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The Phils gets snake bit once again by Mother Nature and the Nats, as they lose in extra-innings on a walk-off bases loaded hit by the pitch, 5-4.

The Phils lose the use of another starter because of another long rain delay before losing to the Nats in 10 innings, thanks to a walk-off bases loaded hit by the pitch, 5-4.

The Nats took the lead in the first as, with runners on the corners, and with nobody out, Ryan Zimmerman hits a sacrifice fly, scoring Ian Desmond, who had started off the game for the Nats with a double, then went to third on Rick Ankiel’s single, giving the Nats a 1-0 lead. The Nats then added to their lead as, with once again runners on the corners, as Ankiel would go to third on Michael Morse’s single, and now with two men out, Danny Espiniosa hits an RBI single, knocking in Ankiel, giving the Nats a 2-0 lead, while sending Morse up to second base. The Phils then tied the game up at two-all as, with one man on, and with nobody out, Carlos Ruiz hits a two-run home run, his fifth home run of the season, knocking in Raul Ibanez, who had earlier reached base on an infield single. The Phils took the lead in the third as, with one man out, Chase Utley hits a solo home run, his ninth home run of the year, giving the Phils a 3-2 lead. In the top of the sixth, the game would be delayed by rain for over an hour, causing both clubs to remove their starters, Roy Halladay for the Phils and Chien-Ming Wang for the Nats. In the bottom of the sixth, the Nats would tie the game up at three-all as Espinosa hits a lead-off home run, his eighteenth home run of the season. The Phils would retake the lead in the ninth as, with two men on, and with one man out, Michael Martinez hits an RBI single, knocking in Ibanez, who had earlier walked, then stopped at second base on Ruiz’s single, giving the Phils a 4-3 lead, while sending Ruiz, who had just singled, up to second base. The Nats would retie the game up at four-all in their half of the ninth as, with two men out, Desmond hits a solo home run, his fifth home run of the season. The Nats would win the game in the tenth as, with the bases loaded, via a Zimmerman double, an intentional walk of Morse, and a single by Jayson Werth, which moved both runners up a base, and with one man out, as Brad Lidge struck out, swinging, Espinosa, for the inning’s first out, Jonny Gomes, with a 1-0 count, is hit by the next pitch, forcing in Zimmerson, giving the Nats a 5-4 walk-off win.

Roy Halladay gets a no-decision, thanks to the hour plus rain delay, as he went five innings, giving up two runs on seven hits, as he struck out five. Michael Schwimer, making his major league debut, blew his first save opportunity of the year as he pitched three innings, giving up a run on two hits, while striking out four. Antonio Bastardo committed his first blown save of the season as he pitched an inning, giving up a run on a hit, as he struck out the side. Brad Lidge (0-1, 2.25) took the lost as he pitched a third of an inning, giving up a run on two hits, a walk and a hit batter, while he struck out one. Chien-Ming Weng also received a no-decision, thanks to the long rain delay, as he pitched five and two-thirds innings, giving up three runs on five hits and a walk, while he struck out four. Tom Gorzelanny pitched a third of an inning, getting out the only man that he would face. Todd Coffey and Tyler Clippard would combine for two scoreless innings, giving up a hit (Clippard), while striking out one (Coffey) batter between them. Drew Storen pitched an inning, giving up a run on two hits and a walk, while striking out two. Sean Burnett (4-5, 4.63) gets the win as he pitched a 1-2-3 inning, striking out a batter.

The Phils had eight hits in the ballgame, with Shane Victorino (Singles) and Carlos Ruiz (Single, Home Run, 2 RBIs) both leading the team with two hits each. Chase Utley (Home Run, RBI), Ryan Howard (Single), Raul Ibanez (Single) and Michael Martinez (Single, RBI), had the other four Phils’ hits.

