Tagged: Walk-Off Home Run

The Phils win both of their games at home with the Astros, with the bats winning yesterday’s game 5-1, before winning’s this afternoon’s game on a extra-inning walk-off home run by Hunter Pence, 4-3.

The Phils go onto the road with their first three-game winning streak as they win both of their games against the Astros, winning yesterday’s ballgame behind Joe Blanton’s excellent pitching, 5-1, before taking this afternoon’s game in extra-innings on Hunter Pence’s walk-off home run, defeating the Astros, 4-3.

In Monday night’s game, the Phils took the lead in the fifth as, with two men on, and with one man out, Freddy Galvis hits an RBI single, knocking in Placido Polanco, who was earlier safe at first on a 1-6 force out, as Carlos Ruiz, who had started off the inning by being hit by the pitch, is wiped out at second base for the inning’s first out, then reaching second base on shortstop Jed Lowrie’s force attempt fielding error on John Mayberry Jr’s grounder, giving the Phils a 1-0 lead, while sending Mayberry, who had been safe at first on Lowrie’s error, over to third. The Phils then took a 2-0 lead in the sixth as, with a man on third, and with one man out, Ruiz hits an RBI single, knocking in Shane Victorino, who had earlier started the inning off with a triple. Three batters later, after Polanco had hit into a 6-3 force out, wiping out Ruiz at second base for the inning’s second out, then going to third base on Mayberry’s double, and now with two men out, Galvis hits an RBI single, scoring Polanco, giving the Phils a 3-0 lead, before Mayberry, who had just doubled, is thrown out at the plate trying to score, 7-2, for the inning’s final out. The Astros would get a run back in the eighth as Marwin Gonzalez hits a solo home run, his first home run of the season, making it a 3-1 Phils’ lead. The Phils increased their lead in their half of the eighth as, with one man on, and with two men out, Polanco hits a two-run home run, his first home run of the year, and the 2000th hit of his career, as he knocked in Ruiz, who had just singled, giving the Phils a 5-1 lead. That would end up being the final score as Jonathan Papelbon threw a scoreless ninth, getting Chris Snyder to strikeout, swinging, for the game’s final out.

Joe Blanton (4-3, 2.96) got the win as he went seven strong innings, plus two batters, giving up a run on six hits and a walk, while he struck out seven. Antonio Bastardo collected his seventh hold of the season as he pitched two-thirds of an inning, striking out two batters. Chad Qualls collected his seventh hold of the season as he went a third of an inning, getting out the only man that he would face. Jonathan Papelbon pitched a scoreless inning, giving up a hit, while striking out the side. Lucas Harrell (2-3, 4.40) took the lost as he went five and two-thirds innings, giving up three runs on five hits and two walks, while striking out three. Wilton Lopez pitched a third of an inning, giving up a hit. Fernando Abad pitched a scoreless inning, striking out a batter. David Carpenter pitched an inning, giving up two runs on four hits, as he struck out two.

The Phils had ten hits in the game, with Freddy Galvis leading the team with three hits, all singles, as he knocked in two runs, followed by Carlos Ruiz (Singles, RBI) and John Mayberry, Jr. (Single, Double) with two hits apiece. Shane Victorino (Triple), Hunter Pence (Single) and Placido Polanco (Home Run, 2 RBIs), had the other three Phils’ hits, with Polanco’s hit being his 2000th career hit. The Phils also had two walks in the game.

In this afternoon’s game, the Phils took the lead in the second as, with one man on, and with two men out, Brian Schneider hits a two-run home run, his first home run of the year, knocking in John Mayberry, Jr. who had earlier reached base on second baseman Jose Altuve’s throwing error, giving the Phils a 2-0 lead. The Phils added to their lead in the sixth as, with one man out, Hunter Pence hits a solo home run, his eighth home run of the season, giving the Phils a 3-0 lead. The Astros would get a run back in the seventh as Matt Downs hits a lead-off home run, his third home run of the year, making it a 3-1 Phils’ lead. The Astros made it a 3-2 Phils’ lead in the ninth as, with a man on third, and with one man out, Carlos Lee hits an RBI single, scoring Jordan Schafer, who had started the inning off with a double, then went to third on Downs’ ground out, 4-3. The Astros then tied the score up at three-all two batters later, after pinch runner Brian Bogusevic, who was pinch running for Lee, had stolen second base, and now with two men out, J. D. Martinez hits a single to right, moving Bogusevic up to third, before being sent home as right fielder Pence committed a fielding error as he was trying to pick up the ball. The Phils would win the ballgame in the tenth as, win one man out, Pence hits a walk-off solo home run, his ninth home run of the season, and his second home run of the game, giving the Phils a 4-3 walk-off win.

