The Marlins took the lead in the top of the second as Marcell Ozuna hits a lead-off home run, his first home run of the season, and his first career home run, giving the Marlins a 1-0 lead. The Marlins added to their lead in the third as, with one man out, Chris Valaika hits a solo home run, his first home run of the year, giving the fish a 2-0 lead. That would be the final score as the Phils could get only one hit off of Marlins’ pitching before Steve Cishek collected his fourth save of the season as he pitched a scoreless ninth.
Cole Hamels (1-4, 4.34) took the lost as he pitched eight innings, giving up two runs on four hits and a hit batter, as he struck out six. Phillipe Aumont and Jeremy Horst would combine for a scoreless inning, giving up a walk (Aumont) between them, while striking out one (Aumont). Jose Fernandez (1-2, 3.84) got the win, the first of his major league career, as he threw seven shutout innings, giving up a hit and a walk, while striking out nine. Mike Dunn collected his fifth hold of the year as he threw a 1-2-3 inning, striking out a batter. Steve Cishek received his fourth save of the year as he threw a scoreless inning, walking a batter, while strking out two.
The Phils had only one hit in the game, a single by Freddy Galvis. They also had two walks (Galvis, Jimmy Rollins) in the game.
The Phils (14-17, 3rd) conclude their four-games series with the Marlins (9-22, 5th) with a game in progress.
The game’s first seven innings saw a pitchers’ duel between Phils’ starter Kyle Kendrick, who gave up only four hits, one walk and a hit batter, while striking out five, as he kept out of trouble, and Braves’ starter Tim Hudson, who only allowed four hits, a walk and a hit batter to reach base, while he struck out none, before they both gave the game over to the bullpens, with Kendrick being taken out at the start of the eighth inning when the Braves brought in a pitch hitter for Hudson. The Braves ended the 0-0 scoreless tie in the eighth as, with the bases loaded, via a single by pinch hitter Matt Diaz, and walks by Michael Bourn and Chipper Jones, and with two men out, Freddie Freeman walked, forcing in Diaz, giving the Braves a 1-0 lead, while moving up a base both Bourn and Jones, leaving the bases loaded. The Braves then took a 5-0 lead as Brian McCann followed up with a grand-slam home run, his eleventh home run of the season, knocking in Bourn, Jones and Freeman. That would end up being the final score as Chad Durbin threw a 1-2-3 ninth.
Kyle Kendrick received a no-decision as he threw seven scoreless innings, giving up just four hits, a walk and a hit batter, while he struck out five. Antonio Bastardo (2-3, 5.34) took the lost as he pitched two-thirds of an inning, giving up five runs on two hits and three walks. Michael Schwimer pitched a third of an inning, striking out a batter. Jeremy Horst pitched a 1-2-3 inning, striking out two. Tim Hudson (7-4, 3.56) got the win as he pitched seven scoreless inning, giving up four hits, a walk, and hitting a batter. Eric O’Flaherty and Chad Durbin combined for two scoreless innings, giving up a hit (O’Flaherty) and a walk (O’Flaherty) between them, while striking out two (O’Flaherty).
The Phils had only five hits in the game, with Ryan Howard (Single, Double), as he made his first appearance in the line-up for 2012, leading the team with two hits. Jimmy Rollins, Shane Victorino and pinch hitter John Mayberry, Jr. had the other three Phils’ hits, all singles. The Phils also had two walks, and a hit batter (Chase Utley), as they were unable to produce any offense, while going 0-8 with runners in scoring position.
