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Moves the Phils have made during the past off-season…

Philadelphia_PhilliesAs the Phils’ 2013 season wounded down, with the club wounding up in fourth place in the five-team NL East with a 73-89, .451 record, 23 games behind the first-place Atlanta Braves, the Phils first post-season move was to make interim manager, Hall of Famer Ryan Sandberg, the team’s 52nd manager, by signing him to a three-year contract on September 22, 2013. The Phils’ next move was to announce on September 30 that Rich Dubee was not returning as the team’s pitching coach, ending a nine season relationship with the Phils, as the team started to look for a new pitching coach. On that same day, they announced that they were promoting from the team’s Minor League system, Paul Fournier, as the team’s new strength and conditioning coach, replacing Doug Lien, who had held that position for the previous six seasons, as the club hopes to improve the team’s overall health.

The Phils next move was to make a shake-up in their 40 men roster as they outrighted infielders Michael Martinez and Pete Orr, right-handed pitcher Zach Miner and lefthander Mauricio Robles on October 3, while, on that same day, the Indians picked up right-hander Tyler Cloyd off of the waiver-wire, while the Astros picked up leftie Raul Valdes, opening up six spots on the roster.

Two days later, on October 5, the Phils announced that they would not be renewing the contract of bullpen catcher, Mick Billmeyer, who had been with the club since 2004, first as the catching instructor, then as the bullpen coach in 2009, before becoming the bullpen catcher in 2012. The next Phils move came from out of the blue as, on October 8, former Phils’ player and one time Phils’ manager, and fan favorite, Larry Bowa, rejoined the team as the new bench coach, while another ex-Phil, Pete Mackanin, would join the team as the new third base coach. The Phils also announced that Steve Henderson would remain as the team’s hitting coach while Wally Joyner would leave as the team’s assistant hitting coach, later being hired by the Detroit Tigers as their new hitting coach, while John Mizerock would later become the new assistant hitting coach and Jesus Tiamo would become the new catcher coach, as Juan Samuel would stay on as the team’s first base coach, while Rod Nichols would remain the bullpen coach.

The next move occurred on October 17 as John Lannan decided to become a free agent after he had been outrighted by the club, after refusing assignment.

Then on November 5, the Phils announced that they were hiring Scott Freedman to help the ballclub better understand the use of analytics in the evaluation of players. Seven days later, on November 12, the Phils announced their first free agent signing, as they signed right fielder Marlon Byrd to a two-year contract worth $16 million dollars. Byrd, who is a right-handed batter, and an ex-Phil, has played in the majors from 2002, having played for the Phils (2002-05), the Nats (2005-06), the Rangers (2007-09), the Cubs (2010-12), the Red Sox (2012), the Mets (2013) and the Pirates (2013), appearing in 1250 games, hitting .280 (1222 for 4367), knocking in 533 RBIs as he scored 600 times. Among his 1222 hits were 252 doubles, 32 triples and 106 HRs, while he has also walked 307 times. The Phils plan to use him in the line-up behind Chase Utley and Ryan Howard, the later of whom the team hopes will bounce back from several injuries plagued seasons and regain his form as the team’s RBI and home runs leader. The Phils next announced on November 15 that they have given four players minor league contracts with invites to spring training: right-hander Shawn Camp, left-hander Cesar Jimenez and outfielders Clete Thomas and Leandro Castro.

The Phils then announced on November 18 that they have resigned present catcher Carlos Ruiz to a three-year deal worth $26 million dollars with a team option of $4.5 million or a $500,000 buyout for 2017. The next day, the team announced that they have signed a minor league contract, with a spring training invitation, to infielder Reid Brignac, who would be competing for a utility infielder position with Kevin Frandsen and Freddy Galvis. On November 20, the Phils announced that they were adding four minor league prospects to their 40-man roster to keep them from being picked up by other teams in December’s 5-Rule draft: outfielders Aaron Altherr and Kelly Dugan, catcher Tommy Joseph and left-hander Rob Rasmussen.

The following day, November 22, the Phils signed Bob McClure as their new pitching coach, replacing Dubee. On that same day, they announced that they have signed infielder Andres Blanco to a minor league contract, with an invite to spring training.