Cliff Lee received a no-decision as he pitched eight strong innings, giving up a run on five hits and a walk, while striking out ten. Chad Qualls blew his fourth save attempt of the year as he threw two-thirds of an inning, giving up two runs on four hits. Jake Diekman, who was making his major league debut, received the win, (1-0, 0.00), the first win of his career, as he threw one and one-thirds scoreless innings, while striking out three. Jordan Lyles also received a no-decision as he went six innings, giving up three runs, only one of which was earned, on six hits and a walk, while he struck out four. Fernando Abad, Fernando Rodriguez and Brandon Lyon combined for three scoreless innings, giving up three hits (Abad (1), Lyon (2)) between them, while striking out two batters (Abad (1), Lyon (1)). Brett Myers (0-1, 2.08) took the lost as he pitched a third of an inning, giving up a run on a hit.

The Phils had ten hits in the game, with Hunter Pence leading the team with three hits (Single, 2 Home Runs, 2 RBIs), including the game winner, followed by Jimmy Rollins (Single, Double), Placido Polanco (Singles) and Brian Schneider (Single, Home Run, 2 RBIs) with two hits apiece. John Mayberry, Jr. (Single) had the other Phil hit. The Phils also had two walks in the game.

The Phils (18-19, 5th East), who have now won four of their last five games, and have their first three-game winning streak, will now go onto the road for a short two-game series with the Cubs (15-21, T-5th Central). The game will be played at Wrigley Field and will start at 8:05 pm EDT (7:05 pm Central). The Phils will send to the mound Kyle Kendrick (0-3, 7.32), who is pitching in place of Vance Worley, who is not making the trip because of a sore elbow. Kendrick last pitched on May 9 against the Mets in relief, pitching an inning plus, giving up five runs on four hits and two walks, in the Phils’ 10-6 loss. Kendrick will be trying to bounce back from that bad appearance. The Cubs will counter with Matt Garza (2-1, 2.56), who is coming off a no-decision against the Brewers on May 11, as he went five innings, giving up a run on three hits and five walks, while striking out three, in the Cubs’ 8-7 lost. He will be out to gain his second win against the Phils this season. The Phils will be going out to win their fourth game in a row.

Carlos Ruiz’s best offensive day of his career is ruined by the pitching staff’s inability to hold onto a lead as the Phils lose to the Braves via an extra-innings, walk-off two-run home run, 15-13.

Carlos Ruiz’s best offensive day of his career is ruined by the pitching staff being unable to nail down several different leads before finally losing to the Braves in extra-innings on a Chipper Jones walk-off two-run home run, 15-13.

