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The Phils take the series from the Reds after being shutout in the opening game by the score of the 3-0, as an offensive outsburst leads to their winning the final two games by the scores of 12-1 and 8-3.

Philadelphia_PhilliesThe Phils take the weekend series from the Reds, losing the series’ opener, 3-0, before busting out the bats to win the final two games by 12-1 and 8-3.

On Friday night, the Reds took the lead in the top of the first as, with runners on the corners, and with two men out, Devin Mesoraco hits a three-run home run, his fourth home run of the season, knocking in Billy Hamilton, who had had started the game off with a single, moved up to second base on Skip Schumaker’s single, then went to third on Brandon Phillips’ fly out to center field, and Schumaker, who had earlier singled, giving the Reds a 3-0 lead. That would end up being the final score as Phils’ starter Kyle Kendrick would calm down for the next six innings, giving up only one more hit, while the Phils’ bullpen would blank the Reds’ offense for the final two innings, as Reds’ pitching would keep the Phils off the scoreboard for a second straight game, only giving up six hits, before Aroldis Chapman recorded his second save of the season by pitching a scoreless ninth, getting pinch-hitter Cesar Hernandez to strike out, swinging, for the game’s final out.

Kyle Kendrick (0-4, 3.96) took the lost as he pitched seven innings, giving up three runs on four hits and a walk, while striking out five. Antonio Bastardo and Roberto Hernandez combined for two scoreless innings, giving up a hit (Hernandez) and a walk (Hernandez) between them, while striking out four (Bastardo (3), Hernandez (1)). Alfredo Simon (5-2, 2,45) got the win as he went seven and two-thirds shut out innings, giving up just five hits and a walk, while striking out eight. Manny Parra collected his fifth hold of the year as he pitched a third of an inning, striking out the only man he would face. Aroldis Chapman received his second save of the season as he pitched a scoreless inning, giving up a hit and a walk, while striking out two.

The Phils had only six hits in the game, with Cody Asche (2 Singles, Double) leading the team with three hits, followed by Chase Utley (Singles) with two hits. Carlos Ruiz had the Phil’s other hit, a single. The Phils also had two walks (Jimmy Rollins, John Mayberry, Jr.) and a hit batter (Ruiz) in the game.

On Saturday night, the Reds took the lead in the top of the first as, with the bases loaded, via a double by Zack Cozart, a walk by Brandon Phillips and an infield single by Todd Frazier, moving both runners up a base, and with one man out, Ryan Ludwick hits into an RBI force out, 4-6, wiping out Frazier at second base for the game’s second out, as Cozart scores, giving the Reds a 1-0 lead, while Phillips moved up to third base, and Ludwick would be safe at first. The Phils, after having been kept off the scoreboard for 23 straight innings, would take the lead in the bottom of the fourth as, with runners on second and third, and with nobody out, Cody Asche hits a two-run double, scoring Ryan Howard, who had started the inning off with a walk, then stopped at third base on Marlon Byrd’s double, and Byrd, who had just doubled, giving the Phils a 2-1 lead. The Phils then made it a 4-1 lead as Dom Brown followed with a two-run home run, his second home run of the season, scoring Asche. The Phils added to their lead four batters later as, with a runner on second, and now with two men out, Carlos Ruiz hits an RBI single, knocking in Tony Gwynn, Jr., who had earlier singled, then moved up to second base on Cole Hamel’s sacrifice bunt, 5-4, giving the Phils a 5-1 lead. The Phils then took a 6-1 lead as, after Ruiz had moved up to second base on Logan Ondrusek’s wild pitch, Chase Utley hits an RBI single, scoring Ruiz. The Phils then increased their lead in the bottom of the seventh as, with the bases loaded, after Ruiz had started the inning off being hit by a pitch, and then Utley and Howard both walked, and then Byrd hits into a force out, 1-2, as Ruiz is forced out at the plate as catcher Tucker Barnhart touches the plate, while the runners both moved up a base, and Byrd would be safe at first, and with one man out, Asche hits an RBI single, knocking in Utley, giving the Phils a 7-1 lead, while moving up a base both Howard and Byrd, leaving the bases still loaded. The Phils then blew the game wide open as Brown followed with a bases clearing double, knocking in Howard, Byrd and Asche, giving the Phils a 10-1 lead. The Phils then took an 11-1 lead two batters later as, with Brown now on third base, thanks to catcher Barnhart’s passed ball, and now with two men out, pinch-hitter John Mayberry, Jr. hits an RBI double, knocking in Brown. The Phils then made it an 12-1 lead in the bottom of the eighth as, with one man out, Cesar Hernandez hits a solo home run, hit first home run of the season. That would end up being the final score as Jonathan Papelbon would come in and pitch a scoreless ninth, getting Skip Schumaker to fly out to right for the game’s final out.