On December 4, the Phils made a trade with the Blue Jays, receiving right-handed pitcher Brad Lincoln in exchange for catcher Erik Kratz and minor league pitcher Rasmussen. Lincoln, who has pitched for the Pirates and the Blue Jays (2010-13) has appeared in 97 games, 22 of which was as a starter, for a record of 9-11 with a 4.66 ERA. With one career save in two attempts, he has pitched in 220 games, giving up 228 hits, 123 runs, 114 of which were earned, as he struck out 167 batters while walking only 77. The Phils will likely use him in the bullpen. After the trade, the ballclub would sign catcher Wil Nieves to a one-year deal on December 5, as the team’s back-up catcher. Nieves, who has played for the Padres (2002), the Yankees (2005-2007), the Nats (2008-10), the Brewers (2011), the Diamondbacks (2012), the Rockies (2012-13) and the Diamondbacks again (2013), has appeared in 385 games, hitting .242 (249 for 1029), with 46 doubles, 2 triples and 8 home runs, as he knocked in 103 RBIs while scoring 78 times. He has also walked 59 times. On that same day, the Phils signed right-handed pitcher Jeff Manship to a minor league contract with a spring training invitation.

Then, on December 9, Roy Halladay announced his retirement from baseball, ending a 16-year career with the Blue Jays and the Phils, as he didn’t think he would be able to pitch after his most recent arm injury. Halladay, who said that he had signed a one-day contract with the Blue Jays to end his career as a Jay, and had paid a full page ad in the Philly newspaper thanking the Phils fans for their support during his time as a Phils (2010-13), had appeared in 416 career games, 390 as a starter, with a career record of 203-105, with a 3.38 ERA and a career save, had completed 67 games, 20 for shutouts, as he pitched in 2749.1 total innings, striking out 2117 batters as he walked only 592, as he gave up 2646 hits and 1135 runs, only 1034 of which were earned. He also threw a perfect game and a no-hitter in the post-season, both of which occurred during his first season as a Phil (2010). Thanks for being a member of the Phils, Roy, and being a class act, and wish you luck getting into the Hall.

On December 12, through the Rule 5-draft, the Phils would acquire right-hander Kevin Munson from the Diamondbacks’ Reno club, while they would lose right-hander Seth Rosin to the Mets, who would then trade him to the Dodgers for cash in the major league portion of the draft, and shortstop Jonathan Roof to the Red Sox in the Triple-A part of it, both from their Reading affiliate.

Next, on December 18, the Phils signed a one-year deal with right-hander Roberto Hernandez for $4.5 million dollars, plus performance and award bonuses. Hernandez, who has previous pitched for the Indians (2006-12) and the Blue Jays (2013), has appeared in 216 games, 177 as a starter, with a 59-82 record, with a 4.67 ERA. He will be part of the Phils’ starting rotation, along with Cole Hamels, Cliff Lee, Kyle Kendrick and Jonathan Pettibone.

In January, the Phils made a new TV-deal with Comcast for 25-year, which included broadcasters Chris Wheeler and Gary Matthews not returning to the broadcast booth. On the 14, the Phils had four players file for salary arbitration: outfielders Ben Revere and John Mayberry, Jr. and pitchers Antonio Bastardo and Kendrick. The next day, January 15, the Phils announce that former manger Charlie Manuel would be returning to the team as a consultant to general manager Ruben Amaro, Jr. On the 17, the Phils announced that two of the four arbitration eligible players have signed one-year deals: Mayberry, who had agreed to a 1.587 million dollar deal, while Kendrick had agreed to one worth 7.675 million. The Phils then signed two minor league deals on the 21, one to veteran right-hander Chad Gaudin, and one to former Phil and veteran outfielder Bobby Abreu, with both being given spring training invites. On that same day, the Phils and Bastardo agreed to a one-year contract worth $2 million dollars. Three days later, on the 24, Ben Revere signed a one-year deal with the Phils for $ 1.95 million dollar.

With that, the last bit of news is that the Phils might be replacing Wheeler and Matthews with former Phils Matt Stairs and Jamie Moyer, both of whom have impressed the Phils in their separate interviews to join the broadcast team, and that finally, yesterday, the equipment truck has started heading south for the spring training facilities in Clearwater, Florida from Citizens Bank Park in Philly. It is now six more days before catchers and pitchers are suppose to appear in Clearwater.

Can’t wait for Spring Training to officially start. 🙂

The Phils win their final Grapefruit League road game for 2013 as they defeat the Tigers, 4-1.

Philadelphia_PhilliesBehind good pitching from Cole Hamels and the bullpen, the Phils win their last spring training game on the road, as they defeat the Tigers, 4-1.

