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Bullpen is unable to hold one-run lead as the Phils fall to the Braves, 4-2.

The Phillies’ bullpen is unable to hold onto a one-run lead late in the ballgame as the Phils fall to the Braves, 4-2.

The Braves took a 1-0 lead in the first, as, with the bases loaded, and nobody out, Garret Anderson hits a sacrifice fly, knocking in Kelly Johnson, who had earlier singled, had gone to second base after Yunel Escobar had been hit by the pitch, and had gone on to third when Clipper Jones was walked. The Phils would tie the game at one-all in the second, when, with runners on first and second, and one man out, Pedro Feliz hits an RBI single, knocking in Ryan Howard, who had earlier doubled, while sending to third Matt Stairs, who had earlier walked. The game then became a pitchers’ duel between Phillies’ starter Brett Myers and Braves’ starter Kenshin Kawakami, as Myers would pitch himself out of constant trouble while Kawakami kept the Phils’ bats under control. The Phils took the lead in the sixth, as, with a man on, and one out, Stairs hits an RBI double, knocking in Howard, who had earlier doubled, making it 2-1 Phils. The Braves took the lead in the seventh, as, with the bases loaded, via singles to Escobar and Anderson, and a walk to Brian McCann, and two men out, Casey Kotchman hits a weak grounder up the middle that got through the infield for a two-run single, scoring both Escobar and Anderson, making it a 3-2 Braves’ lead, while sending McCann up to second base. The Braves made it a 4-2 game in the ninth, as, with a runner on first and two outs, Kotchman hits an RBI double, scoring Greg Norton, who had earlier walked. That would end up being the final score as the Phils got shut down in the ninth.

Brett Myers got a no-decision as he pitched a good game, giving up only one run on five scattered hits and two walks, while striking out three. Jack Taschner had his first blown save of the year as he took the lost as he pitched only two-thirds of an inning, giving up two runs on three hits and a walk. His record is now 1-1 with a 5.14 ERA. Chad Durbin pitched an inning and a third, giving up only one hit, as he struck out one. Brad Lidge pitched an inning, giving up a run on a hit and a walk. Kenshin Kawakami got the win as he pitched six strong innings against the Phils, giving up two runs on five hits and four walks, as he struck out six. His record is now 2-4 with a 5.79 ERA. Eric O’Flaherty held his third lead of the season as he pitched a scoreless inning, as he struck out a batter. Mike Gonzalez, normally the Braves’ closer, pitched a scoreless inning as he received his first hold of the year, giving up only a walk. Rafeal Soriano collected his third save of the year as he pitched a scoreless ninth, giving up only one hit, while striking out a batter.

The Phillies had only six hits in the ballgame, with Ryan Howard and Matt Stairs each collecting two, including three doubles (two of them for Howard) and a single. Pedro Feliz and pinch hitter Miguel Cairo got the other two hits, both singles. Feliz and Stairs had the Phils two RBIs. Although getting a no-decision, as he pitched his fourth quality start in his last five, as the bullpen is unable to hold the lead for him, Myers has pitched his best game so far this season, mainly because he had established control early in the game by pitching inside to batters, getting them off the plate. Things would probably become even better for Myers once he can put together a 1-2-3 first inning and stop giving up the long ball, as he is presently the Phils’ best starter.

The Phillies (15-14, 3rd) have the day off today. Their next game will be played tomorrow night against the Los Angeles Dodgers (22-11, 1st National League West). The game will start at 7:05 pm Eastern at Citizens Bank Park.

Howard’s second grand slam of the year help to propel the Phils to a 6-1 win over the Cardinals.

Ryan Howard hits his second grand slam of the season, which placed him in a first place tie with Mike Schmidt for the most career grand slams hit by a Phil with seven each, help propel the Phils to a 6-1 win over the Central Division-leading Cardinals, as Joe Blanton collected his first victory of the 2009 season.

