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The Phils’ bullpen ruins another excellent start by blowing the lead in the bottom of the ninth, as they lose to the Reds, 3-2.

Philadelphia_PhilliesThe Phils’ bullpen blew another lead as they allowed the winning run to cross the plate via a walk-off bases loaded double, as they drop the series to the Reds, losing 3-2.

The Phils took the lead in the top of the first as, with one man on, and with two men out, Maikel Franco hits a two-run home run, his first home run of the season, knocking in Odubel Herrera, who had earlier reached based on an infield single to first, giving the Phils a 2-0 lead. The Reds would get a run back in their half of the first as, with one man out, Eugenio Suarez hits a solo home run, his first home run of the season, making it a 2-1 Phils’ lead. The Phils would keep it a 2-1 lead via excellent pitching from their starter Aaron Nola who would pitch seven strong innings, giving up only one run, via Suarez’s home run, and four hits, while striking out eight, and a 1-2-3 eighth inning from David Hernandez, as he redeemed himself for Monday’s fiasco. But the Reds would threaten in the bottom of the ninth as they loaded up the bases, via a one-out single by Suarez, an infield single to the relief pitcher Dalier Hinojosa by Devin Mesoraco, sending Suarez up to second base, and a single by Jay Bruce, sending Suarez on to third base, while moving pinch-runner Tyler Holt, who was pinch-running for Mesoraco, up to second base, with one man out. The Reds would then walk-off with the victory as Scott Schebler hits a two-run double, knocking in both Suarez and Holt, while sending Bruce over to third base, giving the Reds a 3-2 walk-off win.

Aaron Nola received a no-decision as he threw seven strong innings, giving up just one run on four hits, while striking out eighth. David Hernandez received his first hold of the season as he threw a 1-2-3 inning, striking out a batter. Dalier Hinojosa received his first blown save of the season before taking the lost (0-1, 54.00), as he pitched a third of an inning, giving up two runs on four hits. Brandon Finnegan also received a no-decision as he pitched six strong innings, giving up two runs on three hits and a walk, while striking out nine. Caleb Cotham pitched two scoreless innings, as he gave up two hits. Blake Wood got the win (1-0, 0.00) as he pitched a scoreless inning, walking a batter, while striking out one.

The Phils had five hits in the game, a double by Freddy Galvis, a single by Odubel Herrera, a two-run home run by Maikel Franco, a double by Cameron Rupp and a single by pinch-hitter Ryan Howard. The Phils’ offense also had two walks (Herrera, Darin Ruf) in the game and performed a sacrifice bunt (Cesar Hernandez), while Ruf was caught trying to steal.

The Phils will complete the three game-series today with an afternoon game at the Great American Ball Park.

The Phils starts the 2016 season with the bullpen blowing a 2-1 lead in the bottom of the eighth, before losing the game to the Reds, 6-2.

Philadelphia_PhilliesThe Phils begin the 2016 campaign with their bullpen blowing their first late-inning lead as they give up five runs in the bottom of the eighth, as they lose to the Reds in Cincinnati, 6-2.

The Reds took an early lead in the bottom of the first as, with a man on second, via Zack Cozart’s lead-off double, and with nobody out, Eugenio Suarez hits a ground ball to shortstop Freddy Glavis, who then throws to first, as Cozart heads for third base. The throw eludes first baseman Ryan Howard for a missed catch error, allowing Cozart to score from third base on the error by Howard for the game’s first run, giving the Reds a 1-0 lead, while Suarez would be safe at first on the error. The Phils took the lead in the top of the second as, with one man on, and with two men out, Galvis would hit a two-run home run, his first home run of the season, knocking in Carlos Ruiz, who had started the inning off with a single, giving the Phils a 2-1 lead. It would stay that way as the Phils’ opening day pitcher, Jeremy Hellickson, would pitch six strong innings, giving up an unearned run on three hits, followed by Jeanmar Gomez, who would pitch a scoreless inning. But then the wheel came off in the bottom of the eighth as the Reds loaded up the bases via a lead-off walk by Adam Duvall, a double by Scott Schebler, sending Duvall on to third base, and a walk by Billy Hamilton, and with nobody out, Cozart would hit a sacrifice fly to right for the inning’s first out, scoring Duvall from third base, tying the game up at two-all, while sending Schebler up to third base and Hamilton on to second base, thanks to how deep the ball went. Two batters later, after Suarez is walked to reload the bases, Joey Votto would hit an RBI single, knocking in both Schebler and Hamilton, giving the Reds a 4-2 lead, while moving Suarez up to second base. The Reds then made it a 6-2 lead two batters later, after they had reloaded the bases as Brandon Phillips is hit by the pitch, moving both runners up a base, and with still one man out, as Jay Bruce hits a two-run single, knocking in Suarez and Votto, while Philips would go on to third base, before attempting to score on center fielder Odubel Herrera’s fielding error, but is thrown out at the plate by a throw from Galvis, with catcher Ruiz putting on the tag, for the inning’s second out. That would end up being the final score as J.J. Hoover would come in to pitch the top of the ninth, throwing a 1-2-3 inning, getting Peter Bourjos to ground out for the game’s final out.