Cole Hamels (1-2, 4.40) got the win, the 100th of his major league career, as he pitched seven strong innings, giving up a run on three hits and two walks, while striking out ten. Jake Diekman and Jonathan Papelbon combined for two scoreless innings, giving up a walk (Papelbon) between them. Homer Bailey (3-3, 5.44) took the lost as he lasted just three and two-thirds innings, giving up six runs on seven hits, two walks and a hit batter, while striking out only two. Logan Ondrusek pitched an inning and a third, giving up a hit and a wild pitch, while striking out a batter. J.J. Hoover pitched a 1-2-3 inning, striking out a batter. Sean Marshall pitched two-thirds of an inning, giving up five runs on three hits, two walks and a passed ball, while striking out a batter. Sam LaCure pitched an inning and a third, giving up a run on two hits and a walk, while striking out one.

The Phils would bang out thirteen hits in the game, with Carlos Ruiz (Singles, RBI), Marlon Byrd (Single, Double), Cody Asche (Single, Double, 3 RBIs) and Dom Brown (Double, Home Run, 5 RBIs) all leading the team with two hits each. Jimmy Rollins (Single), Chase Utley (Single, RBI), Cesar Hernandez (Home Run, RBI), Tony Gwynn, Jr. (Single) and pinch-hitter John Mayberry, Jr. (Double, RBI) had the other five Phils’ hits. The Phils also had five walks (Utley, Ryan Howard (2), Asche, Gwynn) and a sacrifice bunt (Cole Hamels) in the game.

On Sunday afternoon, the Reds once again took the lead in the top of the first as, with runners on second and third, and with nobody out, Brandon Phillips hits into an RBI ground out, 6-3, scoring Billy Hamilton, who had started the game off with a single, moved up to second base on Chris Heisey’s walk, then stole third base, giving the Reds a 1-0 lead, while Heisey, who had earlier walked, then stole second base, would stay at second base. The Reds would increase their lead two batters later, with a man still on second, and now with two men out, Devin Mesoraco hits an RBI double, knocking in Heisey, giving the Reds a 2-0 lead. The Phils get a run back in their half of the first as Jimmy Rollins hits a lead-off home run, his fifth home run of the season, making it a 2-1 Reds’ lead. The Phils then tied the game up at two-all as Wil Nieves followed with a home run of his own, his first home run of the season. The Phils took the lead in the bottom of the fifth as, with runners on second and third, and with one man out, Chase Utley hits an RBI ground out, 3-unassisted, scoring Cliff Lee, who had started the inning off with a single, was safe at second base on Rollins’ fielder’s choice grounder to third baseman Todd Frazier, beating the throw to the bag, and then moving up to third base on Nieves’ sacrifice bunt, 1-4, giving the Phils a 3-2 lead, while sending Rollins, who was safe at first on the fielder’s choice, then moved up to second base on Nieves’ sacrifice bunt, to third base. The Phils increased their lead in the sixth as Marlon Byrd hits a lead-off home run, his fifth home run of the year, giving the Phils a 4-2 lead. The Phils added to their lead in the bottom of the seventh as, with two men on, and with two men out, Byrd hits an RBI single, knocking in Rollins who had started the inning off with a walk, then moved up to second base on Ryan Howard’s walk, giving the Phils a 5-2 lead, while sending Howard, who had just walked, up to second base. The Phils then broke the game open as Cody Asche followed with a three-run home run, his fourth home run of the season, knocking in Howard and Byrd, giving the Phils an 8-2 lead. The Reds would get a run back in the top of the eighth as, with a runner on second, and with two men out, Ryan Ludwick, who was safe at first on a force out, 6-3, as Mesoraco, who had started the inning off with a single, is wiped out at second base, then moved up to second base on defensive indifference, would score on second baseman Utley’s fielding error of Neftali Soto’s grounder, making it an 8-3 Phils’ lead. That would end up being the final score as Antonio Bastardo pitched a scoreless ninth, striking out Todd Frazier, swinging, for the game’s final out.

Cliff Lee (4-4, 3.18) gets the win as he pitched six and two-thirds innings, giving up two runs on nine hits and a walk, while he struck out three. Mike Adams collected his fourth hold of the season as he pitched an inning and a third, giving up a run on a hit, while striking out a batter. Antonio Bastardo pitched a scoreless inning, giving up a walk, while striking out two. Tony Cingrani (2-3, 3.76) took the lost as he pitched six innings, giving up four runs on seven hits, three walks and a balk, while striking out seven. Manny Parra pitched an inning, giving up four runs on two hits and two walks, while striking out two. Jonathan Broxton pitched a 1-2-3 inning.

The Phils had nine hits in the game, with Wil Nieves (Single, Home Run, RBI), Marlon Byrd (Single, Home Run, 2 RBIs) and Cody Asche (Single, Home Run, 3 RBIs) all leading the team with two hits each. Jimmy Rollins (Home Run, RBI), John Mayberry, Jr. (Double) and Cliff Lee (Single) had the other three Phils’ hits. Chase Utley had the Phils’ final RBI on a ground out. The Phils also had five walks (Rollins (2), Ryan Howard (2), Mayberry), a sacrifice bunt (Nieves) and a runner caught stealing/picked off (Asche), while the defense committed an error (Utley).

