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33 games in 31 days: Game #32: The Phils tie the club’s record in wins, as their offensive romp continue, as they beat the flailing Braves, 7-1.

The Phils finally tie the club’s mark in wins in a season, as the offense romps over the falling Braves, 7-1.

The Phils took the lead in the first as, with one man out, Chase Utley hits a solo home run, his eleventh home run of the year, giving the Phils a 1-0 lead. The Phils increased their lead in the third as, with a man on third, and with one man out, Jimmy Rollins hits an RBI single, knocking in Carlos Ruiz, who had earlier doubled, then went to third on Roy Oswalt’s sacrifice bunt hit, giving the Phils a 2-0 lead, while sending Oswalt, who was safe on his sacrifice bunt attempt, would move up to second base. Two batters later, after Oswalt had moved up to third base on Utley’s fly out to center, and Rollins had stolen second base, and with still one man out, Hunter Pence hits a sacrifice fly, scoring Oswalt, giving the Phils a 3-0 lead. The Phils then took a 4-0 lead in the fourth as, with runners on the corners, and with nobody out, Placido Polanco hits a sacrifice fly, knocking in Shane Victorino, who had earlier singled, then stopped at third on Raul Ibanez’s single. The Phils added to their lead in the fifth as, with one man on, and with one man out, Pence hits a two-run home run, his twenty-second home run of the season, and his eleventh home run as a Phil, knocking in Rollins, who had earlier singled, then reached second base on catcher Brian McCann’s passed ball, giving the Phils a 6-0 lead. The Phils then made it a 7-0 lead in the seventh as, with one man out, Rollins hits a solo home run, his sixteenth home run of the season. The Braves would get on the scoreboard in the ninth as Martin Prado hits a lead-off home run, his thirteenth home run of the year, making it a 7-1 Phils’ lead. But that would be the final score as Kyle Kendrick would get out the next three batters, striking out Freddie Freeman, looking, to end the ballgame.

Roy Oswalt (9-10, 3.69) got the win as he pitched six shutout innings, giving up just three hits and a walk, while striking out four. Joe Savery and Antonio Bastardo combined for two 1-2-3 innings, striking out two batters (one batter each) between them. Kyle Kendrick pitched an inning, giving up a run on a hit, as he struck out a batter. Derek Lowe (9-17, 5.05) took the lost as he pitched four innings, plus a batter, giving up five runs on six hits, while he struck out two. Arodys Vizcaino pitched an inning, giving up a run on a hit, while striking out a batter. Julio Teheran pitched three innings, giving up a run on two hits, while striking out three. Scott Linebrink pitched a scoreless inning, giving up a walk, while striking out a batter.

The Phils had nine hits in the game, with Jimmy Rollins leading the team with three hits, two singles and a home run, knocking in two runs. Chase Utley followed with two hits, a single and a home run, knocking in a run. Hunter Pence (Home Run, 3 RBIs), Shane Victorino (Single), Raul Ibanez (Single) and Carlos Ruiz (Double), had the other four Phils’ hits. Placido Polanco knocked in the other Phils’ run with a sacrifice fly.

The Phils (101-60, 1st) will conclude their regular season as they play the last game of their three-games series with the now desperate Braves (89-72, 2nd). The game will be played at Turner Field and it will start at 7:10 pm EDT. The Phils will send to the mound Joe Blanton (1-2, 5.03), who is coming off a no-decision against the Mets on September 24, as he pitched two scoreless innings, giving up just a hit, while striking out three, in the Phils’ 6-3 lost. He will be trying to pitch his way onto the playoff roster. The Braves will counter with Tim Hudson (16-10, 3.23), who is coming off a win against the Nationals on September 23, as he went five and two-thirds innings, giving up three runs on nine hits, as he struck out four, in the Braves’ 7-4. He will be trying to keep the Braves’ hopes of winning the Wild Card alive. The Phils will be going out to break the team’s franchise record in wins, while trying to add to their present momentum going into the playoffs.

33 games in 31 days: Game #31: The Phils earned victory no. 100, as they defeat the Braves, 4-2.

The Phils win their 100 game of the season, hitting the 100 mark for only the third time in the franchise’s history, as they defeat the Braves, 4-2.