Jeremy Hellickson received a no-decision in spite of pitching six strong innings, giving up an unearned run on three hits, while striking out six. Jeanmar Gomez received his first hold of the season as he pitched a 1-2-3 inning, striking out a batter. David Hernandez (0-1, *.**) took the lost as he pitched to just third batters, getting none of them out, as he gave up three runs on a hit and two walks. James Russell committed his first blown save of the season as he pitched a third of an inning, giving up two runs on a hit and a walk. Hector Neris pitched two-thirds of an inning, giving up a hit, while also hitting a batter. Raisel Iglesias also received a no-decision as he pitched six innings, giving up two runs on six hits, while striking out seven. Jumbo Diaz pitched one and a third scoreless innings, striking out a batter. Tony Cingrani pitched a third of an inning, giving up a walk, while striking out a batter. Ross Ohlendorf (1-0, 0.00) got the win as he also pitched a third of an inning, striking out the only batter he’d faced. J.J. Hoover pitched a 1-2-3 inning.

The Phils had six hits in the game, with Cesar Hernandez leading the ballclub with two hits, a single and a double. Maikel Franco followed with a single, Carlos Ruiz with a single, Freddy Galvis with a home run (two RBIs) and the Phils’ starter Jeremy Hellickson with a single. The Phils also had a walk in the game (Odubel Herrera). The defense would perform one double play while committing two errors, a missed catch error by Ryan Howard and a fielding error by Herrera.

After taking yesterday off, the Phils and the Reds will continue their three-game series in Cincinnati with a night game tonight at Great American Ball Park. The game is to begin at 7:30 pm EST. The Phils will send to the mound Aaron Nola (0-0, -.–) who will be starting his first game of 2016, having ended 2015 with a record of 6-2 and an ERA of 3.59, in 13 starts. He will be trying to give the Phils their first victory of 2016, as well as gain his first win of the season. The Reds will counter with Brandon Finnegan (0-0, -.–) who had a record of 5-2 last season, pitching for both the Royals and the Reds, with an ERA of 3.56, in 20 games, four of which were starts. He will also be going for his first win of 2016, as well as trying to give the Reds the series win. The Phils will be trying for their first victory of the young season, as they hope the bullpen won’t blow another late lead.

And the Phils give another reason why it looks to be a long season as they get goose egged by the Braves, 9-0.

Philadelphia_PhilliesThe Phils take another lost on the road as they get beaten by the Braves, 9-0.

