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An explosive eighth inning gives the Phils a come from behind win as they defeat the Cards, 10-2.

The Phils explode for nine runs in the eighth inning as the Cards’ bullpen implode as they come from behind to defeat the Redbirds, 10-2.

The game started as a pitchers’ duel between Cardinals’ starter Kyle McClellan, who pitched five innings keeping the Phils off-balanced, as he gave up two singles and three walks, while striking out two, and Roy Halladay, who for four innings kept the Cards off the scoreboard as he gave up a hit and two walks, while striking out four. The Cards took the lead in the fifth as, with the bases loaded, via singles to Yadier Molina, Daniel Descalsco, with Molina stopping at second base, and Skip Schumaker, with the runners stopping at third and second base, and with one man out, Ryan Theriot hits into an RBI force out, 5-4, forcing out Schumaker at second base, as Molina scored, as Placido Polanco was slow getting the ball out of his glove, giving the Cards a 1-0 lead, while Descalsco would move up to second base, as Theriot would beat the throw to first. The Phils would tie the game up at one-all in the seventh as, with two men on, and with two men out, pinch hitter Ross Gload hits an RBI single, knocking in Raul Ibanez, who had earlier walked, then went to second base on Carlos Ruiz’s single, crossing the plate before Ruiz, who had earlier singled, was tagged out between second and third by third baseman Descalsco, who had just cut off Matt Holliday’s throw to the plate, for the inning’s final out. The Cards retook the lead in their half of the seventh as, with runners on the corners, and with one man out, Schumaker hits a sacrifice fly, scoring Descalsco, who had earlier walked, then went to third on pinch hitter Mark Hamilton’s single. The Phils would then break the game open in the eighth, helped by the implosion of the Cards’ bullpen. After Jimmy Rollins started the inning off by lining out to left, Shane Victorino got on base with a single to right. Chase Utley followed by taking a walk, moving Victorino up to second base. Cardinals’ manager Tony LaRussa then came to the mound and relieved Trever Miller with Jason Motte to face Ryan Howard. On an 0-1 pitch, Motte hit Howard, loading up the bases as both runners moved up a base. Then with Polanco batting, Motte hit him on a 3-2 count, forcing in Victorino, tying the score up at two-all, while moving up both Utley and Howard, as the bases remained loaded. After Wilson Valdez comes in to pinch run for Polanco, as he is taken out of the ballgame to see if he was okay, as the ball had hit him on his left elbow, LaRussa replaces Motte with Brian Tallet, who proceeded to strikeout Ibanez swinging for the inning’s second out, leaving the bases loaded. The next batter was to be Dom Brown, but Phils’ manager Charlie Manuel sent out pinch hitter Ben Francisco to face Tallet. Francisco then gave the Phils a 3-2 lead with an RBI single, knocking in Utley, while moving up both Howard and Valdez, leaving the bases still loaded. LaRussa then replaced Tallet with Miguel Batista, who proceeded to walk Ruiz on five pitches, forcing in Howard as the Phils took a 4-2 lead, while both Valdez and Francisco moved up a base, the bases remaining loaded. Michael Martinez is then sent up to pinch hit for Michael Stutes, and proceeded to take a walk, forcing in a run, as Valdez scores, giving the Phils a 5-2 lead, while sending Francisco up to third base, and Ruiz over to second, as the Phils batted around. Rollins, batting for the second time in the inning, followed with a two-run single, scoring both Francisco and Ruiz, giving the Phils a 7-2 lead, while sending Martinez to second base. LaRussa then replaced Bastista with Maikal Cieto, hoping to final end this disastrous inning for the Redbirds. Cieto proceed to walk Victorino, the eleventh batter of the inning, reloading the bases as both Martinez and Rollins moved up a base. Utley, the twelfth Phils to bat in the inning, followed with a two-run single, knocking in both Matinez and Rollins, making it a 9-2 Phils’ lead, while sending Victorino to second base. Howard, the inning’s thirteenth batter, then made it a 10-2 Phils’ lead with an RBI single, knocking in Victorino, while sending Utley on to third. Cieto then finally ended the inning by getting Valdez, who was batting for the first time in the game, to fly out to right. That would end up being the final score as Antonio Bastardo and David Herndon threw a pair of scoreless innings against the Cards.