The Cardinals took a quick 1-0 lead in the third, as, with a runner on second, and two outs, Joe Thurston hits an RBI ground rule double, scoring Cardinals’ starter Kyle Lohse, who had earlier reached first base after being hit by the pitch, and had moved on to second on Skip Schumaker’s ground out, 1-3. The Phils took in the lead in the fourth, as, with one man on, and nobody out, Jayson Werth hits a two-run home run, his third home run of the year, knocking in Ryan Howard, who had earlier singled, making it 2-1 Phillies. In the fifth, with the bases loaded, via singles to Jimmy Rollins and Shane Victorino and Chase Utley being hit by the pitch, and with only one out, Howard drilled a 1-1 slider into right field for a grand slam home run, his fifth home run of the year, his second grand slam of the season, and the seventh of his career, knocking in Rollins, Victorino and Utley, as the Phils took a 6-1 lead. The Cardinals would threathen to get back into the ballgame in the bottom of the sixth, as they loaded up the bases via a walk to Ryan Ludwick, Rick Ankiel being hit by the pitch and Yadier Molina reaching base on a fielder’s choice grounder to Pedro Feliz, who was unable to throw out Ankiel at second base, with only one man out. But Blanton would get out of the jam by first striking out Tyler Greene swinging on a 3-2 fastball for the inning’s second out, and then getting pinch hitter Brian Barden to hit into a 6-4 force out at second base, wiping out Molina. That would be it for the Cardinals as the Phillies’ bullpen would take over and allow only two Cardinals’ batters to reach base during the last three innings. Meanwhile, in the eighth, Ankiel would be taken out of the game, after having make a catch of a fly ball hit by Feliz, as he tripped on his feet and ended up slamming into the outfield wall, head first. He would be driven out of the ballgame, giving a thumbs up to the fans signalling that he was okay. Hopefully, he is, as X-rays and a CT scan taken later has both proven negative.

Joe Blanton took the win, as he pitched six strong innings, giving up a run on four hits, two walks and two hit batters, while striking out three. His record is now 1-2 with an ERA of 6.84. Scott Eyre, Ryan Madson and Chad Durbin then came in to pitch three scoreless innings, giving up only one hit (Eyre) and a hit batter (Durbin). Kyle Lohse took the lost, as he was able to go only four and a third innings, giving up six runs on seven hits, two walks and a hit batter, while he struck out four. His record is now 3-1 with a 3.22 ERA. Trever Miller pitched a third of an inning, giving up no hits, while he struck out a batter. Blaine Boyer pitched a scoreless inning, striking out a batter. Denny Reyes pitched two-thirds of an inning, giving up a hit, as he struck out two. Kyle McClellan pitched a third of an inning, striking out the only man he would face. Ryan Franklin and Brad Thompson would each pitch a scoreless inning, with each pitcher striking out a batter.

The Phillies had eight hits in the game, with Jayson Werth and Ryan Howard both leading the team with two hits each. Werth’s hits would be a double and a two-run home run, raising his batting average to .262, while Howard’s hits would be a single and a grand slam home run, raising his average to .293. Jimmy Rollins, Shane Victorino, Chase Utley and Carlos Ruiz would get the other four Phillies’ hits, all singles. Werth (2) and Howard (4) would collect the Phils six RBIs.

The Phillies (13-10, 2nd National League East) will conclude their two-games series with the Cardinals (17-9, 1st National League Central), in St. Louis. The game will be played tonight at Busch Stadium (III) and will begin at 8:15 pm Eastern (7:15 pm Central). The Phils will send to the mound Brett Myers (1-2, 4.83), who is coming off a lost to the Nationals on April 29, where he went six innings, giving up three runs on eight hits and three walks, while striking out three, in the Phillies’ 4-1 lost. He will be trying to even up his record, while also going for his fourth straight quality start. His opponent will be Adam Wainwright (3-0, 2.76), who is coming off a win against the Braves, also on April 29, as he pitched six innings, giving up just two runs on seven hits and five walks, while striking out two, in the Cardinals’ 5-3 win. He will be going for his fourth win of the year. The Phillies will be trying to leave St. Louis with a series sweep, before going on to New York for their first visit to the new Citi Field. 

Phillies waste good pitching effort by Joe Blanton as they lose to the Brewers, 3-1.