The Braves took a quick 2-0 lead in the bottom of the first as, with a man on first, and with one man out, Freddie Freeman hits a two-run home run to right, his fifth home run of season, knocking in Andrelton Simmons, who had just singled. The Braves would add to their lead in the bottom of the fourth as, with two men on, and with nobody out, Freeman, who had started the inning off with a single, then moved up to second base on A.J. Pierzynski’s single, would score on third baseman Cody Asche’s fielding error on Jonny Gomes’ grounder, giving the Braves a 3-0 lead, while Pierzynski, who had earlier singled, would stop at second base, as Gomes would be safe at first on the error. The Braves then made it a 6-0 lead as Kelly Johnson busted the game wide open with a three-run home run, his sixth home run of the year, knocking in Pierzynski and Gomes. The Braves added to their lead in the bottom of the seventh as, with the bases loaded via a lead-off walk by Simmons, a walk by Freeman, moving Simmons up to second base, before both runners would move up a base on Pierzynski’s deep fly out to right field, 9-unassisted, and then a walk to Gomes, and with one man out, Simmons would walk home on a Kelly Johnson walk, making it a 7-0 Braves’ lead, while Freeman and Gomes would both move up a base, leaving the bases loaded. The Braves then made it an 8-0 lead as Jace Peterson hits an RBI single, knocking in Freeman, while moving both Gomes and Johnson up a base, as the bases remained loaded. The Braves then took a 9-0 lead as, after the Phils have made a pitching change, replacing Dustin McGowen with Justin de Fratus, Cameron Maybin hits an RBI single, scoring Gomes, while sending Johnson on to third base and Peterson up to second base, leaving the bases loaded. That would end up being the final score as Shelly Miller finished his complete game shutout by throwing a 1-2-3 ninth inning, striking out Ryan Howard, swinging, for the game’s final out.

Chad Billingsly (0-1, 9.00) took the lost as he pitched five innings, giving up six runs, only five of which were earned, on eight hits and a walk, while striking out two. Elvis Araujo threw a scoreless inning, giving up two hits, as he struck out two. Dustin McGowen pitched a third of an inning, giving up three runs on a hit and four walks. Justin De Fratus pitched one and two-thirds innings, giving up a hit, while striking out a batter. Shelly Miller (4-1, 1.66) got the win as he pitched a complete game shutout, giving up just three hits and a walk, while striking out eight.

The Phils’ offense collected only three hits in the game, a lead-off single in the third by Cesar Hernandez, a lead-off double in the fifth by Ryan Howard and a two-out single in the eighth by Grady Sizemore, as well as a two-out walk by Hernandez in the fifth. The Phils had one other base runner as Freddy Galvis reached base in the sixth on a fielding error by third baseman Kelly Johnson. The Phils defense committed an error (Cody Asche) in the game, while performing three doubleplays.

The Phils (10-18, 5th) will conclude their series with the Braves (13-14, 3rd) with a night game tonight. The game will be played at Turner Field and is to start at 7:10 pm EDT. The Phils will send to the mound Jerome Williams (2-1, 4.08), who is coming off a no-decision against the Marlins on May 1, as he pitched five innings, giving up three runs on seven hits and two walks, while striking out two, in the Phils’ 4-3 walk-off lost. He will be going for his third win of the year and his second against the Braves. The Braves will counter with Mike Foltynewicz (1-0, 3.60), who is coming off a win against the Reds on May 1, as he went five innings, giving up three runs, two of which were earned, on six hits and three walks, while striking out two, in the Braves’ 4-3 win. He will be going for his second win of the season. The Phils will be going for the series win.

The Phillies start their 2015 spring training season with a 5-5 tie with the visiting Yankees.

Philadelphia_PhilliesThe Phillies begin their grapefruit league season with a tie against the visiting Yanks, as they allow a victory to slip away from them as they give up four runs in the top of the ninth.

The Yanks took the lead in the top of the first as, with two men on, and with two men out, Jose Pirela hits an RBI single, knocking in Chris Young, who had earlier singled, then moved up to third base on Garrett Jones’ single to right on a ball that was deflected by first baseman Ryan Howard, giving the Bronx Bombers a 1-0 lead, while sending Jones, who had just singled, up to third base. The Phils tied the game up at one-all in the bottom of the fourth as, with two men on, and with nobody out, Howard redeemed himself with an RBI single, knocking in Freddy Galvis, who had started the inning off with a single, then moved up to second base on Grady Sizemore’s single. The Phils then took the lead three batters later, after Dom Brown had loaded up the bases with a single, moving up a base both Sizemore and Howard, and with one man out, as Cody Asche hits a sacrifice fly to left, scoring Sizemore, giving the Phils a 2-1 lead. The Phils then made it a 3-1 lead in the bottom of the fifth as, with a man on third, and with two men out, Cameron Rupp, who had started the inning off with a walk, moved up to second base on Ben Revere’s ground out, 3-unassisted, for the inning’s first out, them went to third base on Galvis’ ground out, 4-3, for the inning’s second out, scored on a balk by pitcher Diego Moreno, giving the Phils a 3-1 lead. The Phils added to their lead in the bottom of the seventh as, with a runner on second, and with one man out, Cesar Hernandez, who had started the inning off with a single, then stole second base as Koyje Hill strikes out for the inning’s first out, scores on a throwing error by Yanks’ second baseman Rob Refsnyder on a grounder by Odubel Herrera, giving the Phils a 4-1 lead, while Herrera would move up to second base on the errant throw. The Phils then took a 5-1 lead two batters later as, now with two men out, Aaron Altherr hits an RBI single, knocking in Herrera. The Yanks would come back in the top of the ninth as, with a runner on third and with two men out, Jake Cave hits an RBI infield single, knocking in Mason Williams, who had started the inning off with a double, then moved up to third base on Cole Figueroa’s ground out, 6-3, making it a 5-2 Phils’ lead. The Yanks then tied the game up at five-all two batters later as, after Slade Heathcott hits a single, moving Cave up a base, with still two men out, Aaron Judge hits a three-run home run, his first home run of the spring, scoring both Cave and Heathcott. That would end up being the final score as the Phils ruined a two on, one out, opportunity in the bottom of the ninth.

