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The Phils get shut out as they lose their first series of the season, losing to the Brew Crew, 9-0.

The Phils lose their first series of the young season as they are goose egged by the Brewers, 9-0.

The Brewers took a 1-0 lead in the second as, with a runner on second, and with two men out, George Kottaras hits an RBI single, knocking in Yuniesky Betancourt, who had just doubled, before going to second base on the throw home. The Brewers made it a 2-0 lead in the third as, again with two men out, Ryan Braun hits a solo home run, his fifth home run of the year. The Brewers then increased their lead in the sixth as, with two men on, and with one man out, Mark Kotsay hits an RBI single, knocking in Braun, who had earlier walked, then moved up to second base on Prince Fielder’s single, giving the Brewers a 3-0 lead, while sending Fielder, who had just singled, to second base. The Brewers then took a 4-0 lead in the seventh as, with two men on, and with two men out, Fielder hits an RBI single, scoring Rickie Weeks, who had earlier singled, then went to second on catcher’s Carlos Ruiz’s throwing error, while sending Braun, who had just walked, over to third. This would lead to Roy Halladay being replaced by David Herndon. Casey McGehee would welcome Herndon by hitting a three-run home run, his second home run of the season, scoring both Braun and Fielder, as he busted the game wide open, giving the Brewers a 7-0 lead. Four batters later, with the bases loaded, via a walk to Kotsay, a single to Betancourt, sending Kotsay to second base, and after Herndon is replaced on the mound by Mike Zagurski, a walk to Kottaras, moving both runners up a base, and with still two men out, the Brewers took a 9-0 lead on a single by pinch hitter Erick Almonte, knocking in both Kotsay and Betancourt, while sending Kottaras up to second base. That would be the final score as the Phils would go weakly in the last three innings.

Roy Halladay (2-1, 2.83) took the lost as he went six and two-thirds innings, giving up six runs on ten hits and two walks, while striking out only three. Not one of his better starts. David Herndon pitched to three batters, getting none of them out, as he gave up three runs on two hits and a walk. Mike Zugurski pitched a third of an inning, giving up a hit, while striking out a batter. Danys Baez pitched two scoreless innings, giving up a walk. Randy Wolf (2-2, 3.18) got the win as he pitched six strong innings, giving up only two hits and three walks, while striking out five. Sean Green, Zack Braddock and Mike McClendon combined for three scoreless innings, giving up just a walk (McClendon) between them.

The Phils had only two hits in the ballgame, a double by Shane Victorino and a single by Jimmy Rollins. The offense did not do anything last night, other than play dead.

The Phils (10-6, 1st) will conclude their series with the Brewers (9-8, T-1st) with an afternoon game, already in progress. The Phils will be trying to avoid a sweep.

The bats came out to play as the Phils pounded the Marlins, 10-6, to remain a half-game ahead of the Braves.

The Phils scored early and often as the bats produced ten runs behind Cole Hamels’ shut out pitching as the Phils defeated the Marlins, 10-6. Their lead in the East remains at half a game as the Braves avoided a sweep at the hands of the Pirates.

