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May 7 2007

Not much is going well for the Phillies these days and suddenly the fielding, especially at third base, is a problem as well.  The Phils put three errors on the board last night in San Francisco.  Wes Helms had a particularly wretched game.  The thing that is working is the top of the order.  Rollins and Victorino combined to go 17-for-37 in the four games against the Giants, hitting mostly in the one and two spots.  Victorino hit .588 in the series while Rollins was held to a more pedestrian .350.  Victorino stole six bases.

If only anyone was hitting behind them.  Utley, Howard and Burrell combined to go 7-for-38 hitting mostly in the three, four and five spots in the series.  In the two games of the series that the Phillies lost, Utley, Howard and Burrell combined to go 2-for-16.

The Phillies beat the San Francisco Giants last night to earn a split in the four-game series.  They won the game 8-5 to improve to 14-17 on the year.  They are in fourth place in the NL East, 5 1/2 games behind the Braves and Mets, who are tied for first place in the division.

Cole Hamels got the start for the Phillies and went seven innings, allowing five runs on eight hits and two walks.  Only three of the runs were earned as the Phillies made three errors on the game.  Four of the hits went for extra-bases, all doubles.  He struck out nine.

Randy Winn led off the first with a double to right just out of the reach of Victorino.  Omar Vizquel followed and bunted him to third.  Rich Aurilla grounded to third for the second out, but Ray Durham followed with a walk to put men on first and third.  Bengie Molina was next and hit a ground ball to third that should have gotten the Phils out of the inning, but Helms misplayed it badly, backing up on it and having the ball go off his glove for an error.  Winn scored to cut the Phillies' lead to 2-1.  Hamels struck out Pedro Feliz to end the inning.  The error by Helms costs the Phillies a run.

Hamels walked Todd Linden to start the second and Kevin Frandsen followed with a bloop into right.  Victorino dove for it but didn't get it.  It bounced off his glove and Frandsen was safe at second with a double as Linden moved to third.  Hamels struck out the pitcher Lincecum for the first out and Winn followed with a ground ball to second.  Utley threw out Winn at first as Linden scored to tie the game at 2-2 and Frandsen moved to third.  Vizquel doubled over the head of Rowand to put the Giants up 3-2 and stole third before Aurilla struck out to end the inning. 

Hamels threw a 1-2-3 third with a 4-3 lead.

He struck out Linden to start the fourth, but Frandsen followed with a single into center.  Lincecum bunted right back to Hamels and Hamels wheeled and threw to second, but his throw was in the dirt.  Frandsen was safe and Rollins did a nice job to keep the ball out of the outfield.  Hamels struck out Winn for the second out of the inning with runners on first and second.  Vizquel grounded to third to end the inning.

Aurilla led off the fifth with a double into right center that skipped past Rowand.  Victorino did a nice job to back it up and keep Aurilla on second.  Durham followed with a chopper to third.  Helms charged and barehanded the ball, but his throw to first wasn't near the bag.  Aurilla scored to cut the Phillies lead to 5-4 and Durham was safe at second with a single.  Helms was charged with his second error of the day on the throw.  Molina popped to second for the first out and Feliz followed with a ground out to third for the second.  Linden followed with a bloop behind second that went off of Utley's glove for another hit, scoring Durham to tie the game at 5-5.  Hamels got Frandsen to ground to second to end the inning.

Hamels threw a 1-2-3 sixth.

Aurilla led off the seventh with a single, but Hamels struck out Durham and Molina behind him and got Feliz to ground to short to end the inning.

Geary pitched a 1-2-3 eighth.

Myers entered in the ninth with the Phils up 8-5.  He got the first two before walking Aurilla.  Durham grounded to second to end the game and earn Myers his second save.  He hasn't been charged with a run in his last seven outings, allowing eight hits and one walk over 7 1/3 scoreless innings.

The Phillies' lineup against righty Tim Lincecum went (1) Rollins (2) Victorino (3) Utley (4) Howard (5) Burrell (6) Rowand  (7) Helms (8) Barajas.  Rowand again hits ahead of Helms in the lineup against a righty.

