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April 27 2007


Team W-L R R/G NL Rank R OPS (NL Rank) SB CS
FLA 10-11 117 5.57 1 811 (2) 11 2
PHI 9-12 104 4.95 5 790 (4) 12 3


Team W-L RA RA/G NL Rank RA Starter ERA Pen ERA
FLA 10-11 118 5.62 15 5.81 (16) 4.15 (13)
PHI 9-12 99 4.71 T-11 4.81 (14) 3.26 (6)

The Phils came up with enough big hits tonight to overcome another weak start from Freddy Garcia and another blowup from Flash Gordon.  They got huge home runs from Rollins and Utley late in the game.  Aaron Rowand is just about as hot as he could be. 

The Phillies beat the Florida Marlins with a run in the bottom of the ninth.  They won the game 6-5 to improve to 10-12 on the season. 

Freddy Garcia got the start for the Phillies and went just 4 2/3 innings, allowing four runs on seven hits and two walks.  Four of the hits went extra-bases, a double, a triple and two home runs.  He struck out eight.  After three starts he's thrown to a 5.65 ERA.

Another short start for Garcia who has yet to go more than five innings this season.  He started the sixth against the Reds on Sunday but didn't get an out.

After Garcia got the first two in the first, Miguel Cabrera homered to put Florida up 1-0.  Mike Jacobs followed with a walk, but Garcia got Josh Willingham to fly to right to end the frame.

With one out in the second, Miguel Olivo and Alfredo Amezaga hit back-to-back singles to put runners on first and second.  Anibal Sanchez was next and bunted towards third, but the runners were on the move and Helms had moved to cover the bag.  Garcia had to field it and couldn't get Sanchez at first, loading the bases with one out.  Garcia struck out Hanley Ramirez and got Dan Uggla to ground to third to end the inning with no damage done.

Jacobs hit a home run way out to right with one out in the third, cutting the Phillies' lead to 3-2.  Garcia struck out the next two to end the frame.

Amezaga tripled into right with one down in the fourth, but Garcia struck out Sanchez and Ramirez to end the inning. 

After running the bases in the bottom of the fourth, Garcia started the fifth and set down the first two men before Jacobs doubled.  Willingham was hit by a pitch, putting runners on first and second with two down.  Garcia walked Cody Ross to load the bases and he was done for the night.  Manuel called on Alfonseca with the righty Miguel Olivo at the plate.  Olivo singled into center, scoring Jacobs as Willingham held at third with the game tied at 3-3.  Alfonseca walked Amezaga, forcing in another run to put Florida up 4-3.  Alfonseca got Sanchez to ground to second for the third out.

Brett Myers started the sixth and got the first two men he faced.  Cabrera was next and he looked like he may have hurt his side trying to jump back on an inside pitch.  He stayed in the game and singled on a line drive back to Myers that went off Myers' glove and into right field.  Jacobs moved him to second with a single and Willingham followed with another single.  Cabrera was laboring on the bases, but he probably wouldn't have been able to score even if healthy.  Myers struck out Ross to end the inning.

Myers returned for the seventh and gave up a leadoff single to Olivo.  Myers struck out the next two batters.  With two outs and Ramirez at the plate, Olivo tried to steal second and was thrown out by Ruiz to end the inning.

Ryan Madson started the eighth having not been charged with a run in his last 7 2/3 innings over five appearances.  He gave up a leadoff single to Ramirez.  Ramirez tried to steal but Ruiz gunned him down.  Madson struck out Uggla and Cabrera to end the inning with his ERA at 3.45.

Gordon started the ninth up 5-4 and gave up a leadoff double to Mike Jacobs.  Eric Reed ran for Jacobs at second.  Willingham hit a ground ball back to Gordon.  It went off Gordon's glove but right to Rollins, who threw out Willingham with Reed holding second.  Ross tucked a double down the left-field line and Reed scored easily, tying the the game at 5-5.  Gordon struck out Olivo on a 3-2 pitch for the second out.  Amezaga went down swinging to end the frame. 

Myers is clearly unavailable tomorrow after throwing 43 pitches tonight.  Gordon threw 23, Madson 11 and Alfonseca 10.

The Phillies lineup against righty Anibal Sanchez went (1) Rollins (2) Victorino (3) Utley (4) Howard (5) Burrell (6) Rowand (7) Helms (8) Ruiz.  The red-hot Rowand moves up the sixth spot, ahead of Helms.  More Ruiz behind the plate.

With one out in the first, Victroino dribbled a ball slowly down the first base line.  It looked like it was going to go foul, but Olivo curiously a) fielded it and b) threw it into right field.  He wouldn't have had Victroino with a good throw.  Victorino wound up at second.  Utley struck out and the Fish intentionally walked Howard, putting runners on first and second with two down.  Burrell grounded out to second to end the inning.

