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Disappointing End: Carpenter, Cards bounce Phillies from postseason

Phils slugger Ryan Howard writhes in pain after injurying his foot on the last out of the game. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

For the second straight season, the Phillies season came down to Ryan Howard and, for the second straight season, Howard was retired for the final out of the Phillies season.

A season, which was record setting, and just flat out thrilling to watch, ended in a flash at the hands of Chris Carpenter and the St. Louis Cardinals as the Phillies fell 1-0 at Citizens Bank Park.

Here’s how it went down:

The crowd came out in drones and the Phillies looked to make it back to their 4th straight National League Championship series. Roy Halladay was on the mound opposing Carpenter in the biggest game of the season for both teams.

As has been well noted, Halladay struggles in the first inning of starts and Rafael Furcal took note of that fact and led off the game with a triple. Skip Schumaker followed with an RBI double and the Cardinals were in business early with a 1-0 lead. Doc settled down and wiggled his way out of trouble thanks to a heads-up play from Chase Utley and the Phillies kept the damage to a minimum.

Unfortunately, that was all Carpenter would need. He set the Phillies down in order during 3 of the first 5 innings. The Phillies threatened in the 2nd with a 1-out double from Shane Victorino and then again in the 4th before Raul Ibanez flew out to the warning track with runners on the corners. From the 6th inning on, the Phillies only managed two base runners; an Utley single and pinch hitter Ross Gload reaching on a strikeout with a wild pitch.

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Cardinals show resilience; take Game 2

Cardinals RF Allen Craig triples to lead off the 7th. He scored on Albert Pujols' base hit, representing the winning run. (Photo by Drew Hallowell/Getty Images)

Perhaps, Cliff Lee was left in a bit too long.

The 7th inning aside, Lee was slowly losing his early lead due to being overly comfortable. And as resilient as they showed in the final month of the regular season, the Cards chipped away, stealing Game 2 from the Phillies with a 5-4 win.

The Phils started out with a 4-0 lead after two innings but through the course of the game, the Cardinals slowly erased the deficit until the 7th inning with the game tied 4-4.

Charle Manuel arguably left in Lee too long, who allowed 10 hits and threw 101 pitches through the first six innings. He gave up a lead-off triple to Allen Craig. Albert Pujols drove him in on a base hit to make it a 5-4 Cardinals lead. After a Lance Berkman single, Lee’s night was done.

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Phils give 100 reasons to love them

The switch has been flipped.

Many thought the eight-game skid was something to worry about. The logical ones knew there was a switch somewhere to be turned on.

It appears the Phillies have find this switch and have hopefully locked it in the “on” position.

With a 4-2 win in Atlanta, the Phillies earned themselves their 100th win of the season, a number Mr. Jimmy Rollins himself said the Phillies would hit. And why not 11 more, Mr. Rollins?

It was the 3rd time in franchise history the Phils hit the 100-win mark. And with one more win, the Phils will tie that franchise record of 101 wins with a shot at 102 with a series sweep of the Braves.

The Braves jumped out to a 2-0 lead with Chipper Jones’ solo homer in the 1st and Alex Gonzalez’s RBI double in the 2nd. But Lee took command of the game, shutting down the Braves in his six innings of work. He allowed two runs on five hits while striking out six.

The Phils answered back with an RBI single by Placido Polanco and a solo homer by Rollins to tie the game 2-2. Raul Ibanez put the Phils ahead for good with RBI singles in the 6th and 8th to give the Phils a 4-2 win.

2B: Victorino (27). 3B: Victorino (16)). HR: Rollins (15).

WP: Lee (17-8). LP: Martinez (1-3). S: Madson (32).

Falling down the slippery slope of meaningless games

Phils starter Vance Worley pitches in what could be his last start of the 2011 season before making the switch to the bull pen. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)

It’s really hard to gauge if this recent string of play from the Phillies is something worry about or if it will all go away once October baseball starts.

