After spending over six hours before finally winning last night’s game, the bats decided to win within half that time as they defeat the Reds, 10-4.
The Phils took the lead in the first as, with one man on, and with two men out, Ryan Howard hits an RBI double, knocking in Michael Martinez, who had earlier doubled, then went to third on Chase Utley’s ground out, 6-3, giving the Phils a 1-0 lead. The Phils then made it a 4-0 lead as, with two men on, and with two men out, Raul Ibanez hits a three-run home run, his sixth home run of the year, knocking in Dom Brown, who had earlier doubled, and Howard, wh0 had just been intentionally walked. The Reds cut the Phils’ lead in half in the fourth as, with the bases loaded, via a double by Miguel Cairo, a single by Jay Bruce, sending Cairo on to third base, and a walk to Ryan Hanigan, moving Bruce up to second base, and with two men out, Paul Janish hits a two-run single, knocking in Cairo and Bruce, making it a 4-2 Phils’ lead, while sending Hanigan up to second base. The Reds then tied the game up at four-all in the sixth as, with one man on, and with nobody out, Bruce hits a two-run home run, his fourteenth home run of the year, knocking in Cairo, who had earlier doubled. The Phils then retook the lead in their half of the sixth as, with the bases loaded, via a walk to John Mayberry, Jr., a single by Wilson Valdez, sending Mayberry to third, and a walk to Dane Sardinha, sending Vladez up to second base, and with nobody out, Cliff Lee helped his own cause by hitting a two-run ground-rule double, scoring Mayberry and Valdez, giving the Phils a 6-4 lead, while sending Sardinha over to third base. The Phils then took a 7-4 lead as Martinez hits a sacrifice fly, knocking in Sardinha. The Phils then increased their lead in the seventh as, with two men on, and with two men out, Lee hits an RBI single, scoring Mayberry, who had earlier singled, then moved up to second base on Valdez’s ground out, 1-3, giving the Phils an 8-4 lead, while sending Sardinha, who had just walked, over to third. The Phils then made it a 9-4 lead as Martinez hits an RBI single, scoring Sardinha, while sending Lee up to second base. The Phils then took a 10-4 lead in the eighth as Utley hits a lead-off home run, his first home run of the year, as he knocked in his first RBI of the season. That would be the final score as a returning Jose Contreras would pitch a 1-2-3 ninth.
Cliff Lee (4-4, 3.50) got the win as he pitched eight innings, giving up four runs on ten hits and a walk, while he struck out eight. Jose Contreras pitched a 1-2-3 inning, striking out a batter, as he returned from the disabled list. Home Bailey received a no-decision as he pitched only four innings, giving up four runs on five hits and a walk, while striking out two. Daryl Thompson (0-1, 15.00) took the lost as he pitched three innings, giving up five runs on six hits and five walks. Jose Arredondo pitched an inning, giving up a run on two hits, while striking out a batter. After the bullpen got used up in the previous game, Lee gave it a rest by pitching eight innings before handing it over to Contreras, who was just activated.
The Phils had thirteen hits in the game, with Michael Martinez (Single, Double, 2 RBIs), Dom Brown (Single, Double), Raul Ibanez (Single, Home Run, 3 RBIs) and Cliff Lee (Single, Double, 3 RBIs), each led the team with two hits apiece. Chase Utley (Home Run, RBI), Ryan Howard (Double, RBI), John Mayberry, Jr. (Single), Wilson Valdez (Single), and Dane Sardinha (Single), had the other five Phils’ hits, as the offense didn’t have a let down from last night’s extra-innings game.
The Phils (31-19, 1st) will now start a three city road trip, with their first stop being a three-game series at Citi Field with the Mets (23-26, 4th). The game will begin at 7:10 pm EDT. The Phils will send to the mound Roy Oswalt (3-2, 2.77), who is coming off a lost against the Rangers on May 22, as he went seven innings, giving up two runs on eight hits and two walks, while striking out three, in the Phils’ 2-0 lost, his first lost as a starter at the Bank. He will be going for his fourth win, while trying to build on his previous two starts. The Mets will counter with Chris Capuano (3-5, 5.36), who is coming off a lost to the Yankees on May 21, as he went five and one-third innings, giving up six runs on six hits, while striking out five, in the Mets’ 7-3 lost. Capuano will be trying to stop the Phils suddenly potent offense. The Phils will be trying to continue the momentum that they have gained from their 6-3 home stand against the weak Mets.