The Braves took the lead in the first as, with two men out, Chipper Jones hits a solo home run, his eighteenth home run of the season, giving the Braves a 1-0 lead. The Braves increased their lead in the second as, with a runner on second, and with one man out, Alex Gonzalez hits an RBI double, scoring Matt Diaz, who had earlier doubled, giving the Braves a 2-0 lead. The Phils cut the Braves’ lead in half in the fourth as, with the bases loaded, via singles by Hunter Pence and Ryan Howard, with Pence stopping at third, and a walk to Shane Victorino, moving Howard up a base, and with two men out, Placido Polanco hits an RBI single, scoring Pence, making it a 2-1 Braves’ lead, while sending Howard up to third base, and Victorino up to second base. The Phils then tied the game up at two-all in the fifth as, with one man out, Jimmy Rollins hits a solo home run, his fifteenth home run of the year. The Phils then took the lead in the sixth as, with a runner on third, and with one man out, Raul Ibanez hits an RBI single, scoring Victorino, who had just tripled, giving the Phils a 3-2 lead. The Phils added an insurance run in the eighth as, with a runner on second, and with one man out, Ibanez hits an RBI single, scoring Victorino, who had just doubled, giving the Phils a 4-2 lead. That would be the final score as Ryan Madson would collect his thirty-second save of the season with a scoreless ninth.

Cliff Lee (17-8, 2.40) got the win as he pitched six innings, giving up two runs on five hits, as he struck out six. Joe Savery collected his first hold of his career as he pitched a third of an inning, getting out the only man that he would face. Michael Stutes received his thirteenth hold of the season as he pitched two-thirds of an inning, getting out both men that he would face, striking out one. Brad Lidge collected his eighth holdof the year as he pitched a scoreless inning, giving up a hit and a walk, while striking out a batter. Ryan Madson received his thirty-second save of the year as he pitched a scoreless ninth, striking out two. Randall Delgado received a no-decision as he pitched five innings, giving up two runs on five hits and a walk. Cristhian Martinez (1-3, 3.40) took the loss as he went a third of an inning, giving up a run on a hit. Eric O’Flaherty pitched an inning and two-thirds, giving up two hits, while striking out a batter. Jonny Venters pitched an inning, giving up a run on two hits, while striking out one. Anthony Varvaro pitched a 1-2-3 inning.

The Phils had ten hits in the ballgame, with Jimmy Rollins (Single, Home Run, RBI), Ryan Howard (Singles), Shane Victorino (Double, Triple) and Raul Ibanez (Singles, 2 RBIs) all leading the team with two hits each. Hunter Pence (Single) and Placido Polanco (Single, RBI) had the other two Phils’ hits, as the Phils’ offense have now collected thirty-nine hits in their last three games, while scoring sixteen runs, winning the last two games.

The Phils (100-60, 1st) will continue their series the Braves (89-71, 2nd), with a night game tonight. The game will be played at Turner Field and will start at 7:10 pm EDT. The Phils will send to the mound Roy Oswalt (8-10, 3.86), who is coming off a lost against the Nationals on September 22, as he went seven and two-thirds innings, giving up six runs on seven hits and two walks, while striking out four, in the Phils’ 6-1 lost. He will be trying to get his act together, while hoping to end the regular season with a win. The struggling Braves will counter with Derek Lowe (9-16, 4.92), who is coming off a lost to the Marlins on September 21, as he went six and one-third innings, giving up three runs on six hits and two walks, while striking out three, in the Braves’ 4-0 lost. He will be trying to keep the Braves’ Wild Card hopes alive, while hoping the Phils’ just revived offense doesn’t take him to town. The Phils will tonight be trying to tie the club’s record for most wins in a season with the 1976 and 1977 Eastern Division Champs.

33 games in 31 days: Game #30: The Phils finally end their losing streak as the offense explode for nine runs, as they defeat the Mets, 9-4.

The Phils losing streak end at eight games as the offense explodes to score nine runs in the first four innings, as they defeat the Mets, 9-4.