The Phils took the lead in the first as, with two men on, and with one man out, Ryan Howard hits a two-run single, knocking in Shane Victorino, who had earlier doubled, and then stole third as the lead man in a double steal, and Chase Utley, who had just walked, and stole second as the back end of the double steal, giving the Phils a 2-0 lead, before going on to second base on the late throw to the plate. The Phils made it a 3-0 lead in the second as, with the bases loaded, via a double by Raul Ibanez, a walk to Carlos Ruiz, and then a throwing error by Wes Helm as he tried to throw out Phils’ starter Cole Hamels on a sacrifice bunt attempt, as both Ibanez and Ruiz moved up a base, and with nobody out, Victorino hits into an RBI ground out, 5-3, scoring Ibanez, while both Ruiz and Hamels would move up a base. The Phils added to their lead in the third as, with two men on, and with two men out, Ruiz hits an RBI single, scoring Jimmy Rollins, who had earlier doubled, making it a 4-0 Phils’ lead, while sending Ibanez, who had just walked, up to second base. The Phils busted the game wide open in the fourth as, with two men on, and with one man out, Howard hits a three-run bomb to left, his twenty-eighth home run of the year, scoring Placido Polanco and Chase Utley, who had both singled, with Polanco stopping at second base on Utley’s single, giving the Phils a 7-0 lead. The Phils then made it 9-0 in the fifth as, with the bases once again loaded, via a single to Hamels, a double to Victorino, his second in the game, with Hamels stopping at third, and a walk to Polanco, and with nobody out, Utley hits a two-run single, scoring Hamels and Victorino, while sending Polanco up to second base. They added to their lead in the seventh as, with two men on, and with one man out, Howard hits an RBI single, for his sixth RBI of the game, knocking in Victorino, who had earlier singled, and then went to second when Utley was hit by the pitch, making it a 10-0 Phils’ lead, while sending Utley, who had just been hit by the pitch, to second base. Meanwhile, Cole Hamels had pitched seven scoreless innings, giving up only four hits and a walk to the fish, while striking out five. The Phils’ bullpen then came unglued in the eighth, as Nate Robertson took the mound in relief of Hamels. After striking out the lead-off batter, Mike Rivera, swinging, Robertson then gives up a single to Emilio Bonifacio, who then went to second on a Robertson wild pitch. Logan Morrison then followed with a walk, putting two men on base. The next batter, Gaby Sanchez, then puts the Marlins’ on the scoreboard as he hits a three-run home run, his seventeenth home run of the year, knocking in both Bonifacio and Morrison, making it a 10-3 Phils’ lead. Dan Uggla then walks. Mike Stanton then follows by striking out, swinging, for the inning’s second out. The next batter, Wes Helms, then gets on base with an infield single, as he beats Utley’s throw to first, while Uggla would move up to second base. The Marlins then cut down the Phils’ lead to 10-5 as Cameron Maybin hits a two-run double, scoring both Uggla and Helms, with Helms scoring as Paul Hoover is unable to hold onto Ibanez’s throw to the plate, for an error, as he allows Maybin to reach third on the throw. The Phils then made a pitching change, replacing Robertson with David Herndon, who is then greeted by pinch hitter Scott Cousins, who hits an RBI double, scoring Maybin, to make it a 10-6 Phils’ lead. Herndon then finally ended the inning by getting Rivera, who had started the inning as the Marlins had batted around, to ground out, 4-3. That would be the final score, as Ryan Madson would end the game by striking out Uggla, swinging.

Cole Hamels gets the win as he pitches seven scoreless innings, giving up just four hits and a walk, while striking out five. His record is now 10-10 with a reduced ERA of 3.06. Nate Robertson pitches two-thirds of an inning, as he gives up six runs on four hits and two walks, while he strikes out two. David Herndon pitches two thirds of an inning, giving up a hit and a walk. Ryan Madson also pitches two-thirds of an inning, getting out both men that he would face, one by strike out. Andrew Miller took the lost as he pitches four innings, giving up seven runs on eleven hits and three walks, while he strikes out five. His record is now 1-1 with a 6.16 ERA. Chris Leroux pitches an inning, giving up two runs on three hits and a walk, while striking out a batter. Jose Ceda pitches an inning and a third, giving up a run on two hits. Jay Buente and Burke Badenhop combine for a scoreless one and two-thirds innings, giving up two hits (one hit each), while striking out four (two batters each).