This past Saturday, during the Phils’ 4-3 lost to the Pirates, Dom Brown, during an at-bat against pitcher Paul Maholm, fractured the hook of the hamate bone on his right hand as he fouled off a pitch, before getting his only hit of spring training, a single. Brown has returned to Philadelphia to visit hand specialist Randall Culp, to see how bad it is, although the Phils expect that Brown will need surgery on his right hand, and will therefore be out for four to six weeks. This will mean that Dom Brown will more than likely start the year at Triple-A Lehigh Valley, before being called back to the main club, while Ben Francisco, who has been hitting the cover off of the ball so far this spring (before going 0 for 3 in today’s game with the Yankees), will be the one who will be the starter in right field, although no one have yet to say that he is.
This could end up being a blessing in disguise, as it should allow Brown to get away from all of the hype around him as he is considered the team’s number one prospect, as well as being the number one candidate for the job in right field, although he have not had a good spring as he had gone 0 for 15 before getting the single.
Meanwhile, in spite of taking a week off to allow his right knee to heal after it was announced that he was suffering from patellar tendenitis, Chase Utley was given a cortisone shot to help it heal. This is not good news, as the leg was expected to heal on its own, after being given some rest, although Utley have taken batting practice as he waited for his knee to get better. Hopefully his knee will be okay by the time that the team head north near the end of the month and it will make Utley sit out a few games during the regular season when told to by Charlie Manuel.
The Phils get crushed as they drop one to the Yankees, 7-1.
The Yanks took the lead in the bottom of the second, as, with two men on, and with two men out, Eduardo Nunez hits a three-run home run, his first home run of the spring, as he knocked in Curtis Granderson, who had earlier singled, and had stopped at third on Eric Chavez’s single, and Chavez, who had just singled, giving the Bronx Bombers a 3-0 lead. The Yanks made it a 5-0 lead in the third as, with one man on, and with two men out, Granderson hits a two-run home run, his first home run of the spring, as he scored Russell Martin, who had earlier reached base on a Placido Polanco fielding error. The Yankees then made it 6-0 in the fifth as, with two men on, and with two men out, Jorge Posada hits an RBI single, knocking in Brett Gardner, who had earlier singled, then stole second base, before moving to third on a Nick Swisher ground out, 4-3, while sending Granderson, who had just walked, up to second base. The Yanks then made it a 7-0 lead one batter later as Chavez hits an RBI single, scoring Granderson, while sending Posada up to second base. The Phils would make it a 7-1 Yanks’ lead in the sixth as, with two men out, Wilson Valdez hits a solo home run, his first home run of the spring. That would end up being the final score, as the Phils’ offense could not get on track today.
Roy Oswalt took the lost (0-1, 7.71) as he pitched two and two-thirds innings, giving up five runs, only three of which were earned, on four hits, while striking out three. Vance Worley pitched two innings, giving up two runs on five hits and a walk, while striking out one. Drew Naylor pitched one and a third scoreless innings, as he gave up a hit and a walk, while he struck out three. Brian Bass and Ryan Feierabend combine for two scoreless innings, giving up just one hit (Feierabend) between them. A.J. Burnett got the win (1-0, 0.00) as he pitched three scoreless innings, giving up no hits, while striking out a batter. Joba Chamberlain and Pedro Feliciano then followed for two scoreless innings, striking out two batters (Feliciano) between them. Hector Noesi pitched an inning, giving up a run on three hits, while striking out a batter. Mark Prior and Luis Ayala then followed with two scoreless innings, with both pitchers giving up a hit, while each striking out a batter.
The Phils had only five hits in the game, a solo home run by Wilson Valdez, a double by Pete Orr and singles by Shane Victorino, Jimmy Rollins and Joel Naughton.
The Phils’ Grapefruit League record is now even at 5-5.
In the Phils’ 8-0 victory over the FSU Seminoles, Ryan Howard started off the Phils’ scoring in the first with a two-run double to left-center field, knocking in both Placido Polanco and Raul Ibanez, who have both got on base with singles. Carlos Ruiz and Pete Orr knocked in the Phil’s other two first inning runs.
The Phils’ pitchers, to go along with their giving up only four hits, gave up only three walks, while striking out a total of eleven Seminoles.
The winning pitcher, Drew Naylor, pitched two shut out innings.
The Phils’ next game, which will be their official Grapefruit League opener, will be this coming Saturday, against the New York Yankees at George M. Steinbrenner Field in Tampa, Fla. Game time is 1:05 pm Eastern.
In a move that came completely out of the blue, the Phils have just signed free agent Cliff Lee to a five-year, $120 million contract, with a vesting option for a sixth year, beating the New York Yankees, who had offered Lee a six-year deal worth $135 million, with a vesting option for a seventh year, and the Texas Rangers, who had offered him a six-year deal worth $138 million, and with a vesting option for a seventh season. With this move, Lee returns to Philadelphia, after having been traded by the Phils to the Seattle Mariners, almost a year ago, giving the Phils a starting rotation that now have four aces (Lee, NL Cy Young Award Roy Halladay, Roy Oswalt and Cole Hamels), that will be haunting the NL, especially the NL East, for at least a year (depending on whether Hamels will be resigned after the season, and if Oswalt decides not to retire after 2012.).
