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The Phils increase their winning streak to two games as they hold on in a close game to defeat the Pirates, 5-4.

The Phils hold on to win a close game with the Pirates as they increase their winning streak to two game, winning 5-4.

The Pirates tried to take the lead in the first as, with runners on second and third, and with one man out, Vance Worley, after catching Garrett Jones’ grounder back to the mound, threw the ball home for a fielder’s choice out, as Jose Tabata, who had started the game by being hit by a pitch, then moved up to second base on Neil Walker’s walk, before going to third on Andrew McCutchen’s ground out, 6-3, is tagged out by Carlos Ruiz for the inning’s second out, while Walker, who had earlier walked, and went to second base on McCutchen’s ground out, would move up to third, while Jones would be safe at first on the play. Worley then got out of trouble by getting Casey McGehee to hit into a force out, 6-4, wiping out Jones at first base. The Phils then took the lead in their half of the first as, with a man on third, and with two men out, Ruiz hits an RBI single, scoring Hunter Pence, who had just tripled, giving the Phils a 1-0 lead. The Pirates would tie the game up at one-all in the second as, with a man on third, and with one man out, Michael McKenry hits a sacrifice fly, knocking in Pedro Alvarez, who had started the inning off with a double, then moved up to third on Clint Barmes’ ground out, 6-3. The Phils retook the lead in their half of the second as, with two men on, and with two men out, Placido Polanco hits an RBI single, knocking in Mike Fontenot, who had earlier singled, then moved up to second base on Worley’s sacrifice bunt, 1-4, giving the Phils a 2-1 lead, before Jimmy Rollins, who had just walked, is thrown out trying to go to third base, 7-5-3, for the inning’s final out. The Phils added to their lead in the third as, with one man on, and with two men out, Ty Wigginton hits a two-run home run, his eighth home run of the season, knocking in Ruiz, who had earlier singled, giving the Phils a 4-1 lead. The Pirates would get a run back in the sixth as, with a man on third, and with two men out, McGehee hits an RBI single, knocking in McCutchen, who had earlier doubled, then moved up to third on Jones’ ground out, 3-unassisted, making it a 4-2 Phils’ lead. The Pirates then cut the Phils’ lead down to 4-3 in the seventh as, with two men on, and with nobody out, pinch hitter Drew Sutton hits an RBI double, knocking in Barmes, who had started the inning off with a walk, then stopped at second base on McKenry’s single, while McKenry, who had just singled, would stop at third base. After Michael Schwimer replaces Worley on the mound, the Phils would get out of further trouble as Tabata grounds out to the pitcher,  1-3, after Schwimer looks McKenry back to third, for the inning’s first out, then Walker flies out to left for the inning’s second out, before John Mayberry, Jr. throws a strike to home plate, as McKenry tries to score on the fly out, but is tagged out by Ruiz for the inning’s third out on a fly out-doubleplay, keeping the score 4-3 Phils. The Phils added to their lead in the eighth as Ruiz hits a lead-off home run, his tenth home run of the season, a career high, as he gives the Phils a 5-3 lead. The Pirates would get a run back in the ninth as, with one man out, McHenry hits a solo home run, his fourth home run of the year, making it a 5-4 Phils’ lead. But that would be the final score as Jonathan Papelbon would record his eighteenth save of the season by getting out the next two batter, as he got Tabata to end the game by striking out, swinging.

Vance Worley (4-4, 2.92) gets the win as he pitched six inning, plus three batters, as he gives up three runs on six hits and two walks, while striking out five. Michael Schwimer collected his first hold of the season as he pitched a scoreless inning, getting out the two men that he would face, thanks to a fly out-doubleplay. Antonio Bastardo collected his fifteenth hold of the season as he threw a scoreless inning, giving up a hit, while striking out a batter. Jonathan Papelbon received his eighteen save of the season as he pitched an inning, giving up a run on a hit, while striking out two. Erik Bedard (4-8, 4.27) took the lost as he went six innings, giving up four runs on eight hits and two walks, while striking out three. Juan Cruz pitched an inning, plus three batters, giving up a run on two hits and a walk, while striking out a batter. Tony Watson pitched an inning, getting out all three men whom he would face, striking out one.

