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April 12 2007

The Phillies got a win last night and, nearly as important, they got a very good start from Adam Eaton for the first time as a Phillie.  Coming off an injury, a miserable spring training and an awful start to open the season, Eaton kept the mighty Mets' offense in check for seven innings.  The much-maligned pen did the rest.

The Phillies offense is still looking for the big hit to break them out of their early season funk.  The closest they came last night was a two-out double from Rowand in the seventh that drove in the run that made the lead 5-2.  I'll take it.

Eleven more walks for the Phillies, with an assist last night to Oliver Perez.  They lead all of baseball with 51 and it's not close.  The Reds are second with 38.  After going 0-for-3 with the bases loaded last night, the Phils are 0-for-11 with the sacks full for the year.

The Phils beat the Mets last night 5-2 to improve to 2-6 on the year.

Eaton got the start for the Phillies and was good.  He went seven innings, allowing two runs on four hits and three walks.  One of the hits went for extra-bases, a double by Beltran.  He struck out five.

Jose Reyes led off the first for the Mets and singled to left-center and quickly stole second.  Paul Lo Duca was next and hit a ground ball to third that Helms mishandled, but he recovered in time to throw out Lo Duca with the help of a scoop from Howard.  Reyes stayed at second with one down.  With Carlos Beltran at the plate, a wild pitch from Eaton moved Reyes to third.  Eaton struck out Beltran and followed it up with another strikeout, getting Carlos Delgado swinging at a third strike that hit him.

Eaton threw a 1-2-3 second.  In the third, he walked Reyes with two down before Lo Duca grounded to short to end the inning.

Beltran smoked a double to lead off the fourth and Delgado followed with a walk that put runners on first and second with nobody out for David Wright.  Eaton hit him with an 0-2 pitch to load the bases.  Moises Alou was next and smashed a ball that bounced off of Utley's chest at second.  Utley flipped the ball to Rollins to start a double-play as Beltran scored to cut the Phillies' lead to 3-1.  Green flew out to left to end the inning.

Jose Valentin lead off the fifth with an infield single and Sele followed and bunted him to second.  Reyes followed and singled, scoring Valentin to make the score 3-2.  With Lo Duca at the plate, Reyes tried to steal second on a pitchout, and Barajas gunned him down.  Lo Duca flew out to center to end the inning.

Eaton was strong in the sixth, setting down Beltran, Delgado and Wright 1-2-3. 

In the seventh, Alou flew out to center and Green flew out to left before Valentin drew a walk.  Eaton got pinch-hitter David Newhan to ground to second to end the inning.

And then came the pen with a 5-2 lead. 

Antonio Alfonseca started the eighth and got Reyes on a fly ball to center to start the inning.  Lo Duca was next and grounded to defensive replacement Nunez at third for the second out.  Beltran grounded to second to end the inning.

Gordon came in to try to nail down his first save in the ninth.  He struck out Delgado to start the inning.  Wright was next and he hit a 1-2 pitch into right-center for a single.  Flash struck out Alou for the second out of the inning.  Green grounded to first and that was it.  Gordon looked good.

Nice night for the pen.  They allowed one hit in two scoreless innings. 

The Phillies lineup against lefty Oliver Perez went (1) Rollins (2) Victorino (3) Utley (4) Howard (5) Burrell (6) Helms (7) Rowand (8) Barajas.  Victorino plays against the lefty and Barajas catches Eaton.  Dobbs and Werth combine to have no at-bats in the last two games while Nunez and Bourn seem to get in virtually every day. 

Rollins struck out to lead off the first.  Victorino followed and smashed a line drive that Wright snagged at third for the second out.  Utley popped to third to end the inning.

Howard led off the second with a ground out to first, but Burrell and Helms both followed with walks before Rowand struck out for the second out of the inning.  Barajas walked to load the bases, but Eaton grounded to short to end the inning.  Phillies leave the bases loaded. 

Rollins flew out to left to start the third.  Victorino was next he hit the ball hard again, but Reyes made a nice play at short for the second out of the inning.  Utley singled and Howard and Burrell walked to load the bases yet again.  Helms drew a walk that put the Phils up 1-0.  Rowand was next and he walked.  2-0.  Perez got behind Barajas 2-0 before getting back even at 2-2 and then hit Barajas, forcing in Burrell to make it 3-0.  Sele finally relieved Perez and Eaton struck out to end the inning.  The Phillies scored three runs on one hit in the inning.  Eaton had left six men on base in his first two at-bats. 