The Phils (19-22, 5th) have the day off today.

The bats have a field day as they pound the Dodgers, winning 16-1.

Philadelphia_PhilliesThe Phils’ offense finally have a laughter as they give John Lannan 16 runs, as they beat up on the Dodgers, 16-1.

The Phils took the lead in the top of the first as, with the bases loaded, via singles by Michael Young and Chase Utley, with M. Young stopping at second base, and a walk by Jimmy Rollins, moving both runners up a base, and with nobody out, Dom Brown hits into an RBI force out, 3-6, scoring M. Young, giving the Phils a 1-0 lead, while sending Utley up to third base, while Rollins is force out at second base for the inning’s first out, while Brown is safe at first. The Phils then took a 2-0 lead as the next batter, Delmon Young, hits an RBI single, scoring Utley, while sending Brown up to second base. Two batters later, after John Mayberry, Jr. hits into a 4-6 force out, sending Brown to third base, while D. Young is forced out at second base for the inning second out, while Mayberry is safe at first, the Phils increased their lead as Ben Revere hits an RBI single, knocking in Brown, giving the Phils a 3-0 lead, while sending Mayberry up to second base. The Phils added to their lead in the top of the second as, with a man on second base, and with two men out, Rollins hits an RBI single, knocking in Utley, who had just doubled, giving the Phils a 4-0 lead, before he moved up to second base on the late throw home. The Phils made it a 6-0 lead two batters later, after Brown reached base on first baseman Adrian Gonzalez’s fielding error, while Rollins moved up to third base, as D. Young hits a two-run double, scoring both Rollins and Brown. The Phils took a 7-0 lead in the top of the fourth as M. Young hits a lead-off home run, his fifth home run of the season. The Phils added to their lead in the top of the fifth as, with a runner on second base, and with two men out, John Lannan helped his own cause with an RBI single, knocking in Carlos Ruiz, who had just doubled, giving the Phils an 8-0 lead, before Lannan is thrown out trying to go to second base on the throw, 7-2-4, for the inning’s final out. The Phils then made it a 9-0 lead in the top of the sixth as, with two men on, and with one man out, Brown hits an RBI single, knocking in M. Young, who had started the inning off with a single, then moved up to second base on Utley’s single, while sending Utley, who had earlier singled, would stop at third base. The Phils then added to their lead as, with two men still on base, and with still one out, D. Young hits an RBI force out, 6-4, scoring Utley, giving the Phils a 10-0 lead, as Brown is forced out at second base for the inning’s second out, as D. Young reaches first base. The Phils then made it a 12-0 lead as Mayberry hits a two-run home run, his sixth home run of the year, knocking in D. Young. The Dodgers finally get onto the scoreboard in their half of the sixth as, with a man on base, and with two men out, pinch-hitter Scott Van Slyke hits an RBI double, scoring Yasiel Puig, who had just walked, making it a 12-1 Phils’ lead. The Phils increased their lead again in the top of the seventh as, with runners on the corners, and with two men out, pinch-hitter John McDonald hits an RBI single, knocking in Lannan, who had earlier singled, moved up to second base on M. Young’s single, then moved up to third base on pinch-hitter Kevin Frandsen’s force out, 6-4, wiping out M. Young at second base for the inning’s second out, giving the Phils a 13-1 lead, while sending Frandsen, who was safe at first on the force out, would stop at second base. Two  batters later, after Brown walks, loading up the bases, as both runners moved up a base, D. Young hits a two-run single, scoring Frandsen and McDonald, giving the Phils a 15-1 lead, while Brown would stop at second base. The Phils then took a 16-1 lead in the top of the eighth as, with a man on third, and with one man out, M. Young hits an RBI ground out, 3-unassisted, scoring Ruiz, who had started the inning off being hit by the pitch, went to second base on pinch-hitter Laynce Nix’s ground out, 3-unassisted, and then moved up to third base on pitcher Brandon League’s wild pitch. That would be the final score as Joe Savery threw a scoreless ninth inning.

John Lannan (1-2, 4.83) got the win as he pitched seven strong innings, giving up a run on five hits and a walk, striking out two. Phillippe Aumont and Joe Savery pitched two scoreless innings, giving up three walks (Aumont (1), Savery (2)) between them, while striking out two batters (one batter each). Chris Capuano (2-5, 4.72) took the last as he lasted only three and two-thirds innings, giving up seven runs, five of which were earned, on ten hits and a walk, while striking out four. Peter Moylan pitched two innings, giving up five runs on five hits and a walk. Matt Guerrier pitched an inning and a third, giving up three runs on four hits and two walks. Brandon League pitched an inning, giving up a run on a hit, a hit batter and a wild pitch. Skip Schumaker pitched a scoreless inning, giving up a hit and two walks, while striking out one.

