May 19 2007

The Phillies finished a distant second in their contest with the Blue Jays this evening.  They got four hits and lost by eleven runs.  Jamie Moyer got bombed, again hurt by the long ball.  After allowing one home run through his first six starts he has allowed six his last three times out.

The Phillies lost to the Toronto Blue Jays tonight, falling 13-2 to drop to 21-22 on the year.  The Phils have seven hits in the first two games of the three-game set, but can take their third straight series with a win tomorrow.

Jamie Moyer got the start for the Phils and didn't last long.  He went just 3 1/3 innings, allowing seven runs on eight hits and two walks.  Four of the hits went for extra-bases, a double, a triple and two home runs.  Moyer struck out two and his ERA rose to 4.37.

Alex Rios led off the first with a double and a Lyle Overbay ground out to second moved him to third.  Moyer got Vernon Wells to pop to Nunez in foul territory and Troy Glaus hit a grounder to short.  Rollins made a low throw to first, but Dobbs did a nice job to make the scoop for the third out. 

The Blue Jays put runners on first and third to start the second on singles by Aaron Hill and Matt Stairs.  Jason Phillips flew to right for the first outs and the runners didn't try to advance.  Moyer struck out John MacDonald for the second out.  Pitcher Shaun Marcum hit a ball back up the middle and off Moyer's glove.  Moyer recovered in time to throw Marcum out by half a step to end the frame.

Rios walked to start the third and Overbay followed with a triple that put Toronto up 1-0.  Wells singled, scoring Overbay to make it 2-0.  Glaus hit a two-run homer to left and it was 4-0.  Moyer got the next three.

MacDonald started the fourth with a single and Moyer walked Marcum.  Rios hit a ground ball to short and the Phillies got Marcum at second as MacDonald moved to third.  With one out and men on first and third, Overbay homered to right.  7-0.  That was all for Moyer.  Yoel Hernandez entered the game, making just the second appearance of his career, and got the next two to end the inning.  First time Hernandez has been in a game since May 5.

Hernandez returned to throw a 1-2-3 fifth.  He retired all five men he faced and has been charged with one run in his 2 1/3 innings this season.

Rosario started the sixth and gave up a leadoff single.  Marcum flew out to center for the first out.  With Rios at the plate and the Blue Jays up 7-2, MacDonald tried to steal second and Ruiz gunned him down with a strong throw.  Rios walked, but Overbay flew out to left for the third out of the inning.

Rosario returned for the seventh and walked Glaus with one out.  Aaron Hill flew to right for the second out, but Stairs singled, moving Glaus to second.  Phillips loaded the bases with another single.  With the bases loaded and two down, MacDonald fouled out to Ruiz to end the frame.

Rosario kept Toronto off the board in his two innings, but allowed three hits and two walks. 

Condrey started the eighth with the Phils down 7-2 and quickly loaded the bases on a hit-by-pitch and two walks.  Wells singled into left, scoring two runs to make it a 9-2 game.  With runners on first and second with nobody out, Glaus flew to center for the first out of the inning and the runners stayed where they were.  Condrey walked Hill on four pitches to load the bases again.  Matt Stairs crushed the ball out to right.  13-2.  Condrey hit Phillips with his next pitch.  Probably just got away from him.  MacDonald grounded to short and the Phillies got one out, forcing Phillips at second for the second out of the inning.  Castro replaced Condrey and walked the first man he faced, putting men on first and second.  He walked Rios to load the bases, but struck out Overbay to finally end the inning.

Awful outing for Condrey.  After looking good in a couple of real situations, he enters in a 7-2 game and gets absolutely bombed.

Castro returned for the ninth and set the Blue Jays down 1-2-3.

The Phillies lineup against righty Shaun Marcum went (1) Rowand (2) Victorino (3) Rollins (4) Utley (5) Burrell (6) Dobbs (7) Nunez (8) Ruiz.  Helms on the bench with Dobbs at first and Nunez at third. 

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

In the second, Burrell drew a one out walk but Dobbs hit into a double-play to end the inning.

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

Utley led off the fifth with a homer, his eighth of the season.  It cut the Blue Jays' lead to 7-1.  Burrell struck out but Dobbs doubled to center.  Nunez knocked in Dobbs with a single to center.  7-2.  Ruiz reached on an error by Glaus, putting men on first and second with one out for Hernandez.  Coste pinch-hit for Hernandez and struck out.  Rowand flew to center to end the inning.

Rollins singled with one out in the sixth, but Utley hit into a double-play to end the inning.

The Phillies went 1-2-3 in the seventh, eighth and ninth.

Rowand was 0-for-3.

Victorino 0-for-4.

Rollins 1-for-4 with a single.

Utley 1-for-4 with a home run.

Burrell 0-for-1 with a walk.

Dobbs 1-for-3 with a double.

Nunez 1-for-3 with a single and an RBI.

Ruiz 0-for-3 with two strikeouts.

Adam Eaton (3-3, 6.42) faces righty Jesse Litsch (1-0, 1.04) tomorrow afternoon.  Eaton has been good twice in a row for the Phils after a rough start to the season.  He's allowed four runs in 14 2/3 innings (2.46 ERA) his last two times out.  He did allow three home runs in those two starts, he's given up eight already this season.  Righties are hitting .297 against him, lefties .267, but five of the home runs have been given up to lefties.  Litsch turned 22 in March and has made one start in his career.  It came Tuesday against the Orioles and he held Baltimore to a run on four hits and three walks over 8 2/3 innings.  All four of the hits he allowed were to lefties.  He threw to an 0.96 ERA at Double-A before his callup, allowing 22 hits and seven walks in 37 2/3 innings while striking out 28.

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