The Phils took the lead in the first as, with a runner on third, and with one man out, Michael Young hits a sacrifice fly, knocking in Ben Revere, who started the game off with a single, moved up to second base on Justin Verlander’s throwing error on a pick-off attempt, then stopped at third base on Kevin Frandsen’s ground out, three-unassisted, giving the Phils a 1-0 lead. The Phils increased their lead in the fourth as, with two men on, and with two men out, Ender Inciarte hits an RBI single, scoring Carlos Ruiz, who had started the inning off with a single, then moved up to second base on John Mayberry, Jr’s walk, giving the Phils a 2-0 lead, while sending Mayberry, who had earlier walked, on to third base, before moving up to second base on the right fielder’s wide throw to the plate. The Tigers got on the board in the sixth as, with a runner on third, and with one man out, Austin Jackson hits a sacrifice fly, scoring Alex Avila, who had started the inning off with a single, moved up to second base on Zach Minor’s wild pitch, then went to third base on Omar Infante’s ground out, 4-3, making it a 2-1 Phils’ lead. The Phils got the run back in the seventh as, with runners on second and third, and with one man out, Young hits an RBI ground out, 6-3, knocking in Inciarte, who had started the inning off with a single, stole second base, then stopped at third base on Revere’s single, giving the Phils a 3-1 lead, while sending Revere, who had earlier singled, then stole second base, over to third base. The Phils then made it a 4-1 lead as, with runners on the corners, as Lynce Nix walked, and now with two men out, Revere would score on Bruce Rondon’s balk, while Nix moved up to second base. That would end up being the final score as Chris Nichols ended the game by getting pinch-hitter Corey Jones to ground out, three-unassisted, for the game’s final out.

Cole Hamels (3-0, 0.95) got the win as he threw three scoreless innings, giving up a hit and a walk, while striking out three. Chad Durbin recorded his second hold of the spring as he pitched a 1-2-3 inning. Zach Miner recorded his first hold of the spring as he threw two innings, giving up a run on two hits, a walk, and a wild pitch, while striking out a batter. Antonio Bastardo received his fourth hold of the spring as he threw a scoreless inning, striking out two. Brandon Erbe recorded his first hold of the spring as he went one and two-thirds innings, striking out a batter. Chris Nichols pitched a third of an inning, getting out the only man whom he would face. Justin Verlander (1-3, 4.01) took the lost as he went five and two-thirds innings, giving up two runs, only one of which was earned, on five hits, a walk and a hit batter, while striking out five. Jess Todd pitched a third of an inning, getting out the only man that he would face. Bruce Rondon pitched two-thirds of an inning, giving up two runs on two hits, two walks and a balk, while striking out a batter. Darin Downs pitched one and a third innings, striking out three batters. Luis Marte pitched a scoreless inning, giving up a hit, while striking out one.

The Phils had eight hits in the game, with Ben Revere (Singles) and Ender Inciarte (Singles, RBI) both leading the team with two hits each. Michael Young (Double, 2 RBIs), Carlos Ruiz (Single), John Mayberry, Jr. (Double) and Troy Hanzawa (Single), had the other four Phils’ hits. The final Phil run came in on a balk. The Phils also had three walks (Laynce Nix,  Ruiz and Mayberry), a hit batter (Kevin Frandsen) and three stolen bases (Revere 2 (9) and Inciarte (2)) in the game.

The Phils (15-15) will play their final spring training game at Clearwater against the Blue Jays (14-16) tomorrow. Game time is 1:05 pm EDT. The Phils will be trying to end their Grapefruit League season on a high note.

As the Phils get close to stablizing their roster, they crush the Rays, 10-1.

Philadelphia_PhilliesAs the Phils get close to finalizing their 25 men roster before heading north, the batters support a good performance by the pitching staff, as they crush the Rays, 10-1.