Whatever it is, the Phillies have lost for the fifth straight time, a first in 16 months. The score was 7-5 and the result was the same as it was this past weekend: disappointing.

Vance Worley took the mound for the Phillies, scattering four runs in six innings of work. He allowed six hits, three walks and struck out four.

Worley held a 3-2 lead heading into the 6th but Danny Espinosa tapped him for a two-run bomb to give the Nats a permanent lead.

Ben Francisco had a three-hit game for the Phils while getting the rare start. John Mayberry also had three hits, capped off with a two-run bomb in the 8th inning. Raul Ibanez’s two hits gave the Phillies outfield an eight-hit performance.

HR: Mayberry (15).

WP: Lannan (10-13). LP: Worley (11-3). S: Rodriguez (1).

Boxscore.

The Hangover 3: Zimmerman’s PH wins it for Nats

Phils RF Hunter Pence makes a diving catch in the 4th inning. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)

Your 2011 NL East Phillies are 0-3 when playing meaningless baseball.

Ryan Zimmerman’s pinch-hit single in the top of the 10th drove in the winning run on Michael Stutes to give the Nationals a 4-3 lead and win.

The result took away from an impressive start from Kyle Kendrick, who may just take Vance Worley’s spot in the rotation if they move Worley to the bull pen to prepare him for the post season.

Kendrick pitched six shut out innings, allowing only four hits while striking out four. His outing was matched by Nats starter Tom Milone, who also pitched six scoreless innings with four hits and two strike outs.

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Phils clinch 5th straight division

Shane Victorino celebrates his 6th inning home run. (Photo by Rich Schultz/Getty Images)

It was a statement start for Roy Oswalt, who has struggled since August 1.

If there was any doubt who the 4th starter in the playoffs is going to be, Oswalt topped Vance Worley’s performance from last night with seven shut out innings to lead the Phils to a 9-2 win and clinch of their 5th straight NL East crown.

Oswalt’s fastball was hitting its spots as well as his use of the slider and its effectiveness. He allowed only five hits and struck out seven in his outing, improving his record to 8-9.

The Phils got runs in the 1st, 4th and 6th innings to give Oswalt a 3-0 lead. Hunter Pence hit an RBI double in the 1st,  Shane Victorino was walked in the 4th to make it 2-0 and a solo homer by Victorino in the 6th to make it 3-0.

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Kendrick looks good in spot start

It had been 21 games since Kyle Kendrick took the mound as the starting pitcher.

The right-hander didn’t look as such, pitching almost Cliff Lee-like in his start. But that Lee guy will be pitching tonight in about two hours. Kendrick led the Phils to a 3-1 victory in the first half of the double-header.

Kendrick took a no-hitter into the 5th, losing it to the innings first batter Logan Morrison. The pitch to Morrison would wind up being the only mistake on Kendrick’s line, a solo homer to right center to make it a 2-1 game. Kendrick pitched five innings, needing only 78 pitches as he allowed a run on two hits while striking out six.

The rest of the Phillies bullpen, compiled of Michael Stutes, Antonio Bastardo, Brad Lidge and Ryan Madson closed out the game for the Phils.

The Phils got two runs in the 1st inning. Hunter Pence and Raul Ibanez each hit RBI doubles to give the Phils a quick 2-0 lead. The Marlins cut the deficit in half with the Morrison homer. The Phils tacked on one more in the 7th when Placido Polanco was walked with the bases loaded.

Game 2 of the double head starts at 7:35. Cliff Lee (16-7, 2.44) is on the hill for the Phils and Alex Sanabia (0-0, 0.00) will be making his first start of the season for the Fish. Chase Utley and Carlos Ruiz, who sat the first game, will be in the line up.

2B: Pence (36), Ibanez (30).

WP: Kendrick (8-6). LP: Sanchez (8-8). S: Madson (31).

Boxscore.