David Buchanan pitched two innings for the Phils, giving up a run on five hits. Jerome Williams, Joely Rodriguez and Jeanmar Gomez followed with six scoreless innings between them, giving up three hits (Williams (1), Gomez (2)) and two walks (Rodriguez (1), Gomez (1)), while striking out three (one each). Mario Hollands pitched two-thirds of an inning, giving up four runs on five hits, while striking out one. Luis Garcia pitched a third of an inning, striking out the only batter that he would face. Adam Warren pitched two scoreless innings for the Yanks, giving up a hit. Luis Severino pitched an inning and a third, giving up two runs on four hits, while striking out two batters. Diego Moreno pitched an inning and two-thirds, giving up a run on a walk and a balk, while striking out a batter. Nick Goody pitched a 1-2-3 inning, striking out a batter. Jacob Lindgren pitched two-thirds of an inning, giving up two unearned runs on two hits, while striking out a batter. Branden Pinder pitched one and a third innings, striking out a batter. Chasen Shreve pitched a scoreless inning, giving up a hit and hitting a batter, while striking out two.

The Phils had eight hits in the game, all singles, with Ryan Howard leading the team with two hits, knocking in a run. Freddy Galvis, Grady Sizemore, Aaron Altherr (RBI), Dom Brown, Cesar Hernandez and Cord Phelps had the other six hits, while Cody Asche had the other RBI via a sacrifice fly, while the other two Phils’ runs came in on a balk and an error. The Phils’ offense also had a walk (Cameron Rupp) and two stolen bases (Brown (1), Hernandez (1)) in the game. The Phils’ defense performed a double play.

The next Phils spring training game will be played tomorrow afternoon against the Yankees in Tampa Bay at George M. Steinbrenner Field. The game is to start at 1:05 pm EST. Kevin Slowey will be starting for the Phils while Nathan Eovaldi will start for the Yanks. The Phils will hopefully have a better result than the one they had this afternoon.

Kyle Kendrick wins his tenth start in what could be his last game as a Phil, as the Phils defeat the Marlins, 2-1.

Philadelphia_PhilliesKyle Kendrick wins what may well be his last game as a Phil, as the Phils hang on to beat the Marlins, 2-1.

The Phils took the lead in the top of the seventh as, with a runner on first, and with two men out, Kyle Kendrick help his own cause as he breaks up a 0-0 tie with an RBI double, scoring Darin Ruf, who had started the inning off with a walk, giving the Phils a 1-0 lead. The Marlins would tie the game up at one-all in their half of the seventh as, with a runner on second, and with one man out, Enrique Hernandez hits an RBI double, knocking in Garrett Jones, who had started the inning off with a double. The Phils retook the lead in the top of the eighth as, with two men on, and with one man out, Marlon Byrd hits an RBI single, knocking in Maikel Franco, who had started the inning off with a single, then moved up to second base on Chase Utley’s ground out, 4-3, giving the Phils a 2-1 lead, while sending up to second base Ryan Howard, who had just walked. That would end up being the final score as Jonathan Papelbon recorded his thirty-eighth save of the season as he pitched a scoreless ninth.

