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June 8 2007


Team W-L R R/G NL Rank R OPS (NL Rank) SB CS
KC 22-39 234 3.84 NA 695 28 13
PHI 31-29 303 5.05 1 769 (1) 46 9


Team W-L RA RA/G NL Rank RA Starter ERA Pen ERA
KC 22-39 317 5.20 NA 4.55 4.73
PHI 31-29 300 5.00 T-15 4.73 (14) 4.44 (12)

Including, but not limited to: the ball carries well at waterfall level.

If I've done anything to suggest I'm an expert on Midwest geography I apologize, but it seems like they could have found a place to put the stadium where they wouldn't have had to build around a waterfall.

All kidding aside, what we've learned the most about in the Phillies' brief time in KC is Freddy Garcia.  Garcia was absolutely miserable and couldn't get out of the second inning, forcing the pen to throw 6 1/3 innings in the first game of the three-game series.  Garcia looked bad on the mound and his velocity was down -- he doesn't have much of a chance to be successful pitching the way he did tonight.  It was hard to watch and not wonder if there's something wrong with him. 

The Phils fell to the Kansas City Royals tonight, losing 8-4 to drop to 31-30 on the season.  

Freddy Garcia got the start and went 1 2/3 innings, allowing six runs on seven hits and two walks.  Four of the hits went for extra-bases, two doubles and two home runs.  He struck out one. 

David DeJesus singled to start the first and Mark Grudzielanek flew to right for the first out and Mark Teahen struck out for the second.  Mike Sweeney moved DeJesus to third with a single, but Alex Gordon flew to right to end the inning.

Garcia started the second with a 3-0 lead.  Jason LaRue doubled with one out and Tony Pena moved him to third with a single.  Joey Gathright grounded to second.  LaRue scored from third to make the score 3-1 as Pena went to second.  DeJesus doubled.  3-2.  Grudzielanek homered to left to give the Royals a 4-3 lead.  Teahen walked.  Sweeney homered.  6-3.  Gordon walked.  And that, after seven of the last eight hitters had reached base, was that for Garica.  Clay Condrey entered the game and got Ryan Shealy on a ground ball to third to end the inning.

Condrey threw a 1-2-3 third.  He started the fourth and gave up a leadoff single to DeJesus, but Grudzielanek flew to right and Teahen hit into a double-play.

Condrey came back for the fifth and got the first two before the Royals loaded the bases on singles by Shealy, LaRue and Pena.  Condrey got Gathright to hit a grounder to short for the third out with the Phils down 6-4. 

Nice outing for Condrey to keep the Phillies in the game.  He went 3 1/3 scoreless innings, allowing four hits, all of which were single.

Rosario started the sixth and gave up a one-out single to Grudzielanek.   He struck out Teahen and Sweeney to end the inning. 

Rosario came back for the seventh and hit Shealy with one out.  LaRue followed with a single into left and Dobbs bobbled the ball, allowing Shealy to go to third.  Dobbs was given an error on the play.  Pena was next and doubled into right, scoring Shealy to put KC up 7-4 with LaRue going to third.  Zagurski replaced Rosario and allowed a single to Gathright that scored another run, making the score 8-4 with runners at first and third and one down.  DeJesus popped to second and Grudzielanek grounded to third to end the inning.

Condrey threw 45 pitches.  Rosario 35, Zagurski 15 and Hernandez 12.

The Phillies' lineup against righty Scott Elarton went (1) Rollins (2) Victorino (3) Utley (4) Howard (5) Rowand (6) Burrell (7) Dobbs (8) Helms (9) Barajas.  Burrell was the DH with Dobbs in left and Helms at third.  I'm guessing we'll see Dobbs in there somewhere against a righty in almost all the DH games for the Phillies.  Nice to see Helms back at third, Nunez came into the game 3-for-19 in June.

Rollins doubled to start the first but Victorino and Utley went down behind him.  Howard picked them up, however, hitting one out to center to put the Phils up 2-0.  Rowand grounded to short for the third out.