The Phils (37-48, 5th) will continue their series with the Braves (44-39, 4th) with a night game tonight. The game will be played at Citizens Bank Park and will start at 7:15 pm EDT. The Phils will send to the mound Joe Blanton (7-7, 4.85), who is coming off a lost to the Marlins on July 1. as he pitched six innings, giving up three runs on six hits and two walks, while he struck out seven, in the Phils’ 5-2 lost. He will be trying to even up the series. The Braves will counter with Tommy Hanson (9-5, 3.70) , who is coming off a lost to the Cubs on July 2, as he went seven innings, giving up four runs on seven hits and a walk, while he struck out eight, in the Braves’ 4-1 lost. Hanson will be trying to pitch the Braves to a series win. The Phils will be trying to even up the series.
The Phils (10-11, 4th East) continue their wraparound weekend series with the Cubs (7-14, 6th Central) with an afternoon game. The game will be played at Citizens Bank Park and is set to start at 1:35 pm EDT.
The Phils tied up their four-game series last night as they defeated the Cubs, 5-2, thanks mainly to a four-run fourth inning, as the offense scored twice on two bases loaded situations, with a two-run single by Carlos Ruiz and a two-run double by Jimmy Rollins, as they were able to get to Randy Wells the second time that they faced him in the game, as they finally showed some patience at the plate, as they took three walks in the inning. A solo home run was later added by Ruiz in the sixth. The five runs would be enough for starter Joe Blanton, who, despite giving up a first inning run, would keep the Cubs under control, striking out eight batters, as well as getting a lot of ground ball outs, as he kept the ball down against the Cubs’ batters. Chad Qualls came in to relieve Blanton in the eighth when he ran into a runners on the corners, one out, situation, who got out of it, although giving up a run as a potential doubleplay ball is ruined as it bounced off of the mound, instead becoming a force out. Jonathan Papelbon then came in to pitch a 1-2-3 ninth, collecting his seventh save of the year in seven attempts.
The Phils will today send to the mound Kyle Kendrick (0-1, 9.39), who is coming off a very awful start against the D-backs on April 23, as he went only three innings plus, as he gave up seven runs on eleven hits and a walk, while he struck out only one batter, in the Phils’ 9-5 lost. In facing the Cubs, he has a record of 0-0 with a 0-0 ERA, as he struck out two Cubbies. He will be out to recover from his bad first start, while trying to give the Phils the win. The Cubs will counter with Matt Garza (1-1, 3.38), who is coming off a no-decision against the Cardinals on April 23, as he threw seven strong innings, giving up just two runs on four hits and three walks, as he struck out five, in the Cubs’ 3-2 walk-off win. Career-wise, he has a 1-1 record against the Phils, with a 1.29 ERA, as he struck out sixteen Phils. He will be out to win his second start of the season. The Phils, as they hear the wonderful news that Ryan Howard will be headed back to Florida to start working out so that he can rejoin the main club, will be out to tie up their reason season record, while hoping to stay within striking distance of both the Nationals and the Braves.
This past Saturday, during the Phils’ 4-3 lost to the Pirates, Dom Brown, during an at-bat against pitcher Paul Maholm, fractured the hook of the hamate bone on his right hand as he fouled off a pitch, before getting his only hit of spring training, a single. Brown has returned to Philadelphia to visit hand specialist Randall Culp, to see how bad it is, although the Phils expect that Brown will need surgery on his right hand, and will therefore be out for four to six weeks. This will mean that Dom Brown will more than likely start the year at Triple-A Lehigh Valley, before being called back to the main club, while Ben Francisco, who has been hitting the cover off of the ball so far this spring (before going 0 for 3 in today’s game with the Yankees), will be the one who will be the starter in right field, although no one have yet to say that he is.
This could end up being a blessing in disguise, as it should allow Brown to get away from all of the hype around him as he is considered the team’s number one prospect, as well as being the number one candidate for the job in right field, although he have not had a good spring as he had gone 0 for 15 before getting the single.
Meanwhile, in spite of taking a week off to allow his right knee to heal after it was announced that he was suffering from patellar tendenitis, Chase Utley was given a cortisone shot to help it heal. This is not good news, as the leg was expected to heal on its own, after being given some rest, although Utley have taken batting practice as he waited for his knee to get better. Hopefully his knee will be okay by the time that the team head north near the end of the month and it will make Utley sit out a few games during the regular season when told to by Charlie Manuel.