Kyle Kendrick (10-13, 4.61) got the win as he pitched seven innings, giving up a run on six hits and a walk, while striking out two. Ken Giles recorded his twelfth hold of the year as he pitched a 1-2-3 inning. Jonathan Papelbon received his thirty-eighth save of the season by pitching a scoreless inning, giving up a hit while striking out a batter. Brad Hand received a no-decision as he pitched seven innings, giving up a run on six hits and three walks, while striking out a batter. Chris Hatcher (0-3, 3.27) took the lost as he went a third of an inning, giving up a run on two hits and a walk. A.J. Ramos pitched two-thirds of an inning, walking a batter. Carter Capps pitched a scoreless inning, giving up a hit.

The Phils recorded nine hits in the game, with Kyle Kendrick (2 Singles, Double, RBI) leading the team, followed by Maikel Franco (Singles) and Marlon Byrd (Singles, RBI) with two hits each. Darin Ruf (Double) and Carlos Ruiz (Single) had the other two Phils’ hits. The Phils also had five walks (Ben Revere, Chase Utley, Ryan Howard, Ruf, pinch hitter Dom Brown) in the game, while the defense performed a double play.

The Phils (72-86, 5th) will conclude their series with the Marlins (75-82, 4th) in a game already in progress.

A.J. Burnett strike out twelve Nats in seven strong innings of work, as the Phils hang on to defeat the division leading Nats, 3-2.

Philadelphia_PhilliesThe Phils take the series opener from the division leading Nats as A.J. Burnett throw seven strong inning, winning 3-2.

The Phils took the lead in the bottom of the fourth as, with runners on the corners, and with one man out, Dom Brown hits an RBI single, scoring Ryan Howard, who had earlier doubled, then stopped at third base on Marlon Byrd’s single, giving the Phils a 1-0 lead, while sending Byrd, who had just singled, up to second base. The Phils increased their lead in the bottom of the fifth as Cody Asche hits a lead-off home run, his ninth home run of the season, giving the Phils a 2-0 lead. The Nats would get a run back in the top of the sixth as, with one man out, Anthony Rendon hits a solo home run, his seventeenth home run of the year, giving the Phils a 2-1 lead. The Phils would get the run back in the bottom of the seventh as, with one man out, Carlos Ruiz hits a solo home run, his fourth home run of the season, giving the Phils a 3-1 lead. The Nats would cut the Phils’ lead down to 3-2 in the top of the ninth as, with two men out, Wilson Ramos hits a solo home run, his seventh home run of the season. That would be the final score as Jonathan Papelbon then buckled down to collect his thirty-second save of the season.

A.J. Burnett (7-14, 4.30) got the win as he pitched seven strong innings, giving up a run on three hits, a walk and a hit batter, while striking out twelve. Jake Diekman received his sixteenth hold of the year as he pitched a scoreless inning, as he gave up a hit and a walk. Jonathan Papelbon received his thirty-second save of the year as he pitched an inning, giving up a run on two hits, while striking out two. Tanner Roark (12-8, 2.81) took the lost as he went six innings, giving up two runs on five hits and a walk, while striking out two. Jerry Blevins pitched an inning, giving up a run on two hits and a hit batter, while striking out one. Ross Detwiler pitched a scoreless inning, giving up a hit, while striking out a batter.

The Phils had eight hits in the game, with Jimmy Rollins and Dom Brown (RBI) both leading the team with two hits each, all singles. Ryan Howard (Double), Marlon Byrd (Single), Cody Ache (Home Run, RBI) and Carlos Ruiz (Home Run, RBI), had the other four Phils’ hits. The Phils also had a walk (Howard), a hit batter (Darin Ruf) and a stolen base (Jimmy Rollins (27)) in the game.

The Phils (59-72, 5th) continue their series with the Nats (75-55, 1st) with a game tonight. The game will be played at Citizens Bank Park and is to begin at 7:05 pm EDT. The Phils will send to the mound Cole Hamels (7-6, 2.53), who is coming off a win against the Mariners on August 20, as he pitched five innings, giving up three runs on nine hits and a walk, while striking out four, in the Phils’ 4-3 win. He will be trying to give the Phils their third straight series win with a victory tonight. The Nats will counter with Gio Gonzalez (6-9, 3.83), who is coming off a no-decision against the Diamondbacks on August 21, as he threw seven scoreless innings, giving up four hits and three walks, while striking out six, in the Nats’ 1-0 walk-off win. He will be trying to even up the series. The Phils will be trying to win their third straight series, and their third straight game with a win tonight.