Dobbs hit a solo homer with one out in the second to make it 3-0.  Helms and Barajas went down behind him.

Rollins led off the third with a walk but was left stranded when the next three went in order behind him.

Rowand singled to start the fourth but Burrell followed and hit into a double-play.  Dobbs flew to right for the third out. 

Barajas homered to left with one out in the fifth to cut the KC lead to 6-4.  Rollins popped out for the second out, but Victorino followed with a two-out double to right.  Utley struck out to end the frame.

Howard doubled to right to start the sixth.  Rowand was next and blooped one into center but DeJesus made a diving catch for the first out.  Third time in two games Rowand had been victimized by a nice defensive play after David Wright got him twice on Thursday.  Burrell struck out and Dobbs flew to left. 

Helms led off the seventh with a double.  Barajas got up 3-1 before he swung at a bad pitch and grounded to short, keeping Helms at second.  Not good.  Rollins struck out looking for the second out, but Victorino was next and singled on a ground ball back up the middle and off of Grudzielanek's glove.  With Utley at plate, nice base-running allowed Victorino to go to second on a wild pitch.  Utley struck out to end the inning.  Even with Rollins and Utley's strikeouts the Phils would have had a run if Barajas have moved Helms to third. 

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

Dobbs led off the ninth with a fly ball to deep right that Teahen attempted a jumping catch for at the warning track.  Didn't get it and Dobbs had a double that should have been an error.  Helms struck out for the first out, but Barajas walked, putting men on first and second for Rollins.  Rollins hit a ground ball to second that the Royals turned two on to end the game.

Rollins was 1-for-4 with a double.

Victorino was 2-for-4 with a double.

Utley was 0-for-4 with four strikeouts and left five men on base.  The waterfall may have been in his eyes.

Howard was 2-for-4 with a double, a home run and two RBI. 

Rowand was 1-for-4.

Burrell 0-for-4.

Dobbs was 2-for-4 with a double and a home run. 

Helms was 1-for-4 with a double.

Barajas 1-for-3 with a walk and his third home run on the year. 

Jon Lieber (2-4, 4.30) faces righty Gil Meche (3-5, 3.00) tomorrow night.  Over his last three starts, Lieber has allowed 14 earned runs in 16 2/3 innings.  In those 16 2/3 innings he's allowed 29 hits, including 23 in his last 11 2/3.  He's simply been getting battered.  Meche has allowed three runs in his last 13 1/3 innings.  He's 0-4 in his last four starts, but pitched well in two of them.  Meche has been better away from KC than at home.  In six starts on the road he's thrown to a 1.66 ERA.  In his seven home starts he's thrown to a 4.11 ERA and allowed seven home runs in 46 innings.

Troy Percival signed with the Cardinals.

June 8 2007

The Phils, Pat Burrell in particular, and their former closer Billy Wagner may not be the best of friends.  But whatever rivalry there is has been a bit one-sided.  Recent history has seen Wagner come out on top of the Phillies time and again.  Until last night.  In the ninth inning of last night's game, Pat Burrell launched a Wagner offering out to left to tie the game at 3-3.  The Phils would go on to win in ten innings.  For the Phillies, Burrell's blast was the first run they've scored that was charged to Wagner since May 9, 2001.

The Phillies beat the Mets last night, winning 6-3 in ten innings to improve to 31-29 on the year.  With the win the Phils complete the sweep of the three-game series. 

Cole Hamels got the start for the Phillies and went seven innings, allowing three runs on ten hits and a walk.  Four of the hits went for extra-bases, a double and three solo home runs.  He struck out five and threw 102 pitches.

Ben Johnson singled to right with one out in the first.  Carlos Beltran was next he flew to center for the first out.  Carlos Delgado followed with a double to right that moved Johnson to third, but Hamels got David Wright on a popup to short to end the inning.