Roy Halladay received a no-decision as he pitched six innings, giving up a run on four hits and two walks, while striking out five. Michael Stutes (2-0, 2.38) got the win as he pitched an inning, giving up a run on a hit and a walk, while striking out one. Antonio Bastardo and David Herndon combined for two scoreless innings, giving up a walk (Bastardo), while striking out three (Bastardo (1), Herndon (2)) between them. Kyle McClellan also received a no-decision as he went seven innings, giving up a run on five hits and four walks, while he struck out two. Trever Miller (0-1, 3.86) took the lost, after receiving his four hold of the season, as he pitched a third of an inning, giving up two runs on a hit and a walk. Jason Motte blew his second save of the year as he pitched to two batters, hitting both of them. Brian Tallet pitched a third of an inning, giving up a run on a hit, as he struck out one. Miguel Batista pitched to three batters, as he gave up three runs on a hit and two walks, getting none of the three batters he faced out. Maikal Cieto pitched an inning and a third, giving up a run on three hits and two walks, while striking out one. The Cardinals’ bullpen blew up in the eighth inning, allowing fourteen men to come to the plate, giving up nine runs on six hits, three walks, and two hit batters.

The Phils had eleven hits in the game, with Carlos Ruiz leading the team with four hits, all singles, knocking in a run, as he lifted his average to .256. Chase Utley followed with two hits, bith singles, as he knocked in two runs, Jimmy Rollins (Single, 2 RBIs), Shane Victorino (Single), Ryan Howard (Single, RBI), pinch hitter Ross Gload (Single, RBI) and pinch hitter Ben Francisco (Single, RBI), had the other five Phils’ hits. Placido Polanco (Hit by the Pitch) and Michael Martinez (Walk), had the other two Phils’ RBI, as the offense took advantage of the Cards’ bullpen’s meltdown in the eighth.

The Phils (46-28, 1st East) continue their series with the Cards (40-34, 2nd Central) with a night game tonight at Busch Stadium (III). The game will start at 8:15 pm EDT (7:15 pm CDT). The Phils will send to the mound Cliff Lee (7-5, 3.12), who is coming off a complete game win against the Marlins on June 16, as he gave up just two hits and two walks, while striking out four, in the Phils’ 3-0 win. He will be going for his fourth straight win, while trying to give the Phils their first series win in their last four tries on the road. The Cards will counter with Kyle Lohse (7-3, 2.88), who is coming off a no-decision against the Nationals on June 16, as he pitched six innings, giving up four runs on seven hits and a walk, as he struck out three, in the Cards’ 7-4  lost. He will be trying to even up the series for the Redbirds. The Phils will be trying to give Lee some runs support to give him his eighth win of the season.

Shane Victorino ends up being a single short of hitting the cycle, as he helped lead to Phils to a victory over the Mariners, 5-1.

Shane Victorino ends the evening being a single short of the cycle as he leads the Phils to a win over the Mariners, 5-1.

The Phils took the lead in the first as, with runners on the corners, and with one man out, Ryan Howard hits a sacrifice fly, scoring Jimmy Rollins, who had earlier singled, moved up to second base on Felix Hernandez’s wild pitch, and then stopped at third on Chase Utley’s force out, 1-6, as Shane Victorino, who had earlier walked, is forced out at second base, while Utley would beat the throw to first, giving the Phils a 1-o lead. The Mariners tried to tie the game up at one-all in their half of the first as, with one man on, and with two men out, Justin Smoak hits a double to left that bounces off of the left field wall. Raul Ibanez played the ball off the wall perfectly, before throwing it back into the infield, holding the runner, Adam Kennedy, who had earlier singled, at third, preventing him from scoring. Phils’ starter Vance Worley then ended the ending by getting Miguel Olivo to ground out, 1-3. The Mariners then tied the game up at one-all in the second as, with one man out Dustin Ackley hits a solo home run, his first home run of the season and of his career. The Mariners then threaten to take the lead later in the inning, as the next two batters, Mike Carp, via  a walk, later moving up to second on a wild pitch by Worley, and Greg Halman, via a single, with Carp stopping at third, and with still one man out, when Ichiro Suzuki hits a sharp grounder to Utley, who threw the ball home, catching Carp between home and third. Carlos Ruiz then ran Carp back to third, before throwing the ball to Placido Polanco, who then tagged out Carp for the inning’s second out on the fielder’s choice, 4-2-5, while keeping Halman, who had moved up to second base on the grounder, at second, while keeping Suzuki at first. Worley then ended the inning by striking out Brendan Ryan, swinging. The game would stay tied until the seventh inning when the Phils took the lead as, with the bases loaded, via a single by Ross Gload, a double by Dom Brown, with Gload stopping at third base, and Rollins with a walk, and with two men out, Victorino hits a ground-rule double, knocking in Gload and Brown, giving the Phils a 3-1 lead, while sending Rollins to third. The Phils then made it a 5-1 lead in the ninth as, with one man on, and with two men out, Victorino hits a two-run home run, his eighth home run of the year, scoring Rollins, who had just singled. That would be the final score as Ryan Madson would pitch a scoreless ninth.