The Phils took the lead in the first as, with one man on, and with one man out, Hunter Pence hits a two-run home run, his twenty-first home run of the season and his tenth as a Phil, knocking in Jimmy Rollins, who had started the game off with a single, giving the Phils a 2-0 lead. Three batters later, with runners on second and third, and with still one man out, Raul Ibanez hits a sacrifice fly, knocking in Ryan Howard, who had earlier singled, then stopped at third on Shane Victorino’s double, giving the Phils a 3-0 lead. The Phils added to their lead in the second as, with one man on, and with two men out, Chase Utley hits an RBI single, scoring Carlos Ruiz, who had earlier singled, then moved up to second base on Roy Halladay’s sacrifice bunt, 3-4, before going to third on Rollins’ ground out, 4-3, giving the Phils a 4-0 lead. The Phils then made it a 5-0 lead in the third as, with one man on, and with two men out, Placido Polanco hits an RBI double, knocking in Ibanez, who had just singled. The Phils tried to add to their lead two batters later, after Ruiz is intentionally walked, when Halladay hits a single to right, and Juan Samuel decided to send Polanco home. Polanco is easily cut down by a strong one-hop throw by right fielder Mike Baxter, as catcher Ronny Paulino blocked the plate before tagging out a sliding Polanco. The Phils then made it a 6-0 lead in the fourth as, with two men on, and with nobody out, Pence hits an RBI single, knocking in Rollins, who had earlier singled, then stole second base, while sending Utley, who had earlier walked, on to third base. The Phils then took a 7-0 lead as Howard hits an RBI single, scoring Utley, while sending Pence on to second base. Three batters later, now with the bases loaded, after Ibanez is hit by a pitch, moving up a base both Pence and Howard, before John Mayberry, Jr. is sent in to pitch run for Howard on second base, and now with two men out, the Phils made it a 9-0 lead as Ruiz hits a two-run single, scoring both Pence and Mayberry, Jr., while sending Ibanez up to second base. The Mets threaten to  get on the scoreboard in the sixth as, with the bases loaded, via a walk to Jason Pridie, a single by Jose Reyes, sending Pridie to third base, and a walk to Willie Harris, moving Reyes up to second base, and with two men out, before Halladay finally ended the threat by getting Nick Evans to strike out, swinging. The Mets finally got on the board in the seventh as, with one man on, and with one man out, Paulino hits a two-run home run, his second home run of the year, scoring Baxter, who had earlier walked, making it a 9-2 Phils’ lead. Two batters later, after Pridie had reached base with a triple, the Mets made it a 9-3 Phils’ lead as pinch hitter Valentino Pascucci hits an RBI single, scoring Pridie. The Mets then made it a 9-4 Phils’ lead in the eighth as, with one man on, and with nobody out, Justin Turner hits an RBI double, scoring Evans, who had just singled. That would end up being the final score as Ryan Madson threw a scoreless ninth, as he got Turner to fly out to center for the game’s final out.

Roy Halladay (19-6, 2.35) gets the win as he pitched six shutout innings, giving up just four hits and a walk, while striking out three. Antonio Bastardo pitched one-third of an inning, giving up three runs on three hits and two walks, while striking out one. Vance Worley pitched an inning and two-thirds, giving up a run on two hits and a walk, while striking out three. Ryan Madson pitched a scoreless inning, giving up two hits, while striking out one. Mike Pelfrey (7-13, 4.74) took the lost as he lasted only three innings, giving up five runs on nine hits and a walk, while striking out one. D. J. Carrasco pitched an inning, giving up four runs on four hits and a walk, while striking out two. Dale Thayer, Ryota Igarashi, Pedro Beato and Josh Stinson combined for five scoreless innings, giving up six hits (Thayer (3), Igarashi (1), Beato (1), Stinson (1)) and two walks (Igarashi (1), Stinson (1)), while striking out three (Thayer (2), Stinson (1)) between them.

The Phils had nineteen hits in the ballgame, with Carlos Ruiz leading the team with four hits, all singles, as he knocked in two runs. Jimmy Rollins (Singles) and Hunter Pence (Single, Triple, Home Run, 3 RBIs) followed with three hits each. Ryan Howard (Singles, RBI) and John Mayberry, Jr. (Singles), were next with two hits apiece. Chase Utley (Single), Shane Victorino (Double), Raul Ibanez (Single, RBI), Placido Polanco (Single, RBI) and Roy Halladay (Single), had the other five Phils’ hits, as all of the starters had at least one hit in the game.

The Phils (99-60, 1st) will start their last three-games series of the regular season with the Braves (89-70, 2nd) with a night game tonight. The game will be played at Turner Field and is in progress.