The Phils (81-44, 1st) will start a three games series with the Mets (60-66, 4th), starting with a night game tonight. The game will be played at Citizens Bank Park, and will begin at 7:05 pm EDT. The Phils will send to the mound Cliff Lee (13-7, 2.82), who is coming off a win against the D-backs on August 17, as he went seven strong innings, giving up just two runs on three hits and two walks, while striking out seven, in the Phils’ 9-2 rout. He will be going for his fourth straight win, while hoping to give the bullpen a rest, after the way it was messed up thanks to the rains of the previous four days. The Mets will counter with Dillon Gee (11-4, 3.92), who is coming off a win against the Padres on August 17, as he went six and two-thirds innings, giving up a run on five hits and four walks, while striking out five, in the Mets’ 7-3 win. He will be trying to confound the Phils. The Phils will be out to take last weekend’s embarrassment out on the Mets.

Ryan Madson blows his second save opportunity of the season as he gives up a walk-off grand-slam home run in the ninth, as the Phils lose one to the Nats, 8-4.

Ryan Madson blows the save as he gives up a walk-off grand-slam home run to Ryan Zimmerman, as the Phils lose to the Nats, 8-4.

The Phils, after suffering through another long rain delay, took the lead in the third as, with one man on, and with one man out, John Mayberry, Jr. hits an RBI triple, knocking in Jimmy Rollins, who had earlier doubled, giving the Phils a 1-0 lead. The Phils then took a 2-0 lead as Chase Utley knocked in Mayberry with an RBI double. The Phils then made it a 3-0 lead as Ryan Howard followed Utley with an RBI single, scoring Utley. Three batters later, after Hunter Pence had hit a single, moving Howard up to second base, and then a force out on a grounder hit by Raul Ibanez, that sent Howard to third base, while wiping out Pence at second base, the Phils took a 4-0 lead as Carlos Ruiz hits an RBI single, scoring Howard, while sending Ibanez up to second base. The Nats got a run back in their half of the third as, with one man on, and with two men out, Ian Desmond hits an RBI double, scoring Wilson Ramos, who had earlier singled, then moved up to second base on Livan Hernandez’s sacrifice bunt, cutting the Phils’ lead down to 4-1. The Nats cut the Phils’ lead down to 4-2 in the fifth as, with one man out, Ramos hits a solo home run, his tenth home run of the year. The Nats then erupted in the ninth as, with two men on, via singles by Jayson Werth and Danny Espinosa, with Werth stopping at second base on Espinosa’s single, and with nobody out, Jonny Gomes hits an RBI single, scoring Werth, making it a 4-3 Phils’ lead, while sending Espinosa up to second base. Three batters later, after Ramos’ sacrifice bunt, 1-2-4, moved both runners up a base, and then an intentional walk to pinch hitter Jesus Flores loaded up the bases, Desmond tied the game up at four-all as he hits an RBI single, scoring Espinosa, while sending Gomes up to third base, and Flores up to second base, reloading the bases. After striking out Rick Ankiel for the inning’s second out, Madson tried to get out Ryan Zimmerman, to send the game into extra-innings. Instead, Zimmerman, with the count full, hits a grand-slam home run, his ninth home run of the year, knocking in Gomes, Flores and Desmond, giving the Nats an 8-4 walk-off win.

Kyle Kendrick, who was suppose to be starting tonight’s game, but was made the Phils’ starter because of concerns about Roy Oswalt and his back, because of the long rain delay, got a no-decision as he went six innings, giving up two runs on five hits and a walk, while he struck out four. Brad Lidge recorded his third hold of the year as he pitched a 1-2-3 inning, striking out a batter. Antonio Bastardo collected his fourteenth hold of the season as he also pitched a 1-2-3 inning, striking out one. Ryan Madson received his second blown save of the season, before he took the lost (3-2, 3.25), as he pitched only two-thirds of an inning, giving up six runs on five hits and a walk, striking out a batter. Livan Hernandez also received a no-decision, as he went four innings, giving up four runs on seven hits and two walks. Tom Gorzelanny and Sean Burnett combined for four scoreless innings, giving up a hit (Gorzelanny) and a walk (Burnett), while striking out four (two batters each) between them. Todd Coffey (4-1, 4.13) got the win as he pitched a 1-2-3 inning.