The Phils pounded out eighteen hits in the game, with every regular getting at least one hit. Shane Victorino and Ryan Howard both lead the team with three hits each, with Victorino’s hits being two doubles and a single, as he knocked in a run, while Howard’s hits were two singles and a three-run bomb, knocking in six runs. Chase Utley, Jimmy Rollins (before he was taken out of the game because of tightness in his right quad) and Raul Ibanez next follow with two hits each, with Utley’s hits being both singles, knocking in two runs, Rollins hits being a single and a double and Ibanez’s hits being also a single and a double. Placido Polanco, Jayson Werth, Carlos Ruiz, Cole Hamels, Wilson Valdez and Ross Gload had the other six Phils’ hits, with Polanco, Werth, Ruiz, Hamels and Valdez’s hits being singles, with Ruiz knocking in a run, and Gload’s hit being a double. In the game, the Phils had six extra-base hits (2B (5), HR (1)). The bats came out to pound the fish in support of Hamels, giving him plenty of runs support.

The Phils (81-60 1st) have the day off today, before they begin a three-game series with the Mets this weekend (69-71, 4th). The Phils will be hoping that they will be in New York with a full game lead in the East, as the Braves tonight start a four-games series with the Cardinals in Atlanta.

The Phils return to first place in the East after winning a wild battle with the pesky Marlins, 8-7.

The Phils regain first place in the NL East, as the Braves once again lose to the Pirates, as they will a wild game with the ever pesky Marlins, 8-7.

The Phils took the lead in the second as, with one man on, and with nobody out, Jimmy Rollins hits an RBI single, knocking in Ryan Howard, who had just doubled, giving the Phils a 1-0 lead. The Marlins tied the game up at one-all in the third as, with runners on second and third, and with one man out, Dan Uggla hits an RBI ground out, 6-3, scoring Emilio Bonifacio, who had earlier singled, moved up to second on Joe Blanton’s fielding error of Ryan Howard throw of a Logan Morrison’s grounder, and went to third on Hanley Ramirez’s ground out, 4-3, while Morrison, who was safe at first on Blanton’s error, and went to second on Ramirez’s ground out, would move up to third. The Marlins then took the lead as Gaby Sanchez hits an RBI single, scoring Morrison, giving the Marlins a 2-1 lead. The Marlins increased their lead to 3-1 in the fourth as, with a runner on third, and with nobody out, Brad Davis hits an RBI ground out, 5-3, scoring Cameron Maybin, who had earlier tripled. The Phils cut the Marlins’ lead to 3-2 in their half of the fourth as, with one man out, Raul Ibanez hits a solo home run, his thirteenth home run of the season. The Phils would tie the game up at three-all in the fifth as Shane Victorino started off the inning with a lead-off home run, his seventeenth home run of the year. Two batters later, with two men out, Howard gave the Phils a 4-3 lead as he hits a solo home, his twenty-seventh home run of the season.  Two batters later, with a runner on second, and still with two men out, Ibanez hits an RBI single, knocking in Rollins, who had earlier singled, and then stole second base, making it a 5-3 Phils’ lead. In the seventh, the Marlins cut the Phils’ lead down to 5-4 as, with one man on, and with two men out, Morrison hits an RBI double, scoring Bonifacio, who had earlier walked, before going to third on the late throw to the plate. But Chad Durbin got the Phils out of more trouble, as he would got Ramirez to foul out to Howard for the inning’s second out, and after walking Uggla to put runners on the corners, gets Sanchez to end the inning by flying out to right. The Phils then added to their lead in their half of the seventh as, with runners on the corners, and with one man out, Rollins hits a sacrifice fly, scoring Placido Polanco, who had earlier singled, went to second on Davis’ passed ball, then went to third on Chase Utley’s ground out, 3-unassisted, making it a 6-4 Phils’ lead. One batter later, the Phils made it a 7-4 lead as Ibanez hits an RBI triple, scoring Howard, who had earlier been intentionally walked. The Marlins then came back again as the Phils’ bullpen had a meltdown in the eighth. Mike Stanton lead-off the inning by hitting a solo home run off of Jose Contreras, his eighteenth home run of the year, making it a 7-5 Phils’ lead. Three batters later, with a runner on second, and with two men out, Bonifacio hits a single to right, sending Davis, who had earlier doubled, towards home, before he was stopped by the Marlins’ third base coach. But then, Jayson Werth tried to throw Davis out at third, making a bad throw, thus allowing Davis to score after all, making it a 7-6 Phils’ lead on Werth’s throwing error, while allowing Bonifacio to move up to second base. Contreras is then replaced with J.C. Romero, who then commits a balk, allowing Bonifacio to go to third, before walking Morrison, putting runners on the corners, with still two men out. Ryan Madson is then brought in to replace Romero, and then threw a wild pitch, which allowed Bonifacio to score the tying run, tying the game up at seven-all, while allowing Morrison to reach second base. But Madson then ended the inning by striking out Ramirez. The Phils regained the lead in their half of the eighth as, with a runner on second, and with two men out, Polanco hits an RBI single, scoring Victorino, who had earlier singled, and then stole second base, giving the Phils an 8-7 lead. That would be the final score as Madson pitched the ninth, ending the game by striking out pinch hitter Wes Helms swinging.