33 games in 31 days: Game #28: The Phils now have seven straight losts as they lose to the Mets, 2-1.

The Phils continue to forget what a win feels like, as they dropped their seventh straight, setting a major league record for most loses since clinching a pennant, as they lose to the Mets, 2-1. I hope you guys are real proud of that achievement in inepitude. Morons!!

The Phils break up a pitcher’s duel in the seventh as, with one man out, and with one man on, Ryan Howard hits an RBI single, scoring Shane Victorino, who had earlier doubled, giving the Phils a 1-0 lead. The Mets tied it up at one-all in their half of the seventh as, with two men out, pinch hitter Valentino Pascucci hits a solo home run, his first home run of the year. The Mets took the lead in the eighth as, with one man on, and with one man out, David Wright hits an RBI double, scoring Ruben Tejada who had earlier singled, then stole second base, giving the Mets a 2-1 lead. That would end up being the final score as Manny Acosta collected his third save of the year by pitching a scoreless ninth.

Cole Hamels took a no-decision as he went seven innings, giving up a run on four hits and three walks, while striking out seven. Brad Lidge took the lost (0-2, 1.56) as he went an inning, giving up a run on two hits, while striking out a batter. R.A. Dickey also received a no-decision as he went seven innings, giving up a run on three hits and a walk, while striking out four. Miguel Bastista pitched two-thirds of an inning, giving up a hit and a walk, while striking out a batter. Bobby Parnell got the win (4-6, 3.83) as he pitched a third of an inning, getting out the only man that he would face. Manny Acosta recorded his third save of the season, as he gave up a hit and a walk, while striking out one.

The Phils had just five hits in the ballgame, with Raul Ibanez leading the team with two hits, both singles. Shane Victorino (Double), Ryan Howard (Single, RBI) and Carlos Ruiz (Single), had the other three Phils’ hits as the offense continues to forget how to score runs, or to get hits for that matter.

The Phils (98-59, 1st) continue their series with the Mets (75-82, 4th) as they play the night half of the day/night doubleheader. The game will be played at Citi Field, and will start at 7:10 pm EDT. The Phils will send to the mound Joe Blanton (1-2, 5.30), who is making his first start since mid-May. His last appearance was on September 21 against the Nats, as he pitched a scorelesss inning in relief, giving up a hit, while striking out a batter, in the Phils’ 7-5 lost. He will be out to pitch a good game, while hoping that the offense will now be embarrassed enough to do something about the losing streak. (Yeah, right. They don’t want to know what winning feels like before the playoffs. Yeah, I’m being sarcastic and grumpy. Thanks for asking.) The Mets will counter with Dillon Gee (12-6, 4.48), who is coming off a no-decision against the Braves on September 18, as he went only four and one-third innings, giving up four runs on eight hits and five walks, striking out four, in the Mets’ 7-5 win. He will be seeing if he can give the Mets a doubleheader win against the presently clueless Phils. The Phils will be seeing how much worst things can get for them before they, as a team, decide to stop being a bunch of idiots and start playing to win ballgames, before its too late.

33 games in 31 days: Game #26: The Phils losing streak hits five straight for the first time in 2011, despite scoring five runs for the first time since Saturday, as they lose to the Nats, 7-5.

Despite scoring five runs for the first time since they had clinched their division, the Phils losing streak reaches five games for the first time in 2011, as they fall to the Nats, 7-5.