The Phils had a season high twenty-one hits, with Michael Young (2 RBIs) leading the team with four hits, three singles and home run, followed by Delmon Young (2 Singles, Double, 6 RBIs) and John Lannan (Singles, RBI) with three hits each and Chase Utley (Single, Double), Jimmy Rollins (Singles, RBI), and Ben Revere (Single, Double, RBI) following with two hits apiece. Dom Brown (Single, 2 RBIs), John Mayberry, Jr. (Home Run, 2 RBIs), Carlos Ruiz (Double), Kevin Frandsen (Single) and pinch-hitter John McDonald (Single, RBI), had the other five Phils’ hits. The Phils also had six walks (Utley, Rollins, Brown, Mayberry (2) and Ruiz) and a hit batter (Ruiz) in the game.

The Phils (39-42, 3rd East) continue their series with the Dodgers (36-43, 5th West) with a night game tonight. The game will be played at Dodgers Stadium and will start at 10:10 pm EDT (7:10 pm EDT). The Phils will send to the mound Cliff Lee (9-2, 2.51) who is coming off a no-decision against the Padres on June 24, as he went eight innings, giving up two runs on eight hits and a walk, while striking out seven, in the Phils’ 4-3 extra-innings lost. Lee will once again be going for his tenth win of the year, and hoping that the team won’t allow this start to slip away. The Dodgers will counter with Hyun-Jin Ryu (6-3, 2.85) who is coming off a no-decision against the Giants on June 24, as he went eight innings, giving up a run on eight hits and four walks, while striking out two, in the Dodgers’ 3-1 win. He will be trying to outpitch Lee. The Phils will be trying to win their second straight game against the Dodgers.

The Phils allow a possible win to slip away as they lose to the Dodgers, 6-4.

Philadelphia_PhilliesThe Phils’ bullpen once again comes up short as they allow a comeback to slip away, as the Phils lose to the Dodgers, 6-4.

The Dodgers took the lead in the bottom of the first as, with runners on the corners, and with one man out, Matt Kemp hits an RBI double, knocking in Yasiel Puig, who had earlier reached base on a force out, 1-6-4, as Skip Schumaker, who had led the inning off with a walk, is wiped out at second base, before going to third base on Adrian Gonzalez’s single, giving the Dodgers a 1-0 lead, while sending Gonzalez, who had had just singled, to third base. The Dodgers increased their lead one batter later as Andre Ethier followed with a two-run double, scoring Gonzalez and Kemp, giving the Dodgers a 3-0 lead. The Phils got a run back in the top of the second as Dom Brown hits a lead-off home run, his team leading 21st home run of the season, tying him once again for the NL lead in home run, making it a 3-1 Dodgers’ lead. The Phils made it a 3-2 Dodgers’ lead in the top of the fifth as, with runners on the corners, and with one man out, Chase Utley hits an RBI single, knocking in Jonathan Pettibone, who had earlier singled, then went to third base on Ben Revere’s infield single, as the ball is deflected to second baseman Schumaker by pitcher Zack Greinke, while sending Revere, who had just singled, over to third base. The Phils then tied the game up at three-all as Jimmy Rollins hits an RBI single, scoring Revere, and sending Utley up to second base. The Phils took the lead in the top of the seventh as, with two men out, Utley hits a solo home run, his ninth home run of the season, giving the Phils a 4-3 lead.  The Dodgers retook the lead in their half of the seventh as, with the bases loaded, via a lead-off walk by A.J. Ellis, a bunt single by Juan Uribe, which Ryan Howard is unable to play as he falls down, a sacrifice bunt by Nick Punto, 2-4, moving Ellis up to third base, and Uribe to second base, and an intentional walk to pinch-hitter Hanley Ramirez, and with two men out, Puig hits a two-run single, knocking in Ellis and Uribe, giving the Dodgers a 4-3 lead. The Dodgers increased their lead in the bottom of the eighth as, with a man on third, and with one man out, Ellis hits a sacrifice fly to right, scoring Kemp, who had started the inning off with a single, then stole first second and then third, giving the Dodgers a 6-4 lead. That would end up being the final score as Kenley Jansen collected his seventh save of the season as he pitched a scoreless ninth.

Jonathan Pettibone received a no-decision as he pitched six innings, giving up three runs on four hits and a walk, while striking out four. Justin De Fratus committed his first blown save of the season, before taking the lost (2-2, 4.20), as he threw two-thirds of an inning, giving up two runs on two hits and two walks, while striking out one. Antonio Bastardo pitched an inning and a third, giving up a run on a hit, while striking out a batter. Zack Greinke (5-2, 3.94) got the win as he threw seven innings, giving up four runs on twelve hits and a walk, as he struck out five. J.P. Howell collected his fifth hold of the season as he pitched two-thirds of an inning, getting out both men whom he would face, striking out one. Ronald Belisario collected his seventh hold of the year as he pitched a third of an inning, giving up a hit, while striking out one. Kenley Jansen received his seventh save of the year as he threw a scoreless ninth, giving up a hit.