Cole Hamels strikes out thirteen Marlins as his scoreless streak ends at twenty-five and a third innings, as the Phils defeat the fish, 2-1. With the Braves lost to the Nationals, the Phils have increased their lead in the NL East to two games.
The Phils took a 1-0 lead in the first as, with one man on, and with nobody out, Placido Polanco hits an RBI double, scoring Shane Victorino, who had earlier singled. The Marlins would tie the game up at one-all in their half of the first as, with two men on, and with one man out, Dan Uggla hits an RBI single, knocking in Logan Morrison, who was safe at first when Emilio Bonifacio, who had earlier singled, was forced out at second, 3-6, then moved up to second on Hanley Ramirez’s single, ending Phils’ starter Cole Hamels’ scoreless streak at twenty-five and a third innings, while Ramirez, who had just singled, would stop at second base. The game then became a pitchers’ duel between Hamels and Marlins’ starter Adalberto Mendez, with both pitchers pitching themselves out of trouble in innings two-four, as neither were sharp. The Phils would then regain the lead in the fifth as, with the bases loaded, via a ground-rule double by Victorino, a walk by Polanco, moving Victorino up to second base, a double steal by Victorino and Polanco, after Chase Utley had flown out to right, and an intentional walk to Ryan Howard, and with one man out, Jayson Werth hits an RBI ground out, 5-3, with Wes Helms only having a play at first, allowing Victorino to score, giving the Phils a 2-1 lead, while both Polanco and Howard would move up a base. That would end up being the final score as Hamels would kept the Marlins down for six and two-thirds innings, striking out a season high thirteen batters, before handing the ball over to the bullpen, who kept the Marlins quiet for the final two and one-thirds innings, including a 1-2-3 ninth by Brad Lidge, who recorded his twenty-second save of the season by getting Morrison to fly out to center for the game’s final out.
Cole Hamels gets the win as he pitches six and two-thirds innings, giving up a run on five hits and two walks, while striking out thirteen. His record is now 11-10 with a 3.01 ERA. Chad Durbin collects his fourteenth hold of the year by pitching a third of an inning. Ryan Madson receives his twelfth hold of the season by pitching a scoreless inning, giving up a hit and a walk, while striking out a batter. Brad Lidge collects his twenty-second save of the year as he pitches a 1-2-3 inning. Adalberto Mendez takes the lost as he pitches four and a third innings, giving up two runs on four hits and five walks, while striking out only one. His record is now 1-1 with a 1.74 ERA. Burke Badenhop, Jose Veras, Leo Nunez and Clay Hensley combines for four and two-thirds scoreless innings, giving up just one hit (Badenhop) and five walks (Badenhop (2), Nunez (1), Hensley (2)), while striking out four (Badenhop (1), Veras (2), Hensley (1)) between them.
The Phils had only five hits in the game, with Shane Victorino leading the team with two hits, a single and a ground-rule double, scoring both Phils’ runs. Placido Polanco, Wilson Valdez and Cole Hamels had the other three Phils’ hits, with Polanco’s hit being a double, knocking in a run, while Valdez and Hamels’ hits were singles. Jayson Werth knocked in the other Phil run with an RBI ground out with the bases loaded. The offense left too many men on base, but was able to get in two runs, allowing the pitching staff to do the rest.
