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Halladay Strong; Phils Offense Fails to Support

Padres OF Cameron Maybin reacts after scoring the would-be winning run in the 7th inning. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

Padres 2, Phillies 1
WP – Edinson Volquez (2-2, 2.79)
LP – Roy Halladay (3-3, 3.20)
SV – Dale Thayer (3)

PHILADELPHIA — Tonight, Roy Halladay was out to prove he was indeed not in a slump, hoping to end the four-game losing streak in games he’s pitched.

Unfortunately Edinson Volquez was out to prove he could pitch just as good as the opposing pitcher. With that mindset, San Diego shut down the Phillies offense, winning 2-1 Saturday night.

The Phillies lone run came in the top of the 2nd inning, an RBI double by Freddy Galvis that scored John Mayberry Jr.

It didn’t take long for the Padres offense to respond. Will Venable tied the game on an RBI double scoring Jason Bartlett in the top of the 3rd.

San Diego added their second run in the top of the 7th on a Jesus Guzman sacrifice fly, proving to be enough for the Padres.

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Phillies Use Home Runs; Bullpen Holds Lead in Series Opener

Phillies catcher Carlos Ruiz and left fielder John Mayberry celebrate Mayberry’s two-run home run in the 2nd inning. (Photo by Drew Hallowell/Getty Images)

Phillies 7, Padres 3
WP – Vance Worley (3-2, 3.07)
LP – Clayton Richard (1-5, 5.32)

PHILADELPHIA — The Phillies started a game in similar fashion to the last three games played.

They scored quickly and early, jumping out to a 2-0 lead in the 2nd inning thanks to John Mayberry Jr’s first home run of the season. The offensive start wasn’t put to waste this time as the Phillies beat the Padres, 7-3, snapping a three-game skid.

Vance Worley brought solid stuff to the ballpark tonight, striking out six through the first four innings. He allowed two runs in the 4th inning, RBI singles by Yonder Alonso and Jesus Guzman.

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Series Preview: vs San Diego Padres

PHI: 14-18, 5th in NL East; SD: 11-21, 5th in NL West

When: May 11-13
Where: Citizens Bank Park (Philadelphia, PA)

Probable Pitchers
Friday: Vance Worley (2-2, 2.84) vs Clayton Richards (1-4, 4.89)
Saturday: Roy Halladay (3-2, 3.28) vs Edinson Volquez (1-2, 2.98)
Sunday: Cole Hamels (4-1, 2.45) vs Jeff Suppan (2-0, 0.90)

Broadcast Info
Friday, 7:05, CSN
Saturday, 7:05, CSN
Sunday, 1:35, PHL 17
All Games on 94.1 FM

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Giants Pitching Out-Duels Phillies in 11

Giants OF Melky Cabrera celebrates after his walk-off single in the 11th inning as the Giants beat the Phillies, 1-0. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)

The rubber match of the Giants and Phillies series featured an outstanding pitcher’s duel between the Phillies Cliff Lee and the Giants Matt Cain.

The duel would not see a winner between the two aces but the Giants as a team took the rubber match, beating the Phillies 1-0 in an 11-inning pitcher’s duel.

Double plays were turned, defensive plays were made, and both pitcher’s barely broke a sweat. The Phillies could only muster two hits in the first nine innings off Matt Cain.

Cliff Lee was outstanding as well, pitching 10 innings while giving up seven hits, no runs or walks, striking out seven. He only threw 102 pitches (81 for strikes), and turned four Giants double plays.

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Phils Beat Up Lincecum Early In Win

Giants starter Tim Lincecum sits in the dugout during the Phillies 5-2 win. (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)

On a crisp evening in the Bay Area, the Philadelphia Phillies brought their bats in their series opener against the San Francisco Giants.

Opposing pitcher Tim Lincecum came into tonight’s matchup opposite Roy Halladay with an 0-1 record and an 12.91 earned run average. The two time Cy-Young award winner’s early season woes continued as the Phillies used an aggressive first inning approach in their 5-2 victory over the Giants.

The Phillies tapped Lincecum for five runs on eight hits and a walk through six innings. It was the first time all season Lincecum went as far as the 6th inning but he still hasn’t given up fewer than five runs in a start.

After a one-out Placido Polanco double and Jimmy Rollins walk, Hunter Pence hit a line drive single to center to draw first blood. Shane Victorino and Laynce Nix would bring in the next three runs on a single and double respectively.

Collective groans could be heard in AT&T park, as Giants fans were seeing yet another slow Lincecum start where he failed to locate his fastball.

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Series Preview: at San Francisco Giants

PHI: 4-5, 4th in NL East; SF: 4-5, 4th in NL West

When: April 16-18
Where: AT&T Park (San Francisco, CA)

Probable Pitchers
Monday: Roy Halladay (2-0, 0.60) v. Tim Lincecum (0-1, 12.91)
Tuesday: Joe Blanton (1-1, 2.35) v. Madison Bumgarner (1-1, 3.97)
Wednesday: Cliff Lee (0-1, 3.46) v. Matt Cain (1-0, 3.00)

Broadcast Info
Monday, 10:15, TCN
Tuesday, 10:15, TCN
Wednesday, 10:15, TCN
All Games on 94.1 FM

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Phillies are STILL the team to beat

(AP Photo/Tom Mihalek)

Here we are, back to days that aren’t so cold, as the winter’s chill is kinder to us. The feeling of baseball is BACK, and with the crisp night air we are reminded of October baseball.

We are beginning to get excited about opening day, cheesesteaks, cold beers, and our fellow Phillies faithful selling out the Bank. There’s nothing like it.

Phillies spring training down in Clearwater Florida is upon is. All of a sudden, everything from the previous season becomes irrelevant and the slate is wiped clean. Every crack of the bat in spring training will be the sound of new opportunity.

I love the feeling of knowing that any season could be the one the Phillies win it all. This season is no different. With a first round bounce in the fall of 2011, I am hungrier than ever as I’m sure the players are.

After losing to the Cardinals in five games in the NLDS, the concerns about the team still hang in the back of my mind. Will the Phillies lineup learn to hit in clutch moments? Will key guys like Jimmy Rollins, Chase Utley, and Placido Polanco be able to stay healthy while remaining productive?

There are also reasons to be excited.

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