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Well, I tried playing with another team but it just wasn't the same. So here goes...

Game mode: All-Star

Datafile: SeriealMikes/Spitoon's combo

Slider: Custom

Roster: Ultimate Rosters 2.51

Fielding: Manual

Strike zone: off

Trades off: (playing with pure rosters for the first season)

Game one: Nationals 4, Phillies 1

Game two: Nationals 4, Phillies 1

Game three: Nationals 6, Phillies 7 in 10.

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Phils bats come to life in 18 run outburst at St. Louis

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Jim Thome watches his second homerun

of the game in 7th inning off Al Reyes

ST. LOUIS (AP) -- After hitting .254 with just two homeruns in their first five games, Bobby Abreu, Jim Thome and the Phillies broke out for 9 runs in the first inning Sunday afternoon en route to a 18-8 rout of the St. Louis Cardinals, the rubber game of a 3-game series.

Thome homered twice and finished with four hits. He drove in four runs and scored three times.

Jimmy Rollins hit a grand slam and knocked in six runs. Kenny Lofton had four hits and scored three runs, making a winner of Jon Lieber (1-1) despite his poor outing.

In a little more than three hours, the Phillies boosted their team batting average from .254 to .274.

"Maybe it'll relax us at the plate," Rollins said. "We needed a game like this"

It all started in the 1st, Philadelphia's biggest inning since 1993. The Phillies sent 14 batters to the plate during an incredible outburst that lasted 31 minutes. They got 6 hits, and walked five times in the inning. Eight consecutive hitters reached safely.

"It felt like it lasted for hours," St. Louis outfielder Jim Edmonds said. "That was a tough inning. I just hope it doesn't happen again."

St. Louis fought back against Leiber, who barely lasted long enough to earn the easy win. He was charged with five runs and 9 hits in 5 innings.

"I stayed focused. I felt fine going back out there. I just lost it and I had to work to get it back. The tendency is to try harder when you need to back off, just throw strikes, and I didn't do that," Leiber said. "The guys swung the bats well, I didn't pitch well."

Larry Walker hit a two-run homer for St. Louis, which has lost 2 straight against Philadelphia. Walker had four hits and three RBI.

In his first appearance of the season, Suppan gave up 8 runs, four hits, and walked four in 2/3 innings. Raising his ERA to 108.00.

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Ramirez roughed up in defeat

PHILADELPHIA (AP) -- Bobby Abreu hit his fourth homerun and drove in two runs and the Phillies won against the Braves in Philadelphia, roughing up Atlanta starter Horacio Ramirez in a 11-3 victory Friday night.

Kenny Lofton went 2-for-4 and scored twice and his aggressive base running led to the final run against Ramirez (0-2).

Ramirez gave up seven earned runs in consecutive games -- giving up seven runs and 6 hits in 2 innings.

Philadelphia's Vincente Padilla (1-0) had a solid effort, limiting the Braves to three runs and six hits in six innings.

"We're playing good baseball right now," Padilla said. "Maybe when they come here they don't have a lot of confidence, and that's good for us."

And it's not just Philadelphia that's beating the Braves -- they've dropped four of six to fall a game and a half behind the fourth place New York Mets in the NL East.

"The last thing we want to do is start pressing or trying to do too much," Chipper Jones said. "We know that over six months, there are going to be times when you're not playing good. The sign of a good team is to bounce back."

Bobby Cox agreed, saying, "You've just got to bear with it. The same things that happened to us are going to happen for us before the year is over."

The Associated Press

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Cory Lidle K's Beltran looking in 1st with a runner on -- to end inning


Rollins steals second in 9th, ahead of Piazzas'



Rollins scores the game winner standing on Loftons

base hit with 2-out in the 9th

Loftons' seeing-eye single plates game's only run

PHILADELPHIA (AP) -- Phillies manager Charlie Manuel couldn't have designed a more perfect game plan.

Cory Lidle and Amaury Telemaco, who replaced Lidle after an injury, matched Tom Glavine for eight innings and Kenny Lofton hit an RBI single with two out in the 9th inning Monday night to lead the Phils to their forth straight victory, 1-0 over the New York Mets.

"This is the kind of team we want to be, staying in all the innings," Manuel said. "They came through at the right time."

After Jimmy Rollins reached on a fielders choice with 2-outs in the bottom of the 9th and stole second base. Lofton then hit a bouncer that Mets reliever Danny Graves (0-2) reached up and deflected with his glove, but the ball continued past second.

Shortstop Jose Reyes dived but could not get a glove on it. Second baseman Kaz Matsui made a weak throw home from short center field, and Rollins scored without a play at the plate.

The Phillies ran from the dugout and mobbed a smiling Rollins on the infield, hitting him on the helmet and jumping up and down, after the team used a late-inning rally to improve to 9-4.

"I was trying to be extra careful because first base was open, Graves said. "I made a good pitch, he didn't really hit it good. With their speed your defense has got to be on its toes."

Rheal Cormier (1-0), the thrid Phillies pitcher, worked the 8th and 9th for Philadelphia. Amaury Telemaco pitched three - one-hit innings - and Cory Lidle worked four strong innings before leaving with a blister on his right index finger -- his pitching hand.

Glavine allowed three hits over 8 1/3 innings. Each team finished with four hits.

"(Lidle and Telemaco) set the tone today, they shut them down," Cormier said. "It was important for us to do that against Tome Glavine because your margin for error is pretty small against him."

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Here's a short clip I was experimenting with today. its a sportscenter type highlight. I was thinking about doing something like this for my dynasty, for post season games... but it's too time consuming, so I gave up :p This short clip took almost two hours alone.

It's about 4 MBs link

And click here full highlights of my last game. Phi at Nats. no sound. 14 MB

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