The Phillies are unable to capitalize on a quality start by Joe Blanton as they were unable to light up their usual victim Braden Looper, as they lose to the Brewers, 3-1.

The game’s first four innings involved a pitchers’ duel between Phillies’ starter Joe Blanton and Brewers’ starter Braden Looper, as the former gave up just four singles to the Brew Crew, while the latter gave up only three singles and a walk to the Phils, with each pitcher being in just one major jam during those four innings. Things then changed in the fifth, when, with one man out, J.J. Hardy hits a solo home run, his third home run of the year, giving the Brewers a 1-0 lead. The Brewers added to their lead in the sixth, when, with two men on base, and two men out, Mike Cameron hits a two-run double, scoring both Corey Hart, who had earlier singled and had moved over to second base on Ryan Braun’s walk, and Braun, making it 3-0 Brewers. The score would remain that way until the bottom of the ninth when, with one out, Jayson Werth hits a solo home run, his second home run of the year, putting the Phils finally on the board as he made it a 3-1 Milwaukee lead. Raul Ibanez then followed with a single, bringing the tying run to the plate. The next batter, Pedro Feliz, then hits into a force out, 5-4, as Ibanez is cut down at second base. Pinch hitter Matt Stairs then came to the plate, looking to tie the score with one swing of the bat. Instead, he hits a single, putting runners on first and third, as Feliz moved over to third, with still two men out. As Eric Bruntlett went to first base to pinch run for Stairs, Chris Coste came out to pinch hit. Coste ended the ballgame by striking out, swinging, and being thrown out at first, 2-3, when the ball is dropped by Brewers’ catcher Jason Kendall, as Todd Coffey was finally able to record his second save of the year.

Joe Blanton took the lost inspite of throwing a quality start, as he went six strong innings, giving up three runs on eight hits and a walk, while striking out five. His record is 0-2 with a 7.31 ERA. Chad Durbin pitched a scoreless inning in relief, giving up no hits as he struck out one. Clay Condrey pitched two-thirds of an inning, giving up no runs on a walk, striking out two. Scott Eyre pitched a third of an inning, getting out the only man he would face. Ryan Madson pitched a scoreless ninth, walking a batting while striking out one. Braden Looper got the win as he threw six shut out innings, giving up just five scattered hits and walking two. His record is now 1-1 with a 2.12 ERA. Mark DiFelice pitched a scoreless inning, giving up no hits as he struck out two. Carlos Villanueva also pitched a scoreless inning, while holding the lead, giving up no hits. Todd Coffey got the save, his second of the season, as he gave up a run on three hits, while he struck out two.

The Phillies had only eight hits in the game, with Jayson Werth leading the team with two hits, a single and a home run, for the team’s only RBI. Werth’s two hits raised his average to .306. Jimmy Rollins, Shane Victorino, Chase Utley, Raul Ibanez, Matt Stairs and Joe Blanton got the other six hits, all singles, as the Phillies were unable to put together an offensive attack during the ballgame until it was too late to have any effect.

The Phillies (6-7) conclude their three-games set with the Brewers (5-9) this afternoon at Citizens Bank Park. The game is presently in progress. The Phils send to the mound their ace Cole Hamles (0-1, 11.17), who is coming off a no-decision against the Padres on April 17, as he pitched six innings, giving up five runs on eight hits and a walk, while striking out four, in the Phillies’ 8-7 lost. He will be looking for his first win while looking to improve on both his control and ball speed. His opponent will be Dave Bush (0-0, 5.40), who is coming off his second straight no-decision, although pitching better in his April 11 start against the Cubs, as he went six and a third innings, giving up three runs on six hits and two walks, while striking out five, in the Brewers’ 6-5 lost. He will also be trying for his first win of the season. The Phillies will be trying to win their first series at home.

Brad Lidge blows his first save as a Phil, as the Phils fall once again to the Padres, 8-5.

All good things must come to an end, and in the case of Brad Lidge, its his save opportunity streak, which ends at forty-seven regular season saves in a row, as he blows his first save opportunity since coming to the Phils, giving up four runs in the ninth inning, as the Phillies lose to the hot Padres, 8-5.