Paul Lo Duca started the second with a single to center but was thrown out at second trying to go for two.  Jose Valentin popped to second for the second out before Carlos Gomez singled.  Hamels struck out John Maine for the third out. 

Hamels threw a 1-2-3 third and a 1-2-3 fourth, getting the last out in the fourth on a nice play by Victorino on a line drive Lo Duca hit into right-center. 

Valentin started the fifth with a single but Hamels set the next three Mets down in order.

With the Phils up 2-0 in the sixth, Johnson led off and singled.  Beltran was next and hit into a double-play.  Delgado smashed one way out to right to cut the lead to 2-1.  Wright was next and he pounded a ball to center, high off the wall.  He wound up at third screaming that the ball had left the park.  Discussion ensued and the umpires ruled, correctly, that the ball had hit off the ad above the wall and not the wall.  2-2.  Manuel was ejected arguing.  Lo Duca was next and he hit one way out to left, complete with dramatic bat flip.  Back-to-back-to-back.  3-2.  Valentin flew to center to end the inning.

Gomez led off the seventh and reached on a bunt single.  Williams argued that he was way too far inside the baseline, but no luck.  Hamels struck out pinch-hitter Damion Easley for the first out, and with Reyes at bat Gomez stole second.  Hamels put Reyes on intentionally and Johnson followed with a ground ball to short.  Rollins got Reyes at second for the second out, and with two down the Mets had men on first and third for Beltran.  Beltran grounded to third to end the inning.

Yoel Hernandez threw a 1-2-3 eighth, dropping his season ERA to 3.48 after eight appearances.    Hernandez was kind of an odd choice there, coming in to pitch to Delgado, a lefty, Wright (right) and Lo Duca (switch who is better against lefties).  A little surprised they didn't let Zagurski pitch to Delgado to start the inning in a one-run game.

Zagurski did come in to pitch the ninth and got the first two before he walked pinch-hitter Julio Franco.  Reyes hit a slow chopper to short and the Phils couldn't get an out as Franco went to second.  Newhan ran for Franco at second.  Zagurski struck out Ben Johnson to end the inning. 

Alfonseca started the bottom of the tenth with a 6-3 lead.  He got Beltran on a ground ball to second, but Delgado smoked a double to left-center.  Wright grounded to short, moving Delgado to third with two down.  Lo Duca hit the ball hard to third, but Nunez handled it and threw to first to end the game.

Three more scoreless innings for the Phillies pen.  In the three-game set the Phils' pen threw ten scoreless innings, allowing five hits and four walks.  Alfonseca gets three saves, allowing two hits in three scoreless innings.  The newcomer Zagurski got his first career win in last night's game and he earned it, pitching a scoreless bottom of the ninth with the game tied.

The Phillies' lineup against righty John Maine went (1) Rollins (2) Victorino (3) Utley (4) Howard (5) Rowand (6) Burrell (7) Nunez (8) Ruiz.  All Nunez all the time.  The struggling Burrell drops to sixth with Rowand hitting fifth.

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

Nunez led off the third with a single.  With Ruiz at the plate, Nunez stole second.  Ruiz bounced to short with Nunez holding second.  Hamels hit a ball out in front of the plate for the second out, moving Nunez to third.  Rollins was next and he singled to right, scoring Nunez to put the Phils up 1-0.  Victorino grounded to short to set the Phils down.

After a 1-2-3 fourth, Ruiz singled with two outs in the fifth.  Hamels grounded to short to end the frame.

With one out in the sixth, Victorino singled and stole second.  Utley moved Victorino to third with a ground ball to first and Howard singled to right just in front of Gomez.  Victorino scored to put the Phils up 2-0.  Rowand chopped a ball down the third base line, but Wright moved to his right behind the bag and made a strong throw to get Rowand.  It was the second time in the game Wright had taken a hit away from Rowand.  In the fourth, Rowand hit a ball to third that Wright charged and bare-handed when it took a strange hop.  He got Rowand at first. 

