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Posted by Dash Treyhorn at 4:41 pm ET 26 Comments

On the final day of the first half of the season, the Philadelphia Phillies routed the Atlanta Braves to put an exclamation point on what has been a remarkable first half for the National League east leading club.

After splitting the first two games of the series, the Phils came into the game with a 2.5 game lead over their division rivals, and would send Cole Hamels to the hill to clinch what has been the most meaningful series of the season for the club.

He would not disappoint, and followed up masterful performances by both Roy Halladay and Cliff Lee with one of his own, a eight inning, one run performance, where he struck put six Braves en route to his 11th win of the season – the highest total at the halfway point, to date, for the lefty.

After allowing a run in the second inning to fall into an early hole, Hamels did his usual thing, and proceeded to shut down the light-hitting Braves, allowing only two baseunners the rest of the way.

The Phillies’ offense, which had scored a combined four runs between the first two games of the series, went to work on Derek Lowe in the second, when John Mayberry’s two-out double scored Domonic Brown from first to even things up at one.

They continued their assault on the Braves right-hander over the next two innings, where they strung together four hits and got RBIs from Ryan Howard, Raul Ibanez and Jimmy Rollins to give them the lead.

It was enough, but they were far from done, as they put the game way out of reach in the late innings, thanks to a six run seventh inning, where they got RBIs from Ibanez, Domonic Brown, and Mayberry, who roped his third double of the day. Ibanez and Mayberry would add to their days in the eighth, when Raul belted his 12th home run of the season, while Mayberry earned his 4th RBI of the afternoon with an RBI groundout to cap the Phillies scoring at 14.

It’s a nice bookend to the first half of the season, one that began with a come-from-behind victory on Opening Day at the hand of the Houston Astros, so it is only fitting that they head into the All Star break on the back of a drubbing. They finish the first half with a Major League best 57-34 record, as well as the largest lead in any division – 3.5 games.

After a four day vacation that will see the Phillies send five players – Roy Halladay, Cliff Lee, Cole Hamels, Shane Victorino and Placido Polanco – to the All Star Game (though only Halladay and Lee will actually get a chance to play), the Phillies get back to the grind on July 16th, when they open up the second half of the season in New York, where they will take on the Mets for a three game set.

Cole Hamels (W, 11-4) allowed one runs on three hits in eight innings. He walked two and struck out six.

Jimmy Rollins went 3 for 4 with an RBI.

Michael Martinez went 4 for 5 with two runs.

Chase Utley went 2 for 5 with two runs.

Ryan Howard went 2 for 4 with an RBI.

Raul Ibanez went 2 for 5 with a homer (12) and six RBIs.

Carlos Ruiz went 1 for 4 with a double (11) and two runs.

Domonic Brown went 3 for 5 with two RBIs.

John Mayberry went 3 for 5 with three doubles (9) and four RBIs.

Uh oh…you know what that means?


In honor of this momentous occasion, here is a picture of a dog wearing a Phillies shirt. Well, look at that.

Derek Lowe (L, 5-7) allowed four earned runs on ten hits in six innings. He struck out one.

Dan Uggla went 1 for 4 with a run.

Posted by Chris at 11:14 pm ET 59 Comments

Thank the huge bag of douche above. Look below for lulz.

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Posted by Ryan at 9:48 pm ET 28 Comments

The Phils picked up their tenth win of the season with a little help from the elements, downing the Florida Fish 3-2. A stiff breeze to right gave Placido Polanco his first homer of the season in the first, and the sun contributed to the fan-favorite and newly retired Logan Morrison dropping a Ryan Howard fly-ball in the eighth. Carlos Ruiz (the baseball playing one) would eventually score Howard on a sac-fly, which would end up being the difference maker in this one.

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Posted by Chris at 9:52 am ET 27 Comments

Well, the game started off good. The Phils scored 2 runs in the first thanks to a walk by Victorino(Yes apparently someone on the team hasn’t forgotten how to take a walk), a double by Rollins, sac fly by Howard, and a 2 out single by Raul. From there everything pretty much went to shit.

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Posted by Chris at 9:47 pm ET 99 Comments

Once again a screen shot says it all.