The Phils had ten hits in the game, with Carlos Ruiz (2 Singles, Home Run, 2 RBIs) leading the team with three hits, followed by Placido Polanco (Singles, RBI) and Ty Wigginton (Single, Home Run, 2 RBIs) with two hits apiece. Hunter Pence (Triple), Shane Victorino (Single) and Mike Fontenot (Single) had the other three Phils’ hits. The Phils also had three walks and a stolen base (Victorino (18)) in the ballgame.

The Phils (36-40, 4th East) will continue their series with the Pirates (38-35, 3rd Central) with a night game tonight. The game will be played at Citizens Bank Park and is to start at 7:05 pm. The Phils will send to the mound Raul Valdes (2-0, 1.84) who will be making a spot start, as the Phils plan to use the bullpen tonight. Valdes last pitched on June 23, throwing two innings in relief against the Rays, giving up no runs on a hit, while striking out four. Valdes hopes to keep the Phils in the game. The Pirates will counter with James McDonald (6-3, 2.19), who is coming off a complete game win against the Twins on June 21, as he gave up a run on six hits, while striking out five, in the Pirates’ 9-1 blow out. He will be trying to stop the Pirates’ present losing streak. The Phils will be going for the series win, while hoping that Chase Utley will be ready to go both on the field and at the plate.

Carlos Ruiz’s best offensive day of his career is ruined by the pitching staff’s inability to hold onto a lead as the Phils lose to the Braves via an extra-innings, walk-off two-run home run, 15-13.

Carlos Ruiz’s best offensive day of his career is ruined by the pitching staff being unable to nail down several different leads before finally losing to the Braves in extra-innings on a Chipper Jones walk-off two-run home run, 15-13.

The Phils took the lead, while batting around, in the third as, with runners on the corners, and with one man out, Shane Victorino hits an RBI single, knocking in Jimmy Rollins, who had earlier singled, then stopped at third base on Placido Polanco’s single, giving the Phils a 1-0 lead, while sending Polanco, who had just singled, up to third base. Three batters later, now with the bases loaded, after Victorino had stolen second base, and with a walk by Hunter Pence, and with two men out, Laynce Nix hits a bases clearing double, knocking in Polanco, Victorino and Pence, giving the Phils a 4-0 lead. The Phils added to their lead in the fifth as, with one man on, and with one out, Carlos Ruiz hits an RBI double, knocking in Ty Wigginton, who had earlier singled, giving the Phils a 5-0 lead. The Phils then took a 6-0 lead as Freddy Galvis hits an RBI double of his own, scoring Ruiz. The Braves then came roaring back in their half of the fifth as, with the bases loaded, via singles by Chipper Jones, Erik Hinske and Tyler Pastornicky, and with one man out, Michael Bourn hits an RBI single, knocking in Jones, making it a 6-1 Phils’ lead, while moving both Hinske and Pastornicky up a base. The Braves then made it a 6-2 Phils’ lead as Martin Prado followed with an RBI infield single,  knocking in Hinske, while moving up both Pastornicky and Bourn, as the bases remained loaded. Two batters later, as the bases stayed loaded, and now with two men out, Brian McCann hits a grand-slam home run, his fifth home run of the season, tying the ballgame at six-all. The Braves then took the lead in the sixth as, with two men on, and with one man out, pinch hitter Jason Heyward hits a two-run single, knocking in Hinske, who had earlier singled, then stopped at third base on Pastornicky’s double, and Pastornicky, who had just doubled, giving the Braves an 8-6 lead, while knocking Phils’ starter Roy Halladay out of the ballgame. The Phils would regain the lead in the seventh as, with two men on, and with nobody out, Ruiz hits a two-run home run, his fourth home run of the season, scoring Wigginton, who had earlier walked, then stopped at second base on pinch hitter John Mayberry, Jr.’s single, and pinch hitter Mayberry, who had just singled, giving the Phils a 9-8 lead. The Phils would increase their lead in the eighth as, with the bases loaded, via infield singles by Pence and Wigginton, with Pence stopping at second base, and a walk by Mayberry, and with two men out, Ruiz hits a bases clearing double, scoring Pence, Wigginton and Mayberry, giving the Phils a 12-8 lead. The Braves came back again in their half of the eighth as, with two men on, and with one man out, Pastornicky hits an RBI single, knocking in Dan Uggla, who had earlier singled, then reached second base on Rollins force attempt, fielding error on Jones’ grounder, making it a 12-9 Phils’ lead, while sending Jones, who was safe at first on Rollins’ error, up to second base. Two batters later, after Heyward had walked, loading up the bases as the runners both moved up a base, and with still one man out, Bourn walked to forced in a run, as Jones scored from third, making it a 12-10 Phils’ lead, while moving both Pastornicky and Heyward up a base, leaving the bases loaded. The Braves would then tied the game up at twelve-all as Prado would hit a two-run single, knocking in both Pastornicky and Heyward, while sending Bourn on to third base. The Braves then took a 13-12 lead as Freddie Freeman hits a sacrifice fly, scoring Bourn. The Phils would tie the game up at twelve-all in the ninth as, with a runner on second, and with two men on, Victorino hits an RBI infield single, as he beat out shortstop Jack Wilson’s throw to first, as pinch hitter Juan Pierre, who had started the inning off with a walk, then stole second base, would score all the way from second base. The Braves would then win the game in the eleventh as, with one man on, and with nobody out, Jones hits a two-run walk-off home run, his fourth home run of the year, scoring Uggla, who had started the inning off with a single, giving the Braves a walk-off win.