The Phils had fourteen hits in the game, with Delmon Young leading the team with four hits, all singles, followed by Ben Revere (Singles) and Chase Utley (Single, Double, Home Run, 2 RBIs), with three hits each. Jimmy Rollins (Single, RBI), Dom Brown (Home Run, RBI), Kevin Frandsen (Single) and Jonathan Pettibone (Single) had the other four Phils’ hits. The Phila also had a walk (Frandsen) in the game.

The Phils (38-42, 3rd East) continue their trip out west with the Dodgers (38, 42, 5th West) with a night game tonight. The game will be played at Dodgers Stadium and will start at 10:10 pm EDT (7:10 pm PDT). The Phils will send to the mound John Lannan (0-2, 5.84), who is coming off a lost against the Mets on June 23, as he went five innings, giving up four runs on eight hits and three walks, while striking out three, in the Phils’ 8-0 lost. He will be trying to bounce back from his last start while looking for his first win. The Dodgers will counter with Chris Capuano (2-4, 4.09), who is coming off a no-decision against the Padres on June 23, as he pitched five innings, giving up just four hits, while striking out five, in the Dodgers’ 3-1 win. He will be trying for his second straight win. The Phils will be out to bounce back from last night’s lost.

Sunday: The Phils winning streak ends as the Cards are all over the Phils, losing 8-3.

Three home runs do in the Phils as their winning streak ends at four straight, as they lose to the world champs, 8-3.

The Cards took a commanding lead in the first as, with the bases loaded, via singles by Skip Schumaker and Matt Holliday, with Schumaker stopping at second base, with both runners then moving up to third and second base, respectively, on Carlos Beltran’s ground out, 3-1, and a walk by David Freese, and with two men out, Yadier Molina hits a grand-slam home run, his seventh home run of the year, scoring Schumaker, Holliday and Freese, giving the Cards a 4-0 lead. The Phils would get a run back in the third as, with a runner on third, and with two men out, Juan Pierre hits an RBI single, scoring Mike Fontenot, who had started the inning off with a single, moved up to second base on pinch hitter Pete Orr’s sacrifice bunt, 2-3, then went to third on Jimmy Rollins’ ground out, 4-3, making it a 4-1 Cards’ lead. The Cards increased their lead in the fifth as, with runners on the corners, and with one man out, Beltran hits a three-run home run, his fifteenth home run of the season, knocking in Rafael Furcal, who had started the inning off with a walk, then stopped at third base on Schumaker’s single, and Schumaker, who had earlier singled, giving the Cards a 7-1 lead. The Cards then took an 8-1 lead in the seventh as Matt Adams hits a lead-off home run, his first home run of the season and of his career. The Phils would make it an 8-2 Cards lead in the eighth as, with runners on the corners, and with one man out, Shane Victorino hits into an RBI force out, 4-6, as he knocked in Pierre, who had started the inning off with a single, then stopped at second base on Hunter Pence’s single, then went to third on Carlos Ruiz’s force out, 6-4, as he is robbed of a hit going up the middle by shortstop Furcal, as Pence is forced out at second base for the inning’s first out, before being in turned forced out at second base on Victorino’s grounder for the inning’s second out. The Phils then cut down the Cards’ lead to 8-3 in the ninth as, with two men on, and with two men out, Pierre hits an RBI single, knocking in Freddy Galvis, who had started off the inning with a double, while sending Fontenot, who had earlier walked, up to second base. That would end up being the final score as Mitchell Boggs got Pence to end the ballgame by grounding out, 4-3, for the final out.

Roy Halladay (4-5, 3.98 ERA) took the lost as he pitched only two innings, as he left the game with an inflammed right shoulder injury, as he gave up four runs on four hits and a walk. Joe Savery pitched two innings, giving up two runs on four hits and a walk, as he struck out two. Chad Qualls pitched two innings, giving up two runs on two hits, as he struck out a batter. Jose Contreras and Raul Valdes combined for two scoreless innings, giving up just one hit (Valdes) between them, while striking out one (Valdes). Adam Wainwright (4-5, 4.45) got the win as he went six innings, giving up a run on seven hits, while striking out two. Marc Rzepczynski pitched a 1-2-3 inning, striking out a batter. Victor Marte pitched an inning, giving up a run on two hits. Chuckie Fick pitched two-thirds of an inning, giving up a run on two hits and a walk. Mitchell Boggs pitched a third of an inning, getting out the only man that he would face.

The Phils had eleven hits in the ballgame, with Juan Pierre leading the team with three hits, all singles, as he knocked in two runs, as he raised his batting average to .314. He was followed by Hunter Pence (Single, Double) and Carlos Ruiz (Single, Double), both with two hits each. Jimmy Rollins (Double), Hector Luna (Single), Freddy Galvis (Double) and Mike Fontenot (Single) had the other four Phils’ hits. Shane Victorino knocked in the final Phil run via a force out. The Phils also had a walk in the game.