The Phils had eight hits in the game, with Carlos Ruiz leading the team with two hits, a single and a double, knocking in a run. Jimmy Rollins (Double), John Mayberry, Jr. (Triple, RBI), Chase Utley (Double, RBI), Ryan Howard (Single, RBI), Hunter Pence (Single) and Wilson Valdez (Single), had the other six Phils’ hits.

The Phils (80-43, 1st) will continue their series with the Nats (60-63, 4th) with a night game later tonight. The game will be played at Nationals Park and will start at 7:05 pm EDT. The Phils will send to the mound Roy Oswalt (5-7, 3.84), who was oiginally to be last night’s starter, before the long rain delay, who is coming off a win against the Nats on August 13, as he went seven innings, giving up three runs on six hits and a walk, while striking out five, in the Phils’ 11-3 win. He will be out for his second straight win since coming off the DL, and to even up the series for the Phils. The Nats will try to counter with John Lannan (8-8, 3.55), who is coming off a lost against the Phils on August 13, as he went only three innings, giving up seven runs, only one of which was earned, on four hits and five walks, as he struck out just one batter, in the Nats’ 11-3 lost. He will be trying to give the Nats the series win. The Phils will be out to get payback for last night’s lost.

The Phils start their latest home stand with a lost as they drop one to the Nats, 4-1.

The Phils begin their latest home stand with a lost as they drop one to the Nationals, 4-1.

The Nats took the lead in the second as, with two men on, and with one man out, Livan Hernandez helped his cause with an RBI single, knocking in Wilson Ramos, who had earlier singled, then went to second base on Laynce Nix’s walk, giving the Nats a 1-0 lead, while sending Nix, who had earlier walked, on to second base. The Nats then took a 2-0 lead as the next batter, Rick Ankiel, hits an RBI single, knocking in Nix, while sending Hernandez on to second base. The Phils got a run back in their half of the second as, with two men on, and with two men out, Wilson Valdez hits an RBI single, knocking in Ryan Howard, who had earlier reached base on second baseman Danny Espinosa’s fielding error, stopped at second base on Raul Ibanez’s single, then went to third on Carlos Ruiz’s fly out, cutting the Nationals’ lead down to 2-1, while sending Ibanez, who had earlier singled, up to second base. The Nats added to their lead in the fifth as, with the bases loaded, via a single by Ankiel, who then stole second base, a single by Espinosa, sending Ankiel on to third base, and a walk to Ryan Zimmerman, sending Espinosa up to second base, and with one man out, Jayson Werth hits an RBI ground out, 3-unassisted, scoring Ankiel, giving the Nats a 3-1 lead, while moving both Espinosa and Zimmerman up a base. The Nats then made it a 4-1 lead in the sixth as, with one man on, and with one man out, Hernandez hits an RBI single, knocking in Ian Desmond, who had earlier hit a ground-rule double. The Phils tried to rally in the ninth as, with two men on, and with one man out, Hunter Pence hits a sacrifice fly, scoring Shane Victorino, who had earlier singled, then went to third on Chase Utley’s single, cutting the Nats’ lead down to 4-2. Drew Storen then ended the rally by getting Ibanez to pop out to the second baseman for the final out, thus recording his thirty-first save of the season.

Cole Hamels (13-7, 2.62) took the lost as he went five innings, giving up three runs on six hits and four walks, while striking out five.  Kyle Kendrick pitched three innings, giving up a run on two hits and a walk, while striking out one. Brad Lidge pitched a scoreless inning, giving up a hit, while striking out a batter. Livan Hernandez (7-11, 4.21) got the win as he went six and two-thirds innings, giving up an unearned run on four hits and a walk, while striking out three. Tyler Clippard recorded his thirtieth hold of the season as he pitched one and one-third scoreless innings, striking out a batter. Drew Storen recorded his thirty-first save of the year, as he pitched an inning, giving up a run on two hits, as he struck out a batter.

The Phils had only six hits in the ballgame, with Ryan Howard leading the team with two hits, both singles. Shane Victorino, Chase Utley, Raul Ibanez and Wilson Valdez (RBI), had the other four Phils’ hits, all singles. Hunter Pence knocked in the other Phil run with a sacrifice fly.