Roy Halladay received a no-decision as he went five and one-third innings, giving up eight runs on twelve hits, as he struck out five. Joe Savery pitched two-thirds of an inning, getting out both men that he would face, while striking out a batter. Antonio Bastardo collected his third hold of the season as he pitched a 1-2-3 inning. Jose Contreras pitched a third of an inning, as he gave up four runs, three of which were earned, on two hits and a walk, as he struck out one. Michael Schwimer blew his first save opportunity of the season as he pitched two-thirds of an inning, giving up a run on a hit and a walk. Brian Sanches (0-1, 9.00) took the lost as he pitched two innings, plus two batters, giving up two runs on four hits and a walk, while he struck out two. Tommy Hanson also collected a no-decision as he went three and two-thirds innings, giving up four runs on eight hits, two walks and a hit batter, while he struck out three. Cristhian Martinez pitched an inning and a third, giving up two runs on three hits. Livan Hernandez pitched a 1-2-3 inning. Eric O’Flaherty blew his second save attempt as he pitched an inning, giving up three runs on two hits and a walk, while he struck out a batter. Kris Medlin pitched an inning, giving up three runs on three hits and a walk. Craig Kimbrel blew his first save attempt of the season, as he gave up a run on a hit and a walk, while striking out two. Jonny Venters pitched a 1-2-3 inning, striking out two. Chad Durbin (1-0, 8.00) gets the win as he threw a 1-2-3 inning, striking out a batter.

The Phils had seventeen hits in the game with Placido Polanco (Singles), Shane Victorino (Singles, 2 RBIs) and Carlos Ruiz (2 Doubles, Home Run, 7 RBIs) all leading the ballclub with three hits apiece, followed by Ty Wigginton (Singles) and Laynce Nix (Single, Double, 3 RBIs) who had two hits each. Jimmy Rollins (Single), Hunter Pence (Single), Freddy Galvis (Double, RBI) and pinch hitter John Mayberry, Jr, (Single) having the other four Phils’ hit. With his seven RBI night, Ruiz because the first Phils’ catcher to knock in seven runs in one game. The Phils also had five walks and two stolen bases (Victorino (8), pinch hitter Juan Pierre (4)), on a night when the offense was let down by the pitching staff and by the defense (Rollins’ fielding error in the eight that helped open up the flood gates in that inning).

The Phils (12-13, 4th) have just completed playing their final game of the series with the Braves (15-10, 2nd).

Kyle Kenrdick becomes the first Phils’ starter to be knock out of the box before the Phils lose to the D-backs, 9-5.

Spot-starter Kyle Kendrick becomes the first Phils’ starter to last less than five innings as he is knocked out of the box in the fourth inning, before the Phils finally end up losing to the D-backs, 9-5, although scoring five runs in the ninth, highlighted by back-to-back home runs.