Joe Blanton receives a no-decision as he pitches six and a third innings, giving up four runs, only two of which were earned, on six hits and two walks, while he struck out five. Antonio Bastardo pitches to one batter, giving up a hit. Chad Durbin collects his thirteenth hold of the year as he pitches two-thirds of an inning, walking a batter. Jose Contreras also collects his thirteenth hold of the season, as he pitches two-thirds of an inning, giving up three runs, two of which were earned, on three hits. J.C. Romero pitches to one batter, walking him, while also committing a balk. Ryan Madson committed his fifth blown save of the year, before winning the game, as he pitches an inning and a third, giving up a walk, while he strikes out three. His record is now 5-2 with an ERA of 2.74. Chris Volstad also receives a no-decision as he pitches five innings, giving up five runs on nine hits and a walk, while striking out four. Brian Sanches pitches a 1-2-3 inning, striking out a batter. Jorge Sosa pitches an inning, giving up two runs on two hits and a walk. Jose Veras took the lost as he pitches an inning, giving up a run on two hits. His record is now 2-2 with a 3.00 ERA.

The Phils had thirteen hits in the game, with Placido Polanco and Raul Ibanez both leading the team with three hits each, with Polanco’s hits being all singles, as he knock in a run, while Ibanez was a double short of hitting the cycle, as he had a single, a triple and a solo home run, knocking in three runs. Shane Victorino, Ryan Howard and Jimmy Rollins all follow with two hits each, with Victorino’s two hits being a single and a solo home run, knocking in a run, with Rollins’ two hits being singles, knocking in two runs, one by sac fly, and Howard’s two hits being a double and a home run, knocking in a run. Carlos Ruiz had the other Phil hit, a double. The offense opened up to help overcome some defensive boners and several less then stellar bullpen performances to regain first place from the Braves.

The Phils (80-60, 1st) will conclude their series with the Marlins (70-68, 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 (9-10, 3.18), as he is coming off a win against the Brewers on September 3, as he went seven shut out innings, giving up three hits and three walks, while striking out seven, in the Phils’ 1-0 win. In his last three starts, his record is 2-0 with a no-decision, as he pitched twenty-two strong innings, giving up only two runs on twelve hits and four walks, while striking out twenty-one. He will be trying to even up his record, while hoping to increase the Phils’ lead in the NL East. The Marlins will counter with Andrew Miller (1-0, 3.60), who is coming off a win against the Braves on September 3, as he pitched five innings, giving up a run on seven hits and three walks, while striking out six, in the Marlins’ 6-1 win. In his last three mound appearances, he is 1-0, as he pitched ten innings, giving up six runs, five of which were earned, on thirteen hits and seven walks, while striking out eight. He will be trying to give the Marlins a chance for a series split. The Phils will be trying to end their latest successful home stand with a win, and staying in first place, before heading off to meet the Mets for three, while hoping that the Pirates can end up sweeping the Braves.