The Rays scored first in the third as, with one man on, and with two men out, Sean Rodriguez hits an RBI double, scoring Jason Bourgeois, who had earlier singled, giving the Rays a 1-0 lead, before going on to third on the late throw to the plate. The Phils then tied the game up at one-all in the fifth as, with runners on second and third, and with nobody out, Kevin Frandsen hits an RBI groundout, three-unassisted, scoring Ryan Howard, who had started the inning off with a single, then stopped at third base on Dom Brown’s double, while sending Brown, who had just doubled, over to third base. The Phils then took the lead one batter later as, with a man on third, and with one man out, Pete Orr hits an RBI single, knocking in Brown, giving the Phils a 2-1 lead. The Phils then made it a 4-1 lead as Freddy Galvis hits a two-run home run, his third home run of the spring. The Phils increased their lead in the sixth as, with runners on the corners, and with nobody out, Brown hits an RBI double, scoring Chase Utley, who had started the inning off with a double, then stopped at third base on Howard’s single, giving the Phils a 5-1 lead, while sending Howard, who had earlier singled, over to third base. The Phils then made it a 7-1 lead as Frandsen followed Brown with a two-run double, scoring both Howard and Brown. Two batters later, with a man still on second base, and now with one man out, Galvis hits an RBI single, scoring Frandsen, giving the Phils an 8-1 lead, before moving up to second base on the late throw home. The Phils then made it a 9-1 lead as Humberto Qunitero hits an RBI single, scoring Galvis, before moving up to second base on the late throw to the plate. The Phils added to their lead in the eighth as, with a runner on second base, and with two men out, Quintero, who had earlier reached base with a double, would score on a throwing error by first baseman Shelley Duncan on a grounder hit by Ender Inciarte, giving the Phils a 10-1 lead. That would be the final score as Jonathan Papelbon pitched a 1-2-3 ninth.

Raul Valdes received a no-decision as he went three innings, giving up a run on two hits, while striking out five. Michael Stutes threw a scoreless inning, walking a batter. Jeremy Horst (2-1, 4.80) got the win as he threw two scoreless innings, giving up a hit and a wild pitch, while striking out a batter. Colby Shreve, Antonio Bastardo, Steven Inch and Jonathan Papelbon combined for three scoreless innings, giving up a walk (Shreve) between them, while striking out three Rays (Bastardo (1), Papelbon (2)). Roberto Hernandez (0-2) took the loss as he pitched six innings, giving up nine runs on eleven hits and a walk. Cesar Romos pitched an inning and two-thirds, giving up a run on two hits. Adam Liberatore pitched a third of an inning, getting out the only man whom he would face.

The Phils collected thirteen hits in the game, with Dom Brown leading the team with three hits (Single, 2 Doubles, RBI), followed by Ryan Howard (Singles), Freddy Galvis (Single, Home Run, 3 RBIs) and Humberto Quintero (Single, Double, RBI) with two hits each. Jimmy Rollins (Single), Chase Utley (Double), Kevin Frandsen (Double, 3 RBIs) and Pete Orr (Single, RBI) had the other four Phils’ hits. The final Phil run came in on a throwing error. The Phils also had a walk (Ben Revere) in the game.

The Phils (14-15)  play their next spring training game against the Tigers (18-12) at Joker Merchant Park in Jupiter, Florida. The game is to start at 1:05 pm EDT. The Phils will send to the mound Cole Hamels (2-0, 1.13), who is coming off a strong start against the Red Sox on March 21, receiving a no-decision, as he went six innings, giving up just one run on four hits and two walks, while striking out five, in the Phils’ 6-1 lost. He will be going for one final strong start as he prepare to be the Phils’ opening day pitcher. The Tigers will counter with Justin Verlander (1-2, 4.74), who is coming off a lost against the Astros on March 21, as he went five and two-thirds innings, giving up four runs on six hits, as he struck out five, in the Tigers’ 7-2 lost. He will be trying to end his spring training with a good start. The Phils will be trying to do well in their last spring training game on the road.

The Phils’ bats support an excellent performance by Cole Hamels as they defeat the Braves, 10-5.

Philadelphia_PhilliesThe Phils took a quick lead in the first, and this time held on to it, as they defeat the Braves, 10-5.