Clifton took the mound after a poor performance in Atlanta and definitely did not disappoint. He went the distance with 12 K’s and only 1 walk, which was the first thing he talked about when he was interviewed post game by Sarge. This is the first time two Phillies pitchers have thrown back to back complete games since May 11-12, 1999 when Curt Schilling and Paul Byrd(aka Jim Gaffigan with a hat on) did it. Something tells me it won’t be the last.

The offense was non-existent for the first 5 innings until in the 6th Chooch hit a solo homer to left to not only break up the shut out, but also the perfect game. So completes another series win for The Fightins and now it’s time to head home and destroy the fish, starting with little Roy possibly throwing the third complete game in a row?

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Posted by Dash Treyhorn at 12:33 am ET 51 Comments

There are gutsy postseason players, and then there’s Roy Halladay, whose performance in Game Five of the National League Championship Series – all on a balky groin – helped push the Phillies past the Giants and the series back to Philadelphia.

His outing, which saw him give up two earned over six, never had the look and feel of a typical Doc start (that is to say, he didn’t dominate the hitters), but was good enough to keep the Giants’ bats at bay, while the offense put up just enough runs to avoid the series loss.

According to Todd Zolecki, Doc felt the pull in the second inning, but was able to gut it out the rest of the way. It certainly explains his lack of velocity, command, and perennial dominance that is normally on display during one of his starts.

But The Ace gutted it out over six innings and ended with a flourish, as he struck out two in the sixth inning to stymie a Giants rally.

The Phillies’ offense, which showed signs of life during Game Four, came alive in the third inning against Tim Lincecum, wen they strung together three hits to score three runs, with the big blows coming on a two-run error from Aubrey Huff, followed by an RBI single from Placido Polanco to make it a 3-1 Phillies lead. Jayson Werth added a huge insurance run in the top of the ninth when he blasted a solo shot over the high wall in right field.

The Giants would add another run to the line of Halladay, but were held in check for the rest of the night by the Phillies bullpen, who tossed three shutout innings, including a pair of perfect frames from Ryan Madson and Brad Lidge.

One night after a heartbreaking loss that pushed their backs up against a wall, the Phillies once again rallied behind Halladay to keep baseball alive for at least one more game, while simultaneously illustrating just how great of a pitcher Roy Halladay is. He battled for the final five innings with an injury and a lack of control and velocity, yet still had enough to keep the Phillies alive. It’s a sight to behold.

The series returns to Philadelphia on Saturday, when Roy Oswalt, who allowed one run over eight innings in Game Two, will match up again with Jonathan Sanchez, who was wildly effective over seven innings, where he allowed two runs on five hits and three walks.

Roy Halladay (W, 1-1) allowed two runs on six hits and two walks. He struck out five.

Placido Polanco went 1 for 3 with an RBI.

Jayson Werth went 1 for 4 with a homer (2) and an RBI.

Raul Ibanez went 2 for 4 with a run.

Brad Lidge (S, 1) struck out one in a perfect ninth inning.

Tim Lincecum (L, 1-1) allowed three runs (two earned) in seven innings on four hits and a walk. He struck out seven.

Andres Torres went 2 for 3 with a run.

Pat Burrell with 1 for 4 with a double (2) and a run.

Cody Ross went 1 for 4 with a double (2) and an RBI.

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Posted by Dash Treyhorn at 11:44 pm ET 408 Comments

I didn’t hear a fat lady. Did you?

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Posted by Dash Treyhorn at 10:06 pm ET 168 Comments

Cole Hamels was unable to replicate his NLDS performance, as the Philadelphia Phillies fell to the San Francisco Giants in Game Three of the National League Championship Series as the N.L. West Division champs take a 2-1 lead in the best of seven series.

The Phillies were rendered punchless by Giants starter Matt Cain, who held them scoreless over seven innings. Despite putting a handful of runners on in the early goings, the Phillies were unable to get that one big hit to get them on the board.

The Giants fared better against Hamels, who allowed a pair of two out RBI singles in the bottom of the fifth off the bats of Cody Ross and Aubrey Huff to give San Fran the 2-0 lead. They would add another run in the bottom of the sixth when Freddy Sanchez’s two out liner was misplayed by Chase Utley, which allowed Aaron Rowand to score from second base.

