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April 13 2007


Team W-L R R/G NL Rank R OPS (NL Rank) SB CS
HOU 3-5 25 3.13 14 646 (13) 2 2
PHI 2-7 39 4.33 6 754 (4) 5 2


Team W-L RA RA/G NL Rank RA Starter ERA Pen ERA
HOU 3-5 32 4.00 T-7 2.45 (2) 4.98 (15)
PHI 2-7 50 5.56 15 4.97 (15) 4.21 (12)

Not tonight, apparently.  Another bad outing from a starting pitcher -- for the second straight season the Phillies are off to an awful start with the help of just about the worst performance from their starters in the league.  The Phils got seven more walks, but big hits at big times continue to elude them. 

The Phillies came into the game slugging .396 as a team.  They got 11 hits tonight, all of them singles.

Carlos Lee put on quite a show.

The Phillies lost to the Houston Astros tonight, falling 9-6 to drop to 2-8 on the season.  They are 0-4 at home.

Brett Myers got the start for the Phillies and didn't last long.  He went 3 1/3 innings, allowing seven runs on three hits and five walks.  All three of the hits went for extra-bases, a double by Brad Ausmus and two home runs, including a grand slam, from Carlos Lee.

Myers set the Astros down 1-2-3 in the first.

Up 3-0 in the top of the second, Myers gave up a solo home run to Carlos Lee before setting down the next three in order. 

Myers started the third still up 3-1 and gave up a leadoff double to Brad Ausmus.  Roy Oswalt struck out and a ground out from Craig Biggio moved Ausmus to third.  Myers walked Morgan Ensberg and Lance Berkman to load the bases and Lee hit a grand slam to put the Astros up 5-3.  Luke Scott followed with another walk before Chris Burke lined out to end the frame.

Adam Everett and Ausmus both walked to start the fourth.  Myers had walked five of the last seven batters, and of the two he hadn't walked one hit a grand slam.  Oswalt bunted, moving the runners to second and third and that was it for Myers.  Jon Lieber replaced Myers and Biggio greeted him with a line drive smash back at him that Lieber snared for the second out.  Ensberg was next and he hit a three-run shot to make it an 8-3 game.  Lieber walked Berkman before getting Lee to fly to right for the third out.  Two of the runs charged to Myers in the inning came off the homer Lieber gave up to Ensberg, which is not to say that Myers' outing was especially pretty.

Lieber gave up a leadoff single to Luke Scott in the fifth, but Scott was quickly erased when Burke hit into a double-play.  Adam Everett grounded to set Houston down.

Geoff Geary started the sixth with the Phils down 8-6.  He struck out the first two before Biggio doubled to right.  Ensberg was next and hit a towering pop-up in the infield.  Everyone converged and Howard caught it and stumbled backwards. 

Geary returned for the seventh and walked Berkman to start the inning.  Lee popped to first and Scott followed with a double-play ball that ended the frame.

Alfonseca started the eighth with the Astros up 8-6.  Burke was first and hit a looping fly ball in front of a sliding Werth in left.  Werth didn't play the ball well but Burke was given a double.  With Everett at the plate, Burke stole third.  Alfonseca got Everett to hit a ground ball to short -- Rollins held Burke and threw to first for the first out of the inning.  Ausmus struck out for the second out of the inning and Alfonseca intentionally walked pinch-hitter Mike Lamb.  Biggio grounded to short to for the third out.  Great job by Alfonseca after the leadoff double that should have been caught in left.  Alfonseca lowered his ERA to 1.79.

Madson pitched the ninth and got the first two before Lee hit a solo shot to make the score 9-6.  Madson struck out Luke Scott to end the inning.

Myers' short start could be tough on the pen tomorrow.  Lieber 22 pitches, Geary 28, Alfonseca 22.  Geary and Alfonseca were both strong tonight.  Gordon, Condrey, Rosario and Smith get the night off.  Smith, the only lefty in the pen, last pitched on April 9.  I believe Rosario exists, but only because I've seen someone with a jersey with his name on the back of it warming up.