What we have here is a failure to score runs for Hamels. Giants defeat the Phils, 5-2.

The Phils’ offense have once again fail to give runs support to Cole Hamels as he this time get lit up by the Giants’ offense as the Phils lose, 5-2.

The Giants took the lead in the first as, with a runner on second, and with one man out, Buster Posey hits an RBI double, knocking in Freddy Sanchez, who had earlier singled, then moved up to second on a wild pitch, giving the Giants a 1-0 lead. Two batters later, after Pat Burrell has walked, the Giants made it 2-0 as Jose Guillen hits an RBI single, scoring Posey, while sending Burrell to third. The Giants then made it a 3-0 lead as Juan Uribe hits an RBI single of his own, scoring Burrell, while sending Guillen up to second base. The Giants added to their lead in the third as, with one man on, and with nobody out, Posey hits an RBI double, knocking in F. Sanchez, who had earlier singled, giving the Giants a 4-0 lead. The Giants then made it 5-0 in the fourth as Pablo Sandoval hits a lead-off home run, his ninth home run of the season. After that, the Giants are kept off the scoreboard, while Giants’ starter Jonathan Sanchez keep the Phils’ bats silent for eight innings, allowing only one hit, a single by Shane Victorino, with two men out in the third, two walks, and a hit batter before running into trouble in the ninth. Victorino would start the inning off with a single. After J. Sanchez falls behind Placido Polanco 2-0, he is replaced with Sergio Romo, who then gets Polanco to fly out to left for the inning’s first out. Chase Utley then followed with a single, sending Victorino up to second base. Jayson Werth then strikes out, swinging, for the inning’s second out, bringing Mike Sweeney up to the plate. With the count 1-2, Sweeney gets the Phils on the board with a two-run double, scoring both Victorino and Utley, making it a 5-2 Giants’ lead. But that would be it as Brian Wilson, who replaces Romo on the mound, records his thirty-fourth save by getting Raul Ibanez to fly out to left for the game’s final out.

Cole Hamels took the lost as he pitches five innings, giving up five runs on seven hits and a walk, while striking out five. His record is now 7-10 with a 3.51 ERA. David Herndon and Danys Baez combine for four scoreless innings, giving up only one hit (Baez), while striking out four (Herndon (3), Baez (1)). Jonathan Sanchez gets the win as he pitches eight innings plus two batters, giving up a run on two hits, two walks and a hit batter, while striking out seven. His record is now 9-8 with a 3.47 ERA. Segio Romo pitches two-thirds of an inning, giving up a run on two hits, while striking out a batter. Brian Wilson records his thirty-fourth save of the year as he pitches a third of an inning, getting out the only man that he would face.

The Phils only had four hits in the game with Shane Victorino leading the team with two hits, both singles. He is followed by Chase Utley and Mike Sweeney who both had a hit, a single for Utley and a two-run double for Sweeney. The rest of the bats were kept silent, as J. Sanchez handle them very easily, thanks in part to the bats being a bit too aggressive at times. For the third straight game, the offense gave Hamels no runs or hit support. Guys, this has got to stop. Hamels is holding up his end of the bargain, even if last night’s game was a clunker, how about holding up yours by scoring some runs for him?!?

The Phils (68-52, 2nd) will now start a three-game series with the Nationals (52-59, 5th), with a night game tonight. The game will be played at Citizens Bank Park and will start at 7:05 pm Eastern. The Phils will send to the mound their ace Roy Halladay (15-8, 2.24), who is coming off a win against the Mets on August 14, as he went eight strong innings, giving up four hits, while he struck out seven, in the Phils’ 4-0 win. In his last three starts, he is 3-0, pitching twenty-two innings, giving up six runs on eighteen hits, while he struck out twenty-six batters. He will be going for his sixteenth win of the season. The Nats will counter with Jason Marquis (0-5, 14.33), who is coming off a lost against the D-backs on August 14, as he pitched four innings, giving up five runs on seven hits and two walks, while striking out only two, in the Nats’ 9-2 lost. In his last three starts, his record is 0-3, as he pitched only eight plus innings, giving up fourteen runs on sixteen hits and five walks, while striking out five. He will be trying to record his first win of the year. The Phils’ bats will be hoping to slice up the presently luckless Marquis while hoping that Halladay will once again handle the Nats with little trouble.