Vance Worley received a no-decision as he went five innings, giving up a run on five hits and three walks, while striking out three. Michael Stutes (1-0, 2.08) got his first career victory as he pitched an inning and two-thirds, giving up two walks, as he struck out a batter. Antonio Bastardo collected his seventh hold of the season as he pitched one and a third scoreless inning, striking out two batters. Ryan Madson pitched a scoreless inning, giving up a single, while striking out a batter. Felix Hernandez (7-6, 3.34) took the lost as he went seven innings, giving up three runs on eight hits and two walks, while striking out five. David Pauley pitched a scoreless inning, giving up two hits. Jamey Wright pitched an inning, giving up two runs on two hits, striking out a batter.

The Phils had twelve hits in the ballgame, with Jimmy Rollins (Singles) and Shane Victorino (Double, Triple, Home Run, 4 RBIs) lead the team with three hits apiece, with Victorino being a single short of reaching the cycle. Ryan Howard (Single, Double, RBI) and Raul Ibanez (Singles) both followed with two hits each. Ross Gload (Single) and Dom Brown (Double) had the other two Phils’ hits as the offense seems to have adjusted to playing in Safeco Field.

The Phils (45-27, 1st NL East) will conclude their three-game interleague play series with the Mariners (36-35, 2nd AL West) with an afternoon game at Safeco Field. The game will start at 4:10 pm EDT (1:10 pm PDT). The Phils will send to the mound Cole Hamels (9-2, 2.49), who is coming off a win against the Marlins on June 14, as he pitched seven innings, giving up a run on three hits and a walk, while striking out six, in the Phils’ 9-1 rout. He will be shooting for his tenth win of the season, while trying to give the Phils their second series win in interleague play. The Mariners will try to counter with Jason Vargas (4-4, 4.13), who is coming off a lost to the Angels on June 13, as he went seven innings, giving up five runs on six hits and two walks, while striking out six, in the Mariners’ 6-3 lost. He will be trying to give the Mariners the series win. The Phils will be going for their second series win in interleague play, while trying to give Hamels his tenth win of the year.

The Phils sweep the doubleheader with a walk-off win in the bottom of the tenth as they defeat the Marlins, 5-4.

The Phils sweep the day-night twinbill from the fish as they take a walk-off win in the nightcap as they defeat the Marlins in ten innings, 5-4.

The Marlins took the lead in the first as, with a runner on third, and with one man out, Logan Morrison hits an RBI ground out, 3-unassisted, knocking in Hanley Ramirez, who had earlier doubled, then went to third on Chris Coghlan’s ground out, 4-3, giving the Marlins a 1-0 lead. The Marlins then took a 2-0 lead as the next batter, Gaby Sanchez hits a solo home run, his twelfth home run of the season. The Phils got a run back in their half of the first as, with one man on, and with one man out, Chase Utley hits an RBI double, scoring Jimmy Rollins, who had earlier walked, and just beat the throw to the plate, making it a 2-1 Marlins’ lead, before moving up to third on the throw to the plate. The Marlins then added to their lead in the fourth as, with runners on second and third, and with one man out, John Buck hits a two-run single, scoring Greg Dobbs, who had earlier hit a ground-rule double on a ball that was interferred with by a fan, then stopped at third on Jose Lopez’s double, and Lopez, who had just doubled, giving the fish a 4-1 lead. The Phils cut the Marlins’ lead down to 4-2 in the fifth as, with one man on, and with one man out, Utley hits an RBI triple, knocking in Shane Victorino, who had earlier singled, then stole second base. The Phils then tied it up at four-all in the ninth as, with runners on second and third, and with two men out, Victorino hits a two-run single, scoring both Carlos Ruiz, who had earlier singled, moved up to second base on pinch hitter’s Ross Gload’s single, then went to third on Rollins’ ground out, 1-3, off of reliver Leo Nunez’s leg, and pinch runner Michael Martinez, who was running for Gload, who had moved up to second on Rollins’ ground out. The Phils then won the game in the tenth as, with two men on, and with two men out, Ruiz hits an RBI single, knocking in Ryan Howard, who had earlier been hit by a pitch, then moved up to second on Dom Brown’s walk, giving the Phils a 5-4 walk-off extra-innings win.