The Phils win their second straight series as newcomer Williams pitches his third straight quality start as the Phils defeat the Cards, 7-1.

Philadelphia_PhilliesNew Phils’ starter Jerome Williams pitched his third straight quality start as the Phils defeat the Cards, 7-1.

The Phils took the lead in the bottom of the first as, with a man on second, and with one man out, Chase Utley hits an RBI single, knocking in Ben Revere, who had started the inning off with a walk, then moved up to second base on pitcher Justin Masterson’s wild pitch, giving the Phils a 1-0 lead. The Phils increased their lead in the bottom of the second as, with runners on the corners, and with one man out, Jerome Williams helped his own cause by hitting a safety squeeze sacrifice bunt, scoring Dom Brown, who had started the inning off with a single, then moved up to third base on Cody Asche’s single, giving the Phils a 2-0 lead, while moving up to second Asche, who had just singled. The Phils then took a 3-0 lead as Revere hits an RBI single, knocking in Asche. The Phils added to their lead in the bottom of the third as, with runners on second and third, and with two men out, Ryan Howard, who had earlier walked, then stopped at third base on Grady Sizeman’s double, scored on pitcher Masterson’s wild pitch, his second of the afternoon, giving the Phils a 4-0 lead, while Sizemore, who had earlier doubled, would move up to third base. The Phils then made it a 5-0 lead as Wil Nieves hits an RBI single, scoring Sizemore. The Cards got on the scoreboard in the top of the fourth as, with two men on, and with one man out, Oscar Taveras hits an RBI single, knocking in Jhonny Peralta, who had earlier doubled, making it a 5-1 Phils’ lead, while sending Jon Jay, who had just walked, up to second base. The Phils made it a 7-1 lead in the bottom of the seventh as, with one man on, and with one man out, Jimmy Rollins hits a two-run home run, his sixteenth home run of the season. That would end up being the final score as Justin De Fratus threw a scoreless ninth, getting Shane Robinson to fly out to right for the game’s final out.

Jerome Williams (4-5. 5.42) got the win as he threw eight strong innings, giving up a run on five hits and three walks, while striking out five. Justin De Fratus threw a scoreless inning, giving up a hit. Justin Masterson (6-8, 5.88) took the lost as he went just three innings, giving up five runs on six hits, two walks and two wild pitches, while striking out three. Nick Greenwood pitched three and a third innings, giving up two runs on two hits, while striking out two. Randy Choate pitched two-thirds of an inning, getting out both batter whom he would face. Carlos Martinez threw a 1-2-3 inning, striking out a batter.

The Phils had eight hits in the game with Ben Revere (RBI) leading the team with two hits, both singles. Jimmy Rollins (Home Run, 2 RBIs), Chase Utley (Single, RBI), Grady Sizemore (Double), Dom Brown (Single), Wil Nieves (Single, RBI) and Cody Asche (Single) had the other six Phils’ hits. Jerome Williams had the Phil’s final RBI, while their last run came in on a wild pitch. The Phils’ offense also had two walks (Revere, Ryan Howard), a stolen base (Revere (38)) and a sacrifice bunt (Williams) in the game, while the defense committed an error (Asche (14)) and performed a double play.

The Phils (58-72, 5th) will start a three-game series with the Nationals (75-54, 1st), starting with a game tonight. The game will be played at Citizens Bank Park and is to start at 7:05 pm EDT. The Phils will send to the mound A.J. Burnett (6-14, 4.42), who is coming off a lost against the Mariners on August 19, as he pitched seven and two-thirds innings, giving up five runs on six hits and four walks, while striking out nine, in the Phils’ 5-2 lost. He will be trying to end his six game losing streak, while trying to throw his first quality start in about a month. The Nats will counter with Tanner Roark (12-7, 2.80), who is coming off a no-decision against the Diamondbacks on August 20, as he went seven scoreless innings, giving up five hits and a walk, while striking out two, in the Nats’ 3-2 walk-off win. He will be trying for his sixth win in nine recent starts. The Phils will be trying to start the series on a good note.