The Phillies took a quick 1-0 lead in the second, as Raul Ibanez hit a one-out, solo home run, his fourth home run of the year. The Padres would take the lead in the top of the third as Adrian Gonzalez hit a two-out, two-run home run, his fourth home run of the year, knocking in Jody Gerut, who had gotten on base earlier via a strike out-wild pitch by Brett Myers, moved on to second on David Eckstein’s single, and then had gone over to third on Brian Giles’ 4-6-3 double play, with Eckstein being wiped out at second, giving the Padres a 2-1 lead. The Padres increased their lead to 3-1 in the fifth, as Giles hit an RBI double, knocking in Eckstein, who had earlier doubled. Myers would get that run back in the bottom half of the inning, by hitting a lead-off double, going to third on Jimmy Rollins’ fly out to center, and then scoring on a sacrifice fly to center by Shane Victorino, beating out Gerut’s bad throw to the plate, making it a 3-2 Padres’ lead. In the sixth, Ryan Howard would tie the game up at three-all as he hits a lead-off home run, his second home run of the year. The Padres regain the lead in the eighth as Nick Hundley hit an RBI single, scoring Chase Headley, who had earlier walked and had gone on to second on Kevin Kouzmanoff’s single, making it 4-3 Padres. The Phillies would tie the game up at four-all in the bottom of the eighth as Chase Utley hit a lead-off, solo home run, his third home run of the season. The Phillies then took the lead as Pedro Feliz hit a sacrifice fly, knocking in Ibanez, who had earlier singled and had gone over to third on Jayson Werth’s single. The Phils then handed the ball over to Brad Lidge to save the game. Sadly, it was not to be as Lidge gave up a lead-off double to Gerut, who then moved on to third on Eckstein’s ground out, 4-3, for the inning’s first out. Gerut then crossed the plate, tying up the score up at five-all, on a ground out to the right side by Giles, 3-1, for the inning’s second out. Three batters later, the Padres would take the lead again as Kouzmanoff hit a three-run home run, his first home run of the season, knocking in Gonzalez and Headley, who had both gotten on base with walks. In the bottom of the ninth, Heath Bell recorded his seventh save of the year by pitching a 1-2-3 inning, thus handing Lidge his lost as a Phillie pitcher.

Brett Myers got a no-decision, as he pitched a quality start, going six and two-thirds innings, giving up three runs on six hits and four walks, while he struck out six. Scott Eyre pitched a third of an inning, striking out the only man he would face. Ryan Madson pitched an inning, giving up a run on a hit and a walk, while striking out the side. Brad Lidge took the lost as he blew his first save opportunity since joining the Phils, as he gave up four runs on two hits and two walks. His record is now 0-1 with a 9.45 ERA. Chad Durbin pitched a third of an inning, striking out the only man he would face. Shawn Hill also recorded a no-decision as he pitched only five innings, giving up just two runs on three hits and a walk, as he struck out three. Luke Gregerson blew his first save of the year as he gave up a run on one hit, while striking out two, in an inning of work. Edwin Moreno pitched a scoreless inning, as he struck out a batter. Duaner Sanchez blew his first save of the year as he gave up two runs on two hits in one-third of an inning. Cla Meredith picked up the win as he pitched two-thirds of an inning, giving up no runs on one hit. His record is now 3-0 with an 0.00 ERA. Heath Bell recorded his seventh save of the season as he pitched a 1-2-3 ninth inning, striking out a batter.

The Phillies got eight hits in the game. Raul Ibanez led the way with two hits, including a solo home run, raising his average to .375. Jimmy Rollins, Chase Utley, Ryan Howard, Jayson Werth, Pedro Feliz and Brett Myers got the other six hits, with Utley and Howard’s hits being solo home runs, while Rollins and Myers’ hits were doubles. The Phillies other runs came in on sacrifice flies by Shane Victorino and Feliz.

