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June 16 2007

I've noticed that "Moyer" and "more" rhyme and I'm just gonna go with it.  Hope you don't mind.  It's either that or more quotes from The Rime of the Ancient Mariner, and nobody wants that.

Jamie Moyer was fantastic tonight, holding baseball's best offense to four hits over seven innings.  Shane Victorino, 5-for-10 with a pair of home runs in the first two games of the set, paced the Phillies' offense at the plate and on the bases.

The Phillies beat the Detroit Tigers this evening, winning 6-3 to improve to 36-32 on the season.  Rubber game tomorrow afternoon as the Phillies have a chance to generate huge momentum if they can figure out a way to beat Justin Verlander and take the series.

Moyer got the start for the Phillies and was very good.  He went seven innings, allowing two runs on four hits.  Two of the hits went for extra-bases, both solo home runs.  He struck out four and did not walk a batter.  He retired the last 11 men he faced. 

Gary Sheffield singled with one out in the first, but Moyer struck out Magglio Ordonez for the third out.

With the Phillies up 1-0 in the second, leadoff hitter Carlos Guillen tied the game at 1-1 with a home run to left.  Moyer got the next three to end the frame.

Curtis Granderson hit a tracer out to right with one down in the third, putting Detroit up 2-1.  Moyer got the next two.

Ordonez singled to right to start the fourth with the game tied at 2-2.  Guillen followed and hit into a double-play.  Ivan Rodriguez flew to left on a nice running catch from Burrell for the third out.

Moyer got two strikeouts in a 1-2-3 fifth.  He followed it up with a 1-2-3 sixth and and 1-2-3 seventh. 

Ryan Madson started the eighth with a 5-2 lead.  He set the Tigers down 1-2-3, striking out two.  Second straight nice outing for Madson since he was hit hard by the Royals on June 10.

Alfonseca started the ninth in a non-save situation with a 6-2 lead and made it interesting.  Granderson started the inning with a hot grounder off the glove of Howard for a single.  Polanco followed with a double to the gap in right-center that scored Granderson to make it 6-3.  Sheffield grounded to short for the first out, but Ordonez followed with a single just out of the reach of Rollins that moved Polanco to third.  Guillen, who had already homered in the game, came to the plate as the tying run.  Alfonseca got behind Guillen 3-0 but came back to strike him out swinging for the second out.  Huge out.  Rodriguez followed and grounded to second to end the game.

The Phillies' lineup against lefty Andrew Miller went (1) Rollins (2) Victorino (3) Utley (4) Howard (5) Rowand (6) Burrell (7) Nunez (8) Ruiz.  No Werth against the lefty.  Nunez at third with Helms on the bench.  Ruiz gets his first start since June 10 after missing time with a sore left wrist.

After Rollins popped out for the the first out of the first, Victorino homered to left to put the Phils up 1-0.  Utley was next and smashed a ball to right-center that was originally called a home run but later ruled, correctly, a ground-rule double.  A fan reached over and touched the ball before it left the yard.  Howard walked and Rowand was hit by a pitch, loading the bases for Burrell with one down.  Burrell popped to second for the second out.  Nunez struck out to end the inning.  Yuck.

Ruiz was hit by a pitch to start the second and Moyer bunted him to second.  Rollins flew to center and Victorino stuck out to turn the Phils away again.

Utley and Howard struck out to start the third before Rowand hit an opposite field home run to tie the game at 2-2.  Second home run in three games for Rowand.  Burrell lined to third to end the inning.

Nunez singled to start the fourth and moved to second on a wild pitch with Ruiz at the plate.  Ruiz grounded to second, Moyer struck out and Rollins grounded to short to end the inning.  Third time in four innings the Phils couldn't bring the runner in.

Victorino led off the fifth and singled to left.  Utley was next and laced one to left but was retired on a nice diving catch by Sheffield on a ball that was slicing away from the outfielder.  Victorino took off running on the pitch that Howard hit to short, where Inge was playing with the shift on for Howard.  Would have been a double-play, but Inge had to throw to first for the second out with Victorino safe at second.  It helped get the Phils a run, cause Rowand followed and singled into center.  Victorino scored, just ahead of the throw from Granderson, which was late and a little off line anyway.  It gave the Phils a 3-2 lead.  Burrell followed with walk, but Nunez grounded to third to end the inning.  Victorino's base running helps get the Phils a run.

Ruiz started the sixth and popped a bunt up the first base line.  It dropped and then Miller couldn't pick it up.  Ruiz was safe on the error.  Moyer bunted him to second for the first out.  Rollins walked and Victorino singled, loading the bases for Utley with one down.  Utley hit a ball to deep left that was caught in front of the warning track.  Ruiz tagged and scored to put the Phils up 4-2.  Howard struck out again, ending the inning.

With two outs in the seventh, back-to-back doubles by Nunez and Ruiz put the Phils up 5-2.  Dobbs hit for Moyer with two down and Ruiz on second, but struck out to end the inning.

Utley walked with two outs in the eighth and stole second with Howard at the plate.  Howard slapped a double into the corner in left, scoring Utley to put the Phils up 6-2.  Rowand was walked intentionally so that the lefty Wilfredo Ledezma could pitch to Bourn, who had entered the game in the top of the inning as a defensive replacement in left.  Bourn flew to left to end the inning.

Rollins was 0-for-4.

Victorino was 3-for-5 with a home run.

Utley was 1-for-3 with a double, a walk and an RBI.

Howard was 1-for-4 with a walk, a double and an RBI.

Rowand was 2-for-3 with a walk, a home run and two RBI.

Burrell had an awful night.  0-for-3 with a walk and three men left on base.

Nunez was 2-for-4 with a double and left five men on base.

Ruiz was 1-for-3 with a double and an RBI. 

Adam Eaton (7-4, 5.42) faces righty Justin Verlander (7-2, 2.79).  Eaton is 2-0 in his last two starts and has allowed just two earned runs in 13 innings (1.38 ERA).  He made his best start of the season his last time out, throwing seven shutout innings against the White Sox on Monday.  Verlander was even better than Eaton his last time out, throwing a no-hitter against the Brewers on Tuesday.  Over his last two starts he hasn't allowed a run in 16 innings.  Opponents are hitting .212 against him for the season.

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