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.

The Phils win their third straight extra-inning walk-off win on a two-out single by Jimmy Rollins as the Phils defeat the Reds, 1-0.

In a very close game that started out as a pitchers’ duel between a shut out (Roy Halladay) and a no-hit bid (Travis Wood), the game ended as an extra-inning Phils win as Jimmy Rollins hits a two out single in the bottom of the eleventh to defeat the Reds for their third straight extra-inning walk-off win, 1-0. The three straight walk-off wins have occurred for the first time in the club’s history.

For the first seven innings the game developed into a classic pitchers’ duel between veteran Roy Halladay and rookie Travis Wood, in which Halladay would give up three hits and a walk, helped by two doubleplays, as he struck out six, whle Wood got out the first twenty-one men that he would face, thanks mostly to the batters chasing his high fastball, as he struck out eight batters. In the eight, the Reds threathen to take the lead as Miguel Cairo got on base with a lead-off double off of Ryan Howard’s glove. The next batter, Drew Stubbs moved Cairo up to third base on a sacrifice bunt, 5-4, for the first out. But Halladay got out of the inning by getting strike outs numbers seven and eight by getting Ryan Hanigan swinging for out number two and then Travis Wood swinging for the final out. After Wood set down batters twenty-two to twenty-four in the Phils’ half of the eighth, Halladay also put down the Reds in the top of the ninth, striking out victim number nine, although giving up his fifth and final hit of the game. In the Phils’ half of the ninth, Carlos Ruiz broke up Wood’s no-hit bid with a lead-off double to center. The next batter, pinch hitter Wilson Valdez then messes up a bunt attempt by popping up to the third baseman for the first out. The following hitter, pinch hitter Raul Ibanez flied out to center field for the inning’s second out, sending Ruiz to third, which might have won the game if Valdez had done his job. Jimmy Rollins then ended the inning by popping out to the first baseman, sending the game into extra-innings for the third straight game. The Reds then tried to take the lead against Brad Lidge in the tenth as Jay Bruce started the inning off with a lead-off double. Cairo followed with a sacrifice bunt, 1-4, sending Bruce on to third with one man out. After Lidge had walked Stubbs to put runners on the corners, Stubbs then stole second base to put runners on second and third, with one man out. Hanigan then followed by striking out swinging for out number two. The next batter, pinch hitter Laynce Nix is then intentionally walked to load up the bases, bringing up Brandon Phillips, who then flied out to center to end the inning. The Phils then went down in the tenth, making no real threat against first Nick Masset, then Bill Bray, although getting one hit in the inning. In the top of the eleventh, Jose Contreras puts down the Reds 1-2-3, striking out two batters. Then in the Phils’ half of the eleventh, they made their second major threat of the game as, after Cody Ransom strikes out for the inning’s first out, Ruiz hit his second double of the ballgame, this time to left. Valdez is then intentionally walked to put two men on with one out. Pinch hitter Ross Gload then flies out to right for the inning’s second out. Bray is then replaced on the mound by Logan Ondrusek, to face Rollins. On an 1-0 fastball, Rollins hits it near the right field line, scoring Ruiz from second, winning the game 1-0, on a walk-off single.