The Phils (77-41, 1st) will continue their series with the Nats (57-61, 4th) 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 (4-7, 3.84), who is coming off a lost to the Giants on August 7, as he pitched six innings, giving up three runs on twelve hits and two walks, while striking out four, in the Phils’ 3-1 lost. He will be out to even the series in his second start back from his injury. The Nats will counter with John Lannan (8-7, 3.56), who is coming off a no-decision against the Rockies on August 7, as he went six innings, giving up a run on six hits and four walks, while he struck out three, in the Nats’ 3-2 win. He will be trying to give the Nats the series win. The Phils will be out to even the series while hoping that the old Oswalt will be back with this start.

The Phils make the Doc a seven game winner as they come from behind to beat the Nats, 5-4.

The Phils once again come from behind, giving Doc Halladay his seventh win of the season, as they defeat the Nats, 5-4.

The Nats took the lead in the second as Michael Morse hits a lead-off home run, his seventh home run of the season, giving the Nats a 1-0 lead. Four batters later, with runners on the corners, and with one man out, Livan Hernandez performed a sucide squeeze bunt RBI out, 3-unassisted, scoring Jerry Hairston, who was earlier safe at first on a force out, 5-4, wiping out at second base Wilson Ramos, who had earlier singled, then went to third on Alex Cora’s single, giving the Nats a 2-0 lead, while sending Cora, who had just singled, up to second base. The Phils cut the Nats’ lead in half in the fourth as, with one man out, Ryan Howard hits a solo home run, his twelfth home run of the season, making it a 2-1 Nats’ lead. The Phils then tied it up at two-all as Ryan Ibanez hits a solo home run of his own, his eighth home run of the season. The Phils then took the lead two batters later as, with a man on second, and with still one man out, Dom Brown hits an RBI single, scoring Carlos Ruiz, who had just doubled, giving the Phils a 3-2 lead. The Nats tied it up at three-all in the fifth as, with two men out, Danny Espinosa hits a solo home run, his eighth home run of the year. The Nats then retook the lead in the sixth as Laynce Nix hits a solo home run, his eighth home run of the season. The Phils retied the game at four-all in the seventh as, with two men on, and with one man out, Howard hits an RBI single, knocking in Placido Polanco, who had earlier singled, then went to second base on Chase Utley’s walk, while sending Utley, who had just walked, to third base. The Phils then took a 5-4 lead as Ibanez hits a sacrifice fly, scoring Utley.  The Nats tried to retie the game in their half of the seventh as they put runners on the corners, via a double by Cora, and a single by Ian Desmond, which sent Cora to third base, with no one out. Roy Halladay then got out of the inning by first getting Rick Ankiel to hit a grounder to him, before he threw home, catching Cora in a rundown before he is tagged out at third, 1-2-5, for the inning’s first out, while Desmond moved up to second base and Ankiel was safe at first, then getting Espinosa to fly out to left for the inning’s second out, before striking out Jayson Werth for the final out. That would be the final score as Ryan Madson would record his twelfth save in twelve tries as he pitched a strong 1-2-3 ninth.

Roy Halladay (7-3, 2.56) gets the win as he goes seven innings, giving up four runs on ten hits, as he struck out five. Antonio Bastardo recorded his third hold of the year as he gets out the only man that he would face in a third of an inning. Jose Contreras received his second hold of the year as he pitched two-thirds of an inning, hitting a batter. Ryan Madson recorded his twelfth save of the season as he pitched a 1-2-3 ninth. Livan Hernandez received a no-decision as he went six and one-third innings, giving up four runs on eight hits and two walks, while striking out four. Sean Burnett blew his fourth save before taking the lost (0-2, 5.59) as he pitched two-thirds of an inning, giving up a run on two hits and a walk. Todd Coffey pitched a 1-2-3 inning, striking out a batter. Henry Rodriguez pitched a scoreless inning, giving up a walk.

