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May 29 2007


Team W-L R R/G NL Rank R OPS (NL Rank) SB CS
ARI 29-23 219 4.21 8 727 (8) 21 10
PHI 26-24 262 5.24 1 783 (2) 40 7


Team W-L RA RA/G NL Rank RA Starter ERA Pen ERA
ARI 29-23 212 4.08 6 3.81 (4) 3.58 (6)
PHI 26-24 242 4.84 13 4.63 (12) 4.47 (12)

Freddy Garcia made the best start of his Phillies' career last night against the Diamondbacks.  He went eight innings, striking out nine, and seemed to get stronger as the game went on.  He set down the last seven men he faced, striking out five of them.

It wasn't enough.  The Phils went into the bottom of the ninth down 5-1 and mounted a rally that featured a three-run homer from Dobbs but ended when Barajas saw his drive to right field pulled in at the warning track for the final out of the game.

Charlie Manuel's lineup had lefty-killer Pat Burrell and fellow righty Wes Helms on the bench against southpaw Doug Davis.  The Phils scored one run through eight innings before Dobbs' pinch-hit home run in the ninth.

The Phillies lost to the Arizona Diamondbacks last night, falling 5-4 to drop to 26-25 on the season.  They are in third-place in the NL East, three games behind the second-place Braves and seven behind the division-leading Mets.

Garcia got the start for the Phillies and went eight innings, allowing three runs on seven hits and two walks.  Four of the hits went for extra-bases, three doubles and a home run.  He struck out a season-high nine. 

Eric Byrnes led off the first with a single and Conor Jackson followed with a two-run homer to left that put Arizona up 2-0.  Garcia set down the next three to end the frame.

Garcia threw a 1-2-3 second.

Jackson singled with two outs in the third, but Orlando Hudson lined to third to end the inning.

Rookie sensation Mark Reynolds started the fourth with a drive to the gap in right-center that went off of Victorino's glove for a double.  Stephen Drew bunted Reynolds to third for the first out before Carlos Quentin's fly ball to right scored Reynolds to extend the lead to 3-0.  Scott Hairston followed with a double to left and the Phils walked Chris Snyder intentionally to get to pitcher Doug Davis.  Davis swung at a 3-1 pitch and flew to center.

With two outs in the fifth, Hudson doubled to right.  Reynolds followed with a walk, but Drew hit a fly ball to left to end the frame.

Snyder singled with two outs in the sixth.  Davis grounded to short for the third out.

Garcia struck out two in a 1-2-3 seventh, getting Byrnes and Hudson both swinging.

He struck out the side in the eighth.

Madson started the ninth with the Phils down 3-1.  He got the first two and thought he had struck out pinch-hitter Tony Clark to end the inning, but he didn't get the call.  Byrnes followed and blooped a double to right, sending Clark to third.  Jackson was next and his double wasn't a bloop at least.  He smoked one down the line and into left, scoring both runners and putting Arizona up to 5-1.  Hudson grounded to first to end the frame.

Garcia takes the loss in the game, but it was a tough one.  He held the Diamondbacks to three runs over his eight innings and the pen allowed two runs in their single frame.

The Phillies' lineup against lefty Doug Davis went (1) Rollins (2) Victorino (3) Utley (4) Howard (5) Rowand (6) Werth (7) Nunez (8) Ruiz.  Yuck.  Burrell on the bench again, this time against a lefty.  Werth should be playing against lefties, but not for Burrell.  Victorino came into the game hitting 260/327/340 on the year against lefties.  Burrell came into the game hitting 318/446/652 at home this year.  Helms does not start at third against the lefty.  He should, especially if your second choice is Nunez.

Rollins doubled to start the first and Victorino bunted him to third.  Utley and Howard left him stranded when they both struck out.

Werth singled with one out in the second, but Nunez followed and hit into a double-play.

Garcia singled with one out in the third.  Rollins followed and hit it hard up the middle, but Drew caught it on a nice play and doubled Garcia off of first to end the inning.

The Phils went 1-2-3 in the fourth.  The third out was a ball that Howard crushed to right, but Quentin pulled it in at the wall to end the inning. 

Rowand started the fifth with an infield single and moved to second when Werth followed with another single.  Nunez popped to second for the first out before Ruiz loaded the bases with the Phils' third single of the inning.  Garcia hit the ball back to the pitcher and Davis threw home to start the inning-ending double-play.  It's unfortunate that Garcia hit into a double-play, but I have no problem with him hitting there given the state of the Phillies' pen.

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

Ryan Howard started the seventh with a home run that cut the Arizona lead to 3-1.  Rowand, Werth and Nunez went down behind him.

The Phils went 1-2-3 in the eighth. 

Down 5-1 in the ninth, Victorino led off with a walk.  Utley followed with a single that moved Victorino to second.  Howard got behind 0-2 before striking out looking at a 3-2 pitch on the inside corner.  Rowand struck out on three pitches for the second out.  The lefty Dobbs pinch-hit for Werth with righty Jose Valverde on the mound and Dobbs hit a 1-2 pitch out to right to make the score 5-4.  Burrell pinch-hit for Nunez and lined a ball into left for a single.  Bourn pinch-ran for Burrell.  Ruiz came to the plate as the winning run.  After Valverde threw a 1-1 pitch past the swinging Ruiz, Ruiz hit a soft ground ball to first on a 1-2 pitch.  The ball went through Jackson's legs.  Ruiz was safe at first on the error as Bourn went to third.  Barajas pinch-hit for Madson.  He thought he walked on a close 3-1 pitch that looked like it may have been low and outside and hit the 3-2 pitch well to right, but Quentin took it in on the warning track to end the game. 

Rollins was 1-for-4 with a double.

Victorino was 0-for-2 with a walk. 

Utley was 1-for-4 and struck out twice.  Struck out with Rollins on third and one out in the first.

Howard was 1-for-4 with his ninth home run of the year and third in the last two games.

Rowand was 1-for-4 and struck out twice.  3-4-5 in the order go 3-for-12 with six strikeouts.

Werth was 2-for-3 with two singles.  Would love to see him play a lot more.  Not in left for Burrell against a lefty, though.

Nunez was 0-for-3.

Ruiz was 1-for-4 with a single.

Dobbs hit a three-run homer in his only at-bat, his fourth of the year.

Jon Lieber (2-2, 3.45) faces righty Micah Owings (3-1, 4.10) tonight.  Lieber's last start was in the game where he and Dontrelle Willis exchanged pitches behind the back in Florida.  He went just five innings that game, allowing four runs on six hits and three walks.  Lieber will be making his eighth start of the year.  Lefites have hit .276 against him, righties just .238.  He walked three his last time out, which is unusual for him.  He's walked 2.87 batters per nine innings so far this season, which is the highest mark of his career, although six of the 15 walks he issued came in a single start.  Owings will be making his eighth start of the season and threw a complete game his last time out, Thursday against the Astros.  He's had one start on the year where he got bombed, May 19 he allowed seven runs in 2 2/3 innings against the Pirates.  Other than that start he has not been charged with more than three runs in an outing on the year.  He's allowed just three home runs on the year, all of which have been hit by lefties.  He started against the Phillies on May 8 and won on a night when Manuel let Eaton hit for himself in a 2-2 game in the seventh with two down and runners on first and third.  Owings went seven innings, allowing two runs on five hits.  Dobbs and Utley each hit solo homers against him for the two Phillies' runs.

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