Roy Halladay received a no-decision as he pitched seven innings, giving up four runs on six hits, while he struck out eight. Antonio Bastardo and Michael Stutes combine for two scoreless innings, giving up a walk (Stutes) between them. Ryan Madson (3-1, 2.10) picked up the win as he pitched a scoreless inning, giving up two walks, while striking out a batter. Anibal Sanchez also received a no-decision as he went seven innings, giving up two runs on four hits and four walks, while striking out six. Randy Choate received his ninth hold of the year as he pitched a scoreless inning, giving up a hit, while striking out two. Leo Nunez received his third blown save of the season as he gave up two runs on three hits. Michael Dunn (4-5, 4.15) took the lost as he pitched two-thirds of an inning, giving up a run on a hit, a walk and a hit batter, as he struck out one.

The Phils had nine hits in the game, with Shane Victorino (Singles, 2 RBIs), Chase Utley (Double, Triple, 2 RBIs) and Carlos Ruiz (Singles, RBI), all leading the team with two hits each. Ryan Howard (Single), Placido Polanco (Double) and pinch hitter Ross Gload (Single) had the other three Phils’ hits.

The Phils (43-26, 1st) will conclude their four-game set with the Marlins (32-36, T-4th) with an afternoon game, already in progress, as they go for the series sweep.

Two errors in one inning do in the Phils as they lose to the Dodgers, 6-2.

Two errors in the third inning do in the Phils before they drop one to the Dodgers, 6-2.

The Dodgers took the lead in the second as, with two men on, and with one man out, Dioner Navarro hits an RBI single, scoring Matt Kemp, who had earlier doubled, giving the Dodgers a 1-0 lead, while sending James Loney, who had just walked, on to second base.  The Phils tried to tie up the score in their half of the third as they loaded the baes via walks to Carlos Ruiz and Dom Brown, and then an infield single to Wilson Valdez, moving up both runners, and with one man out, Shane Victorino hits a grounder to the pitcher, Dodgers’ starter Rubby De La Rosa, who then threw home, forcing out Ruiz, 1-2, for the inning’s second out, while both Brown and Valdez would move up a base, while Victorino would stop at first. The Phils then tied the game up at one-all as Placido Polanco forced in Brown with a walk, while both Valdez and Victorio would move up a base.  The Dodgers regained the lead in the third as, with runners on the corners, and with nobody out, Casey Blake hits an RBI single, knocking in De La Rosa, who had earlier walked, then went on to third on Dee Gordon’s single, giving the Dodgers a 2-1 lead, while sending Gordon, who had earlier singled, up to second base. The Dodgers then took a 3-1 lead as Phils’ starter Roy Oswalt commited a throwing error, trying to pick-off Gordon at second, who then scored, while Blake would move to third on the error. It then became a 4-1 Dodgers’ lead as Andre Ethier knocked in Blake with a single. The Phils cut the lead down to 4-2 in the seventh as, with one man on, and with two men out, Chase Utley hits an RBI triple, scoring Victorino, who was earlier safe at first on a force out as Ross Gload, who had gotten on base with a pinch hit walk, is wiped out at second base, 4-6.  The Dodgers would make it a 6-2 lead in the  eighth as, with a runner on first, and with no one out, Kemp hit a two-run home run, his seventeenth home run of the year, scoring Ethier, who had earlier walked. That would be the  final score as the Phils went down easily in the ninth.