The D-backs took the lead in the first as, with a runner on second and with nobody out, Aaron Hill hits an RBI double, after it was first called a two-run home run, before being corrected via instant replay, knocking in Gerardo Parra, who had started the inning off with a double of his own, giving the D-backs a 1-0 lead. The D-backs then took a 2-0 lead as Justin Upton hits a sacrifice fly, scoring Hill, after he had earlier stolen third base. Two batters later, the D-backs made it a 3-0 lead as, with a man on first, and with one man out, Jason Kubel hits an RBI double, knocking in Miguel Montero, who had earlier been hit by the pitch. Three batters later, with runners on the corners, and now with two men out, John McDonald hits an RBI single, scoring Kubel, who had moved up to third base on Cody Ransom’s ground out, 3-unassisted, giving the D-backs a 4-0 lead, while sending Lyle Overbay, who had just walked, up to second base. The D-backs added to their lead in the second as, with the bases loaded, via singles by Hill, Upton and Montero, and with two men out, Ransom hits a two-run double, knocking in Hill and Upton, giving the D-backs a 6-0 lead, while sending Montero up to third base. The D-backs then made it a 7-0 lead in the fourth as Upton hits a lead-off home run, his first home run of the season, running Phils’ starter Kyle Kendrick out of the game in the process. Two batters later, with one man out, the D-backs made it an 8-0 lead as Kubel hits a solo home run of his own, his second home run of the year. The D-backs increased their lead in the seventh as, with a runner on third, and with one man out, Parra hits a sacrifice fly, scoring McDonald, who had earlier doubled, then rmoved up to third base on Carlos Ruiz’s passed ball, giving the D-backs a 9-0 lead. The Phils finally got on the scoreboard in the ninth as, with a runner on first, and with nobody out, Laynce Nix hits an RBI double, knocking in Placido Polanco, who had started the inning off with a single, making it a 9-1 D-backs’ lead. Two batters later, with runners on the corners, and with still nobody out, Shane Victorino hits a three-run home run, his third home run of the year, and the first Phils’ home run with runners on base, scoring Nix, who had stopped at third base on Ty Wigginton’s single, and Wigginton, who had just singled, cutting the D-backs’ lead down to 9-4. The Phils then made it a 9-5 D-backs’ lead as Ruiz followed with a solo home run, his second home run of the season. But that would end up being the final score as Pete Orr ended the game by grounding out, 4-3, for the final out.

Kyle Kendrick (0-1, 9.39) took the lost as he lasted only three innings plus one batter, giving up seven runs on eleven hits and a walk, while striking out just one batter. David Herndon pitched two and two-thirds innings, giving up a run on three hits and a walk, while he struck out four. Joe Savery pitched an inning and a third, giving up an unearned run on a hit and a passed ball, while he struck out one. Jose Contreras pitched a scoreless inning, giving up a hit and a walk, while striking out one. Wade Miley (2-0, 1.84) got the win as he threw six strong innings, giving up just two hits and a walk, while striking out seven. Brad Ziegler and Jonathan Albaladejo combined for two scoreless innings, giving up three hits (Ziegler (1), Albaladejo (2)) between them, while striking out a batter (Albaladejo). Joe Patterson pitched to five batters, getting none of them out, as he gave up five runs on five hits. Craig Breslow pitched an inning, as he gave up a hit.

The Phils had eleven hits in the game, getting six of them in their last at bat, with Ty Wigginton (Singles) and John Mayberry, Jr (Single, Double) both leading the team with two hits apiece. Juan Pierre (Single), Placido Polanco (Single), Laynce Nix (Double, RBI), Shane Victorino (Home Run, 3 RBIs), Carlos Ruiz (Home Run, RBI) and Pete Orr (Double) had the other seven Phils’ hits, as the Phils finally strung together a big inning which included three extra-base hits (Double, 2 Home Runs), even if it was a case of too little, too late. Hopefully that will be the precursor of the offense coming out. The Phils also had a walk in the game.

The Phils (7-10, 5th East) will continue their visit with the Diamondbacks (9-8, 4th West) with a night game tonight. The game will be played at Chase Field and will start ay 9:40 pm EDT (6:40 pm MDT). The Phils wil send to the mound Vance Worley (1-1, 2.37), who is coming off a win against the Padres on April 19, as he threw seven shutout innings, giving up just four hits and three walks, while he struck out eleven, in the Phils’ 2-0 win. Worley will be out to stop the Phils’ three game winning streak, while trying to control the D-backs’ bats. The D-backs with  counter with Josh Colllimenter (0-1, 10.22), who is coming off a lost against the Braves, as he pitched five and one-thirds innings, giving up four runs on six hits and a walk, while striking out four, in the D-backs’ 10-2 lost. He will be trying to win his first start of 2012. The Phils will be trying to gain some momentum from their last at-bat in the previous game, while trying to even up the series.