Rollins lead off the first with a single and Victorino followed with a two-run homer to right, his first of the year.  2-0 Phillies.  Lincecum struck out Utley and Howard before walking Burrell.  Rowand struck out to end the frame.

The Phils went 1-2-3 in the second. 

In the third, Utley walked with two outs and Howard followed and smashed the ball way out to center to put the Phils up 4-3.  He hit it a long way and, uncharacteristically, lingered at the plate and watched it go.  Lincecum came way up and in to Burrell before walking him, but Rowand grounded to third to end the inning. 

Helms led off the fourth with a single, but Barajas went down behind him and Hamels bunted him to second.  Rollins flew to left to end the inning. 

Victorino led off with a single to start the fifth and was picked off first.  He did a great job in the rundown, however, waiting for the shortstop Vizquel to throw the ball and running directly into him way out of the baseline on the infield grass.  The umpire awarded Victorino second.  Utley flew to left for the first out and the Giants walked Howard intentionally and Burrell unintentionally to load the bases.  Rowand flew to left, scoring Victorino to put the Phils up 5-3.  Helms struck out to end the inning.  Victorino gets the Phils a run with his rundown trick, but they still get just one out of bases loaded and one out.  Utley can't move the runner to third with a man on second and nobody out.  Helms came into the game 0-for-5 with three strikeouts on the season with the bases loaded.

Hamels hit for himself to start the sixth having thrown 92 pitches.  He doubled, of course, to left-center.  Rollins followed with a triple to right-center that scored Hamels and put the Phils up 6-5.  Victorino grounded to second with the infield in and Rollins had to hold third.  Utley smashed the ball to right, over the head of Winn for an RBI-double.  7-5 Phils.  Howard flew to center to set the Phillies down.

Burrell walked to start the seventh and Bourn pinch-ran for him.  After Rowand went down for the first out, Bourn stole second and then stole third.  Helms hit a ball to short, allowing Bourn to score from third and put the Phils up 8-5.  Barajas and Hamels struck out to end the frame.

The Phils went 1-2-3 in the eighth and again in the ninth.

Rollins was 2-for-5 with a triple and an RBI.  He was 7-for-20 with three triples and four RBI in the series.  Zero walks in his last 52 at-bats.  314/368/614.

Victorino was 2-for-5 with a home run, a single and two RBI.  10-for-17 with four RBI and six stolen bases in the series.  One walk in his last 26 at-bats.  304/386/391 on the year.  He was hitting .255 coming into the series with the Giants. 

Utley was 1-for-4 with a double and 4-for-17 with two doubles and five RBI in the series.  Lot of men on base for him in San Francisco so he puts up some RBI numbers without a great weekend.  298/388/556.

Howard was 1-for-4 with a walk and a two-run home run.  1-for-12 with three RBI in the series and, again, a better set would have given him a lot of RBI given what Rollins and Victorino did.  200/381/400.

Burrell was 0-for-0 with four walks.  2-for-9 with a double and seven walks in the series.  One RBI.  264/449/368.

Rowand was 0-for-4 with an RBI.  4-for-16 with a double and two RBI in the series.  363/444/566.

Helms had a miserable game, making two errors and striking out with the bases loaded in the fifth.  4-for-12 with four singles and an RBI in the series.  No walks in his last 26 at-bats.  284/318/343.

Barajas was 0-for-4 with a strikeout.  0-for-7 with a walk in the series.  195/353/366.  Ruiz was 2-for-7 with an RBI in the series.  288/325/411.

On Saturday, the Phillies lost to the Giants 9-4.  The Giants made four errors in the game, but the Phils managed just eight hits, seven of which were singles, and two walks. 

Jon Lieber got the start for the Phils and went six innings, allowing four runs on seven hits and two walks.  Three of the seven hits went for extra bases, a double, a triple and a home run.

After a 1-2-3 first, Bonds led off the second with a home run that tied the game at 1-1.  The Giants got two more singles in the inning, but Lieber got out of the inning when he got Noah Lowry to ground to second with runners on first and second and two down.

Roberts led off the third with a double and moved to third when Winn followed with a bunt single to third.  Ryan Klesko followed with a two-run triple that made it 3-1 San Francisco with nobody out and a man on third.  Lieber walked Bonds intentionally, and Durham followed and grounded into a double-play that scored Klesko and made it 4-1.  Feliz lined to center to end the inning.