Lee, in 2010, as he pitched for first the Mariners, then the Rangers, went 12-9 with an ERA of 3.18, as he started in 28 games, pitching 212.1 innings, throwing seven complete games, including a shut out, as he struck out 185 batters, while walking only eighteen during the season. In the post-season, he helped pitched the Rangers into their first World Series appearance, before falling to the 2010 World Champions San Francisco Giants, as he went 3-2 overall for the Rangers.
The Phils will more than likely have to trade someone(s) to help them better afford their move. There is already rumors flying around that they have been trying to ship off Joe Blanton and or Raul Ibanez as a salary dump, with them willing to pay for part of Blanton’s salary to move him. I do not know if any of them is true, but, if they need to move someone, it should be Kyle Kendrick, not Blanton. After all, Blanton has been a bit more consistant, pitching wise, than has Kendrick, and he would be a lot better backup to the now Big Four than might Kendrick. Whatever does happen, I hope Ruben will know what he’s doing, although there does seem to be some method to his madness.
Roy Halladay had pitches the second post-season no-hitter, the first since Don Larsen’s perfect game for the Yankees in 1956, the first in Phils’ history, as the Phils defeat the Reds, 4-0. Halladay has also become the first Phil pitcher to pitch two no-hitters in the same season.
The Phils took the lead in the first as, with a runner on third and with one man out, Chase Utley hits a sacrifice fly, scoring Shane Victorino, who had earlier doubled, and then stole third, giving the Phils a 1-0 lead. The Phils added to their lead in the second as, two men on, and with two men out, Roy Halladay hits an RBI single to help his own cause, knocking in Carlos Ruiz, who had earlier walked, then went to second on Wilson Valdez’s single, giving the Phils a 2-0 lead, while sending Valdez, who had just singled, over to third base. Two batters later, after Jimmy Rollins walked to load the bases, sending Halladay to second base, Victorino give the Phils a 4-0 lead with a two-run single, knocking in both Valdez and Halladay, while sending Rollins to second base. That would turned out to be all that Halladay would need as he would proceed to pitch a no-hitter against the Reds, allowing only one man on base, Jay Bruce, via a two-out walk in the fifth, before he is wiped out at second base on a 6-4 force out by Drew Stubbs. Halladay was in complete command all game, as he struck out eight Reds, while getting twelve of them to ground out and six more to either fly or pop out, as he threw only 104 pitches, 79 of which went for strikes.
Roy Halladay gets the win as he pitches a complete-game no-hitter, walking a batter, while striking out eight. His record is now 1-0 for the divisional series with a 0.00 ERA. Edinson Valquez took the lost as he pitches an inning and two-thirds, giving up four runs on four hits and two walks. His record for the divisional series is now 0-1 with a 21.60 ERA. Travis Wood, Logan Ondrusek and Bill Bray combine for six and a third scoreless innings, giving up a hit (Wood) and a walk (Wood), while striking out four (Wood (3), Bray (1)) between them.
The Phils had only five hits in the game, with Shane Victorino leading the team with two hits, a single and a double, as he knocked in two runs. Raul Ibanez, Wilson Valdez and Roy Halladay had the other three Phils’ hit, with Ibanez’s hit being a double, and with both Valdez and Halladay’s hits being singles, with both man knocking in a run. Chase Utley knocked in the other Phil RBI with a sac fly. The Reds’ bullpen shut down the Phils’ offense but, with the way that Halladay was pitching, it didn’t matter.
The Phils (1-0) take the lead in the best of five divisional series with the Reds (0-1). The series will continue Friday night at Citizens Bank Park, with game time being 6:07 pm Eastern. The Phils will send to the mound Roy Oswalt (13-13 (7-1), 2.76 (1.74)) during the regular season, who is a career 23-3 (2.81) against the Reds, although being 0-2 against them this year, while pitching for the Astros. In his last game, he pitched an inning of relief against the Braves on October 3, giving up a run on two hits, while striking out one. In his last three starts, his record is 1-0 with two no-decisions, as he had pitched eighteen innings, giving up two runs, only one of which was earned, on nine hits and four walks, while striking out eighteen. He will be trying to put the Phils up 2-0 in the series. The Reds will counter with Bronson Arroyo (17-10, 3.88), who is coming off a win against the Astros on September 30, where he pitched seven innings, giving up a run on four hits, while striking out four, in the Reds’ 9-1 win. In his last three regular season starts, his record is 2-0 with a no-decision, as he had pitched eighteen innings, giving up four runs on thirteen hits and a walk, while striking out twelve. He will be trying to even the series at a game apiece. The Phils will be out to win the second home game of the series to put the Reds in an early hole before heading to Cincinnati.
