on thirteen hits and five walks, while striking out twenty-five. Hamels will be trying to win his first start since his win against the Reds on July 11, four no-decisions ago. The Mets will counter with their ace Johan Santana (8-6, 3.20), who is coming off a lost against the Braves on August 2, as he pitched seven innings, giving up four runs on nine hits and two walks, while striking out eleven, in the Mets’ 4-1 lost. In his last three starts, his record is 1-1 with a no-decision, as he pitched nineteen and two-thirds innings, giving up twelve runs on twenty-seven hits and four walks, while striking out seventeen. He will be trying to even up the series, while hoping that the Phils won’t bomb him like they did earlier in the season. The Phils will be going for their second straight series win, and their fourth straight series win at home, while hoping that they will end up tied for first with the Braves.

Kendrick’s fifth inning melt down ruins the Phils’ night as they fall to the Cards, 8-4.

A fifth inning melt down by Phils’ starter Kyle Kendrick leads to another Phils’ lose as they lose to the Cardinals, 8-4.

The Phils took the lead in the first as, with two men on, and with one man out, Ryan Howard hits an RBI double, knocking in Placido Polanco, who had earlier gotten on base with an infield single, and had moved up to second on Raul Ibanez’s single, giving the Phils a 1-0 lead, while sending Ibanez, who had just singled, on to third. The Phils then added to their lead as, with two men still on base, and now with two men out, Shane Victorino hits a two-run single, scoring both Ibanez and Howard, giving the Phils a 3-0 lead. The Cards got a run back in their half of the first as, with two men on, and with nobody out, Albert Pujols hits an RBI ground out, 6-3, scoring Felipe Lopez, who had earlier singled, and then had gone on to third on Jon Jay’s ground-rule double, making it a 3-1 Phils’ lead. The Cards made it a 3-2 Phils lead in the second as, with runners on second and third, and with one man out, Brendan Ryan hits an RBI ground out, 6-3, scoring Skip Schumaker, who had earlier walked, had moved up to second base on Yadier Molina’s walk, then went to third on Blake Hawksworth’s sacrifice bunt, 1-4, while Molina would move up to second. The Phils increased their lead in the fourth as, with two men on, and with two outs, Jimmy Rollins hits an RBI single, knocking in Carlos Ruiz, who had earlier doubled, making it a 4-2 Phils’ lead, while sending Kyle Kendrick, who had just walked, on to second base. In the fifth, the wheels came off, as Kendrick ran into trouble. The Cardinals made it a 4-3 Phils’ lead as, with one man on, and with one out, Jay hits an RBI double, scoring Lopez, who had just walked. The Cardinals then took the lead as Pujols hits a two-run home run, his twenty-second home run of the year, knocking in Jay, giving the Cards a 5-4 lead. Two batters later, with no man on, and now with two outs, the Cardinals made it a 6-4 lead as Allen Craig hits a solo home run, the first home run of his career. The next batter, Schumaker, increased the Cardinals’ lead to 7-4 with a solo home run of his own, his third home run of the season. The Cards made it 8-4 in the sixth as pitch hitter Randy Winn hits a pitch hit home run, his second home run of the year. That would end up being the final score, as the Phils would mount no more offense before going down in the ninth as Howard hits into a 6-3 double play to end the game, wiping out at second Ibanez, who had earlier walked.

Kyle Kendrick took the lost as he pitches five innings, giving up seven runs on seven hits and three walks, while striking out two. His record is now 5-4 with a 4.82 ERA. Chad Durbin pitches an inning, giving up a run on one hit. J.C. Romero and Ryan Madson threw a pair of 1-2-3 innings. Blake Hawksworth gets the win as he pitches six innings, giving up four runs on ten hits and three walks, while striking out a batter. His record is now 4-5 with a 4.85 ERA. Trever Miller, Jason Motte and Kyle McClellan combine for three scoreless innings, giving up three hits (Miller (1), Motte (2)) and a walk (McClellan) between them, while striking out 1 batter (Miller).