2011 National League Divisional Series, Game #1: The Phils offense romp behind their ace, as they rout the Cards, 11-6.

After trailing early, the Phils’ offense roar for eleven runs in support of the team’s ace, Roy Halladay, as they rout the Cards, 11-6.

The Cards took a quick 3-0 lead as, with two men on, and with one man out, Lance Berkman hits the first pitch he saw into the right field seats for a three-run home run, his first home run of the series, knocking in Rafael Furcal, who had started the game off with a single, before stealing second base, and Albert Pujols, who had just walked on four pitches. The Phils got a run back in the fourth as, with two men on, and with two men out, Shane Victorino, after being given an extra life as third baseman David Freese committed a pop foul error, hits an RBI single, knocking in Chase Utley, who had earlier doubled, the Phils’ first hit of the game, after being put down 1-2-3 in the first three innings by Cards’ starter Kyle Lohse, cutting the Cards’ lead down to 3-1, while sending Ryan Howard, who had just been walked, up to second base. The Phils then took the lead in the sixth as, with two men on, and with one man out, Howard hits a three-run bomb to right, his first home run of the series, scoring Jimmy Rollins, who had earlier singled, then moved up to second base on Hunter Pence’s single, and Pence, who had just singled, giving the Phils a 4-3 lead. Two batters later, after Victorino had reached base with his second single of the ballgame, Raul Ibanez hits a two-run bomb of his own, his first home run of the series, knocking in Victorino, giving the Phils a 6-3 lead. The Phils then added to their lead in the seventh as, with the bases loaded, via singles by Roy Halladay, Rollins, his second of the game, sending Halladay up to second base, and Utley, his second hit of the ballgame, moving both Halladay and Rollins up a base, and with one man out, as Pence hits into a force out, 1-2, as Halladay is thrown out at the plate, while Rollins and Utley both moved up a base, Howard hits a sacrifice fly, which had sounded like it would leave the ballpark, scoring Rollins, giving the Phils a 7-3 lead. The Phils then made it an 8-3 lead as Victorino hits an RBI single, his third hit of the ballgame, scoring Utley, while sending Pence up to second base. The Phils then took a 9-3 lead as Ibanez hits an RBI single, his second hit of the game, knocking in Pence, while sending Victorino on to third base. The Phils then made it an 11-3 lead in the eighth as, with two men on, and with two men out, Pence hits a two-run single, his second hit of the game, knocking in Rollins, who had earlier walked, then went to third on Utley’s double, and Utley, who had just doubled, his second double of the ballgame, and his third hit. The Phils in the ninth then gave the ball to Michael Stutes, his first post-season appearance, after Halladay had put down twenty-one straight Cards, after giving up a lead-off single in the second to Skip Schumaker, starting with a fantastic play by Howard on a grounder hit to him by Jon Jay for a 1-3 put out, to close out the game. But it wasn’t to be as, four batters latter, with runners on the corners, thanks to a walk to Allen Craig, a single by Pujols, as he moved Craig up to second base, before he is then replaced by pinch runner Gerald Laird, and then a force out on a grounder hit by Berkman, 4-6, as Laird is wiped out at second base, as Craig reached third, and with two men out, the Cards made it an 11-4 Phils’ lead as pinch hitter Adron Chambers hits an RBI single, knocking in Craig, while sending Berkman up to second base. After the Cards had loaded up the bases on a single by Yadier Molina, moving up a base both Berkman and Chambers, and still with one man out, Phils manager Charlie Manuel decided to replace Stutes with his closer Ryan Madson. Schumaker greets Madson with a two-run double, on a ball that glances off of John Mayberry, Jr’s glove in left, then went all the way to the fence, knocking in both Berkman and Chambers, cutting the Phils’ lead down to 11-6, while sending Molina on to third. But that would be it as Madson buckled down and proceeded to strike out, swinging, both Jay and pinch hitter Matt Holliday, for the final outs.