Aaron Rowand led off the second with a home run that tied the game at 1-1.  Helms walked and moved to second on a wild pitch from Sanchez.  Ruiz was next and doubled, scoring Helms. 2-1 Phils.  Another wild pitch moved Ruiz to third with nobody out.  Garcia was next and hit the ball well enough to center field.  Ruiz tagged and scored to put the Phils up 3-1.  Rollins grounded to first for the second out before Vicotrino drew a walk.  Utley grounded to second to end the inning.

Rowand doubled with two outs in the third, but Helms popped out to Cabrera in foul territory to end the inning.

With one out in the fourth, Garcia and Rollins singled back-to-back, putting men on first and second for Victorino.  Victorino grounded to second, with both runners moving up a base.  Utley flew out to left to end the inning.

Howard singled to start the fifth, but Burrell struck out for the first out of the inning.  Rowand moved Howard to second with a single.  Helms was next and flew to right for the second out.  Ruiz singled, but a diving Ramirez at short kept the ball in the infield, saving a run.  Dobbs pinch-hit for Alfonseca with the bases loaded and two down.  He fisted a pop up to first to end the inning.

Utley singled with two outs in the sixth, but Howard struck out to end the inning.

Burrell walked to start the seventh, but Rowand followed and flew out to right.  Helms hit nine foul balls before hitting the 14th pitch of his at-bat into left field for a single.  Burrell moved to second and Bourn pinch-ran for him.  Hate that.  Ruiz fouled off a 3-1 pitch that was a ball and then grounded into a double-play to end the inning.

With Phillie-hater Taylor Tankersley on the mound, Werth pinch-hit for Madson to start the eighth and flew out to center.  Rollins was next and hit one just out to left for his ninth home run of the year.  4-4.  Victorino lined to center for the second out.  Utley followed and hit one way out to right to give the Phils a 5-4 lead.  Howard struck out end the inning.

Michael Bourn led off the bottom of the ninth in a tie game, of course.  He had a nice at-bat and drew a walk.  Rowand singled into right, moving Bourn to second.  Fourth hit of the night for Rowand.  Helms bunted.  Not a fan, but it worked great.  He bunted towards third and the Florida pitcher, Messenger, tried to field it and dropped it.  Everyone safe.  Bases loaded for Ruiz with nobody out.  Ruiz hit a bouncing ball to Ramirez at short with the infield drawn in.  He knocked it down but when he didn't field it cleanly he didn't have a chance to get Bourn.  Bourn scored without a throw to give the Phils a 6-5 win.

Rollins was 2-for-5 with a huge home run.

Victorino was 1-for-4 with a single and a walk.

Utley was 2-for-5 with his fifth homer.

Howard was 1-for-4 with a walk and two strikeouts.  .217.

Burrell was 0-for-3 with a walk and two strikeouts.  Bourn had a great at-bat in the ninth to start the rally that won the game.

Rowand was 4-for-5 with a double and home run.  He's hitting .390.

Helms was 1-for-3 with a walk.

Ruiz was 3-for-5 with a double and two RBI.  Won the game with a grounder to short in the bottom of the ninth.

Adam Eaton (2-1, 6.46) faces lefty Dontrelle Willis (4-1, 5.58) tomorrow night.

April 27 2007

The Phils just can't solve the Shawn Hill riddle and yesterday it cost them their impressive five-game win streak.  In his last two starts against the Phils, Hill has allowed six hits in 15 innings.

The Phils are still riding high.  If you wanted to worry about something, though, and are tired of worrying about Ryan Howard, you might go with the top of the order.  Rollins and Victorino combined to go 1-for-24 in the series against the Nationals.

The Phillies fell to the Washington Nationals yesterday, losing 4-2 to drop to 9-12 on the year.  They win the series two games to one.  If the Marlins win two of three this weekend the Phillies will start the season 10-14 for the third straight year.

Cole Hamels got the start for the Phils and cruised through five innings before hitting rough water in the sixth.  He went 5 1/3 innings, allowing four runs on eight hits and three walks.  Two of the hits went for extra-bases, a double and a home run.  He struck out four.  His line could have been much worse, but Geary came in in the sixth with one out and the bases loaded and got out of the jam.

Hamels set the Nats down 1-2-3 in the first.

Austin Kearns singled with one out in the second, but Ryan Church and Michael Restovich went down behind him to end the frame.

Hamels threw a 1-2-3 third.

In the fourth, Belliard led off and popped to short for the first out of the inning. Ryan Zimmerman followed and smashed a ball to left. Burrell played it well as it came off the wall and made a strong throw to Utley at second to nail Zimmerman for the second out. Nice play by Burrell and it saved a run when Dmitri Young followed with a home run to right field. 1-0 Nats. Austin Kearns was next and he hit a ball nearly out to left. It went off the top of the fence for a double. Hamels struck out Ryan Church to end the inning.

Brian Schneider singled into right with one out in the fifth. Hamels got Shawn Hill to fly to right and shortstop Josh Wilson to ground to first to set the Nationals down.