The Phillies lineup against righty Roy Oswalt went (1) Rollins (2) Victorino (3) Utley (4) Howard (5) Helms (6) Werth  (7) Rowand (8) Barajas.  Burrell on the bench against the tough righty.  Werth plays let with Helms moving up a spot to fifth in the order.  I like Werth in the lineup, but it should be in right field, at least against lefties.  Dobbs still can't get into the lineup.  Dobbs and Werth remain the guys on the bench whose roles are murky.

After Rollins and Victorino went down to start the first, Utley and Howard walked before Helms singled to left, scoring Utley and sending Howard to third with the Phils up 1-0.  Werth walked to load the bases.  Rowand was next and reached on the Phillies' first hit of the year with the bases loaded, an infield single that put the Phils up 2-0 and left the bases still loaded for Barajas.  Barajas delivered another infield single that put the Phils up 3-0.  Myers struck out to end the inning.

Rollins singled to lead off the second but the next three went behind him to end the inning.

The Phils went 1-2-3 in the third. 

Barajas lead off the fourth with a walk.  Lieber bunted and Barajas was forced at second for the first out.  Back-to-back singles from Rollins and Victorino loaded the bases.  Utley hit a ground ball that scored Lieber as the Mets forced Victorino at second.  The Houston lead was cut to 8-4.  Howard singled, scoring Rollins and sending Utley to third with the score 8-5, but Helms flew to right to end the inning.

After Werth struck out to start the fifth, Rowand and Barajas followed with walks.  Dobbs pinch-hit for Lieber and hit a ground ball to first and the Astros got Barajas at second.  With two outs and runners on first and third, a balk from Oswalt scored Rowand and moved Dobbs to second.  Owsalt and Phil Garner argued.  Garner was ejected.  Rowand's run cut the lead to 8-6 and Rollins struck out to end the inning. 

Victorino flew to right on a hard hit ball to start the sixth.  Utley was next and was hit by a pitch.  Howard flew to left for the next out.  Helms was next and he hit a ground ball to third.  The ball bounced off of Ensberg's glove to Everett at short.  Everett threw a ball in the dirt to third that Berkman couldn't handle.  Berkman recovered the ball and tired to nail Utley at third, but his throw wasn't handled and popped up high in the air behind third.  Lee backed it up nicely and Utley couldn't recover from his slide into third in time to recover and score.  Werth struck out to end the inning.

Rowand singled to lead off the seventh, but Barajas, pinch-hitter Burrell and Rollins all went down behind him.

Victorino singled to start the eighth and Utley followed with a walk.  Howard was next and singled to right, but Luke Scott threw Victorino out at home for the first out of the inning.  Nice throw by Scott, and Victorino buried Ausmus who somehow held onto the ball, but that is horrendous to make the first out of the inning at home in a two-run game.  Helms was next and grounded into a double-play to end the inning.

Dan Wheeler struck out the side in the ninth.

Rollins was 2-for-5.

Victorino was 2-for-5 to raise his average to .242.

Utley was 0-for-2 with two walks.  He's 1-for-his-last-10 with a single.

Howard was 2-for-4 with a walk. 

Helms was 2-for-5 with an RBI and left four men on base.

Werth was 0-for-4 with a walk and four strikeouts.  Have I mentioned that I think the Phillies should be playing him in right field against lefites more than in left field against Roy Oswalt?

Rowand was 2-for-4 with a walk.  He's hitting .324 after going 6-for-his-last-10.  He has one extra-base hit, a double.

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

Yesterday, the Phillies lost to the Mets 5-3.  Jamie Moyer pitched well enough to keep the Phillies in the game, but the non-Jimmy Rollins parts of the offense had gone missing again.  Moyer went six innings, allowing four runs on seven hits and two walks.  Two of the hits went for extra-bases, both doubles. Only three of the runs were earned and Moyer struck out six.