The Phillies (4-6, 4th) will continue their four-games series with the San Diego Padres (9-3, T-1st National League West). The game is presently in progress at Citizens Bank Park. The Phils are sending to the mound Chan Ho Park (0-0, 10.38), who is coming off a no-decision against the Rockies on April 12, where he only went three and one-third innings, giving up five runs on seven hits and three walks, while striking out two, in the Phillies’ 7-5 dramatic come from behind win. He will be trying to improve on his first start. The Padres will send to the mound Josh Geer (0-0, -.–), who is pitching in place of Walter Silva, who is headed for the disabled list. This will be his first start of the season. The Phillies will be trying to win their first game in the weekend series, as they try to stop their three-game losing streak.

Brad Lidge blows his first save as a Phil, as the Phils fall once again to the Padres, 8-5.

All good things must come to an end, and in the case of Brad Lidge, its his save opportunity streak, which ends at forty-seven regular season saves in a row, as he blows his first save opportunity since coming to the Phils, giving up four runs in the ninth inning, as the Phillies lose to the hot Padres, 8-5.

The Phillies took a quick 1-0 lead in the second, as Raul Ibanez hit a one-out, solo home run, his fourth home run of the year. The Padres would take the lead in the top of the third as Adrian Gonzalez hit a two-out, two-run home run, his fourth home run of the year, knocking in Jody Gerut, who had gotten on base earlier via a strike out-wild pitch by Brett Myers, moved on to second on David Eckstein’s single, and then had gone over to third on Brian Giles’ 4-6-3 double play, with Eckstein being wiped out at second, giving the Padres a 2-1 lead. The Padres increased their lead to 3-1 in the fifth, as Giles hit an RBI double, knocking in Eckstein, who had earlier doubled. Myers would get that run back in the bottom half of the inning, by hitting a lead-off double, going to third on Jimmy Rollins’ fly out to center, and then scoring on a sacrifice fly to center by Shane Victorino, beating out Gerut’s bad throw to the plate, making it a 3-2 Padres’ lead. In the sixth, Ryan Howard would tie the game up at three-all as he hits a lead-off home run, his second home run of the year. The Padres regain the lead in the eighth as Nick Hundley hit an RBI single, scoring Chase Headley, who had earlier walked and had gone on to second on Kevin Kouzmanoff’s single, making it 4-3 Padres. The Phillies would tie the game up at four-all in the bottom of the eighth as Chase Utley hit a lead-off, solo home run, his third home run of the season. The Phillies then took the lead as Pedro Feliz hit a sacrifice fly, knocking in Ibanez, who had earlier singled and had gone over to third on Jayson Werth’s single. The Phils then handed the ball over to Brad Lidge to save the game. Sadly, it was not to be as Lidge gave up a lead-off double to Gerut, who then moved on to third on Eckstein’s ground out, 4-3, for the inning’s first out. Gerut then crossed the plate, tying up the score up at five-all, on a ground out to the right side by Giles, 3-1, for the inning’s second out. Three batters later, the Padres would take the lead again as Kouzmanoff hit a three-run home run, his first home run of the season, knocking in Gonzalez and Headley, who had both gotten on base with walks. In the bottom of the ninth, Heath Bell recorded his seventh save of the year by pitching a 1-2-3 inning, thus handing Lidge his lost as a Phillie pitcher.

Brett Myers got a no-decision, as he pitched a quality start, going six and two-thirds innings, giving up three runs on six hits and four walks, while he struck out six. Scott Eyre pitched a third of an inning, striking out the only man he would face. Ryan Madson pitched an inning, giving up a run on a hit and a walk, while striking out the side. Brad Lidge took the lost as he blew his first save opportunity since joining the Phils, as he gave up four runs on two hits and two walks. His record is now 0-1 with a 9.45 ERA. Chad Durbin pitched a third of an inning, striking out the only man he would face. Shawn Hill also recorded a no-decision as he pitched only five innings, giving up just two runs on three hits and a walk, as he struck out three. Luke Gregerson blew his first save of the year as he gave up a run on one hit, while striking out two, in an inning of work. Edwin Moreno pitched a scoreless inning, as he struck out a batter. Duaner Sanchez blew his first save of the year as he gave up two runs on two hits in one-third of an inning. Cla Meredith picked up the win as he pitched two-thirds of an inning, giving up no runs on one hit. His record is now 3-0 with an 0.00 ERA. Heath Bell recorded his seventh save of the season as he pitched a 1-2-3 ninth inning, striking out a batter.