The Phils took the lead, while batting around, in the third as, with runners on the corners, and with one man out, Shane Victorino hits an RBI single, knocking in Jimmy Rollins, who had earlier singled, then stopped at third base on Placido Polanco’s single, giving the Phils a 1-0 lead, while sending Polanco, who had just singled, up to third base. Three batters later, now with the bases loaded, after Victorino had stolen second base, and with a walk by Hunter Pence, and with two men out, Laynce Nix hits a bases clearing double, knocking in Polanco, Victorino and Pence, giving the Phils a 4-0 lead. The Phils added to their lead in the fifth as, with one man on, and with one out, Carlos Ruiz hits an RBI double, knocking in Ty Wigginton, who had earlier singled, giving the Phils a 5-0 lead. The Phils then took a 6-0 lead as Freddy Galvis hits an RBI double of his own, scoring Ruiz. The Braves then came roaring back in their half of the fifth as, with the bases loaded, via singles by Chipper Jones, Erik Hinske and Tyler Pastornicky, and with one man out, Michael Bourn hits an RBI single, knocking in Jones, making it a 6-1 Phils’ lead, while moving both Hinske and Pastornicky up a base. The Braves then made it a 6-2 Phils’ lead as Martin Prado followed with an RBI infield single,  knocking in Hinske, while moving up both Pastornicky and Bourn, as the bases remained loaded. Two batters later, as the bases stayed loaded, and now with two men out, Brian McCann hits a grand-slam home run, his fifth home run of the season, tying the ballgame at six-all. The Braves then took the lead in the sixth as, with two men on, and with one man out, pinch hitter Jason Heyward hits a two-run single, knocking in Hinske, who had earlier singled, then stopped at third base on Pastornicky’s double, and Pastornicky, who had just doubled, giving the Braves an 8-6 lead, while knocking Phils’ starter Roy Halladay out of the ballgame. The Phils would regain the lead in the seventh as, with two men on, and with nobody out, Ruiz hits a two-run home run, his fourth home run of the season, scoring Wigginton, who had earlier walked, then stopped at second base on pinch hitter John Mayberry, Jr.’s single, and pinch hitter Mayberry, who had just singled, giving the Phils a 9-8 lead. The Phils would increase their lead in the eighth as, with the bases loaded, via infield singles by Pence and Wigginton, with Pence stopping at second base, and a walk by Mayberry, and with two men out, Ruiz hits a bases clearing double, scoring Pence, Wigginton and Mayberry, giving the Phils a 12-8 lead. The Braves came back again in their half of the eighth as, with two men on, and with one man out, Pastornicky hits an RBI single, knocking in Dan Uggla, who had earlier singled, then reached second base on Rollins force attempt, fielding error on Jones’ grounder, making it a 12-9 Phils’ lead, while sending Jones, who was safe at first on Rollins’ error, up to second base. Two batters later, after Heyward had walked, loading up the bases as the runners both moved up a base, and with still one man out, Bourn walked to forced in a run, as Jones scored from third, making it a 12-10 Phils’ lead, while moving both Pastornicky and Heyward up a base, leaving the bases loaded. The Braves would then tied the game up at twelve-all as Prado would hit a two-run single, knocking in both Pastornicky and Heyward, while sending Bourn on to third base. The Braves then took a 13-12 lead as Freddie Freeman hits a sacrifice fly, scoring Bourn. The Phils would tie the game up at twelve-all in the ninth as, with a runner on second, and with two men on, Victorino hits an RBI infield single, as he beat out shortstop Jack Wilson’s throw to first, as pinch hitter Juan Pierre, who had started the inning off with a walk, then stole second base, would score all the way from second base. The Braves would then win the game in the eleventh as, with one man on, and with nobody out, Jones hits a two-run walk-off home run, his fourth home run of the year, scoring Uggla, who had started the inning off with a single, giving the Braves a walk-off win.

Roy Halladay received a no-decision as he went five and one-third innings, giving up eight runs on twelve hits, as he struck out five. Joe Savery pitched two-thirds of an inning, getting out both men that he would face, while striking out a batter. Antonio Bastardo collected his third hold of the season as he pitched a 1-2-3 inning. Jose Contreras pitched a third of an inning, as he gave up four runs, three of which were earned, on two hits and a walk, as he struck out one. Michael Schwimer blew his first save opportunity of the season as he pitched two-thirds of an inning, giving up a run on a hit and a walk. Brian Sanches (0-1, 9.00) took the lost as he pitched two innings, plus two batters, giving up two runs on four hits and a walk, while he struck out two. Tommy Hanson also collected a no-decision as he went three and two-thirds innings, giving up four runs on eight hits, two walks and a hit batter, while he struck out three. Cristhian Martinez pitched an inning and a third, giving up two runs on three hits. Livan Hernandez pitched a 1-2-3 inning. Eric O’Flaherty blew his second save attempt as he pitched an inning, giving up three runs on two hits and a walk, while he struck out a batter. Kris Medlin pitched an inning, giving up three runs on three hits and a walk. Craig Kimbrel blew his first save attempt of the season, as he gave up a run on a hit and a walk, while striking out two. Jonny Venters pitched a 1-2-3 inning, striking out two. Chad Durbin (1-0, 8.00) gets the win as he threw a 1-2-3 inning, striking out a batter.

The Phils had seventeen hits in the game with Placido Polanco (Singles), Shane Victorino (Singles, 2 RBIs) and Carlos Ruiz (2 Doubles, Home Run, 7 RBIs) all leading the ballclub with three hits apiece, followed by Ty Wigginton (Singles) and Laynce Nix (Single, Double, 3 RBIs) who had two hits each. Jimmy Rollins (Single), Hunter Pence (Single), Freddy Galvis (Double, RBI) and pinch hitter John Mayberry, Jr, (Single) having the other four Phils’ hit. With his seven RBI night, Ruiz because the first Phils’ catcher to knock in seven runs in one game. The Phils also had five walks and two stolen bases (Victorino (8), pinch hitter Juan Pierre (4)), on a night when the offense was let down by the pitching staff and by the defense (Rollins’ fielding error in the eight that helped open up the flood gates in that inning).

