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May 21 2007

The Phils won yesterday to hit the .500 mark again for the third time in five days.  Another nice start for Adam Eaton, who has now strung three together.  With the possible exception of token useable-reliever-in-the-pen-who-isn't-Brett-Myers Geoff Geary giving up three home runs in five batters in the eighth, everything went pretty much swimmingly.

The Phillies beat the Toronto Blue Jays yesterday, winning 5-3 to improve to 22-22 on the year.  The Phils take the series two games and one.  They have won five of their last seven games.

Adam Eaton got the start for the Phillies and went six scoreless innings, allowing four hits and five walks.  All four hits were singles and he struck out two.  He got some help early in the game as the Blue Jays hit into two double-plays to end an inning.

Eaton walked Lyle Overbay with one out in the first.  Overbay took off on a 3-2 pitch to Vernon Wells and Wells smoked a line drive to first that Dobbs.  Overbay was easily doubled off of first to end the frame.

Troy Glaus led off the second with a single, but Matt Stairs followed and fouled out to Nunez near the seats.  On another 3-2 pitch, Glaus took off for second and Aaron Hill swung away.  Hill hit a ball into center that Rowand caught and Glaus was doubled off of first for the third out.

Royce Clayton led off the third with a walk and moved to second on a wild pitch.  He went to third when Jason Phillips flew to center for the first out.  Jesse Litsch dribbled one out in front of the plate and Eaton threw him out as Clayton held third.  Alex Rios walked, putting men on first and third for Overbay.  Overbay hit a ground ball that Utley did a nice job on to field in shallow right.  Utley threw out Overbay to end the frame.

Wells led off the fourth with a ground ball to deep third.  Nunez fielded but threw very high to first and over the head of Dobbs.  Wells took second on the error by Nunez.  Glaus popped to third for the first out and, with Stairs at the plate, Wells was caught stealing third on a strong throw from Barajas.  It may have cost the Blue Jays a run, cause Stairs blooped a single into left before Hill flew to center to end the frame.

Phillips walked with one out in the fifth, but Eaton got the next two to keep Toronto off the board.  The Phils led 5-0. 

Overbay singled to start the sixth.  Eaton got Wells and Glaus on a pair of fly balls to right before he walked Stairs, putting men on first and second for Hill.  Hill flew to center to end the frame.

Clayton started the seventh with a single and that was it for Eaton.  With the righty Phillips at the plate and the Phils up five runs, Geary entered the game.  Phillips popped to second for the first out of the inning.  Ryan Roberts followed and lined a ball into right field.  Victorino caught it coming in and Clayton was doubled off of second to set the Blue Jays down.  Third time in seventh innings Toronto had ended their at-bat with a non-ground ball double-play.

Geary returned for the eighth and Rios started the inning with a home run.  5-1.  He got Overbay on a ground ball to third before Wells homered to left.  5-2.  Glaus grounded to second for the second out, but then Stairs hit the third home run of the inning off of Geary, this one to right.  It gave Stairs a home run in each of the three games of the series.  That was it for Geary.  Myers came in and got pinch-hitter John MacDonald on a nice play by Ultey at second.

Three home runs in 1 2/3 innings for Geary.  He has been charged with eight earned runs in four innings over his last four appearances.

Myers returned for the ninth and walked Royce Clayton to start the inning.  With the tying run at the plate, Myers struck out pinch-hitter Frank Thomas and Roberts before Clayton stole second.  Rios grounded to third to end the game. 

The Phillies' lineup against righty Jess Litsch went (1) Rowand (2) Victorino (3) Rollins (4) Utley (5) Burrell (6) Dobbs (7) Nunez (8) Barajas.  Barajas catches Eaton.  Helms on the bench again.  Coming into the game, Rollins was hitting 216/244/243 in 37 at-bats as a #3 hitter and 291/352/581 in 148 at-bats as a leadoff hitter.  Rowand was hitting 241/281/414 in 29 at-bats as a leadoff hitter and 331/407/510 overall for the year.

The Phils went 1-2-3 in the first. 

In the second, Utley popped to third for the first out before Burrell homered to left to put the Phils up 1-0.  Dobbs flew to center for the second out.  Nunez and Barajas both singled, putting men on first and second with two down for Eaton, but Eaton went down on a soft line drive to second. 

Rowand led off the third with a long homer to left-center field.  2-0.  Victorino walked and moved to second on a single by Rollins.  Utley hit it well to left, but it was handled at the warning track for the the first out of the inning.  Victorino moved to third while Rollins held first.  Burrell popped up to Clayton in shallow left field and Victorino did not try to score.  Dobbs followed and singled to left, scoring Victorino to put the Phils up 3-0 as Rollins moved to third.  With Nunez down in the count 0-2, Dobbs took off for second and pretty much stopped mid way, but Phillips didn't throw.  Dobbs got a stolen base and Nunez fouled out to Glaus behind third to end the inning.

Barajas led off the fourth with a double to left, but just barely.  A strong throw from Stairs would have had him.  Eaton bunted and Toronto didn't get an out anywhere.  With nobody out and men at first and third, Rowand grounded into a double-play that put the Phils up 4-0 as Barajas scored.  Victorino flew to left to end the inning.

Burrell was hit by a pitch with two outs in the fifth, but Dobbs grounded to second to set the Phils down.

Barajas walked with one out in the sixth.  Eaton bunted and the throw to first got away.  Again Toronto doesn't get an out that Eaton tried to give them.  Barajas went to third with Eaton at first and one down.  Rowand singled, scoring Barajas and moving Eaton to third with the Phils up 5-0.  Victorino grounded to third for the second out.  Eaton held and Rowand moved to second.  Rollins struck out to end the inning.

Dobbs doubled with two outs in the seventh, but Nunez grounded out to second to end the inning.

Barajas led off the eight with another walk.  Myers tried to bunt but struck out.  Rowand followed with another strike out before a double by Victorino sent Barajas to third.  Rollins grounded to short to end the inning.

Rowand was 2-for-5 with a home run and two RBI in the game.  3-for-12 in the series.  333/406/525 on the year.

Victorino was 1-for-4 with a double and a walk.  2-for-11 with two walks in the series.  270/355/368.

Utley was 0-for-4 with a strikeout.  1-for-11 with a solo home run in the series.  291/378/541.

Burrell was 1-for-3 with his sixth home run of the year.  1-for-6 with three walks in the series.  252/418/457.

Dobbs was 2-for-4 with a double and an RBI.  4-for-11 with two doubles in the series.  297/333/500.  Helms was 0-for-3 in the series and is at 270/311/328 for the year.

Nunez was 1-for-4.  2-for-7 in the series with two singles.  314/344/395 on the year.

Barajas was 2-for-2 with a double and two walks in his only action of the series.  This season he has 12 walks in 62 plate appearances.  Last year with the Rangers he walked 17 times in 371 plate appearances.  If he continued to walk at the rate he has so far and got 371 plate appearances this year he would walk about 72 times.  208/377/375.  Ruiz was 0-for-6 with four strikeouts in the series.  He's at 274/319/434 for the year. 

No game today.  The Phillies start a three-game set with the Marlins in Florida tomorrow night.

The Phillies sent Fabio Castro back to Double-A after a miserable stint with the team.  Ryan Madson may be called up before tomorrow's game with the Marlins.  It leaves the Phils without a lefty in the pen.

The article linked above also says that Ryan Howard could return on Friday against Atlanta, which may mean Chris Coste would be headed back to Triple-A.

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