The Phils took the lead in the first as, with runners on the corners, and with one man out, Ryan Howard hits an RBI double, knocking in Ben Revere, who had started off the Phils’ half of the first with a walk, moved up to second base on Jimmy Rollins’ ground out, 6-3, then stopped at third base on Chase Utley’s single, giving the Phils a 1-0 lead, while Utley, who had just singled, would stop at third base. The Phils then made it a 3-0 lead, as Utley and Howard would both score on second baseman Tyler Pastornicky’s fielding error of Michael Young’s grounder.  The Braves would get a run back in the third as, with a man on third, and with one man out, Pastornicky hits an RBI single, scoring Ramiro Pena, who had earlier singled, before stopping at third base on left fielder Darin Ruf’s fielding error, making it a 3-1 Phils’ lead. The Phils would get the run back in their half of the third as, with a man on third, and with two men out, Utley, who had earlier doubled, then moved up to third base on Howard’s fly out to center, would score on Young’s infield single to third baseman Chris Johnson, after the ball had been deflected by pitcher Paul Maholm, giving the Phils a 4-1 lead. Two batters later, after Dom Brown took a walk, moving Young up to second base, the Phils’ took a 5-1 lead as Ruf hits an RBI single, knocking in Young, while sending Brown on to third base, before moving up to second base on the late throw to the plate. The Phils then made it a 6-1 lead as Howard hits a lead-off home run, his first home run of the spring. The Phils then increased their lead four batters later as, with runners on the corners, and with one man out, Laynce Nix hits an RBI ground out, 3-unassisted, knocking in Brown, who was safe at first on first baseman Ernesto Mejia’s missed catch error, as Young, who had just walked, was wiped out at second base, 6-4, for the inning’s first out, then reached third base on Ruf’s double, giving the Phil’s a 7-1 lead. The Braves would get a run back in the sixth as, with two men out, Johnson would hit a solo home run, his first home run of the spring, making it a 7-2 Phils’ lead. The Phils got that run back in their half of the sixth as, with a man on second, and with nobody out, Freddy Galvis hits an RBI double, knocking in Revere, who had started the inning off with a double, giving the Phils an 8-1 lead. Two batters later, with a man still on second base, and now with one man out, the Phils took a 10-2 lead as John Mayberry, Jr. hits a two-run home run, his first home run of the spring, knocking in Galvis. The Braves cut the Phils’ lead down to 10-5 in the seventh as, with two men on, via a walk to Todd Cunningham and a single by Pena, moving Cunningham up to second base, and with no one out, Pastornicky hits a three-run bomb, scoring both Cunningham and Pena. That would end up being the final score as Ethan Martin threw two scoreless innings.

Cole Hamels got the win (1-0, 0.00) as he pitched three strong innings, giving up an unearned run on four hits, as he struck out five. Mike Adams pitched a scoreless inning, giving up a hit, as he struck out a batter. Jake Diekman pitched a scoreless inning, giving up a walk. Jonathan Pettibone pitched two innings, giving up four runs on three hits and a walk, as he struck out a batter. Ethan Martin pitched two scoreless innings, giving up a hit, while striking out one. Paul Maholm took the lost (0-1, 9.64) as he went two and two-thirds innings, giving up five runs on six hits and two walks, while striking out two. Luis Avilan pitched an inning and a third, giving up a hit, while striking out one. Craig Kimbrel pitched an inning, giving up two runs, one of which was earned, on two hits and a walk. Cristhian Martinez pitched an inning, giving up three runs on three hits. David Hale and Alex Wood combined for two scoreless innings, giving up a hit (Wood) and two walks (Wood), while striking out two (one batter each).

The Phils collected thirteen hits in the game, with Ben Revere (Single, Double), Chase Utley (Single, Double), Ryan Howard (Double, Home Run, 2 RBIs), Darin Ruf (Single, Double, RBI) and Freddy Galvis (Single, Double, RBI) each leading the ballclub with two hits apiece. Michael Young (Single, 2 RBIs), Dom Brown (Single, RBI) and John Mayberry, Jr. (Home Run, 2 RBIs), had the other three Phils’ hit. The final Phil run came in on a Braves’ error. The Phils also had five walks in the game (Revere, Mayberry, Young, Brown and Cody Asche).

The Phils (2-3-1)  will play their next spring training game against the Yankees (1-6) tomorrow afternoon at George M. Steinbrenner Field in Tampa, Fla. The game will start at 1:05 pm EST. The Phils will send to the mound Roy Halladay (0-0, 4.50) who is coming off a no-decision against the Tigers on February 24, as he pitched two innings, giving up a run on a hit, as he struck out two, in the Phils’ 5-5 tie with the Tigers. He will be trying to continue showing that last year was just a down year. The Yanks will counter with Hiroki Kuroda (0-0, -.-), who is making his first start of the spring. He will be trying to stop the Yanks’ present slide. The Phils will be going for their second straight win, while hoping that Halladay will continue the starters present series of good starts.

The Phils have just announced that they have signed free agent outfielder Delmon Young to a one-year contract.