The Phils (12-13, 4th) have just completed playing their final game of the series with the Braves (15-10, 2nd).

Spring Training: The Phils defeat the Pirates in the bottom of the ninth with a walk-off home run, 5-4.

The Phils defeat the Pirates in the bottom of the ninth with a two out, walk-off home run, winning 5-4.

The Phils took the lead in the first as, with a man on second, and with nobody out, Placido Polanco hits an RBI single, knocking in Shane Victorino, who had started the inning off with a double, giving the Phils a 1-0 lead. The Phils then made it a 2-0 lead two batters later as, with one man on, and now with one man out, Jim Thome hits an RBI double, scoring Polanco. The Phils added to their lead in the fourth as, with runners on the corners, and with one man out, Brian Schneider hits an RBI single, scoring Thome, who had earlier walked, moved up to second base on Daniel McCutchen’s wild pitch, then stopped at third on Pete Orr’s single, giving the Phils a 3-0 lead, while sending Orr, who had just singled, up to second base. The Phils then took a 4-0 lead in the sixth as, with a runner on second, and with nobody out, Laynce Nix, who had started the inning off with a double, would score on a fielding error by left fielder Jake Fox on Orr’s single, which would allow Orr to reach second base. The Pirates would start a comeback in the eighth as, with a man on second, and with two men out, Nick Evans hits an RBI single, knocking in Nate McLouth, who had earlier walked, then moved up to second base on Fox’s ground out, 3-unassisted, making it a 4-1 Phils’ lead. The Pirates then made it a 4-2 Phils’ lead as Eric Fryer hits an RBI double, scoring Evans. The Pirates than cut it down to a 4-3 Phils’ lead as Casey McGehee followed with an RBI double of his own, knocking in Fryer. The Pirates then tied the game up at four-all as Kirk Singer hits an RBI single, scoring McGehee. The Phils would win the game in the ninth as, with two men out, Scott Podsednik hits a walk-off solo home run, his first home run of the spring, giving the Phils a 5-4 walk-off win.

Cliff Lee got a no-decision as he pitched six strong shutout innings, giving up just three hits and a walk, while striking out three. Kyle Kendrick pitched a scoreless inning, giving up a hit, while striking out two. Antonio Bastardo pitched two-thirds of an inning, giving up three runs on two hits and a walk. Michael Stutes blew his first save opportunity of the spring as he went a third of an inning, giving up a run on two hits, while striking out a batter. Jonathan Papelbon (1-0, 1.00) got the win as he pitched a 1-2-3 inning, while striking out a batter. Chris Resop pitched two innings, giving up two runs on three hits, while striking out two. Chris Leroux pitched a 1-2-3 inning. Daniel McCutchen pitched an inning, giving up a run on two hits, a walk and a wild pitch, as he struck out a batter. Joel Hanrahan threw a 1-2-3 inning. Ryota Igarashi pitched an inning, giving up a run on four hits. Jared Hughes and Kris Johnson combined for two scoreless innings, giving up two hits (one hit each) between them, while striking out a batter (Hughes). Daniel Moskos (0-1, 1.13) took the lost as he pitched two-thirds of an inning, giving up a run on one hit.

The Phils had twelve hits in the game, with Scott Podsednik (Single, Home Run, RBI) and Pete Orr (Singles) leading the team with two hits apiece. Shane Victorino (Double), Placido Polanco (Single, RBI), Jim Thome (Double, RBI), Laynce Nix (Double), Brian Schneider (Single, RBI), Erik Kratz (Single), Freddy Galvis (Single) and Cliff Lee (Double) had the other eight Phils hits. The other Phil run came in on an error. The Phils also had a walk in the game.

The Phils (11-13) next graperfruit league game will be an afternoon game against the Twins (14-12) in Fort Myers, Florida. The game is set to start at 1:05 pm EDT.

Spring Training: The Phils suffer a walk-off lost to the Astros on a three-run home run in extra-innings, 6-5.

