May 13 2007

Ted Lilly had it all going on today against the Phillies, particularly a wicked curve ball.  He held the Phils to one hit through seven innings.  Jon Lieber was almost as good.  But not quite.

The Phillies lost to the Cubs this afternoon, falling 4-1 to drop to 17-20 on the year.  The Phillies win the series two games to one.

Jon Lieber got the start for the Phillies and went eight innings, allowing two runs on nine hits and a walk.  Only one of the runs was earned.  Only one of the hits, a double, went for extra-bases.  He struck out five.

Lieber got Alfonso Soriano to start the first but Ryan Theriot followed with a single.  Derek Lee hit a double-play ball to third to set the Cubs down.

Lieber threw a 1-2-3 second.  In the third, with one out Cesar Izturis hit a chopper to third.  Nunez tried to backhand it and couldn't get it -- Izturis was safe at first on the error.  Ted Lilly bunted Izturis to second.  Soriano lofted a high fly ball to left on a 2-2 pitch and a crazy wind pushed the ball into the stands and out of the reach of Burrell.  Soriano walked to put men on first and second, but Theriot grounded to second to end the frame.

Daryle Ward, who entered the game when Lee had to leave with neck spasms, started the fourth with a double to left-center.  Aramis Ramirez followed with a ball hit to Nunez at third, who threw to first in the dirt.  Helms couldn't scoop it and Ramirez was safe at first on the second error in two innings charged to Nunez.  Matt Murton was next and he singled into center, scoring Ward to put the Cubs up 1-0 as Ramirez moved to second.  Jacque Jones popped to second and Michael Barrett struck out for the first two outs of the inning.  With two down and men on first and second, Izturis singled to left, scoring Ramirez to put the Cubs up 2-0 as Ramirez went to second.  Lilly struck out to end the inning.  You can make a case for pitching around Izturis to get to Lilly, who came into the game 3-for-39 (.077) with 19 strikeouts for his career.  On the other hand you can't get too upset about anyone trying to get Izturis out so Lilly leads off the next inning, although after a 3-for-4 day today Izturis was 7-for-10 in the three-game set.  Whatever, but I still don't have much of a problem with trying to get Izturis out. 

Lieber got two strikeouts in a 1-2-3 fifth.

In the sixth, Murton singled with one out.  Jones followed and looped a ball just over the glove of Utley at second and into right field, sending Murton to second.  Barrett singled to left and with one out the Cubs tried to score Murton.  Burrell's throw was on line and Ruiz did a great job to block the plate -- Murton was out as the Cubs continued to run into outs in the series.  Third time in two games the Phils had nailed a Cub at the plate.  Izturis was next and singled on a dribbler to the third base side of the mound, loading the bases.  Lilly grounded to third to end the frame.

Lieber threw a 1-2-3 seventh.

Murton singled with one out in the eighth, but Lieber struck out Jones and got Barrett on a ground ball to third to set the Cubs down.

Alfonseca started the ninth with the Cubs leading 2-1.  Izturis lead off with a single and moved to second on a passed ball by Ruiz with pinch-hitter Cliff Floyd at the plate.  Floyd singled to left, sending Izturis to third.  Angel Pagan pinch-ran for Floyd and stole second, putting men on second and third with nobody out.  Alfonseca struck out Soriano for the first out of the inning, but Theriot walked to load the bases.  With the lefty Ward due to bat, Manuel called on Fabio Castro.  Mark DeRosa hit for Ward and Castro walked him on four pitches, forcing in a run to put the Cubs up 3-1.  Condrey replaced Castro and Ramirez hit a ground ball to short.  The Phils nearly had a double-play to end the inning, but Utley bobbled the toss from Rollins slightly and they only got on as Pagan scored to make it 4-1.  Condrey got Murton on a ground ball to third to end the frame.

Nice job by Condrey, who has allowed one run on three hits in 4 2/3 innings this season.  Not a nice job by Alfonseca or Castro.  They all pitched in an eighth-inning that started with the Phillies down by a run after Myers pitched two innings yesterday with the Phils up by four.

The Phillies' lineup against lefty Ted Lilly went (1) Rollins (2) Werth (3) Rowand (4) Utley (5) Burrell (6) Helms (7) Nunez (8) Ruiz.  Werth gets a start in right against the lefty on a Sunday after the Phils took the first two of the series.  Helms plays first against the lefty and Nunez starts at third for the sixth game in a row. 

Rowand walked with two outs in the first, but Utley popped to second to end the inning.

The Phils went 1-2-3 in the second and again in the third.  And the fourth.  Lilly was perfect through four except for the two-out walk to Rowand in the first.

Burrell struck out to start the fifth and Helms followed and popped out to Ramirez near the Cubs' dugout.  Nunez got the first hit of the game for the Phils on a single to right that Theriot broke the wrong way on, but Ruiz flew to right to end the inning.

Lieber struck out, Rollins flew to center and Werth grounded to short in a 1-2-3 sixth.

The Phils went 1-2-3 again in the seventh.

Helms led off the eighth with a solid single to center and Nunez followed with another single that moved Bourn, who pinch-ran for Helms, to third.  Ruiz hit it hard to third, but Ramirez caught it in the air and threw to first to try to double-off Nunez.  His throw was wild.  Bourn scored and Nunez went to second with the score 2-1.  Victorino pinch-hit for Lieber and flew to center and Rollins flew to left to end the inning.

Werth and Rowand went down to start the ninth and Utley followed with a ball down the line and into left.  He was thrown out at second on a close play -- he was safe but you can't try for two there if it's going to be close enough that they can call you out.

Four hits for the Phils today.  All singles. 

Rollins was 0-for-4.  0-for-12 with a walk in the series.  279/335/539 on the year.  He ended April at 297/366/613.

Werth was 0-for-4.  Victorino 0-for-1 on the day and 2-for-8 in the series.  Victorino is at 279/365/375 on the year.

Rowand was 0-for-3 with a walk today and 2-for-11 with two singles in the series.  346/428/522.

Utley was 1-for-4 and struck out twice.  5-for-11 with two doubles and a home run in the series.  301/393/575.

Burrell was 0-for-3 with a strikeout.  4-for-10 with a double, two home runs and five RBI in the series.  252/421/402.

Helms was 1-for-3 today and 1-for-7 in the series.  281/317/342.

Nunez was 2-for-3 today with two errors.  4-for-11 with a triple and three RBI in the series.  302/343/397 after hitting 433/469/600 so far in May.

Ruiz was 0-for-3 today and 3-for-6 in the series with a double, a home run and three RBI.  287/333/448.

Jamie Moyer (4-2, 3.00) faces righty David Bush (3-3, 5.73) tomorrow.  Moyer has still not allowed more than three earned runs in a start after seven times out.  He did allow two home runs in his last start in Arizona after allowing just one over his first six.  Bush has made seven starts on the year and righties have hit .350 against him.  He made two starts against the Phils last year and threw to a 6.35 ERA, Rollins was 3-for-7 with two doubles and a home run against him.

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