The Phils had a total of thirteen hits in a losing cause, with Raul Ibanez, Ryan Howard, Jayson Werth and Carlos Ruiz all leading the team with two hits each. Ibanez and Werth’s two hits were singles, while Ruiz’s hits were a single and a double, scoring a run, and Howard’s hits were also a single and a double, knocking in a run, and scoring a run. Jimmy Rollins, Placido Polanco, Shane Victorino, pinch hitter Greg Dobbs and pinch hitter Ross Gload had the other five Phils’ hits, all singles, with Rollins knocking in a run and Victorino knocking in two runs. The Phils’ offense is still not getting the key hits, as the starting pitching is now starting to get bad.

The Phils (48-44, 3rd NL East) continue their lousy road trip with the second of four games against the Cards (52-41, 1st NL Central). The game will be played at Busch Stadium and will start at 8:15 pm Eastern (7:15 pm Central). The Phils will send to the mound Jamie Moyer (9-9, 4.88), who is coming off a lost against the Cubs on July 15, where he pitched only three innings, giving up six runs on five hits, while striking out a batter, in the Phils’ 12-6 lost. In his last three starts, his record is 0-3, as he pitched fourteen and a third innings, giving up fourteen runs, thirteen of which were earned, on seventeen hits and three walks, while he struck out twelve. His will be going for his tenth win for the fourth time, hoping that this time he will actually get the win. The Cards will counter with Chris Carpenter (10-3, 3.16), who is coming off a win over the Dodgers on July 15, as he went eight innings, giving up a run on four hits, while striking out six, in the Cards’ 7-1 win. In his last three starts, his record is 1-2, as he pitched seventeen inning, giving up thirteen runs, twelve of which were earned, on twenty-two hits and four walks, while he struck out fourteen. He will be trying to keep the Phils in their current miserable state. The Phils have now lost four of their first five games in the second half. The offense is starting to hit, and score runs, but the starting pitching is now starting to get bad. What in the bleep have happen to the team that was suppose to be the beast of the National League? I do not know about the rest of you, but this is starting to feel more and more like 1979. If it is, I’m hoping 2011 will be like 1980, without the need for a Dallas Green type of manager at the helm.

The Phils took a step backward as their ace gets torched by the Cubs, as the Phils lose 11-6.

The Cubs torched Roy Halladay for six runs, before crushing the bullpen for five more in the seventh, as the Phils fall to the Cubs, 11-6.

The Cubs took a 2-0 lead in the second as, with one man on, and with one man out, Geovany Soto hits a two-run home run, his eleventh home run of the year, knocking in Marlon Byrd, who was earlier hit by the pitch. Four batters later, with two men on, and with two men out, the Cubs increased their lead as Starlin Castro hits an RBI single, scoring Tom Gorzelanny, who had earlier singled, and had moved up to second base on Tyler Colvin’s single, giving the Cubs a 3-0 lead, while sending Colvin, who had just singled, on to third base. The Cubs would make it 4-0 as, with Derrek Lee batting, Castro stole second base. Catcher Carlos Ruiz committed a throwing error which would allow Colvin to score from third. The Phils tried to start a come back in the fifth as, with two men on, and with nobody out, Placido Polanco hits an RBI ground out, 6-3, scoring Roy Halladay, who had earlier walked, and then reached third on Shane Victorino’s double, making it a 4-1 Cubs’ lead, while sending Victorino, who had earlier double, to third base. One batter later, the Phils would cut the Cubs’ lead to 4-2 as Victorino would score on a Aramis Ramirez fielding error of a Jimmy Rollins grounder. The Cubs would get the two runs back in the sixth as, with one man on, and with one man out, Alfonso Soriano hits his seventeenth home run of the season, scoring Byrd, who was hit by the pitch for the second time in the game, giving the Cubs a 6-2 lead. The Phils got a run back in the seventh as, with two men on, and with one out, Ryan Howard hits a sacrifice fly, knocking in Polanco, who had earlier walked, and had gone to third on Rollins’ single, making it a 6-3 Cubs’ lead. The Cubs would then break the game wide open in their half of the seventh as, with the bases loaded, via singles to Jeff Baker and Colvin and then a sacrifice bunt by Castro, which would move Baker to third and Colvin to second, while Castro would be safe at first on David Herndon’s fielding error, and with nobody out, Lee hits a bases clearing double, scoring Baker, Colvin and Castro, giving the Cubs a 9-3 lead. Three batters later, with two men on, and with one man out, Soriano hits an RBI single, scoring Lee, giving the Cubs a 10-3 lead, while sending Byrd, who had just walked, on to second base. The Cubs then made it 11-3 as, with two men on, and with still one man out, Soto hits an RBI single, scoring Byrd, while Soriano was thrown out at third by an accurate throw by right fielder Ben Francisco for the inning’s second out. The Phils made it an 11-4 game as, with one out, pinch hitter Greg Dobbs hits a solo home run, his fourth home run of the year. In the ninth, Howard made it an 11-5 game with a lead-off home run, his fourth home run of the series and his twenty-first home run of the season. Two batters later, with one man out, Francisco made it an 11-6 game as he hits a solo home run of his own, his second home run of the season. But, it would be a case of too little, too late for the Phils, as James Russell got out the next two batters, getting Dobbs to strike out swinging to end the game.