The Phils lose in extra-inning on an one-out walk-off three run home run, losing to the Astros, 6-5.

The Astros broke a 0-0 tie in the fourth as, with two men on, and with one man out, Matt Down hits a sacrifice fly, scoring J.D. Martinez, who had earlier singled, then stopped at third on Carlos Lee’s double, giving the Astros a 1-0 lead. The Phils tied the game up at one-all in the sixth as, with one man on, and with two men out, Lou Montanez hits an RBI single, knocking in Pete Orr, who had earlier singled, then stole second base. The Phils took tthe lead in the seventh as, with the bases loaded, via Kevin Frandsen reaching base after being hit by a pitch, a walk to Freddy Galvis, moving Frandsen up to second base, and a single by Scott Podsednik, sending Frandsen on to third base, and Galvis up to second base, and with one man out, Orr hits a sacrifice fly, scoring Frandsen, giving the Phils a 2-1 lead. The Astros retied the game up at two-all in their half of the seventh as, with runners on the corners, and with two men out, Angel Sanchez hits an RBI single, knocking in Brian Bixler, who had earlier doubled, then went to third on Dom Brown’s throwing error after catching Justin Ruggiano’s fly out, while sending Jose Altuve, who had earlier walked, up to second base. The Phils then retook the lead in the eighth as, with runners on the corners, and with one man out, Steven Lerud hits an RBI single, knocking in pinch hitter Juan Pierre, who had earlier walked, then went to third on Brown’s single, giving the Phils a 3-2 lead, while sending Brown, who had just singled, up to second base. The Astros retied the game, now at three-all, in their half of the eighth as, with two men on, and with two men out, Bixler hits an RBI infield single, scoring Brandon Barnes, who was pinch running for Lee, who had just doubled, then went to third on Downs’ fly out to right. The Phils retook the lead in the tenth as, with one man out, Dom Brown hits a solo home run, his first home run of the spring, giving the Phils a 4-3 lead. Three batters later, with runners on second and third, and with still one man out, Galvis hits a sacrifice fly, knocking in Lerud, who had earlier singled, then stopped at third on Frandsen’s double, giving the Phils a 5-3 lead, while sending Frandsen, who had just doubled, on to third. The Astros then won the game in their half of the tenth as, with two men on, via a single by Jonathan Singleton, and a walk to Down, sending Singleton up to second base, and with one man out, Bixler hits a three-run home run, his first home run of the spring, scoring both Singleton and Down, giving the Astros a 6-5 walk-off extra-innings win.

Cole Hamels received a no-decision as he went five innings, giving up a run on four hits, while striking out four. Dave Bush pitched a scoreless inning, giving up two hits, while striking out a batter. Raul Valdes blew his first save opportunity of the spring, as he pitched an inning, giving up a run on two hits and a walk, while striking out a batter. Brian Sanches blew his first save opportunity of the spring as he went two innings, giving up a run on two hits and a walk. Jeremy Horst blew his first save opportunity of the spring, before taking the lost (1-1, 9.00) as he pitched a third of an inning, giving up three runs on two hits and a walk, while striking out a batter. Livan Hernandez also received a no-decision as he pitched five scoreless innings, striking out a batter. David Carpenter blew his first save opportunity of the spring as he pitched an inning, giving up a run on two hits. Rhiner Cruz pitched a third of an inning, giving up a run on two hits and a walk. Fernando Abad pitched two-thirds of an inning, giving up no runs or hits. Lucas Harrell pitched two innings, giving up a run on three hits and a walk. Enerio Del Rosario (1-0, 11.57) got the win as he pitched an inning, giving up two runs on three hits, while striking out a batter.

The Phils had fifteen hits in the game, with Lou Martinez (Singles, RBI), Dom Brown (Single, Home Run, RBI), Steven Lerud (Singles, RBI) , Michael Martinez (Singles) and Freddy Galvis (Singles, RBI) all leading the team with two hits apiece. Scott Podsednik (Single), Pete Orr (Single, RBI), Hunter Pence (Double), Brian Schneider (Single) and Kevin Frandsen (Double), had the other five Phils’ hits. The Phils also had two walks, and two stolen bases (Montanez, Orr) in the game.

The Phils (5-6) next game will be tomorrow afternoon at Bright House Field in Clearwater against the Twins (6-6). The game’s start time is 1:05 pm EDT.