The Phils score seven runs in the last three innings, en route to a shut out over the Braves, as they once again delay the Braves entrance into the playoffs, as they spoil Bobby Cox’s day, 7-0. The victory help the Phils clinch the best record in baseball, doing it for the first time in the team’s long history.
The first six innings would involve a pitchers’ duel between the Phils and Braves’ pitching staff before the Phils finally scored in the seventh inning. The Phils took the lead in the seventh as, with runners on the corners, and with nobody out, Chase Utley hits an RBI single, knocking in pinch runner Brian Bocock, who had replaced Jimmy Rollins, who had earlier walked, before heading to third on Braves third baseman Brooks Conrad’s force attempt throwing error to second on a Placido Polanco grounder, giving the Phils a 1-0 lead, while sending pinch runner Wilson Valdez, who was running in place of Polanco, who was safe at first on the error, up to third base. Two batters later, after Utley had stolen second base, Raul Ibanez hits an RBI single, knocking in Valdez, giving the Phils a 2-0 lead, while Utley would stop at third base. The Phils then made it 3-0 as Shane Victorino followed with an RBI single, knocking in Utley, while moving Ibanez up to second base. Three batters later, with the bases now loaded, thanks to a Brian Schneider walk, moving both Ibanez and Victorino up a base, and now with two men out, a Craig Kimbrel wild pitch allowed Ibanez to score, making it a 4-0 Phils’ lead, while sending Victorino up to third and Schneider to second base. The Phils added to their lead in the eighth as, with a runner on second, and with two men out, Ibanez hits an RBI single, knocking in Utley, who had earlier singled, stole second, and then went to third on Braves catcher Brian McCann’s throwing error, giving the Phils a 5-0 lead. The Phils then increased their lead in the ninth as, with two men on, and with one man out, Valdez hits an RBI double, knocking in Schneider, who had earlier walked, then went to second on Ross Gload’s single, giving the Phils a 6-0 lead, while Gload, who had earlier singled, would stop at third base. After Chase Utley is intentionally walked to load up the bases, with still one man out, pinch hitter John Mayberry, Jr. is walked, forcing in Gload, giving the Phils a 7-0 lead, while moving up a base both Valdez and Utley. That would be the final score as Jose Contreras pitches a 1-2-3 ninth, getting Conrad to end the game by striking out, swinging.
Vance Worley receives a no-decision as he pitches five strong innings, giving up just one hit and two walks, while striking out three. Antonio Bastardo gets the win as he pitches a shut out inning, giving up a hit, while striking out a batter. His record is now 2-0 with an ERA of 4.34. Danys Baez, Ryan Madson and Jose Contreras combine for three scoreless innings, giving up just a hit (Madson), while striking out three (Baez (1), Contreras (2)), between them. Tommy Hanson also receives a no-decision as he pitches five shut out innings, giving up six hits and two walks, while striking out six. Jonny Venters took the lost as he pitches an inning and a third, giving up four runs, only two of which were earned, on four hits and a walk, while striking out three. His record is now 4-4 with a 1.97 ERA. Craig Kimbrel pitches two-thirds of an inning, giving up two walks and a wild pitch, while striking out two. Michael Dunn also pitches two-thirds of an innings, giving up a run on two hits, a walk, and a wild pitch, while striking out two. Kyle Farnsworth pitches a third of an inning, getting out the only man that he would face. Takashi Saito pitches a third of an inning, giving up two runs on two hits and three walks. Scott Proctor pitches two-thirds of an innings, striking out both men that he would face.
The Phils had fourteen hits in the game, with Shane Victorino leading the team with three hits, two singles and a double, knocking in a run. Placido Polanco, Chase Utley, Raul Ibanez and Brian Schneider all followed with two hits each, all singles, as Utley knocked in a run, and Ibanez brought in two. Jimmy Rollins, Wilson Valdez and Ross Gload had the other three Phils’ hit, with Rollins and Valdez’s hits being doubles, with Valdez knocking in a run, and Gload’s hit being a single. John Mayberry, Jr. had the Phil other RBI via a bases loaded walk. The other Phil run came in on a wild pitch. The Phils’ offense missed a lot of early scoring opportunities before finally cashing in in the last three innings.
The Phils (97-64, 1st) clinched the best record in baseball as the Yankees lose the second game of a day-night double header to the Red Sox, the first time that it has happen in the team’s history. They have only one more game to play in the regular season.