Philadelphia_PhilliesJust when you thought that the Phils were satisfied with their outfield arrangements, they decided to throw everyone a curve. Earlier this afternoon, the Phils have announced that they had signed free agent Delmon Young, formerly of the American League Champions Detroit Tigers, to a one-year contract worth $750,000, plus performance bonuses. Young, who is an outfielder, and was last year’s ALCS MVP, appeared in 151 games, batting .267 (153 for 574), hitting 27 doubles, 1 triple and 18 home runs, as he knocked in 74 RBIs, while crossing the plate 54 times. During a seven years career, which includes stints with the Rays and the Twins, Young have compiled a career batting average of .284 (955 for 3358), as he had played in a total of 880 games, during which he have hit 185 doubles, 10 triples and 89 home runs, as he had 482 RBIs, while he had scored 396 times. Along with his .284 career batting average, he has a career slugging percentage of .425 and a career OPS of .742.

Young will likely be patrolling one of the corner outfield spots, while Paul Revere will handle center field. If that is indeed the case, it will leave John Mayberry, Jr. and Dom Brown sharing a platoon at the other corner outfield spot, with Laynce Nix on the bench, while Darin Ruf will be playing in Triple-A Lehigh Valley for more seasoning.

Welcome to the team, Young. Hope you and your bat will help the team during the upcoming season.

A two-run rally in the bottom of the ninth leads to a walk-off win on a bases loaded error, as the Phils defeated the Rockies, 7-6.

A Rockies’ error with the bases loaded caps a two-run rally by the Phils as they come from behind in the ninth to defeat the Rockies in walk-off fashion, 7-6.

The Phils took the lead in the first as, with a man on third, and with one man out, Hunter Pence hits into an RBI ground out, 5-3, scoring Juan Pierre, who had just tripled, giving the Phils a 1-0 lead. The Rockies took the lead in the second as, with two men on, and with one man out, Wilin Rosario hits a three-run home run, his tenth home run of the season, knocking in Jordan Pacheco, who had earlier singled, and then stopped at second base on Chris Nelson’s single, and Nelson, who had just singled, giving the Rockies a 3-1 lead. The Phils retook the lead in their half of the second as, with two men on, and with one man out, Michael Martinez hits a three-run home run of his own, his first home run of the year, scoring Placido Polanco, who had earlier singled, then moved up to second base on John Mayberry Jr’s walk, and Mayberry, who had just walked, giving the Phils a 4-3 lead. The Rockies tied it up at four-all in the third as, with two men out, Michael Cuddyer hits a solo home run, his eleventh home run of the season. The Rockies retook the lead in the fourth as, with one man out, Nelson hits a solo home run, his fourth home run of the season, giving the Rockies a 5-4 lead. The Phils would tie it up at five-all in their half of the fourth as, with a runner on third, and with two men out, Jimmy Rollins hits an RBI double, knocking in Mayberry, who had started the inning off with a double, then went to third on Martinez’s ground out, three-unassisted. The Rockies took the lead again in the ninth as, with two men on, and with two men out, Dexter Fowler hits an RBI single, scoring Rosario, who had earlier doubled, giving the Rockies a 6-5 lead, while sending pinch runner Josh Outman, who was pinch running for pinch hitter Jason Giambi, who had been intentionally walked, over to third base. The Phils would once more tie the game up, this time at six-all, in their half of the ninth as, with one man on, and with two men out, Pence hits an RBI double, scoring Ty Wigginton, who had just singled. Three batters later, after Carlos Ruiz had been intentionally walked, and Shane Victorino had beat out a grounder hit to shortstop Marco Scutaro for an infield single, moving up a base both Pence and Ruiz, to load up the bases, and with still two men out,  Pence would score the winning run on a missed catch error by first baseman Todd Helton on shortstop Scutaro’s throw to first on Polanco’s grounder to short, giving the Phils a 7-6, walk-off win.

Joe Blanton received a no-decision as he pitched seven innings, giving up five runs on six hits, while striking out six. Antonio Bastardo pitched a scoreless inning, giving up a hit and a walk, while striking out a batter. Jonathan Papelbon (1-2, 2.28) got the win as he pitched an inning, giving up a run on two hits and a walk, while striking out two. Alex White also received a no-decision as he went three and two-thirds innings, giving up five runs on five hits and two walks. Matt Reynolds pitched a third of an inning, giving up a hit. Jeremy Guthrie and Matt Belisle combined for four scoreless innings, giving up a walk (Belisle), while striking out three (Guthrie (2), Belisle (1) between them. Rafael Betancourt blew his third save opportunity before taking the lost (1-3, 3.28), as he pitched two thirds of an inning, giving up two runs, only one of which was earned, on three hits and a walk.