The Phils (85-61, 1st) will conclude their three-game series with the Marlins (73-71, 3rd) with a night game tonight. The game will be played at Sun Life Stadium, and will start at 7:10 pm Eastern time. The Phils will send to the mound their ace Roy Halladay (18-10, 2.44), who is coming off a win against the Mets on September 10, when he pitched seven and two-thirds innings, giving up four runs on eight hits, while striking out five, in the Phils’ 8-4 win. In his last three starts, his record is 2-1, as he had pitched twenty-one and two-thirds innings, giving up eleven runs on twenty-five hits and three walks, while he has struck out fifteen. He will be going for win no. nineteen, while hoping to cut down on the home runs, which has been hurting him lately. The Marlins will counter with Jorge Sosa (2-2, 5.82), who is making a spot start. In his last three appearances, his record is 0-0, as he pitched five innings, all against the Phils, as he gave up two runs on five hits and two walks, while striking out three. He hopes that he’ll be able to handle the Phils for more than two innings. The Phils will be out to end a good road trip with a sweep of the Marlins, while hoping to increase their lead over the Braves, who are right now trying to stay two games behind the Phils.
For the second straight start, Hamels lose to the Mets by the score of 1-0, as the offense gets only one hit, a single by Hamels.
The game was a pitchers’ duel from start to finish between Phils’ starter Cole Hamels and Mets’ starter R.A. Dickey. The Mets tried to take the lead in the bottom of the fifth as Mike Hessman hits a hard smash deep into left center field that was originally called a home run by the third base umpire, although a fan had interferred with the ball by leaning over the railing and touching it, causing it to fall back into the field of play, a process that had been noticed by Raul Ibanez, who had put up both of his arms as soon as he had seen it. The umpires then reviewed the play for over six minutes, before coming out to overturn the original ruling, giving Hessman a lead-off triple, and not a home run, although the rules for fan interference states that Hessman should’ve been given a ground-rule double. Last year, this would had ticked off Hamels. This year, he went to work, as he proceeded to strike out first Jeff Francoeur, and then Henry Blanco, with both Mets swinging. Hamels then intentionally walked Ruben Tejada before he went after his opposite number, Dickey, who he got to end the inning by grounding out softly, 1-3. The Mets then took the lead in the sixth as, with a runner on second, and with two men out, Carlos Beltran hits an RBI double, knocking in David Wright, who had earlier doubled, to give the Mets a 1-0 lead. That would be all that Dickey would need, as he kept the Phils’ off-balanced all night with his knuckle ball, as he, like Hamels, pitched a complete game, ending it by getting Placido Polanco to fly out to right.
Cole Hamels took the lost as he pitches eight innings, giving up just a run on five hits and two walks, while striking out eight. His record is now 7-9 with a 3.33 ERA. R.A. Dickey gets the win as he pitches a complete game, giving up no runs on a hit and a walk, while striking out seven. His record is 8-5 with a 2.43 ERA.
The Phils had only two men reach base during the entire game. Wilson Valdez with a one out walk in the third, and Cole Hamels with a one out single in the sixth. Beyond that, Dickey had the Phils’ number, having the bats under control all night. Seriously, Hamels should be finding out why the bats are making him this year’s poster boy for the team’s lack of runs support for one of their starters, especially since they are now starting to score for Roy Halladay. Luckily, the Doc is pitching tonight, and hopefully the bats will finally start scoring again in Citi Field.
The Phils (64-51, 2nd) will continue their three-game series with the Mets (58-57, 3rd) with a night game tonight. The game will be played at Citi Field and will start at 7:10 pm Eastern. The Phils will send to the mound their ace Roy Halladay (14-8, 2.34), who is coming off a win against the Mets on August 8, as he pitched seven innings, giving up five runs on nine hits and a walk, while striking out ten, in the Phils’ 6-5 win. In his last three starts, he is 3-0, pitching twenty-three innings, giving up seven runs on twenty hits and two walks, while striking out twenty-eight. He will be going for the first Phil win in Citi Field this year, while trying to keep the Mets’ bats under control this weekend. He will be countered by Pat Misch (0-0, -.–), who will be making his first start this season. The Phils will be trying to recover from last night’s lost, while trying to finally cross the plate in Citi Field.