The Phillies got eight hits in the game. Raul Ibanez led the way with two hits, including a solo home run, raising his average to .375. Jimmy Rollins, Chase Utley, Ryan Howard, Jayson Werth, Pedro Feliz and Brett Myers got the other six hits, with Utley and Howard’s hits being solo home runs, while Rollins and Myers’ hits were doubles. The Phillies other runs came in on sacrifice flies by Shane Victorino and Feliz.

The Phillies (4-6, 4th) will continue their four-games series with the San Diego Padres (9-3, T-1st National League West). The game is presently in progress at Citizens Bank Park. The Phils are sending to the mound Chan Ho Park (0-0, 10.38), who is coming off a no-decision against the Rockies on April 12, where he only went three and one-third innings, giving up five runs on seven hits and three walks, while striking out two, in the Phillies’ 7-5 dramatic come from behind win. He will be trying to improve on his first start. The Padres will send to the mound Josh Geer (0-0, -.–), who is pitching in place of Walter Silva, who is headed for the disabled list. This will be his first start of the season. The Phillies will be trying to win their first game in the weekend series, as they try to stop their three-game losing streak.

Joe Blanton loses his first game as a Phil as the Nationals gain their first win of the year as they defeat the Phils, 8-2.

The Phillies’ Joe Blanton loses his first start since being traded to the Phils, as he and the relief corps were the victims of several home runs launched by the Nationals as the Phils fall to the Nationals, 8-2.

The Nationals took a quick 3-0 lead in the bottom of the first as Adam Dunn hit a three-run home run, his third home run of the season, knocking in both Nick Johnson and Ryan Zimmerman, who had both earlier singled, while the two had moved up to third and second base respectively on Zimmerman’s single, as Pedro Feliz committed a catch error on the play. Those would turn out to be the only runs that Joe Blanton would give up as he proceeded to pitch the Phillies’ starters first quality start as he kept the Nationals scoreless for the next five innings. The Phillies, meantime, proceeded to cut down the Nats’ lead. They first made it 3-1 in the fourth as Raul Ibanez, with two men outs, singled in Chase Utley, who had earlier singled and had moved over to second base on Ryan Howard’s ground out to first. The Phils then cut the lead down to 3-2 in the fifth as Jimmy Rollins hit a sacrifice fly, knocking in Lou Marson, who had earlier doubled and had moved over to third on Blanton’s sacrifice bunt. But, the bullpen, this time, would be unable to keep the game close. In the seventh, Chad Durbin gave up a lead-off, solo home run to Josh Willingham, Willingham’s first home run of the year, making it 4-2 Nats. Then in the eighth, Jack Taschner would give up four runs to the Natonals. Elijah Dukes started things off by hitting a lead-off, solo home run, his second hme run of the season, increasing the Nationals’ lead to 5-2. Three batters later, Alberto Gonzalez made it 6-2 Nationals by hitting a solo home run with two outs, his first home run of the year. Two batters later, Anderson Hernandez made it 7-2 Nats with an RBI single, knocking in Roger Bernadina, who had earlier walked and then stole second base. Zimmerman increased the Nationals’ lead to 8-2 by bringing home Hernandez, who had moved up to second base on Johnson’s walk, while Johnson would move up to second. That would end up being the final score as Joel Hanrahan came in and pitched a 1-2-3 ninth for the Nationals, giving them their first win of the season.

Joe Blanton took the lost, his first since his trade last year to the Phils from the Oakland A’s, as he pitched six solid innings, giving up just three runs on eight hits and one walk, while he struck out five. His record is now 0-1 with a still high ERA of 9.00. Chad Durbin pitched two-thirds of an inning, giving up a run on a hit and two walks. Jack Taschner pitched an inning, getting smoked for four runs on four hits and two walks as he struck out two. J.A. Happ pitched two-thirds of an inning, getting out the only man he would face. Shairon Martis picked up the win for the Nationals, as he went six and one-thirds innings, giving up two runs on five hits and two walks, while striking out one. His record is now 1-0 with a 4.82 ERA. Mike Hinckley pitched two-thirds of an inning, giving up no runs or hits. Joe Beimel pitched a 1-2-3 inning, striking out a batter. Joel Hanrahan also pitched a 1-2-3 inning, with a strike out, ending the game for the Nationals.