The Phils had ten hits in the ballgame, with Placido Polanco (Singles), Ryan Howard (Single, Home Run, 2 RBIs), Carlos Ruiz (Single, Double) and John Mayberry, Jr. (Single, Double) all leading the team with two hits apiece. Raul Ibanez (Home Run, 2 RBIs) and Dom Brown (Single, RBI) had the other two Phils’ hits, as the offense continue to roll.

The Phils (34-20, 1st) will continue their series with the Nats (22-31, 5th) with a night game tomorrow night. The game will be played at Nationals Park and will start at 7:05 pm EDT. The Phils will send to the mound Cliff Lee (4-4, 3.50), who is coming off a win against the Reds on May 26, as he went eight innings, giving up four runs on ten hits and a walk, while striking out eight, in the Phils’ 10-4 rout. He’ll be trying for his fifth win of the year. The Nats will counter with Jason Marquis (5-2, 4.26), who is coming off a lost against the Brewers on May 25, as he pitched six innings, giving up four runs on five hits and four walks, while striking out only one, in the Nats’ 6-4 lost. He will be trying to do better than his last start against the Phils. The Phils will be going for their third straight series win.

Roy Halladay pitches his first complete game of 2011, after holding off a ninth inning Nats’ rally, as the Phils defeat the Nats, 3-2.

Roy Halladay pitches his first complete game of the 2011 season, as the Phils hold off a late inning rally by the Nats, as the Phils win, 3-2.

The Phils took the lead in the fourth as, with a runner on third, and with one man out, Ben Francisco hits an RBI ground out, 6-3, knocking in Jimmy Rollins, who had reached first base on Ian Desmond’s fielding error, moved up to second on Ryan Howard’s slow ground out, 5-3, then was given third on Desmond’s interference error as Rollins and Desmond bump into each other as Rollins was heading towards third base, since no one was covering third, thanks to the shift on Howard. The Phils then took a 2-0 lead in the fifth as, with runners on the corners, and with two men out, Placido Polanco hits an RBI single, scoring Wilson Valdez, who had earlier walked, had moved up to second base on Roy Halladay’s fail bunt attempt,1-6, as Carlos Ruiz, who had earlier singled, and had moved up to second base on Valdez’s walk, was out at third, then went to third on Shane Victorino’s fly out, scored, while sending Halladay, who was safe at first on his failed bunt attempt, stopped at second base. Two batters later, after Rollins had loaded the bases with a single, moving up both Halladay and Polanco, the Phils took a 3-0 lead as Howard was hit by the pitch, forcing in Halladay, while moving up a base both Polanco and Rollins. That would remain as the score until the bottom of the ninth, when the Nats finally put together a rally. With runners on the corners, and with one man out, Laynce Nix hits an RBI single, scoring Rick Ankiel, who had earlier doubled, then stopped at third on Jayson Werth’s single, cutting the Phils’ lead to 3-1, while sending Werth, who had earlier singled, on to third base. The Nats then cut it down to a 3-2 Phils’ lead, as Danny Espinosa hits an RBI single, scoring Werth, while sending Nix on to second base. But that would be the final score, as Halladay would buckle down and get the last two outs, by first striking out pinch hitter Matt Stairs for the inning’s second out, before ending the game by striking out Ivan Rodriguez, both on called third strikes.

Roy Halladay (2-0, 1,23) got the win as he pitched a complete game, giving up two runs on six hits and two walks, while he had struck out nine. John Lannan (1-1, 3.38) took the lost as he pitched six innings, giving up three runs, only two of which were earned, on six hits and three walks, striking out three. Chad Gaudin, Doug Slaten and Brian Broderick combined for three scoreless innings, giving up a walk (Guadin), while striking out two batters (Guadin and Slaten one batter each), between them. Halladay performed the Phils’ staff first complete game, as he missed pitching a shut out by giving up the first of two runs in the ninth, before striking out the last two batters to end the ballgame.

The Phils had only six hits in the game, with Placido Polanco leading the team with two hits, both singles, as he knocked in a run. Shane Victorino (Double), Jimmy Rollins (Single), Carlos Ruiz (Single) and Wilson Valdez (Single), had the other four Phils’ hits. Ryan Howard and Ben Francisco had the other two Phils’ RBI, Francisco via a ground out and Howard as he was hit by the pitch with the bases loaded. The Phils’ offense did not have many hits in the game, but they were able to score enouigh run to win behind Halladay.