Behind Cole Hamels and the bullpen, the Phils finish a sweep of the Brewers as they defeat the Brew Crew, 4-2.
The Phils took the lead in the first as, with a runner on third, and with nobody out, Placido Polanco hits an RBI double, scoring Shane Victorino, who had earlier singled, stole second and then went to third on second baseman’s Rickie Weeks missed catch error, giving the Phils a 1-0 lead. In the second, the Phils took a 2-0 lead as, with one man on, and with one man out, Phils’ starter Cole Hamels help his own cause by hitting an RBI double, knocking in Paul Hoover, who had earlier doubled. The Phils will make it 3-0 in the third as, with two men on, and with two men out, Wilson Valdez hits an RBI ground-rule double, scoring Jayson Werth, who had earlier hit his own ground-rule double, while sending Raul Ibanez, who had just walked, on to third. The Brewers would get back into the game in the sixth as, with two men out, Casey McGhee hits a solo home run, his eighth home run of the season, to make it a 3-1 Phils’ lead. The next batter, Corey Hart, follows with his own solo home run, his fifth home run of the year, to cut the Phils’ lead down to 3-2. The Phils would get an insurance run in the eighth as, with runners on the corners, and with two men out, Chase Utley would strikeout, but the ball would get past catcher Gregg Zaun for a strikeout-wild pitch by reliever Carlos Villanueva, allowing Victorino, who had earlier walked, and had gone to third on Polanco’s single, to score, giving the Phils a 4-2 lead, while allowing Polanco, who had just singled, to move up to second base, and Utley to get to first. That would be the final score as J.C. Romero would pitch a 1-2-3 ninth, recording his first save of the season.
Cole Hamels gets the win, as he pitches six and two-thirds innings, giving up two runs on six hits and three walks, while striking out three. His record is now 4-2 with an ERA of 4.29. Chad Durbin receives his six hold of the season as he pitches a third of an inning, giving up a hit. Danys Baez pitches a scoreless inning, giving up two hits, recording his fourth hold of the year. J.C. Romero gets his first save of the season as he pitches a 1-2-3 ninth. Dave Bush took the lost as he pitches six innings, giving up three runs on nine hits and four walks, while striking out two. His record is now 1-4 with a 4.27 ERA. Mitch Stetter pitches a scoreless inning, giving up a hit, while striking out one. Todd Coffey pitches two-thirds of an inning, giving up a run on one hit and a walk. Carlos Villanueva pitches a third of an inning, throwing a wild pitch, while striking out two. Trevor Hoffman pitches a 1-2-3 inning, striking out a batter.
The Phils had eleven hits in the game, with Shane Victorino, Placido Polanco and Ryan Howard all leading the team with two hits apiece. Victorino’s hits were two singles, scoring two runs, Polanco’s hits were a double and a single, knocking in a run, while Howard’s hits were both singles. Jayson Werth, Raul Ibanez, Wilson Valdez, Paul Hoover and Cole Hamels had the other five Phils’ hits, with Werth, Valdez, Hoover and Hamels’ hits being doubles, with Hamels and Valdez both knocking in runs, while Ibanez’s hit was a single.
The Phils (23-13, 1st East) will start a home stand with a two-game series against the Pirates (16-21, 3rd Central). The game will be played at Citizens Bank Park and will start at 7:05 pm Eastern. The Phils will send to the mound Kyle Kendrick (1-1, 5.89), who is coming off a no-decision against the Rockies on May 10, as he went six innings, giving up four runs on eight hits and two walks, while striking out one, in the Phils’ 9-5 win. He will be trying to get his second win of the season. The Pirates will counter with Charlie Morton (1-6, 9.19), who is coming off lost against the Reds on May 11, as he went six innings, giving up three runs on seven hits and two walks, while striking out four, in the Pirates’ 9-0 lost. He will also be trying to get his second win of the season. The Phils will be trying for their fourth straight win, while trying to start the home stand on a good note.