Ruiz singled with two outs in the seventh.  Jimy Williams, who took over for Manuel when Manuel was ejected in the bottom of the sixth, let Hamels hit for himself.  Hamels struck out for the third out. 

Utley drew a two-out walk in the eighth and Billy Wagner came in to pitch to Howard.  Wagner got behind Howard 2-0 and walked him on a 3-2 pitch that was inside.  He threw a 1-2 fastball past a swinging Rowand to end the frame.

Wagner got ahead of Burrell 0-2 before Burrell hit the 3-2 pith out to left, tying the game at 3-3.  Nunez was next and thought he had walked on a 3-2 pitch, but was called out.  Ruiz chopped a ball between third and short that Reyes fielded in shallow left.  Reyes made an amazing throw to nip Ruiz on a close play.  Wagner struck out Helms, who pinch-hit for Hernandez, to end the inning. 

Rollins started the tenth with a single to right.  Victorino bunted and was thrown out at first.  Rollins rounded second and Valentin, who took the throw at first, threw to second.  They may have gotten Rollins, but the ball went off of Reyes' glove and into shallow center.  Rollins held second.  Utley dumped a ball into left field that Johnson misplayed.  It probably would have been a double anyway.  Rollins, who was stealing third on the pitch, scored easily to put the Phils up 4-3.  The Mets walked Howard intentionally, setting up the double-play and putting men on first and second for Rowand.  Rowand dumped a single into center and Utley scored when Beltran's thrown soared over the catcher, putting the Phils up 5-3.  Burrell smoked a 3-1 pitch into left for a double, scoring Howard to make it 6-3.  Nunez was walked intentionally to load the bases for Ruiz with one out.  Ruiz struck out for the second out, which could have been better.  Dobbs hit for Zagurski and flew to center to end the frame.

Rollins was 2-for-5 with an RBI.  Started the rally in the tenth.  He's 10-for-his-last-19.  7-for-14 with four RBI in the series.  282/327/504 on the year.

Victorino was 1-for-4.  2-for-14 in the series.  263/339/375 on the season. 

Utley was 1-for-4 with a double, a walk and a big RBI in the tenth.  5-for-13 with two doubles, a home run and four RBI.  308/391/565.

Howard was 1-for-3 with an RBI and two walks.  5-for-10 with five singles and four walks in the series.  237/401/496.

Rowand was 1-for-5 with an RBI and struck out twice.  4-for-11 with a double in the series.  321/393/498.

Burrell was 2-for-5 with a home run, a double and two RBI.  3-for-10 in the series.  228/385/404.

Nunez was 1-for-4 with a walk.  3-for-13 with three singles in the series.  One extra-base hit in his last 49 at-bats.  267/323/333.

Ruiz was 2-for-5 but struck out with the bases loaded and one out in the tenth.  2-for-10 in the series and 265/316/388 on the year.  Barajas was 1-for-2 with a walk in the series.  221/376/368 on the year.   I would guess we'll see more of Barajas and less of Ruiz as the season moves along.

Freddy Garcia (1-4, 5.11) faces righty Scott Elarton (1-2, 7.36) tonight in Kansas City.  Garcia just hasn't been good for the Phils this season.  Righties are hitting .317 against him.  Overall he's allowed ten home runs in just 56 1/3 innings -- only 16 NL pitchers have allowed ten or more home runs this year and all of them have thrown more than 56 1/3 innings.  Eight of the ten home runs have been surrendered at home.  Garia has made 21 career starts against the Royals and has not fared well, going 8-9 with a 5.66 ERA (his career ERA is 4.04).  After going 4-9 with a 5.34 ERA in 20 starts for the Royals last season, the 31-year-old Elarton has been hit hard this year as well.  He's allowed seven home runs in just 25 2/3 innings, a rate worse than the alarmingly high late that Garcia is allowing them.  He's walked 14 and righties are hitting .340 against him.  He's made five starts on the year and allowed at least four runs in each of them.  He has not gone six innings in a start.

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