The Phils (8-3, 1st) will conclude their three-game series with the Nationals (5-6, 3rd) later tonight. The game will be played at Nationals Park and will start at 7:05 pm EDT. Cliff Lee (1-1, 7.84), will pitch for the Phils as he is coming off a lost against the Braves on April 8, as he went only three and a third innings, giving up six runs on ten hits and a walk, while striking out three, in the Phils’ 6-3 lost. Lee will be trying to come back from his previous bad start against the Braves, while trying to give the Phils their fourth series win. The Nats will counter with Jordan Zimmermann (1-1, 3.18), who is coming off a win against the Mets, as he lasted five and one thirds innings, giving up two runs on six hits, while striking out four, in the Nats’ 6-2 win. He will be trying for his second win of the season, while also trying to give the Nats the series win. The Phils will be trying to come back to Philly with a winning record.

Jayson Werth help to defeat his old teammates, as the Phils lose to the Nats, 7-4.

Jayson Werth help to defeat his former club, as the Phils lose to the Nationals in Washington, 7-4.

The Phils took the lead in the second as Ryan Howard hits a lead-off home run, his third home run of the season, giving the Phils a 1-0 lead. The Nats tied the game up at one-all in their half of the second as, with two men on, and with one man out, Danny Espinosa hits a sacrifice fly, scoring Wilson Ramos, who had earlier singled, then went to third on Laynce Nix’s single. The Nats then took the lead in the fourth as, with a runner on third, and with one man out, Ramos hits an RBI double, knocking in Jayson Werth, who had earlier doubled, then went to third on Matt Stairs’ ground out, 6-3, giving the Nats a 2-1 lead. The Nats then increased their lead as, now with the bases loaded, after an infield single by Nix, sending Ramos to third, and a walk to Espinosa, sending Nix up to second base, and with still one man out, Jerry Hairston hits an RBI single, scoring Ramos, giving the Nats a 3-1 lead, while moving up both Nix and Espinosa, leaving the bases loaded. The Nats then took a 4-1 lead as Livan Hernandez performed a successful suicide squeeze, 1-3, for the inning’s second out, scoring Nix, while sending Espinosa on to third base, and Hairston to second base. The Nats then took a 5-1 lead in the fifth as, with one man out, Werth hits a solo home run, his second home run of the season. The Phils tried to get back into the game in the seventh as they loaded the bases, via a single by Raul Ibanez, a single by Carlos Ruiz, sending Ibanez up to second base, and an infield single by Wilson Valdez, moving Ibenez to third base, and Ruiz to second base, with one man out, before they were turned back as Hernandez struck out pinch hitter John Mayberry, Jr., for the inning’s second out, before handing the ball over to reliever Tyler Clippard, who ended the threat by striking out Shane Victorino. The Nats then increased their lead in their half of the seventh as, with the bases loaded, via a single by Rick Ankiel, a walk by Werth, sending Ankiel to second base, a double steal by Ankiel and Werth, and a walk by pinch hitter Michael Morse, and with two men out, Ramos received an RBI walk, forcing in Ankiel, making it a 6-1 Nats’ lead, while sending Werth to third base, and Morse to second base. The Phils would finally get a run back in the eighth as, once again with the bases loaded, via a single to Jimmy Rollins, a walk to Howard, moving Rollins up to second base, and a walk to Ben Francisco, moving up both runners, and with one man out, Ibanez hits into an RBI force out, 4-6, scoring Rollins, to make it a 6-2 Nats’ lead, and sending Howard to third base, as Francisco is wiped out at second base, while upsetting shortstop Ian Desmond enough to allow Ibanez to reach first base before the throw. The Phils then cut the lead to 6-3 as, with runners now on the corners, and now with two men out, Howard would score on Sean Burnett’s wild pitch, while Ibanez would move up to second base. The Nats got a run back in their half of the eighth as, with a runner on second, and with one man out, Alex Cora hits an RBI single, knocking in Espinosa, who had earlier walked, then went to second base on Ivan Rodriguez’s ground out, 6-3, making it a 7-3 Nats’ lead, before moving up to second base on the throw to the plate. The Phils then made it a 7-4 Nats’ lead in the ninth as, with one man on, and with two men out, Placido Polanco hits an RBI single, scoring Valdez, who had earlier singled, then went to second on pinch hitter Michael Martinez’s ground out 5-3. That would be the final score as Burnett recorded his third save of the season by getting Rollins to line out to Desmond for the final out.   