Spring Training: The Phils even their grapefruit league record with a walk-off home run in extra-innings, as they defeat the Pirates, 4-3.

A lead-off, walk-off home run in the bottom of tenth leads the Phils to a 4-3 victory over the Pirates, as they even their grapefruit league record to 3-3.

The Phils took the lead in the second as, with one man on, and with nobody out, Ty Wigginton hits an RBI double, knocking in Hunter Pence, who had just singled, giving the Phils a 1-0 lead. The Phils increased their lead in the fourth as, with the bases loaded, via a single by Jim Thome, and walks to Wigginton and John Mayberry, Jr., and with two men out, Laynce Nix received an RBI walk, forcing in Thome, giving the Phils a 2-0 lead, while moving both Wigginton and Mayberry up a base. The Phils then took a 4-0 lead in the fifth as, with one man on, and with one man out, Shane Victorino hits a two-run home run, his first home run of the spring, knocking in Placido Polanco, who had just singled. The Pirates started to chip away at the Phils’ lead in the sixth as, with a runner on second, and with nobody out, Casey McGehee hits an RBI single, knocking in Josh Harrison, who had earlier singled, then stole second base, making it a 4-1 Phils’ lead. Two batters later, with runners on second and third, and with still nobody out, Matt Hague hits an RBI ground out, 6-3, scoring McGehee, who had stopped at third on Rod Barajas’ double, cutting the Phils’ lead down to 4-2. Two more batters later, after Nate McLouth had hit a single, which sent Brock Holt, who was a pinch runner for Barajas, on to third base, the Pirates made it a 4-3 Phils’ lead as Gorkys Hernandez hits a sacrifice fly, scoring Holt. The Pirates then tied the game up at four-all in the eighth as Starling Marte hits a lead-off home run, his first home run of the spring. The score would stay tied until the bottom of the tenth as Lou Montanez hits a lead-off, walk-off home run, his first home run of the spring, giving the Phils a 5-4 walk-off win.

Cole Hamels received a no-decision as he pitched three and two-thirds scoreless innings, giving up four hits, while striking out two. Dave Bush pitched two and a third-innings, giving up three runs on four hits, while striking out a batter. Antonio Bastardo received his first hold of the spring as he pitched a 1-2-3 inning. David Purcey blew his first save attempt of the spring as he pitched an inning, giving up a run on one hit, as he struck out one. Phillippe Aumont pitched a 1-2-3 inning, striking out a batter. Michael Schwimer (1-0, 0.00) got the win as he pitched a scoreless inning, giving up a hit, while striking out a batter. James McDonald also received a no-decision as he pitched three innings, giving up a run on two hits, while striking out a batter. Justin Wilson pitched two-thirds of an inning, giving up a run on a hit and three walks. Brian Tallet pitched a third of an inning, getting out the only man who he would face. Jared Hughes pitched an inning, giving up two runs on three hits and a walk. Daniel Moskos, Bryan Morris and Michael Crotta combined for four scoreless innings, giving up two hits (Morris (1), Crotta (1)) and a walk (Moskos), while striking out a batter (Moskos). Michael Dubee (0-1, 27.00) took the lost as he pitched to one batter, giving up a run on one hit.

The Phils had nine hits in the game, with Hunter Pence leading the team with two hits, both singles. Michael Martinez (Double), Placido Polanco (Single), Shane Victorino (Home Run, 2 RBIs), Jim Thome (Single), Lou Montanez (Home Run, RBI), Ty Wigginton (Double, RBI) and Freddy Galvis (Single), had the other seven Phils’ hits, while Laynce Nix had the other Phil RBI via a bases loaded walk. The Phils also collected five walks.

The Phils (3-3) will continue their spring training schedule by next going to Port Charlotte, Florida to face the Detroit Tigers (6-0) at Charlotte Sports Park. Expected game time is 1:05 pm EDT.

Ryan Madson blows his second save opportunity of the season as he gives up a walk-off grand-slam home run in the ninth, as the Phils lose one to the Nats, 8-4.

Ryan Madson blows the save as he gives up a walk-off grand-slam home run to Ryan Zimmerman, as the Phils lose to the Nats, 8-4.