Roy Oswalt (3-4, 3.05) went six innings, giving up four runs on eight hits and two walks, striking out a batter. J.C. Romero pitched a scoreless inning, giving up a walk, while striking out a batter. Michael Stutes pitched an inning, giving up two runs on a hit and a walk, striking out a batter. David Herndon pitched a scoreless inning, giving up a hit. Rubby De La Rosa (2-0, 1.80) gets the win as he pitched five inning. giving up a run on four hits and five walks, while striking out four. Blake Hawksworth received his third hold of the season as he pitched a 1-2-3 inning. Matt Guerrier collected his ninth hold of the year as he pitched two-thirds of an inning, giving up a run on a walk. Scott Elbert collected his third hold of the year as he pitched a third of the inning, giving up a hit, while striking out one. Javy Guerra pitched a 1-2-3 inning.

The Phils had just five hits in the ballgame, with Wilson Valdez leading the team with two hits, both singles. Chase Utley (Triple, RBI), Raul Ibanez (Single) and Carlos Ruiz (Single) had the other three Phils’ hits. Placido Polanco had the other Phil RBI as he forced in a run with a bases loaded walk, as the Phils did not take advantage of Rubby De La Rosa’s early wildness.

The Phils (36-25, 1st) will conclude their series with the Dodgers (29-33, 4th West) with a night game tomorrow night at Citizens Bank Park. The game will start at 7:05 pm EDT.  The Phils will send to the mound Cole Hamels (7-2, 2.83) as he received a no-decision against the Pirates on June 3, as he went eight innings, giving up just one run on a hit and three walks, while striking out four, in the Phils’ 2-1 extra-inning lost. He will be going for his eighth win of the season. The Dodgers will counter with Hiroki Kuroda  (5-6, 3.46), as he is coming off a lost against the Reds on June 3, as he went six innings, giving up two runs on six hits and four walks, while he struck out three, in the Dodgers’ 2-1 lost. He will be trying to end his three-game losing streak. The Phils will be trying to win the series.

Four runs in the last two innings give the Phils their third straight win as they defeat the Mets, 6-4.

Scoring four runs in the last two innings give the Phils their third straight victory as they hang on to beat the Mets, 6-4.

The Phils took the lead in the third as, with a man on second base, and with two men out, Jimmy Rollins hits an RBI single, scoring Carlos Ruiz, who had earlier walked, then went to second on Roy Oswalt’s sacrifice bunt, 3-4, giving the Phils a 1-0 lead. The Phils added to their lead in the fifth as, with a runner on third, and with nobody out, Oswalt hits an RBI single, knocking in John Mayberry, Jr., who had earlier reached base on a bloop single, moved up to second base on center fielder Angel Pagan’s missed catch error, before going on to third on left fielder Jason Bay’s throwing error to second base, giving the Phils a 2-0 lead. The Mets got a run back in their half of the fifth as, with two men on, and with two men out, Carlos Beltran hits an RBI single, scoring Jose Reyes, who had earlier reached base on an error by Chase Utley, who had run into Rollins as Rollins tried to catch a pop up, causing him to miss the ball, then moved up to second base on Justin Turner’s single, making it a 2-1 Phils’ lead, while sending Turner, who had just singled, on to third base. The Mets then tied the game up at two-all in the sixth as, with a man on second, and with one man out, Ronny Paulino hits an RBI single, knocking in Pagan, who had earlier singled, then stole second base. The Mets took the lead in the seventh as, with a runner on third, and with nobody out, Turner hits an RBI single, scoring Reyes, who had earlier doubled, then went to third when Michael Stutes tried to pick him off at second base, except that there was no one covering the bag, giving the Mets a 3-2 lead. The Phils then tied the game up at three-all in the eighth as, with one man on, and with nobody out, Rollins hits an RBI single, scoring Dom Brown, who had earlier hit a pinch hit single, then stole second base. The Phils then took the lead in the ninth as, with two men on, and with one man out, Brown hits an RBI single knocking in Ruiz, who had earlier singled, then stopped at second base on pinch hitter Ross Gload’s single, giving the Phils a 4-3 lead, while sending Michael Martinez, who was pinch running for Gload, who had just singled, over to third. The Phils then took a 5-3 lead as, now with runners on the corners, Rollins hits a sacrifice fly, scoring Martinez. The Phils then made it a 6-3 lead two batters later as, once again with runners on the corners, and now with two men out, Placido Polanco hits an RBI infield single as Utley, who had earlier singled, sending Brown on to third, beat second baseman Ruben Tejada’s throw to second base, allowing Brown to score. The Mets made it a 6-4 Phils’ lead in the bottom of the ninth as, with a runner on second, and with one man out, Reyes, who had earlier singled, then reached second on defensive indifference, scored on a Beltran single, after Martinez had committed a fielding error in center field. That would be the final score as Ryan Madson would record his tenth save of the year by getting Daniel Murphy to hit into a 6-4-3 double play, wiping out Bay, who had just singled, sending Beltran to third base, at second base for the final out.