It was all the offense the Giants would need, as a pair of relievers combined with Cain to shutout the Phillies in a playoff game for the first time since 1985 to give them a 2-1 series edge heading into Game Four on Wednesda.y

The Phillies will turn to Joe Blanton, who last started a game on September 29. He will face off against Madison Bumgarner, who allowed two runs in six innings in the NLDS versus the Braves.

Cole Hamels (L, 0-1) allowed three earned runs on five hits in six innings. He walked one and struck out eight.

Matt Cain (W, 1-0) allowed no runs on two hits in seven innings. He walked three and struck out five.

Cody Ross went 1 for 3 with an RBI.

Aubrey Huff went 1 for 3 with an RBI.

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Posted by Dash Treyhorn at 11:26 pm ET 20 Comments

Behind a stellar start from Roy Oswalt and a clutch double from Jimmy Rollins, the Philadelphia Phillies evened up the National League Division Series, as they downed the San Francisco Giants, 6-1, to bounce back from their Game One loss.

Oswalt held the Giants in check over eight innings, as he struck out nine while allowing three hits and one earned run. He was dominant from the start and didn’t allow a hit until the fifth inning, while never allowing more than two hitters to reach base in an inning.

His counterpart, Jonathan Sanchez, was not so lucky, despite only allowing two earned runs over his six-plus innings. He lacked command early on, as he ran up a high pitch count in the first inning thanks to three walks, one with the bases loaded that gave the Phillies a 1-0 lead.

After Cody Ross his a solo homer in the fifth to break up Roy Oswalt’s no-hitter, the Phillies came right back in the bottom of the frame to retake the lead behind a sacrifice fly from Placido Polanco.

It was all Phillies the rest of the way, as the offense sealed the win in the bottom of the eighth, thanks to a two-out, based loaded double from Jimmy Rollins to give the Phillies a 6-1 lead. Oswalt would also single to leadoff the inning, and would later come around to score on a single from Polanco.

The Phillies take their World Series hopes on the road to San Francisco, where they will send Cole Hamels (1-0, 0.00) to the mound to face off against Matt Cain (0-0, 0.00).

Roy Oswalt (W, 2-0) allowed one run on three hits in eight innings. He walked three and struck out nine.

Shane Victorino went 2 for 4 with a double (1) and a run.

Placido Polanco went 1 for 3 with a run and two RBIs.

Ryan Howard went 2 for 3 with a double (2) and two walks.

Jimmy Rollins went 2 for 3 with a double (1) and fours RBIs.

Jonathan Sanchez (L, o-1) allowed three runs (two earned) on five hits in six plus innings. He walked three and struck out seven.

Cody Ross went 1 for 3 with a homer (3) and an RBI.

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Posted by Dash Treyhorn at 12:36 am ET 35 Comments

The Philadelphia Phillies downed the Cincinnati Reds Cole Hamels’ complete game shutout was the icing on the cake that was the NLDS, with the Phillies sweeping the Cincinnati Reds to advance to the National League Championship Series for the third straight season.

A first inning throwing error on a Jayson Werth grounder by Scott Rolen put the Phillies up agaisnt Reds’ starter Johnny Cueto, whose solid performance over five innings was one of the lone bright spots of the series for Cincy.

Chase Utley added a solo shot in the fifth to complete the scoring from the Phillies at two runs, but it was more than enough for Hamels, whose career season extended into his first postseason start in 2010. It was a far cry from his Ocotober efforts from 2009 and a great booked to the series that began with a historic no hitter from Roy Halladay.

Hamels dominated the Reds from the get-go and did not allow a baserunner past second base the entire night and rarely found himself having to pitch out of any jams.

With a two-run lead to protect in the ninth, Hamels allowed a leadoff single from Brandon Phillips to bring Joey Votto to the plate as the tying run, before getting him to hit into a double play. He struck out Scott Rolen to end the inning, the game, and the series.

The Phillies are advancing to the National League Championship Series for the third straight season, where they will defend their NL crown against the Atlanta Braves or the San Francicso Giants. They’re due for nearly a week off before kicking off Game One in Philadelphia on Saturday night.

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