The Phils, after suffering through another long rain delay, took the lead in the third as, with one man on, and with one man out, John Mayberry, Jr. hits an RBI triple, knocking in Jimmy Rollins, who had earlier doubled, giving the Phils a 1-0 lead. The Phils then took a 2-0 lead as Chase Utley knocked in Mayberry with an RBI double. The Phils then made it a 3-0 lead as Ryan Howard followed Utley with an RBI single, scoring Utley. Three batters later, after Hunter Pence had hit a single, moving Howard up to second base, and then a force out on a grounder hit by Raul Ibanez, that sent Howard to third base, while wiping out Pence at second base, the Phils took a 4-0 lead as Carlos Ruiz hits an RBI single, scoring Howard, while sending Ibanez up to second base. The Nats got a run back in their half of the third as, with one man on, and with two men out, Ian Desmond hits an RBI double, scoring Wilson Ramos, who had earlier singled, then moved up to second base on Livan Hernandez’s sacrifice bunt, cutting the Phils’ lead down to 4-1. The Nats cut the Phils’ lead down to 4-2 in the fifth as, with one man out, Ramos hits a solo home run, his tenth home run of the year. The Nats then erupted in the ninth as, with two men on, via singles by Jayson Werth and Danny Espinosa, with Werth stopping at second base on Espinosa’s single, and with nobody out, Jonny Gomes hits an RBI single, scoring Werth, making it a 4-3 Phils’ lead, while sending Espinosa up to second base. Three batters later, after Ramos’ sacrifice bunt, 1-2-4, moved both runners up a base, and then an intentional walk to pinch hitter Jesus Flores loaded up the bases, Desmond tied the game up at four-all as he hits an RBI single, scoring Espinosa, while sending Gomes up to third base, and Flores up to second base, reloading the bases. After striking out Rick Ankiel for the inning’s second out, Madson tried to get out Ryan Zimmerman, to send the game into extra-innings. Instead, Zimmerman, with the count full, hits a grand-slam home run, his ninth home run of the year, knocking in Gomes, Flores and Desmond, giving the Nats an 8-4 walk-off win.

Kyle Kendrick, who was suppose to be starting tonight’s game, but was made the Phils’ starter because of concerns about Roy Oswalt and his back, because of the long rain delay, got a no-decision as he went six innings, giving up two runs on five hits and a walk, while he struck out four. Brad Lidge recorded his third hold of the year as he pitched a 1-2-3 inning, striking out a batter. Antonio Bastardo collected his fourteenth hold of the season as he also pitched a 1-2-3 inning, striking out one. Ryan Madson received his second blown save of the season, before he took the lost (3-2, 3.25), as he pitched only two-thirds of an inning, giving up six runs on five hits and a walk, striking out a batter. Livan Hernandez also received a no-decision, as he went four innings, giving up four runs on seven hits and two walks. Tom Gorzelanny and Sean Burnett combined for four scoreless innings, giving up a hit (Gorzelanny) and a walk (Burnett), while striking out four (two batters each) between them. Todd Coffey (4-1, 4.13) got the win as he pitched a 1-2-3 inning.

The Phils had eight hits in the game, with Carlos Ruiz leading the team with two hits, a single and a double, knocking in a run. Jimmy Rollins (Double), John Mayberry, Jr. (Triple, RBI), Chase Utley (Double, RBI), Ryan Howard (Single, RBI), Hunter Pence (Single) and Wilson Valdez (Single), had the other six Phils’ hits.

The Phils (80-43, 1st) will continue their series with the Nats (60-63, 4th) with a night game later tonight. The game will be played at Nationals Park and will start at 7:05 pm EDT. The Phils will send to the mound Roy Oswalt (5-7, 3.84), who was oiginally to be last night’s starter, before the long rain delay, who is coming off a win against the Nats on August 13, as he went seven innings, giving up three runs on six hits and a walk, while striking out five, in the Phils’ 11-3 win. He will be out for his second straight win since coming off the DL, and to even up the series for the Phils. The Nats will try to counter with John Lannan (8-8, 3.55), who is coming off a lost against the Phils on August 13, as he went only three innings, giving up seven runs, only one of which was earned, on four hits and five walks, as he struck out just one batter, in the Nats’ 11-3 lost. He will be trying to give the Nats the series win. The Phils will be out to get payback for last night’s lost.

Raul Ibanez’s walk-off home run in the bottom of the tenth gives the Phils a hold on first place as the All-Star break approach as they defeat the Braves in extra–innings, 3-2.