Roy Halladay (1-0, 3.38) gets the win as he pitched eight innings, giving up three runs on three hits and a walk, while striking out eight. Michael Stutes pitched a third of an inning, giving up three runs on three hits and a walk. Ryan Madson pitched two-thirds of an inning, giving up a hit, while striking out two. Kyle Lohse (0-1, 8.44) took the lost as he went five and one-third innings, giving up six runs, five of which were earned, on seven hits and a walk, while striking out four. Octavio Dotel pitched two-thirds of an inning, striking out both men that he would face. Marc Rzepczynski pitched to three batters, getting out none, as he gave up three runs on three hits. Mitchell Boggs pitched an inning and two-thirds, giving up two runs on four hits and a walk, while striking out a batter. Arthur Rhodes pitched a third of an inning, getting out the only man that he would face.

The Phils’ offense, after a slow start, pounded out fourteen hits, with Shane Victorino (Singles, 2 RBIs) and Chase Utley (Single, 2 Doubles) both leading the team with three hits each. Jimmy Rollins (Singles), Hunter Pence (Singles, 2 RBIs), and Raul Ibanez (Home Run, Single, 3 RBIs) all followed with two hits apiece. Ryan Howard (Home Run,  4 RBIs) and Roy Halladay (Single), had the other two Phils’ hits, as Howard had his first post-season RBIs since 2009.

The Phils (1-0) will continue their divisional series with the Cards (0-1) with a night game tonight. The game will be played at Citizens Bank Park and is to begin at 8:37 pm EDT. The Phils will send to the mound Cliff Lee (17-8, 2.40), who will be out to lead the Phils to a sweep at home. The Cards will counter with Chris Carpenter (11-9, 3.45), who will be pitching on three days rest, trying to send the Cards back to St. Louis with a split. The Phils will be going out to put themselves in the driver seat, planning to beat up on Carpenter, when the series heads for St. Louis.

The Phils rally to score four runs in the last two innings to take one from the Cubs, 4-2.

The Phils score four late innings runs to defeat the Cubs, 4-2.

The Cubs took a quick 2-0 lead in the first as, with a runner on second and with nobody out, Stalin Castro hits a two-run home run, his third home run of the season, knocking in Reed Johnson, who had started off the Cubs’ half of the first with a lead-off double. After that, Cliff Lee would spend the next six innings dodging several bullets as he gave up six more hits, all but one of them hard hit, as he struck out six batters, while keeping the Cubs from scoring any more runs, while Cubs’ starter Matt Garza pitched seven innings, as he kept the Phils’ offense off-balanced all night, giving up three hits and walked three batters, while striking out five Phils. The Phils were finally able to get onto the scoreboard in the eighth as, with two men on, and with nobody out, Chase Utley hits a two-run double, scoring Jimmy Rollins, who had started the inning off with a single, which led to Garza being taken out of the game, and being replaced by Sean Marshall, then stopping at second base as Michael Martinez greeted Marshall with a single, and Martinez, who has just singled, and just got home before the throw to the plate, tying the game up at two-all. The Phils then took the lead in the ninth as, with two men on, and with two men out, Martinez hits a two-run double, scoring pinch hitter Ben Francisco, who had earlier singled, then reached second base on an infield single by Rollins on a sharp grounder to third baseman Aramis Ramriez that bounced off his glove and went to shortstop Castro, and Rollins, who had just hit an infield single, giving the Phils a 4-2 lead, before he is thrown out trying to go to third on the throw home, 9-2-6-5, for the inning’s final out. That would be the final score as Antonio Bastardo collected his seventh save of the year as he pitched a 1-2-3 inning, striking out the side.

Cliff Lee received a no-decision as he pitched six innings, giving up two runs on eight hits, as he struck out six. Michael Stutes (4-1, 3.24) got the win as he went two innings, giving up two hits while striking out one. Antonio Bastardo picked up his seventh save of the season as he pitched a 1-2-3 inning, striking out the side. Matt Garza also received a no-decision as he went seven innings plus a batter, giving up a run on four hits and three walks, while he struck out five. Sean Marshall committed his third blown save of the season, before taking the lost (5-4, 3.18), as he pitched two innings, giving up three runs on five hits, while he struck out three.