Roy Oswalt received a no-decision, as he went six innings, giving up two runs, one of which was unearned, on nine hits, while striking out two. Michael Stutes pitched an inning, as he gave up a run on two hits and a walk. Antonio Bastardo (3-0, 1.42) got the win as he pitched a scoreless inning, as he gave up a walk, while striking out one. Ryan Madson recorded his tenth save of the season as he pitched an inning, giving up a run on three hits. Chris Capuano also received a no-decision as he went six innings, giving up two runs on four hits and a walk, while striking out eight. Pedro Beato pitched a 1-2-3 inning. Jason Isringhausen blew his first save attmept of the year as he pitched an inning, giving up a run on two hits and a walk. Francisco Rodriguez (1-1, 1.80) took the lost as he pitched two-thirds of an inning, giving up three runs on five hits. Tim Byrdak pitched a third of an inning, striking out the only man that he would face.

The Phils had eleven hits in the game, with Jimmy Rollins (Single, Double, 3 RBIs) and Dom Brown (Singles, RBI) both leading the team with two hits each. Chase Utley (Single), Placido Polanco (Single, RBI), Ben Francisco (Single), Carlos Ruiz (Single), John Mayberry, Jr. (Single), Roy Oswalt (Single, RBI) and pinch hitter Ross Gload (Single), had the other seven Phils’ hits.

The Phils (32-19, 1st) continue their visit against the Mets (23-27, 4th) later today at Citi Field. The game will begin at 7:10 pm. The Phils will start Cole Hamels (6-2, 3.06), who is coming off a win against the Reds on May 23, as he went six innings, giving up three runs on five hits and two walks, while striking out four, in the Phils’ 10-3 rout. He will be going for his seventh win of the year. The Mets will send to the mound Mike Pelfrey (3-4, 5.37), who is coming off a lost against the Yanks on May 22, as he pitched six innings, giving up five runs on eight hits and two walks, while striking out four, in the Mets’ 9-3 lost. He will be trying to even his record. The Phils will be going for their fourth straight win.

The Phils once again waste a good pitching effort as they lose to the Rangers, 2-0.

The Phils waste another good effort by Roy Oswalt as they lose to the Rangers, 2-0.

The Phils and Rangers were involved in a pitchers’ duel during most of the game between Phils’ starter Roy Oswalt and Rangers’ starter Matt Harrison. The Rangers finally took the lead in the sixth as, with one man on, and with one man out, Mitch Moreland hits an RBI double, knocking in Michael Young, who had earlier singled, then went to second base on Adrian Beltre’s ground out, 2-3, giving the Rangers a 1-0 lead. The Rangers then took a 2-0 lead in the eighth as, with runners on the corners, and with one man out, Craig Gentry knocked in a run with a suicide squeeze bunt, scoring Beltre, who had earlier doubled, then went to third on Moreland’s ground out, 4-3, while sending up to second base Mike Napoli, who had earleir been hit by the pitch. That would be the final score as Neftali Feliz recorded his ninth save of the year as he pitched a scoreless ninth, getting pinch hitter Ross Gload to fly out to left for the final out.

Roy Oswalt (3-2, 2.77) took the lost as he pitched seven innings, giving up a run on eight hits and two walks, while striking out three. J.C. Romero pitched a third of an inning, giving up a run on a hit. David Herndon pitched one and two-thirds innings, as he struck out a batter. Matt Harrison (4-4, 3.62) got the win as he pitched eight and one-third shut out innings, giving up five scattered hits and three walks, while striking out three. Neftali Feliz recorded his ninth save of the season as he pitched two-thirds of an inning, getting out both men that he would face.

The Phils had only five hits in the game, all singles, by Wilson Valdez, Placido Polanco, Ryan Howard, Raul Ibanez and Dane Sardinha, as the Phils’ offense once again went into neutral. They were once again unable to get the key hit against an opponent’s pitcher, as they hope that a returning Chase Utley will help jump start the offense.