Roy Halladay receives a no-decision as he pitches nine strong innings, giving up just five hits and a walk, while striking out nine. Brad Lidge pitches a scoreless innings, giving up just one hit and two walks, while striking out a batter. Jose Contreras gets the win as he pitches a 1-2-3 scoreless inning, striking out two. His record is now 4-3 with a 2.83 ERA. Travis Wood also receives a no-decision as he pitches nine shut out innings as well, giving up just one hit, while striking out eight. Nick Masset pitches a third of an inning, giving up a hit. Bill Bray took the lost as he pitches an inning and a third, giving up a run on one hit and a walk, while striking out a batter. His record is now 0-1 with a 4.50 ERA. Logan Ondrusek pitches to one batter, giving up a hit which ends the game.

The Phils had only four hits in the game, with Carlos Ruiz leading the team with two hits, both doubles, scoring the game’s only run. Jimmy Rollins and Jayson Werth had the other two Phils’ hits, both singles, with Rollins’ single knocking in the game’s only run.

The Phils (46-40, 3rd NL East) will conclude their four-game series with the Reds (49-40, 1st NL Central) with an afternoon game, already in progress, with the Phils leading. The Phils will be trying to enter the all-star break with a series sweep.

A pair of three-run bombs help propel the Phils past the Dodgers, 8-6, to take a 1-0 lead in the 2009 NLCS.

Two three-run home runs by Carlos Ruiz and Raul Ibanez and a two-run double by Ryan Howard help lead the Phils to an 8-6 victory in the first game of the 2009 National League Championship Series. The Phils lead the seven-games series with the Dodgers, 1-0.

The Dodgers struck first in the bottom of the second as James Loney hits a solo home run, his first in the series, over the right field fence to give the Dodgers a 1-0 lead. The game then developed into a pitchers’ duel for the first four innings between Phils’ starter Cole Hamels and Dodgers’ starter Clayton Kershaw. During those four innings, Kershaw had the Phils’ bats quieted, giving up only one hit and two walks, while striking out two batters. Meanwhile, Hamels, besides Loney’s home run, gave up three hits and a walk, pitching himself out of a two on, two out jam in the first inning, while striking out three Dodgers. The Phils then struck in the fifth as, with two men on, via a single to Raul Ibanez, who then moved up to second on a wild pitch, and then a walk to Pedro Feliz, and with nobody out, Carlos Ruiz hits a three-run shot to left, his first home run of the series, scoring both Ibanez and Feliz, giving the Phils a 3-1 lead. Five batters later, with two men on, and with two men out, Ryan Howard hits a two-run double, scoring Jimmy Rollins, who got on base on a force out, wiping out Hamels at second, who had earlier walked, then moved up to second on a wild pitch as Shane Victorino struck out, swinging, and then moved to third on the third wild pitch in the inning, and Chase Utley, who had just walked, to give the Phils a 5-1 lead. The Dodgers then came back in their half of the inning as, with runners on the corners, and with one out, Andre Ethier hits into a force out, 6-4, knocking in Russell Martin, who had earlier hit a ground-rule double, and then went to third on Rafael Furcal’s single, making it a 5-2 Phils’ lead, as Furcal, who had just singled, was forced out at second base, before Ethier would move up to second as Utley’s throw to first went into the Phils’ dugout. The next batter, Manny Ramirez, then made it a 5-4 Phils’ lead, as he hits a two-run home run into left center field, his first home run of the series, scoring Ethier. The Dodgers would threathen to score in the sixth, as they loaded up the bases on singles by Loney and Ronnie Belliard and a walk to pinch hitter Jim Thome, who was then pinch run for by Randy Wolf, with two men out. But, J.A. Happ, who was pitching in relief of Chad Durbin, who had earlier come in in relief of Hamels, ended the inning by getting Furcal to ground out, 4-3. The Dodgers then threathen again in the seventh as Ethier lead off the inning with a double. But, Chan Ho Park, pitching in relief of Antonio Bastardo, turned back the Dodgers by getting Ramirez to ground out, 5-3, then struck out Matt Kemp, swinging, before ending the inning by getting Casey Blake to also ground out, 4-3. The Phils then increased their lead in the eighth as, with two men on, and with nobody out, Ibanez hits a three-run bomb to right, knocking in Howard and Jayson Werth, who had both walked, giving the Phils an 8-4 lead. The Dodgers then tried to come back in their half of the eighth as, with two men on, and with nobody out, Martin hits an RBI single, knocking in Loney, who had earlier singled, and then moved up to second on Belliard’s single, cutting the Phils’ lead to 8-5, while sending Belliard, who had just singled, over to second. Two batters later, after pinch hitter Juan Pierre hits into a force out, 1-4, as a low throw to second from reliever Ryan Madson killed a possible double play attempt, wiping out Martin at second, while Belliard moved up to third, Furcal hits a sacrifice fly for the inning’s second out, knocking in Belliard, to make it an 8-6 Phils’ lead. Madson would then get out of the inning by getting Ramirez to ground out 5-3, with runners on first and third. Brad Lidge was then given the ball in the ninth to save it. Lidge was greeted with a lead-off single by Kemp. But, he then got Blake to hit into a 4-6-3 double play, wiping out Kemp at second base, for outs number one and two. Loney then worked a walk, after falling behind 0-2, to keep the game alive. After Loney took second on defensive indifference, Lidge finally recorded the save, his first for the series, by getting Belliard to pop up to Rollins for the final out.