The Phils had nine hits in the game, with Jimmy Rollins (Singles), Michael Martinez (Single, Double, 2 RBIs) and Dom Brown (Single, Double) led the team with two hits each. Chase Utley (Double, 2 RBIs), Carlos Ruiz (Single) and pinch hitter Ben Francisco (Single), had the other three Phils’ hits.

The Phils (60-36, 1st East) will conclude their series with the Cubs (39-59, 5th Central) with an afternoon game at Wrigley Field, which is about to start.

The Phils sweep the series behind the strong arm of Roy Halladay, 3-1.

The Phils finished their sweep of the punchless Padres behind the strong pitching of Roy Halladay, as they win, 3-1.

The Phils took the lead in the sixth as, with two men on, and with nobody out, Ben Francisco hits an RBI single, scoring Jimmy Rollins, who had earlier singled, then stopped at second base on Ryan Howard’s single, giving the Phils a 1-0 lead. The Phils then took a 2-0 lead as, with still two men on, and with still nobody outs, John Mayberry, Jr. hits an RBI double, scoring Howard, while sending Francisco on to third base. The Phils then made it 3-0 in the seventh as Shane Victorino hits a lead-off inside-the-park home run, his third home run of the season, on a ball that bounced off of right fielder’s Will Venable’s glove and then bounced into center field. The Padres finally scored a run in the ninth as, with two men on, and with two men out, Venable hits an RBI single, knocking in Jason Bartlett, who had earlier grounded into a force out, 1-6, forcing out Cameron Maybin, who had earlier singled, then went to second base on Chase Headley’s single, cutting the Phils’ lead down to 3-1, while sending Headley, who had earlier singled, would stop at second base. The Phils replaced Roy Halladay with Antonio Bastardo, who then ended the game with one pitch, recording his first save of the year by getting pinch hitter Nick Hundley to fly to right.

Roy Halladay (3-1, 2.41) got the win as he pitched eight and two-thirds innings, giving up only one run on five hits and a walk, while he struck out a career-tying fourteen batters. Antonio Bastardo converted his first save of the year as he get out the only man he would face. Wade LeBlanc (0-1, 3.38) took the lost as he pitched eight innings, giving up three runs on nine hits and four walks, while striking out two. Ernesto Frieri pitched a scoreless inning, striking out a batter. Doc dominated the Padres, as he struck out fourteen batters, striking out six in a row at one point.

The Phils had nine hits in the game, with Ryan Howard and Ben Francisco leading the team with two hits each, all singles, with Francisco knocking in a run. Shane Victorino (Home Run, RBI), Placido Polanco (Single), Jimmy Rollins (Single), John Mayberry, Jr. (Double, RBI), Mike Martinez (Single), had the other five Phils’ hits. The Phils’ offense once again scratched out a victory.

Phils (15-6, 1st NL East) will continued their western road trip with a three-game series with the D-backs (8-12, 4th NL West) with a game tomorrow night. The game will be played at Chase Field and will begin at 9:40 pm EDT (6:40 pm MDT). The Phils will send Cliff Lee (2-1, 3.91), who is coming off a no-decision against the Brewers on April 20, as he went six innings, giving up two runs on eight hits and one walk, as he struck out one, in the Phils’ 4-3 win. He will be going for his third win of the season, while trying to increase the Phils winning streak to six games. The D-backs will send to the mound Ian Kennedy (2-1, 5.64), who is coming off a win against the Reds on April 20, as he pitched five and one-thirds innings, giving up a run on four hits and a walk, while striking out three, in the D-backs’ 3-1 win. He will be trying to end the Phils present winning streak. The Phils will be out to increase their winning streak to six games.

The Phils lose their first game of the season as Cole Hamels’ problem with the Mets continue, as the Phils lose, 7-1.

Cole Hamels troubles with the Mets continue as he is knocked out of the box by the Mets starting pitcher in a six-run third inning, as the Phils drop one to the Mets, 7-1.