The Phils (28-18, 1st NL East) will begin a four-games series with the Reds (25-22, 2nd Central), starting 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 Cole Hamels (5-2, 2.92), who is coming off a win against the Rockies on May 18, as he pitched eight strong innings, giving up a run on five hits and a walk, while striking out eight, in the Phils’ 2-1 win. He will be going for his sixth win of the season. The Reds will counter by sending to the mound Bronson Arroyo (3-4, 4.11), who is coming off a lost against the Pirates on May 18, as he pitched seven innings, being hit for five runs on seven hits and two walks, while striking out four, in the Reds’ 5-0 lost. He will be trying to even up his record. The Phils will be trying to start off the long series with a win.

Jason Giambi’s three home runs lead the Rox over the Phils, 7-1.

Three home runs by Jason Giambi doom the Phils as they lose to the Rockies, 7-1.

The Rox took a quick 3-0 lead in the first as, with two men on, and with two men out, Jason Giambi hits a three-run home run, his second home run of the season, knocking in Dexter Fowler, who had started the game off with a single, then went to third base on Troy Tulowitzki’s single, and Tulowitzki, who had just singled. The Rockies then increased their lead to 5-0 in the third as, with one man on, and with two men out, Giambi hits a two-run home run, his third home run of the season, and his second home run of the game, scoring Carlos Gonzalez, who had earlier doubled. The Phils would get on the board in the fourth as, with two men on, and with two men out, Raul Ibanez hits an RBI ground-rule double, knocking in Placido Polanco, who had earlier singled, then went to second base on Jhoulys Chacin’s wild pitch when he struck out Ross Gload, allowing Gload to reach first base, making it a 5-1 Rox’s lead, while sending Gload, who had reached first base on a strikeout-wild pitch, to stop at third base. The Rox then added to their lead in the fifth as, with one man on, and with one man out, Giambi hits a two-run home run, his third home run of the night and his fourth home run of the season, knocking in Tulowitzki, who had reached first base on Polanco’s fielding error, making it a 7-1 Rockies’ lead. That would end up being the final score as Felipe Paulino pitched a scoreless ninth.

Kyle Kendrick (3-3, 3.28), who was pitching in place of scheduled starter Joe Blanton, who was taken out for an injury while warming up, took the lost as he went three innings, giving up five runs on seven hits and a walk, while striking out two. Danys Baez pitched two innings, giving up two runs, only one of which was earned, on three hits, as he struck out one. Scott Mathieson, Michael Stutes and J.C. Romero combine for four scoreless innings, giving up five hits (Mathieson (3), Stutes (1), Romero (1)), while striking out seven (Mathieson (3), Stutes (2), Romero (2)) between them. A Phil starter threw a bad game for the first time in several starts, thanks to the Phils needing to put in an emergency starter because of Blanton’s injury while warming up. Jhoulys Chacin (5-2, 2.70) got the win as he went seven strong innings, giving up a run on four hits and a walk, while striking out nine. Matt Lindstrom and Felipe Paulino would combine for two scoreless innings, giving up two hits (one hit each) between them.

The Phils had only six hits in the game, with Placido Polanco (Singles) and Raul Ibanez (Single, Ground-Rule Double, RBI), both having two hits. Ross Gload (Single) and Carlos Ruiz (Single) had the other two Phils’ hits. The Phils’ offense continue to be enemic as they now face their first American League team during a preview of Interleague Play.

The Phils (26-17, 1st NL East) will begin a three-game set with the Rangers (23-21, 1st AL West) in their first Interleague Play series. The game will start at 7:05 pm EDT and will be played at Citizens Bank Park. The Phils will send to the mound their ace Roy Halladay (5-3, 2.21) as he is coming off a lost to the Braves on May 15, as he pitched eight innings, giving up three runs on eight hits and two walks, while striking out seven, in the Phils’ 3-2 lost. He will be trying to end his two-game losing streak. The Rangers will counter with C.J. Wilson (4-2, 3.38), who is coming off a no-decision against the Angels on May 15, as he pitched five innings, giving up two runs on six hits and four walks, as he struck out two, in the Rangers’ 5-4 win. He will be going for his fifth win of the season. The Phils will be trying to get the offense going, as Dom Brown and Scott Herndon (What? Are they kidding bringing back that stiff?!?) are both called up from the Iron Pigs to replace Shane Victorino, who was placed on the disabled list, while Joe Blanton will stay with the team, for now, as Mathieson is sent back to Lehigh Valley.