Joe Blanton (0-1, 10.45) took the lost as he pitched six innings, giving up five runs on seven hits and walk, while he struck out four. David Herrndon pitched two-thirds of an inning, giving up a run on one hit and one walk, while striking out two. Antonio Bastardo pitched a third of an inning, walking two batters. Danys Baez pitched an inning, giving up a run on a hit and a walk. Livan Hernandez (1-1, 3.50) got the win as he pitched six and two-thirds innings, giving up a run on seven hits, while striking out six. Tyler Clippard recorded his third hold of the year as he pitched two-thirds of an inning, giving up two runs on a hit and two walks, while striking out a batter. Sean Burnett received his third save of the season as he pitched one and two-thirds innings, giving up a run on two hits. The Phils’ relief corps did not do well last night, as they allowed two runs to score, thanks in part to four walks coming back to haunt them, with three of them coming in a row in the seventh, forcing in a run with the bases loaded.

The Phils had ten hits in the game, with Placido Polanco (RBI), Jimmy Rollins and Wilson Valdez all leading the team with two hits each, all singles. Ryan Howard (HR, RBI), Ben Francisco (Single), Raul Ibanez (Single, RBI) and Carlos Ruiz (Single), had the other four Phils’ hits. The fourth Phil run came in on a wild pitch. The offense was not able to go to work on Livan Hernandez because he messed them up with his slow pitches, mixed in with some faster stuff.

The Phils (7-3, 1st) will continue their three-games series with the Nats (5-5, T-2nd) with a night game tonight. The game will be played at Nationals Park, and will start at 7:05 pm EDT. The Phils will send to the mound their ace Roy Halladay (1-0, 0.69), who is coming off a win against the Mets on April 6, as he went seven innings, giving up no runs on six hits and a walk, while striking out seven, in the Phils’ 11-0 rout of the Mets. He will be going for his second win, while trying to even up the series between the two teams. The Nats will try to counter with John Lannan (1-0, 3.60), who is coming off a no-decision against the Marlins on April 7, as he pitched only five innings, giving up three runs on seven hits and three walks, while striking out seven, in the Nats’ 5-3 extra-innings win. He will be trying to give the Nats the series win over the Phils. The Phils will be out to even up the series behind the pitching arm of Roy Halladay, while hoping that the offense will be out to once again score runs in bunches.

Countdown to the Playoffs, Game # 1: The Phils end the regular season on a losing note as they fail to catch the Braves late, 8-7.

A late rally comes too late as the Phils lose the final game of the regular series to the Braves, 8-7. They will begin the NL Divisional playoffs facing the National League Central Division Champs, the Cincinnati Reds this coming Wednesday at Philadelphia.