Cole Hamels got the win, as he pitched five and one-third innings, giving up four runs on eight hits and a walk, while striking out four. His record in the series is now 1-0 with a 6.75 ERA. Chad Durbin picked up his first hold of the series as he pitched a third of an inning, getting out the only man that he would face. J.A. Happ also picked up his first series hold as he pitched a third of an inning, giving up a walk. Antonio Bastardo pitched to one batter, giving up a hit. Chan Ho Park got his first hold as he pitched a scoreless inning, as he struck out a batter. Ryan Madson pitched an inning, as he gave up two runs on four hits. Brad Lidge got the save, his first in the series, as he pitched a scoreless inning, giving up a hit and a walk. Clayton Kershaw took the lost as he went just four and two-thirds innings, giving up five runs on four hits, five walks and three wild pitches, while he struck out three. His series record is now 0-1 with a 9.64 ERA. Ramon Troncoso pitched a third of an inning, getting out the only batter he would face. Ronald Belisario and Hong-Chih Kuo combined for two scoreless innings, giving up just one hit (Kuo), while striking out two (Kuo). George Sherrill pitched an inning, giving up three runs on two hits and two walks. Jonathan Broxton pitched a scoreless inning, giving up a hit, while he struck out a batter.

The Phils had only eight hits in the game, making the most of them, along with the seven walks that they received. Shane Victorino, Raul Ibanez and Carlos Ruiz led the team with two hits apiece, with both Ibanez and Ruiz each hitting a three-run home run. Jimmy Rollins and Ryan Howard had the other two Phils’ hits, with Howard’s hit being a two-run double. The Phils did very well with runners in scoring position as they went 3 for 5.

The Phils (1-0) continues their NL Championship Series with the Dodgers (0-1) with an afternoon game at Dodgers Stadium. The game will start at 4:07 pm Eastern (1:07 pm Pacific). The Phils will send to the mound Pedro Martinez (5-1, 3.63), who last pitched on September 30 against the Astros, as he went only four innings, giving up three runs on six hits and a walk, while striking out two as he received a no-decision in the Phils’ 10-3 win, as they clinched the NL East pennant. This will be his first start of the 2009 post-season, as he hope to give the Phils a chance to take a 2-0 lead back to Philadelphia. The Dodgers will counter with Vicente Padilla (12-6 (4-0), 4.46 (3.20)), who is coming off a win against the Rockies on October 4, as he pitched five innings, giving up just a run on four hits, as he struck out ten, in the Dodgers’ 5-3 win. He will be trying to even up the series before the two teams head for Philadelphia. The Phillies hope to continue their road success before they head back home to continue the series with home field advantage.