Lieber shut the Giants down in the fourth, fifth and sixth, allowing only a fourth inning single to Vizquel and a sixth-inning walk to Bonds.  Vizquel's single came with one out and Lowry followed and hit into a double-play.  Bonds' walk led off the sixth, but Durham hit into a double-play behind him and Feliz grounded to third to end the inning.

Francisco Rosario started the seventh with the Phils down 4-3, pitching in his first game since April 28.  Eliezer Alfonzo led off with a solo homer that put the Giants up 5-3.  Rosario got the next three behind him.

Rosario started the eighth in a 5-4 game and got the leadoff man.  With lefty Ryan Klesko at the plate, Manuel called on lefty Fabio Castro.  Castro walked the two lefties he was called in to get, Klesko and Bonds.  Castro stayed in to pitch to switch-hitter Durham, and Durham singled, scoring Klesko and moving Todd Linden, who ran for Bonds, to second.  6-4.  With righty Pedro Feliz at the plate, Yoel Hernandez made his major league debut.  He got behind Feliz 2-0 before Feliz socked a three-run homer that put the Giants up 9-4.  Hernandez got Alfonzo for the second out before Vizquel singled.  Pinch-hitter Kevin Frandsen struck out to end the inning.

Manuel finally uses the guys at the bottom of his pen, perhaps out of necessity.  He brought in Rosario in a one-run game in the seventh.  Not his style.  Rosario was bad, Castro was awful and Hernandez was awful.  The trio combined to go two innings and allowed five runs on four hits, two of which were homers, and two walks.

The Phillies' lineup against lefty Noah Lowry went (1) Victorino (2) Rowand (3) Rollins (4) Utley (5) Burrell (6) Helms (7) Nunez (8) Barajas.  Howard sits.  Victorino hits leadoff with Rollins third.  Helms plays first with Nunez at third.

Victorino singled to lead off the first and, after Rowand popped out, stole second and went to third on a throwing error from Alfonzo.  Rollins knocked him in with a single to put the Phils up 1-0.  Rollins stole second and he went to third on another error on the stolen base, this one by Vizquel.  He was stranded there when Utley popped to third and Burrell lined to short.  Phils fail to score the runner from third base with one out.  They score one run in an inning where they get two hits, two stolen bases and the Giants make two errors.

The Phillies got one hit in the second, third, fourth and fifth.  Helms led off the second with a single, but Nunez struck out and Barajas hit into a double-play.

In the sixth, Victorino singled with one out, stole second and, amazingly, took third on another error on the stolen base, the second of the game on a throw from Alfonzo.  Victorino scored on a ground out from Rowand to cut the Giant lead to 4-2.  Rollins ground out to end the inning. 

In the seventh, Burrell reached on an error by Durham with one out and moved to second on a wild pitch with two down.  A single from Nunez brought Burrell in and cut the San Francisco lead to 4-3.  Barajas walked but Werth pinch-hit for Lieber and struck out.

Rowand doubled with one out in the eighth and scored on a two-out single from Utley to again cut the Giants' lead to one run, this time at 5-4.  Howard, pinch-hitting for Burrell, flew to left to end the frame.  With righty Brad Hennessey on the mound, Manuel pinch-hit Howard for Burrell.  The Giants brought in lefty Steve Kline to pitch to Howard.

The Phillies put their first two men on base in the ninth on a single by Helms and a walk by Nunez, but Barajas, Dobbs and Victorino went down in order to end the game.

Freddy Garcia (1-2, 6.05) faces lefty Doug Davis (2-3, 2.25) tonight.  Garcia has yet to get an out in the sixth inning after four starts this season.  Opponents are hitting .325 against him, lefties .395 and righties .262.  He's allowed 26 hits in 19 1/3 innings.  The lefty Davis has made six starts, allowing three earned runs in 20 innings (1.35 ERA) over his last three.  He's allowed just two home runs on the season.  He's seventh in the NL in ERA.

Garcia ran into a cart while shagging fly balls before last night's game, bruising his left shin.  The injury could prevent Garcia from making his start tonight.

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