The Mets got a run in the first when Reyes singled, Lo Duca singled and Beltran followed with a single that scored Reyes and sent Lo Duca to second.  Moyer stuck out Delgado and  got a double-play ball from Wright to end the inning.

Up 3-1 in the second, Moyer allowed the first two runners to reach on a single and a hit by pitch.  Damion Easley flew to right for the first out, but Glavine was next and bunted.  A throwing error from Helms allowed Glavine to go second and Green to third, with Alou scoring to make the score 3-2.  Moyer avoided further damage when Reyes flew to center and Green had to hold third and Lo Duca was called out on strikes.

After a 1-2-3 third the Mets got two more in the fourth.  Alou led off with a double before Green popped to short for the first out.  Easley walked.  Glavine bunted the runners to second and third for the second  out.  Reyes followed with a two run single that put the Mets up 4-3.  Lo Duca popped out to short to end the inning.

Moyer hit Wright with a pitch with two outs in the fifth, but kept the Mets off the board when Alou struck out to end the inning. 

Green doubled to lead off the sixth and moved to third on a ground out by Easley.  Lastings Milledge popped to first for the second out and Moyer walked Reyes intentionally.  Lo Duca was hit by a pitch to load the bases, but Beltran struck out to end the inning.

Clay Condrey started the seventh and gave up a one-out triple to Wright.  Alou followed with a single that put the Mets up 5-3 before Condrey retired the next two to end the inning.

Madson threw a 1-2-3 ninth.

The Phillies lineup against lefty Tom Glavine went (1) Rollins (2) Victorino (3) Utley (4) Howard (5) Burrell (6) Helms (7) Rowand (8) Ruiz.  No start for Werth against the lefty (he started tonight against the righty, of course).  Ruiz catches Moyer.  

Rollins led off the first with a home run that put the Phils up 1-0.  Victorino was next and walked.  Utley flew out for the first out of the inning and with Howard at the plate Victorino was caught stealing.  Howard and Burrell followed with walks before Helms struck out to end the inning. 

Rowand singled to lead off the second and, with two outs, came around to score on a two-run homer by Rollins.  3-1 Phils. 

1-2-3 third.  Helms singled to lead off the fourth but after Rowand went down Ruiz hit in an inning-ending double-play.

1-2-3 fifth and sixth.  Helms lead off the seventh with another single.  Again Rowand went down and Ruiz followed and hit into a double-play.

Pinch-hitter Werth led off the eighth with a walk.  Rollins popped out and Victorino hit into a double-play.

Against Billy Wagner in the ninth, Howard doubled with one out.  With the tying run at the plate, Burrell hit it hard to left for the second out.  Helms grounded to third to end the game.

Rollins was 2-for-4 with two homers and all three RBI.  3-for-13 with a walk in the series.

Victorino was 0-for-3 with a walk.  He was caught stealing and hit into a double-play.  1-for-11 with a walk in the series. 

Utley was 0-for-4.  2-for-12 with a homer.

Howard was 1-for-3 with a walk and two strikeouts.  2-for-10 with a homer and four walks in the set.

Burrell was 0-for-3 with a walk in the game and 2-for-10 with three walks in the series.

Helms was 2-for-4 in the game, 3-for-7 with two walks in the series.

Rowand was 1-for-3 with a strikeout.   3-for-7 with five walks in the series. 

Ruiz was awful.  0-for-3 and grounded into two inning-ending double-plays.  1-for-7 with a single in the series. 

Cole Hamels (0-0, 1.38) faces righty Woody Williams (0-1, 4.42) tomorrow afternoon.  Hamels is still looking for his first win after two good starts.  Opponents are hitting .213 against him and he's struck out 15 in 13 innings.  He was 1-0 with 2.30 ERA in two starts against Houston last season.  Williams allowed two runs in six innings in his start again the Cubs on Monday.  In his first start he didn't make it out of the fifth inning, allowing five runs, only three of which were earned, in 4 2/3 innings against the Pirates.  He allowed four runs in six innings in his one start against the Phils last season.  Ryan Howard was 2-for-3 with a homer against him.

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