The Nats took the lead in the second as, with one man on, and with two men out, Wilson Ramos hits a two-run home run, his fourteenth home run of the year, knocking in Chris Marrero, who had earlier singled, giving the Nats a 2-0 lead. The Phils got a run back in their half of the second as, with two men on, and with one man out, Ben Francisco hits an RBI single, knocking in John Mayberry, Jr., who had earlier singled, then stopped at second base on Raul Ibanez’s single, making it a 2-1 Nats’ lead, while sending Ibanez, who had just singled, up to second base. Two batters later, after Brian Schneider had loaded up the bases with a single, moving both Ibanez and Francisco up a base, and with still one man out, Vance Worley tied the game up at two-all with an RBI single, knocking in Ibanez, while sending Francisco to third and moving Schnieder up to second base. The Phils took the lead in the third as, with one man on, and with two men out, Ibanez knocked in Mayberry, who had earlier singled, stole second base, then went to third on catcher Ramos’ throwing error, giving the Phils a 3-2 lead. The Nats regain the lead in the sixth as, with one man on, and with one man out, Danny Espinosa hits a two-run home run, his twenty-first home run of the year, scoring Michael Morse, who had just singled, giving the Nats a 4-3 lead. The Nats added to their lead in the eighth as, with two men on, and with nobody out, Espinosa, who had earlier been hit by a pitch, then went to second base on Marrero’s walk, would score on pitcher Antonio Bastardo’s throwing error of Rick Ankiel’s bunt attempt, as he tried to force out Espinosa at third, giving the Nats a 5-3 lead, while allowing Marrero, who had just walked, to reach third base, and Ankiel to reach second base. The Nats then made it a 6-3 lead one batter later as Ramos hits an RBI single, scoring Marrero, while Ankiel would stop at third, putting runners on the corners. Pinch hitter Jonny Gomes then made it a 7-3 Nats’ lead as he hits a sacrifice fly, scoring Ankiel. The Phils got two runs back in their half of the eighth as, with one man on, and with nobody out, Mayberry hits a two-run home run, his fifteenth home runs of the season, scoring Chase Utley, who had just walked, making it a 7-5 Nats’  lead. That would end up being the final score as Henry Rodriguez collected his first save of the year as he pitched a 1-2-3 ninth.

Vance Worley (11-3, 3.00) took the lost as he went six innings, giving up four runs on six hits and three walks, while striking out six. Joe Blanton pitched a scoreless inning, giving up a hit, as he struck out one. Justin De Fratus pitched to two batters, getting neither one out, as he gave up two runs on a hit batter and a walk. Antonio Bastardo pitched an inning, as he gave up two runs on two hits and an error, while striking out a batter. Michael Schwimer pitched a scoreless inning, giving up a hit. John Lannan (10-13, 3.73) got the win as he went five innings, giving up three runs on eight hits and a walk, while striking out three. Craig Stammen collected his first hold of the year as he pitched two scoreless innings, giving up a hit, while striking out one. Atahualpa Severino pitched a third of an inning, giving up two runs on a hit and a walk, while striking out one. Todd Coffey collected his tenth hold of the year as he pitched two-thirds of an inning, getting out both men that he would face, striking out one. Henry Rodriguez collected his first save of the year as he pitched a 1-2-3 ninth.

The Phils had ten hits in the ballgame, with John Mayberry, Jr. (Singles, Home Run, 2 RBIs) and Ben Francisco (Singles, RBI) leading the team with three hits each. Raul Ibanez followed with two hits, both singles, knocking in a run. Brian Schneider and Vance Worley (RBI), had the other two Phils’ hits, both singles, as the offense finally scored more than five runs in a game since Saturday, but still lost. Still, the offense need to get out of its present hitting funk, especially the first four batters, as they have been in a collective 0-fer stupor since Saturday. Hopefully the expected return of Ryan Howard will help the team.

The Phils (98-57, 1st) will play their last regular season home game with the Nats (75-79, 3rd) with a night game tonight. The game will be played at Citizens Bank Park and will start at 7:05 pm EDT. The Phils will send to the mound Roy Oswalt (8-9, 3.66), who is coming off a win against the Cardinals on September 17, as he pitched seven shutout innings, giving up five hits, as he struck out seven, in the Phils’ 9-2 win. He hope to put an end to the Phils’ five-game losing streak. The Nats will counter with Brad Peacock (1-0, 1.42), who is coming off a win against the Mets on September 14, as he went five innings, giving up two hits and three walks, while striking out two, in the Nats’ 2-0 win. He will try to add to the Phils’ present woes. The Phils will be trying to end their season at home on a winning note, after such a horrific home stand.

33 games in 31 days: Game #24: The Phils drop their third game in a row as they lose to the Nats in extra-innings, 4-3.

The Phils lackluster offense continues as they lose their third game in a row, this time to the Nats, in extra-innings, 4-3.