Rafael Belliard and Zimmerman led off the sixth with back-to-back singles and moved to second and third on a wild pitch from Hamels. Young lined to third for the first out of the inning and Hamels intentionally walked Kearns to load the bases. Church was next and he singled into left, scoring Belliard and Zimmerman to put Washington up 3-0 with runners on first and second and one down. Restovich walked to load the bases and Schneider followed him with another walk, forcing in a run to make it 4-0. That was it for Hamels. Geoff Geary entered the game and struck out Hill for the second out. He got Wilson to fly to center to end the frame. Three hits and three walks for the Nats against Hamels in the inning. He got just one out and Geary saved his line from being much worse.

Madson started the seventh and Zimmerman reached on an error by Helms with one out. Young followed and hit into a double-play.

Madson returned to throw a 1-2-3 eighth, dropping his ERA for the year to 3.68.  After being charged with at least one run in four of his first five appearances, Madson has not allowed a run in his last 7 2/3 innings.

Rosario pitched a 1-2-3 ninth to drop his ERA to 3.38.

Before yesterday's game the Phils sent Matt Smith to Triple-A and called up lefty Fabio Castro.  Castro was 2-0 with a 3.24 at Ottawa.  In six relief appearances he allowed six hits and five walks in 8 1/3 innings while striking out seven. 

With the demotion of Smith, the only Phillies' relievers currently on the team who have pitched to an ERA above four this season are Myers (7.91) and Gordon (4.91).

The Phillies lineup against righty Shawn Hill went (1) Rollins (2) Victorino (3) Utley (4) Howard (5) Burrell (6) Helms (7) Rowand (8) Barajas. Same old same old. Only the catcher is changing these days. Barajas catches Hamels for the second time in five starts. Ruiz caught Hamels' first three and Barajas his last two.

The Phillies went 1-2-3 in the first.

Helms singled with two outs in the first, but Rowand flew to center to end the inning.

The Phils went 1-2-3 in the third.

Victorino tried to bunt his way on to start the fourth, but Schneider made a nice play to gun him down for the first out. Utley was next and singled into right, but Howard grounded into a double-play to end the inning with the Phils down 1-0.

Burrell grounded to short to start the fifth but Helms followed with a single to right. Helms was, for whatever reason, running when Rowand swung away and popped to short. Helms was doubled off of first to end the inning.

The Phils went 1-2-3 in the sixth.

In the seventh, Victorino led off with a ground out to second. Utley was next and was hit by a pitch. Howard was next and grounded to second against the nutty shift. The Nats got Utley as the lead runner, but couldn't turn two. Burrell walked, moving Howard to second, but Helms lined to short to end the inning.

Rowand led off the eighth with a home run that cut the Nats lead to 4-1.  The next three Phils went in order to end the inning.

Victorino walked to start the ninth and Ultey hit the ball very well but not quite enough.  Church handled it in center for the first out.  Howard followed with a double to right, putting runners on second and third for Burrell.  Burrell flew to right, scoring Victorino to make it 4-2 as Howard went to third.  Helms struck out to end the game.

The Phillies got five hits on the day as Shawn Hill shuts them down again.

Rollins was 0-for-4.  1-for-12 in the series with a home run.

Victorino was 0-for-3 with a walk.  0-for-12 in the series.  Rollins and Victorino combine to go 1-for-24 with two walks. 

Utley was 1-for-3 yesterday and 7-for-11 in the series with three doubles.  He drove in three runs but would have driven in a lot more if anyone had been on base for him.

Howard 1-for-4 yesterday and 2-for-10 with a double, a homer and three walks in the series. 

Burrell was 0-for-2 with a walk and an RBI.  2-for-6 with two doubles and five walks in the series.

Helms was 2-for-4 with two more singles.  He made his fourth error yesterday.  3-for-12 with three singles in the set.

Rowand was 1-for-3 with his fourth homer.  He's on pace to hit 31.  4-for-11 with a double and two homers in the series.  He has one walk in his last nine games after walking seven times in his first eight games.

Barajas was 0-for-3 yesterday in his only action of the series.  Ruiz was 3-for-8 with three singles and two RBI.  The Nats, who are running much less this year, did not steal a base in the series. 

Freddy Garcia (1-1, 4.66) faces righty Anibal Sanchez (2-0, 4.15) tonight in Philadelphia.  Garcia will be making his third start of the year for the Phils and has yet to go more than five innings.  His last time out was Sunday against the Reds and he went five innings, allowing two runs on four hits.  He didn't walk a batter.  Opponents have stolen four bases in the 9 2/3 innings he's been on the mound after stealing a ridiculously high 40 last season.  Sanchez has made four starts, the last of which was Saturday at home against the Nats.  He went five innings, allowing three runs, only two of which were earned, on five hits and three walks.  Righties are hitting .325 against him so far this season.

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