The Phils (25-24, 5th) started a three-game series yesterday with the Mets (27-21, 2nd).

The Phils hang on to win a high scoring game with the World Champs as they defeat the Cardinals, 10-9.

The Phils hold on to defeat the World Champs in a high scoring game, as they defeat the Cardinals, 10-9.

The Phils took the lead in the first as, with the bases loaded, via a double by Placido Polanco, a walk by Hunter Pence and Carlos Ruiz being hit by a pitch, moving both Polanco and Pence up a base, and with one man out, Shane Victorino hits into an RBI force out, 3-6, scoring Polanco from third, while wiping out Ruiz at second base for the Phils’ second out of the inning, as he beat out the throw to first, giving the Phils a 1-0 lead, while sending Pence on to third base. The Phils then took a 2-0 lead as Ty Wigginton hits an RBI single, knocking in Pence, while sending Victorino up to second base. Two batters later, after John Mayberry, Jr. walks to reload the bases, moving both runners up a base, the Phils took a 4-0 lead as Freddy Glavis hits a two-run single, knocking in both Victorino and Wigginton, while sending Mayberry over to third base. The Phils then made it a 6-0 lead in the second as, with runners on the corners, and with two men out, Victorino hits a two-run double, knocking in Pence, who was earlier safe at first on a force out, 6-4, wiping out at second base Jimmy Rollins, who had started the inning off with a single, then stopped at third on Ruiz’s single, and Ruiz, who had just singled. The Cards would then start to chip away at the Phils’ lead in the third as, with runners on the corners, and with one man out, Matt Holliday hits an RBI ground out, 6-3, scoring Jake Westbrook, who had started the inning off with a single, then stopped at third base on Skip Schumaker’s double, making it a 6-1 Phils’ lead. The Cards then made it a 6-2 Phils’ lead as Carlos Beltran hits an RBI single, scoring Schumaker, before he would move up to second base on Ruiz’s missed catch error on Victorino’s throw to the plate. David Freese then made it a 6-3 Phils’ lead as he hit an RBI double, scoring Beltran. The Cards then cut the Phils’ lead down to 6-4 as Yadier Molina hits an RBI single, knocking in Freese, before he would go on to second base on the late throw to the plate. The Phils increased their lead in the fifth as, with two men on, and with two men out, Polanco hits an RBI single, scoring Galvis, who was safe at first on a 6-4 force out, as Mayberry, who had been safe at first on a throwing error by third baseman Freese, was wiped out at second base, and then moved up to second base on Rollins’ single, giving the Phils a 7-4 lead, while sending Rollins, who had just singled, on to third base. The Cards would get the run back in their half of the fifth as Holliday smashed a lead-off home run, his tenth home run of the season, making it a 7-5 Phils’ lead. Two batters later, with one man on, and with one man out, Molina tied the game up at seven-all as he crushed a two-run bomb to center field, his eighth home run of the year, knocking in Freese, as he was safe at first on a 6-5 force out, as Beltran, who had earlier doubled, is thrown out trying to go to third on Freese’s ground ball to short. The Phils retook the lead in the sixth as, with two men on, and with two men out, Galvis hits an RBI single, scoring Victorino, who had earlier singled, then stopped at second base on Wigginton’s single, giving the Phils an 8-7 lead, while sending Wigginton, who had just singled, up to second base. The Phils then took a 9-7 lead as pinch hitter Mike Fontenot hits an RBI single, knocking in Wigginton, while sending Galvis up to second base. The Cards would get a run back in the seventh as, with two men out, Freese hits a solo shot into left center field, his tenth home run of the year, making it a 9-8 Phils’ lead. The Phils would get that run back in the eighth as, with one man out,Wigginton hits a solo home run, his third home run of the season, giving the Phils a 10-8 lead. The Cards would get that run back in their half of the eighth as, with runners on the corners, and with one man out, Schumaker hits a sacrifice fly, scoring Steven Hill, who had started the inning off with a double, then stopped at third base on Rafael Furcal’s single, making it a 10-9 Phils’ lead. That would end up being the final score as Jonathan Papelbon recorded his thirteen save of the year with a scoreless ninth, getting Hill to fly out to center field for the game’s final out.