Rollins flew to right to start the fourth and Victorino hit the ball well again, but again Reyes made a nice play at short for the second out.  Utley grounded to short to set the Phillies down.

In the fifth, Howard flew out to center to start the inning and Burrell followed with a strikeout.  Helms was next and piddled a ball up the middle barely into the outfield for a single.  Rowand was next and ripped a ball down the line at third.  Wright made a diving stop but couldn't throw Rowand out at first as Helms went to second.  Barajas flew out to center to end the inning.

After Eaton went down to start the sixth, Rollins followed with a triple to center.  Victorino was next and he hit a fly ball to left that scored Rollins, putting the Phils up 4-2.  Utley flew out to right to end the inning. 

Howard walked to start the seventh.  Burrell followed and ripped the ball down the third base line.  Wright robbed him of a double and threw him out at first while Howard moved to second.  Through 6 1/3 innings Wright had turned would-be doubles from Victorino in the first, Rowand in the fifth and Burrell in the seventh into two outs and a single.  Helms grounded to second for the second out and Rowand got a two-out hit, a double that scored Howard and made the score 5-2 Phils.  The Mets intentionally walked Barajas to put runners on first and second with two down.  Manuel let Eaton hit for himself and he popped out to second to end the inning.  Eight men left of base for Eaton.

Rollins led off the eighth with a chopper to third.  Wright finally got one he couldn't handle and Rollins was safe at first on the error.  Victorino flew to right for the first out.  With Utley at the plate, Pedro Feliciano balked Rollins to second.  Feliciano got up 0-2 on Utley before he hit him on a pitch that Utley started to swing at and tried to hold up.  They gave him first base, to the dismay of Lo Duca and Randolph who argued.  Howard struck out for the second out of the inning.  Bourn was up next, of course, having entered the game as a defensive replacement in the seventh.  It gave the Phillies three lefties in a row and let the Mets keep Feliciano in.  Bourn drew a walk to load the bases for Helms, and Feliciano finally got to leave the game.  Helms hit a chopper to second to end the inning.  It would have been nice to have Burrell up there instead of Bourn.

Rowand led off the ninth with a walk and Barjas bunted the first pitch foul before swinging away and grounding a ball back to the pitcher.  The Mets got Rowand at second, but Barajas was called safe at first on a close play (he was out).  Nunez was next, of course, and he flew to right for the second out of the inning.  Rollins struck out to end the inning.

Too much Nunez and Bourn at the end of the game for me.  Worked last night.

Rollins was 1-for-6 with a triple and two strikeouts to drop his early average to .250.

Victorino was 0-for-4 with an RBI but hit the ball very well.  .240.

Utley was 1-for-4 and made the defensive play of the game for the Phils on Alou's smash.  He leads the top three of the Phillies' batting order with a .257 average.

Howard was 0-for-3 and walked twice. 

Burrell was 0-for-2 and walked twice.

Helms was 1-for-3 with two walks and an RBI.

Rowand hit the ball very well.  2-for-3 with a double, two walks and two RBI.  296/429/333 early.

Barajas was 0-for-2 with two walks and an RBI.  Caught Reyes stealing on a pitchout.  He has three walks in ten at-bats with the Philllies and 88 walks in 1,631 at-bats for his career. 

Jamie Moyer (1-0, 2.70) faces Tom Glavine (1-1, 2.38) tonight.  Moyer will be making his second start of the season after getting the win in Florida on Friday.  In that game he allowed two runs in 6 2/3 innings on seven hits and two walks.  He made one start against the Mets last year and was hit hard, giving up seven runs, five of which were earned, on nine hits over six innings.  Glavine will be making his third start of the season.  After holding the Cards to one run over six innings on opening day, the Braves scored five runs in 5 1/3 innings against him on Saturday.  Only two of the runs were earned.  He made four starts against the Phillies last year, going 2-1 with a 4.62 ERA.  Burrell was 4-for-10 with a homer and two walks, Howard 3-for-8 with two homers and Rollins 3-for-12 with two homers.

Freddy Garcia will likely make his debut with the Phillies on Sunday at home against the Astros.  Same article says that the Phils signed Nomar Garciaparra's brother.

Dan Haigwood, who the Phillies acquired in the Jim Thome deal then traded to the Rangers for Fabio Castro, was designated for assignment. 

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