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May 8 2007


Team W-L R R/G NL Rank R OPS (NL Rank) SB CS
ARI 17-16 130 3.94 12 691 (12) 16 5
PHI 14-17 155 5.00 T-4 790 (5) 30 8


Team W-L RA RA/G NL Rank RA Starter ERA Pen ERA
ARI 17-16 133 4.03 8 3.63 (4) 3.53 (7)
PHI 14-17 156 5.03 13 4.98 (12) 4.11 (11)

The Arizona Diamondback's lineup is filled with good young players that should be more than enough to give the team a solid offense around 2010.  It's not 2010 yet, though, and last night they hit Orlando Hudson third and started four players who ended the game hitting under .225.  It was enough to beat the Phillies, who had a lot of trouble putting any offense together and got bit again by their inexperienced bullpen.

Of the seven players currently in the Phillies' bullpen, one (Geary) threw more than 30 innings in relief in the major leagues last season.  Three, Myers, Hernandez, and Rosario threw zero.  Castro 23 2/3, Condrey 28 2/3 and Alfonseca 16.  The bullpen cost them a game last night, with a big assist to an inability to score runs on night when it wouldn't have taken many.

The Phillies lost to the Arizona Diamondbacks last night, falling 4-3 to drop to 14-18 on the year.  The Phillies have lost three of four and four of six. 

Freddy Garcia got the start for the Phillies and had his best outing as a Phillie.  He went six innings, allowing two runs on five hits.  Three of the hits went for extra-bases, all doubles.  He struck out two and didn't walk a batter.

Chris Young led off the first with a double off the wall in left and moved to third on a slow ground out to short by Conor Jackson.  Orlando Hudson hit a fly ball to left that Victorino caught after a nice run for the second out.  Young scored to put Arizona up 1-0.  Eric Byrnes popped to second to end the inning. 

Garcia threw a 1-2-3 second.

In the third, he got the first two men before Young hit his second double of the night to left.  Jackson flew out to center to end the inning.

Garcia threw a 1-2-3 fourth.  Through four innings he had allowed two hits, both doubles to Young, and a run.  He had thrown 50 pitches.

Carlos Quentin doubled to start the fifth, but Miguel Montero followed with a fly out to right.  Alberto Callaspo singled to center, scoring Quentin to put the Snakes up 2-0.  Davis bunted Callaspo to second, but Young grounded to third to end the inning. 

Garcia got the first two in the sixth before Byrnes singled.  Stephen Drew flew to center to end the inning.

Alfonseca started the seventh with the score tied at 2-2.  He got the leadoff man before Montero singled to left.  Callaspo followed with a single to right that sent Montero to third and pinch-hitter Chad Tracy scored Montero with a fly ball to center.  3-2 Arizona.  After a wild pitch from Alfonseca moved Callaspo to second, Jackson grounded to third to end the inning. 

Rosario started the eighth with the game tied again, this time at 3-3.  He walked Byrnes with one out and Drew followed with a single to right that sent Byrnes to third.  Quentin followed with a single to left that scored Byrnes and put Arizona up 4-3 with Drew on second.  Montero flew to center and Callaspo popped to short to end the inning.

Rosario's ERA puffed to 6.75.  He's been scored on in each of his past three appearances, allowing five earned runs on seven hits and two walks over four innings.

The Phillies lineup against lefty Doug Davis went (1) Rollins (2) Victorino (3) Utley (4) Burrell (5) Rowand (6) Helms (7) Nunez (8) Ruiz.  Howard on the bench against a lefty.  He is plagued by a sore left quadriceps and a temporary inability to produce offensively.  He won't return to the starting lineup until Friday at the earliest.  Burrell hits fourth.  Helms plays first with Nunez at third.  Rollins stays in the leadoff spot against the lefty after hitting third with lefty Noah Lowry on the mound on Saturday. 

Rollins led off the first with a bloop into center, but Young made a sliding catch for the first out.  After Victorino popped to second Utley was hit by a pitch.  Cleanup hitter Pat Burrell, who came into the game with one extra-base in his last 26 at-bats and a .200 slugging percentage in the first six games in May, hit it well to left but Byrnes tracked it down for the third out.

Rowand led off the second with a dribbler out in front of the plate.  Davis made a nice play get him at first.  Helms followed with a walk and Nunez moved him to second with a single.  Ruiz and Garcia struck out to end the inning.

Utley singled with two outs in the third, but Burrell flew to center to end the frame with the Phils down 1-0.

Nunez doubled to right with two outs in the fourth for his second hit of the game.  The Diamondbacks walked Ruiz intentionally to pitch to Garcia and Garcia grounded to second to set the Phils down. 

With the possible exception of a hard-hit foul ball by Utley, the Phils went without a peep in the fifth.

They went 1-2-3 again in the sixth.

Nunez hit his second double of the game to start the seventh and Ruiz followed with a double of his own that scored Nunez and cut the Arizona lead to 2-1.  Werth hit for Garcia and walked, putting runners on first and second with nobody out for Rollins.  Rollins grounded to second.  Werth was forced at second for the first out of the inning, with Ruiz safe at third and Rollins at first.  Victorino followed with a ground ball to second that scored Ruiz and tied the game at 2-2.  Rollins was out at second with Victorino beating the throw to first.  Victorino didn't have long to celebrate, however, he was picked off of first to end the frame.

Back-to-back two-out doubles from Rowand and Helms in the eighth tied the game at 3-3.  With Helms at second, Nunez grounded to short to end the inning.

With righty Jose Valverde on the mound, Ryan Howard pinch-hit for Ruiz to start the inning with the Phillies down 4-3.  He fouled out to third on a pop-up.  Dobbs, who entered the game with Alfonseca in the eighth, flew to left for the second out before Rollins was hit by a pitch to put the tying run on base.  Victorino flew to right to end the game.

Rollins was 0-for-4 and Victorino 0-for-5 with an RBI.

Utley was 1-for-3.

Burrell was 0-for-4 to drop his average to .253.

Rowand was 1-for-4 with a double. 

Helms was 1-for-3 with a walk and a double.

Nunez was 3-for-4 with two doubles.  267/327/333 on the year.

Ruiz was 1-for-2 with a walk, a double and an RBI.

Adam Eaton (0-2, 8.18) faces righty Micah Owings (1-1, 3.38) tonight.  Eaton has been miserable this season.  Over his last two starts he hasn't gone more than five innings and has allowed 13 earned runs in 9 1/3 innings while walking six.  Righties are hitting .355 against him.  Owings has made four starts on the season and has not allowed more than three earned runs in any of them.  He's allowed just one home run and opponents are hitting .221 against him.  In 21 1/3 innings he's struck out 19. 

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