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April 28 2007

With twenty-three games of the 2007 season in the books, so far the guys that the Phillies brought in to stabilize the rotation have done exactly the opposite.  After Freddy Garcia went just 4 2/3 innings last night and saw his ERA puff to 5.65, Adam Eaton got bombed tonight and left the weary pen to throw another 4 2/3 innings.  Meanwhile young stud starter Brett Myers was last seen entering a game in the sixth inning.

The Phillies haven't had their starting pitcher go more than six innings in any of their last seven games.

Overall, the Phillies are playing well.  After a 3-10 start, they've won seven of their last ten.  But all of the sudden their biggest problems are not in the pen, but in the rotation that was supposed to be the team's strength.

The Phillies dropped to 10-13 on the season with an 11-5 loss to the Florida Marlins tonight.

Adam Eaton got the start for the Phils and got bombed.  He went just 4 1/3 innings, allowing seven runs on ten hits and three walks.  Four of the hits went for extra-bases, three doubles and a home run.  He struck out four.  His ERA is 7.71.

In the first, he got ahead of Hanley Ramirez 0-2 before Ramirez doubled to right.  Dan Uggla followed with a walk, and a single to right from Miguel Cabrera loaded the bases with nobody out.  Mike Jacobs hit a ground ball to second and Utley took the out at first as Ramirez scored to put the Marlins up 1-0.  Josh Willingham walked to load the bases again.  Joe Borchard singled and everyone moved up another base with Uggla scoring to make it a 2-0 Fish lead.  Miguel Olivo hit a ground ball to short and the Phils got the second out of the inning at second as Cabrera crossed the plate.  3-0.  Eaton struck out Alfredo Amezaga to end the inning.

Eaton walked Dontrelle Willis to start the second.  Ramirez followed with fly out to Rowand, but Uggla hit a two-run homer that made the Marlins' lead 5-1.  Cabrera singled and Jacobs grounded into a double-play to end the inning.

Willingham led off the third with a single but the next three went in order for Florida.

With one out in the fourth, Ramirez hit a slow ground ball to Nunez at third.  Nunez fielded and made a poor throw to Helms at first.  Ramirez was safe at second with a single and an error was charged to Nunez.  Uggla struck out for the second out of the inning.  Cabrera was next and singled to left, but Burrell threw out Ramirez trying to score to end the inning.

With one out in the fifth, Willingham doubled and Borchard followed with another double that scored Willingham and extended the Florida lead to 6-3.  That was it for Eaton.  With the righty Olivo at the plate, Manuel called on Rosario, who got Olivo to fly to center for the second out.  Amezaga followed with a single that scored Borchard.  7-2.  Willis flew out to end the inning. 

Rosario returned for the sixth and got the first men he faced.  Cabrera and Jacobs followed with back-to-back singles and Josh Willingham smashed one way out to left to make the Florida lead 10-4.  Borchard walked, but Rosario struck out Olivo to end the inning.  First home run Rosario has allowed on the season.  He came into the game with a 3.38 ERA and left with a 6.43 ERA.

Fabio Castro started the seventh for the Phils, seeing his first action of the season since taking over Matt Smith's role as sole lefty in the pen.  He gave up a one-out bunt single to Willis but got the next two to end the frame.

Castro returned for the eighth and gave up a leadoff homer to Miguel Cabrera that made the score 11-5 .  He got the next three to end the inning.

Geoff Geary started the ninth, pitching for the third time in four days.  He gave up a one-out double to Amezaga before striking out pinch-hitter Jason Wood.  Ramirez walked, putting runners on first and second with two down, but Uggla struck out to end the inning.  Don't know why Manuel went with the overworked Geary there rather than Alfonseca.  Including tonight, Alfonsea has thrown ten pitches over the last four days.

Another 4 2/3 innings from the Phillies' pen.  Rosario threw 38 pitches, Castro 30 and Geary 17.

The Phillies lineup against lefty Dontrelle Willlis went (1) Rowand (2) Victorino (3) Rollins (4) Utely (5) Burrell (6) Helms (7) Nunez (8) Barajas.  Super-hot Rowand hits leadoff as Rollins drops to three.  Howard gets the night off with Helms at first and Nunez at third.  Werth can't get into the game even against a lefty and even with Victorino coming into the game 1-for-his-last-16.

Rowand doubled to lead off the first and, after Victorino moved him to third with a ball to short, Rollins scored him with a single to cut the Florida lead to 3-1.  Rollins stole second but Utley and Burrell both struck out to end the inning.

Barajas homered to left, his first as a Phil, with two outs in the second to make the score Marlins 5, Phillies 2.  Eaton grounded to third to end the inning.

Rowand led off the third and was hit by a pitch.  A ground out from Victorino moved him to second.  Rollins grounded to short for the second out, but a single from Utley scored Rowand.  5-3.  Burrell flew to right to end the inning.

Nunez singled with one out in the fourth and moved to third on a double by Barajas.  Eaton hit a ball to third and Nunez was nailed at the plate.  Rowand struck out to end the inning.

Victorino singled to start the fifth and moved to second when a pickoff attempt from Willis got away from Jacobs.  Rollins moved Victorino to third with a grounder to short.  Utley followed and hit a ball to left that Willingham caught.  It was deep enough to score Victorino and cut the lead to 7-4.  Burrell grounded to second to end the inning.

Nunez doubled to right with one out in the sixth.  Barajas followed and grounded to third for the second out of the inning.  Werth pinch-hit for Rosario and blooped a double into right field.  Nunez scored to cut Florida's lead to 10-5.  Rowand followed with a ground ball to Uggla that went through the second baseman's legs for an error.  Werth went to third.  Victorino struck out to end the inning.  

Utley and Burrell walked back-to-back with one out in the seventh.  Helms hit into a double-play to end the inning.

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

Rowand struck out to start the ninth, but Victorino walked and Rollins moved him to second with a single.  Utley struck out for the second out of the inning before Burrell walked to load the bases for Helms.  Helms struck out to end the game.

Rowand was 1-for-4 with a double.

Victorino was 1-for-4 with a walk and left four men on base.  He's slugging .337.

Rollins was 2-for-5 with an RBI.  He stole his fourth base of the year.

Utley was 1-for-3 with a walk and two RBI.

Burrell was 0-for-3 with two walks.

Helms was 0-for-5, struck out three times and left five men on base.  He's 3-for-his-last-16.

Nunez was 2-for-4 with a double.

Barajas was 2-for-3 with a double and a home run.  He came into the game slugging .160 -- 4-for-25 with four singles.

The Phillies will try to take the series tomorrow afternoon as Jamie Moyer (2-1, 3.38) faces righty Wes Obermueller (1-0, 3.00).

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