The Phils had nine hits in the game, with Shane Victorino leading the team with two hits, both singles. Jimmy Rollins (Double, RBI), Juan Pierre (Triple), Ty Wigginton (Single), Hunter Pence (Double, 2 RBIs), Placido Polanco (Single), John Mayberry, Jr. (Double) and Michael Martinez (Home Run, 3 RBIs) had the other seven Phils’ hits. The final Phil run came in on a bases loaded error. The Phils also had four walks in the game.

The Phils (33-37, 5th East) will conclude their series with the Rockies (25-42, 4th West) with a night game later today. The game will be played at Citizens Bank Park and will start at 7:05 pm EDT. The Phils will send to the mound Vance Worley (3-3, 2.80), who is coming off a lost to the Blue Jays on June 15, as he pitched seven innings, giving up three runs, only one of which was earned, on five hits and two walks, while striking out five, in the Phils’ 3-0 lost. He will be looking for his first win since coming off the disabled list, while trying to lead the Phils to a series sweep. The Rockies will counter with Jeff Francis (0-1, 12.46), who is coming off a no-decision against the Tigers on June 15, as he went five and a third innings, giving up four runs on eight hits and three walks, while striking out only two, in the Rockies’ 12-4 rout. He will be looking to keep the Rockies in the ballgame. The Phils will be trying to sweep the series.

Spring Training: The Phils are done in by a three-run home run as they lose to the Tigers, 6-3.

A three-run home run do in the Phils as they lose to the Tigers, 6-3.

The Phils took a 1-0 lead in the first as, with a runner on third, and with two men out, Hunter Pence hits an RBI single, scoring Shane Victorino, who had earlier doubled, then stole third. The Phils then made it a 2-0 lead as Ty Wigginton hits an RBI double, knocking in Pence. The Tigers got a run back in their half of the first as, with runners on the corners, and with one man out, Prince Fielder hits a sacrifice fly, scoring Brennan Boesch, who had earlier tripled, making it a 2-1 Phils’ lead. The Tigers then tied the game up at two-all in the sixth as, with a runner on first, and with two men out, Don Kelly hits an RBI triple, knocking in pinch runner Brent Diugach, who was pinch running for Ryan Raburn, who was earlier safe at first on a force out, 6-4, forcing out pinch runner Rawley Bishop, who was pinch running for Prince Fielder, who had earlier walked. The Tigers then took the lead in the seventh as, with two men on, and with one man out, Tyler Collins hits a three-run home run, his first home run of the spring, scoring Gerald Laird, who had earlier singled, then went to second base on Andy Dirks’ walk, and Dirks, who had just walked, giving the Tigers a 5-2 lead. The Tigers then made it a 6-2 lead in the eighth as, with two men out, James McCann hits a solo home run, his first home run of the spring. The Phils got a run back in the ninth as, with two men out, Cody Overbeck hits a solo home run, his first home run of the spring, making it a 6-3 Tigers’ lead. That would end up being the final score as Chris Bootcheck got Tuffy Gosewisch to fly out to left for the game’s final out.

Scott Elarton got a no-decision as he pitched four innings, giving up a run on two hits and four walks. David Herndon blew his second save attempt of the spring as he went two innings, giving up a run on a hit and a walk. Joe Savery (1-1, 4.26) took the lost as he went an inning, giving up three runs on three hits and a walk, while he struck out one. Michael Stutes pitched an inning, giving up a run on one hit. Justin Verlander also received a no-decision as he went six innings, giving up two runs on seven hits, while striking out three. Phil Coke (1-0, 1.80) got the win as he pitched a scoreless inning, giving up a hit, as he struck out two. Jose Valverde collected his second hold of the spring, as he pitched a 1-2-3 inning, striking out a batter. Chris Bootcheck pitched an inning, giving up a run on a hit.

The Phils had nine hits in the ballgame, with Juan Pierre (Singles) and Shane Victorino (Single, Double) leading the team with two hits each. Hunter Pence (Single, RBI), Ty Wigginton (Double, RBI), Cody Overbeck (Home Run, RBI), Tuffy Gosewisch (Double) and Miguel Abreu (Single) had the other five Phils’ hits. The Phils also had a stolen base in the game.