Howard’s early blast guides Phils past Brewers

Phils slugger Ryan Howard (right) is congratulated by Raul Ibanez (left) after hitting a three-run homer. (Photo by Scott Boehm/Getty Images)

A day after it took the Phillies 6 innings to get their offense going, Ryan Howard made sure that they got on the board earlier. Howard blasted a Shaun Marcum offering into the seats in right field, giving the visitors an early 3-0 lead in the 1st inning. It was a lead that they would never relinquish.

Howard’s homer, his 32nd of the year, provided all the padding that Roy Halladay (17-5) would need. Doc pitched 8 brilliant innings allowing just 1 run. He struck out 9 while scattering 4 hits and 3 walks. The only trouble that Halladay got into occurred in the 4th inning when the Brewers loaded the bases with just 1 out. He then induced a double play groundball off the bat of Yuniesky Bentancourt to escape the threat.

The Phillies tacked on a pair of runs in the 7th courtesy of RBI singles from Raul Ibanez and Carlos Ruiz extending the lead to 5-0. The Brewers answered with a run in their half of the 7th with a sac fly from Bentancourt and the Phillies took a 5-1 lead into the bottom of the 9th.

In the 9th, things got a little dicey. Antonio Bastardo started the inning with a hit and a walk putting a pair on with no outs. Enter Ryan Madson. Madson allowed a RBI single to Bentancourt and a sac fly to Jonathan Lucroy, but induced a harmless groundout from George Kottaras sealing the Phillies 5-3 win over the Milwaukie Brewers.

Shaun Marcum took the loss for the Brewers allowing 5 earned runs in 6.2 innings.

With the win, the Phillies sit at 93-48 and are riding a 5 game winning streak. They lower their playoff magic number to 3 and trim their divisional magic number to 10. With the Braves playing the Cardinals currently, one of these numbers will be a notch lower by night’s end.

2B: Polanco (12), HR: Howard (32)

WP: Halladay (17-5). LP: Marcum (12-6). S: Madson (29)

Series Preview: at Milwaukee Brewers

PHI: 91-48, 1st in NL East; MIL: 85-59, 1st in NL Central

When: September 8-11
Where: Miller Park (Milwaukee, WI)

Probable Pitchers
Thursday: Cole Hamels (13-7, 2.63) vs Chris Narveson (10-6, 4.26)
Friday: Roy Halladay (16-5, 2.49) vs Shaun Marcum (12-5, 3.11)
Saturday: Cliff Lee (16-7, 2.47) vs Randy Wolf (12-7, 3.47)
Sunday: Vance Worley (11-1, 2.85) vs Yovani Gallardo (15-10, 3.71)

Broadcast Info
Thursday, 8:1o, CSN
Friday, 8:10, CSN
Saturday, 7:10, PHL 17
Sunday, 2:10, PHL 17
All Games on 1210 AM

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Gload walks it off

Phils SP Roy Oswalt allowed two runs through seven innings in the Phils 3-2 win. (Yong Kim/Philly Inquirer)

Ross Gload and his fraying hip is alive!

The league leader in pinch hits, despite entering the game with only four hits in his last 33 at-bats, came through with another timely pinch hit, leading the Phils to a series sweep of the rival Braves with a 3-2 come-from-behind win.

Gload ripped a fair ball down the first base line, just under the glove of a diving Freeman to win the game.

The sweep put the Phils at a commanding 10.5-game lead on the Braves, who are still in strong control of the Wild Card.

Roy Oswalt, who is statistically poor versus Atlanta, was strong tonight in his no-decision. Oswalt pitched seven strong innings, allowing two runs on four hits and four walks while striking out seven. He had a no-hitter through five innings, losing it in the 6th when Michael Bourn led off with a double.

Much like the first two games of the series, the Phils struck first early. Raul Ibanez’s solo home run off Brandon Beachy came in the 2nd. But it was lights out ball for Beachy from that point on, who tossed 5 2/3 two-hit ball with seven strike outs.

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