The game starts out as a six innings pitchers’ duel between Phils’ starter Kyle Kendrick, who gives up just four hits, while striking out four, and Nats’ starter Tom Milone against the Phils C-team line-up, who also gave up only four hits, while striking out two. The Nats took the lead in the seventh as, with two men on, and with two men out, Roger Bernadina hits a three-run home run, his seventh home run on the season, scoring Alex Cora, who had earlier singled, then went to second base on Ian Desmond’s grounder, as Steve Lombardozzi, who had earlier singled, then stopped at third on Cora’s single, is tagged out at home plate, tw0-unassisted, for the inning’s second out, giving the Nats a 3-0 lead. The Phils would tie the game up at three-all in their half of the seventh as, with two men on, and with nobody out, pinch hitter Raul Ibanez hits a three-run home run, his twentieth home run of the year, knocking in Pete Orr and Michael Martinez, who had both singled, with Orr stopping at second base on Martinez’s single. The Nats retook the lead in the tenth as, with two men on, and with two men out, pinch hitter Ryan Zimmerman hits an RBI single, scoring Michael Morse, who had earlier walked, then moved up to second base on a Erik Kratz’s passed ball, giving the Nats a 4-3 lead, while sending Danny Espinosa, who had earlier been intentionally walked, on the third base, before moving up to second base on the late throw to the plate. That would be the final score as Drew Storen would collect his thirty-ninth save by pitching a scoreless tenth.

Kyle Kendrick received a no-decision, as he pitched six shutout innings, giving up four hits, while striking out four. Michael Schwimer pitched an inning, giving up three runs on three hits, while striking out two. Joe Savery made his major league debut as he pitched a third of an inning, giving up a hit. Brad Lidge pitched two-thirds of an inning, striking out a batter. Ryan Madson pitched a scoreless inning, giving up a hit, while striking out one. Michael Stutes (6-2, 3.86) took the lost as he pitched an inning, giving up a run on a hit and two walks. Tom Milone also received a no-decision, as he also pitched six shutout inning, giving up just four hits, while striking out two. Doug Slaton pitched to two batters, with both men reaching base, as he gave up two runs on two hits. Tyler Clippard committed his seven blown save of the year as he pitched an inning, giving up a run on two hits and a walk, while he struck out a batter. Sean Burnett pitched a scoreless inning, giving up a walk. Tom Gorzelanny (4-6, 4.09) got the win as he pitched a scoreless inning, giving up a hit and a walk. Drew Storen collected his thirty-ninth save of the season as he pitch a scoreless inning, giving up a hit and a walk, while striking out one.

The Phils had ten hits in the ballgame, with John Mayberry, Jr. and Hunter Pence leading the team with two hits each, all singles. Wilson Valdez (Single), Erik Kratz (Double), Pete Orr (Single), Michael Martinez (Single), pinch hitter Raul Ibanez (Home Run, 3 RBIs) and pinch hitter Placido Polanco (Single), had the other six Phils’ hits, as the offense continue to struggle stringing together hits and scoring runs.

The Phils (98-55, 1st) will continue their doubleheader with the Nationals (73-79, 3rd), with a night game. The game will be played at Citizens Bank Park and will start at 7:05 pm EDT. The Phils will send to the mound Cliff Lee (16-7, 2.38), who is coming off a no-decision against the Marlins on September 15, as he went nine innings, giving up a run on five hits, while striking out twelve, in the Phils’ 2-1 extra-inning win. He will once again go for win no. seventeen, while trying to put a stop to the Phils’ present slide. The Nats plan to counter with Ross Detwiler (2-5, 4.42), who is coming off a no-decision against Mets on September 12, as he pitched five and two-thirds innings, giving up two runs on three hits and three walks, while striking out two, in the Nats’ 3-2 win. He will be trying to give the Nats a sweep, while hoping the Phils don’t decide to wake up from their offensive sleepwalking and take it out on him.  The Phils will be out to end their present offensive ineptitude.

33 games in 31 days: Game #21: The Phils offense exploded late on their way to clinching their fifth straight NL Eastern Division pennant, as they crush the Cardinals, 9-2.

A late offensive surge, including a grand-slam home run by Raul Ibanez, leads the Phils to their fifth straight NL Eastern Division crown, as they crush the Cardinals, 9-2.

