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Rollins Erases Error; Sparks Phillies 7th Straight Win

Phillies SP Cliff Lee allowed an unearned run in seven innings for his 5th win of the season, a 3-1 win for the Phillies over the Marlins. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)

Phillies 3, Marlins 1
WP – Cliff Lee (5-7, 3.36)
LP – Josh Johnson (8-12, 3.81)
SV – Jonathan Papelbon (34)

PHILADELPHIA — The month of September has been kind to Jimmy Rollins, and in turn, it’s been kind to the Phillies.

The Fightins kept on fighting, battling against a seemingly unhittable Josh Johnson. They overcame an error-filled 6th inning, winning 3-1 Wednesday evening for their seventh straight win and second sweep in a row.

The hero was Rollins, who made an almost costly error earlier in the game that set up Miam’s only run. But he erased that error with a pair of hits, including a two-run homer in the 8th inning to lead the Phillies to another win and 3.5 games out of the Wild Card.

Cliff Lee was keeping pace with Johnson, who took a no-hitter into the 6th inning. But he ran into a bit of trouble in the 6th.

With one out, Donovan Solano hit a ball to Rollins, but the short stop misplayed it and Solano was safe. Jose Reyes followed up with a grounder to Lee, but a throwing error by the left-hander put two runners on with one out.

After getting Giancarlo Stanton to fly out for the second out, Carlos Lee hit an RBI single to give Miami a 1-0 lead.

Rollins, who made the error in the top half, led off the bottom of the 6th with the Phillies first hit, a grounder that got past a diving Carlos Lee. Rollins then scored on John Mayberry’s RBI single four batters later after moving to second on a bunt to tie the game up.

In the bottom of the 8th, Rollins hit a two-run homer off Johnson with no outs, giving Philadelphia the 3-1 lead and chasing the right-hander from the game.

As Rollins goes, the Phillies go, and Rollins has been hot in the month of September as well as the Phils. In 11 games, Rollins is hitting .326 (15-for-46) with two doubles, four homers, nine RBIs and eight runs scored.

HR: Rollins (19).



Series Preview: at Miami Marlins

PHI: 36-42, 5th in NL East; MIA: 35-40, 4th in NL East

When: June 29-July 1
Where: Sunlife Stadium (Miami, FL)

Probable Pitchers
Friday: Cliff Lee (0-4, 3.72) vs Josh Johnson (4-5, 3.96)
Saturday: Cole Hamels (10-3, 3.03) vs Mark Buehrle (6-8, 3.55)
Sunday: Joe Blanton (7-6, 4.87) vs Ricky Nolasco (6-6, 4.78)

Broadcast Info
Friday, 7:10, PHL 17
Saturday, 4:10, CSN
Sunday, 1:10, PHL 17
All Games on 94.1 FM

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Doc Wins “Battle of Aces”

The NL East hasn’t seen a pitching rivalry like the one Roy Halladay and Josh Johnson created the last three seasons since the Cole Hamels v. Johan Santana battles in 2007 and 2008.

In the two pitchers’ fourth match up against each other since Halladay joined the division in 2010, Halladay reigned supreme as the Phillies won, 6-1, Wednesday night.

Doc was good and that’s all he can do every five days. He mastered the Marlins through seven innings, allowing only one run on five hits and a walk with three strike outs.

By the time Halladay was at 109 pitches through seven innings, the Phillies held a 6-1 lead, more than enough cushion for the bull pen to finish off the Marlins.

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Series Preview: vs Miami Marlins

PHI: 1-2, 3rd in NL East; MIA: 1-3, 4th in NL East

When: April 9-12
Where: Citizens Bank Park (Philadelphia, PA)

Probable Pitchers
Monday: Cole Hamels (0-0, -.–) vs. Anibal Sanchez (0-0, -.–)
Wednesday: Roy Halladay (1-0, 0.00) vs Josh Johnson (0-1, 4.50)
Thursday: Joe Blanton (0-1, 13.50) vs. Mark Buehrle (0-1, 3.00)

Broadcast Info
Monday, 1:05, CSN
Wednesday, 7:00, ESPN 2, TCN
Thursday, 7:05, TCN
All Games on 94.1 FM

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Doc runs out of gas in 8th

Chris Coghlan drives in the winning run in the 8th inning. (AP Photo/Alan Diaz)

Charlie Manuel tried to squeeze one more inning out of his starter but quite possibly at the cost of the game.

Starter Roy Halladay ran out of juice in the 8th and the Marlins capitalized, winning 2-1 on Tuesday night.

Chris Coghlan was the hero of the night for Florida. He had a pair of hits, including the eventual game-winning single in the 8th inning off Doc.

Both Halladay and Marlins starter Josh Johnson were great in their starts. Halladay allowed two runs, one earned, on five hits and two walks while striking out nine in an eight-inning complete game. Read more of this post

“Like a kid in the stands”

Buster Olney captured it perfectly with that little phrase.

This is just in addition to my post earlier on tonight’s match-up between Roy Halladay and Josh Johnson.

Last summer, during a series between the two teams in Philadelphia, both Johnson and Halladay were throwing bull pen sessions. Once Johnson got done his, he noticed Halladay was about to start.

He went down and asked Rich Dubee, who went to ask Halladay, if it was okay for Johnson to sit in and watch Halladay go through his work out. Read more of this post

A battle of epic proportions

There’s a true heavy-weight battle afoot in Miami.

In the blue corner, the challenger. Weighing in 250 pounds and a towering 6’7,” Josh “One day I’ll be perfect” Johnson!

And in the red corner, the Cy Young award winner. Weighing in at 230 pounds and measuring in at 6’6,” Mr. Perfect himself, Roy Halladay!