A home run by Raul Ibanez in the bottom of the tenth guarantee the Phils leading the NL East as the All-Star break approach, as the Phils defeat the Braves in walk-off fashion, in extra-innings, 3-2.

The Braves took the lead in the second as, with a runner on second, and with nobody out, Freddie Freeman hits an RBI single, scoring Chipper Jones, who had earlier singled, then went to second base on a Carlos Ruiz passed ball, giving the Braves a 1-0 lead. The Phils would tie the game up at one-all in their half of the second as, with runners on the corners, and with one man out, Wilson Valdez hits a sacrifice fly, scoring Raul Ibanez, who had earlier singled, then go to second on a Brandon Beachy balk, before going to third on Ruiz’s single. The Braves retook the lead in the fourth as, with two men on, and with one man out, Dan Uggla hits an RBI infield single to Vladez, allowing Brian McCann, who had earlier singled, then reached third on Jones’ double, to score, as Valdez is not able to throw home, while Uggla would beat his throw to first, giving the Braves a 2-1 lead. The Phils would retie it at two-all in their half of the fourth as, with one man out, Ruiz would hit a solo home run, his fourth home run of the year. They would then try to take the lead as the next two batters, Dom Brown and Valdez, would both get on base with singles, with Brown stopping at third, before Valdez would move up to second base on Roy Halladay’s sacrifice bunt, 1-4, for the inning’s second out. But Beachy would get out of the inning by getting Jimmy Rollins to fly out to right. The Braves then threaten to take back the lead in the seventh as, with two men out, Nate McLouth hits a triple on a ball that left fielder Ibanez was unable to catch and then went all the way to the fence. But, Halladay would end the threat by getting pinch hitter Eric Hinske to fly out to left. The game then became a battle between the bullpens, with neither offense being able to do much of anything, as the game goes into extra-innings. In the top of the tenth, Juan Pierre would come into the game in relief, and proceed to strike out, swinging, on nine pitches, Jason Heyward, McLouth and pinch hitter Wilkin Ramirez. Then, in the bottom of the tenth, with one man out, Ibanez would hit a walk-off solo home run, his eleventh home run of the season, giving Pierre his first career win, as the Phils win, 3-2.

Roy Halladay would receive a no-decision as he pitched seven innings, giving up two runs on six hits, while striking out seven. Michael Stutes and Antonio Bastardo would combine for two 1-2-3 innings, striking out two batters (one batter each) between them. Juan Pierre (1-0, 0.00) gets the win as he pitched a 1-2-3 inning, striking out the side on nine pitches, the 46th pitcher to do so in Major League History. Brandon Beachy would also receive a no-decision as he pitched six innings, giving up two runs on eight hits, while striking out six. Eric O’Flaherty, Jonny Venters, Scott Linebrink and George Sherrill would combine for three scoreless innings, giving up two hits (Venters (1), Linebrink (1)) and two walks (Venters (1), Linebrink (1)), while striking out tw0 (O’Flaherty (1), Venters (1)), between them. Scott Proctor (1-3, 4.24) took the lost as he pitched a third of an inning, giving up a run on one hit, Raul Ibanez’s walk-off home run.

The Phils had eleven hits in the ballgame, with Jimmy Rollins (Singles), Raul Ibanez (Single, Home Run, RBI), Carlos Ruiz (Single, Home Run, RBI) and Dom Brown (Singles), all leading the team with two hits each. Chase Utley (Single), Ryan Howard (Single) and Wilson Valdez (Single, RBI), had the other three Phils’ hits.

The Phils (56-33, 1st) will continue their series with the Braves (53-37, 2nd) with an afternoon game later today. The game will be played at Citizens Bank Park, and it will be nationally televised on Fox Sports, starting at 4:10 pm EDT. The Phils will send to the mound Cliff Lee (9-6, 2.92), who is coming off a lost to the Blue Jays on July 3, as he pitched 7 and one-third innings, giving up seven runs on ten hits, while he struck out nine, in the Phils’ 7-4 lost. He will be going for his tenth win, while trying to recover from his last start. The Braves will counter with Tommy Hanson (10-4, 2.52), who is coming off a win against the Rockies on July 4, as he pitched seven innings, giving up a run on four hits and a walk, while striking out six, in the Braves’ 4-1 win. He will be going out to even the series. The Phils will be trying for the series win, putting a bit more distance between them and the Braves before the All-Star break.