The Phils took the lead in the first as, with two men on, and with two men, Hunter Pence hits an RBI double, knocking in Jimmy Rollins, who had started the inning off with a single, then moved up to second base on Shane Victorino’s ground out, 4-3, giving the Phils a 1-0 lead, while sending Ryan Howard, who had just walked, on to third base.  The Phils then took a 2-0 lead in the fourth as, with the bases loaded, via a walk by Placido Polanco, who then reached second base on a force attempt missed catch error by shortstop Rafael Furcal on a Roy Oswalt grounder to pitcher Jake Westbrook, with Oswalt reaching first, and a single by Rollins, sending Polanco to third base, and Oswalt to second base, and with one man out, Victorino forced in a run with a walk, scoring Polanco, giving the Phils a 2-0 lead, while sending both runners up a base. The Phils added to their lead in the sixth as, with one man out, Victorino hits a solo home run, his seventeenth home run of the season, giving the Phils a 3-0 lead. The Cardinals got a run back in the eighth as, with two men on, and with two men out, Lance Berkman hits an RBI single, knocking in Jon Jay, who had earlier singled, then moved up to second base on Albert Pujols’ single, cutting the Phils’ lead down to 3-1, while Pujols, who had earlier singled, would stop at second base. The Cards then cut the Phils’ lead down to 3-2 as David Freese hits an RBI single, scoring Pujols, while sending Berkman up to second base. The Phils got a run back in their half of the eighth as, with runners on the corners, and with one man out, Victorino hits an RBI single, scoring Carlos Ruiz, who had earlier reached base on third baseman Daniel Descalsco’s fielding error, ending up on second base, then went to third on Rollins’ single, giving the Phils a 4-2 lead, which Rollins, who had just singled, would stop at second base. Three batters later, after Chase Utley had been hit by a pitch, loading up the bases, as both Rollins and Victorino moved up a base, and Howard had struck out, and now with two men out, Pence hits an RBI infield single, beating shortstop Furcal’s throw to first base, as Rollins scored, giving the Phils a 5-2 lead, while both runners would move up a base, leaving the bases still loaded. The Phils then busted the game wide open as Raul Ibanez hits a grand-slam home run, his nineteenth home run of the year, knocking in Victorino, Utley and Pence, giving the Phils a 9-2 lead. That would be the final score, as Ryan Madson pitched a scoreless ninth as he got Furcal to hit into a ground out, 4-3, for the final out, leading to the Phils clinching their fifth straight National League Eastern Division title.

Roy Oswalt (8-9, 3.66) got the win as he pitched seven shutout innings, giving up five hits while striking out seven. Michael Stutes collected his twelfth hold of the year as he pitched two-thirds of an inning, as he gave up two runs on four hits. Brad Lidge received his seventh hold of the year as he pitched a third of an inning, getting out the only man that he would face. Ryan Madson pitched a scoreless inning, giving up a hit. Jake Westbrook (12-9, 4.58) took the lost as he went three and one-third innings, giving up two runs, only one of which was earned, on five hits and five walks, as he struck out one. Arthur Rhodes pitched two-thirds of an inning, getting out both men that he would face. Mitchell Boggs pitched a scoreless inning, walking two batters. Kyle McClellan pitched an inning, giving up a run on a hit, as he struck out one. Fernando Salas pitched an inning plus one batter, giving up an unearned run, as he struck out a batter.  Marc Rzepczynski pitched two-thirds of an inning, giving up three runs on two hits, as he struck out one.  Octavio Dotel pitched a third of an inning, giving up two runs on two hits.

The Phils’ had ten hits in the game, with Jimmy Rollins leading the team with four hits, all singles. Shane Victorino (Single, Home Run, 3 RBIs) and Hunter Pence (Single, Double, 2 RBIs) then followed with two hits each. Raul Ibanez (Home Run, 4 RBIs) and Placido Polanco (Single) had the other two Phils’ hits.

The Phils (98-52, 1st East) will continue their series with the Cardinals (82-69, 2nd Central) with a night game later today. The game will be played at Citizens Bank Park, and will begin at 8:05 pm EDT. The Phils will send to the mound Cole Hamels (14-8, 2.71), who is coming off a lost against the Astros on September 13, as he went five innings, giving up four runs on nine hits and a walk, while striking out six, in the Phils’ 5-2 lost. He will be going out to help lower the magic number for home field advantage during the playoffs. The Cardinals will counter with Chris Carpenter (9-9, 3.80), who is coming off a no-decision against the Pirates on September 13, as he went seven innings, giving up four runs on ten hits and a walk, while striking out six, in the Cards’ 6-4 win. He will be trying to help his club stay in the wild card race. The Phils will now be going out to clinch home field advantage throughout the playoffs.