Halladay and Johnson are creating a magical rivalry within the NL East that Phillies and Marlins fans anticipate each series. Standing tall, figuratively and metaphorically, over the NL, two of the game’s best pitchers will square off for the third time since Halladay joined the division in 2009. Read more of this post

Series Preview: at Florida Marlins

PHI: 22-11, 1st in NL East; FLA: 20-13, 2nd in NL East

When: May 9-11
Where: Pick-A-Name Stadium (Miami, FL)

Probable Pitchers
Monday: Joe Blanton (0-1, 5.92) vs. Javier Vazquez (2-2, 6.39)
Tuesday: Roy Halladay (5-1, 2.19) vs. Josh Johnson (3-1, 1.68)
Wednesday: Cliff Lee (2-3, 3.69) vs Ricky Nolasco (3-0, 3.23)

Broadcast Info
Monday, 7:10, CSN
Tuesday, 7:10, CSN
Wednesday, 7:10, CSN
All Games on 1210 AM

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Series Preview: vs. Florida Marlins

PHI: 9-3, 1st in NL East; FLA: 7-5, 2nd in NL East

When: April 15-17
Where: Citizens Bank Park (Philly, PA)

Probable Pitchers (UPDATED 4/16)
Friday: Roy Oswalt (2-0, 2.25) vs. Javier Vazquez (1-1, 8.64)
Saturday: PPD

Cole Hamels (1-1, 5.59) vs. Anibal Sanchez (0-1, 6.97)

Broadcast Info
Friday, 7:05, CSN

Saturday, 7:05, TCN
Sunday, 1:35, PHL 17
All Games on 1210 AM

Player to WatchLF Logan Morrison: LoMo is building himself a nice legacy among the Philadelphia fans of Twitter (@LoMoMarlins) – and he’s on a division rival!

Marlins outfielder Logan Morrison joked a few times on Twitter that he would be striking out a lot to the Phils rotation. Well if thats the case, well be seeing a lot more of this picture in the next three days. (AP Photo/J Pat Carter)

But his popularity among our fans isn’t the only reason to watch him play in his first trip to CBP this season. Morrison is an incredibly talented ball player. Batting .304 with a team-high three homers and nine RBIs, Morrison is an all-around threat at the plate. His .913 OPS is another indication of that.

Morrison is another one of the handful of young players the Marlins have currently on their roster. It makes for an incredible under rated offense. If they can put together a decent rotation and strong bull pen, they would be a serious threat. But if the past is any indication, LoMo could be traded or sign elsewhere, and the fans in Philly hope it’s there.

Overview: The Marlins are in second place in the NL East, currently two games behind the Phils. Florida is always off to a very good start but taper off as the season’s grind kicks in.

They are loaded with young talent such as outfielders Morrison, Mike Stanton and Chris Coghlan and first baseman Gabby Sanchez.

But Florida also has arguably the best player in baseball: Hanley Ramirez. He is the total package when it comes to a ball player: bat, speed and an excellent glove and arm. In 84 games in his career against the Phillies, he’s batting .295 with 28 doubles, a triple, 11 homers and 32 RBIs. He’s also stolen 20/24 bases.

The pitching match-ups favor the Phillies incredible seeing as Florida has no one going with an ERA below 5.59. Josh Johnson, who started the other day, will not pitch this series against the Phils. Joe Blanton will look to have his first quality start of the season on Sunday, hopefully correcting his “poor mechanics” he claimed to be the problem.

The Marlins have the capability of giving the Phillies trouble all

2010 Moment: #1 The Perfect Game

Ace Roy Halladay celebrates with catcher Carlos Ruiz after his perfect game May 29.

The Phillies offense was in a rut. So what could Roy Halladay do? Be perfect.

At a time when runs were hard to come by, the Phillies’ Roy Halladay needed only one run to best the Marlins, throwing the 20th perfect game in the Major League history.

The image of third baseman Juan Castro fielding the ball, spinning and throwing to first baseman Ryan Howard is burnt into the minds of every Phillies fan. We held our breath in the ninth, and like Carlos Ruiz jumping into the arms of Doc, we celebrated when the 27th out was recorded.

“It’s something you never think about,” Halladay said. “It’s hard to explain. There’s days where things just kind of click and things happen, and it’s something you obviously never go out and try and do. But it’s a great feeling.”

Halladay was quick to thank his catcher, Ruiz, who also caught Doc’s no-no in the post season. Chooch calls one of the best games in baseball and is a defensive asset behind the plate.

“Really, just trying to go one pitch at a time,” Halladay said about how he maintained focus. “I know it’s a cliche, but I feel like when I’m most effective, that’s what I’m doing is pitch for pitch and just trying to execute pitches. I can’t say enough about the job that [catcher Carlos] Ruiz did tonight, really. I felt like he was calling a great game up until the fourth or fifth, and at that point, I just felt like I’d let him take over and go with him.

Halladay out-dueled Josh Johnson, who’s only run surrendered was an unearned score off an error in the third. Johnson went seven innings, allowing an unearned run and striking out six.

But the main story goes to Halladay, who struck out 11 and needed 115 pitches for the perfection. It was the second perfect game in Phillies history – the first belonging to Jim Bunning on Father’s Day in 1964 – and it was the first no-hitter since Kevin Millwood’s gem in 2003.

An interesting tidbit was after the perfect game in Florida, the Marlins sold the rest of the un-bought tickets from the perfect game at face value.

This year was the year of the pitcher and one of the finest moments all season belonged to Roy Halladay himself.

Top 10
10. Chooch’s walk-off HR against St. Louis
9. Taser bro
8. Moyer’s CG/SHO
7. Hamels dominates Reds
6. Broxton Meltdown Part III
5. Oswalt plays LF
4. Six-run rally against Reds
3. Doc playoff no-no
2. Cliff Lee returns
1. Doc’s perfecto