Roy Halladay took the lost as he pitches six innings, giving up six runs, five of which were earned, on seven hits and two hit batters, while striking out three. His record is now 10-8 with a 2.40 ERA. J.C. Romero pitches to two batters, giving up two runs on two hits. David Herndon pitches an inning, giving up three runs, two of which were earned, on three hits and a walk, while striking out one. Danys Baez pitches a scoreless inning, giving up two hits, while striking out a batter. Tom Gorzelanny gets the win as he pitches six and two-thirds innings, giving up three runs, two of which were earned, on five hits and five walks, while striking out five. His record is now 5-5 with a 3.12 ERA. Andrew Cashner collects his third hold as he pitches an inning and a third, giving up a run on two hits and two walks, while striking out one. James Russell pitches an inning, giving up two runs on two hits, while striking out two.

The Phils had nine hits in the game, with Placido Polanco and Ben Francisco leading the team with two hits each, with Polanco’s hits being both singles, knocking in a run, while Francisco’s hits were a single and a solo home run. Shane Victorino, Jimmy Rollins, Ryan Howard, Carlos Ruiz and Greg Dobbs had the other five Phils’ hits, with Victorino’s hit being a double, Rollins and Ruiz’s hits being singles, Howard’s hit being a solo home run as he knocks in two runs, with the other run scoring on a sac fly, and Dobbs’ hit being a pinch hit home run, while the other Phil’s run came in on a throwing error. The offense never got running until it was too late to catch up with the Cubs.

The Phils (48-43, 3rd NL East) with continue their road trip with a four-game series in St. Louis against the Cardinals (51-41, 1st NL Central), starting tonight with a night game. The game will start at 7:05 pm Eastern (6:05 pm Central) and will be played at Busch Stadium. The Phils will send to the mound Kyle Kendrick (5-3, 4.44), who is coming off a relief performance against the Cubs on July 15, as he pitched an inning, giving up just one hit, in the Phils’ 12-6 lost. In his last three starts, his record is 1-1 with a no-decision, as he pitched twenty-two innings, giving up eleven runs, ten of which were earned, on twenty-one hits and two walks, while striking out twelve. He will be trying to start the series for the Phils on a positive note. The Cards will counter with Blake Hawksworth (3-5, 4.73), who is coming off a win against the Astros on July 11, as he went five and one-third inning, giving up two runs on seven hits and three walks, while striking out two, in the Cardinals’ 4-2 win. In his last three starts, he has a 1-1 record with a no-decision, as he pitched sixteen and a third innings, giving up seven runs on twenty-one hits and eight walks, while striking out fourteen. He will be trying to improve his record, while trying to add to the Phils’ present problems. The Phils’ offense will be hoping that the presently hot Ryan Howard will continue to feast on his home team while they are in St. Louis, hoping it’ll help jump start the offense.