Joe Blanton received a no-decision as he went four and a third innings, giving up seven runs for his second straight start, this time on ten hits and a walk, while he struck out five. Raul Valdes got the win (1-0, 0.00) as he pitched two-thirds of an inning, getting out both men that he would face, as he struck out one. Chad Qualls collected his ninth hold of the season, as he pitched an inning and two-thirds, giving up a run on two hits, while he struck out one. Jake Diekman recorded his first career hold as he went a third of an inning, getting out the only man that he would face. Antonio Bastardo recorded his tenth hold of the season as he pitched an inning, giving up a run on two hits and a walk, while striking out two. Jonathan Papelbon recorded his thirteenth save of the season as he threw a scoreless inning, giving up a hit, as he struck out a batter. Jake Westbrook also got a no-decision as he went just three and two-thirds innings, giving up six runs on eight hits, three walks and a hit batter, while he struck out four. Brandon Dickman pitched an inning and a third, giving up an unearned run on two hits, as he struck out one. Fernando Salas (0-3, 6.32) took the lost as he pitched an inning, giving up two runs on four hits, as he struck out a batter. Victor Marte pitched one and two-thirds innings, giving up a run on three hits, while striking out three. Mitchell Boggs pitched one and a third scoreless innings, giving up a hit.

The Phils had a season high eighteen hits in the game, with Placido Polanco (2 Singles, Double, RBI), Carlos Ruiz (Singles), Ty Wigginton (2 Singles, Home Run, 2 RBIs) and Freddy Galvis (2 Singles, Double, 3 RBIs) all leading the team with three hits a piece, followed by Jimmy Rollins (Singles) and Shane Victorino (Single, Double, 3 RBIs) with two hits each. Pinch hitters Mike Fontenot (Single, RBI) and Pete Orr (Single) had the other two Phils’ hits. The Phils also had three walks in the game, as the offense was last night able to scored runs, although the pitchers almost let the game get away.

The Phils (23-23, 5th East) will continue their four-game series with the Cards (25-20, 2nd Central) with a night game tonight. The game will start at 8:15 pm EDT (7:15 pm CDT) and will be played at Busch Stadium (III). The Phils will send to the mound Cliff Lee (0-2, 2.66) who is coming off a lost to the Red Sox on May 20, as he threw seven innings, giving up five runs on nine hits and a walk, as he struck out six, in the Phils’ 5-1 lost. He will be out to win his first start of the season. The Cards will counter with Kyle Lohse (5-1, 2.91), who is coming off a no-decision against the Dodgers on May 20, as he threw five and two-thirds innings, giving up three runs on eleven hits and a walk, while striking out four, in the Cards’ 6-5 lost. He will be trying to put the Cards back into first place in the NL Central. The Phils will be out to give Lee his first victory of the season.

2011 National League Divisional Series, Game #5: The Phils are once again knocked out of the playoffs, as they lose a 1-0 duel with the Cards.

The Phils are knocked out of the playoff, as they are three-hit by Cards’ ace Chris Carpenter, losing a 1-0 pitchers’ duel.

The Cards took a 1-0 lead in the first as, with a runner on third, and with nobody out, Skip Schumaker hits an RBI double, knocking in Rafael Furcal, who had started the game off with a triple. That would turn out to be the game’s only run, as Phils’ starter Roy Halladay would pitch his way out of a bases loaded jam later that inning, followed by a second bases loaded jam in the eighth, while Chris Carpenter almost went through the Phils’ line-up with little trouble, only getting into trouble in the fourth, before ending the game by getting Ryan Howard to ground out, 4-3, as he fell down in the baseline as he tore his achilles tendon on his left ankle trying to bust down the line.

Chris Carpenter (1-0, 3.00) gets the win as he pitched a complete game shutout, giving up just three hits, while striking out three. Roy Halladay (1-1, 2.25) took the lost as he went eight innings, giving up a run on six hits and a walk, while striking out seven. Ryan Madson pitched a 1-2-3 inning, striking out two.

The Phils had only three hits in the game, with Shane Victorino leading the team with two hits, a single and a double, while Chase Utley had the other Phil hit, a single, as the offense once again became a non-entity during a series, as the team gets knocked out early by the much more effective Cards.

With the lost, the Phils are now back to square one, while they might be facing 2012 with the lost of several players through free agency (Ryan Madson, Jimmy Rollins, Raul Ibanez) while looking at the prospect of having no Ryan Howard during all of 2012 because of his achillies tendon injury. This is not going to be a fun fall and winter. GRRRRRR!!!!

2011 National League Divisional Series, Game #1: The Phils offense romp behind their ace, as they rout the Cards, 11-6.

After trailing early, the Phils’ offense roar for eleven runs in support of the team’s ace, Roy Halladay, as they rout the Cards, 11-6.