The Mets, after blowing a two on, no out, situation in the first, took a 2-0 lead in the third as, with the bases loaded, via a single by Chirs Young, a bunt single by Jose Reyes, that was not fielded cleanly by Cole Hamels, allowing Young to get to second base, and a walk to Angel Pagan, moving both runners up a base, and with noone out, David Wright hits a two-run single, knocking in both Young and Reyes, and sending Pagan to third. Two batters later, with runners now on second and third, after Wright had stolen second base, and with one man out, Pagan scored on a passed ball, giving the Mets a 3-0 lead, while Wright would move up to third base. The Mets then made it a 4-0 lead as, with two men on, after Scott Hairston had walked, and with still only one man out, Wright scored on Ike Davis’ RBI single, while Hairston would stop at second base. The Mets then took a 5-0 lead as Brad Emaus hits an RBI single, scoring Hairston, while sending Davis up to second base. Two batters later, with two men on, and now with two men out, the Mets made it a 6-0 lead as Young hits an RBI single, scoring Davis, while sending Emaus to second base, while knocking Hamels out of the ball game, as he was unable to get past the third inning. The Phils would get a run back in the fifth as, with two men on, and with one man out, Placido Polanco hits an RBI double, knocking in Wilson Valdez, who had earlier singled, then stole second base, making it a 6-1 Mets’ lead, while sending pinch hitter Michael Martinez, who had earlier walked, to third base. The Mets would get the run back in the sixth as, with a runner on second, and with two men out, Hairston hits an RBI single, knocking in Wright, who had earlier doubled, making it a 7-1 Mets’ lead, while Hairston would move up to second on the late throw to home plate. That would be the final score, as the Phils would be unable to mount a rally, thanks in part to the wind denying Ben Francisco a chance for a pair of home runs and three RBIs, as it knocked down a couple of deep hit fly balls to left.

Cole Hamels (0-1, 20.25) took the lost as he pitched only two and two-thirds innings, giving up six runs on seven hits and two walks, while he struck out three. Kyle Kendrick pitched two and a third scoreless innings, giving up two hits and a walk, while striking out one. David Herndon followed with an inning, giving up a run on two hits and a walk, while striking out one. J.C. Romero, Danys Baez and Antonio Bastardo combined for three scoreless innings, giving up two hits (Romero (1), Baez (1)), while striking out two (Romero (1), Bastardo (1)) between them. Chris Young (1-0, 1.69) got the win as he pitched five and a third innings, giving up a run on five hits and four walks, while striking out seven, as he effectively pitched himself out of a couple of jams. D.J. Carrasco pitched an inning and two-thirds, giving up a hit, while striking out a batter. Tim Byrdak and Bobby Parnell combined for two scoreless innings, giving up a hit (Parnell), while striking out one (Byrdak) between them. The Phils’ bullpen did a very admirable job the first time one of the team’s starters did not go deep into a ballgame, as they gave up only one run (Herndon) to the Mets after Hamels got knocked out of the box in the third inning.

The Phils had just seven hits in the game, with Raul Ibanez leading the team with two hits, both singles, as he raised his batting average to .267. Placido Polanco (Double, RBI), Jimmy Rollins (Single), Wilson Valdez (Single), pinch hitter Pete Orr (Single) and pinch hitter Ross Gload (Single), had the other five Phils’ hits, while Ben Francisco was robbed of a pair of home runs as the wind knocked down both of his hard shots to left field.

The Phils (3-1, T-1st) will continue their three games series with the Mets (3-1, T-1st) with a night game at Citizens Bank Park. Game time is 7:05 EDT. The Phils will send to the mound Joe Blanton (0-0, -.–), who is coming off a 9-6 2010, with a 4.82 ERA, finishing the season strong. He will be trying to get the Phils back on the winning track, while evening the series. The Mets will counter with Mike Pelfrey (0-1, 10.38), who is coming off a bad opening day start against the Marlins on April 1, as he pitched four and a third innings, giving up five runs on four hits and four walks, while he struck out two Marlins, in the Mets’ 6-2 lost. He will be trying to even his record, and give the Mets early control of first place. The Phils will be trying to regroup after last night’s lost, to regain sole possession of first place in the East.

In other news, Chase Utley did a little jogging before yesterday’s game to test the progress of his right leg. He is progressing, but he is still going to be out for a while. Shane Victorino went back into the lineup yesterday, but sadly went 0 for 5, with three strikeouts. During the weekend, Kyle Kendrick’s home in Washington state was broken into, with a number of items, including both his 2008 World Series and his 2009 NL rings, being stolen. Hopefully, the culprits will be found quickly and brought to justice.