The Phillies had only five hits in the game, with both Raul Ibanez and Lou Marson collecting two hits. Ibanez, who raised his average to .303, went 2 for 4 with an RBI. Marson, catching in his first game since being called up because of Carlos Ruiz’s injury, went two for three, including a double, as he scored a run. Chase Utley had the other Phils’ hit, a single, as he went 1 for 3 with a walk, scoring a run, as his average dropped to .393. Jimmy Rollins knocked in the other Phils’ run with a sacrifice fly. The Phils other .300 hitters at the moment, Ryan Howard, Jayson Werth and Pedro Feliz saw their batting averages drop as they all took the collar (.313, .313 and .308 respectively).

The Phillies (4-4, 3rd) now come home for a seven-games home stand, starting with a four-games series with the San Diego Padres (7-3, T-1st National League West). The game will be played at Citizens Bank Park and will begin after 7 pm Eastern. The Phillies’ starter will be their ace Cole Hamels (0-1, 17.18), who is coming off a rocky start against the Colorado Rockies last friday night. He gave up seven runs on eleven hits and a walk, while striking out only one batter in three and two-thirds innings of work, in the Phils’ 10-3 lost. He will be trying to recover from that poor start. The Padres will counter with Chris Young (2-0, 1.38), who is coming off a win against the San Francisco Giants on April 12, where he pitched seven strong innings, giving up no runs on four hits, while striking out seven, in the Padres’ 6-1 win. He will be looking to increase his record to 3-0 at the Phillies’ expense. The Phillies will come home, preparing several tributes in the memory of the late Harry Kalas, while trying to see if they can get back onto the winning track.

Preview: Phillies v. Rockies at Coors Field – Friday afternoon, 2:10 pm Mountain Time.

The Philadelphia Phillies (1-2) will begin their first road trip of the 2009 season this afternoon by facing the Colorado Rockies (2-1) at Coors Field in Denver, Colorado. The game will begin at 2:10 pm mountain time. The Phillies, who are now looking for their first series win, will send their ace, Cole Hamels, to the mound. Hamels, who was perfect in the post-season last season, going 4-0 in five starts, with a 1.80 ERA, as he won the 2008 National League Championship Series and the 2008 World Series MVP Awards, coming of age as one of baseball’s elite starters. During the regular season, he was 14-10 with a 3.09 ERA in 33 starts, including two complete games. His 2009 record is presently 0-0 with a -.– ERA. He will be gunning for his first victory of the season, and to pitch the first quality start by one of the Phils’ starters. The Colorado Rockies will counter with Jason Marquis, who will be pitching his first game as a member of the Rockies pitching staff. Last season, as a member of the 2008 National League Central Division Champions Chicago Cubs, Marquis went 11-9 with a 4.53 ERA in 29 games, with 28 of them being starts. He will be looking to get rid of the sour taste left in his mouth being a member of a Cubs team that got swept in the Divisional Championship Series by the Los Angeles Dodgers. His 2009 record is also 0-0 with a -.– ERA. He will also be going for his first win of the season.

The Phillies, with 2008 finally behind them, as they have finally received their 2008 World Series rings on Wedensday, will be trying to put together both their first winning streak and their first series win for 2009. Chase Utley is presently leading the team in batting average among the regulars with a .364 batting average (4-11), followed by Carlos Ruiz at .333 (3-9), Raul Ibanez at .273 (3-11) and Ryan Howard at .250 (3-12). Utley also leads the team in hits with 4, followed by Ruiz, Ibanez and Howard with 3 hits apiece, while Ibanez leads the team in RBIs with 3, followed by Utley with 2. Ibanez also has the team’s only home run.