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May 16 2007

After the Phillies scored six times in the eighth inning on Monday to win for the fourth time in five games, just about everyone in Phillieville had the same reaction.  With Adam Eaton, who had struggled mightily through the first quarter of the season, slated to pitch the next game, nearly everyone came up with some variation of momentum is as good as the next day's starting pitcher.  The people on TV said it.  The people on the radio said it.  The newspaper people said it.  The bloggers said it.  The newspaper people with blogs said it.  And then the next day's starting pitcher showed up and pitched great.

Adam Eaton allowed a run on three singles through seven innings last night.  The run that he allowed was unearned when Shane Victorino misplayed a wind-blown fly ball to right.  Eaton was great early and great when the Phillies squandered opportunities to score.  He allowed a solo home in the eighth to cut the Phils lead to 3-2 and Brett Myers allowed another in the top of the ninth to tie the game at 3-3.  With two outs and nobody on in the bottom of the ninth, Carlos Ruiz did what his teammates had struggled with all evening.  He drove in a run.

And look who's starting tonight.

The Phillies beat the Brewers last night, winning 4-3 on a walkoff homer from Carlos Ruiz with two outs in the ninth.  They are 19-20 on the year.  They have won two in a row and five out of six.  They are within a game of .500 for the first time since they lost on the second day of the season to drop to 0-2.

Adam Eaton got the start for the Phillies and was very good for his second straight outing.  He allowed two runs, one of which was earned, in 7 2/3 innings on four hits and two walks.  Only one of the hits went for extra-bases, a solo home run in the eighth.  He struck out five.

JJ Hardy singled to left past a diving Rollins with one out in the first.  Prince Fielder was next and Eaton hit him with a pitch, but Eaton got the next two to end the inning.

He got the first two in the second, helping himself for the second out by making a nice play on a ball bunted by Tony Gwynn, Jr.  Craig Counsell drew a walk and curiously stole second with the pitcher Claudio Vargas at the plate and two down.  He was safe.  Better be.  Vargas hit a ball to right field that carried and carried.  Victorino misplayed it, but the wind was doing strange things.  Victorino didn't get it.  Counsell scored to put the Brewers up 1-0 and Victorino was charged with an error as the ball went off his glove.  Eaton struck out Weeks to end the inning.

Eaton threw a 1-2-3 third. 

In the fourth, Johnny Estrada led off with a line drive to left and Burrell made a shoestring catch for the first out.  Geoff Jenkins was called out looking for the second out, and Brewer's manger Ned Yost was tossed arguing balls and strikes.  He may have had something there.  Gwynn singled and Counsell moved him to second with a walk before Vargas grounded to second to end the frame.

Eaton threw a 1-2-3 fifth, getting Weeks looking for his fifth strikeout of the game.  He followed it up with a 1-2-3 sixth.

Gwynn led off the seventh with a single but Counsell followed and hit into a double-play.  Pinch-hitter Corey Hart grounded to short to end the inning.

Eaton started the eighth with a 3-1 lead.  He got the first two before Fielder smashed a 3-2 pitch down the line in right just fair for a home run that made it a 3-2 game.  With Bill Hall at the plate, Manuel called on Myers and Hall struck out to end the inning.

Estrada led off the ninth with a homer to right-center that tied the game at 3-3.  Myers struck out Jenkins for the first out of the inning, but Gwynn followed with a walk and stole second with Counsell at the plate.  Counsell grounded to first for the second out as Gwynn moved to third.  Gabe Gross, who came into the game in the eighth as part of a double-switch, was next.  He grounded to Utley to end the inning.

The Phillies' lineup against righty Claudio Vargas went (1) Rowand (2) Victorino (3) Rollins (4) Utley (5) Burrell (6) Dobbs (7) Nunez (8) Ruiz.  Dobbs plays first against the righty with Helms on the bench despite the big hit in Monday's game.  Nunez is an awful choice as an everyday third baseman.  No sign of Barajas who came into the game with four at-bats since May 6.

Rowand started the first with a walk and Victorino doubled to left over Jenkins, moving Rowand to third.  Rollins hit it well into right-center, but it was caught for the first out.  Rowand scored to put the Phils up 1-0 as Victorino went to third.  Utley hit a high fly ball in foul territory down the third base line.  Jenkins made a long run for the catch and Victorino tried to score.  He was out by a lot without a slide or a catcher runover.  Phils get one run out of second and third with nobody out.

In the second, Nunez singled to left with two outs but Ruiz grounded to second to end the inning.

The Phils went 1-2-3 in the third and again in the fourth. 

With the score tied at 1-1 in the fifth, Dobbs led off with a homer to center.  2-1 Phils.  Nunez doubled to left and moved to third on a single by Ruiz.  With men on first and third with nobody out, Eaton tried to bunt.  He got down 0-2 and swung away.  Struck out.  Rowand hit into a double-play to end the inning.  Phillies get nothing out of first and third with nobody out. 

Rollins singled to center with one out in the sixth.  He took off for second on the first pitch to Utley and Utley hit a ground ball to short.  It would have been a double-play ball except Hardy was covering second.  Utley had a single and Rollins went to third.  With the count 3-2 on Burrell, Utley took off for second and Burrell hit a ball back to the pitcher.  Vargas threw to second but Utley was safe.  Weeks bobbled the ball but they still got Burrell at first for the second out as Rollins scored to make it 3-1.  Wow is he slow.  Dobbs flew to left to end the inning.

In the seventh, Nunez and Ruiz struck out to start the inning.  Eaton hit for himself and struck out.  He had allowed three hits through seven innings and the only run he surrendered was unearned, so Manuel likely would have let him hit even if the Phillies didn't have a bullpen that made you want to flee the area as if pursued by a rabid wildebeast.

Victorino reached on an infield single with one out in the eighth.  A single from Rollins moved him to third.  Rollins stole second, putting runners on second and third with one out.  Don't get excited, though, it wasn't that kind of a thing.  With the infield in, Utley hit a ground ball to second.  Weeks threw home and they got Victorino on a close play for the second out.  Victorino could have been safe, he argued that Estrada never tagged him.  Hard to tell.  Rollins went to third and yesterday's anti-hero, righty Derrick Turnbow, entered to pitch to Burrell.  Burrell popped to first to end the inning.  Phils get nothing out of runners on second and third with one out. 

Turnbow returned for the ninth.  He got Dobbs on a grounder first and struck Nunez out on a ridiculous pitch in the dirt.  Ruiz got ahead 2-1 and smashed a fastball way out to left-center.  Phillies win 4-3.

Rowand was 0-for-3 with a walk.

Victorino was 2-for-4 with a double.

Rollins was 2-for-4 with two singles and an RBI.

Utley 1-for-4.

Burrell 0-for-4.

Dobbs was 1-for-4 with a solo homer, his second of the year.

Nunez 2-for-4 with a double.

Ruiz was 2-for-4 and won the game with his third home run of the year.

Cole Hamels (5-1, 3.46) faces righty Jeff Suppan (5-3, 3.00) tonight.  Hamels will be making his ninth start of the year and has gone at least seven innings in each of his last three.  He's 3-0 with a 3.80 ERA his last three times out with 22 strikeouts in 21 1/3 innings.  He has allowed seven home runs on the season, all of which have been hit by righties.  Suppan will also be making his ninth start of the year and has five wins in his last six starts.  He's issued seven walks in his last 47 innings.  Lefties are hitting .322 against him this season, righties .250.  He made one start against the Phils last year and went five innings, allowing five runs on nine hits and three walks.  Only four of the runs were earned.  Ryan Howard and Chris Coste homered off of him in that game.

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