The Cards took a quick 3-0 lead as, with two men on, and with one man out, Lance Berkman hits the first pitch he saw into the right field seats for a three-run home run, his first home run of the series, knocking in Rafael Furcal, who had started the game off with a single, before stealing second base, and Albert Pujols, who had just walked on four pitches. The Phils got a run back in the fourth as, with two men on, and with two men out, Shane Victorino, after being given an extra life as third baseman David Freese committed a pop foul error, hits an RBI single, knocking in Chase Utley, who had earlier doubled, the Phils’ first hit of the game, after being put down 1-2-3 in the first three innings by Cards’ starter Kyle Lohse, cutting the Cards’ lead down to 3-1, while sending Ryan Howard, who had just been walked, up to second base. The Phils then took the lead in the sixth as, with two men on, and with one man out, Howard hits a three-run bomb to right, his first home run of the series, scoring Jimmy Rollins, who had earlier singled, then moved up to second base on Hunter Pence’s single, and Pence, who had just singled, giving the Phils a 4-3 lead. Two batters later, after Victorino had reached base with his second single of the ballgame, Raul Ibanez hits a two-run bomb of his own, his first home run of the series, knocking in Victorino, giving the Phils a 6-3 lead. The Phils then added to their lead in the seventh as, with the bases loaded, via singles by Roy Halladay, Rollins, his second of the game, sending Halladay up to second base, and Utley, his second hit of the ballgame, moving both Halladay and Rollins up a base, and with one man out, as Pence hits into a force out, 1-2, as Halladay is thrown out at the plate, while Rollins and Utley both moved up a base, Howard hits a sacrifice fly, which had sounded like it would leave the ballpark, scoring Rollins, giving the Phils a 7-3 lead. The Phils then made it an 8-3 lead as Victorino hits an RBI single, his third hit of the ballgame, scoring Utley, while sending Pence up to second base. The Phils then took a 9-3 lead as Ibanez hits an RBI single, his second hit of the game, knocking in Pence, while sending Victorino on to third base. The Phils then made it an 11-3 lead in the eighth as, with two men on, and with two men out, Pence hits a two-run single, his second hit of the game, knocking in Rollins, who had earlier walked, then went to third on Utley’s double, and Utley, who had just doubled, his second double of the ballgame, and his third hit. The Phils in the ninth then gave the ball to Michael Stutes, his first post-season appearance, after Halladay had put down twenty-one straight Cards, after giving up a lead-off single in the second to Skip Schumaker, starting with a fantastic play by Howard on a grounder hit to him by Jon Jay for a 1-3 put out, to close out the game. But it wasn’t to be as, four batters latter, with runners on the corners, thanks to a walk to Allen Craig, a single by Pujols, as he moved Craig up to second base, before he is then replaced by pinch runner Gerald Laird, and then a force out on a grounder hit by Berkman, 4-6, as Laird is wiped out at second base, as Craig reached third, and with two men out, the Cards made it an 11-4 Phils’ lead as pinch hitter Adron Chambers hits an RBI single, knocking in Craig, while sending Berkman up to second base. After the Cards had loaded up the bases on a single by Yadier Molina, moving up a base both Berkman and Chambers, and still with one man out, Phils manager Charlie Manuel decided to replace Stutes with his closer Ryan Madson. Schumaker greets Madson with a two-run double, on a ball that glances off of John Mayberry, Jr’s glove in left, then went all the way to the fence, knocking in both Berkman and Chambers, cutting the Phils’ lead down to 11-6, while sending Molina on to third. But that would be it as Madson buckled down and proceeded to strike out, swinging, both Jay and pinch hitter Matt Holliday, for the final outs.

Roy Halladay (1-0, 3.38) gets the win as he pitched eight innings, giving up three runs on three hits and a walk, while striking out eight. Michael Stutes pitched a third of an inning, giving up three runs on three hits and a walk. Ryan Madson pitched two-thirds of an inning, giving up a hit, while striking out two. Kyle Lohse (0-1, 8.44) took the lost as he went five and one-third innings, giving up six runs, five of which were earned, on seven hits and a walk, while striking out four. Octavio Dotel pitched two-thirds of an inning, striking out both men that he would face. Marc Rzepczynski pitched to three batters, getting out none, as he gave up three runs on three hits. Mitchell Boggs pitched an inning and two-thirds, giving up two runs on four hits and a walk, while striking out a batter. Arthur Rhodes pitched a third of an inning, getting out the only man that he would face.

The Phils’ offense, after a slow start, pounded out fourteen hits, with Shane Victorino (Singles, 2 RBIs) and Chase Utley (Single, 2 Doubles) both leading the team with three hits each. Jimmy Rollins (Singles), Hunter Pence (Singles, 2 RBIs), and Raul Ibanez (Home Run, Single, 3 RBIs) all followed with two hits apiece. Ryan Howard (Home Run,  4 RBIs) and Roy Halladay (Single), had the other two Phils’ hits, as Howard had his first post-season RBIs since 2009.

The Phils (1-0) will continue their divisional series with the Cards (0-1) with a night game tonight. The game will be played at Citizens Bank Park and is to begin at 8:37 pm EDT. The Phils will send to the mound Cliff Lee (17-8, 2.40), who will be out to lead the Phils to a sweep at home. The Cards will counter with Chris Carpenter (11-9, 3.45), who will be pitching on three days rest, trying to send the Cards back to St. Louis with a split. The Phils will be going out to put themselves in the driver seat, planning to beat up on Carpenter, when the series heads for St. Louis.