The Phils took a 2-0 lead in the third as, with one man on, and with one man out, pinch hitter John Mayberry, Jr. hits a two-run home run, his second home run of the season, knocking in Carlos Ruiz, who had earlier been hit by the pitch. The Braves got a run back in their half of the third as, with one man on, and with two men out, Jason Heyward hits an RBI triple, knocking in Rick Ankiel, who had earlier singled, then went to second on Tim Hudson’s sacrifice bunt, 3-4, cutting the Phils’ lead down to 2-1. The Braves tied it up at two-all in the fourth as, with two men on, and with one man out, Brooks Conrad hits an RBI single, knocking in Matt Diaz, who had earlier singled, then moved up to second on Alex Gonzalez’s single, while sending Gonzalez, who had just singled, over to third base. Two batters later, with runners still on the corners, and now with two men out, Hudson hits an RBI single, scoring Gonzalez, giving the Braves a 3-2 lead, while sending Conrad up to second base. The Braves then took a 5-2 lead as Omar Infante hits an RBI triple, knocking in both Conrad and Hudson. The Braves added to their lead in the sixth as Derrek Lee hits a lead-off home run, his nineteenth home run of the year, giving the Braves a 6-2 lead. Four batters later, with two men on, and with one man out, Conrad hits an RBI single, scoring Brian McCann, who had earlier singled, moved up to second on Diaz’s single, then went to third on Gonzalez’s ground out, 5-3, giving the Braves a 7-2 lead, before Diaz, who had earlier singled, then moved up to second on Gonzalez’s ground out, is thrown out at home plate by a throw to home by Ryan Howard, after Jayson Werth’s throw into the infield gets pass him, with Brian Schneider applying the tag, 9-3-2, for the second out of the inning, while Conrad would go to second on the play. The Braves then made it an 8-2 lead in the sixth as, with two men on, and with two men out, Diaz hits an RBI single, scoring Heyward, who had earlier walked, and was safe at second on a 5-3 doubleplay on a grounder by Lee, as Infante, who had earlier singled, and had gone to second on Heyward’s walk, was wiped out at third base, while McCann, who had just walked, moved up to second base. The Phils made it an 8-4 Braves’ lead in the seventh as, with one man on, and with one man out, Werth hits a two-run home run, his twenty-seventh home run of the year, scoring Howard, who had just walked. The Phils then cut the Braves’ lead further in the eighth as, with two men on, and with two men out, Wilson Valdez hits an RBI single, knocking in Brian Bocock, who was pinch running for Jimmy Rollins, who had earlier singled, then went to third on Braves third baseman Omar Infante’s throwing error of pinch hitter Mike Sweeney’s grounder, making it an 8-5 Braves’ lead, while sending Sweeney, who was safe on Infante’s error, up to second base. The Phils then cut the Braves’ lead down to 8-7 as pinch hitter Ben Francisco hits a two-run double, scoring both Sweeney and Valdez. That would end up being the final score as Billy Wagner would record his thirty-seventh save of the year by recording a 1-2-3 ninth, striking out Greg Dobbs, looking.

Cole Hamels pitches two scoreless innings, walking a batter, while striking out two. Roy Oswalt pitches an inning, giving up a run on two hits, while striking out a batter. Danys Baez took the lost as he pitches two-thirds of an inning, giving up four runs on five hits, while striking out one. His record is now 3-4 with a 5.48 ERA. Mike Zagurski pitches a third of an inning, striking out the only man that he would face. Joe Blanton pitches an inning, giving up two runs on four hits and a walk. J.C. Romero pitches two-thirds of an inning, before leaving the game because of a bad back, giving up a run on a hit and a walk. Chad Durbin pitches an inning and a third, giving up a hit and two walks, as he strikes out a batter. Brad Lidge pitches an inning, giving up a hit and two walks, while striking out a batter. Tim Hudson gets the win as he pitches seven innings, giving up four runs on two hits, a walk and a hit batter, while he strikes out three. His record is now 17-9 with a 2.83 ERA. Jonny Venters pitches two-thirds of an inning, giving up two unearned runs on a hit, while striking out a batter. Billy Wagner records his thirty-seventh save of the season as he pitches an inning and a third, giving up a run on two hits and a walk, while striking out four.

The Phils had only five hits in the game, a single by Jimmy Rollins, a single by Wilson Valdez, knocking in a run, a two-run home run by Jayson Werth, a two-run pinch hit home run by John Mayberry, Jr. and a two-run pinch hit double by Ben Francisco. The Phils’ offense was otherwise kept quiet yesterday.

The Phils, at 97-65, ended the season with the best record in the majors, doing so for the first time in the team’s 128-years history. They will begin the divisional series at home this coming Wednesday, facing the Cincinnati Red, the Central Division champs, looking for some revenge for 1976, when they were swept in a three game series for the NL Championship.